I love carrot cake. Especially when it’s full of walnuts, raisins and pineapple.
Traditional carrot cake is full of sugar and refined carbohydrates. So, even though I love carrot cake I don’t eat it very often. I also love muffins, but I’m careful about what muffins I eat, because I don’t want to have a muffin top!
I tweaked this muffin recipe to taste like carrot cake with out all of the refined sugar. The sweetness comes from maple syrup and canned pineapple. These are great to have on hand for a quick breakfast (the girls love ’em!) or as a snack. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do! (They also freeze well.)
Preheat Oven to 400 F and grease muffin tins
1 C Oat Bran
1 ½ C Oat Flour
1t Baking Powder
1t Baking Soda
½ t Cinnamon
¼ t Nutmeg
½ C Raisins
½ C Walnuts
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, set aside
Smoothies Are Everywhere
There are whole diets and “challenges” built around the smoothie. So what’s the deal? Smoothies are a great way to pack in a bunch of vegetables and fruit. Whole food smoothies (as opposed to juicing) are wonderful, because they contain all of the fiber of the whole vegetable and fruit, but the blender has already done most of the work for you. Juicing removes all of the fiber, which sometimes can be good, but contains a lot more concentrated sugar.
I’ve done a lot of experimenting with smoothies, and this is, by far, my favorite green smoothie recipe.
2-3 cups Cold Water
4 Cups Spinach (or Kale, or your favorite green)
2 Stalks Celery
2/3 Cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
2 Scoops Protein Powder (Optional)
Directions: Put all of the above ingredients in a high powered blender (I love my Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
Mornings in our household are usually pretty chaotic. One thing that isn’t negotiable is a healthy breakfast. It’s nice to have things ready to just throw together and this granola is one of those things. Grab fresh (or frozen) fruit, some yogurt and add this granola on top and you’ve got a delicious breakfast that the pickiest eater will love.
Store-bought granola is usually loaded with sugar, vegetable oils and preservatives. This granola gets healthy fat from coconut oil, Omega-3 fatty acids from walnuts and chia seeds, and is sweetened with maple syrup.
Preheat oven to 300 F.
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Raw Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Cup Chopped Dried Cherries
1/4 Cup raw Sunflower Seeds
1 – 2 T Chia Seeds
1 T Flax Seeds
3 T Maple Syrup
3 T Coconut Oil
1 t Vanilla
1/2 t Cinnamon
1/2 t Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
Combine the Oats, Walnuts, Cherries,...