Amy Atherton

Amy is the author of "Foods for the Soul." She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Chemistry, and she put her degree to use the following year by developing healthy recipes in her home kitchen. Although she spends most of her day baking (or doing the dishes), Amy still finds time for running, yoga, and eating lots of dark chocolate!

Web Site: http://foodsforthesoul.net


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Oct 22, 2014
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Cozy pumpkin breakfast cake topped with a thick cinnamon streusel. Total comfort food—but it’s made healthier without any refined flour or sugar!     About two weeks after I was born, my parents decided to attempt their first bring-the-baby-to-a-restaurant experience before my grandma flew back home that weekend. Armed with the world’s largest diaper...

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble

Oct 20, 2014
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble

A cozy fruit crumble, full of cinnamon and ginger and molasses, that’s perfect for chilly fall evenings—and yet still healthy enough for breakfast too!     Almost every single day during elementary school, I found a bag of apple slices when I unzipped my lunch bag. Always Gala, always half (my younger brother received...

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns

Oct 19, 2014
Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns

An easy & healthy recipe for sticky buns studded with pecans—and made in the slow cooker! The BEST breakfast pastries you’ll ever eat!     The summer after my freshman year of college, my mom and I flew up to Alaska for a week-long mission trip with a few of the members from my...

Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies & “Dessert Mash-Ups” Giveaway!

Oct 16, 2014
Chocolate Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies & “Dessert Mash-Ups” Giveaway!

A fun mash-up recipe of chocolate sandwich cookies & cheesecake! They taste like soft-baked Oreos with a cheesecake filling. SO irresistible!     Last year on September 20, I met Dorothy from Crazy for Crust. Now, before you think I’m incredibly creepy for remembering the date… It was the day before her birthday, and...

Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits

Oct 14, 2014
Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits

An easy recipe for peanut butter pudding parfaits with chopped chocolate peanut butter cups. A peanut butter lover’s dream—for barely 100 calories!     Last week, on the same day I planned on baking these cookies, the electrician showed up. Originally built in the 1950’s, our house had one of the craziest layouts he’d...

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Oct 12, 2014
Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

An easy recipe for rich chocolate cookies studded with diced peanut butter cups. Secretly lightened up without sacrificing any rich flavor!     One summer during elementary school, my friend’s mom invited me along to the pool with her three daughters. We drove to their favorite location in the next town over, closer to...

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Oct 10, 2014
Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

A fun twist on carrot cake! Soft & chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with lots of sweet carrots & cinnamon. They’ll disappear in a single day!     Two weekends ago, my mom started craving carrot cake. She talked about it at lunch, mentioned it at dinner, and finally caved at 9 pm and drove...

Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie

Oct 8, 2014
Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie

A low-calorie smoothie that tastes just like a slice of apple pie! Only 4 ingredients & ready in less than 5 minutes. Easy as pie!     Every 4th of July, first day of fall, and almost any other day I asked, my grandma would bake her famous apple pie. With its golden flaky...

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Oct 6, 2014
Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Sweet pumpkin pie bars with a spicy gingersnap crust. Topped with the best lightened-up whipped cream, they’re the perfect easy fall dessert!     Throughout childhood, we spent most of our Thanksgivings at my grandparents’ house in southern California. After driving down a little earlier in the week, we spent the holiday watching the...

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Oct 3, 2014
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Rich dark chocolate donuts topped with a sweet peanut butter glaze. These practically taste like Reese’s, but they’re baked, not fried—and 100% healthy!     During my stint in graduate school, my professor brought in a big box of donuts for us nearly every Saturday morning as a semi-peace offering for working weekends. They...

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