Saturday, March 21, 2015

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that are't so healthy your kids wont eat them

That is a long title for these cookies...
I often make VERY healthy healthy fare....
No gluten..
I am thrilled with the healthfulness of these snacks
Guilt Free is TOTALLY what I am always looking for
BUT when you are a sorta need yummy AND sweet AND fun
I try to find balance including traditional sweets and treats in our cupboards
BUT my Real REAL goal is to fuel my family with healthy homemade
treats that they WILL actually EAT
Will ActuALLy EnjoY
...and keep coming back for more
IS THAT Too Much to AsK???
These cookies are it!
Loaded with healthy ingredients
with just enough sweet stuff to trick them ....errrr I mean to satisfy
I mean ....
I would NEVER trick my family into eating something pretending it was a yummy treat while sneaking healthy ingredients in testing their tastebuds to see if they will notice
All moms do this....right?

OK the cookies...Mostly healthy and no sneaky stuff I promise

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 Cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp course salt
2/3 cup coconut oil, warm up to liquify
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (seeeeee I told you they were super fun!...I am like the best mom)
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
2 1/2 cups old -fashioned rolled oats
1 cup organic raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Whisk flour, oat bran, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl
In another bowl, whisk oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Stir wet ingredients into dry then mix in oats and raisins
Roll 2 TBSP of dough into a ball, place onto parchment lines baking sheet about 2 inches apart
Bake until golden brown, 10-13 minutes
Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
Makes 2 dozen

Ashie Girl

Saturday, March 7, 2015

SO the muffins I made last week were such a hit in the lunches I decided I would make more this weekend :)
Boden said he loved the Buckwheat Apple Banana ones….but let me know that Alli Hart makes the absolute BEST chocolate muffins he has ever ever tasted….not trying to steal mom of the year from my lovely friend Alli but now I was totally inspired to make a chocolate version that still fit in with my healthy snack crusade…so I scoured the internet and found this recipe…so get your muffin tins out and start baking! 

  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup maple syrup (honey or other natural sweeteners will work too)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (Iused sour cream expiry date was creeping up!)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2  eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly oil muffin pans or line with paper liners.
  2. Use a whisk to combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Use whisk to combine all wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl and whisk until ingredients emulsify and become uniform. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin pan until cups are 2/3 of the way full. If using chocolate chips, drop a couple on top of the muffin batter.
  5. Cook muffins for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the centre cleanly. 
Ashie Girl 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Protein Bites!

These are awesome little bites that feel like a treat! 
They are grab and go energy that your kids will love too!

1 cup gluten-free oatmeal
1 cup coconut flakes (more for rolling your balls in after they are formed)
1/2 cup ground flax seed 
4 scoops chocolate protein powder (Arbonne Essentials)

1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup Maple Syrup or agave nectar(Wholesome Sweeteners)

Splash vanilla

Unsweetened almond milk for consistency 

To make your Protein Bites:

In a large bowl mix together first 4 ingredients till combined

Next in a medium sized bowl mix together the next 3 on the list

Mix both these ingredients together then finally add your almond milk…mixing together the ingredients with your hands adding almond milk till you are able to form balls.  Roll balls in shredded coconut if desired.  Chill in fridge.


These Buckwheat Muffins come together in a snap
Totally Wholesome ingredients and Gluten free too BUT different than a lot of gluten free baking recipes out there this one won't instruct you to mix together many different flours and binding agents 
Just one simple half cup of Buckwheat flour. 


Buckwheat is an amazing flour that is so healthy 
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. 
Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavoured, dark honey. 
Buckwheat has too many health benefits to list 
Seriously Google it you will be AmAzED!

My Dad use to make us Buckwheat Pancakes for my sisters and I
Buckwheat Pinners…
Now that I am grown I can really appreciate this 


  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 sweet apple, such as honeycrisp, peeled, cored, and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl whisk together eggs, banana, and honey. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, then fold in apple and walnuts.
  2. Pour batter to the tops of lined cups. Bake until deep golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

    Ashie Girl