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Foods for the Soul
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Aug 20, 2014
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

A 4-ingredient recipe for healthy granola that tastes like a chocolate peanut butter cup! It tastes like you’re eating candy for breakfast!     Back in May, my friend Sally mentioned that Trader Joe’s sold dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Already infatuated with Reese’s milk chocolate version, I immediately scribbled down her suggestion on my...

Foods for the Soul
The skinny on the sweet and easty: Peanut butter banana bread brownies

Aug 16, 2014
The skinny on the sweet and easty: Peanut butter banana bread brownies

An easy recipe for dessert bars with the taste of banana bread & the fudgy texture of brownies. Sweet, skinny & seriously addictive!     Twice every week, I toss my reusable grocery totes into my car and drive across town to Trader Joe’s. After easing into a shady parking spot and grabbing a...

Foods for the Soul
Skinny Buttered Popcorn

Aug 14, 2014
Skinny Buttered Popcorn

An easy, 3-ingredient recipe for buttery air-popped popcorn. With all of the flavor and almost none of the fat, it’ll disappear in seconds!     Two weekends ago, Mom and I received an exclusive email from the Oakland Athletics, our favorite baseball team. As season ticket holders, we were invited down to the field...

Foods for the Soul
Clean Almond Berry Crumble

Aug 12, 2014
Clean Almond Berry Crumble

An easy recipe for a juicy berry crumble with a cinnamon streusel topping. Completely clean-eating friendly & healthy enough for breakfast!     When I applied for graduate chemistry programs, every school that accepted me also mailed me an invitation to an all-expenses-paid visitation weekend with the other prospective students. I’d hop on a...

Petite Panettiere
Date Oat & Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aug 11, 2014
Date Oat & Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies




Dates are one of the most versatile, sweet, delicious ingredients in our dessert arsenal.



They work hard to sweeten and hold together triple layer caramel creme bars, raw pie crustchocolate fudge balls,...

Foods for the Soul
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

Aug 10, 2014
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Truffles

A 5-ingredient recipe for large chocolate truffles with a fresh blueberry center. They taste as rich as store-bought ones, but they’re only 28 calories!     During my first quarter of graduate school, I taught a weekly lab class right after lunch. So every Tuesday just before noon, I slipped into the lab, drew...

Foods for the Soul
Maple Mixed Berry Muffins

Maple Mixed Berry Muffins

An easy recipe for tender wholegrain muffins full of juicy berries! It tastes like you’re eating cake for breakfast, but they’re low-calorie & clean-eating!     Three months ago, my friend Brittany shared the story behind her latest half-marathon running race, including how she carbo-loaded on healthy options the day before. When I scrolled down...

Foods for the Soul
Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Cereal Treats

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Cereal Treats

A 4-ingredient recipe for gooey chocolate marshmallow cereal treats stuffed with a thick layer of caramel. The perfect low-calorie & no-bake treat!     Every spring from when I was 5 to 14, Mom signed me up for our city’s recreational soccer league. Practices started towards the end of summer, so for the first...

Foods for the Soul
Recipe: Coffee Loaf Cake with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Recipe: Coffee Loaf Cake with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

A moist loaf cake sweetened with maple syrup & topped with a decadent dark chocolate drizzle. So easy to make & secretly healthy!     At the BlogHer Annual Conference last week, the staff provided us with lunch both Friday and Saturday. When Dorothy, Trish, and I found seats after our morning breakout session, we...

Foods for the Soul
Skinny Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Jul 31, 2014
Skinny Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

An easy recipe for peanut butter & powdered sugar coated cereal snack mix. It’s low fat & low calorie yet still tastes like the indulgent original!     Two months ago, when Ashley and I met for the first time at Panera, I convinced her to come to the annual BlogHer Conference, explaining that at least...

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