Breakfast

  • Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - The Clean Gourmet Pumpkin Hazelnut Espresso Muffins - Pumpkin is still going strong! Kefir is a cultured milk product similar to yogurt, except it has different, more potent strains of bacteria, and is thin enough to drink.  It’s a great alternative to buttermilk in baking and pancake recipes, thanks to its similar consistency and acidity to buttermilk.  Kefir is also a perfect base for smoothies! Maple … Read More
  • Sweet Surrender Grape Preserves - I haven’t had a classic PB&J in years because, honestly, I’m not into grape jelly.  Any jelly, really.  Preserves, which contain the whole fruit, are much better.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find grape preserves anywhere. Small fruits like grapes, figs, and berries are my favorite, since I prefer to graze on fruit a bit at a time and can … Read More
  • Tahini Apple Snack Cake - I have to share this adaptation of a recipe from one I saw on Thrive Market’s blog last year, as I get this requested at least once a month by clients and friends.  I’ve reduced the sugar, subbed buttermilk with grass fed yogurt, and I use apple instead of pear since pear ripeness is so unpredictable.  I … Read More
  • Mesquite Banana Bread - No, this is not barbecue flavored banana bread.  Mesquite powder (or “flour”) is what boosts this banana bread. Mesquite powder is made of dried and ground pods from the mesquite plant.  It has a toasty, sweet flavor, yet it’s extremely low on the glycemic index.  Renowned for its nutrition density, mesquite is high in protein, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.  Also, thanks … Read More
  • Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie - The Clean Gourmet Cucumber Melon Mint Smoothie - Cucumber is actually a melon so, technically, the name is redundant, but no one probably cares.  I love a good theme, and cucumber and cantaloupe fit the melon theme perfectly. I love cantaloupe (like other melons) for smoothies because its mellow sugar and flavor let you still appreciate a good homemade nut milk, while the low acidity makes for a … Read More
  • Breakfast Beets with Yogurt - The Clean Gourmet Breakfast Beets with Yogurt - This is the sweet breakfast for savory breakfast fans, but a healthier, yet satisfying alternative for those who prefer a sugary start to their day. Personally, I don’t tolerate much sugar, including fruit, first thing in the morning, but beets have a low/moderate effect on blood sugar (a.k.a. glycemic load). If you exercise often, then I highly recommend regularly incorporating … Read More
  • Banana Oat Bran Protein Muffins (GF, sugar free) - This is a real muffin.  As in, not a breakfast cupcake.  As in, not that wolf in sheep’s clothing you see at Starbucks or your local bakery.  This muffin is barely sweet and is full of protein and fiber, so you avoid a morning insulin spike and imminent sugar crash, followed by sudden hunger pangs. There are 10 grams of … Read More
  • “Mocha” Oat Bran Pudding (Budino di Crusca d’Avena al Caffè d’Orzo) - While living in Italy, I discovered “caffè d’orzo”, a barley-based coffee substitute that is by default caffeine-free.  It’s a very common drink there, but virtually unheard of in the U.S.  After doing some research, I found that it does exist here under the name “grain coffee”.  While it’s more difficult to find here than in Europe, there are … Read More
  • Grain-Free “Biscuits” (“Panini” Senza Grano) - I’ve made these grain-free biscuits dozens of times and they never disappoint.  They pair great with sweet spreads, such as jam or lemon curd, and are perfect for savory accompaniments too, such as cheese or gravy. Since they are quite neutral, you can add a dollop of preserves in the middle before baking or fold … Read More
  • Matcha Chia Pudding with Toasted Coconut - Matcha is green tea for people who think they don’t like green tea.  It’s bright, fruity and slightly grassy.  While, personally, I like it all- sencha, silver leaf, gunpowder, genmaicha, etc., matcha is special.  Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, which dissolves in water, milk or any other liquid, which means you get more … Read More