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


Gingerbread Scones with Maple Drizzle

Oct 29, 2014
Gingerbread Scones with Maple Drizzle

Soft & tender gingerbread scones full of cozy spices. Lightened up, guilt-free & ready in just 30 minutes!     Last week, right before I pulled out my camera to photograph these muffins, my guy walked into the room and mentioned he had a craving for frozen yogurt, and I just about had a...

The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oct 27, 2014
The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy recipe for the BEST pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Cozy, decadent & pure comfort food—just without the guilt!     As a sophomore in college, my three roommates and I decided to bake sweet treats for all of our friends’ birthdays in our apartment complex. However, we never actually delivered them on time....

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Oct 26, 2014
Cranberry Orange Muffins

Easy & healthy orange muffins studded with tangy dried cranberries. Ready in a jiffy & the perfect cool-weather breakfast!     Living in warm northern California, where our summer temperatures regularly reach 100°F, it rarely feels like fall until the beginning of November. Days stay sunny and around 70-80°F clear through Halloween, with only...

Diamond of California – Harvest Tour Review

Oct 25, 2014
Diamond of California – Harvest Tour Review

Highlights from touring Diamond’s walnuts orchards and processing plants! The “nutty” experience of a lifetime.     Last week, Diamond of California invited me and nine other bloggers on a Harvest Tour of their orchards and processing plants. Since I grew up on Diamond’s nuts—they’re the only ones we use in our pecan pies...

Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Oct 24, 2014
Slow Cooker Pineapple Upside Down Cake

A healthier recipe for classic pineapple upside down cake, made easier in the slow cooker! Sweet, buttery, fruity, tropical—everything it’s known to be!     Last week, with barely enough sleep to call it a night, I pulled on my running shoes on Thursday morning and started out on my usual route through the...

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...

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