Did you know you can make delicious oil free granola that is nice and crispy at home? Well, you can! This sweet potato granola is delicious with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of cinnamon plus the crunch of pumpkin seeds and pecans! It is packed with fiber and protein, the perfect autumn snack!
You may think of hummus as strictly a savory item, but did you know it is delicious as a dessert? Chickpeas are a pretty neutral flavor, so you can add pretty much anything to them! As a seasonal treat, I made a pumpkin spice dessert hummus with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, maple syrup, nut butter and vanilla and it is so good! It is packed with fiber and protein, but tastes like pumpkin pie! If you are looking for a healthy snack option for your Halloween party or fall gathering, give this a try! It is delicious served with cinnamon crackers, or apple or pear slices!
These crackers are not only delicious but healthy as well! They are loaded with heart healthy omega 3 rich seeds, as well as fiber and they are the perfect thing to serve with hummus, on the side of a soup, or just for snacking! They are made in the dehydrator, but if you don’t own one, you can bake them in the oven at a very low temperature with good results as well. I like to keep a container of these on hand at all times!
After school often times kids are hungry for a quick snack when they get home and want something fast. It can be easy enough to reach for the bag of chips, but these nut butter and jelly banana bites are the perfect thing to snack on! They are quick and easy to make, they satisfy a sweet tooth and that little bit of fat from the nut butter makes them satisfying. Next time you want something sweet but not unhealthy in the form of a snack, give these a try for your kids or yourself. Because adults like nut butter and jelly too!
I loved granola bars when I was a kid. We usually would buy them from the store, but if I had known how easy they were to make I would have asked my Mom to help me whip up a batch. These ones come together in about 15 minutes (not including chilling time), and they are worth making yourself, because they taste even better than store bought! They are loaded with fiber from the oats and dried fruit, and protein thanks to the nut butter. If you are not a fan of peanut butter, feel free to use almond butter instead and chopped almonds instead of the peanuts. Or, if you have a nut allergy, you can use sunflower seed butter instead of the peanut butter, and sunflower seeds instead of the peanuts. All of these variations are just as delicious and satisfying!
Popsicles are the perfect thing to cool off with on a hot Summer day! Although you can buy them already made, many of the commercially made ones have refined sugars, flavors and colors so I like to make my own. These blackberry apricot popsicles are not only healthy and filled with nutrients since they contain real fruit, they are easy to make and delicious as well! If you would like to use stevia to taste instead of the maple syrup, that is also another option.
If you are looking for a fresh, new salsa to serve at your 4th of July BBQ, I have the perfect recipe for you! This raspberry salsa is not only delicious and easy to make, but packed with nutrients. Raspberries are at their best and most flavorful this time of year in Minnesota, so I am taking full advantage of that and enjoying them as much as I can. This salsa is a little spicy, but if you prefer it to be less spicy, cut down on the amount of jalapeno, and remove the seeds before chopping. This is wonderful served over grilled tofu or as a topping for tacos, or of course with organic corn tortilla chips!
One of my favorite healthy summer treats for when the mangoes are at their best and we all want something refreshing to sip on, is a mango lassi. Traditionally they are made with dairy yogurt, but I like to make mine with coconut yogurt to keep it vegan. Just a little lime juice, fresh mangoes and a touch of maple syrup and you have something that tastes like dessert, but is actually good for you. Mangoes are packed with vitamin A and C so you are getting some of your vitamins in as well!
Scones are the perfect thing to make on a weekend morning, they are so delicious while still warm out of the oven! Since strawberries are in season, I love to use them in baked goods like scones this time of the year. You may think that scones are difficult to make, but they are actually quite easy as long as you don’t over-handle the dough. These ones happen to be vegan, so if you are allergic to dairy or eggs, or just choose not to eat them, these are the perfect thing to make! They taste just as delicious as traditional scones too!
Hummus is easy to make at home, and the fun part is you can include your own favorite flavors and ingredients! This roasted carrot hummus is perfect for spring, and it is the perfect healthy snack or sandwich spread! It is packed with protein and fiber, and the flavor is delicious with sweet roasted carrots, fragrant lemon and a touch of cumin. If you are a hummus lover, try this next time instead of buying packaged hummus!