Christmas Biscotti

I intended to create a festive cranberry-pistachio biscotti combo last Christmas but ran out of time. Twelve months later, I finally did it! One of the advantages of waiting is that I had white chocolate chips on hand this year. I’ve been experimenting with them lately; otherwise, it never would have occurred to me [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Fall Harvest Favorites

Ah… Thanksgiving!

What a great time to sit back, relax and rehash the “best of” harvest recipes. Here are five of our favorite fall recipes, each featuring ingredients you might still have on hand from your Thanksgiving feast.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Cranberry Butternut Scones (above)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (below)

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

I love it when our kids have already downed a serving of whole grains and vegetables by the time breakfast is over. Just one ounce of sweet potato contains a gram of protein and more than 100% of the DV for Vitamin A. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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]

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.

If eaten while warm, you can serve this like my Cherry Almond Pull Aparts, and it will yield [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Cranberry Butternut Scones

Though I’m referring to these as scones—indeed, they require that butter be cut into the dry ingredients like traditional scones—I must admit that they seem to be closely related to muffins. That’s because they are a little more sweet and moist than what you might expect from conventional scones. In this case, the moisture [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Easy Cranberry Apple Bars

Sweetened primarily with apple juice, these 5-ingredient treats are all natural and packed with fruit, fiber, nuts and flavor. They are easy to mix and bake, and you don’t have to “sacrifice” your favorite homemade granola as a main ingredient.

If you have granola to spare, I also recommend the following recipes: Chewy Peanut Butter [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Sneaky Cranberry Banana Muffins

The only thing sneaky about these vitamin- and fiber-packed muffins is that they contain pumpkin. My family typically welcomes whole-grain banana muffins at any time of day, and I was afraid that revealing the identity of this particular ingredient might dampen their enthusiasm. (They only appreciate pumpkin if it is combined with chocolate or served [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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