Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pumpkin Cream Waffle Cake

Yes it's that time of year again when I start posting delicious pumpkin recipes!  I have been brainstorming over the past few months of some creative new pumpkin recipes to share with my readers.  Last weekend I had a pumpkin recipe fail with an attempt at pumpkin pizza (I am hoping the second attempt is better), so I was thrilled when this super easy recipe for a Pumpkin Cream Waffle Cake turned our superb.

There is no joke when I say this is an easy recipe.  To simplify things I used frozen waffles and mixed together pre-made whipped topping and yogurt for the filling.  There was no whipping cream for this recipe (even though that is not a terriblly difficult task either).  The most difficult part was perfecting the drizzle for the glaze.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

A traditional recipe for banana chocolate chips muffins with a few healthier substitutions no one will ever know happened

Creating non-traditional original recipes is one of my passions, but sometimes you just need to stick with the traditional basics.  For today's post I did just that, well with a few healthier substitutions.

Since one of 360FN's most frequently viewed recipes is Low Fat Banana Bread, I decided it was time for a follow-up recipe.  This time I wanted to create an individually portioned option.  Meet Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, the muffin version of the Banana Bread (well plus some chocolate)

If you follow any of my other recipes you know that I am all about recipe substitutions. So here is what I did!  I was able to reduce the fat content in this recipe by adding in some unsweetened applesauce. The amount of added sugar was decreased due to the natural sweetness provided by the bananas and applesauce.  I skipped the white flour and went for pure 100% whole wheat flour (King Arthur's is my absolute favorite).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sprouted Grain Avocado Toast Croutons

Turn sprouted grain avocado toast into a healthier crouton to top off your next veggie packed salad!

In case you might have missed it, Sprouted Grain bread and Avocado Toast are hitting health conscious Instagram accounts like a storm.  I combined these two super popular foods and took it a step further to create today's recipe for Sprouted Grain Avocado Toast Croutons!

For those of you not so familiar with avocado toast, its basically an avocado spread over toast.  Nearly every day I see pictures on social media of avocado toast with various toppings such as fruits, nuts, or chia seed.  It can be a nutrient packed snack or combined with a salad or soup for a balanced meal.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken and Kale Slaw Taco

Transform your next TacoTuesday with this Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken and Kale Slaw Taco loaded with sweet and tangy flavor.  

I am a huge fan of slow cookers, but thus far haven't really shared that love with my readers on the blog.  One of my favorite foods to cook up in my slow cooker is chicken breast.  When prepared in a slower cooker, the chicken comes out to be extremely moist and tender - perfect to have on hand for the week as a protein source for salads, sandwiches, tacos, etc.

Preparing a slow cooked chicken recipe is amazingly simple.  Add chicken and a few ingredients to the slow cooker and turn it on.  Wait 4 to 6 hours and voila you have a healthier lean protein source!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes

A Gluten Free Pancake Option. These Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes are loaded with a sweet chocolate flavor and will keep you satiated for hours.

Oat flour has been my "go-to" healthier recipe substitution lately.  I have used oat flour in baked goods to replace enriched white flour and in many recent baby food recipes.  Today I am using oat flour for my Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

The substitution of oat flour for enriched white flour can add many nutritional benefits to your baked good.  If you suffer from a gluten intolerance, oat flour (if made from pure oats) can serves as a gluten free flour option.  Oat flour offers a substantial amount of fiber - which may provide greater satiety and heart health benefits.  It should be noted that oat flour is NOT necessarily lower in calories than other flours, but does offer a more nutritionally dense option.

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