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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Pina Colada Cake

National Pina Colada Day is July 10th, and you can have your drink and eat it too.  Nothing says summertime like a tiki cocktail, and when you turn those flavors into a boozy cake, it is pretty much a guaranteed baking win.  This cake is packed full of coconut and pineapple in various forms and has rum in the cake, frosting and layering components.  The perfect balance of creaminess, fruitiness and rum-ness.  Hello summer!

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Blueberry Cobbler with Cookie Dough Topping

Blueberries are the quintessential summertime fruit to me.  For as long as I can remember, my parents have had row upon row of blueberry bushes.  While I hated picking my daily quota per the summer chore chart as a kid, I certainly didn’t mind stuffing my face with them.  It’s hard to get much better than sun-warmed fruit picked at its peak and eaten right away.  Except maybe when you turn it into cobbler.  This is one of my husband’s favorites, because instead of a traditional cobbler topping, you use cookie dough to top fresh blueberries that have been tossed with a little coriander, lemon juice and sugar.  Add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and you have summer dessert bliss.  I’ll definitely be whipping this up for Father’s Day.

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