Archive for ‘Healthy’

November 28, 2009

Peanut Butter Oatmeal!

Usually for birthdays and christmas I try to make as many gifts as possible – I am always knitting, crafting etc.  But I had never thought to just give FOOD as a gift before, until now!  My wonderful father’s birthday was on Thanksgiving, and I wanted to combine his love for peanut butter and chocolate in a crunchy treat – thus: Peanut Butter Oatmeal!

I overcooked the oatmeal slightly, and I have no idea how long it actually took to toast, so my advice would be to just keep stirring the oats every 5 minutes and take them out as soon as they start to brown! Add some cute packaging… and voila!

Peanut Butter Granola
Adapted from James and Miriam Brenneman (via “A Taste of Shiloh”) via Ezra Pound Cake

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup flake coconut (sweetened or unsweetened, your choice)
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ and coconut.

3. Over low heat in a small saucepan, combine the oil and honey, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Stir in peanut butter while mixture is still warm, blending well.

4. Pour mixture over dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

5. Once the mixture cools, add raisins and chips.

June 25, 2009

Berry Good Muffins

With all the sweet treats I’ve been whipping up lately, I decided to post up these yummy, healthy, berry muffins that I found on Two Peas and Their Pod (originally from Joy the Baker).  I decided to use fresh berries, which overflowed with jucy yummyness after baking.  I used blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries (much more than a cup!!)

I realized mid-baking that I had no applesauce, OR buttermilk, so I had to improvise a bit.  It was a while ago that I made these, but I believe that I used 1/2 cup yogurt, a cup of milk, and increased the oil to 3 tbs.  I was okay with not using applesauce – my last attempt to bake with applesauce were kind of disasterous…. But I would like to try these again with buttermilk – I think that would help enrich all the whole wheat flour, oats, general healthyness etc.

Although these got pretty good reviews from the family, and I have seen them being munched on at breakfast, I found some still in the fridge the other day, so I wouldn’t say they were the greatest hit.  I actually liked them a lot – they were best JUST out of the oven, when the berries were all gooey and juicy.  They keep okay in the fridge, but I think they sort of lose their sparkle after a few days… if you can’t eat them in a few days, toss them into the freezer.

Oatmeal Berry Muffins

Adapted from Joy the Baker via Two Peas and Their Pod

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk (I used 1/2 cup yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (I increased to 3 tbs with the above substitutions)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used fresh blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries – at least 1 1/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a muffin tin with paper cases or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil, egg, and extracts. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in berries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Makes 14-16 regular muffins

Bake for 16-18 minutes. Best when toasty warm and dripping with berry goodness:)

May 24, 2009

You win some… and you lose some (Baking Blitz Pt. 1)

My single blog post was feeling a little lonely, and I figured the only way to remedy that quickly was to having a baking blitz this weekend. I picked out four recipes that I had been drooling over for a while, and decided to get the first done ahead of the weekend, on Thursday.

Unfortunately, my baking blitz started out with a major failure.  I had been wanting to make the Banapple Muffin Bars from Patti Cake for a while.  As much as I love buttery, chocolately desserts, I thought it might be fun to try something on the healthier side.  These have no butter, just applesauce and a mashed banana.

I thought the batter tasted kind of weird, and the final product tasted even weirder.  The texture was kind of gummy, maybe from the applesauce, and the bars in the center of the pan didn’t quite get baked all the way. I guess they looked okay once I cut them into bars, if a little bland and colorless…

After a few determined trys at tasting these, hoping they would get better, I trashed ’em.  I’m not sure exactly what went wrong, but I’m just chalking it up to an interesting experience. Patti had said on her blog that they were somewhat mediocre, but I have a feeling I messed up somewhere along the way. If you want to check out the recipe for yourself, go for it.  I have made some other things from Patti’s blog by the way, and they have been delicious, so this isn’t a reflection of her skills by any means!

Stay tuned for three more recipes that turned out FABULOUS!!!