The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies | Once Upon a Recipe

Well, hellllllllooo friends!

Insert apologies about my lack of posts lately. Hoping to change that in the coming weeks!

We have much more important things to talk about right now. Cookies, obvi. This year marked my second time participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by two lovely ladies, The Little Kitchen and Love & Olive Oil. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a quickie on the details: It’s a worldwide food blogger cookie swap! Basically, you sign up, receive the addresses of three other bloggers, and then you send each blogger a dozen homemade cookies. And then you wait to receive three dozen delicious cookies from those that received your name. Oh, and the swap raises money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Sweet treats and supporting a good cause = so many wins.

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies | Once Upon a Recipe

My contribution to this year’s swap was the magnificent wafer-thin, chocolate-filled cookies you see above. They taste very similar to Almond Roca with their toffee-like flavour and addictive crunch. Each wafer is incredibly thin and delicate, but once sandwiched together around a layer of dark chocolate, these cookies become a little bit more sturdy (and clearly more delicious). I dare you to make a batch and not eat more than five one.

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies | Once Upon a Recipe

Next year, be sure to participate in the swap! Check the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap website for more details. Happy holiday baking! See you again real soon.

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies | Once Upon a Recipe

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies (recipe from Bakerita)

These cookies are incredibly addictive with their satisfying crunch and chocolate centers. Their flavour is similar to that of almond roca. A batch will make about 36 cookies (18 sandwiches). They take a little time to make, but are completely worth the effort. The cookies keep well in an airtight container in the freezer.

1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
3 TBSP. all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP. heavy cream
2 TBSP. light corn syrup
5 TBSP. unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the almonds into a large bowl with the flour and salt and stir. Combine the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a rolling boil and the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the saucepan mixture to the almond mixture and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to cool, about 30 minutes.

Scoop rounded teaspoons of batter and roll into (tiny!) balls. Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 3 to 4 inches between each cookie since they spread a lot. I found it best to only bake six cookies at a time; otherwise they just ran into each other.

Bake 1 pan at a time, until the cookies are thin and an even golden brown colour, about 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. One other tip: If your cookies are misshapen when you take them out of the oven, use a metal spatula to gently reshape them (as they will be very malleable when they come out of the oven).

Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Pair up cookies of equal size. Spread chocolate onto one cookie (be gentle!) and press carefully together with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookie pairs. Once completely cool, store in an airtight container.

Dark Chocolate Almond Florentine Cookies | Once Upon a Recipe

Looking for more amazing cookie recipes? Check out the lovely cookies I received from Sarah at Feasts For All Seasons (Chai Tea Shortbread) and Meg at Sweet Twist of Blogging (Mint Oreo Christmas Trees). Also be sure to check out the bloggers that I had the pleasure of sending these cookies to: Kristy at She Eats, Tina at What Taste, and Alicia at Bird House Diaries. xo

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Friendssssss! Happy October!

I’ve got a skillet cookie for yer face today! You’ve seen those cornflake marshmallow cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar around the interwebs, yes? The chewy, amazing, foodgasm-inducing, cornflake/chocolate/peanut butter chip/marshmallow-studded cookies as big as your hand. Yep, those are the ones.

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Well those cookies really are all they’re cracked up to be. In fact, they’re kind of like crack. Ridiculously addicting and really not good for you at all. Why is it that things that taste so good have to be so bad? You know me though – all about the balance. Eat some kale salad, go for a run, eat a skillet cookie. Yep, balance.

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Basically I took that cookie and turned it into a no-bowl required skillet cookie. Skillet cookies are my jam. I mean seriously, a big, warm, gooey cookie that is best served with good friends and many spoons – it doesn’t get much better. And I browned my butter, ’cause brown butter is still the cat’s meow. Annnnddd, it’s ready in about 30 minutes. So grab a few of your faves, throw this bad boy in the oven, and dig in! Treat yo’ self!

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie (adapted from Shutterbean, which was adapted from Momofuku Milk Bar)

A gooey skillet cookie full of cornflakes, dark chocolate, peanut butter chips, and marshmallows. No bowl required! Serves as few or as many as you want! 

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups cornflakes
2 TBSP. dark chocolate, chopped
2 TBSP. peanut butter chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Melt and brown the butter, stirring until golden brown and fragrant (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat. Add the sugars and mix well. Add the egg and vanilla and stir. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and mix well. Fold in the cornflakes, chocolate, and peanut butter chips. Spread the batter out evenly in the skillet. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake for  20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Don’t over bake, as the goal is a gooey cookie! Allow to cool slightly and then eat straight out of the skillet. Bliss!

Brown Butter Cornflake Marshmallow Skillet Cookie | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Haaaaaapppppppppyyyy Friday!

In celebration of being on the verge of one of these glorious things called the weekend, I bring you waffles. Whole wheat and oat cinnamon rhubarb waffles to be exact. I can’t lie. I’ve become a bit waffle-obsessed. I can’t stop thinking about all of the waffle possibilities. Of course we have sweet waffles. We also have savoury waffles. But then we have waffle sandwiches. Waffle donuts. And I bet waffle nachos could totally be a thing.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Today we’re keeping it pretty simple. We’ve got whole wheat flour and oats for some hearty oomph. The rhubarb adds a little tartness (PS. You could totally sub in apples for the rhubarb). And there’s cinnamon and brown sugar for flavour. Think: rhubarb crisp in waffle form. And if you want to go all out, you can top the waffles with butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar. Boom. If that doesn’t start your day off right, I don’t know what will.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

It’s the weekend, friends! Enjoy, relax, live it up, treat yo’ self, and eat some waffles. In that order.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles (adapted from Taste of Home)

These hearty waffles taste delicious with butter and cinnamon sugar (simply combine 1/4 cup sugar with 2 tsp. cinnamon), or fruit and syrup. If you can’t get your hands on any rhubarb or if it’s not your thing, feel free to use apples instead. Makes 6 waffles. 

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

3 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups milk

4 TBSP. butter, melted

2 TBSP. brown sugar

1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, melted butter, and brown sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, along with the chopped rhubarb. Mix until just combined. Cook according to the instructions of your waffle maker. Refrigerate or freeze leftover waffles, and reheat either in the toaster or the oven.

Whole Wheat & Oat Cinnamon Rhubarb Waffles | Once Upon a Recipe

Hello Again + Fresh Spiced Pear Cider

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider | Once Upon a Recipe

Hello my friends!

It seems that this ol’ blog took an unintended yet sort-of needed Summer vacation. While I do apologize, I don’t regret it. For the last couple of months, I’ve been lacking in the inspiration department. And although I made a number of dishes and treats that I wanted to share, something always seemed to get in the way of me completing a proper blog post – even something as simple as being too hungry to stop and snap a few pretty photos. And being the perfectionist that I am, throwing together a half-assed post just didn’t feel right to me.

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider | Once Upon a Recipe

For the past few days I’ve been down with a bad cold and while being sick is never my preference, it gave me the opportunity – actually, forced me – to ditch on some of my regular responsibilities and just relax. And do you want to know what I did? (Aside from binge-re-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix) I stepped into my kitchen and I created. It was glorious.

Friends, I think I have my mojo back.

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider | Once Upon a Recipe

First up – juice!

Last week, I was contacted and invited to participate in Williams-Sonoma Juice Week. This week’s theme is Juices That Bite Back.

Typically, I like to incorporate juicing into my morning routine. I’ve shared my favorite green juice recipe here already and green juice is definitely my go-to juice. However, every now and then I like to switch things up and make a fresh juice cocktail. (If you haven’t tried these fresh citrus margaritas, you must make doing so a priority). Earlier this week, it snowed. Yes, frozen white stuff actually fell from the sky and it was much too cold for early September, even by Alberta standards. Thankfully temperatures have shot back up again and we are enjoying more seasonally appropriate weather (I wore shorts today!), but the cold snap has changed my focus to fall and winter recipes.

And after drinking what felt like my hundredth cup of tea this weekend in an effort to soothe my sore throat, I decided to put my juicer to use and make a warm beverage with the flavors of Fall. This fresh pear cider is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and is given a nice little kick by one of my most favorite juice ingredients – ginger. I almost always include ginger in my juices – I just love the zip it adds. And I have yet to meet a drink that wasn’t improved by the addition of booze, so I added some brandy. Just a quick little glug, and you’re good to go. Of course, if brandy isn’t your thing, feel free to use something different, or leave it out altogether.

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider | Once Upon a Recipe

As I’ve mentioned before, I use this juicer, but there are many other available juicers – do your research and figure out which juicer is best for you! And make sure you give this cider a try – it’s super delicious and healthy too!

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider

A warm, spicy, delicious, and healthy cider – perfect to warm you up on a chilly Fall evening! Makes about four 3/4 cup servings. Double or triple if desired. 

4 pears

2 apples (ie. Golden Delicious)

1 lemon

1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp. whole cloves

Pinch of nutmeg

1/2 to 1-ounce brandy (optional)

Juice the pears, apples, lemon, and ginger. Put the fresh juice into a saucepan, add the spices, and heat through. Pour into glasses, add brandy if desired. Sip and enjoy!

Fresh Spiced Pear Cider | Once Upon a Recipe

Have a wonderful week, friends!

Berry Delicious Potato Salad

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

Hello friends! How’s life? Please tell me you’re out there enjoying the crap out of Summer. Can you believe we’re nearing the end of July?!

Today I have a special summer potato salad recipe for you. A couple of weeks ago I was contacted and given the opportunity to share a recipe developed by one of Canada’s foremost chefs for the Dairy Farmers of Canada’s 2014 Real Cream program.

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

There’s real whipping cream in this potato salad, folks. And it’s divine.

Allow me to be totally honest here – I’ve never been a huge fan of potato salad. I don’t dislike it, but it’s not something I typically fill my plate with. I take a small spoonful and carry on. In fact, I had never made potato salad before, or even really considered it. Typically potato salads are very mayonnaise-heavy, and I’m not a big mayo lover. I like a little smear on my sandwich, or a little spoonful in my tuna or egg salad, but that’s about it. When I read this recipe, I was really intrigued by the unique ingredients and flavours. The Dijon mustard, real whipping cream, and fresh lemon juice and mint really come through and help to downplay the mayonnaise in the dressing for the salad, and the fresh berries and arugula provide a fun twist. I ended up enjoying a bowl full of this potato salad once it was put together – and let me tell you, I ain’t never eaten more than a few bites of potato salad in one sitting before.

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

This potato salad would make a great addition to a summer picnic or BBQ, or even a regular ol’ weekday meal. I think it looks super pretty served in little tea cups. Don’t you think it would be fun to serve it this way at a bridal or baby shower? *idea alert!*

Even if adding sweet berries and whipping cream to a potato salad sounds bit wild, I really encourage you to give this recipe a try. What’s living if you don’t walk on the wild side from time to time?

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

Berry Delicious Potato Salad (recipe by Chef Michael Allemeier from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

A classic summer yellow-fleshed potato salad, bound with a creamy hard-boiled egg dressing, elevated with the addition of assorted berries and arugula for an unexpected twist. Serves 8.

5 medium yellow-fleshed potatoes (about 2 lbs)

2 hardboiled eggs, peeled

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup 35% whipping cream

1/4 cup sour cream

2 TBSP. Dijon mustard

1 TBSP. fresh lemon juice

4 green onions, thinly sliced (green parts only)

1/4 cup loosely packed, thinly sliced fresh mint

Salt, to taste

2 cups mixed berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)

1 cup firmly packed baby arugula leaves, stems removed

1 TBSP. balsamic vinegar

Scrub potatoes and dice into 3/4-inch (2 cm) pieces. Cook in large pot of salted boiling water until tender. Drain well; let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mash eggs with a fork. Whisk in mayonnaise, whipping cream, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, onions, and mint until creamy. Add warm potatoes to dressing; season to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

To serve: In a medium bowl toss the berries, arugula, and balsamic vinegar together; reserve some of the berries and arugula. Fold berry mixture into potato salad. Serve in a bowl or on a platter; garnish with reserved berries and arugula.

Chef Michael’s Tip: There are many varieties of yellow-fleshed potatoes. They have a wonderful flavour and texture, perfect for potato salad. Look for Yukon Golds, Agria, and Kennebec potatoes – all of these are perfect for this salad.

Berry Delicious Potato Salad | Once Upon a Recipe

Disclaimer: I was generously provided with the ingredients (and some sweet Real Cream swag!) to make this recipe, but all opinions are my own.

Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream

Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe
If I was asked which baked breakfast good I would not want to live without, I think it would be a tie between cinnamon buns and scones.
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And that’s serious business because I love breakfast and all of its choices so very much. But…scones. They are just perfect little breakfast packages, whether made sweet or savory. You can eat them as is, slather them with butter or jam, or sandwich them around eggs and cheese and bacon. Scones are just a breakfast dream, waiting to happen.
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe
And if you want to make a scone decidely breakfast-inappropriate, you could serve it alongside a cloud of freshly whipped cream and a pile of berries. (Although I totally wouldn’t judge you if you ate it for breakfast. In fact, I’d probably high-five you).
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Last week I had a bunch of blueberries that were about to go past their prime. I had also bought a giant bag of lemons the week before. Sidenote: I never seem to have a lemon on hand when I really need one, so I decided that it would be a great idea to buy a huge bag of them and use lemon in everything (fresh lemon water, homemade salad dressings, etc.). And of course, once I had a copious amount of lemons I failed to use them in all the ways I had imagined. Why does the world work this way? Anyways…so there I was with blueberries and lemons that needed a good home. The idea of fresh blueberry scones with a little lemon zip got me started. As the scones were baking in the oven, I got an invite to dinner that evening and offered to bring dessert. It was divine intervention, really. The only solution was to make the scones even better by turning them into shortcakes!
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe
And dang, they did not disappoint. I added a little more lemon zest to the freshly whipped cream, which really brought out the lemon flavor in the scones themselves. These little shortcakes were the perfect summer evening dessert and were so easy to put together. They’re pretty too! I am envisioning many blueberry shortcakes in my future this summer! Maybe even for breakfast.
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream 
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These scones are lovely on their own with a cup of coffee or tea, but the whipped cream and extra blueberries take them to a whole other level. Either way, try to enjoy them on the same day that they are made. Makes 9 scones/shortcakes.
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For the Blueberry Lemon Scones (adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error):
1 3/4 cup flour
2 TBSP. sugar
1 1/2 TBSP. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest from one lemon
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For the glaze:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 TBSP. unsalted butter, melted
Zest from one lemon
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Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and zest. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add the blueberries. Add the milk and vanilla and bring the dough together. Turn out onto a floured surface and shape it into a square. Cut into 9 pieces. One thing I did not do here but will the next time I make these is to brush to the tops of the scones with more milk (to help the tops brown a little bit more in the oven). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over the scones while they are still warm. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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To make the shortcakes:
1 cup whipping cream
1 TBSP. sugar
Zest from two lemons
1-2 cups fresh blueberries
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Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the sugar and zest. Slice each scone in half. Top the bottom half with a couple spoonfuls of the whipped cream, sprinkle with blueberries, and top with the other half.
Blueberry Lemon Shortcakes | Once Upon a Recipe

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops (Vegan)

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops | Once Upon a Recipe

Frrrrrriiiiiieeeeennnnnddddssss!

Oh, how I’ve missed you! I had not intended to be gone this long, but despite the fact that I jetted home from Thailand over two weeks ago, it’s taken just as long for my brain to return from vacation mode. Plus I was rather preoccupied with ridding myself of wicked jet lag, seeing all of the faces I’d missed while I was away, catching up on Game of Thrones, and getting my froyo fix (obvi). But I’ve finally returned to the kitchen and I couldn’t be happier. I bought a wok and some fun spices in Thailand and I took a cooking class there, so expect some Thai recipes very soon.

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops | Once Upon a Recipe

Thailand was amazing! However, I’m going to save those stories for another post. Right now it’s time for popsicles!

When I left for my trip, Spring was just starting to make its presence known, and Summer still seemed to be eons away. But over a month later, I think we’re getting there. The weather may not be epic and wonderful (yet), but I am craving all the Summer things. BBQ. Watermelon. Ice cream. Picnics. Corn on the cob. Cherries. And popsicles!

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops | Once Upon a Recipe

These popsicles were a bit of an experiment. I wanted to create a frozen treat that would take care of my sweet cravings, yet still remain somewhat healthy. And these little gems are just that. Chia seeds are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and are very high in fibre, and they can help boost your energy, stabilize blood sugar, help with digestion, and lower cholesterol. Why wouldn’t you want all of those things? Better yet, these pops are so easy to throw together, and are customizable depending on your favorite fruit. I think strawberries, peaches, or raspberries would be delicious substitutions for the mango.

These pudding pops are creamy and satisfying, with just the right amount of sweet. Let’s jump into Summer, shall we? Mango coconut chia pudding pops for all!

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops | Once Upon a Recipe

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

These vegan pops are extremely customizable, fruit-wise. Just sub in your favorite! Makes about 10 popsicles, depending on the size of your popsicle molds. 

1 can light coconut milk, well shaken

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 TBSP. organic cane sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large ripe mangoes, chopped small

Mix together the coconut milk, chia seeds, sugar, and vanilla. Cover and allow to chill in the fridge for 4 hours to allow the chia seeds to expand. Layer the chia pudding and the chopped mangoes in popsicle molds, and freeze until firm (overnight).

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Pops | Once Upon a Recipe

Cherry Hazelnut Granola + Granola Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits

Cherry Hazelnut Granola + Granola Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits | Once Upon a Recipe

Friends, by the time you read this, I will be flying high in the sky en route to Thailand! I can’t believe this day is finally here! It all still feels surreal to me that I get to jet off for a whole month to enjoy sand, sun, and adventure.

But before I bid you adieu for a few weeks, I wanted to share my new favorite granola recipe with you. It comes from Megan Gordon’s Whole Grain Mornings cookbook (aka. my new favorite thing). I love breakfast and brunch recipes, and Megan’s book is packed with exactly that – and they’re all made with whole grains. Holla!

Cherry Hazelnut Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

Granola might just be my very favorite breakfast. I feel like I could eat it every day and never tire of it. So naturally, Megan’s recipe for making your own “signature granola” was first on my list to try.

This granola is good, friends. Like, really good. Amazing! The dried cherries and hazelnuts work so well together, and the sesame seeds give a little extra crunch that take this granola up a notch. I’ve already made this recipe three times in the past few weeks. A batch doesn’t last long around here, between sprinkling it on top of yogurt, eating it by the handful, and putting it into these yogurt parfaits.

Cherry Hazelnut Granola + Granola Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits | Once Upon a Recipe

These parfaits were born out of necessity. You see, I had a bit of rhubarb sitting in my fridge just begging to be used before my departure to paradise. I decided to turn the rhubarb into a quick jam, layer it between Greek yogurt and this amazing granola, and baddabing baddaboom. Granola rhubarb yogurt parfaits, yo!

I was tempted to make a batch of this granola to take to Thailand (I love it that much) – however, I’m saving room for ALL THE THAI FOOD. Seriously friends, I am aiming for maximum pad thai/curry consumption. Wish me luck!

Cherry Hazelnut Granola + Granola Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits | Once Upon a Recipe

Cherry Hazelnut Granola + Granola Rhubarb Yogurt Parfaits

The components of this recipe can be enjoyed together or separately. The granola tastes great as is or sprinkled over yogurt and fruit or with your favorite milk. The “jam” is lovely when spread onto toast or an English muffin, or stirred into plain yogurt. The granola makes about 8 cups. The jam makes about 1 cup. 

For the granola (adapted from Whole Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons by Megan Gordon)

3 1/2 cups oats

1 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

3/4 tsp. vanilla

1 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add the oil mixture to the oat mixture and stir well.

Turn the granola out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake until the mixture is lightly browned and fragrant, about 35-40 minutes. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking. Remove the granola from the oven and cool completely. Add the dried cherries and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

For the Rhubarb “Jam” (from Gardenista)

1/2 pound rhubarb, chopped

1/2 cup sugar

1 TBSP. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Remove any leaves from the rhubarb and wash the stalks. Slice the rhubarb into 1/2 inch pieces and toss with the sugar and cornstarch. Put the mixture into a skillet and heat until gently boiling over medium heat (about 10 minutes). When the rhubarb has become soft and the mixture has thickened, remove from heat and add the vanilla and salt. Transfer to a small bowl (or mason jar) and put in the fridge to cool.

To assemble the parfaits: In a small glass or serving bowl, layer the granola and “jam” with plain Greek yogurt. You can even make these parfaits ahead of time (and refrigerate them), although the granola will soften up a bit.

Cherry Hazelnut Granola | Once Upon a Recipe

If you’d like to tag along on my Thailand adventures, you can find me on Instagram (@onceuponarecipe). Have a great month, loves!

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Hello friends!

Spring has sprung! Our Easter weekend started with a snowfall (yes, SNOW), but thankfully Mother Nature smartened up and we were rewarded with a couple of beautiful days of sunshine and warm temperatures. I went out in a t-shirt, soaked up some sun, and all felt right in the world. I ate my way through two Easter dinners and a brunch, swore I would never eat again, and then promptly broke that oath a couple of hours later. It was a glorious weekend, I tell you. How was your weekend? Did you eat all the things too?

These donuts were part of my glorious weekend. When I first spotted glorious red stalks of rhubarb at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, I internally squealed with delight. I adore the stuff and enjoy baking with it so much. I knew immediately that I wanted to make some type of rhubarb coffee cake (among other things). The tart rhubarb pairs so well with the buttery and sweet crumble that tops most coffee cakes. But then came the idea to create these rhubarb crumble donuts. Quick to bake, and easy to stuff from hand to face – what more do you need in a baked good?

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

I played around with the recipe a few times in search of maximum rhubarb flavor. I’ve crammed a whole cup of rhubarb into these donuts, which was no easy feat considering how small the cavities of my donut tin are. And the donut to crumble ratio is pretty ridiculous, in the best way possible. I’m really pleased with the end result.

These little gems are the perfect lazy weekend breakfast, yet also make a great afternoon pick-me-up snack with a hot cup of coffee or tea. I suggest you get your hands on some rhubarb as quickly as possible and then make yourself some rhubarb crumble baked donuts. Cool?

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts (donut recipe adapted from Offbeat + Inspired, crumble recipe adapted from The Sugar Hit)

These donuts taste best when still warm from the oven, but they will keep just fine for a couple of days in an airtight container. I do recommend sticking them in the fridge though, as I find that rhubarb tends to get a bit dodgy when it sits at room temperature after being baked. Makes 6 donuts. 

For the crumble:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 cup cake flour

1/3 cup butter, melted

For the donuts:

3 TBSP. butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 TBSP. plain Greek yogurt

½ cup + 2 TBSP. cake flour

¼ tsp. baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 cup rhubarb, chopped small

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a 6-count donut pan with non-stick spray. Combine the crumble ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and butter and mix with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add the egg, yogurt, and vanilla and mix again. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the rhubarb.

Pipe the batter into the donut tins using a piping bag or Ziploc bag with the end cut off. Very generously top each donut with the crumble topping (like seriously pile that crumble on). Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a good 15 minutes or so before carefully removing them from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack – or preferably, enjoy while still warm!

Rhubarb Crumble Baked Donuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Enjoy your week! xo

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

Friends, in exactly two weeks, I will be on a plane en route to Thailand. TWO WEEKS.

And I get to stay there for almost a month. That means no work, and lots of play, sun, Thai food (!!!), beach frisbee, and adventuring. I’ve had my travel vaccinations (they hurt. A LOT.), my bikinis are ready (they’re super cute), my appetite is building (for all that Thai food), and my brain is in vacation mode (already). I’m just so crazy excited!

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

I’m not really sure what things will look like in this space while I’m gone. I had hoped to get a few posts ready in advance and have them all set to publish while I’m away, but so far my procrastination is winning at this planning game. BUT. I do have two weeks to work with, so maybe there will be a food blogging miracle and I will still get it all done. Just maybe.

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

In any case, today I have muffins! These muffins are my kind of muffin. Healthy and packed with nutrients, yet they still taste super amazing and not at all like you might think a “healthy” muffin should taste. They are incredibly moist (yep, I said it) and totally flavorful. The Nutella swirl was kind of an afterthought – it looks pretty and tastes super awesome (obvi), but it’s totally not necessary. These muffins are also great naked in all of their banana and wheat germ glory.

If you’re anything like me, you always have a surplus of ripe bananas and are constantly looking for new recipes to try in an effort to fend off banana boredom. You just can’t have too many banana recipes. This is my current favorite!

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl (slightly adapted from Weelicious)

These muffins are made with whole wheat flour and wheat germ, and are sweetened only with honey. You can totally feel good about enjoying them for a convenient breakfast or a quick snack! Remember, the Nutella isn’t necessary if you want to make these a bit more virtuous. I bet peanut butter would taste great too! Makes 12 muffins. 

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup wheat germ

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup honey

3 TBSP. vegetable oil

1 TBSP. vanilla

1 egg

4 TBSP. Nutella, for swirling (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.

Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the bananas, honey, oil, vanilla, and egg. Whisk together until well mixed. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins. Drop a teaspoon of Nutella into the top of each muffin and use a toothpick to create a swirl. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean. Remove from the muffin tin and cool on a wire rack. Muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They also freeze very well.

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins with Nutella Swirl | Once Upon a Recipe

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