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Classic Pumpkin Bread

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013


Well hello!

I hope you’re enjoying autumn, aka red cup season at Starbucks. I know I am – time is flying by faster than it ever has before for me. I paused to think about this the other day and realized it’s because I’m enjoying everything I do – work, school and volunteering have all been really challenging and enjoyable.

That said, school has been taking over my life a bit. In many ways Cellular Biology has been my hardest class yet! I find it more interesting than chemistry, but it’s a whole world of info that takes a lot of time and energy to absorb.

Because of that, it’s hard for me to pause and take time for the kitchen. However, we are approaching prime baking season, and pumpkin bread was just calling my name.

I was also drawn to pumpkin bread because it’s incredibly easy and quick to make. All you do is mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet in another, combine and bake.


Now I will say that the first time I made this a couple of Sundays ago, I didn’t think to grease the pan. On top of that, I took it out of the pan too early, and the whole loaf split into two. I then immediately took what I deemed a Nap of Despair for about an hour and a half, and felt much better about the whole thing. (I should say that I take an hour and a half nap for one reason or another pretty much every Sunday so I wasn’t really that sad. Actually I’m about to go take one right after I post this…)


This recipe was incredibly quick and simple. I adjusted the original with a reminder to spray the loaf pan and let it sit for around 10 minutes (depending how done it was when you removed it from the oven) and everything turned out wonderful the second time around. I hope you can give this a try!


Classic Pumpkin Bread

Yields: 1 loaf

Adapted from “From Our House to Yours” (Frontier Bank cookbook from 1991)

1 2/3 cup sifted flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cloves
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Sift dry ingredients into a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, water and vegetable oil. Fold in the pumpkin, and combine both mixtures.

Add batter to the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan, and then carefully empty loaf onto a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

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5-Minute “Apple Pie”

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


A few years ago I tried a simple recipe for microwaved apple that I’d found on or somewhere similar. I thought it was delicious and never forgot about it.

These days, while I still (often) enjoy dessert, I’m also trying to eat clean whenever possible. I started wondering the other day if there was a way to make a single-serving/clean/easy version of apple pie. I decided to start with that old recipe, add in some new ingredients, and see how it turned out. I loved it on the first try!

The process is so simple and quick. You will need one apple, some yogurt, granola, cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves, and sweetener of your choice.


Chop the apple into large pieces.


Add about a teaspoon of cinnamon, and just a pinch of the nutmeg and cloves. Drizzle with sweetener of your choice (I used Agave syrup). Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.


Let it sit for a minute, as it will be really hot. (You can stop here and eat it this way too!)


Sprinkle with a bit of granola (around 1/4 cup), add a dollop of Greek yogurt, and sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired.


I love this dish so much. It’s comforting, filling, balanced, and light on calories (especially if you use a light hand with the granola). I think it would also be great for breakfast! I hope you can give it a try!

Five-Minute Healthy “Apple Pie”

Makes 1 serving

1 apple
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of cloves and nutmeg
1/4 cup granola
2 dollops Greek yogurt
Agave syrup


Chop apple into large pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon and other spices. Drizzle with sweetener. Microwave for 90 seconds.

Stir warm apple mixture and let it sit for a minute or two to cool. Sprinkle with granola, add yogurt on top, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!

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Grandma’s Bran Muffins

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


Hi everyone! I have a new recipe post up on Huffington Post. You can view this recipe here:

These are the bran muffins my grandma and my mom make, and they are absolutely scrumptious. I’ve had them for breakfast the last several days in a row.

I really hope you give them a try!


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Banana Pancakes

Monday, May 20th, 2013


Happy Monday! I thought I would share one of my favorite healthy recipes in case you’re feeling the need to repent from the buttery popcorn you ate at Star Trek this last weekend…

I discovered banana pancakes on the Blogilates YouTube channel (see the blog post here).

This is absolutely one of the best healthy meals I’ve ever tried. The ingredients are so simple and clean – 2 eggs and a banana. That’s all! And these pancakes are delicious. The eggs make you full, and the banana lends just the right amount of sweetness.

To prepare them, simply whisk together 2 eggs and 1 mushed banana. Fry in a pan (with cooking spray or butter) and you’re good to go! I sometimes top them with a bit of butter and cinnamon, but they are perfectly good without.

I really really hope you give these a try. They’ve changed my lunch-life.


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