Lemon Zucchini Bread with Almonds {Gluten Free} | by Swirls and Spice

Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread {Gluten Free}

Go ahead and reach for seconds of this iced zucchini bread.  It’s moist, lemony, and very hard to resist just one more slice! Do you have a favorite fall quick bread?  It seems like trays of cookies and sliced homemade quick bread are requirements this time of year.  While I love a rich slice of spiced pumpkin bread, this new Lemon Zucchini Bread is bumping all the other … Continue reading Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread {Gluten Free}

Apricot Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten-Free}

As a lifelong chewy oatmeal cookie fan, these new cookies have me convinced that apricots are amazing in a cookie.  And when you toss crunchy almonds into the mix?  Triple win. If offered a choice between a chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal cookie, I will pick the oatmeal every time.  Unless it’s a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie.  That just doesn’t sit right with me.  I’ll take fruit with my … Continue reading Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten-Free}

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie | Swirls and Spice

Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie

I’ve found the perfect breakfast and post-workout smoothie!  No expensive whey protein or other powder is required, thanks to the yellow split peas contained within. Yellow split peas  are a mild-tasting type of pulse that helps boost the protein and fiber in a super healthy way. This week’s Pulse Pledge challenge is to include pulses for breakfast.  And this smoothie is such an easy, delicious way to … Continue reading Peanut Butter Pulse Protein Smoothie

Avocado and Bacon Fresh Cabbage Wraps | Swirls and Spice

Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps

Combining crisp, salty bacon and creamy avocado is always a good idea.  Add tangy pickle slices, wrap everything in a healthy cabbage leaf, and you’ve got a new go-to lunch, appetizer or anytime snack. Last week I obliterated a craving for a standard BLT sandwich with these savory bacon wraps.  And today I took out my cabbage to make more wraps because they are so addictively satisfying! Though there are many … Continue reading Avocado and Bacon Cabbage Wraps

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

This is the season for all things orange, and lately my seasonal ingredients have incorporated that warm and wonderful color.  Butternut squash went into a savory soup and pumpkin got tossed into a stick-to-your ribs fried rice.  But for the next installment I bring you something sweet from the oven: tender pecan cookies made with sweet potato.  Let baking season begin! These healthier treats make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast for cookie lovers like me.  Inspired by … Continue reading Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

Cherry Coconut Pudding Popsicles

While I love strawberry season, the deeper flavour of cherries should not be missed.  Now that summer is officially here, cherries are in season at last! And when cherries meet coconut, it’s a storybook match.  How I did I discover this?  The neighbourhood bakery of my childhood made some of the most amazing cherry coconut bars I have ever tasted.  They were my mom’s favourite.  … Continue reading Cherry Coconut Pudding Popsicles