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Homemade Granola

Granola is so easy to make, even my eight year old daughter can almost do it all by herself (except using the oven) ! You can make it as simple as ours, or you can add more of your favourites. Eat it with milk, yoghurt and fresh fruits as a healthy breakfast or snack.

Makes about 2 cups
Total time = 30 minutes

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons demerara or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup blanched almond slices
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Mix together oats, sugar, raisins and almonds
  3. Add oil, maple syrup and vanilla, mix well
  4. Place a thin and even layer on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden, stirring once
  6. Cool and store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks
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Maple Bacon Waffles

I love waffles, especially the Belgian type. They are so soft, light and fluffy! The trick is whisking the egg whites separately first, then folding them back into the batter. The combination of bacon and maple syrup is both sweet and savory. I can’t find a word to describe these waffles other than yummy !

Makes about 5-6 waffles
Total time = 30 minutes

  • 4 strips of bacon (about 4 ounces)
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup cake and pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons warm melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Brush both sides of bacon strips with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  3. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes until crispy, flipping over once
  4. Place on paper towel to dry and cool
  5. Cut into small pieces, set aside
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl, set aside
  7. Using an electric mixer, at medium then high speed, whisk egg whites until stiff peak is formed
  8. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks, milk, melted butter, vanilla and remaining maple syrup into flour mixture
  9. Fold in egg whites and bacon, do not overmix
  10. Cook in waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions
  11. Serve warm with butter, more bacon and maple syrup or desired toppings

Banana Maple Pancakes

Who doesn’t like warm fluffy pancakes in the morning ? Sweetened with just banana and maple syrup, they contain no refined sugar. Serve them warm with fresh fruits, butter, or more maple syrup. We just had them for breakfast this morning, yum !  

Makes about 4-6 pancakes
Total time: 20 minutes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  2. Whisk in egg, banana, milk, maple syrup and oil
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly oiled non stick pan or griddle over low to medium heat
  4. Cook about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin to form on top
  5. Flip pancake over and cook for about 1-2 more minutes until lightly brown

Sweet Potato Honey Muffins

One of my goals this year is to use less sugar in my recipes without compromising flavours.  Japanese sweet potatoes have red skin and light yellow flesh.  They are a good source of vitamin A, C and dietary fibre. They taste very sweet, so you don’t really need to add much sweetener.  I only added some honey and they came out super tasty ! They are very healthy too !   

Makes about 10-12 muffins

  • 240 g mashed Japanese sweet potatoes
  • 1+1/4 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 240 mL milk
  • 100 g plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To prepare the sweet potato

  1. Cut sweet potatoes into large chunks
  2. Prick with a fork a few times
  3. Bake in an 400ºF oven until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour
  4. Peel and mash, cool and set aside

To make the muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside
  3. Blend mashed sweet potatoes, milk and honey to make a puree
  4. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter until fluffy
  5. Mix in eggs, yoghurt, vanilla and sweet potato puree
  6. Add flour mixture, mix until just blended, do not over mix (it is fine if mixture is slightly lumpy)
  7. Pour batter into muffin tins lined with slightly greased paper or silicone muffin cups
  8. Bake for about 20-22 minutes

Lemon Raisin Scones

I fell in love with lemon lately! I add it to many of my recipes, e.g. pies, cakes, muffins, smoothies, etc. It just makes them taste a lot better!  It is also an acid, so when it’s combined with baking soda, it helps to rise your dough.  I’ve drizzled some lemon glaze on top of these scones, but they taste amazing even with just butter.  You can have them for breakfast or afternoon tea. I actually had one for lunch too!

Makes about 8 scones
Total time = 2 hours

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 +1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF
  2. Add lemon juice to milk and let sit for a few minutes
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt
  4. Mix in sugar
  5. Cut in butter by pastry cutter or rub in by hands until resembles coarse crumbs 
  6. Add lemon zest and raisins
  7. Add egg,milk with lemon juice and vanilla extract, mix until blended
  8. Transfer dough to a floured surface, and press together to form a round disc about 1/2 inch thick
  9. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour
  10. Cut disc into about 8 triangular wedges (like cutting a pizza) 
  11. Bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 20 minutes
  12. Serve warm with butter or lemon glaze

For the lemon glaze

  • 1+1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Sift icing sugar
  2. Whisk in lemon juice, water and lemon zest until smooth

Easy Waffles

Waffles are great for breakfast or dessert.  Who can resist a warm,  fluffy waffle with chocolate syrup, whipped cream or blueberry jam?  Mmmmm…..

Makes about 4-5 waffles

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, warm but not hot
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat waffle machine according to manufacturer ‘s instructions
  2. Sift together flour,  baking powder,  sugar and salt
  3. Beat egg yolks lightly and whisk into flour mixture
  4. Add milk, melted butter and vanilla, mix well and set aside
  5. Whisk egg white in electric mixer until moderately stiff peak forms
  6. Fold egg white into batter until just blended ,  do not over mix
  7. Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions
  8. Serve warm with desired toppings

Whisking the egg whites and folding them back into the batter makes the waffles extra fluffy !

Super Easy Pancakes

Pancakes are very easy to make and homemade ones taste so much better!  My daughter loves to make and eat them.  It’s a good recipe to get the kids involved. Just watch those little hands around hot and sharp objects.

Makes about 12 pancakes

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt
  2. Mix together eggs, milk and vegetable oil
  3. Add milk mixture slowly to flour mixture, mix well
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly oiled non stick pan or griddle over medium heat
  5. Cook about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin to form on top
  6. Flip pancake over and cook for about 1-2 more minutes or lightly brown
  7. Serve with butter, maple syrup or your favorite jam