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Soft Vegan Banana Oat Cookies {gluten-free, oil-free}

Soft vegan banana oat cookies with have an old-fashioned taste but a healthy, modern profile. Easy-to-make with ingredients you have on hand, they are gluten-free, oil-free, and perfect for sweet treats, snacks, breakfasts or workout fuel. Homestyle & Healthy Banana Cookies Today, I’m sharing a recipe that tastes like your favorite banana bread in cookie …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Sandwich Bread {oil-free, yeast-free}

Vegan gluten-free oat sandwich bread, made with ease! Hearty, delicious, and great with everything, it is also yeast-free and oil-free. As promised in my Gluten-Free Buckwheat Sandwich Bread post the other week, I’ve been busy testing other combination of flours to create additional easy, vegan, gluten-free breads. My kitchen is very sticky. But I would …

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Chocolate Almond Flour Oat Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Decadent (but healthy!) chocolate almond flour oat muffins that are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, fast & easy to make, & perfect for breakfast, snack-time, or dessert. January was my birthday month (I observe the whole month :)). So, while testing recipes for the website, I was making sweet treats behind the scenes, too. That’s what one …

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Flourless Millet Oat Bread {vegan, GF, 5 ingredients}

Flourless millet oat bread is the hearty, wholesome bread you need for toast, sandwiches & so much more. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, & made with 5 ingredients (plus water and salt), it is incredibly easy to make & bake. Vegan & Gluten-Free Bread Made Easy New year. New Bread. I don’t know about you, but …

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Vegan Oat Thumbprint Cookies {gluten-free, flourless}

These jam-filled vegan oat thumbprint cookies are a mouth watering and delicious treat, suitable for breakfast, snacks & dessert! They are gluten-free & easy to make. I have many friends and acquaintances, as well as one husband and one son, who have strict ideas about what constitutes the perfect cookie. It tends to be some …

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Also known as a “Pizookie,” my healthy chocolate chip skillet cookie is a sweet treat that doubles as a nourishing breakfast to go. It is vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. A Healthy & Wholesome Pizookie  What on a earth is a pizookie? I had the same question when my son asked me to make one a …

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Oat Almond Flour Banana Bars {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Healthy and delicious oat almond banana bars , great for breakfast, snacks or dessert! They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free and added sugar-free (except for the chocolate chips). Only 5 ingredients, too! Healthy, Easy Delicious Banana Bars Oh, the bananas. We keep buying them and eating them, while also allowing countless more to go brown on …

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Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies {vegan, gluten-free, oil-free}

Healthy cookies for breakfast, fitness fueling, hiking, lunchboxes, or dessert? You’ve got it with my healthy, flourless oatmeal raisin cookies , which are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. It’s raining, it’s pouring, which means I’m baking cookies! Not just any cookies, but cookies that are equal parts delicious and nutritious, easy-to-make, and 100% comforting. Tender, chewy, …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Oat Muffins {gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free}

3-ingedient vegan oat muffins made from oats, raw cashews and baking powder! They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, sugar-free, and perfect. I have another super-simple bread recipe to share, and it is a winner. Made in muffin form, it requires no more than 3 ingredients, a blender, and about 30 minutes worth of your precious time. …

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Stir-Fried Steel Cut Oats {vegan, gluten-free, easy}

Stir-fried steel cut oats with vegetables! Its a fast, easy, gluten-free and vegan meal. Soak the oats ahead and the recipe comes together in minutes. As you may have noticed, I am fond of creating grain-free recipes here at powerhungry. But I still enjoy cooking and eating a variety of whole grains, especially in unprocessed …

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Overnight Oatmeal Cookies {vegan, gluten-free, oil-free}

Easy-to-make, vegan overnight oatmeal cookies are just what your busy morning needs. Think of them as healthy and delicious overnight oats…in cookie form! Soft, cakey, and not too sweet, they are vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. Overnight Oatmeal, In Cookie Form After my last cookie post, I made all kinds of lists and plans to post …

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Easy Vegan Oat Gingerbread {oil-free, gluten-free, flourless}

Moist, delicious and easy vegan oat gingerbread ! It is oil-free, gluten-free, flourless & ready in 30 minutes. Enjoy it for for breakfast, snacks and dessert. I love oats. I love gingerbread. Why not combine the two into one? Moreover, why have I not done this sooner!!?? You will have the same question when you …

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3-Ingredient Almond Flour-Oat Focaccia {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Fast, fresh and healthy almond flour oat focaccia made with 3 ingredients! It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and yeast-free. Healthy 3-Ingredient Focaccia Soup season is finally here! Even though I spend much of my day crafting and testing recipes, I love the simplicity of slow-simmering soups that need minimal prep and attention. It makes …

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Minimalist, yet magnificent, healthy chocolate banana oat cookies! Vegan, gluten-free and oil-free, they are also low in sugar and only 56 calories each. Do you remember chocolate no-bake cookies? I did not have them in childhood, but in graduate school. There, at Indiana University, they were (and still are) a favorite offering at the Sugar …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Waffles (easy, healthy)

Vegan gluten-free oat waffles, made with some help from chickpea flour. Fast, easy and healthy, they are a great new take on classic waffles! How to Make Oat Waffles without Eggs Oats and chickpea flour work in structural and delicious harmony in egg-free recipes. For example, these multipurpose, 3-Ingredient Chickpea Flour and Oat Crepes, as …

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Healthy Oil-Free Granola {vegan, gluten-free}

Easy, healthy oil-free granola that happens to be vegan, and gluten-free, too! Vary the spices, nuts/seeds and dried fruits to make it your own unique blend. Make Crunchy Granola without Using Oil One of the perils of writing a food blog is this: I get so caught up with brain-storming ideas, new-found flavors, and interesting …

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Vegan Oat Mushroom Ground Beef {Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free}

Versatile vegan oat mushroom ground beef ! It is soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, and only 108 calories per 1/4 lb. One batch makes about 3 pounds.  Vegan Ground Beef made with Oats & Mushrooms Happy Meatless Monday, everyone! I’m about to make it happier with a versatile entrée recipe that will make tonight’s dinner …

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Clean 70-Calorie Fudge Brownies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Introducing my clean 70-calorie fudge brownies! They are fudgy, chocolate chipp-y, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, super-easy to make, and DELECTABLE! Make them with oats and coconut flour. Make Nutritious Low-Calorie Brownies It’s almost time to start thinking about back-to-school lunches, including healthy options that travel well and please all. And it is always time to think …

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Healthy Zucchini Oat Bread {Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Healthy zucchini oat bread! It is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and and packed with both zucchini and nutrition! Zucchini Bread made with Oats & Coconut Flour We are on the brink of zucchini season, but I could not wait to get a running start with a new take on zucchini bread. I love zucchini bread. …

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5-Ingredient Blueberry Oat Breakfast Bars {vegan, oil-free}

Have a very good morning with my 5-ingredient blueberry oat breakfast bars ! They are vegan, added sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free & only 75 calories each. Healthier Fruit-Filled Cereal Bars I love the idea of a fruit-filled, portable cereal bar. I don’t love the reality of ready-to-eat cereal bars from the grocery store, including the organic, …

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Oat Flax Skillet Bread {3-ingredients, Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Your new favorite bread: Oat Flax Skillet Bread ! Made with 3 ingredients, it is vegan, oil-free, easy-to-make and so delicious, plus only 91 calories per big wedge. Forgive me for sounding like Oprah, but I love bread. At present, only one  bread has my undivided attention and affection. I cannot get enough (although 1 …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Oat Pancakes {Gluten-Free, Oil-Free}

Hearty and healthy 3-ingredient vegan oat pancakes! They are also gluten-free, flourless, and oil-free. They are also easy to make in a single bowl (no blender required!). Easy Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Flourless Oat Pancakes Happy holiday weekend, everyone! My recipe today? It required some channeling of my Scottish roots. I wanted to make a new version …

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Oat and Coconut Flour Biscuits {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Healthy, scrumptious, vegan oat and coconut flour biscuits ! They are gluten-free, nut-free, and can be varied multiple ways. Vegan Oat Biscuits with Coconut Flour I have been a carb-loading machine of late, in large part due to an uptick in my running miles. It explains why, between me, my scone-loving husband, and our growing-by-the-minute …

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Oat and Coconut Flour Scones {5 ingredients, Vegan, GF}

Perfect oat and coconut flour scones made with only 5 ingredients! They are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, easy-to-make, and healthy, plus they can be varied in endless ways. Perfect Gluten-Free Vegan Scones My husband is remarkably tolerant of my petty food complaints (it may also be selective deafness). Chief among my grievances is coffee shop scones. …

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3-Ingredient Chickpea Oat Tortillas {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Light, tender, and scrumptious 3-ingredient chickpea oat tortillas (or call them crepes). They are vegan, gluten-free, simple to make, and only 62 calories each. Easy Gluten-Free & Vegan Tortillas or Crepes I hope everyone here in the States had a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels, near or far! We spent several laid-back days in …

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Vegan Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Cups {oil-free, gluten-free}

Oil-free, and vegan baked oatmeal cups , your new favorite grab and go healthy breakfast! They are easy-to-make and studded with chocolate chips, too. Pumpkin for Breakfast Hooray for pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice season! People who know me well know that I have a major pumpkin obsession–year-round–so I am always excited when the season …

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Quinoa Muffins {Vegan, Oil-Fee, GF}

4-ingredient chocolate quinoa muffins make on-the-go breakfasts & snacks grand! They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, added sugar free,  91 calories each, and 100% delicious and satisfying. If I have learned anything from writing a food blog, it is how often I am wrong. It is true for issues big and small, but especially for predicting …

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Healthy Brownie Batter Breakfast Oats {Vegan, GF}

Have a very good morning with my healthy brownie batter breakfast oats! Made with 5 humble ingredients & a few minutes of advance prep, these oats are vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with fiber, potassium & antioxidants. Only 136 calories per serving, too! Happy Tuesday, everyone! It is a cold and wet morning in my neck …

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No-Bake Tahini Protein Bars {Vegan, Nut-Free, GF}

Quick & easy, no-bake tahini protein bars (13+ grams protein per bar), with two Middle Eastern flavor twists: orange & cardamom. They are vegan, nut-free & gluten-free. Good morning everyone, I hope your Monday is treating you well so far! I am starting this week with a delicious homemade protein bar that I devised last …

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Rustic Irish Oat Scone Bread {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

My rendition of a traditional, rustic Irish oat scone bread, made with rolled oats, steel-cut oats and oat flour. It has a chewy, rustic texture that is wonderful for breakfasts, snacks, or alongside entrees of all kinds. Chances are, you’ve come across recipes for overnight oats (for example, my version here on power hungry :)). …

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3-Ingredient Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares {Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Super-simple & so delicious 3-Ingredient Coconut Baked Oatmeal Squares! They are healthy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and oil-free. Hello, everyone! Apologies for my laziness these past few days. I had a great run on Sunday at the Houston Marathon—beautiful weather, great course, fantastic crowd support; will post pics shortly–but the remainder of the day, and Monday …

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Gluten-Free Teff & Oat Bread {Vegan, Yeast-Free}

My gluten-free teff & oat bread is a perfect power up, any time of day. It is also vegan, yeast-free. easy to make in minutes, and ideal for fueling your next marathon, or any of your epic adventures! Happy Monday, everyone! The Houston Marathon is fewer than 6 days away, whoo-hoo! This will be my …

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Oat & Walnut Blender Bread {vegan, gluten-free}

Quick, easy, and nutritious oat & walnut blender bread made in mini loaves (or muffins). The breads are oil-free, gluten-free & flourless, but 100% delicious and versatile. Healthy, Wholesome, Gluten-Free Bread Good morning, everyone, and Happy Halloween! My 6th-grader doodle is costumed (Han Solo; I must resist bragging about the felt vest and pleather holster …

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How to Make Low-Calorie Granola (vegan, gluten-free, 72 calories)

Learn how to make low-calorie granola from whole grains and freeze-dried fruit! It s vegan, gluten-free and 72 calories a serving. Low-Calorie Granola for Breakfast and Snacking I’m a granola enthusiast. Whether ready-made, home-made, grain-free, gluten-free, nut-laden, fruit-filled, or all of the above, I love its nutrient-dense goodness. But that nutrient density doesn’t always love …

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Vegan Chocolate Oat Mini Muffins {oil-free, gluten-free}

Delectable vegan chocolate oat mini muffins are the treat you need! Easy to make, they are oil-free, gluten-free & only 39 calories each. I think we all need some good news right about now, so how about this: Eat more chocolate–it’s good for you. You can start with my double chocolate mini muffins. They are ready, …

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Vegan Carrot Cake Blender Muffins (gluten-free, oil-free}

Back-to-Monday mornings need my delicious, vegan carrot cake blender muffins to make the day bright! They are also oil-free, gluten-free, & flourless. It’s exciting to get back into a routine, but that does not necessarily mean it’s easy. Some solace is helpful in the transition, and that’s where these muffins come in. They are full …

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Cheap & Easy Vegan Protein Bars (no powders!)

Cheap & easy vegan protein bars, made with wholesome natural ingredients and no protein powder! They are gluten-free, oil-free, and can be varied in countless ways. No matter how many years it’s been since leaving school, late summer will always feel like the start of new year. I imagine I will still be tidying my …

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Vegan Oat Blender Pancakes (Gluten-Free, No Bananas)

Easy and healthy vegan oat blender pancakes that are gluten-free, flourless and a cinch to make! Tender and delicious, they are made without bananas. (Note: photos and recipe updated 7.25.19) On any given Monday, I am invariably (a) rushed, and (b) famished. Make that FAMISHED. It does not matter how organized I am Sunday night, or what mass quantities …

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Chocolate Chip Banana Quinoa Muffins {vegan, GF, flourless}

Start your action-packed day with chocolate chip banana quinoa muffins! They use cooked quinoa (no flour) and are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. Muffins, The Perfect Portable Breakfast (or Snack) I am not sure who “invented” muffins, but I am grateful for the inspiration. Whether running out the door, heading off for a bike trek to …

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Blueberry Quinoa Oat Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

A batch of healthy blueberry quinoa oat muffins can make anyone rise and shine! These humble muffins are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and only 105 calories per serving. Hello, one and all! Unknown to many, a breakfast comprising a combination of quinoa, blueberries and oats is instant therapy. Allow me to elaborate. It is a beautiful …

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Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Healthy zucchini bread baked oatmeal in convenient muffin form. They are vegan, oil-fee, gluten-free, flourless, and only 138 calories per big serving! Turn Zucchini Into Portable Baked Oatmeal “Muffins” Happy late summer, everyone! I hope you have been enjoying the final hurrahs of the season, including the remaining books on your summer reading list, the …

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Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

Healthy zucchini oat breakfast cookies! Baked in a muffin tin, they are vegan, gluten-free, and only 62 calories per big cookie. Turn Your Zucchini Into Healthy Breakfast Cookies Zucchini are already appearing at the farmers’ market–hurrah! They are so versatile and tasty in salads and on the grill all summer long. My nostalgic favorite is …

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Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cakes {oil-free, gluten-free}

Packed with 14 grams of plant protein, these vegan oatmeal raisin protein cakes are a perfect breakfast or snack! They are oil-free, gluten-free, and baked in a muffin tin. We are a mystery to many. We are the oatmeal-raisin cookie lovers of the world. While others recoil at the mention of raisins, or cry “foul!” …

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Healthy No-Bake Buckwheat Granola Bars {vegan, gluten-free}

Healthy no-bake buckwheat granola bars made with ease! They are vegan, gluten-free and pressed into a muffin tin (no cutting required!). No-Bake & No-Cut Buckwheat Granola Bars Homemade granola bars can be easy to make. Slicing granola bars into neat, perfectly-portioned bars? Not so much. Without the magic of industrial machinery, it can be pretty …

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Chipotle Cheese Bread Bites {Vegan, Oil-Free, GF}

Healthy & vegan chipotle cheese bread bites that taste like your favorite queso dip! They are oil-free, gluten-free, & have just 80 calories apiece. A perfect savory fitness snack! Queso  is on the menu at just about every Tex-Mex joint here in the Lone Star State, and no wonder: warm, gooey cheese, typically with a hot pepper …

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Vegan Black Bean Brownies {gluten-free}

Decadent, yet nutritious, vegan brownies, made with black beans and oats! They are  gluten-free, and extra-easy to make in a muffin pan (no cutting required!). Make Fitness Food with Real Ingredients The market for fitness “food” is swamped with a catchall of powders, goops, bars, and countless other processed, packaged wonder-eats, all promising ultimate performance for everyone …

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Vegan Baked Oatmeal Cups {oil-free, GF}

Individual vegan baked oatmeal cups, made portable by baking in a muffin tin! The oatmeal cups are are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. In an age of ever-changing “it” ingredients, I give thanks for oats. Cheap, nutritious, easy-to-find, filling, satisfying, versatile, and loved by children and adults alike, oats are tried and true. Portable oat packets, and, more …

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Almond Oat Chickpea Flour Crackers {vegan, gluten-free}

Almond oat chickpea flour crackers make snacking delicious and nutritious in one feel swoop! They are vegan, gluten-free, & easy to make.     This woman is fueled by crackers. At least for this morning. Crackers get a bad rap, not because there is anything inherently wrong with the idea of crackers, but because the products …

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Oat-Chickpea Flour Quick Bread with Cherries

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Admittedly, I am a something of a slacker on this day of love, cards and candy. We had friends over for dinner on Friday, but plans for today are largely dependent on relaxation, reading, and an afternoon run–in other words, a perfect day! I hadn’t planned on baking today, but the …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins {oil-free, healthy}

So-satisfying vegan gluten-free oat bran muffins made with oat bran, oat flour, applesauce & cinnamon. They are oil-free, delicious, a cinch to make, and only 110 calories each! It’s high time for muffins to make a major comeback. Forget about the greasy, overblown, sugar-laden, crumbly versions at convenience stores, coffee shops and buffet lines. I’m …

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100% Oat Biscotti {vegan, flourless, GF}

You can’t pack a bowl of oatmeal to go, so grab a few of my healthy, 100% oat biscotti instead! They are vegan, flourless, gluten-free, nut-free, and 100% delicious! A Portable Bowl of Oatmeal I’ve figured out out many things throughout the years. Eating a bowl of oatmeal while running is not one of them. It’s …

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Good Morning Cheesecake Bars! (high-protein + low-sugar +GF)

Cheesecake. For breakfast. The time has come. These luscious cheesecake bars are about as close to perfect as January breakfasts come: High protein? Check. Gluten-free? Check. Low-calorie? Check. Make-ahead? Check. Portable? Check. Frugal? Check. Delectable? Check, check and check! The key components are classic breakfast foods–oats, eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese–reconfigured. Regardless of your feelings …

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Oat-Almond-Banana Workout Recovery Drink

I hope this post finds everyone happy and well! Too often, New Year’s resolutions feel like cruel tricks: exercise in the snow? Salads in mid-winter? Closet organization with a headcold? Crawling under the covers with a beloved book, hot cocoa on the bedside table, has so much more immediate appeal. So give yourself permission to rest this month, …

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Chickpea Flour, Chia & Oat Granola Bars (GF + V)

It’s day 2 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Let’s face it: we all need plenty of energy this month. Visits from and with family and friends, wrapping gifts, decorating the house, baking, cooking, cleaning and celebrating, oh my! Add to that, it’s chilly in most parts of the country, including right here in …

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Banana Chia Overnight Oats {vegan, GF}

Super-fuel your day by starting it with banana chia overnight oats! Made in minutes, it is vegan, gluten-free, & high-fiber. Oats: My #1 Super Grain A recent visitor to this blog recently sent me a lovely email, thanking me for  my quinoa cookbook The book has been out for several years, so it was a particularly …

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Vegan Double Chocolate Oat Cookies {gluten-free}

Vegan double chocolate oat cookies that taste like pure decadence, but are healthy and gluten-free! Make them in minutes with what you have on hand. Cookies! And not just any cookies, but double chocolate cookies!  Caramel and butterscotch  flavors are definitely my number one flavor jam, but chocolate is a close second. And when a …

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Fresh Apple Pie Granola {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Welcome fall with a bowl of fresh apple pie granola, made with chopped fresh apples baked right in! It is healthy, vegan, and gluten-free. The Perfect Autumn Cereal: Fresh Apple Pie Granola If I became a superhero, I would be The Muncher. I would defeat crime and keep citizens safe from evil by munching my …

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No-Cook, Overnight Steel Cut Oats

As if I needed another reason to love steel-cut oats, now I can make them without cooking at all. It’s all thanks to the brilliant minds over at The Kitchn. Unlike the more commonly available rolled oats, steel-cut oats–also called Scotch, Irish or Pinhead oats–are the whole oat grain, or groat, that is has been cut into …

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British Oat Flapjacks (aka, The Original Granola Bar)

The Brits are responsible for copious inventions that have transformed modern life, including the reflecting telescope, television, stainless steel, hip replacements, military tanks, and the telephone. Add granola bars to that list. Long before Nature Valley and the Quaker oats man were selling their packaged snacks to the world, British home cooks were making the …

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars {vegan, 4-ingredients, GF}

Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bars are the perfect portable breakfast or healthy snack, anytime! Made with 4 simple ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and 80 calories each. Perfect 4-Ingredient Breakfast/Snack Bars I’ve come down with a tenacious strain of spring cleaning-itis. So yesterday, the refrigerator and floors were scrubbed, the cookbooks were …

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Chickpea Thumbprint Cookies {Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free}

Thumbprints are endearing cookies. Typically petite, round, and dolloped with something sweet in the middle, they are charming with a cup of Earl Grey tea, or perhaps a tall, cold glass of milk. Not these thumbprints. Say hello to power thumbprints! Sure, they are still as cute as can be, but their charm belies their powerful …

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Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Healthy carrot cake cookies made with almond flour and oats! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free. Packed with nutrition, and not too sweet, they are great for breakfast, snacks or dessert. Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies for Energy on the Go Spring has sprung in my little corner of Texas and I cannot get enough …

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Easy Protein Powder Power Crepes {Gluten-Free}

My husband considers himself the household expert on crepes. Granted, he lived and taught in Paris for a year, owns and uses this fancy crepe machine, and can twirl the batter into a perfect circle using his wooden rabot  (this), just like his favorite crepe guy in the 14th arrondissement. He’s pretty fancy. While I …

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Millet Apricot Energy Bars {vegan, gluten-free}

5-ingredient toasted millet apricot energy bars will power you through any endeavor. They are naturally vegan and gluten-free. Millet as an Alternative to Nuts If you are need to avoid, are have an allergy to nuts, then you need to gain the acquaintance of toasted millet. Millet is humble seed, more likely found in your …

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High-Protein Banana Bread Buttons {vegan, gluten-free}

Today is a very exciting day, the explanation of which can be summed up in one word: SUNSHINE! After hiding behind gray clouds for weeks, the sun is bathing our fair city in golden rays, and, with apologies to my friends in Northern climes, it is a blissful 50 degrees here in the Piney Woods …

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Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Nourishing, filling and scrumptious: that describes these perfectly portable peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups! They are vegan (no eggs, no dairy), oil-free, and gluten-free, too. You’ve got oats, peanut butter, and, most likely, some overripe bananas on the counter. You probably have some chocolate–chips, chunks, or other bits that can be chopped–too. In other …

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Oat and Almond Blueberry Muffins {vegan, oil-free, flourless}

Warning: these muffins are addictive. They also happen to be: *Vegan *Gluten-Free *Oil-free *Flourless *Super-Healthy Kevin and I have already eaten our way through four of them in one day. Because they are so healthy, too, we’re telling ourselves we did for medicinal purposes. (I promptly zipped up the remainder and plunked into the deep-freezer). …

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Oat Almond Donut Muffins {vegan, oil-free, gluten-free}

Make a batch of oat almond donut muffins that are healthy, easy, and (you guessed it) taste like cake donuts! They are also vegan, gluten-free & oil-free. Celebrate National Donut Day with Healthy Donut Muffins In case you missed the announcement…tomorrow is National Donut Day! I almost missed it, because… I never heard of it. …

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Coconut Oil, Pear & Oat Scones {gluten-free, vegan option}

Saturday mornings in my childhood home had a distinct pattern: the dual sounds of my Dad grinding coffee in his hand-powered mill while blasting Dixieland jazz; my Mom at the dining room table, hidden behind mountains of cookbooks, making her weekly menu and shopping lists; the Bugs Bunny & Roadrunner show; and big breakfasts. The …

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5-Minute Microwave Mug Granola {healthy, easy, vegan, GF}

Shamelessly easy, 5-minute microwave mug granola is your busy morning bestie! Healthy, crunchy, cluster-ific, is is also vegan & gluten-free. Yum! Make a Mug of Granola in Minutes–in Your Microwave You could hang around the kitchen for 45 minutes to an hour, hand-crafting a jumbo batch of artisanal granola. Follow it up with 20 minutes …

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2-Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies {gluten-free, vegan}

2-ingredient banana oat cookies with no added sugar! They are vegan, gluten-free, versatile, & great for breakfasts & snacks. Healthy 2-ingredient Banana Cookies You know those black-spotted bananas on your countertop? They’re ready for a love match. With oats. Mix these two together and in a matter of minutes, you have cookies. Staggeringly simple, scrumptious …

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Book Giveaway Winners & Banana Split Power Bars

Good morning everyone! Thank to all of you for entering the book giveaway! I wish I could give books to everyone–I loved reading all the great ideas for energy-packed foods and ingredients. As noted in the giveaway, I used random.org to determine the winners. Since many of you have the same first names, I have …

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Banana Bread Protein Granola {vegan, GF}

Start your day with banana bread protein granola and feel energized and satisfied for hours! It is vegan, gluten-free, healthy. How to Make High Protein Granola Yes, you do need another granola recipe! Specifically, one that is low in sugar, high in protein, extremely versatile, gluten-free and vegan. Lucky you, I have the recipe and …

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{2-Minute} Chocolate Chip Oat Bran Mug Muffin

Dear Diary, It’s been a stressful week of deadlines and demonstrations, culminating in a funeral. Thank goodness for wonderful family and friends. And jellybeans. Now it’s Monday, and my to-do list is miles long. My first order of business: change the numbers on my list into bullet points. Who needs an exact count of to-dos, …

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4-Ingredient Vegan Power Bread {oil-free, GF}

My 4-ingredient super-power bread is so delicious, nutritious, and easy! It is also vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, yeast-free, and flourless. Vegan Gluten-Free Bread that Is Super Easy I do not fare well in cold weather. As soon as the weather drops below 50, I reach for my fleece, plug in the space heater beneath my …

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No-Bake Quinoa Protein Bars {vegan, gluten-free}

No-bake quinoa protein bars are a perfect alternative to store-bought bars. They are vegan, gluten-free, date-sweetened, and easy to make, too.   Based on the response to my Date-Sweetened Zee Bars post on Monday, it’s clear that I am but one of many interested in wholesome, naturally sweetened treats that simultaneously deliver a power boost. …

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Copycat ZBar Cookies {Vegan, Date-Sweetened, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free}

DIY ZBAR cookies that are just like ZBars! They are naturally vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and sweetened with dates. Homemade Healthy Snacks I am typically wary of any products specifically marketed as “kids food” as they are often loaded with sugar, sodium, preservatives, artificial color and flavors, and all other sorts of gobbledy-gook. Adding insult to …

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Pumpkin Blondie Protein Bars {Gluten-Free}

Blondies? Pumpkin? Spices? A swath of chocolate? And packed with protein? Check, check, check, check, and check! I am all for oat-y and dried fruit-y power and energy bars, but  the taste and texture of these bars–mildly sweet, moist, and tender–is a welcome departure.  The chocolate is completely optional, but I highly recommend it, as …

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3-Ingredient Banana Protein Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

3-ingredient banana protein balls! Fast and easy to make, they are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and only 51 calories (3 grams of protein) each. I debated whether to include this on the blog, because it is such a simple concoction. But in the end, I decided that that’s precisely why I wanted and needed to share. …

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Oat Banana Coconut Oil Energy Cookies {vegan, GF}

Flourless oat banana coconut oil energy cookies, perfect for breakfasts, snacks & dessert! They are vegan, gluten-free, & have no added sugar. Flourless & Vegan Banana Oat Cookies A batch of homemade drop cookies may not sound particularly Halloween-esque. Yes, I’ve given these beauties an ample dose of fall flavor in the forms of cinnamon …

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Scottish Oat Cakes, like Walkers Highland Oat Cakes {gluten-free & vegan options}

It’s been a relaxed, blissful weekend down here in Texas. After spending last weekend on the road, it felt especially satisfying to just “be” this weekend: sleeping in (that’s about 7:15, when Nick pops out of his bed and into ours), an extra pot of coffee, a sunny soccer game, and making a mud castle …

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Quinoa-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

< I would like to introduce you to these chocolate chip cookies. They have no butter, eggs, gluten, dairy, or wheat flour. But that’s beside the point. What makes these crisp-tender chocolate chippers extraordinary is their sublime flavor (vanilla with subtle hints of coconut), their ease of preparation (no electric mixers required), and the incorporation …

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Flourless Lemon Blueberry Blender Muffins (gluten-free)

Sometimes a blog post can be as simple as fulfilling a request. In this case, it’s from a college friend, Janet. Janet and I went to Bryn Mawr, where she kept me in giggles at many a lunch and dinner. She is also one of the few people in the world who is permitted to …

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No-Bake Chocolate Black Bean Protein Bars (vegan+glutenfree)

Meet your new favorite homemade chocolate power bars! Here’s why you will want to make these: *Real cocoa powder *Cheap! *Yummy! *High protein *No added sugar *No nuts or soy *Extremely fast to make *Extremely easy to make *Vegan *Super-Nutritious (omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, high fiber, good source of protein) *Allergy-free/Gluten-free option! Do …

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Vegan Gluten-Free Banana Oat Muffins (healthy)

Easy vegan gluten-free banana oat muffins that are equal parts healthy and mouthwatering! Make them in minutes with a minimal number of ingredients. More than a month ago, I mentioned my forthcoming book, 750 Best Muffin Recipes. It was due to come out at the end of August, but there was a mishap with a …

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Overnight Brown Rice Porridge {gluten-free, made in a slow cooker}

Overnight brown rice porridge (made in a slow cooker) is an easy, delicious way to up your whole grains game first thing in the morning! It has everything you need to refuel after an early morning run or power you through a long day ahead! Brown Rice for Breakfast I rarely forget about food, but …

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Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Look! Up on the counter! Is it cereal? Is it a casserole? No, it’s Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal ! This nutritious, cozy breakfast is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and mostly sweetened with fruit.  If you’ve ever thought it would be great to have the crispy golden edges of an oatmeal cookie in your morning bowl …

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Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Bars {GF & Vegan}

Summer is here in East Texas, and that means blueberries. You can pick your own blueberries at local farms, buy heaps of blueberries at the Farmer’s Market, and this weekend, you can celebrate all things blueberry at our annual blueberry festival. And, yet, my otherwise fruit-loving child will not eat fresh blueberries. Grapes, yes, strawberries, …

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Coconut Oil Granola (vegan+glutenfree)

Classically trained chefs can teach you to make countless masterpieces. For example, a silken hollandaise, a skillfully seared lamb chop,  or a delicate dacquoise. But they cannot guide you in the making of a perfect granola. Granola is an American invention, and is better off made with the old-fashioned American ingenuity of the home cook. In my early …

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Flourless Blender Oat Crepes {gluten-free, vegan option}

Healthy, easy, flourless blender oat crepes made simple! They are gluten-free and can be made vegan with a simple substitution. Versatile Oat Crepes for Sweet & Savory Fillings Crepes are one of most versatile and satisfying recipes you can learn to make. These super-simple and fast oat crepes–blended into batter in minutes–are no exception. Paper …

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Cinnamon Quinoa Oat Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}

Vegan cinnamon quinoa oat muffins: the perfect combination of cozy & nutritious! The tender, hearty muffins are also gluten-free and a breeze to make. Healthy Vegan & Gluten-Free Quinoa Muffins It’s beginning to feel like spring in Texas, but I am holding on to winter–or, at least, winter baking–with all my might. Today was the …

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Oil-Free Chocolate Granola {vegan, gluten-free}

Oil-free chocolate granola is exactly what your morning (and snacking) routine needs! It is also naturally vegan and gluten-free. East More Chocolate for Breakfast Chocolate for breakfast. It’s so right. Beyond chocolate croissants, Nutella on toast, and Count Chocula, we simply need more options, right? The reason extends (far) beyond the heavenly taste of chocolate: …

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No-Bake Homemade Clif Bars (vegan + gluten-free)

It doesn’t matter if it’s a three-course meal on the grill, a simple barbecue, or an impromptu picnic, summer outdoor eating lends a magical feeling to food. Even unwrapping and eating a popsicle, trying to keep up with its melting, is such a treat. And because I like to get out and go, energy bars …

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Healthy Stovetop Blueberry Granola {G;uten-Free, Vegan}

Mention “blueberry festival,” and most people think of of the shores of Lake Michigan and the Maine countryside and coast. That is, unless, they hail from East Texas. If you’re not from these parts (that included me until three years ago), you may not know that East Texas is known for (among many things) great …

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Vegan Zucchini Blender Muffins (oil-free, nut-free, GF)

Extra zucchini from the garden? Make a batch of my vegan zucchini blender muffins! They are also oil-free, gluten-free and nut-free. My little cutie came down with the flu (despite getting a flu shot), so plans are on hold for the day The combination of being up most of the night, and Nicky sleeping more …

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3-Ingredient Vegan Bean Burgers {oil-free, gluten-free}

Need a last minute lunch or dinner in minutes? Try my 3-ingredient vegan bean burgers! You most likely have the ingredients–canned beans, rolled oats, and barbecue sauce– in your pantry right now. The upside of going out to lunch with friends is just that: going out to lunch with friends! The time feels even more …

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Oat & Blueberry Breakfast Crumble {vegan & gluten-free}

A bit of prose in praise of comfort food is almost as good as a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup on a January afternoon. Almost. Fiction, food articles, and cookbooks celebrating the solace of stews, muffins and casseroles are entertaining, soothing, and full of tender morsels of memory and inspiration. But on days like …

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