Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

A New Twist on the Classic Peanut Butter & Bananas

IMG_5785 This oatmeal just seemed right on a cold winter morning. (It was snowing today and 7ºF out.) A peanut butter and banana combination was maybe just what I needed. I wanted a heartier-than-normal oatmeal, so I opted for steel-cut oats instead of old-fashioned for a change. Swirl in some whipped, fluffier peanut butter along with cinnamon and top with a caramelized, gooey banana. The end result? My newest oatmeal creation — Peanut Butter & Cinnamon Oatmeal with Caramelized Banana. Continue reading “A New Twist on the Classic Peanut Butter & Bananas”

Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Local Finds, Low Sugar, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Awesomely Easy Applesauce

IMG_5107If you were like me and bought apples at local orchards and leave with a gorgeous bag of fresh apples, you’ve probably already tackled apple chips or apple crisp — what’s left? Homemade applesauce. Yummm. Even better, take that applesauce one step further and add ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. The cinnamon and cooking apples make your kitchen smell oh-so-inviting. I can honestly say I’ve never made applesauce from scratch before, and I expected a labor-intensive and arduous afternoon. I encountered quite the opposite. Using a food processor cut down on chopping time, and the apples cooked much faster than I anticipated. In fact, this was quite simple. The flavors from apple pie or crisp are all there. Use this Spiced Applesauce with Golden Raisins as a delicious substitute for a dessert, garnish with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have a healthier, yet deliciously tasty dessert or eat the applesauce plain and have a simple snack Continue reading “Awesomely Easy Applesauce”

Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bite-size “Granola” Bars

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I could eat these Craisin Walnut Energy Bites all in one sitting. They’re so good. Why have I been buying store-bought granola or energy bars all this time? These are just under 90 calories a bite and about 180-270 calories per serving (depending if 2 or 3 bites is a serving). While it’s not that much difference calorie-wise for a commercial energy or granola bar, what is different is that you know exactly what goes into these energy bites: nuts, dried fruit and oats. No added sugar. No preservatives. Nothing you don’t want. Sounds like a perfect pre- or post-work out snack, right? I can’t wait to experiment with new nut, dried fruit and spice combinations. These craisin walnut energy bites are definitely a recipe you must try!

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