Cardamom Chocolate Chip Lentil Cookies

More back-to-school/lunchbox ideas with these unusual but delicious cookies.  An after school snack (or afternoon coffee break!) of chocolate chip cookies is both iconic and nostalgic.  Who doesn’t want a cookie or three to look forward to and get them through the rest of the day?  My daughter always wants a sweet treat in her lunchbox, so I use it as a way to sneak in some healthy goodness.  Cookies are a great vehicle to “hide” healthy ingredients in.  While these have butter, sugar and chocolate chips (because I want them to actually taste good!!), they are also full of whole wheat pastry flour, oats, almond meal and an extra dose of protein from pureed lentils, which I promise you can’t taste.  And if gluten-free or nut allergies are a concern, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with substitute ideas at the bottom of the recipe.

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Whole Wheat Flaxseed Sandwich Bread

Who doesn’t love a sandwich option when trying to feed your family all day, every day?  Bringing you more lunchbox friendly recipes with this one hundred percent whole wheat sandwich bread (that your family will actually eat), making it easier to incorporate whole grains into your diet.  I’ve also included a recipe for Pumpkin Seed Butter at the end of the post, which was a bonus post with the blender attachment in January.  It makes a wonderful nut-free substitute for peanut butter.  And that is especially helpful if you are packing school lunches right now.

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Overnight Whole Grain Waffles

If you subscribe to the blog, then you know that we are dedicating August and September to new breakfast, lunch and snack ideas, just as summer comes to an end and a new school year begins.  This month started out with a bonus post of Toasted Coconut, Millet and Banana Muffins.  (Subscribe to receive bonus posts every month!)  Full of whole grains, honey and banana goodness, they make great snacks and on-the-go breakfasts.  Next up, a whole wheat yeasted waffle batter that is made up at night and then stashed in the fridge until the next morning for a quick and easy breakfast your family will love.  Because, who doesn’t love waffles?  And leftover waffles can be frozen for your own healthy version of those ones you pop in the toaster, or used in lieu of sandwich bread to mix up the ol’ PB&J.

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