This peanut butter granola is crispy, crunchy, and full of giant clusters. It’s addicting as a topping for yogurt bowls or straight out of the container! Can easily be made vegan by substituting maple syrup for the honey.
Homemade granola never lasts long in my house. In addition to eating it for breakfast, Ben and I frequently munch on pieces straight from the container, and he brings a bag to work to snack on. Granola is becoming one of my favorite recipes to make at home – I always forget how simple and delicious it is!
I love to experiment with the ingredients I add to granola. I always use old fashioned rolled oats as the base. I also use nuts or seeds to add some protein and healthy fats, as well as warming spices. For this batch of peanut butter granola, I experimented with using brown rice crisps as well, which give this recipe a lighter and super crispy texture!
How to Make Granola with Giant Clusters
Like most people, I believe the giants clusters in granola are the best part! Here are some tips to optimize the size of your clusters when you make homemade granola:
Bake at a low temperature. I bake my granola at 325 degrees F to avoid burning and ensure an even browning of all your ingredients.
Do not stir granola once it is in the oven. This is key! Many recipes instruct you to stir your granola during baking to avoid burning. This is why you’ll bake it at a low temperature, so you don’t have to break up your granola in the middle of baking.
Let granola cool before breaking into clusters. Your granola will harden up as it cools, forming one giant sheet. Then you can use your hands to gently break it apart into clusters!
Store in a wide rectangular container. Instead of tossing your granola into a bag, store it in a wide rectangular container. Place your clusters gently in layers on top of on another to keep their shape. This all prevents the clusters from crumbling during storage.
Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
Oats: One of my all time favorite foods, oats are packed with nutrition. They are a good source of soluble fiber, which can reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed into your bloodstream. Some other foods high in soluble fiber include sweet potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and black beans.
Peanuts and Peanut Butter: Peanuts are a very affordable source of plant-based protein. They are also a good source of biotin, a vitamin important in metabolizing fats, carbohydrates and protein.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a powerful spice with antioxidants, including polyphenols, which help reduce free radical damage to our cells and fight inflammation. It may also help lower blood sugar levels by increasing our sensitivity to insulin.
This spring soup is light, full of in-season produce, and incredibly smooth and creamy. There is an unexpected, healthy ingredient that gives this soup its silky texture, making it completely dairy free.
Soup is not just for wintertime! It’s one of my favorite one pot meals to prepare at the beginning of the week for lunch or dinner. This creamy asparagus soup is light, nutritious and full of fresh spring flavor. I’m more than happy to extend soup season for this vibrant bowl!
There are no fancy ingredients in this soup, and you might already have some in your pantry! An unexpected ingredient makes this soup unique and incredibly creamy, without adding any cream…avocado!
I’ve added avocado to smoothies before, and love the silky texture it adds. Adding it to a pureed soup has a similar effect. It’s a neutral flavored ingredient that makes the soup incredibly smooth and creamy. Avocado also adds plenty of healthy monounsaturated fats and potassium to this soup!
Main Ingredients + Some Nutrition Notes
You need just one pot and a blender to make this delicious creamy asparagus soup. It will take you less than half an hour from start to finish! Put these ingredients on your next shopping list:
Asparagus: Asparagus is high in folate, which is important for healthy pregnancies and cell growth. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, which we need for blood clotting, and antioxidants.
Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds, which may have cancer preventative effects when ingested. It also may help boost our immune response when we are sick.
Avocado: Our generation’s favorite healthy fat! Avocado is rich in healthy monounstaturated fats, which help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol when they replace saturated fats in the diet. They also contain more potassium than a banana!
A Few Recipe Notes
Fresh or frozen asparagus both work wonderfully in this recipe. I actually used frozen for this batch, because the store was out of fresh!
If you use low sodium vegetable broth, you may need to adjust the amount of salt added to the soup.
This recipe will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
These tahini brownies are incredibly chocolatey and fudgy. They’re free from gluten, oil and refined sugar, but you’d never know it. Tahini is the hero of this recipe, which eliminates the need for oil or butter while still keeping the brownies super moist and giving them a rich flavor. These brownies take just 30 minutes to make, so what are you waiting for?
This is the second brownie recipe I’ve posted in the last three weeks, but I’m not making any apologies. Dessert is regarded quite highly in my house, so frequent brownie baking sessions are welcome. If anyone wants to stop by, I’d be happy to share!
I’ve always enjoyed baking, even as a little kid. I definitely get it from my mom, who is one of the best bakers I know! As an RD, I love to promote an “all foods fit” approach to eating. That means it’s OK to have sugar and dessert when your body is craving it! I absolutely eat “real” ice cream, cookies, brownies, and pie. These treats don’t come without high sugar and saturated fat content, though, so I truly enjoy creating more nutritious versions of my favorite desserts! I prefer to think of these as additions to my diet, rather than completely replacing the real versions of these desserts. This mindset allows me enjoy treats when I’m craving them or during social events without guilt!
These tahini brownies have some super nutritious ingredients. Cacao powder contains polyphenols and flavanols which have potent antioxidant activity. The flavanols in cacao may help lower blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide in the blood. Tahini, which is made from ground sesame seeds, adds healthy fats and protein to this recipe. It also contains important minerals like magnesium and calcium, and it can be difficult to meet our needs with both of these minerals. Almond flour also adds healthy fats, protein and fiber.
A Few Recipe Notes
Subbing a different nut butter for tahini will keep this recipe moist and fudgy, but may alter the flavor slightly.
Try adding other mix-ins as desired, such as a handful of walnuts.
Do not overmix the wet ingredients, because the tahini may thicken significantly.
This recipe will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week, or frozen up to 3 months.
Salty, crunchy halloumi cheese combines with pearl couscous and roasted vegetables for a simple yet unique home cooked meal. You’ll pan fry the halloumi, giving it an irresistible crispy exterior, just like you’d order at a restaurant!
Halloumi is popular cheese in Greece and the Middle East. It’s prepared and served after it has been grilled or pan fried. Halloumi is unique because of its high melting point. It won’t melt when you cook it, so it retains its shape and texture. Halloumi is salty, crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and a little squeaky when you bite it. Everything about this cheese makes it totally addicting!
Grilled halloumi has become one of my favorite things to order when I see it on a menu at a restaurant. Tatte Bakery in Boston makes one of the best halloumi salads, and I order this a few times a month when I grab lunch there! I’ve had halloumi out so many times, and finally decided to try making it for myself at home.
How to Pan Fry Halloumi
Slice halloumi into ¼ inch slices
Use a clean tea towel to pat the extra moisture out of each slice
Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium heat
Place slices of halloumi in the pan and cook each side until browned and crispy, about 2-3 minutes each
Since halloumi packs so much salty flavor on its own, I paired it with more mild flavors of pearl couscous and simple roasted vegetables. A sprinkle of fresh parsley and lemon juice bring everything together!
A Few Recipe Notes
Whatever vegetables you have on hand will work in place of zucchini and cherry tomatoes.
Patting the halloumi dry helps give it that super crispy texture when fried, don’t skip this step.
The couscous and vegetables can be prepared ahead, but pan fried halloumi is best served immediately as it will harden as it sits.
This banana baked oatmeal is an easy yet decadent breakfast or brunch recipe. Prepare it on a Sunday to have for breakfast throughout the week, or serve it warm from the oven for Mother’s Day brunch this weekend! This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened with banana and applesauce, so it’s perfect for a crowd that has dietary restrictions.
Oatmeal is my all-time favorite breakfast. I love it because it’s very inexpensive, easy to prepare, and there are endless flavor combinations, so it never gets boring. Oatmeal has plenty of fiber to keep us full, and is a good source of soluble fiber in the form of beta-glucan. Soluble fiber is especially important to have in our diets because it may help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease.
I eat oatmeal for breakfast several times per week, but can you believe this is my first time making a baked oatmeal recipe? Now that I’ve done it, I don’t know what I was waiting for. This recipe is incredibly simple, uses common ingredients you probably have in your pantry, and tastes amazing. The flavor reminds me of banana bread, but has a heartier texture thanks to the old fashioned oats.
This banana baked oatmeal recipe is great because all you need is one bowl to make it happen. After creating a flax egg in a mixing bowl, just add the other ingredients in the order listed. Stir together, pour into your baking dish, and into the oven it goes! It will definitely be added to my regular meal prep rotation, especially for busy weeks when we need breakfast on the go.
A Few Recipe Notes
While I haven’t tested other types of oats with this recipe, I definitely suggest using old fashioned rolled oats. Their chewy texture holds up well when baked.
I used a flax egg to keep this recipe vegan. You can substitute ground chia for ground flax, or one whole egg if you are not vegan!
For the bananas, the riper, the better! Ripe bananas are much sweeter, and this eliminates the need for added sugar in this recipe.
A modern and more nutritious take on the classic cheese quesadilla. This recipe calls for sprouted grain wraps, goat cheese and lots of vegetables for lots of nourishing ingredients in every bite.
This quesadilla might be my new favorite lunch to whip up when I am home. This meal feels decadent and even a little bit fancy, but it is loaded with good-for-you ingredients! Goat cheese is one of the top three best cheeses in my opinion (right up there with brie and fresh mozzarella). I almost always have it served cold in a salad or spread on a cracker, but after making this recipe, warm goat cheese is where it’s at!
In addition to goat cheese, this quesadilla packs in lots of vegetables. The combination of sweet caramelized onion, mushrooms and spinach will give you about one full serving of veggies per quesadilla. That’s just about the easiest way to get you closer to your five a day!
I used Angelic Bakehouse sprouted 7-grain wraps instead of traditional flour tortillas for this quesadilla to make this recipe even more nutritious. These wraps are made with sprouted grains, which may be easier for many people to digest! Sprouting a grain also increases the levels of B vitamins including folate, fiber and amino acids. Sprouted grains also have a reduced glycemic index than non-sprouted grains. This means that sprouted grains cause a slower, more stable rise in blood sugar after consuming them. I absolutely love the nutty taste and texture of these wraps, and they become perfectly soft yet crispy when griddled in the skillet!
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This recipe is easily customizable, as different cheeses and vegetables would pair well with these wraps.
This lettuce-free salad is still full of green goodness, thanks to one of my favorite vegetables. Broccoli is the crunchy base for this delicious salad, and it’s the perfect vehicle for a creamy Thai peanut dressing!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – peanut sauce makes everything better. I’m always looking for new ways to add it to my meals. This salad was inspired by the Raw Broccoli salad I had at one I had at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Emily. My sister and I dined there on one of my last nights living in the city and shared a meal. I left the restaurant equally as excited about their broccoli salad as I was their pizza!
This broccoli salad includes dried cherries and peanuts, just like at Emily. I also added edamame for an added boost of plant-based protein! Everything is coated in the creamiest blanket of peanut dressing. This dish is also a great meal prep recipe. It’s quick and easy to make, and it holds up well in the fridge for a few days.
Broccoli and Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli just might be my all-time favorite vegetable. One reason I love it is because it holds onto sauces and dressings so well. It also has so many health benefits! Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes kale, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in fiber, so they help keep us full. They are also excellent sources of many vitamins and minerals, including folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Cruciferous vegetables also contain phytonutrients called glucosinolates. These compounds have antioxidant effects, lowering inflammation in our bodies. Glucosinolates have been associated with preventing certain types of cancer. I strive to include 1-2 cruciferous vegetables in my diet each week!
A Few Recipe Notes
Blanching broccoli keeps it crunchy and crisp, while bringing out the vibrant green color we love to see.
Dry your blanched broccoli very well so the sauce coats everything evenly – don’t skip this step!
Other dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped dates, would work well to replace dried cherries.