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Chewy Gingersnap Cookies {Recipe Redux}

The holiday baking season is upon us!  If you are like my mother, you are baking and freezing batches of cookies and treats for holiday entertaining.  Today, I will be sharing my favourite chewy gingersnap cookie recipe.  This recipe is a soft and festive cookie that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!   Serves: 12-16 cookies Prep time: 10-15 minutes Cook time: 8-11 minutes   Ingredients: 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp canola oil ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup molasses 1 egg 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cloves 1/8 tsp nutmeg ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp salt   Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine canola oil and sugar and...

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Warm Strawberry, Blackberry Crumble

Who doesn’t love a homemade apple crisp or a wild berry crumble?  There is unlimited versatility to use whatever seasonal fruit is available.   You can also use frozen fruit instead of the fresh and save time in washing and chopping. Warm crumble is best served over vanilla ice cream and enjoyed with family.   Serves: 6-8 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 40-45 minutes   Ingredients:   4 cups of fresh strawberries, sliced 1 cup of blackberries 1 Tbsp sugar (will be mixed with berries) 2 Tbsp flour (will be mixed with berries) 1 Tbsp lemon juice ½ cup flour (will be used for topping) ½ cup whole oats ½ cup brown sugar ½ tsp cinnamon 1/3 cup butter or margarine   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 375F. In a...

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Barley, Oats & Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holiday season, I made these tasty Christmas cookies!   I decided to use the whole grains barley and oats since they are rich in beta glucan, which is beneficial for cholesterol lowering and boosting immunity.   Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10-12 minutes Serves: 30-40 cookies   Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup margarine 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg 2 cups whole oats (I used quick cooking oats) 1 cup barley flour ½ cup oat bran 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 1 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Tbsp festive sprinkles (optional)   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine and blend together. Stir in vanilla and egg and mix until fluffy. Add whole oats, barley flour, oat...

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Andrea’s Chocolate Quinoa Brownie Recipe!

I am excited to share this simple and delectable brownie recipe that uses cooked quinoa instead of flour! This soft, decadent recipe is also gluten free. If you don’t mention that the recipe uses quinoa your guests would never even know! ;) Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30-34 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup rinsed quinoa 1 cup water ¾ cup sugar ½ cup cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder ¼ cup 1% milk 2 Tbsp canola oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla Instructions: 1. Combine ½ cup quinoa and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until water has evaporated. Let stand 5...

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Mom’s Chocolate Biscotti

Did you know that the word biscotti means ‘twice baked’?  These classic Italian biscuits are baked, sliced and then baked again.  The end result is a dry and crunchy tasting treat!  Be sure to enjoy your chocolate biscotti with an authentic cappuccino or espresso. Serves: 36 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time:  35 minutes Ingredients: ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla ½ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ½ cup all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch salt ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted Instructions: 1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Beat in cocoa, 1 cup of the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 2.  Stir in remaining flour, chocolate chips...

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Easiest Fruit Salad – Perfect Snack or Dessert

This is an exceptionally simple recipe and a great way to encourage fruit consumption. Having homemade fruit salad ready to eat in the fridge will serve as the perfect snack or dessert for the whole family. It is great to add more fruits to your salads to make them yummy, experiment with flavors and add great vitamins and minerals :) This recipe is a only a guideline, so feel free to include whichever fruits or juices you like to your fruit salad. Fruit Salad: Serves: 12 Prep time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 can (796mL) of pears or peaches (juice-packed, undrained) 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into small sections 2 oranges, peeled and cut into small sections 2 red apples, with...

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St. Patrick’s Day Peanut Butter Barley Cookies!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I have a tasty whole grain cookie recipe (barley cookies)!  I used barley flour instead of all-purpose wheat flour.   Barley flour provides higher amounts of fibre and protein and has a cholesterol lowering benefit.   Barley flour is not gluten free and has a moist, sweet, nutty-flavour.   Be sure to substitute barley flour for equal amounts of all purpose flour in your favourite cookie, biscuit or cake recipe. Peanut Butter Barley Cookies: Serves: 12 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened ½ cup low fat peanut butter ½ cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 ¼ cup barley flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon baking soda Directions: 1.  Cream together the butter, peanut butter,...

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Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Here is a delicious recipe for chocolate quinoa pudding!  This is just another way to incorporate this super seed into your diet.  Enjoy this dish topped with a dollop of whip and fresh fruits or (like I made it) with chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Recipe: Serves: 6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 35-40 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 3 cups milk ¼ cup maple syrup ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon Garnish: chocolate chips and fruits Instructions: 1. Add quiona, milk and maple syrup to saucepan and bring to boil (cover 3/4 way) 2. Reduce to simmer and stir in cocoa powder and cinnamon 3. Cover and stir frequently for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed 4. Remove from...

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Healthy ‘Popped Quinoa’ Yogurt Parfait

I was so intrigued when two fellow dietitians, mentors and friends of mine at GetReal Gurls Nutrition (getrealgurlsnutrition.com) introduced me to popped quinoa.   I never knew you could pop quinoa similar to popcorn! Popped quinoa is a crunchy, nutty flavoured health food.   It is beautifully versatile so that you can incorporate this fibre packed, vitamin and protein rich seed into your diet! How to make Popped Quinoa!~ 1. Heat a saucepan on medium heat until it is warm 2. Add one tablespoon of quinoa when the pan is warm. You will know when the pan temperature is right when the quinoa starts popping 3. Add just enough quinoa to line the bottom of the sauce pan (only one layer of...

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