Red, White & Blue 4th of July Popsicles

This time of year our desserts and/or our afternoon snacks are often something cold and frozen. I try to limit the ice cream or sorbet to treat nights and instead I do homemade fruit juice, fudge or vanilla popsicles, “nice” cream (frozen banana and mixed fruit) or slushies. These are all fun to make, the kids have lots of input, they are always game to eat these plus they are cool and refreshing. When the girls were old enough we started making home made 4th of July popsicles as an alternative to the tri-colored toxic food coloring popsicles served around this holiday (or really any time of year). We start the week before (June 28th this year) and I make a flavor a day. This year I experimented with both cherries and strawberries to see which the girls preferred. They both said in tandem that it HAD to be strawberries for 4th of July popsicles. So not wanting to waste the cherry yumminess, I used this cherry mix to make Canada Day Popsicles (July 1st) adding in some unsweetened … [Read more...]

Basic Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Kids favorite)

This was probably the very first smoothie I made for my girls when I started making smoothies in my old blender. I hadn’t yet bit the bullet and bought a vitamix so my smoothies were a little lumpier then but the strawberry banana was my starting point. Around 18 months twin-A decided she would no longer drink milk or nurse and only drank a little water. As a nervous, sleep-deprived mom I started to panic and worry about my daughter getting dehydrated, not enough calories and of course no calcium in her diet. What would happen to her beautiful, new baby teeth? How would I keep her little belly full? Enter the smoothie. She had tried my smoothies from the local organic health food store before so I began trying to replicate these at home. I tried a little too hard at first, packing in way too many nutritional goodies into a picky baby’s smoothie (spinach, rice milk, flax, avocado and only a little fruit). This didn’t go over well with either of my daughters or my blender. Taking a step … [Read more...]

Breakfast Banana Buns

So by February my girls are sick of oatmeal. Even if I mix in berries or chocolate chips or turn breakfast into dessert by topping the oats with cookie crumbs, we get a huge protest over oatmeal for breakfast “Not oatmeal again!!”. Not willing to give up, I look for alternatives ways to get some filling, fiber rich oats into my girls. I needed something that is yummy, fun and of course quick to prep and eat for those busy school day mornings. Plus recently we have three big front very wiggly teeth (two in twin A’s and one in twin B’s mouth) so eating toast or their favorite crunchy sandwiches at lunch have become challenging. I had to find something healthy, nutritious and that they would eat. I came up with these and called them “buns” largely because if I have one bread monster who could easily eat bread and nothing else all day. If you don’t count the chocolate chips, there is no added sugar, instead they are naturally sweetened by the frozen bananas and dates. You could also use … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I had bought a huge bag of organic carrots with the intention of making a fresh juice with my girls each morning mixing in the remaining veg from our garden but such plans didn’t happen! One of my babes got what we thought was just the flu but turned out to be pneumonia!! Needless to say, I didn’t have much energy to make juice, nor did I have my usual eager little girls to drink them. So we turned our garden greens into salads and smoothies and decided to add the carrots to nearly everything we cooked. We made carrot cake oatmeal, carrot fries and these delicious carrot cake cupcake muffins which everyone happy had the appetite for. Yumm!! Like many of my recipes intended for the girls I packed these cakes full of nutritional goodies. My little sickie didn’t eat much this week, but managed to devour a few of these sans (without) icing. CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES 2 cups gluten-free flour mix 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp all-spice ¼ tsp ground … [Read more...]

Chocolate Veggie Brownies

I have made my uber healthy-protein packed brownies for the kids before sometimes these concoctions haven’t passed the friend test. Meaning my kiddies will eat them, but their friends who are used to commercial brownies weren’t as keen on them.  So, like many of my creations, I tried to tweak my recipes to make something more “normal” while still keeping to my healthy cooking goals (real food, no gluten, no dairy, low sugar, with optional eggs and nuts).  After a few tries I hit a home run as one tester reported back with these ones! Not only are they dense but moist and very chocolaty (plus it contains 2 veggies) my kids and their friends went nuts for these. Needless to say I didn’t tell the friends these delights contained spinach! This dessert is surprisingly quick to make, low in calories and high in taste and feel like a decadent treat! Chocolate (Veggie) Brownies 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxmeal + 6 tbsp warm water) or 2 egg whites (optional) 1 cup spinach, fresh ½ cup … [Read more...]

Fig Bars

We have been so busy the past few weeks…or months.  I feel like summer flew by quicker than any other summer.  Summer time is usually when I do new recipes with all the wonderful, seasonal, fresh fruits and veg but this year I haven’t had much time to really go through my favorite blogs or websites or experiment very much.  I’ve been relying on my old favorites given I know so many of them by heart and they are usually really quick to make.  Rob was also away a lot this summer so when it came time to packing lunches and snacks for camp I wanted to pack things I knew the kids like.  I’m often surprised by what they don’t love.  I have made cookies or other sweets in the past that they were like “ehhh” about things the adults loved.  So given all this, not many new sweet creations or treats came out of my kitchen lately. I am a HUGE fan of The Sprouted Kitchen.  Her site and book are so beautiful and the photos are incredibly beautiful, delicate, and sooooo mouth-watering.  I have … [Read more...]