Whole Wheat Banana-Walnut Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chunks (Dairy-free option, Refined sugar-free)

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk MuffinThese scrumptious, moist muffins start with a better-for-you banana bread base featuring whole wheat flour, unrefined sugar and “super-fat” coconut oil and then add in chopped walnuts and decadent dark chocolate.  The whole wheat flour gives them just a little bit more texture and the walnuts and coconut oil mean that they are unbelievably moist and packed with a generous serving of healthy fats to give you lasting energy and satisfaction.  Sweet bananas counter with the sophistication of not-so-sweet dark chocolate chunks – just enough for a taste in each bite.

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Maple Cinnamon Ricotta-Stuffed Dates with Walnuts & Pear (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free)

Maple Cinnamon Ricotta Stuffed Dates with Walnuts and PearA host of flavours and textures come together in this elegant yet easy recipe.  Soft, caramel Medjool dates are balanced with a fine-textured Ricotta cheese filling.  The flavour of the cheese is slightly sweetened with the addition of maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon adds subtle warmth on the palate.  Each creamy bite is complemented with the crunch of chopped walnuts and crisp fresh pear.  You can just as easily serve this to a roomful of guests or prepare it as a delicious (and still nutritious) snack for yourself.
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(High-Protein) Maple Walnut Overnight Oatmeal

Maple Walnut Overnight OatmealNow that I’ve convinced you that overnight oatmeal is one of the fastest, easiest, and most delicious things to have for breakfast, whether at home or on the go, and can be surprisingly high-protein, too (wait a minute, what’s that? You haven’t read my Cinnamon Apple Pie Overnight Oatmeal post yet? You’re missing out! Check it out after this one – you won’t regret it, I promise), let’s kick up the flavour possibilities. How about the classic breakfast flavour that’s undeniably Canadian and adds just the right touch of sweetness to your morning meal? Maple! Throw in some walnuts to add a serving of healthy fats (they’re packed with omega 3 fatty acids) and boost the fiber AND flavour of this dish. There you have it: Maple Walnut Overnight Oatmeal. You can thank me later.

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