Fruity Waffle Sundae

–Read the blog post about it here.

Fruity Waffle Sundae  (SHAPE magazine, January 2011)

1/2 C nonfat cottage cheese or 1/4 nonfat ricotta cheese

1 tsp grated ginger

1/2 C pomegranate seeds

1/2 C sliced kiwi

1 whole-grain waffle

2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Mix together the ginger and cottage cheese or ricotta.  Toast the pumpkin seeds until lightly browned.  After toasting the waffle, top with cottage cheese mixture, fruit and pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Granola

I found this recipe online when I was searching for something to do with some leftover pumpkin puree that had been sitting in my fridge.  I played with the recipe I found at Two Peas and Their Pod and switched a couple amounts and ingredients around based on what I had on-hand at the time.  This was some of the best granola I’ve ever had–tasty enough to eat with plain yogurt!

Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

5 C rolled oats

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 C brown sugar

1/2 C pumpkin puree

1/4 C applesauce

1/4 C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 C each raisins, dried cranberries, chopped pecans and pepitas

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, salt, pecans and pepitas. Mix well.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla.  Pour over oat mixture and stir until combined.  Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet.

3.  Bake for 20 minutes, then remove pan from the oven and stir.  Return to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until granola is golden and crisp.  Remove from the oven and stir in dried fruit.

Enjoy!

Maple Banana Nut Butter Toast

Easy as pie!  Or toast, as the case may be.

You can read the post about it here.

Ingredients:

-one slice whole-grain bread, toasted

-half a banana

-1 tbsp maple spread/butter or real maple syrup

-1 tbsp nut butter (almond, peanut, sunflower seed, etc…)

Spread your maple butter on the warm toast and let melt a little.  Slice your banana half into three lengths vertically and lay on top of toast.  Drizzle with your nut butter of choice.  If you’re using maple syrup instead, spread your nut butter on the toast first, then top with banana and drizzle the syrup. YUM!