Apple and Spice Oat Bran Muffins

I’ve been posting a lot of oat-based recipes recently. Maybe it’s because my husband purchased an institutional-sized box of oatmeal from Costco mid-pandemic. This recipe is featuring oat bran, oatmeal’s forgotten cousin.  Oat bran was popular in the 1990’s for its cholesterol-lowering benefits but for some reason, it fell off the oat radar. It’s a…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal…YUM!

Whenever you combine chocolate and peanut butter, you’ve got a win! Make it healthy and it’s a win, win! Oatmeal is the perfect backdrop for any flavor combination and rich cocoa powder paired with natural peanut butter is no exception.  This breakfast power bowl is packed with fiber-rich oatmeal, heart-healthy flavonoids from cocoa powder, plant…

Peanut Butter and Berry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats make for a quick, on the go breakfast or hearty between-meal snack. They are balanced with just the right amount of macronutrients; plant protein, healthy fats and whole-grain carbs for extra fiber. It’s so simple. Just mix old-fashioned oats (not steel cut) with yogurt and milk. Stir in some chia seeds then swirl…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…

Whole Grain Black Bean Burgers

I hesitated to post this recipe because of the longish list of ingredients but it’s mostly things you probably have in your fridge and pantry. These bean burgers get their texture from a mixture of whole grains. I suggest using a blend of grains like barley, Kamut, farro and some wild rice because these grains…

Carrot Cake for Breakfast (Yum)!

This vegan carrot “cake” can certainly stand in as a no added sugar dessert but I prefer to have it for breakfast. It’s filled with nutritious ingredients like whole-grain oat flour, raisins, dates and a healthy dose of beta-carotene rich carrots. The “frosting” is simply a blend of dates, cashews and a splash of vanilla….

Nutty Barley Salad with Orange and Fresh Mint

Barely is a firm textured, nutty whole-grain containing beta-glucan,  a type of soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol. It takes a little time to cook so I make it over the weekend and use it in salads and as a side dish during the week. I even mix barley with steel-cut oats (another high soluble fiber…

Uncle Doug Crosby’s Whole Grain Oat Cereal with Millet and Barley

We all have that one recipe that has been passed down from a long line of friends and relatives. It fills us with wonderful nostalgia and makes any occasion a special one. The best part is that these recipes are usually fool-proof because they’ve withstood the test of time. One of our clients, Lizette, has…

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This delicious dessert is exactly how the title describes it. Not quite a pie but not quite a cake. It’s very dense and very moist but with just enough texture to be closer to a cake than a pie. What I find to be quite amazing is that this dessert has NO added sugar. The…

Balance Your Breakfast with Oats

Did you know that 57% of Americans make time for breakfast every day? But that means 43% of us don’t! Eating a balanced meal in the morning helps regulate blood sugar, improves our food choices later in the day and helps us maintain a healthier weight. What you choose to eat in the morning does…

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If only you could quickly satisfy your craving for homemade cookies without having to take the time to individually scoop out the cookie dough on to the baking pan. Well, you can! This recipe from Eatingwell, allows you to bake one giant chocolate chip cookie in a skillet to serve up 12 wedges of chocolatey…

Pumpkin and Spice Cookies

The warm flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and molasses are essential in fall baking. These cookies are bursting with fall flavors and they’re soft and moist, thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, raisins, and heart-healthy vegetable oil. Baking with white whole-wheat flour results in a delicate cookie that is filled with the nutritional benefits…