I am loving this great book co-written by my colleague Vicki Shanta Retelny, RD, LDN– a dietitian, culinary instructor, nutrition therapist and consultant!
This very easy to read book covers healthy food options for a variety of health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, allergies, migraines and even sleep conditions. And we all know that food is medicine, so this book is a great resource to help you connect the dots between health and the role of food.
So this morning I decided to try one of the recipes in the book and of course the Berry Oat Bake caught my eye. I just can’t help that sweet tooth of mine. Since this was a last minute decision, I needed to modify the recipe a bit to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand.
Vicki has so many enticing recipes in this book such as Nutty Couscous, Watermelon and Spinach Salad, Savory Roasted Root Vegetables, and even Kale Fritters…yum!
If you would like to WIN a copy of Vicki’s fab book, just write a comment after this post and I will pick a random winner. Well, actually, my son Brennan will pick a number and whoever’s comment is in that spot, they win. YEAH!
Check out this healthy dessert…
Berry Oak Bake anyone?
I started to make the crumble. The recipe called for flaxseed and I, of course, had some on hand. Flaxseed has a mild nutty flavor and is a source of soluble fiber and omega-3’s– both great for heart health! Flaxseed should be ground to provide the most health benefit. Keep this seed in your refrigerator so that it will stay its freshest.
The recipe also called for canola oil and I did not have any available, so being a coconut loving person, I added some coconut oil to the recipe instead. OOOOOhhhhhh…that coconut oil infuses such a nice aroma!
Since I didn’t have any walnuts handy, I deleted from the book’s recipe, but I bet they would have added a nice touch. Plus nuts are SO good for you. Nut intake is inversely related to heart disease, the more nuts you consume-your risk for heart disease lowers. Did you know that? Go Nuts!
Just don’t go overboard–they have lots of calories too.
My recipe adaption for the yummy Berry Oat Bake
Yield: 3 servings
1 ½ cups frozen berries
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3 TB. coconut oil
1 TB flaxseed meal
1 ½ tsp. maple syrup
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In medium mixing bowl, mix oats, oil, flax, maple syrup and flour.
3) Place berries in small casserole dish or use 3. 4 ½ in diameter tart pans and top with even amounts of crumble.
4) Bake 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool a bit. Eat up!
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