Homemade Maple Oat Bread

I owe you all some winners from the last two giveaways, but today is recipe day, so that will have to wait. Nothing fancy, just a good loaf of bread that I adapted from Kevin’s recipe over at Closet Cooking. He tops the loaf with maple sugar. I did sprinkle…

Fresh and Nutty Maple Fig Spread

Today I am doing a guest post on The Whole Gang for a continuation of 30 Days to a Food Revolution. But, I also get to post it here. The idea is that I offer a tip for healthy living (whole foods and from scratch kind of stuff), and a…

Spiced Apricot-Cashew Smoothie

Two days before we had scheduled for a week-long vacation, my CSA delivered with the motherload. Figures. Not that I am complaining, but finding ways to use up bags of fragile greens in two days is no easy feat. And then there were the apricots. 5 lbs of Blenheims and…

Soft Serve-Style Peanut Butter Cravings

I just noticed that most of the smoothies on my blog include banana. Believe it or not, I do take the occasional banana break using mango, avocado, or other fruits for thickening power, but I am not going to apologize for my love of this sweet and highly accessible fruit.…

Sweet Simplicity: Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes

With mother’s day on the horizon, and many pancake Sundays to come, I just had to share this delightful yet oh-so-basic breakfast / brunch recipe. These pancakes have a very pleasant flavor that is not too sweet (just right for your favorite toppings), and a perfectly fluffy texture. I frequently…

Famous Flax ‘n Oat Bar Recipe

Okay, we all have a different definition of famous – but the wonderful folks at Enjoy Life Foods have featured this recipe on their blog. You can view the full post here on the ELF blog. I know, I know, it isn’t exactly Martha Stewart, but this company is fairly…

Jam-Filled Snackin’ Muffins (or Soda Rolls)

I swear, sometimes I feel like Celine reads my mind when it comes to trialing out baked goodie recipes. I purchased some all-fruit spread solely for the purpose of coming up with some jam-filled muffins and PB&J granola for my husband’s morning snack … when low and behold, I opened…

Acorn Squash with Sweet Sage “Butter”

I have been so impressed with how well our herb plant not only survived the move, but also how much it is thriving, even in this cooler climate. Must be all of the great sun it is getting in our very bright new (to us) kitchen. I have found good use…

Smoked Salmon Crustless Quiche, sort of

Since my last Dutch Baby venture was such a dee-licious success, I set out to create a savory version the other day. But, I couldn’t stop with that one challenge alone. Oh no, silly me decided to go for the gusto and make it grain-free too! Luckily it worked out okay, but I used ground almonds,…

Healthy Dutch Babies topped with a Chunky Blueberry-Maple Sauce

Earlier this year, I discovered the Dutch Baby; a thick, eggy oven pancake that is sometimes referred to as a German pancake. Though it had been months and months since my first enjoyable and successful endeavor, I got a huge craving for these babies this morning! Of course, I didn’t want…

Sweet Nutrition: True Blue Smoothie

Thanks to this year’s bumper blueberry crop, our [tiny] freezer is quickly filling. But I must say, it is worth it; this year’s blueberries seem sweeter than ever. Plus, you can’t beat the prices. We have been getting loads of these delicious Oregon blueberries for just $1.00 to $2.00 per lb at…

Sweet Freedom: Fluffy Fruited Whole-Grain Pancakes

When I asked my husband how the pancakes were, he said “Great! Can’t you tell?” As he handed me an empty plate just 5 minutes after I handed him a full one. Could he tell that they were made with whole spelt flour? Nope. Did he detect anything missing from the lack…

Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie

I am not sure why I never thought of this deliciously simple combination before, but I must thank Bryant Terry for introducing me to it in his latest cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen. In all honesty, I found this book a bit intimidating at first. It appeared far more culinary than…