Nutty and Chewy Energy Bars

There’s no doubt that packaged bars are convenient, especially when time is tight and you need a quick nutrient bridge from one meal to the next. I just get a little bored with them. I found that making my own energy bars is easy and just as convenient because you can individually wrap and freeze…

A Must Make Raisin Bran Muffin

These muffins have been a classic for me ever since Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times, published one of her best selling cookbooks, Jane Brody’s Good Food Cookbook. I was fresh out of college, working as a clinical dietitian and just learning how to cook. This cookbook was one of the…

Walnut Quinoa Burger with a Flavor Explosion

I love to try new veggie burger recipes and I found this one in an older EatingWell magazine. I think this might be my favorite one. Admittedly, it does require some extra steps but I think it’s worth it. The umami spread is truly a flavor explosion. By using 5 different umami flavors like dried…

Greek Juicy Walnut Cake (Karithopita)

Baking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to cut down on saturated fat in a recipe because you can use it to replace butter! In this recipe, the olive oil adds a rich, moist texture without an olive oil flavor and the addition of ground walnuts contributes more heart-healthy fats and a…

Streusel Topped Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Why spelt flour? I get bored using regular whole wheat flour when baking so I’m always looking for a new whole-grain to try. Spelt, dating back to 5,000 BC, is a cousin to modern-day wheat and is packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals. It does contain gluten so it’s not recommended for…

Bean Burger Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce

Making your own veggie burgers allows you to get creative with the ingredients. You can pick whatever bean you like, select the whole grain you have on hand, and mix and match seasonings based on your favorite flavors. For this recipe, I planned to use edamame but soon realized I didn’t have any in my…

Everything Bagel Chicken Fingers

Everything bagel spice blend is a quick way to add a punch of flavor to oven-baked chicken tenders. Mix the seasoning blend with fresh whole grain bread crumbs for a crunchy coating and a healthy twist on this kid-friendly classic. Serve with a quick honey mustard dipping sauce, green salad and some roasted veggies.

Buttermilk Oatmeal Drop Scones

These look more like a pancake than a scone but the texture is chewier and sweeter, allowing you to skip the syrup if you want to go light on added sugar. The batter looks like oatmeal but browns beautifully in the pan and these drop scones definitely have a heartier texture than a typical pancake….

Reiska (Whole Grain Flat Bread)

Reiska is the Finnish version of Irish soda bread. It’s a whole grain quick bread made with either barley or rye flour, oatmeal, and buttermilk and it relies on baking soda and baking powder rather than yeast to help it rise. It’s baked on a large sheet pan resulting in a flatbread rather than a…

Easy, NO-Knead 100% Whole Wheat Bread

I’m on a mission to learn how to make 100% whole grain bread. My favorite breakfast is Ezekial toast with almond butter and a low sugar jam but I’d like to learn how to make my own whole grain bread. The thing is, making 100% whole grain bread is not as easy as making refined…

Oatmeal Dinner Rolls

One of my baking goals is to master homemade whole grain bread. This was a goal of mine even before the bread baking obsession that came along with the stay at home order of the pandemic. Now that flour and yeast is available again, I thought I would start baking. Finding freshly baked bread, made…

Apple Walnut Bread

My baking definitely picks up in the fall. Pumpkin, apples, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are my favorite flavors for baking muffins and bread. This apple walnut bread is not overly sweet so it’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. If you want this to be…