Morning Muffins

Muffins are a quick and healthy solution to the morning rush.  These muffins are a delicious balance of the nutrients your body needs and will provide energy as you start your day.

Yield: ≈2 dozen muffins

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup dried apricots, diced about ¼”
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. milled flax seed
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ¼ cup walnuts

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, place the dried apricots and cranberries in warm water for 15 minutes to soak
  2. Combine flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax, and oats in a large bowl
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine the olive oil, egg, milk, yogurt, orange zest, and mashed banana
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon until just combined
  5. Add the walnuts, apricots and cranberries (after draining off excess water) and stir to combine
  6. Scoop into greased muffin tins and top with a sprinkle of oats
  7. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes
  8. Enjoy for breakfast all week long!
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Decadent Double Chocolate Cookies

…A treat for any chocolate-lover! These rich, chewy cookies are perfect for dunking in milk, pairing with a cappuccino, or enjoying straight from the oven.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups chocolate chunks (milk chocolate, bittersweet, dark…whichever you like)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions:

1)   Cream the butter and sugars using an electric mixer

2)   Add the vanilla and eggs one at a time, pausing to scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing bowl

3)   Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and add it gradually

4)   Next, add the cocoa powder

5)   Add the walnuts and chocolate chunks

6)   Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets (or lightly greased)

7)   Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes

8) Enjoy 🙂