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Back-to -School Cookies

I love the idea of my kids having a homemade cookie treat after school, but I really love the idea of my kids eating a cookie that’s made with healthy ingredients. So, as we started collecting what we needed, I reached for my bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. These cookies are packed with lots of good things, so I knew that mixing in some whole wheat flour would go unnoticed – if I were making them alone. Hmmm… my kids were helping me make these cookies. How would the addition of whole wheat go over? Even though my children know that whole wheat is good for them, sometimes they balk when I add it to certain beloved foods – cookies being one of them. So, with my back up argument about how whole wheat is healthy on the tip of my tongue, I set it out as an ingredient, gave a measurement to my oldest girl, watched her mix it into the dough and… that was it. No one groaned or moaned even a little. Much to my delight, I believe that whole wheat is finding its place in my house – even in cookies. All three of my girls watched the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat get mixed into the dough and no one blinked an eye. It just goes to show, that including healthy foods in our daily lives makes an impression on children, and instead of being something to complain about, it becomes normal. Very cool. Read More »


Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

As much as I love to eat fresh fruit, baking with it is near to my heart – and stomach. Crisps, cobblers, pies, muffins, scones – the list could go on, but this time I decided on cake. I wanted something that would showcase the cherries and add to their sweetness. This Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake is the perfect answer. The cherries are sautéed with brown sugar, butter and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and then a lovely, light cornmeal batter made with Hodgson Mill Yellow Cornmeal is layered on top and baked until it turns into a golden brown cake. Then the whole thing is turned upside-down and the oooh’s and ahhh’s begin. The cherries glisten on top of the cake like rubies and beg to be picked off and eaten. The deep yellow from the stone ground cornmeal peeks out around the edges of the cake and promises to deliver a tasty bite along with the cherries on top. Read More »


Wholesome Whole Wheat Summer Peach Cobbler

Fruit desserts are hard to beat in the summer. There’s something about having beautiful, ripe fruit mixed and baked with a few extra ingredients that turns it into something really special. Not only is this cobbler delicious, it’s easy to put together and incorporates some Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  Read More »


Lemon Crumb Bars

I mixed half Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour and half Hodgson Mill Naturally White All Purpose Flour for the crust/crumble part, so not only are these treats delicious, they’re better for you than your typical lemon bar. Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is easy to substitute in any recipe. It’s pretty much a one-to-one ratio, whole wheat to white flour, so feel free to experiment making your favorite recipes healthier. Read More »


Whole Wheat Trail Mix Cookies

All of our favorite things like M&M’s, peanut butter chips, salty roasted almonds and sweet golden raisins get mixed together in a delicious cookie dough made with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, Hodgson Mill All Purpose Naturally White Flour and old-fashioned rolled oats. Read More »


Lavender Shortcakes with Strawberries and Cream

The Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour in the shortcakes adds a subtle wheat flavor and gives them a feather-light texture that makes them so tender they practically melt in your mouth. The little bit of lavender in the dough gives them a different taste from your regular run-of-the-mill shortcakes – it makes them special in a way that you can’t put your finger on, but can’t stop tasting them to try and figure it out. If you don’t have lavender, a little bit of orange zest would be great in this recipe as well. Read More »


Whole Grain Strawberry Lemon Scones

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour really makes a difference in this recipe. The nutty flavor of the whole wheat is the perfect complement to the strawberries and lemon. It also gives these scones a rustic yet healthy appeal — perfect for those mornings you want a little something special, but not too fancy or overly indulgent. Read More »


Blackberry Buttermilk Cake

Truth be told, this blackberry buttermilk cake is a dessert. But it’s made with so many healthy ingredients — Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Hodgson Mill Milled Flax Seed, fresh blackberries, and apricot jam — I served it for breakfast. I also made a cinnamon-vanilla yogurt sauce to drizzle over the top for more breakfast appeal — not that my family needs much arm twisting to eat cake first thing in the morning. Read More »


Cinco de Mayo Brownies

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Brownie Mix was the perfect jumping off point for my Mexican-flavored dessert. Follow me, mis amigos, and I will show you how to bake delicious, chocolate cinnamon brownies for Cinco de Mayo or any time you want to satisfy your sweet tooth that still has the goodness of whole wheat. Read More »


Whole Wheat Monkey Bread

Monkey bread – I’m not sure where the name comes from, but it sure is tasty! I’ve known about Monkey bread for a long time – mostly from friends who make it with a can of biscuit dough, but being a “from scratch” type of girl, I never made it. Once you’re from scratch – it’s hard to go back. I also knew there had to be a way to make the gooey, cinnamon roll-like bread, healthier – in comes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour to the rescue! I made the dough for this bread with a full cup of whole wheat flour as well as some Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour to round things out. Don’t worry – butter and sugar are still a part of this monkey bread. My kids have even asked when we’re making it again, so the homemade, whole grain version passed the little people test in my house. That’s reason enough to give this recipe a try. Who needs a can of biscuits? Not us – let’s get baking!  Read More »


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