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.
Looking for something new for your brunch repertoire? With Mother’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to start planning. Instead of muffins or sweets, try out a savory baked good. Easier than yeast breads, a savory quick bread still allows for toppings like poached eggs, salmon, cream cheese, etc. And that makes for a delicious brunch! Since springtime is fully here, I went with fresh, bright flavors. Lemon and dill go together quite nicely, especially when paired with the tanginess of yogurt and buttermilk.
If you had a chance to check out our post a few weeks ago, S’mores Chocolate Cookies, then you know that we are pairing up with the lovely Manuela Kjeilen from Norway this month; and featuring recipes out of her first English cookbook: Love, Manuela. Equal parts gorgeous and mouthwatering, this huge baking book may give you the urge to don a string of pearls while whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. Manuela’s personality shines through with little antidotes sprinkled throughout and instructions that bring on a smile (rub sugar into the towel with your beautiful hands).
I decided to feature her Vanilla Cake Roll since people often view a cake roll as a daunting culinary feat. Cake rolls are actually quite easy to bake and always make an impressive presentation. This one is filled with fresh raspberries as well as a raspberry mascarpone frosting. Perfect for the warm weather berry season right now!