Healthy Snickers Bars with Oats

Snickers, Mars, Bounty, Kit Kat and Twix chocolate bars have a special place in my heart. When I was 10, my mom went to England to study for a month. I stayed with grandma in Ukraine and needless to say was crossing out days on a calendar. When mom came back, she brought me a pair of my 1st high heel girl’s shoes (black, lacquer; I wished my feet stopped growing) and a bunch of chocolate bars. Among them was Snickers. It was my first time trying a chocolate bar…
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Healthy No Bake Oatmeal Cookies

These are great snack cookies because they contain only 1 tbsp of maple syrup per entire batch. Eating these healthy no bake oatmeal cookies would be equivalent to toasting an oat cake (if it existed), spreading with coconut oil and almond butter, and then sprinkling with raw shelled hemp seeds. Since learning that hemp hearts contain very few carbs compared to flax and chia, I have been liberally sprinkling them on my toasted brown rice cakes smothered with almond butter. So, that is where inspiration for cookies comes…
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Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

I have been waiting all winter long to make crumb bars, cobblers and crisps thinking fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries come spring time. Ironically, knowing what I know now, EWG in one report finding 38 various pesticides on strawberries and raspberries that DO NOT wash off with water, I ended up baking these blueberry oatmeal crumble bars with frozen blueberries LOL. 

Lemon Blueberry Overnight Smoothie Jars

One day I got tired of Overnight Oats, Breakfast Quinoa in Slow Cooker and Vanilla Chia Pudding, and thought “What if I combine both and soak them in a flavoured smoothie?!”. I came from an evening walk and whipped these up in 5 minutes. Honestly, these breakfast jars were amazing! Even my kids ate them for a snack no problem and it is not easy to feed them chia pudding. Really depends on a flavour and consistency.

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

I have been craving carrot oatmeal muffins for weeks. Since I always have bags and bags of organic carrots on hand, this recipe was a no special grocery store trip. These days I cook with organic ingredients I purchased at a reasonable price rather than a recipe idea out of the blue. Eating seasonal makes eating organic on a budget possible. And you can’t beat a 2 lbs bag of carrots for $2, can’t you?! Even Walmart carries organic carrots. I also found lemons, bananas, fresh herbs and different salad…
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Mini Frittatas with Spinach

OK, these might not be the most appetizing muffins you have ever seen but they are delicious! I’m posting my mini frittatas with spinach anyways.:) I have said it before and will say it again – people are too hung up on the way food looks! I can tell it from my own experience when I know a recipe with cheese goes viral and superfood green smoothie is barely getting repins.

Overnight Superfoods Oatmeal Parfait

Although I do not commute to work, I love waking up to already made breakfast. No, Alex doesn’t cook me breakfasts, they cook themselves in the fridge or in the oven the night before. My cooking inspiration is just not there until about 10 AM. And when eating clean, preparation is key for breakfast and snacks. I have already tried vanilla chia pudding and overnight oats. I have also tested awesome overnight breakfast quinoa which I will share soon. This week we are eating these overnight parfaits made…
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Applesauce Waffles

I gotta admit that breakfast in my house can be boring if I don’t plan in advance. And many times I don’t. And frankly, lately my kids have been eating a lot of Nature’s Path cereals. Just because it’s life but giving them organic, whole grain and low in sugar cereal makes me feel better. I just got caught up in a Holiday rush of things and finally it’s over. Hallelujah. I don’t know how you feel but I need a vacation. To make and freeze a large…
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Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Last week I was craving lighter, nutty and full of season’s flavour cookies. Similar to almond flour thumbprint cookies I made last year. I was craving the taste of baked ground almonds in my mouth. Luckily I’m my own boss when it comes to food where as Alex and kids have to eat what I make. Right after dinner, I quickly went through my kitchen’s supplies and 40 minutes later I had these delicious cranberry orange oatmeal cookies. Delicate, airy and super moist. The next day I took a few…
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Chocolate Quinoa Granola

For the past few weeks, I have been in a baking mood. Since Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, end November marks Christmas baking for me (absolutely new concept to a Ukrainian immigrant which I happily adopted). After dropping off kids at school and daycare (thank goodness for those establishments), I turn on Frank Sinatra radio, my oven and am having a blast making the biggest mess in my kitchen! Cooking is my therapy and lately I have added Christmas crafting to the list. Wine, cooking and crafting…I know……
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