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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Loaf

Lately I can’t seem to get enough peanut butter!  Perhaps it was 3 weeks away from home & not getting my daily dose. (Though no complaints about the cannolis I was eating instead!)

This recipe is super quick & easy & is full of healthy fats, protein, & whole grains!

Ingredients:

2 cups all whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup salted butter, room temperature
½ cup cane sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk or plant milk

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 1 loaf pan

In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, & salt together

In a second large bowl, gently beat butter & sugar together, then beat in peanut butter, egg, & vanilla

Add dry ingredients & beat on low, slowly adding in milk, & beat on low until smooth

Pour into pan. Bake for around 35-40 minutes

Cool in pan & enjoy!

Optional: Sprinkle with confectioners sugar

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Low Fat Raspberry Oat Muffins

These muffins are so quick & easy, & are vegan friendly as well!  They are made with whole grains, fruit, & are very low in fat.  They’re a perfect quick breakfast, teatime snack, or after dinner-treat that are high in fiber, vitamin c, & low in calories (about 100 each!) . They are subtly sweet without being too sugary & are super moist.  These nutritious muffins will give you a great energy boost & satisfy those pastry cravings!

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cups rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)

1 teaspoon butter (or coconut oil for vegan recipe)

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg (or flax egg for vegan recipe)

1/2 cup water

1 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Combine flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together in 1 bowl

Combine beaten egg, applesauce, butter or coconut oil, sugar & water in a second bowl

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Stir in raspberries

Place into a 12 cup lined muffin tray

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

Optional – Sprinkle with a hint of powdered sugar

Enjoy!

Store in the refrigerator!

 

 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I’m a big believer in using whole grains whenever possible in my baking.  It outranks all-purpose flour in its fiber content, vitamin content, & its more stabilizing effect on blood sugar.  I honestly feel like they give my baked goods a richer taste as well, & am a life-ling convert!

I can never get enough of fall flavors year round, & this pumpkin bread is such an easy way to transport me back to my favorite season.  Whether it’s for an easy breakfast on the go, an afternoon coffee-time companion, or an after-dinner treat, this bread is the perfect way to pack some vitamin A into your day!

Ingredients:

3 cups whole wheat flour (I really like the organic “white-whole wheat” variety from King Arthur Flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 eggs (or your favorite vegan substitute)

2 cups canned pumpkin

1 1/2 cups canola oil

Just under 2 cups of cane sugar (or other variety of your choice)

1.5 or 2 cups of chocolate chips (depending how chippy you like it!) . If you’re not a chocolate fan, it tastes just as delicious plain!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl

Beat the wet ingredients together in a large second bowl

Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

Stir in the chocolate chips

Split the mixture between 2 greased loaf pans

Bake for between 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Apple Butter Crumb Bars

If any of you have visited Riley’s Apple Farm, you’ll know how outstanding their apple butter is.  I left with a couple of jars in hand after my last visit, and wanting to put it to good use, I whipped up these crumb bars!

They are very adaptable, you only need 6 ingredients, and they can easily be made vegan if you swap out the butter for shortening!

Ingredients:

2 & 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup white sugar

a sprinkle of sea salt

2 sticks melted butter (or equal quantity shortening for vegan recipe)

1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 oz apple butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper

Stir flour, sugar, & sea salt together in a large bowl, then stir in melted butter and vanilla.  Dough will be moist but slightly crumbly

Set aside some of the dough for the crumble topping (about 2/3 cup)

Press the rest of the dough onto the bottom of the pan for the crust layer

Bake for around 25 minutes

Remove from the oven, & spread the apple butter evenly across.  Then crumble the dough you set aside onto the top

Return to the oven for another 15 minutes

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Granola

Here I go with the cinnamon again!

This granola base is unbelievably easy to throw together, and is very customizable.  From this base feel free to add whatever mix-ins you love like dried fruit or nuts.

The brown sugar and the cinnamon bake into little sweet clusters, which I love.  However, if your preference is to make some larger clusters with the oats, I would substitute some of the brown sugar for either honey or maple syrup as a stronger binder.

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

4 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons saigon cinnamon

a couple sprinkles of sea salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 heaping teaspoon vanilla extract

any additional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

Mix together oats, sugar, cinnamon, & salt in a large bowl

Mix oil & vanilla (as well as a liquid sweetener if you’re replacing some of the sugar with that) into a smaller bowl, then mix into the dry ingredients

Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet, & bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from over, stir, then bake for an additional 10 minutes

Remove from the oven, and continue to stir every few minutes until it has cooled completely

Toss in your optional mix-ins (dried fruit, nuts, etc.), and transfer into an airtight container.

Optional – Sift granola through a mesh strainer to remove excess sugar that did not adhere

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Cinnamon Blueberry Oats

People who know me know that I have a severe obsession with cinnamon, especially the sweet saigon cinnamon.  I add it to absolutely everything.  Partially because I find it adds so much sweetness to an otherwise sugar-free meal, and partially because it has so many amazing health benefits.  It’s anti-inflammatory, helps to balance blood sugar, and contains a surprising amount of calcium just to name a few.

This is one of my quick go-to breakfasts when I’m in the mood for something sweet.  I love using the frozen blueberries and watching the purple color melt all through the oats!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup water

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons saigon cinnamon

handful of frozen blueberries

Directions:

Cook the oats (for speed I just use the microwave)

Stir in the chia seeds while still piping hot

Stir in the cinnamon

Mix in the blueberries & enjoy

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Breakfast · Snacks

Blueberry Peanut butter Smoothie

I sneak peanut butter into everything!

This smoothie is such a creamy sweet treat as breakfast, a snack, or dessert, & packed with tons of calcium, probiotics, vitamin c, and protein.

This recipe makes a small glass since it’s pretty filling, but if you’re starving go ahead and double everything!

Ingredients:

1 5oz container of plain greek yogurt

about 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter

optional: a dash of your favorite sweetener

Directions:

Layer all the ingredients in the order listed above and blend!  Start it on a lower setting and then slowly increase to higher and higher settings until thoroughly blended.  You may need to give it a quick stir with a spoon halfway through.  Pour into a glass, top with a few frozen blueberries (optional) and enjoy!

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