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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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

I came across a carrot cake whoopie pie recipe on Pinterest years ago.  While the idea was brilliant and mouthwatering, the end result was a fail, as Pinterest recipes often go.  But unwilling to let go of a good idea, I reworked that recipe until I was happy with it and now am kinda known for them.  I make them at Easter every year and bring them to parties and potlucks.  People love and curse me at the same time because they are one of those things you want to eat until you are sick.  And using the Ankarsrum to make them means baking is a breeze, especially when I also use the shredder attachment for the carrots.

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