Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bakery (Muffins, Cakes, Breads, Cookies, etc.)

Healthy Blueberry Muffins
These muffins are to die for. Greek yogurt adds a delicious texture and the honey eliminates the need for a lot of sugar. July is the best month for blueberry picking up here in Connecticut, so stop by an orchard, pick your fill and get baking! Click here for the recipe.

Orange Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Occasionally I make smaller muffins to have as a mid-afternoon snack in between clients. The cream cheese keeps the muffins moist and the orange zest adds so much flavor. Click here for the recipe.

Mango Walnut Muffins
I've been on a muffin kick. I think it's because I hate to waste food and I've found that I can pretty much make a muffin out of anything. Sweet or savory, it's alllll goooood. I had some dried mango slices in my cabinet and a few containers of Greek yogurt that needed to be used. And, well, there you go. Click here for the recipe.

Sweet Potato Sour Cream Muffins
I made sweet potato ham muffins (don't knock it til you try it!) a few years back and posted the recipe on the blog here, but these are straight up sweet potato and are really fantastic. I like to mash up the sweet potatoes to leave small chunks of the vitamin-rich tuber visible, but you could easily puree them so that it's completely hidden for those vegetable-fearing folks (you know who you are)... Click here for the recipe.

Breakfast Banana Bread
I love banana bread and I’m always playing around with ways to make it healthier and more filling. This one is my latest attempt and I really like it. It’s more of a filling breakfast type of banana bread, but it’s still really delicious and, truth be told, I’d snack on it anytime of day. Click here for the recipe.

Apple & Pear Oatmeal Crisp
I was at the farmer’s market today with my friend Sara and I was surprised to find so many tasty apples still available in April. And since I bought a HUGE bag of Anjou pears at Trader Joe’s the other day, the decision to make this crisp was a no-brainer. The recipe list is short and the prep/cooking time is less than an hour. Perfect treat! Click here for recipe.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Torte
YES, there’s sweet potato in it and NO, you won’t even know it’s there. The sweet potato adds an incredible texture to this wheat-free dessert. It’s sooooo decadent and fudgy but it’s gluten free and delicious! Click here for recipe.

Gluten-Free Lemon Lavender Cookies
Instead of flour, almond meal is used to make this a lighter, gluten-free cookie. And amazingly, only 1 DROP of lavender oil is used to flavor the whole batch! Click here for recipe.

Chocolate Lavender Cake
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. Lavender may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods, which is what we're doing today! Click here for recipe.

Sweet Potato Ham Muffins
This recipe rocks my world. Seriously. Back when I actually dressed up and wore shoes to work, I'd visit my favorite little coffee shop once every other week (I was on a budget). They used to sell a variety of scrumptious-looking breakfast items, but since I was never a “sweets for breakfast” kind of girl (I even salt my oatmeal), I zoned in on their savory ham and cheese muffins. One bite though and you knew they weren’t healthy, so I was determined to change that. Flash forward 7 years later, and well, here you go. Click here for recipe.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Muffins
I love baking with Greek yogurt. It's a fantastic substitute for some of the less healthy ingredients you find in cake recipes and packs your food full of protein! This is not a very sweet recipe (most of my recipes aren't), but you can add another 1/2 cup of sugar if you want to increase the sweetness. Click here for recipe.

Healthy Hearty Granola Bars
Ok, so this is one of those "make it the way you want" recipes. You can add whatever kind of nuts, dried fruit or chocolate you want. Have fun with it and I promise it'll be GOOD. Click here for recipe.

Zesty Frosting
For a frosting, this recipe is a lighter version than most of what you'll find out there. Besides, we all need a few stiff peaks in our lives. Click here for recipe.

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