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Brain Healthy Salad

Brain Healthy Salad is loaded with leafy greens, blueberries, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil for an easy way to enjoy brain-protective foods in your diet! Hi, friends. I’m a little nervous about today’s post. So let me first start out by saying that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, and I don’t want what I share today to be construed as medical advice. Talk to your own doctor and do your own research. Let me also share that, {Read More}

Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats

Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats is an easy recipe for frozen steel cut oatmeal pucks that you can quickly reheat for a healthy breakfast on busy mornings! Anyone else feel like they need a fresh start today after indulging on a little too much queso during the Super Bowl last night? If so, you’re not alone…I’m right there with ya.🙋‍♀️ Luckily, last week I had the forethought to whip up a batch of Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats! And that {Read More}

Copycat KIND Bars

Copycat KIND Bars are a homemade version of the popular, wholesome, nut-packed energy bars…use your favorite ingredients to make them economically at home! Y’all are familiar with KIND Bars, right? In case you’re not, I’m talking about those individually packaged, granola bar-resembling snack bars that you can buy at the grocery store/health food store/convenience store/just about anywhere, but instead of oats they’re loaded with nuts. My family is on a mission this year to include more heart- and brain-healthy nuts {Read More}

Jalapeño Hummus

Classic hummus gets a zippy kick in quick and easy Jalapeño Hummus, a healthy, flavorful dip for pita wedges or your favorite raw veggies! Like so many of you, we’ve been doing our best to get the new year off to a healthy start. Lunch is typically the most difficult meal for me when it comes to thinking outside of the box (er, lunchbox), because no matter how hard I try, I always seem to gravitate back towards plain ol’ {Read More}

Healthy Blender Applesauce Muffins

Healthy Blender Applesauce Muffins are loaded with wholesome ingredients for a quick, yummy breakfast or snack that’s as easy as blend, pour, and bake! Happy New Year, friends! I apologize that it’s already several days into 2018 and I’m just now sharing a new recipe with y’all. I have to admit that it’s been hard getting back into the groove of things after such a lovely Christmas break with my family. But the kids went back to school yesterday and {Read More}

Healthy Apple Butter Bars

Healthy Apple Butter Bars are loaded with oatmeal, chopped apples, apple butter, and nuts for a delicious, wholesome breakfast or snack! We’ve kind of been stuck in a breakfast rut lately, so last week I decided to concoct some new breakfast bars in hopes of bringing EXCITEMENT and ENTHUSIASM to our 6 a.m. weekday dining experience. Or, you know, at least distract three kids from whining and moaning and laying their heads on the table. As I devised my recipe, {Read More}

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup is a healthy, easy crock pot recipe loaded with red lentils, vegetables, and Mexican spices puréed into a smooth, zesty soup! A legit cold front has (finally!) hit central Texas, y’all, and as I sit here and type, it’s only 63°F outside (nearing noon, mind you). I might have to break out my Uggs in celebration — woo to the hoo!☃️ — never mind the fact that it’ll be in the 90s again by Friday. {Read More}

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal is a healthy, yummy fall breakfast recipe sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds! Big news from outta’ central Texas, folks…it’s the beginning of September and it was in the 50s when we woke up this morning. Furthermore, the high today is only going to reach 85°F! Seriously, it feels like fall, and I don’t recall ever saying that so early in the year. September is usually still blazing {Read More}

Apple Pie Snack Cups

Apple Pie Snack Cups layer graham cracker crumbs, diced apples, applesauce, and whipped cream for a healthy snack or dessert that tastes just like apple pie! I’m very excited to welcome my middle child as he takes over the blog today for his first (and Five Heart Home’s second) Kids in the Kitchen Guest Post! ♥ But I also like to help in the kitchen, so I’m excited to make these Apple Pie Snack Cups for you today! This past summer, {Read More}

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars quickly come together with wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, peanut butter, and honey! One of my daughter’s favorite snacks are energy bites, and consequently, she frequently asks if we can whip up a batch. She loves energy bites because they’re yummy and cute, and she thinks it’s fun to help me make them. I love them because they’re wholesome, filling, and easily adaptable to whatever ingredients I have on hand, {Read More}

Healthy Copycat Dole Whip {2-Ingredient Pineapple Soft Serve}

This Healthy Copycat Dole Whip is made with just two ingredients and tastes like pineapple soft serve ice cream, for an improved version of the Disney classic! Today it is my privilege to introduce you to my firstborn as he takes over the blog for Five Heart Home’s first-ever Kids in the Kitchen Guest Post! ♥ I attended a camp at the beginning of the summer where I took a cooking class. I made all sorts of desserts, meals, and {Read More}

Summer Lentil Salad + Lentils.org Farm-to-Table Trip

Summer Lentil Salad features protein-packed lentils, roasted corn, juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil for a healthy, vibrant main dish or versatile side! I was invited to participate in the #LetsLentil #LoveALentil campaign, sponsored by Lentils.org. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Growing up with a native German mother, my exposure to lentils as a child was pretty much limited to Linsen mit Spätzle (Swabian lentil soup with homemade noodles) which, incidentally, I loved. That {Read More}

Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Applesauce Muffins

Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Applesauce Muffins are soft, moist, and made with wholesome ingredients including whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and honey! I try to share a balance of wholesome and slightly more decadent recipes here at Five Heart Home. Case in point would be the variety of muffin recipes that can be found on the site. When I have overripe bananas on the counter, there’s a good chance I’ll be making muffins. Sometimes they’re on the {Read More}

Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is a delicious, nourishing, cold-buster recipe for getting well soon! It’s that time of year, y’all…that icky time when colds and flu and stomach viruses abound! With multiple school-aged kids ’round these parts, when somebody brings home a bug, it’s often a matter of waiting to see who gets stricken next. And early last week, when I found myself at the doctor with two out of the three, I had never seen our {Read More}

Easy Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal

Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe for busy mornings, topped with toasted almonds and chia seeds to make it extra tasty and wholesome! I usually try to keep make-ahead recipes on hand for quick breakfasts on busy weekday mornings — granola, granola bars, baked oatmeal, overnight oats, freezer breakfast sandwiches, mini frittatas, muffins, breakfast cookies, and the like. But the truth is that sometimes, I don’t have my act together and I’m running short on time…so {Read More}

Healthy Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

This silky, decadent Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with bananas, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber! Well, folks….exciting* news today (*if the current level of excitement in your life is equivalent to watching paint dry). After being without a blender for over six months now, today I can happily report that Santa brought me a new one for Christmas! Food blogging professional {Read More}

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro makes a creamy, zesty party appetizer when served with tortilla chips…but it’s also a healthy, flavor-packed dip for enjoying raw veggies! Today’s recipe is like the perfect January mash-up! So as not to botch any New Year’s resolutions, it’s a health-conscious dip that can be served with raw veggies for a fantastic alternative to calorie-laden dip or dressing. But this White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro also happens to be tasty enough {Read More}

Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal boasts the delicious flavor of banana bread, but it’s made with wholesome oats, pecans, and coconut oil for a healthy, filling breakfast! Scroll down to just below the recipe for a collection of SEVEN wholesome, delicious baked oatmeal recipes! Happy New Year, friends! I hope this finds your 2017 off to a fantastic start. My kids don’t head back to school until Wednesday, but I’m already mentally preparing for the early rising and lunchbox packing and {Read More}

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet

2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet is a light, refreshing frozen treat that comes together with just fruit and yogurt, the perfect healthy snack or dessert for cooling down all summer long! Please pardon all of the frozen treats around here lately…it’s just too hot to anything, y’all. I actually wasn’t even going to share this Watermelon Sherbet recipe, but it was so easy to make (only two ingredients!) and turned out so tasty that I thought y’all might be as excited about {Read More}

Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

Ground almonds and oats are combined with almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in these wholesome, protein-packed Chocolate Almond Energy Bites, perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go! My kids are eating me out of house and home this summer, y’all. My boys are only 6 and 8, but geez does this feel like foreshadowing to their teen years. I try to feed them homemade breakfasts as often as possible, but I can barely keep the fridge {Read More}

Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle

Honeydew melon, green grapes, kiwi fruit, & fresh mozzarella are dressed up with a sweet & tangy syrup in these Fruit & Mozzarella Skewers with Honey Lime Drizzle, a fun & healthy summer kabob that’s delicious for poolside, picnics, or parties! How was y’all’s Independence Day? We celebrated America’s 240th birthday with a fun holiday weekend that included plenty of relaxing, family time, a patriotic parade, a fireworks show, and ample opportunities for eating yummy food. In addition to grilled {Read More}

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Cups are loaded with chewy oats, crunchy almonds, sweet coconut, & fresh diced strawberries for a wholesome, perfectly-portioned breakfast ideal for making ahead of time and reheating in the morning! Happy Friday, y’all! How was your Cinco de Mayo? Who’s looking forward to Mother’s Day? It’s been another whirlwind week around here, working on my last (!!!) round of cookbook edits. Hallelujah and amen. I’ve got a few more days of work ahead but I’m taking off {Read More}

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Mellow roasted garlic is blended with chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice for a fresh, creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus that’s delicious with homemade pita chips or crunchy veggie dippers! Hi there…happy week-after-Easter! I hope y’all had a fabulous Easter, celebrating and spending time with loved ones. Ours was wonderful, full of family, food, and fun. In fact, my brother, SIL, and nephews have been in town all week which has meant lots of visiting and chances for the cousins {Read More}

Quick Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

In just a few short minutes, you can enjoy a hot, wholesome, homemade breakfast of Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal, flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with honey, and topped with crunchy peanuts! Well folks, last week I brought you peanut butter-flavored oats baked into crunchy granola, and today I’m bringing you the same ingredients in a different incarnation…creamy cooked oatmeal flavored with peanut butter! Coincidence? I think not. More like, it’s cookbook deadline crunch time and I’ll be lucky to eek out {Read More}

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie {Healthy Oat Smoothie}

This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie boasts fiber, protein, and vitamins, yet it tastes like a freshly baked treat! Well hello there, friends…and a happy 2016 to you all! It feels like it’s been awhile. In fact, I truly intended to share a new recipe before the 4th — almost 5th — day of the year. However, we were busy squeezing in a few last, precious moments of family merry-making. And while I’ve been cooking and photographing over the past week, this {Read More}

Eggnog Overnight Oats

With just five ingredients and two minutes of prep before bed, you can wake up to a ready-to-eat holiday breakfast of creamy, wholesome Eggnog Overnight Oats! It recently occurred to me that I had yet to share an eggnog recipe this December and, seeing as how I average one eggnog post per holiday season, I felt the sudden pressure of runningoutoftime. So after Eggnog Baked French Toast and Eggnog Pudding in years of yore, today I bring you Eggnog Overnight {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Wholesome Oatmeal Spice Muffins are perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! I realize that there have been an overabundance of muffins shared on the blog over the past couple of weeks — first decadent Double Chocolate Muffins and then Savory Cheesy Zucchini Muffins — but bear with me here…these Oatmeal Spice Muffins are worth it! I wanted to make something yummy and easy for my boys’ first week of {Read More}

Avocado Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes

Avocado Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes is a savory summer dish featuring al dente pasta coated in a creamy avocado sauce and topped with sweet and garlicky oven-roasted tomatoes and ribbons of fresh basil. Alrighty, friends…if you had to pick one, which would it be? Avocados or tomatoes? I’m going to have to pass on casting my vote this time, because I pledge equal allegiance to both, but for totally different reasons. So in my mind, combining the two? Even better! {Read More}

Peach Yogurt Parfaits

Healthy, tasty Peach Yogurt Parfaits are layered with fresh, juicy peaches, honey-sweetened Greek yogurt, and your favorite granola for a lovely summer breakfast or snack! * * * * * * * * * * Welcome back to our Summer Guest Post Series, where every Friday this summer, a different talented food blogger will be stopping by to share a mouthwatering recipe! Happy Friday, friends! Please help me welcome the lovely Kelly of Life Made Sweeter, a busy mom of {Read More}