Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Easy Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake

This one-bowl, clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe has gorgeous color while sneaking in some antioxidants, too,

Make this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake for someone you love!

Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal in my house for a couple of reasons. For one, Norah and I get jewelry. What girl doesn’t love that? We also start the day with a super special breakfast. So not only do we celebrate with lots of love, it’s also special enough an occasion for me to actually bake something. And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

Breakfast usually includes something sweet and usually something Norah and I can make together. French toast and pancakes are regular features, but we’ve made a few smoothies and even an egg casserole one year.

One thing Norah knows will always be a hit with Dad is cake! This year we’re making this Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake. We are huge wild blueberry fans at our house and love how they add a gorgeous pop of color (while sneaking in some antioxidants, too). A few other healthy swaps make this a clean-eating breakfast treat. Plus, the recipe is basically foolproof. It’s a one bowl crumb cake that even this non-baker can throw together!

Make this clean eating Wild Blueberry Crumb Cake recipe for someone you love!

On most days it’s a no-no to have cake for breakfast. We make an exception for holidays. And crumb cake.

CLICK HERE to get the recipe on the Wild Blueberries blog, and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls

No bake Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Bites are a tasty bite of pumpkin pie flavor. The perfect healthy snack for anytime!

I haven’t tested a new energy ball recipe in a while. These Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls reflect what I’ve been up to these days and what’s on my mind food-wise.

It’s full-on pumpkin season, so there’s that. I also visited the Wonderful Pistachio company last month and I’ve been itching to make something delicious with pistachios.

Normally you would think of using walnuts or pecans with pumpkin, so I was excited to see how pistachios would taste. Let me tell you, these little guys are delicious. They literally taste like little bites of pumpkin pie. They’re super moist with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. This batch only made 9 balls and they are going pretty quickly over here!

Moist and delicious no bake Pumpkin Pistachio Energy balls are a tasty bite of pumpkin pie in every bite! The perfect healthy snack for anytime!

I’d like to think these little bites are healthy, too. I never use added sugar in my energy balls, just Medjool dates for the base. They’re super simple to make, you can whip these up in less than 15 minutes. I think it took me longer to clean my food processor than it did to make these pumpkin bites. I used pistachios inside the dough and coated on top. Pistachios are full of  good fats and fiber. In fact, 90% of the fat in pistachios is the healthy kind. 

pumpkin-pistachio-energy-balls

Pumpkin itself is healthy, too. It’s full of the antioxidant beta carotene, as well as fiber and minerals. Am I selling you yet that these sinfully delicious snacks are healthy? I hope so!

I store my no bake energy balls in the freezer (I like them to be super cold), but you can also keep them in the fridge. I think these Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls would be lovely as a morning or afternoon snack with a warm mug of tea. They’re also Nourish-friendly, which is an added bonus!

Here’s how I made them:

Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls

Yield: 9 balls

Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw pistachio pieces
  • 1/4 cup raw cashew pieces
  • 10 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place 1/4 cup pistachios in the food processor and ground until resembles coarse sand. Remove from bowl and set aside. Then add cashews and remaining 1/4 cup pistachios into the food processor and process until well ground. Add dates and remaining ingredients. Process until well combined and smooth. Taste for flavor and adjust as needed. Roll into balls (warning, dough will be sticky) and place each ball into the bowl of pistachios, coating fully. Store in freezer or fridge. Makes 9 good size balls.
http://foodconfidence.com/2016/10/06/no-bake-pumpkin-pistachio-energy-balls/

Moist and delicious no bake Pumpkin Pistachio Energy balls are a tasty bite of pumpkin pie in every bite! The perfect healthy snack for anytime!

 

smashed peas toast with mint and feta

5 Years of the Recipe Redux + Smashed Pea Toast

 Smashed pea toast is a super easy, super healthy recipe that has tons of flavor. Spread it on sprouted toast for breakfast or make as a fancy appetizer!
smashed pea toast with mint and feta

This month I’m celebrating five years of recipe redux. That’s right, the recipe redux is five years old! From my very first post to today’s awesome smashed pea toast, it’s been an amazing journey of delicious food, wonderful friendships, and so much learning about blogging and photography. I’ve come a looooong way with my posts and my photography (check out the photography on this old post…oh my) and I can definitely say that the recipe redux has played a huge role in my growth as a healthy food blogger.

In case you don’t know what redux is, it’s the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians. The idea is to take delicious dishes and make them better for you. Each month is a new topic and this month we are are celebrating each other by posting a recipe that was inspired by a fellow redux member.

I’m celebrating my friend Abby Langer of Abby Langer Nutrition.  Abby is a Toronto-based RD who first posted about avocado toast last year.  Of course I’m no stranger to toast, I eat it pretty much every day, but mine is pretty boring. I rarely veer far from my beloved peanut butter and my avocado toast is definitely lacking in creativity. Abby created this avocado toast extravaganza and it looked so delicious it inspired me to get more creative with what I put on my morning bread.

Abby has a delicious blog and has created some amazing recipes as a redux member.  She also writes for the Huffington Post in Canada. I finally met her in person at our annual RD meeting last year and she is exactly as I would’ve expected. She’s smart, funny and just a little bit sassy. My kind of peeps!

smashed pea toast with feta and mint

Now onto the food! I made this minty smashed pea and feta toast a few times, once for breakfast and then again for a pre-concert appetizer. I went to see Harry Connick, Jr. last weekend on the lawn at Wolf trap and my girls and I always Bring It with the apps. For my appetizer version I used a toasted baguette vs the sourdough bread you see above. The spread can be kind of heavy, so you definitely want to start with a sturdy piece of bread.

smashed pea toast with feta and mint on sourdough bread

I hope you’ll try my smashed pea toast! It’s a super easy (I’m not kidding, you can make it in about 10 minutes start to finish), super healthy recipe that has tons of flavor. It can be spread on sprouted toast for a delicious breakfast or made as a fancy appetizer with a crispy baguette.

Celebrating 5 Years of Recipe Redux with Smashed Pea Toast

Celebrating 5 Years of Recipe Redux with Smashed Pea Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen peas, cooked
  • 2-3 leaves fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • 2-4 slices of crusty bread

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan filled with salted boiling water, cook the peas until just tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and add feta, mint, lemon juice and salt, smashing together with a fork until well mixed and chunky. Brush your bread with olive oil and toast. Let cool and pile on the pea mixture. Garnish with more feta, if desired.
http://foodconfidence.com/2016/06/21/smashed-pea-toast/

This Smashed pea toast with feta and mint is the perfect healthy breakfast toast or easy appetizer via @DanielleOmar