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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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Dessert

Mint Chip Fudge Brownies

Happy Valentines’ Day to all!

If you’re looking for decadent chocolate you’ve come to the right place!  If you were ever a fan of mint chip fudge or ice cream, these will be right up your alley.  The brownie layer on the bottom is chocolatey and dense, and the mint chip icing on the top hardens into a silky sweet fudge layer.  You’re going to love them!

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Ingredients:

For the brownies:

3/4 cup canola oil

just under 1 cup light brown sugar

just under 1 cup white cane sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon peppermint flavor (I use the one from Simply Organic made from sunflower oil and peppermint oil)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups cocoa powder

a sprinkle of sea salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the icing:

1 stick butter

4 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1/8 cup water

3 teaspoons peppermint flavor

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 9×13 glass pan

Beat the canola oil, brown sugar, and white sugar together on a low setting

Beat in the eggs on a low setting

Beat in the peppermint flavor and vanilla on a low setting

Beat everything together on a higher setting and then stir in the chips

Move into your pan and bake for around 25 minutes (start checking them around 20 minutes so you don’t overcook them)

After you have removed them from the oven and let them cool, you can make & add the icing:

Let the butter get to room temperate, and then beat it into a light consistency

Slowly beat in the powdered sugar

Beat in the water

Beat in the peppermint flavor and vanilla extract

Stir in the chips

Spread overtop of the brownies

Optional but suggested: Move the brownies into the refrigerator to solidify into a fudge-like consistency /// Then before eating, either remove them for a few minutes if you do not like to eat them cold, or enjoy right out of the fridge!

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