Seed Cookies

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These cookies are so delicious.  And they almost seem healthy.  Almost.  But they’re still 100% cookie.  

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I always like to have a batch in the freezer for unexpected guests, meetings and…you know…for the times I go downstairs to let the dog out and the freezer is just sitting there, and it has cookies in it, and even though they’re frozen….you know…

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Seed Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 3/4 cup white sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 1 cup all-purpose white flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 cup coconut
  11. 1 cup oatmeal
  12. 1 cup rice krispies (or some other cereal)
  13. 1 cup raisins
  14. 1 cup chocolate chips
  15. 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  16. 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  17. 1/3 cup flax seeds
  18. 1/3 cup wheat germ
  19. 1/2-3/4 cup crystallized ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Um, combine all the ingredients together. This dough is pretty stiff so if you have a stand mixer, you might want to use that to avoid a serious arm workout. Unless you skipped your workout today, in which case...
  3. The great thing about these cookies is that you don't really need all of these ingredients. In fact, I rarely do. I don't think I've ever put sunflower seeds in them, and the ginger is optional depending on your tastes. As long as the dough is stiff enough to form balls out of, you're probably a-ok.
  4. That said: once the dough is combined, form into balls and place on greased baking sheets (note: sheets. This recipe makes a lot of cookies!).
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
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Granola Bars: A healthy, homemade snack

In my continued quest to eat less processed food, I started making our snacks from scratch.  These granola bars are really quick to make, and usually last us through the week (well, after the initial finger-scooping of warm, gooey oat clumps fresh out of the oven).

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Here’s what you need:

2 cups oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup honey

1 egg

1 cup (or so) of your choice of dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate.  I highly recommend the chocolate.

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Mix all ingredients and press into greased 11 x 13 pan. Bake at 325F for 20 minutes or until edges are browned. Take out and let cool entirely. Cut into bars for snacking.

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Candied ginger is an EXCELLENT choice in granola bars!

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Recipe adapted from Super Healthy Kids http://www.superhealthykids.com/

…on food blogging and ginger chocolate banana bread

…on food blogging and ginger chocolate banana bread

I got into food blogging in a kind of backwards way.  I had never even read a food blog before, but I had the opportunity to blog for Taste of Nova Scotia.  I felt like I needed to figure out how to blog about food double quick – before my first assignment was due.

I am a researcher at heart.  When I was a kid, during the summer months I would identify research projects that I wanted to complete while I was out of school.  I remember spending summer evenings in the air conditioned library huddled over books learning about Marie Curie, Greece, and other oddly chosen topics.

So.  When it came to learning about food blogging, I like to think I went about the task thoroughly and systematically.  As I waded through the millions and millions of food blogs that everyone and their iPhone had thrown together, a few stood out.  One of them was Molly Wizenburg’s OrangetteIt was her writing that helped me to figure out how I wanted to write about food:  in stories, not just recipes.

One of the first recipes I tried from her blog was this one for chocolate and candied ginger banana bread.  It takes plain old banana bread and makes it over-the-top decadent.

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Here’s what you need:

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 ripe medium-size bananas

3 tbsp milk

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips

Small chunks of candied ginger, to taste

Here’s what you do:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar, egg, and butter.  In a separate bowl, mash bananas; then mix with milk.  In another separate bowl (hopefully the people who eat your bread will be so inspired by its’ deliciousness that they will help you do the dishes) whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three parts, alternating with banana-milk mixture in two parts, stirring by hand until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and ginger.

Turn batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Adapted from Orangette