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

Amazing Apple Pie for Breakfast

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I love oatmeal bake. Originally made by my cousin, Betsy, when I visited Chicago, I’ve lightened up the original and made it my own. Last fall, I kept making a pumpkin version. This fall, why not try an apple version? I added apple pie spices, fresh apple chunks and chopped walnuts. Drizzle with maple syrup (which you can’t even tell I added to the pics since it absorbed right in), add a spoonful of vanilla yogurt, and top with raisins and cinnamon sugar, and Apple Walnut Oatmeal Bake will make your kitchen smell heavenly and give your tastebuds a frenzy. Plus, it’s such an easy brunch idea or a meal prep for the week. Happy brunchin’!

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

The Best Grain-Free Oatmeal & Porridge

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This is actually like porridge! I’ve been a little oatmeal’ed and overnight oats’ed out, but after all these brisk mornings, I wanted something with the same feel. You may be skeptical when mixing together flaxseed and chia seeds and nuts and coconut . . . but it is! Trust me. I was surprised too. I popped this concoction in the microwave thinking it wouldn’t absorb the milk and become fluffy quite like oatmeal does, but the result is like steel-cut oats or cream of wheat — just less gnarly and grainy; this Grain-Free Porridge with Fresh Figs has a much smoother and lighter finish. I had the last of my fresh figs left, so naturally I topped porridge with those and the some dried cranberries for a late summer, early fall feel.

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

A P-P-P-Peanut Buttery Banana Breakfast

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Happy Meal Prep Sunday! Here’s an overnight oats recipe that’s got me through 5 am wake ups for clinical and kept me feeling full (in a good way) until I could grab a snack after 10 am or sometimes not until after noon. Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are a sure way to make it through your morning. Plus, they’re your classic peanut butter and banana flavors with some walnuts for a crunch and protein power to keep you full.

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Dessert, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

Better (Butter-less) Greek Yogurt Brownies

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Confession: apparently I don’t have a square baking pan? I realize this every time I need one and never seem to remember to pick one up when I don’t. This explains as to why I baked my brownies in a pie pan and the pieces aren’t perfect squares . . . I made chocolate cookies using Greek yogurt before instead of butter and loved them. Like those, I made Greek Yogurt “Skinny” Brownies, which baked into dense, yummy brownies. These brownies are lower in sugar, low in fat (with the fat being healthier) and more nutrient packed if you use carob over cocoa powder. I tossed in some chopped walnuts and unsweetened coconut for texture. I was rationing my chocolate chips and would totally add more for next time! I’ve really wanted a true dessert versus just grabbing some dark chocolate pieces and/or some dates post dinner. I’ve been dreaming of some Halo Top ice cream on top of these brownies — stay tuned. It’s going to be amazing.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Simple, Spiced Sweet Potato Bread

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UM, YUM! I stumbled upon Izy Hossack’s recipe for this Sweet Potato Bread and I’m beyond glad I did. Her site, Top with Cinnamon, is exactly what I love with cooking and food blogs: clean, simple and straight to the point. I tweaked her recipe and used whole wheat flour, added more spice and swapped the oil base. My only compliant is the loaf came out dense and did not rise very well, but this could be because I kept it true to Izy’s original, which is vegan. Despite not very much added sugar, the agave and sweet potato add just enough sweetness that’s accentuated by the spices. The nuts give the bread a hearty crunch. I whipped up a Greek yogurt spread to serve and the tanginess was the perfect balance.

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

Bananas for These Trail Mix “Cookies”

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I can’t get enough of Banana Cookies. They’re simple — two ingredients simple, easy to make and the result is a tasty, yet satisfying treat. I was trying to find a way for a heartier snack that wasn’t celery and hummus or plain, ol’ raw almonds. I had bananas ripening on the counter, chopped nuts hanging out in the pantry and the idea to somehow incorporate a Kind Bar. Sounds promising, right? I tossed in chia seeds and dried cranberries and the Trail Mix Banana Cookies were born. I would have totally added dark chocolate chips, but I didn’t have any on hand. (Note to self, always have dark chocolate chips on hand. What was I thinking?) Sounds like I’ll just have to whip up batch numero duo and let you know how it goes.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Autumn Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

I’ve been dying to make some granola lately. ‘Tis this season and the aromas perforated my kitchen and spelled oh-so-heavenly. More specifically, I’ve been dying to make some Pumpkin Spice Granola. I have big plans for tho granola. I may or may not be resurrecting my yogurt breakfast parfaits to showcase some autumn twists. I’m thinking sweetly spiced pumpkin, some vanilla Greek yogurt and this pumpkin spice granola would go nicely together . . .

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

Banana Bread for One, Please!

Banana Bread in a Mug

Oh my goodness. I just died a little. Chocolate-Covered Katie is brilliant. Brilliant, I tell you. You could double this or triple it and it would still be healthier than a muffin from Starbucks or Dunkin. I can’t wait to try out other quick mug recipes — blueberry, cinnamon, pistachio? I tested this for dessert in honor of National Banana Bread Day on Monday. (Who knew that was even a thing?) Banana Bread in a Mug, you’re my new favorite thing.

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

Apple Pie in a Bowl

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I wanted something that was filling, healthy but still sweet for breakfast. I saw a recipe for this apple pie oatmeal on Instagram. Why not slowly detox from the Holidays? The chia seeds and oatmeal add substance and protein, while the apples add fiber and vitamin C, and we’ll all need some extra vitamin C to combat the cold and flu season upon us. Another tasty way to transform an ordinary bowl of oatmeal to Apple Pie Oatmeal.

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Appetizer, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Local Finds, Salad, Side, Vegan, Vegetarian

Hearty Autumn Kale Salad

IMG_4952 I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change to resurrect this healthy and colorful Baby Kale, Sweet Potato & Apple Salad. The acidity of the fresh lemon juice and tartness of the dijon mustard both pair well with kale’s heartiness. The crisp apple, sweet potato and creamy delicata squash also somehow diminish and enhance the earthy and sometimes bitter flavors of kale. I’ve made this with curly kale, dinosaur kale or baby kale. I prefer baby kale for the milder taste. No matter the type of kale used, the subtle flavors in the salad and the crunch added by the walnuts create a salad you’ll want again and again. Continue reading “Hearty Autumn Kale Salad”