YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Hazelnut Spread (Not-tella)

A group of us went out for breakfast this past Sunday morning at one of my favorite spots, a great local place called Cafe Avalaun, and a plate of their heavenly pancakes with “not-tella” arrived at our table in short order. Not nutella, whose first ingredient is sugar and second ingredient is modified palm oil, but not-tella, which the folks at Cafe Avalaun make with real food ingredients, all of which you can find at the grocery store.  Continue reading

YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Meal-in-a-Bowl in 20 Minutes!

Wondering what to make yourself for dinner tonight? Make a meal for two with this magnificent bowlful of flavor, or save half to take to work tomorrow. Then again, you might want to pack this meal-in-a-bowl for a picnic, or to eat once you get situated on that train or plane ride you’ve been planning. A very smart choice…and it sure beats those sad, little pretzels! Continue reading

YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Banana-Almond Butter Muffins

Today I am going to make these muffins especially for my two elder children and their close friends. The house is going to smell amaaaaaaaazing. I’m going to do my very best to use ingredients that come from bulk containers and which have not been stored in plastic. If you’re wondering why, check out this article about phthalates, which raise our bodies’ oxidative stress levels. What does that mean? Basically, it’s like rust, except that instead of being on your bike handles, it’s accumulating on your insides. Call me a radical if you’d like, but the proof is in the pudding, or the muffins, depending.

1 cup roasted almond butter

4 large organic eggs

2 medium ripe bananas

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla

6 tablespoons coconut flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the “S” blade and process until smooth. Scoop batter into muffin cups and bake 25-30 min. Cool on wire rack prior to eating.


This recipe is a gift from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen at