Healthier Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You guys!!  I made a Healthier Pineapple Upside Down Cake for you!  Not only is this pineapple upside down cake made healthier, it is also vegan and gluten free.  This healthier pineapple upside down cake is super easy to make too!  I was amazed at how rich and buttery it tasted.  The pineapples caramelize during the cooking process and make it super sweet.  I used coconut butter instead of butter and it came out great without a strong coconut flavor.  I have also used coconut butter in my lemon blueberry cookies.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake - My Whole Food Life

I used sorghum flour in my pineapple upside down cake because I like the cake-like texture it produces.  It’s great in my pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies.  I am sure you can probably use gluten free oat flour as well.  This takes no time at all to make and your kitchen will smell amazing!  I know traditional pineapple upside down cake calls for maraschino cherries, but I didn’t want to use those since they are not healthy at all.  I garnished mine with dried cherries after it was cooked.  You might also be able to use frozen, thawed cherries.  Or you can just leave it plain.

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Squash Cranberry Muffins

Squash Cranberry Muffins are perfect for Fall.  My kids loved them!  The other day I roasted a kabocha squash.   I was going to use it in my Quinoa and Brussel Sprouts dish, but I ended up roasting it too long and it turned to mush.  So I pureed it and decided to use it in these Squash Cranberry Muffins.  My picky kids loved them!  They are super easy to make.  Vegan and gluten free.  I used part sorghum flour for these since I was out of oat flour.  Feel free to use gluten free oat flour as well.  If you enjoy this recipe, you may also enjoy my gluten free butternut squash bread or my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.

Squash Cranberry Muffins - My Whole Food Life

I am still trying to use up all the food in my fridge and that is why I added cranberries and also chocolate chips.  You can really add in anything you like.  I know it’s hard to find cranberries that are not sweetened with sugar.  Well I found some at Natural Grocers that were apple sweetened.  I believe Eden Foods also sweetens their cranberries with fruit.

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

Quinoa is not just for savory dishes.  It can be used in many sweet recipes such as this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake.  Even those this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake closely resembles muffins, I decided they were a little too soft to call them muffins.  These almost remind me of my baked oatmeal recipes.  This is the kind of breakfast you eat with a fork more than your hand.  If you like baked oatmeal, but do not tolerate oats well, this is the perfect alternative.  Not only is this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake tasty, it also has no added sugars!  I sweetened mine with dates, apples and applesauce.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake - My Whole Food Life

This Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake is vegan and gluten free.  I made mine into jumbo sized muffins, but you can probably bake the whole thing in a pan as well.  You may have to adjust the cooking time though.  This would make a great weekend breakfast.  Your house will smell amazing as it cooks too!

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