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Quick Cookies, Muffins and Pancakes, Oh My!

I have recently become a huge fan of the Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix (don’t live near a Trader Joe’s? Don’t fret — many health food stores have a similar multi-use baking mix on their shelves). Yearning for some healthy chocolate chip cookies? Want some pancakes or waffles on Sunday morning?

This mix makes baking super simple. It’s like using a pre-made cake or cookie mix, but because you add some of the ingredients, you can control how much sugar and fat you’re using. Plus, you control the mix-ins!

Thus far, I’ve made chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies, a multigrain fig quick bread, a blueberry coffeecake and chocolate-chip banana pancakes. Yes! All with one mix!

Here’s the deal: The mix includes flour, oats, baking soda and baking powder, a little oil, buttermilk, oat and wheat bran, a little sugar and salt. The basic ingredients for many healthy baked goods. You only need add a little more sugar, some butter/oil/applesauce for moisture and the goodies!

Here are some of my favorite recipes using this mix:

Blueberry Walnut Coffeecake

1 cup soymilk

Juice from one lime

1 egg

2 Tbsp Spectrum Spread or butter

2 and 1/2 cups of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking Mix

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 and 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1/2 cup walnuts


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and coat an 8 by 8-inch pan with cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, add the lime juice to the soymilk until it curdles (if you don’t like soymilk, you can skip this step and just use 1 cup of buttermilk).

3. Stir the egg, melted butter/Spectrum Spread, and sugar into the soymilk mixture and mix well.

4. Add the Multigrain baking mix and stir until the flour mixture is barely moistened.

5. Fold in the blueberries and walnuts.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean.

7. Allow the pan to cool for at least 15 minutes and serve!


Chocolate-Chip Banana Pancakes

2 and 1/2 cups Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking Mix

1 cup soymilk

2 eggs

2 Tbsp melted butter or Spectrum Spread

1 mashed banana

1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat a saute pan or griddle on medium heat and lightly coat it with butter or oil.

2. Mix of the ingredients together, being careful not to overbeat, lest you want tough pancakes!

3. Using a spoon, carefully ladle about 2-3 Tbsp of batter into the pan to create a nice, round pancake. Keep the griddle on medium heat so that the pancakes don’t burn.

4. When a few bubbles appear on the top surface, flip the pancakes over. Your pancakes should be lightly golden brown and cooked on the inside. If you still have raw batter on the inside, cook a little longer before flipping.

5. Serve warm!


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Tea Time

As hard as it is to believe, I’ve pretty much all but give up caffeine. For health reasons, I now eschew my hot steaming double espresso in the morning and occasionally turn to decaf. But mostly, I drink tea.

Joining the ranks for British (and many other cultures, including the Chinese and Japanese), I’ve become a tea lover. Fortunately, tea has seen a resurgence similar to coffee’s and you can find zillions of different kinds of teas out there. There are teas for all different kinds of moods — English Grey for the morning, green tea for the zen-like afternoons, herbal tea at night, Chai tea to accompany a scone or cookie.

I know a true tea aficionado would turn to loose leaf tea, but I’m simply too lazy to find the little special spoon or strainer to make it and prefer the bagged stuff. For those looking for some tea inspirations, here are my faves:

My friend Arin turned me onto the most amazing spiced tea out there — Yogi Tea’s Chai Redbush — which includes stevia, a natural sweetener, as well as cinnamon and a bunch of other spices. This red bush tea contains no caffeine, so it’s perfect for curling up with at night with a good episode of Sex and the City or the West Wing (my current obsession). Perfect with a splash of soymilk.

I love green tea. When I went to Japan, I drank it by the gallon. The coolest thing is that you could find bottled green tea everywhere, in all of their vending machines. Here in the States, I drink The Republic of Tea’s Double Green Matcha Tea. Crisp, fragrant and slightly grassy, this tea is perfect for a detox morning or a post-yoga afternoon.

When I’m having trouble sleeping at night and I’m tempted to take Lunesta or Ambien, I take Triple Leaf’s “Relaxing” tea. Chock-full of herbs, including valerian, chamomile and catnip, one warm cup at night really helps me wind down and get a good night’s sleep.

Other faves: Again, I’m partial to the Republic of Tea and love the Vanilla Almond (which does have caffeine) and the Ginger Lemongrass (which is a green tea).

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Posted by on April 15, 2008 in Uncategorized


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