Sweet Potato Muffins

Chock full of nutrients, these rich-but-not-too-sweet treats are excellent at breakfast, lunch or snack time. Best of all, they’re so flavorful that kids (and adults) won’t even realize they’re getting a good dose of fruits, veggies and whole grains with every one. In fact, one muffin has about 5 grams of protein, 15% DV [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re fortunate to have access to dried cherries in bulk here in Michigan, and we take advantage of that on a regular basis, using them in everything from oatmeal to turkey stuffing. Since dried cherries go so well with almonds and with chocolate, it makes sense to bring all three together in one cookie.

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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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Blueberry Vanilla Granola

This is a light, crunchy granola, well suited for milk or yogurt. It’s not overly sweet, nor is it loaded with sugar, calories or oil, so you can enjoy great taste without the not-so-good-for-you extras in many store-bought granolas. Unfortunately, the price of dried blueberries these days puts this recipe at near-gourmet prices.

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Hunky Chunky Granola Squares

This is essentially a chunky version of my Chewy Peanut Butter Power Bites. With protein from multiple sources, these treats are great for a mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up.

Though other granolas would probably work, I recommend using Banana Nut Granola or Peanut Butter Granola Surprise for this recipe. For a sweeter version, you could [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Pineapple Almond Granola

If you like tropical fruit or are in the mood for a “taste of the islands,” this might be just what you need.

The pineapple juice concentrate in this granola would be well accompanied by almost any combination of coconut and dried tropical fruit, including bananas, pineapple, papaya or mango.

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Protein-Powered Chocolate Nut Biscotti

This recipe was a wonderful surprise. I always hope my concoctions are at least comparable to their lower-fiber, higher-sugar counterparts, but the real reward comes when they are even better. Methinks that’s the case here.

Like my Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Granola, these biscotti not only taste fantastic, but they are also loaded with protein and [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Most of the biscotti recipes I’ve used or modified over the years have come straight out of Cooking Light magazine. This new favorite, adapted from Prevention.com, is a bit more decadent. The calorie “costs” are somewhat offset by the added nutrients in the whole wheat flour, almonds, and dried cherries—none of which were in the [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]


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