As we remain at home and food has become a fun form of entertainment, we have gathered a few of our favorite healthier recipes to make with things you probably already have in your pantry! Ready, set, GO!
Peanut Butter Banana Bear Toast
- Your choice of bread (we chose Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread)
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Life's Grape Peanut Butter Dipped Vine-Dried Grapes
- Life's Grape Classic Vine-Dried Grapes
- Place bread in the toaster and toast until lightly browned and slightly crispy (one slice per bear)
- While bread is toasting, slice the banana into 1/4" thick segments
- Remove toast from the toaster and allow to cool
- Place toast on your plate and spread peanut butter in the center creating a circle
- Use 3 slices of banana to make the ears and base of the nose
- Place 1 Peanut Butter Vine-Dried Grape on the nose
- Use 2 Classic Vine-Dried Grapes to create the bear eyes
Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts
- Butternut squash
- Brussel sprouts
- Olive Oil
- Life's Grape Mini Vine-Dried Grapes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel the butternut squash to remove the rind. Slice the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds. Cut into fry shaped segments, making sure they are not too thick.
- Thinly slice brussel sprouts lengthwise.
- Spread the brussel sprouts and butternut squash evenly across a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Blend until evenly coated.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the squash is fork tender and the brussel sprouts are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and transfer to serving dish.
- Add the Mini Vine-Dried Grapes and combine.
- Serve warm.
Oatmeal Apple Pancakes
Credit: Lauren Hill
Serving size: 6 large pancakes
- 3/4 cup oats (I like old fashioned (rolled) oats, but instant (quick cook) oats also work
- 1 1/2 cups of milk, oat or flax milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or any other neutral oil), plus extra for cooking
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- 1 medium apple (diced into small bite sized pieces)
- 1/4 cup Life's Grape Classics or Minis
- Heat a griddle to medium heat. Using a paper towel, rub on a bit of oil. Each pancake takes about 7-8 minutes total to cook.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oats and 1 cup milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and give the oatmeal a stir. Mix in the oil. Set aside and allow too cool for a few minutes. Add the vanilla.
- In a separate large bowl, mix the together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the middle and mix in the oatmeal, apple, and vine-dried grapes.
- Slowly mix vinegar and the remaining 1/2 cup of milk, adding about 2 tablespoons at a time. You may not need the entire 1/2 cup. How much you end up using will be dependent on the brand and type of oats you use. The batter should be the consistency of a thick bowl of oatmeal, so when you drop the batter on the griddle, the batter will slowly form into a circle shape with the gentle help of a spoon to spread it.
- When your griddle is evenly pre-heated, drop 1/4 cup of batter onto the heated pan, and lightly spread the batter with the back of a spoon to make a round.
- Cook until the edges of the pancakes are dried and starting to brown, and the surface of pancakes have some bubbles. You many need to adjust the heat to medium-low so the surface of the pancake does not burn. Keep in mind that these pancakes cook slow compared to other traditional pancake recipes since these are very thick and do not contain any egg. Do not rush the cooking time by turning up the heat.
- Once the pancakes are ready, carefully flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, about 3-4 minutes more. Transfer to a cooling rack and loosely cover with aluminum foil. You may want to keep them warm in the oven while you finish cooking the other pancakes.
- Continue with more oil and the remaining batter. Serve with whipped cream of your choice, maple syrup and any other topping of your choice*.
- *Courtney recommends some chopped pecans to add a bit of a crunch!
- *Basia recommends drizzling with some honey for an extra hint of sweetness.
- Time to dig in!
Can’t wait to hear if you enjoyed any of these recipes so please let us know if you try them by tagging us on social @lifes_grape. Enjoy!