Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s just a hint of coffee in these cookies, and the toffee comes from a delectable combination of the first two ingredients: butter and brown sugar. The result is an irresistibly chewy cookie packed with a scrumptious combination of chocolate, coffee and almond meal.

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Strawberry Almond Pancakes

I often use a blender to speed up prep time for muffins, quick breads and pancakes. After finding a recipe for strawberry waffles, I thought I’d alter it to whip up some tasty pancakes. I added whole wheat flour and almond meal to boost the nutritional value and used a blender to reduce the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

As a mom, I love delivering high-powered veggies and whole grains to my kids via such tempting packages. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy vision, bones, teeth and skin. If you’re going to serve a kid-friendly dessert, why not make something irresistible that also happens to [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Sweet Potato Coffee Cake

This coffee cake presents a fantastic way to “sneak” vegetables, fruit, fiber and whole grains into your day. Though tempting for breakfast, I recommend saving it for dessert or a special treat because of its sugar content.

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Cherry Almond Pull Aparts

Fresh out of the oven—before and after inverting onto plate

This is a new holiday favorite. While containing less butter and sugar than most of its peers, we try to save this recipe for special occasions because it has more of both than our typical breakfast breads. We’ve had variations of it for [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Chip Banana Snacking Cake

Though too decadent for breakfast, this is nutritious enough to be a guilt-free snack or dessert at other times of the day. This moist cake has enough chips to satisfy a chocolate craving without sugar- and butter-laden frosting. Even so, it reminds us of the name-brand chocolate-frosted banana cakes we used to buy in Cleveland.

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

Dark chocolate, coffee and Italian cookies… for this recipe, the title says it all. Well, almost all. It doesn’t mention that—for cookies—they are actually low in sugar, low in fat and, thanks to whole wheat flour and almond meal, they are even (somewhat) nutritious! I wouldn’t go so far as to recommend them for breakfast, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cherry Almond Granola

Simple but elegant—this is the kind of flavor combination you might find in gourmet shops and natural food stores. Fortunately, it’s not only easy to make at home, but also less expensive than store bought. This granola has a few other advantages: it’s all-natural, low in fat and high in fiber and nutrients.

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This blog is for sharing home-tested recipes with more whole grains, less fat and fewer calories than similar recipes. If you see something you like, or if you'd like to see more, let me know! - Liesl

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