Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal Cups | Swirls and Spice

Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal {GF}

Upside-down baked oatmeal cups are ideal for a weekend breakfast or as part of a simple holiday brunch.  Soaking the oats gives a light and fluffy texture to these lovely fruit-topped oatmeal cups.  Oats also contain the anti-nutrient phytic acid, some of which gets broken down during the soaking process, yielding a more nutritious breakfast option. This was actually my first attempt at baked oatmeal, … Continue reading Cranberry Pineapple Upside-Down Baked Oatmeal {GF}

Peanut Butter Cookie & Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites

What could be better than a homemade peanut butter cookie or a rich chocolate brownie? Both, fused together in one sweet bite!  No one else will notice the healthy ingredient hidden in the dark side of these tempting treats. Brown sugar, honey, and (spoiler alert) carrots lend sweetness to the two-in-one bites you see here.  The results are healthier than your typical candy, yet still delicious–and, I would … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites

Tuna Pizza Poppers {Gluten Free}

Forget the crust, just give me Mediterranean tuna pizza poppers for lunch!  I’m trading my pizza stone some for muffin tin magic, with protein-packed pizza bites that keep everyone full and happy. At last, here is a long-awaited savoury muffin tin recipe!  Until now I have shared only sweet muffins for Muffin Tin Month. Except on my Muffin Tin Mania Pinterest board, which has some savoury … Continue reading Tuna Pizza Poppers {Gluten Free}

Cranberry Butter Tarts

Growing up on the plains of Canada in heart of wheat country, my grandmother learned to bake with staples like wheat flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  With those simple ingredients she proved it is possible to create quite an array of baked goods, including butter tarts.  Her recipe was one of the only butter tart versions I have come across that leaves out syrup of … Continue reading Cranberry Butter Tarts

Cranberry Date Tartlets {Gluten Free}

No pumpkins were harmed in the making of these tarts.  Nevertheless, the warm flavours of fall shine through in healthy, date-sweetened treats.  But these cranberry date tartlets are not just for health nuts.  Finicky eaters might notice that the crust is unusual, but oddly enough, my normally skeptical children gave them a big thumbs up! The rich, sweet flavour made my mouth glad to eat … Continue reading Cranberry Date Tartlets {Gluten Free}

Cranberry Lemon Muffins | Swirls and Spice

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

Lemon and fresh cranberries pair beautifully to create tender, tart-and-sweet muffins that are just as fitting for breakfast as they are for the dinner table.   These quick-to-disappear muffins are something I want to make for Thanksgiving too, which is coming very soon here in Canada.  Then I plan to make them again for American Thanksgiving in November.  Another batch or two will be gobbled down in between the … Continue reading Cranberry Lemon Muffins