Back to School Smoothie Recipes: A Guest Post from Nicole Vidmar

I am happy to present this guest post by Nicole Vidmar who is the publisher, editor, and graphic designer for My Kitchen Adviser. With back to school in full swing, it's hard to always get your kids to have a healthy breakfast. Nicole gave some great ideas for delicious and nutritious smoothies for a quick breakfast in the morning. Thank you … [Read more...]

Lost Bread

I am thrilled to present this guest post by Ann McCallum, author of the book Eat Your US History Homework. To check out the review, click here. Ann is the also the author of Eat Your Math Homework, Eat Your Science Homework, Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere, and Beanstalk: The Measure of a Giant. The English call it French toast. The French go by … [Read more...]

Banana Chia Pudding

Are you looking for a quick, healthy and easy snack? This banana chia pudding was a cinch to make and requires no cooking! The pudding is thick and sweet with a smooth consistency. Most puddings are complicated and take time to make on the stove top mixing and waiting to thicken. I made this pudding in my Nutri Bullet which worked out well … [Read more...]

No Bake Fig and Banana Bites

Are you a fig lover? I love figs and hate wasting them, especially when they are overripe and too soft to eat fresh. Figs are also expensive which makes them even more difficult to waste. I decided to try making them into granola bites for a healthy snack. If you prefer a sweeter bite, add more maple syrup. If you don't like a sweet granola … [Read more...]

Rainbow Pancake Sandwich

Are you looking for an easy and fun breakfast? This large rainbow pancake sandwich was created when I had limited time in the morning and my daughter wanted sprinkled pancakes. Instead of making batches of pancakes, I poured the whole batter in the pan, sprinkled some rainbow sprinkles on top and then baked it in the oven until it was ready to fold … [Read more...]

Vegan Banana Date Bars

Are you looking for a snack or breakfast that is sweet, nutritious and full of fiber? Try these banana date bars, with a touch of light brown sugar and tons of flavor. The bars are made of simple ingredients that most people have in the kitchen, with the exception of dates, which have a long shelf life. The first time I made these bars, I made … [Read more...]

Reduced Sugar Apple Granola

This low sugar apple granola was inspired by my mother in law who asked me to create a yummy granola with less sugar. I wanted to make her a tasty granola but cut down on the sugar so she can enjoy it for breakfast. I substituted my usual maple syrup with maple agave syrup. I also substituted my usual applesauce with natural applesauce and added an … [Read more...]

Carrot Spinach Granola

Would you like to pack more veggies in your breakfast? In this carrot and spinach granola, there is a whole pound of organic baby carrots and 1/2 cup of fresh spinach. The granola has a nice carrot flavor to it with the spinach taste being unrecognizable. Granola is a fun and inventive way to add veggies and fruits into your diet as well as your … [Read more...]

Instant Oatmeal for One

Are you sick of eating processed foods? After reading the nutritional content of my instant oatmeal packet the other morning, I decided to make my own instant oatmeal packet of ingredients that are simple and healthy. If you don't have vanilla powder, just make it without it. If you don't want the extra sugar, use an alternative sweetener or mix in … [Read more...]

Almond Butter: Two Ways

Do you love almond butter? Paying too much for it at the grocery story? Make it at home. It's so simple! Make it two ways by adding some simple ingredients. For the almond butter recipe, healthy tips, and how to get your kids involved, check out my guest post on MommyBites.   … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Granola

Do you want to bake something simple and delicious on a cold wintery day? Make granola! It's healthy, makes the house smell amazing and is delicious. It's really easy to do with kids and the ingredients can be swapped depending on your preferences and what you have on hand. The mix in's are up to you. I added dried apples and yogurt raisins. If you … [Read more...]

Ezekiel French Toast

Do you like Ezekiel bread? I was at my local market the other day and saw Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins. They looked good and decided to bring them home to try. I love them toasted up with my almond butter, sliced banana and fig jam. It's sort of like a fancy peanut and butter jelly sandwich for me. It's a great breakfast because it's … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Donut Holes

Nothing feels like Fall more to me than pumpkin. What better way to add pumpkin than in donuts?! These baked donut holes are a cinch to make and are a real hit with the kids. They are easily modified to accommodate different dietary needs and have a healthy ingredient as the star ingredient. For healthy tips and the recipe, visit my guest post … [Read more...]

Banana Granola

Want to make your own granola? It's easy and made of ingredients most people have in their pantry. It's delicious in oatmeal, yogurt or just by the handful. It's also crunchy with a nice sweet earthy taste. It took me 3 times to get this banana granola right. The first time, I overcooked it causing it to be overdone. The next time, I undercooked it … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butter

Looking for a good recipe that you can give as gifts for the holiday? I found a recipe for pumpkin butter here that I really liked but made some changes based on what I had in my fridge. This pumpkin butter is absolutely delicious and great for the holidays coming up. Pumpkin butter is perfect on breads, muffins, scones or just perfect by itself. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Granola

What better way to start the day than with sweet crunchy granola? I had a sweet potato in my fruit bowl and wanted to do something creative with it. The granola took very little time to prepare and came out crunchy, slightly sweet and perfect in oatmeal or on yogurt. For the full recipe and some healthy tips check out my guest post at … [Read more...]

Apple Chips

Your only regret making these chips is that you didn't make enough! These chips do take a long time to crisp up but are worth every bite when finished. I now understand why the apple chips are so expensive at the market! These apple chips are super easy to make but need some time in the oven. The key to making these chips crunchy is cooking them … [Read more...]

Blueberry Yogurt Scones

Have some blueberries and extra yogurt in the fridge? Don't have any fresh blueberries, use frozen! Usually scones are made with cream but I decided to make them healthier by substituting non fat vanilla yogurt. These scones are also half wheat which can give an extra fiber boost. This recipe works best when using thinner yogurt (I used … [Read more...]

Stone Fruit Butter

I had some peaches and apricots in the fruit bowl that were super ripe and a bit too soft for eating. I wanted to make something special for my son's teachers so I decided to make stone fruit butter. The butter came out sweet, thick, full of summer flavor and had a nice smooth texture. My kids helped me with this recipe by "pulsing" the fruit in … [Read more...]

Peach Vanilla Jam

Peaches are ripe now and in season so it's a perfect time to make Peach Jam. I am loving my jam maker and the creativity that goes into making jam. The recipe below is for my jam maker but if you don't have a jam maker, check out this link to make the jam on your stove top. Use the ingredients as guide and experiment yourself with different … [Read more...]

Ginger Pear Jam

Have any ripe pears? Like jam? I made this super yummy ginger pear jam after trying to rack my brain for a creative way to use up the rest of my extremely ripe pears. I own the Ball Automatic Jam Maker which I use pretty often. My husband thought I was a bit off the rocker when I bought it but I have used it pretty often to make jams either for … [Read more...]

Apple Butter

I never knew what apple butter was until I was an adult and started apple picking in upstate New York. I love apple butter on toast, muffins, waffles, pancakes or even french toast. It is sweet, smooth and delicious on so many different types of food. It is also very easy to make. Since this is made in a slow cooker, it can easily be left cooking … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Fun

Who need electronics and toys when you have a Rice Krispies Box? I remember as a child always looking on the back of cereal boxes while I ate my cereal and looking forward to getting the prize inside the box. I forgot the joys of the cereal box when surrounded by so many choices of electronics, toys, etc. This morning, I ventured upon just using my … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Oat Scones

I love pumpkin scones, especially when the leaves are falling and the weather is getting cooler outside. They are sweet, a little crumby and moist inside. The icing on top makes them super special. These scones are easy to make with your kids on a weekend morning. The scones are pretty big so your kids might want to split one depending on how big … [Read more...]

Wheat Germ Granola Bars

I have been making these bars for years and wanted to share them with my readers. They are healthy,  easily modified, and  ideal for a quick breakfast or a snack. They store well in an airtight container (after cooled) and freeze well. They are a cinch to make and can be enjoyed by Mommy and child! If you don't like them too sweet, you can easily … [Read more...]

Banana Stuffed French Toast

I made this french toast one morning after brainstorming what to do with my leftover challah. I wanted something different and had some nice ripe bananas. What is better with bananas? Nutella of course! Feel free to fill your french toast with anything that your heart desires. That is the beauty of this recipe. Please note that the challah I was … [Read more...]

Maple Almond and Fig Oatmeal with Bananas

I made this oatmeal one night after craving one of my favorite sandwiches. I love almond butter, fig and banana sandwiches. I know it sounds a bit strange but its almost like a fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I picked up maple almond butter at the farmers market and wanted to give it a test drive. As you may know from my site, I do love the … [Read more...]

Homemade Applesauce

  I went to Whole Foods this past week and picked up my favorite organic apples. I was all excited to eat one but once I bit into it I realized that they were more on the mealy side. I thought "What could I do with all of these apples that are slightly mealy?". I decided to make applesauce. I usually wait to make applesauce until apple … [Read more...]

Bran Cake Pops

I made these one morning after my daughter requested that I make my bran pancakes (which I will post soon). I was not in the mood to make the pancakes so I thought it would be fun to make these into cake pops. For kids, eating lollipops for breakfast is always a good thing! These cake pops are really healthy so it's a good thing for everybody. I … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

This original recipe was given to me by my sister in law. I love anything that I can put in a slow cooker so I was looking forward to trying this recipe. The oatmeal turned out creamy, hearty and delicious. I made one batch and used it the whole week for breakfast. It served about 5-6 servings depending on how hungry you are! When reheating, add … [Read more...]