Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oatmeal

How has it been a whole month since I’ve shared a post on the blog? We have been having really nice weather in Seattle and I’ve been a total flake. Instead of cooking or doing anything responsible, we’ve been riding our bikes to Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill for picnics after work. My husband and I are also gearing up for a major home remodel project that will be starting at the end of this month! Yikes! In times like these it’s simple, quick recipes that can keep you on track with your health goals, even as life gets stressful [Read More]

Frozen Açai Berry Bowl

It was hot in Seattle last week! For five days in a row we had a little preview of Summer. I was all set to make a muffin recipe for the blog, but there was no way I could bake in such lovely weather. When the sun comes out, I stop cooking and start blending. It was so hot out, in fact, that I could barely take a photo of the açai bowls before they started melting! Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is the fruit from the açai palm tree grown in Brazil and northern parts of South America. Açai berries are antioxidant and [Read More]

Four Ingredient Sesame Seed Cookies

The other day while out for dim-sum I got really excited when the sesame seed buns came around. They were sweet, savory and nutty all in one bite. I dreamt about that nutty sesame flavor for days. Making sesame buns is a bit complicated. I don’t like complicated. So I needed something easier to satisfy my craving. That’s when I got the idea for these cookies. I remembered that you could make peanut butter cookies with only three ingredients, why not swap the peanut butter in the recipe for tahini? Done. Easy. These cookies are toasty, nutty, sweet, savory, healthier and more delicious [Read More]

Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

Finding store bought jams that aren’t loaded with tons of processed sugars can be difficult. Don’t fear, because you can make your own healthy strawberry jam in under 15 minutes without having to can. This jam is naturally thickened with chia seeds and sweetened with honey. Something I learned while putting this recipe together: chia seeds can absorb large amounts of liquid, expanding 9 to10 times their volume in only 20 minutes.  Also, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, B-vitamins, calcium and iron. Plus, they contain 10 grams of fiber per ounce. Cha-cha-cha-chia! Ingredients: 4 cups chopped strawberries ¼ – ½ cup honey (depending on [Read More]

Mint Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Sometimes I find myself craving Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies or mint chocolate chip ice cream. I mean seriously craving. Chocolate and mint taste amazing together and I’m pretty sure that this is a scientific fact. If not, there should be a study proving it. One thing I do know for certain is that if I get my hands on Thin Mints or mint chocolate chip ice cream, I might not be able to stop. When I get the chocolate mint craving I turn to avocados to keep me on a healthy track. Avocado creates the smooth and creamy base for this [Read More]

Crunchy Coconutty Granola

Homemade granola is extremely easy to make and has less sugar than store-bought varieties.  This recipe combines walnuts, hazelnuts, cacao nibs and coconut flakes! The cacao nibs add a super dark chocolatey crunch that is delicious when paired with the coconuts. Homemade granola is cheaper to make at home, and only takes around 30 minutes to bake. I was able to fill a half gallon mason jar to the top with this recipe (I tend to overflow my measuring cups). My husband and I have been enjoying this mixed with yogurt or poured over with milk cereal style and it is amazing. I’ve been finding [Read More]

Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich

Today I wanted to share with you a simple protein-packed vegetarian sandwich; vegan if you have vegan-mayo on hand. “Chickpea of the Sea” is a healthy and satisfying alternative to tuna fish, and actually tastes pretty similar. This recipe is perfect for taking to work because it tastes great and doesn’t pose any threats to dolphins as far as I know. It’s also great for using up all those cans of chickpeas that are lurking in the back of your pantry. I’m just going to say it, garbanzo beans are kinda odd. Are they a bean? A pea? Something from another planet? [Read More]

Superfood Brownie Bites

Chocolate superfood brownie bites! Need I say more? Sometimes you just need a chocolatey truffle or two…or three. These brownie bites are made entirely of superfoods, so you can indulge without feeling guilty. I like to make a batch when my husband is away, hide them in the freezer and sneak a few every now and then when he’s not looking. How can you feel guilty when you’re nourishing your body with so many superfoods? These delights are made from walnuts, pecans, hulled hemp seeds, raw cacao powder, spirulina, maple syrup* and dates. Ingredients: 1 ½ cups soaked and pitted dates 1 cup raw walnuts [Read More]

Raspberry Toast – My Everyday Breakfast

Let’s face it: most mornings are crazy busy and it can be hard to eat a nutritious breakfast before rushing out of the house to get to work. So often breakfast at home is skipped, and money is spent buying something (that isn’t always so healthy) at the café in the office or the Starbucks around the corner. It becomes really hard to make healthy choices at a café with all those pastries and doughnuts around. Tastes Like Scratch is here to help. Breakfast is (in my opinion) the most important meal of the day. It’s a time to set a healthy [Read More]

Frozen Pear & Spirulina Smoothie

Need a morning or afternoon pick-me-up? Try out this frozen pear and spirulina smoothie. Have you tried spirulina yet? It’s one of my favorite superfoods for a quick energy boost. Spirulina can be added to smoothies, yogurt, sprinkled on toast, taken in tablet form, or added to just about anything, as long as it doesn’t need to be heated. You probably don’t want to cook with it.  Spirulina is raw superfood and cooking will diminish its nutrient content. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in fresh bodies of water in Hawaii. It contains four times the amount of antioxidants found [Read More]