Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Ogling Over This (Healthy) Oatmeal Bake

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I went to Chicago last week to visit a nursing school and family and my cousin, Betsy, made a delectable Oatmeal Bake for breakfast with the challenge to lighten it up. Challenge accepted. Before I digress, I met the best playdates in Chicago and Luca even let me help him make a (Play-Doh) pizza. Arie is adorable as ever and Betsy and Andriy were gracious hosts. I also really liked Rush and seems like it could be a contender for grad school, but Boston and Philly are still looking strong. . . Now, back to the challenge. Eggs for egg whites, oil for mashed banana, milk for unsweetened almond milk and sugar for caramelized bananas (see the trick here), agave nectar and Aloha’s coconut powder, a natural sweetener. Done. Next challenge?

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Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegetarian

Get Spicy & Sweet with Spiced Nuts

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Ohh, these are tasty. So tasty, in fact, that I couldn’t stop myself from grabbing one while they cooled. And one more, and maybe just another… The kitchen smells heavenly while these Spiced Almonds, Pecans & Cashews bake. Another winning recipe from the brilliant culinary mind of Giada De Laurentiis in her cookbook, Giada’s Feel Good Food, the unusual mixture of spices creates a sweet, yet savory combo that anyone is sure to enjoy.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Snackin’ on Granola

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Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Craisins is the perfect easy and delicious snack. I’ve never made granola with hazelnuts before, but the hazelnuts came out wonderfully toasted; chopped walnuts also work quite well, and are usually my go-t0 nut to add in. The mini dark chocolate chips gives you just enough of your chocolate fix without being overwhelming. With some many options for nuts, dried fruit and spices, you can experiment with what works best with the season or for you. I made this last fall and have been hooked ever since. You can make the granola in bulk and be happily snacking for the rest of the week!

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