Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Do you have an overabundance of zucchini from your garden or the farmer’s market? Turn it into this delicious Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. With only a hint of sweetness, this can be enjoyed with any meal or snack.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread on a marble slab

Do you enjoy cooking or baking more?

I tend to enjoy cooking more as you can adjust the taste as you go and have more control throughout the process of a dish during the cooking process. For me, baking (especially when developing a new recipe), is much more intimidating. Why? Because you measure, mix, pour into a pan… and then hope for the best! Once that timer goes off you find out if it’s a win or a flop.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread sliced on a marble slab

This quickbread a little denser than regular quick bread, as I used half whole wheat flour. When I bake I try to squeeze in whole grains where I can. My favorite whole grain flours to bake with are whole wheat flour and oat flour. I’ve also been experimenting with almond flour and coconut flour too, which totally throw you for a curveball because they have very different baking properties.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread on a marble slab

Want to add your own twist to this chocolate chip zucchini bread? Turn it into a banana chocolate chip zucchini bread by swapping out the applesauce for mashed banana. Enjoy more texture? Try adding walnuts into the mix! Remember – recipes are just a guide. Always feel free to add your own twist.

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: baked goods
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 zucchinis)
1 cup chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Shred zucchini. Using paper towels press as much moisture you can from the zucchini.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Fold zucchini into flour. This will help zucchini being dispersed throughout the bread vs. clumping together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, a little at a time, mixing until well combined.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle and comes out clean.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before taking it out of the loaf pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Keywords: zucchini bread, zucchini, chocolate chips, baking, whole grain,

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This recipe was originally posted in 2013. The recipes, images, and content have been updated.

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Team Waffle or Team Pancake?

I’ve mentioned before that I used to be a waffle person over pancake person, only because I used to be terrible at flipping them. I think my skills have improved though.
This batter can easily be used for pancakes as well.
Waffle pros: They freeze and reheat better than pancakes (in my opinion).
Waffle cons: You only can really make one at a time, whereas with a large enough pan, you can easily make a few pancakes at a time.

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Sweet Potato Flax Waffles

  • Author: Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: makes 8 waffles 1x
  • Category: breakfast, waffles

Description

Make these Sweet Potato Flax Waffles for a delicious weekend breakfast, and freeze for later to enjoy during a busy week.


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweet potato puree (about 1 medium sweet potato – baked and flesh scooped out)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax (I used Manitoba Milling Co.)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • cooking spray
  • toppings: sliced banana, walnuts, maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Let batter sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into waffle iron. Cook until desired consistency (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  4. Top waffles with sliced bananas, walnuts, and syrup, if desired.

Notes

To make sweet potato puree: Score a sweet potato with a paring knife. Wrap in tin foil and bake until soft. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and puree.

Meal Prep: Make a batch of these waffles ahead of time. They freeze well. Just pop them in the toaster to warm up.

I used Manitoba Milling Co. finely milled flax seed, which is almost like the consistency of flour. If using coarse ground flax, more liquid may be needed. 

Keywords: waffles, breakfast, sweet potato, grain free, gluten free

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Oat Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are whole grain and gluten-free, making them a perfect fit for any pancake enthusiast!

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Why I love Oat Flour Pancakes

I used to be “anti pancake” because I am the worst at flipping them. Really, it was that I was impatient and tried to flip them too early before they set.

When my sisters and I were little, my dad was the only one who was allowed to cut our pancakes. He would keep them perfectly stacked and cut them into perfect triangles. I was more of a syrup dunker than a drizzler. I would take each triangle and dunk it into the “good syrup”. My aunt lives in Vermont and she would send us delicious locally made maple syrup.

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Using whole grains for pancakes

The problem with pancakes is that I never felt satisfied after eating them. Adding whole grains as the base of pancakes can help solve that solution.

I used oat flour as the base. You could just buy oat flour, but it’s pretty easy to make. Just take rolled oats or instant oats and pulse them in a food processor until they resemble a light fluffy flour. Oat flour still contains all part of the whole grain, but not as dense as whole wheat flour, yielding a fluffier pancake.

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The secret to creating fluffy pancakes

Vinegar in pancakes? Yes! It’s the secret to help activate the baking powder and helps the pancakes puff and become fluffy.

I’ve tried some other methods like adding seltzer to the batter or whipping the egg whites separately from the egg yolks before combining them. Both methods do work, but I don’t always have seltzer on hand, and mixing egg whites separately makes more messy bowls. I don’t know about you, but the fewer dishes to clean, the better!

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Syrup dunker or drizzler?

Are you a syrup dunker or drizzler? Most of the time I ditch the syrup and use frozen fruit like wild blueberries. When frozen berries defrost they become all gooey and syrupy. Other times, I’ll spread peanut butter or yogurt between the layers. I really just go with what I’m craving at the time.
How do you top your pancakes?

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Oat Flour Pancakes

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 23 1x
  • Category: pancakes, breakfast

Description

These oat flour pancakes are whole grain and gluten-free, making them a perfect fit for any pancake enthusiast!


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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, canola oil, and eggs; whisk together.
  3. Slowly add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until it just comes together. (do not overmix)
  4. Let batter sit for 5-7 minutes. It will thicken.
  5. Lightly spray a hot griddle with cooking spray.
  6. Use a 1/2 measuring cup to scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle.
  7. Let the pancakes bubble before flipping. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

Notes

Make your own oat flour:
Place either rolled oats or instant oats in a food processor at high speed. Process until it turns into fine oat flour.

Batter makes 6 medium-sized pancakes.

Keywords: pancakes, breakfast, whole grain, brunch

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Mocha Overnight Oats

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About The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club:

The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club is filled with delicious, easy to make recipes containing 300 calories or less and packed with a minimum of 20 grams of protein. You’ll find a variety of recipes featuring dairy, protein powders, nuts, seeds, eggs and ancient grains including hot trends like overnight oats, smoothie bowls and mug cakes.
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I never thought to add coffee to my overnight oats. This is genius! The little extra pick me up, plus the mocha flavor is a perfect way to start the day. The original recipe calls for the addition of coffee and chocolate protein powder, but I only had vanilla protein powder, so I added that plus a little cocoa powder to get that same mocha flavor.

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I topped mine with some raspberries and a little chocolate granola.

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Mocha Overnight Oats

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15 + overnight
  • Total Time: 15 + overnight
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

Prep breakfast the night before, so you can freely hit the snooze button the next morning. This Mocha Overnight Oats recipe will not only fill you up but also give you a little extra energy for the morning.


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Toppings: raspberries, chocolate raspberry granola

Instructions

  1. In a mason jar or container, add all ingredients; stir well until combined.
  2. Cover an refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, before serving, top with raspberries and chocolate raspberry granola. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Mocha Chip Overnight Oats from “The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club” cookbook by Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Keywords: overnight oats, mocha

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Vanilla Maple Yogurt Chia Parfait

Looking for some simple meal prep solutions? Prep these simple Vanilla Maple Chia Yogurt Parfaits ahead of time for busy mornings.
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I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t on board with the whole chia pudding trend when it first started circulating the internet. I wasn’t a fan of the texture. After trying it a few more times, it really grew on me. That goes to show that tastes/textures do evolve over time and we have to give foods a 2nd or even 10th chance.
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For a while, I was blending my chia pudding to create a creamier consistency, but then the texture of the chia pudding grew on me and I really enjoy it as a breakfast since it keeps me full and satisfied all morning. Chia seeds are rich plant-source of omega-3 fatty acids, that can reduce inflammation.
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No parfait isn’t complete without the granola layer. I topped mine with one of my favorites – Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola.

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Vanilla Maple Yogurt Chia Parfait

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 2 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) container vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together chia seeds, maple syrup, and almond milk. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to thicken.
  2. In 2 small jars, evenly layer chia mixture into each jar. Then evenly layer the vanilla Greek yogurt on top of the chia seed mixture.
  3. Top with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola when ready to eat.

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Smashed Chickpea Scramble

Looking for a protein-packed and plant-based breakfast? Try a new breakfast idea, Smashed Chickpea Scramble. 
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I have a slight obsession with chickpeas. If you search “chickpeas” on my recipe index tab, there are plenty of recipes to choose from. For me, what I think sets them apart is their texture. With a firmer texture, chickpeas are sturdier in dishes. Plus, chickpeas have a slightly nutty taste that pairs well with many flavors.
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Ever wonder how I come up with new recipes?

The recipe development process:

I am usually inspired with new recipe ideas from when I travel, go out to eat, or just chatting with my friends, family, and clients. This recipe was inspired when I was counseling a client who was looking for warm plant-based breakfast ideas, that is packed with protein.

The first priority of when I develop a new recipe is taste. If it doesn’t taste good, then no one is going to want to make it or even eat it. Then I think of the nutritional value. Hello, dietitian here. Of course, I’m going to add that to the recipe development process.
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During this client’s session, she mentioned she loved chickpeas. We had a brief bonding moment of our love for chickpeas. She asked if I had a chickpea breakfast recipe. I did not! Well, I have this cookie dough smoothie bowl, but she specifically asked for something warm.
Every recipe on here has a story. This is how this recipe became created. This is why I love cooking! I’m inspired daily to get creative in the kitchen.

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Smashed Chickpea Scramble

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Description

Looking for a protein-packed and plant-based breakfast? Try a new breakfast idea, Smashed Chickpea Scramble. 


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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup hummus
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add chickpeas, water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mash with the back of a fork, leaving some whole for texture.
  2. Fold in turmeric, cumin, ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and hummus until well combined.
  3. Heat remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Add the smashed chickpea mixture with spinach. Saute until chickpeas are warmed through and spinach has wilted.
  4. Serve with diced avocado and tomatoes.

Keywords: breakfast, plant-based, vegetarian

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your day? This Banana Berry Smoothie is a simple (and delicious) solution to help you meet the recommended amount of fruits and vegetable each day.
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The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern, of the 2015-2020  edition of the Dietary Guidelines, is 2 cup-equivalents of fruit and 2½ cup-equivalents of vegetables per day. (source)
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Reading those recommendations, it may not seem that hard, but on a regular basis, Americans are not meeting that target goal.

Why not start the day with a smoothie packed with fruits and vegetables? If you’re not used to adding vegetables to a smoothie, this recipe is a great one to start off with. The flavors of the berries and bananas take over and you won’t even know the spinach is even in there!

Once you start feeling a little more comfortable with adding vegetables into your smoothie, start trying new variations. Smoothie aficionados are adding vegetables like cauliflower, kale, cucumber, carrots, and even broccoli to their smoothie mix.
What vegetables do you add to your smoothie? 

Time-saving tip:

Save time in the morning and make smoothie bags. Pre-measure the fruits, veggies, and mix-ins (like chia, flax, peanut butter powder) of your choice in a ziplock bag. Now in the morning, all you have to do is drop the smoothie contents in the blender and add milk (or liquid of choice) for a smoothie ready in under a minute.

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Banana Berry Smoothie

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink

Description

Looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your day? This Banana Berry Smoothie is a simple (and delicious) solution to help you meet the recommended amount of fruits and vegetable each day.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup wild blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • water or ice, as needed, for desired consistency

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine milk, banana, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and spinach. Blend until smooth.
  2. For a thicker consistency, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.

Keywords: smoothie, drink, beverage

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Frozen (Single Serving) Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal

Don’t have time in the morning to prepare hearty steel cut oatmeal for breakfast? With a little meal prep will help solve that morning rush and nourish your body with a wholesome breakfast with these Frozen (Single Serving) Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How many times have you heard that before? While I believe all meals are important, a good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. During the weekends, I love having a leisurely breakfast, sipping my coffee, and enjoying my morning. During the week breakfast making time is 5 minutes or less, rush out the door and coffee in the car on my commute.
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Steel cut oatmeal is a hearty wholesome breakfast, but its downfall is that it takes about 15-20 minutes to cook. I’d rather get an extra 20 minutes of sleep. I know I’m not the only one!

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Want to enjoy steel cut oats in under 2 minutes? Meal prep to the rescue! Spend 20 minutes one day and have steel cut oats all week. Even if they weren’t steel cut oats and rolled oats instead, the time to take out all the mix-ins is just too much when you are trying to get out the door. Instead, simply take your little frozen single-serving steel cut oat “muffin”, add a few drops of water and pop it into the microwave.
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steel cut vs. rolled oats vs. old fashioned oats – what’s the difference?

Steel cut oats vs. rolled oats vs. old-fashioned oats can get confusing. Steel cut oats are whole oat groats cut into little pieces. They are higher in fiber and protein than rolled and instant oats making it more filling and satisfying breakfast.
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Make these. You’ll thank me when you are enjoying a hearty breakfast with that extra 20 minutes of sleep.

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Frozen (Single Serving) Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

Don’t have time in the morning to prepare hearty steel cut oatmeal for breakfast? With a little meal prep will help solve that morning rush and nourish your body with a wholesome breakfast with these Frozen (Single Serving) Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice extract (can sub vanilla extract)
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add salt and steel cut oats. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook 15. Stir once or twice during cooking time.
  2. Remove oats from heat. Stir in mashed banana, pumpkin, chia seeds, flaxseed, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin pie extract.
  3. Spray a large muffin pan with cooking spray. Fill 6 muffin cups with the steel cut oats. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on each.
  4. Freeze steel cut oats in muffin tins until solid. Remove from muffin pan and store in a ziplock bag.
  5. To enjoy warm, simple add a few drops of water and reheat in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds – 2 minutes.

Keywords: breakfast, oatmeal, steel cut oats

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries

Ever tried quinoa for breakfast? Adding quinoa to your oatmeal in the morning adds an extra protein and fiber punch. This Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries recipe will keep you full all morning.
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I’m sure everyone is back into their normal routines again. We’ve made it over the hump getting back into the groove after the fun summer months. I’ve never hit the snooze button so much in my life.

Celebrate Whole Grains Month:

The first couple weeks getting back into a solid routine are pretty tough, but the key was starting the day with a solid breakfast. September is back to school month, but did you know it is also Whole Grains Month! Are you a quinoa connoisseur or a fan of farro? Think you are savvy with whole grains? Test your skills on the Guess the Grains Quiz.
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With a slightly nutty flavor, quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids our bodies can’t make on their own.

Using the same quinoa oatmeal base, this recipe can be easily customized with any flavors you like. Aim for a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein for a balanced breakfast. This will help maintain stable blood sugars to avoid the mid-morning crash.
Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
If you are used to the flavored sweetened packets and looking to transition to oatmeal with less added sugar, try using fruit and cinnamon to sweeten it up. My favorite trick is to heat frozen berries. They become all gooey and syrupy without adding added sugar.

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 7
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place oatmeal and milk in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir over low heat for 5-7 minutes, until oatmeal begins to thicken. Stir in the maple syrup and cooked quinoa.
  2. Add oatmeal quinoa mixture to a bowl. Top with strawberries, raspberries, and almonds.

Keywords: oatmeal, quinoa, whole grain, breakfast

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Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

Start your morning with this Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl. 
Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl
I haven’t had the best luck lately. When I was bringing groceries into my apartment, my canvas bag strap broke and the eggs in my bag ended up all over the floor of my kitchen. Back to the store I went because I was shooting a video for my Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins that day.

Then, you may have seen on Instagram that I ended up with 3 stitches on my finger this week.
@RDeliciousKitchen InstagramThursday, I was at Living Plate getting ready for a cooking class and washing a mandolin and accidentally sliced my finger. I headed to urgent care while two interns continued to prep for the class. These dietetic interns just started working with me and with my little accident, they saved the day! I got stitched up, headed back and the class was ready to go. The interns were rock stars! The class was ready to go and the class was a success!
Green Goddess Smoothie BowlSo maybe it really wasn’t a bad luck week, more like a clumsy week. Yes, I may have had my kerfuffle moments, but one thing that was consistently great this week, was breakfast. This Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl was enjoyed all week. I’ve been on a total smoothie kick lately and have been making this exact combo daily. I really do enjoy the act of eating smoothie bowls with a spoon. It helps practice mindful eating and you get to enjoy it for so much longer.
After every storm is a rainbow because I am now sitting on Lake Champlain with my bff’s in Vermont for the weekend. Girls weekend!
Lake Champlain, Vermont
What is everyone doing this weekend? 

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Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mango, frozen
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 small banana [frozen is best for creaminess]
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • (optional toppings): hemp hearts, sliced strawberries, unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

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Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl