5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Cozy Cranberry Apple Granola Crumble

Really wanted to share this before the Easter Holiday weekend but my work got away from me and I didn’t have time.     It’s a wonderfully easy way to make something special without any effort other than layering ingredients in a crock pot and then waking up to the smell of cinnamon and  tasty apple crumble.       A busy morning brunch, family visiting?  This one pot breakfast or dessert makes everyone’s stomach growl without weighing you down or packing on the pounds.  I used raw cranberries in this version and was surprised at how sweet they became after cooking in with the apples and granola.  They are perfectly sour but not so much that you’ll squint with the tartness.   Add in your own fresh fruit to change-up the flavors like blackberries, currents, raisins, dried pineapple?     The possibilities are endless ♥     I’m off from work for a few days and plan on doing a few upgrades to the blog…  wish me luck with the tech ;( If you’re not signed up to receive my posts directly to your email, please sign up below.  I have some great giveaway posts coming up and I’d…

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Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

Sunwarrior Vanilla Goji Berry Granola Parfait & An Awesome Giveaway!!

I just love having the opportunity to help someone try out these products for free this month! Sunwarrior made me very happy this summer! Here’s why.. If you’re new to Canned Time, you may have missed a scrumptious posting I brought you this spring which featured a few recipe ideas using a fabulous new ‘Classic Plus’ line from Sunwarrior products.  If so, please check it out after you’ve enter to win some Sunwarrior for yourself at the end of this posting.   Here’s the link to that earlier article. It has a complete listing of all the fabulously healthy ingredients that Sunwarrior uses in this new ‘Classic Plus’ line and shows you just how important the way they process their products can be to how beneficial they are to your body. Some protein powders leave you wondering why you didn’t spend a little more and get something truly beneficial and tasty?  I’ve been using Sunwarrior’s full line now for years and I really think the Classic Plus is their best product in the full line of options they offer.  The video here will get you some of the reasons I love this product so much and why you MUST enter…

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Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

Spicy Grilled Pineapple Tahini Slaw, Smoothies, Toast, Tacos & More  – Oriya Organics Raw Green Protein Powders Giveaway & Review

      Boy, I kinda went a little crazy this month when the folks at Oriya Organics asked me to work up a recipe using their products.  Crazy good though.  Their ingredients are just superbly nutritious. The first time I tried their Super Green Medley, which contains live enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, wheatgrass, barley grass, chlorella, and sprulina,  I sliced lemon, fresh pineapple, cucumber and a tsp. of Super Green Medley powder into a jar of filtered water and let it chill in the fridge over night.  What a wonderful way to start my morning drinking this delicious powerhouse of nutrition the next day.  I’ve been enjoying the same drink, different fruits each morning now and I can feel the energy boost it’s been giving me already. The SuperFood Protein Medley has no processed sweeteners of any kind. It contains a full serving of spirulina and chlorella. On top of a protein, it is a multi-functional cleanser and detoxifier. You can be very creative with recipes including using the protein powder as a flour substitute as opposed to only in smoothies. The SuperGreen Medley is a blend of the most nutrient dense greens on the planet. There are no fillers,…

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‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

‘Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake’ from Kathy @HealthySlowCooking.com – May’s “Family Favorite Dessert” entry

In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again. This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized May’s entry is from one of Veganisms most prolific authors, Kathy Hester.  Her latest genius is a quick and easy Vegan recipe collection, ‘The Easy Vegan Cookbook’ now available for preorder HERE. Kathy’s recipe follows but for all the details on why this one is one of Kathy’s family favorites, check out her full post over at HealthySlowCooking.com. Lavender Gin Strawberry Shortcake for Family Favorite Desserts   This is the healthy version of my most favorite childhood dessert. I’m using something called aquafaba. It’s just a fancy word for bean water. The starches mimic eggs and can be used in cookies, cakes and more. Just drain the liquid from a can or carton of cooked chickpeas or use some from homemade chickpeas.That’s the aquafaba or bean water. Easy, right? Get more info on aquafaba on the official site.     Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan yogurt (unsweetened or plain) 1/2 cup unsweetened nondairy milk 1/4 cup applesauce 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (make oil free by using an additional 1/4 cup applesauce instead) 3 tablespoons…

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Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder Review & Giveaway + Brandi’s New York Style Cheesecake

    In the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a new product line from Sunwarrior. They’d like to offer you each a 1 in 20 chance to win some of their best stuff along with a swanky Sunwarrior blender bottle.  Cool!! Just click here to enter to win now through May 31st. “Organic Certified Classic Plus builds on Sunwarrior’s original rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth. This superfood combination still relies heavily on the gentle nature of whole-grain brown rice, but with a hefty dose of the strength that has made Warrior Blend so popular. Raw, plant-based, and powerful, Classic Plus gives you that little extra you want and need. You’ll love the way it tastes, but how it makes you feel is really why we call it Plus. “   I’ve used both the Vanilla and Chocolate flavors now in 10 – 12 different flavors of smoothies and I really love the taste.  It blends smoothly, has great sweetness without a lot of sugar and really makes a great start to my day, my workout and even my desserts as you’ll see here.…

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Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

 If you’re hiding out inside this weekend from sub-zero temps we’re having in the East, you’ll want to make a healthy, delicious meal to keep you warm on the inside as well.  These waffles are a two-for.  That is, you can make some up for breakfast and then save a few for a dinner extraordinaire later that week.   The waffle batter comes from An Unrefined Vegan – the waffle queen” as she’s known on the web.  And the mushroom gravy can be store-bought or I have a wonderfully flavorful creamy mushroom soup that will reduce down into a savory gravy topping.  I left the little bit of sweetener out of Annie’s recipe so that I could use the waffles both sweet and savory.  It worked great.  Just add whichever topping suits your meal.  In Washington D. C., we’re lucky to have ‘International Markets’ that always have a good selection of fresh Bok Choy.  Try to get fresh green outer leaves.  Baby Bok Choy would be even better for flavor and texture but the gravy will soften an older stalk if that’s all you can find in your area.     The fresher the veggies are in this the better.  Don’t cook…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

If you’ve been with me for a while now, you’ll now all too well that I have a problem getting a good, healthy, inexpensive breakfast in me most mornings.  I’ve commissioned my favorite bloggers for help even in my quest for easy, delicious ideas to make up.  I thought I’d share some sucessess I’ve had lately with some of my favorite healthy ingredients and ‘take with’ options to carry with me while I drive mornings.  Some Chia Seeds, some Hemp seeds, maple syrup, pepitas, peanut butter…………you get the idea.  Follow along here for more details.  At the end I’d appreciate if you take a second and vote for your favorite ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry from last year’s event on Canned Time.  I know you’ll love your 12 options but pick one so I can feature that recipe as the cover to my new E-book for the gang.  Details below and thanks in advance.   I know lots of time and caring went into their recipes so choose wisely 😉  I’ve gone Chia and Hemp Seed crazy since last fall.  Not such a ‘bad’ habit.  I’ve had worse over the years.    This version I went all out with, “Chocolate Chunk…

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Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Vegan Life & ‘Warm You Up’ – Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal

Vegan Life & ‘Warm You Up’ – Chia Buckwheat Granola Cereal

Some unusual habits of Vegan life. Bargaining this week with a store owner for his browned bananas – scored at $2.oo for 40 – well, 39 cause I ate one while bagging them up in the store.  Buying local is best.  Cheap local is fabulous!  The more experience I get at buying Vegan lifestyle foods, the better I get at not going broke doing it.  Not so long ago I would spend hours each week making my own Soy and Almond milks.  I bought on-line many a month because seeds and healthy sweet ingredients just were not around in the stores.  It sometimes seems like overnight, Vegan dieting and nutrition gained recognition and acceptance.  I got to talk with the folks at This Is It D. C. last week about Canned Time and the whole Vegan trend now.  Check it out and thank them while you’re there for showing a bit of interest in Vegan ideas and cruelty-free living. It seems that the surge in Veganism in today’s World is creating a lot of drawbacks though since so many seem to think of it as just another diet plan.  Some good can come of it too though, like the market…

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Sprouted Buckwheat Porridge with Maple Syrup & Berries

Sprouted Buckwheat Porridge with Maple Syrup & Berries

 Anyone remember the tale of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears?   Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon, she came upon a house. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in. At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge. Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl. “This porridge is too hot!” she exclaimed. So, she tasted the porridge from the second bowl. “This porridge is too cold,” she said So, she tasted the last bowl of porridge. “Ahhh, this porridge is just right,” she said happily and she ate it all up.  Well old Goldi should have just had a bowl of this Buckwheat porridge.  She would have loved it no matter what the temperature.  It works steamy hot, room temperature, or even chilled with the added fruit.  I love how simple and fast it is to cook as well.  Just a few minutes simmer and you’re ready to enjoy a seriously good-for-you treat.  Even the sprouting process is so easy there’s no excuse to skip it.   Soak your raw Buckwheat groats in filtered…

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Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway! Closed

Cara Reed’s ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’ – an Interview, a Recipe & a Giveaway!  Closed

 Giveaway is now CLOSED.  I recently had a chance to talk with Cara Reed, author, blogger and Gluten-Free goddess.  She has a new book out that takes Gluten-Free baking to a new level.  She’s already made headlines on her blog, Forks & Beans, with her famous gluten-free flour blend and mock ups of the world’s favorite candy bars and baked goods.  If you’re not familiar with her site you’ll love it.  I try not to read Cara’s posts on an empty stomach though….too frustating looking at all my childhood sweets so beautifully re-created into healthier treats.  Cara is a real sweetheart herself.  I had a chance to ask her about the book, life and her health changes recently. ‘Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking’   Me:  Cara, congratulations on the book.  Is it your life’s ambition?  Or a total surprise to be a published author now? Cara: The moment I began blogging I could have never dreamt that I would be where I am today. Every step has been some of the most delightful surprises I have experienced, with this cookbook being not an exception. Me:  Can we all look forward to your writing another soon? Cara: I already have an entire list…

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Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss by Danielle Omar

With 101 Juice recipes and ideas, Danielle Omar’s ‘Skinny Juices’ is a must for anyone concerned for their health. Danielle Omar knows Juicing.  She’s written a reference guide for those who’ve never juiced, want to juice more or even those who’ve juiced for years and want to perk up their regular recipes for juicing.  She know’s her fruits and veggies. Danielle’s writing style isn’t flamboyant.  She writes for the health concerns of others and includes all the science and techniques to back up her instructions and concerns.  She has a clear and uncluttered way of getting her information to us without being boring or repetative as well.  Her recipes are simple, easy to make and fun to drink most of all.  She explains the how’s and why’s of juicing, the differences between juicing and just blending, and how each combination will help and effect your body. ‘Skinny Juices’ is a fabulous reference to start any Detoxification program as well.  Danielle goes through step-by-step instructions for detox.  She explains benefits, concerns and methods for your plan.  And she does it all with simplicity and common sense instructions to get you started.  I made several of her drink combinations on the first…

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Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

Spiced Orange Carrot Cooler & 10 Summer Drink Options

     I’ve come to the conclusion lately, or accepted the realization that I don’t really enjoy smoothies as much as the rest of the world.  I’m thinking that I really should be more of a juice person.  And just accept myself as I am.  No guilt. No trying and trying to get a feel for that thick, veggie/fruit packed drink and deal with it.  No, I’m going to be a juice girl.  I’ll save the pulp.  I’ll use up the fresh fruits I buy.  But I’m going to go much more for just pure juices when I make up morning meals in a glass.  That’s just me of course.  Ya’ll keep blendin’ away the way you like it an d we’ll all get a little healthier. So you’re just not a carrot kinda Girl?  Here are some other fresh Summer drink ideas that may suit your fancy: Simple Limeade Maybe it’s just a ‘Lemonade’ kinda day?  This one has a touch of Coffee substitute for added flavor without the caffeine.    Watermelon Slushie A healthy, sugar and caffeine free Iced Coffee Creamer may be what you want. These three are a few I’ve enjoyed from the health food store…

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Annie’s ‘Multi-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix with 3 Variations’ from An Unrefined Vegan – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #6

Annie’s ‘Multi-Grain Pancake & Waffle Mix with 3 Variations’ from An Unrefined Vegan – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #6

  My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about…

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Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

Raw Fruit Cereal with Fresh “Banana” Milk

You know those mornings when you’d love to have a great big breakfast?  You don’t have time.   You don’t want to spend a lot.   And you don’t need to add hundreds of calories to your day?  Well, when I saw another fabulous video from Fully Raw Kristina I knew this idea would rock my breakfast world. As far from Captain Crunch as you could be……   Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email below.

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Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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Brandi’s Sweet Chocolate Crepes from “The Vegan 8” – ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry # 4

Brandi’s Sweet Chocolate Crepes from “The Vegan 8” – ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry # 4

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

A. B. C. Smoothie Antioxidant Blast in a glass + my “virtual” friend Annie

Vitamin A + Beta Carotene + Vitamin C = My A. B. C. Smoothie “Antioxidant Blast in a glass” I first saw this drink on Pinterest so I’m not pretending to be so clever as to have created this magnificent tribute to antioxidants and vitamins, but here it is for you now: 2 Carrots (roasted or steamed) + 1 medium size Sweet Potato (cooked) + 1/3 of a fresh Pineapple + 1 inch of fresh Ginger Chill + Blend + Drink = Power Surge! This kind of easy, fantastically healthy and delicious recipe is a great example of small changes I’ve made to my diet in the past 4 years.  Before eliminating  all dairy, and then all animal products in my diet, it was really just ‘what can I eat so I can continue to go’ and ‘how can I stay as thin as possible’  Today things have changed dramatically for me and my diet.  Living a Vegan Plant based lifestyle is such a great confidence builder for me.  I think more kindly about the world and I treat my body more kindly.  I don’t crave Bacon.  I don’t crave fat filled creamy shakes.  I do crave the energy boost and…

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‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry #2 from Julie @Julieslifestyle.com “Berry Breakfast Parfait with Vanilla Cashew ‘Yoghurt’

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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Slow Cooker Granola with Spicy Molasses Glazed Nuts

Slow Cooker Granola with Spicy Molasses Glazed Nuts

What could be better than crunchy sweet and healthy homemade granola?   Homemade granola that you don’t have to watch every minute to make sure that it doesn’t burn.  Granola that stirs like a dream instead of spilling off of the cookie sheet while you’re trying not to burn your arms on the oven rack. That’s what, yea!! I had to fancy this super easy granola up a bit too by adding in some spicy candied molasses nuts with the mix.  My husband and I both agreed that these candied nuts, boiled up with molasses instead of plain maple syrup were much tastier and far better for your health as well.  Blackstrap molasses is chock full of B6, Potassium, Folic Acid and best of all IRON!!

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Gluten Free Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread

Gluten Free Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread

In 2014, I’ll be host to some pretty awesome breakfast ideas from 12 fabulous food bloggers from around the world. Each month, I’ll be featuring a different blogger’s recipe for 1 fantastic breakfast with all the details.  Each recipe will be as healthy as it is tasty and VERY economically priced as well.  You’ll see my first blogger’s entry in this event coming up next Sunday, January 19th.  Can’t wait to get things started with this 12 month project of my favorite meal teamed up with my favorite bloggers. My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ will have it’s own Pinterest board as well so you can keep track of each month’s new recipe posts.  Then at the end of the year, I’ll run a little vote to see just who’s ideas were the most spectacular of all 12.  More details on all that as the event unfolds.  Now on to my own breakfast idea.  Molasses Buckwheat Breakfast Bread.   I called it a breakfast bread because it is more of a moist sweet bread than a dry toast type.  It stands up all by itself as a meal along with some fruit or just juice or tea.  Not a sandwich type loaf,…

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Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

Fresh Basil Biscuits with Apple Pie Jam

1 year ago:    Sweet Potato Stew (so good) No better time than the autumn to whip up some simple, inexpensive  fruit jams to make your baked goods come alive ♥  For the Basil Biscuits: Heat 1 Cup of non-dairy milk to just under 110 degrees in a glass bowl.  Stir in: 2 tsp organic cane sugar, 1 /3 cup olive oil, and 1 Tbs. yeast. Stir and allow to sit for up to 10 minutes while the yeast eats!  (or until you see frothy bubbles on top) Stir 8 – 10 fresh Basil leaves into the liquid.  Pour the liquid in with 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour or bread flour.  Stir until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. With oiled hands, knead the dough gently until it forms into a ball.  Set the dough ball on a warm surface or bowl.  Cover with a cloth and let sit for up to 2 hours until it has doubled in size.  Punch your fist into the risen dough and place it onto a greased pan.  Push the dough with greased fingers into a flat circle about 1/2  inch thick.  Divide the circle of dough with a knife…

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“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

“Frumpy” Pumpkin Spice Croissants

1 year ago – Pomegranate Freezer Fudge My first attempt at mixing, rolling, rising, rolling, folding, freezing, rolling, cutting, rising, baking making homemade croissants. They do involve a little bit of a process to get the flaky dough we’re so accustomed to in store bought croissants. This turned into a 2 day, off and on project to complete.  And with all those steps in preparation, I won’t bore you with all the details. I will link you up with a superb step-by-step instruction that got me through it all…. Thank you so much Izy at Top With Cinnamon ♥ I did make some slight changes to Izy’s recipe. I added the pumpkin filling and pumpkin spread.  I used whole wheat flour.  And I added 1 Tbs of cinnamon and 3 Tbs of sugar to the dough.  I also made my croissants much smaller.  Next time I’ll make them larger though as a lot of the pumpkin filling oozed out the sides when baking.  Still very good but not so great in appearance ;( I also sprinkled each one with a cinnamon sugar mixture after they were cooked. The pumpkin pie spice dipping sauce or filling is like pie pudding.  It contrasts…

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Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

Annie’s ‘Loaded Muffins’

  I fell in love with this recipe the first time I saw Annie’s post last month for ‘Loaded Morning Muffins with Crumb Topping’. There are just so many luscious flavors, maple, ……nuts, spice and fruit, vanilla, cinnamon….oats, ginger….YUM. I’ve made up similar recipes when I’m trying to clean out the cupboard or fridge.  Sometimes they work out (sometimes not) But these big beauties work great, even if you have to switch out a few items to clean out your own supplies 🙂 I did make a few changes in mine and they worked out fine. I used fresh peaches in place of the apricots & carrots. Used Sweet Potato instead of Pumpkin. And crushed up some granola for the crumb topping. You can find Annie’s original recipe in it’s purely awesome state here. Whether you use fresh fruit or dried the nutrition and flavors of these ‘loaded’ little cakes will not disappoint.  I made up a double batch of batter and froze half of it to experiment soon to make some ‘Loaded’ waffles as well.  If they’re half as good as these muffins turned out, I’ll be loading up on those too. An Unrefined Vegan has so many wonderfully…

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Chocolate Chip Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze

 This past weekend, my husband and I  stopped by a wonderful little Vegan cafe / bakery, Sticky Fingers Bakery, in Washington D.C.   Along with buying up 4 different fabulous Vegan cupcakes,  we gobbled down a large ‘Sweet n Salty’ chocolate chip cookie.  The cookie was full of wonderful chunks of who knows what and the top was liberally sprinkled with coarse Himalayan sea salt.  Sooooo yummy that we sat on the bench outside and ate the cookie up in about 30 seconds.  I had to recreate this one!  As happens so many times when I start experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen, things often evolve into something that is not what I intended ending up with.  Yet, still a delicious result. Voila.  Chocolate Chip Scones with a mildly sweet Vanilla Cream Glaze.  So these were supposed to be cookies, but….whatever.  I’m sure with a little experimenting of your own, they could become a wonderful cookie as well.  But here we go with my scones for now….  I’ve never been very fond of scones that I can remember.  I  remember them as being dry and fairly tasteless.  These scones surprised me.  They have all the moisture of a dense, rich…

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie Breakfast Bar

Featured on: Brit + Co. The Best Uses for Frozen Berries You’ll Ever Find: 27 Brilliant Berry Recipes  For years I’ve been blending away all the delicious healthy ingredients for green smoothies, usually at lunch time since I leave for work before 5 am and no one wants to listen to ice crushing…including me at that time of day.  I’d love to have a delicious icy drink for my morning meal but it doesn’t work out for me time wise.  I also freeze left over smoothie in ball jars but it takes forever for them to thaw.  Sometimes they don’t soften up for hours when I take them for work and that doesn’t work either ;( So I’ve invented a freeze, grab and go version of a smoothie:  These little squares have all the good things in a green smoothie…and a little more.  Fruit, Nut Milk,  Flax, a little Vanilla Protein Mix… And are perfectly portable! Mix up a batch of these with your favorite smoothie flavor(s), pour it out in a lined pan, freeze and then cut into take-with squares.      Hope you will enjoy this smoothie in a bar with your own favorite flavors.  Be sure and…

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Strawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter

 These waffles begin and end with a nice bunch of fresh, just ripe strawberries. Without them, don’t bother…. The waffle batter is not overly sweet, not overly tart.  It’s a light batter and you get bits of sour when your tongue finds one of the fresh strawberries mixed in with the batter.  The Maple Cinnamon Butter is not too sweet either and adds a smooth alternative to the crispness of the waffle edges.   The strongest flavors here are strawberry puree and the cinnamon.  Both combine and swirl around in your mouth to balance out the plain waffle flavor.  Add in a little cocoa powder to the batter for a more dessert like waffle. Please check out the Waffle Queen (Annie at An Unrefined Vegan) for the real encyclopedia of waffle making.  I’m just a beginner here and have a lot to learn. My first attempt at waffle making.  Definitely not my last. PrintStrawberry Waffles with Maple Cinnamon Butter Yield: 3 Belgian or 5 smaller Waffles What you will need for this recipe:For Maple Cinnamon Butter: Combine 1/2 Cup Vegetable Butter with 1/4 Cup Maple or Agave Syrup and 1 tsp. Cinnnamon For the Strawberry Puree: 1 1/2 Cups Sliced…

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Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup

A delicious & hearty sweet way to get your grains, Buckwheat Pancakes! A healthier version of an old classic. The fluffy flavorful pancakes are refined sugar free, very low Gluten and Vegan.  Mix some up in minutes and WOW your guest with nutrition and earthy flavor in each bite.

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Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

“A warm toasty slice of love” This hearty sweet chewy loaf is better than any cold or flu medicine known to mankind.  Okay, well it’s really good though… The crust has enough crispness to balance the chewy buttery inside, the tart raisins balance the spicy sweet cinnamon swirl. If it doesn’t cure what ails you, it sure will lift your spirits after eating a slice…..or two! Maple Syrup Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread (Makes a 1 1/2 Pound Bread Maker Loaf) Add ingredients in this order / all at room temperature: 1 1/4 Cups Water 1 Tbs. Earth Balance or Vegan Vegetable Spread 1 tsp. Sea Salt 3 Tbs.  Maple Syrup 2 3/4 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 Cup coarsely ground Barley Flour ( or Oat) 1/4 Cup Ground Flax Seed 2 1/2 tsp.  Dry Active Yeast Raisin / Cinnamon filling:   1/2 Cup of organic Raisins 1 Tbs. of Cinnamon mixed with 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup Process according to bread maker instructions for ‘whole wheat’ loaf to the final rise.  Remove dough from bread maker and spread out onto a floured surface.  Shape the dough into a rectangle.  Sprinkle ‘Raisin/Cinnamon’ topping over the dough.  Fold in the sides of…

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