healthy baking

Quinoa Oat Granola - Gluten Free

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Sorry for the lack of recipe posts! I realized I hadn't made granola in FOREVER. I had wanted to try something different from the typical varieties I make, so I decided to test out a recipe with quinoa! Success!! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rainbow quinoa (can use any variety)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 cup gluten free quick cook oats (could do regular rolled oats as well)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (yes I like a lot of cinnamon!)
  • pinch of salt (optional, I do not add)
  • 1 egg white whisked/mixed well
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • about 1/2 cup nuts , I used walnuts and almonds . sunflower seeds also great! 
  1.  In saucepan or microwave melt your coconut oil (combine honey with it if yours it super thick). In the meantime whisk 1 egg white in your large mixing bowl.
  2. add quinoa, oat bran, oats , cinnamon and nuts into the large bowl with egg white and mix together. Then add in your coconut oil and honey , mix well. 
  3. lay out on a pan lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 min in a 350 degree oven.  Tim may vary depending on how big a sheet pan you used and how spread out the mix is, and how hot your oven gets. mix granola half way to make sure all edges get browned a bit.  Enjoy! 

Usage Tip: Great topped over siggis plain Icelandic yogurt with berries (my favorite way to eat it!) or to munch on with morning coffee or tea! Can even be great for a quick pre workout snack on the go, OR mixed with some almond or soy milk for a desert! 

Healthy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

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I made these Healthy Peanut Butter Kisses this afternoon, a new recipe I created that would be both healthy yet satisfying for my husband Jeff!

My go to for beating boredom on cold winter afternoons is typically either 1. bundling for a walk or 2. baking  (after a workout of course!) and often times both! Unfortunately for Jeff , my choices on what to bake aren't always super healthy , because I know how much he loves a good chocolate chip cookie made with real butter and sugar! Which is fine, however I know he would appreciate something better for his waistline during these less active months. Today, I thought I would make use of some pantry ingredients I had on hand....Peanut butter and chocolate Hershey kisses I got on discount after Christmas! Here is what I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup chucky natural peanut butter (I used Teddies)
  • 1 egg (can omit to make this vegan)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup agave or honey (or can use coconut sugar)
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. quick cook oats (can use GF oats too)
  • Chocolate Hershey Kisses for topping.
  1. preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash bananas. Stir in peanut butter, egg and agave/honey until well combined.
  3. Add coconut flour and oats and mix well. 
  4. line baking sheet with parchment paper and roll dough out into tbsp. size balls. Bake for 10-11 min
  5. Once out of the oven, press a Hershey kiss onto the top of each cookie and let cool

 

 

Coconut Chocaroon Chip Cookies

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Although these may not be the most photogenic of cookies….I had many requests for the recipe! My husband loves chocolate chip cookies, but I am often stuck between wanting to make him the good old fashioned, unhealthy ones and recreating recipes to make them super healthy! Often enough, I make a healthy version, and they are just as good as the traditional!

These “Coconut Chocaroon” chip cookies are a healthy version of two classics, the chocolate chip cookie and a coconut macaroon combined. I thought of this recipe one night when I was trying to think of a dessert I could concoct out of random ingredients I had at home. I had a bag of coconut flour, dark chocolate chips, and coconut flakes. I had never used coconut flour before for anything, but it literally tastes just like a coconut macaroon.  I really like the Bobs Red Mill brand (pictured) which was what I used for this recipe. I figured there must be a way to use the coconut flour in a cookie recipe, and I was right! This is what I came up with:

Coconut Chocaroon Chip Cookies
Ingredients:

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/3 cup honey, agave nectar (I used agave)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs, slightly beaten

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup coconut flour

¼ cup quick cook gluten free oats (sprinkle in more if batter is too wet)

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup dark chocolate chips

 

  1. Mix all wet ingredients together in one bowl, and dry ingredients in another. Combine and add the chocolate chips and coconut flakes.
  2. Scoop into balls and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet. I lightly flatten each with my hand so that they bake evenly.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 min

These cookies are full of flavor and nutrients! It’s all you want in a chocolate chip cookie without the excess sugar, fats and “empty” calories from white flour. After baking, I let cool and store in the fridge! Eat well and feel well!!