Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

One bowl baking is the best. Even better if you can hand mix the batter. Dragging a large mixer onto the counter and then washing and wiping it down, is an effective deterrent. With a lot of these you’re literally five minutes from having a cake ready to go in a pre-heated oven.

1. One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake(The Kitchn)

My favorite kind of cake – humble and unfussy, simple and balanced. Honey-sweetened, and flecked with thyme, I love that it can swing from sweet to savory. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

2. One Bowl Banana Bread(101 Cookbooks)
The laziest one bowl banana bread I know of. Made with whole wheat flour, bananas, dark brown sugar, and coconut milk. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

3. 1-Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake(Minimalist Baker)
Just look at that cross-cut. Looks really good. Made with whole wheat pastry flour, almond milk, and strong brewed coffee. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

4. Kim Boyce’s Whole Wheat Gingersnaps(3191 Mies Apart)
Hard to go wrong with a Kim Boyce recipe. This one-bowl gingersnap offering made with fresh ginger, whole wheat, and a fragrant spice blend makes it even better. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

5. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
You can totally make this a one-bowl recipe. Just sift the dry ingredients onto the blended flour/sugar mixture, stir until barely combined. No need to sift first into its own bowl. I use 100% whole wheat flour here, and it’s A+! Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

6. Apple Oat Bread(Running with Spoons)
The perfect weekend quick-bake. Shredded apples, oats, whole wheat pastry flour, and spices. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

7. Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake(Making Thyme for Health)
Secret ingredient here? A bit of tahini. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

8. Easy One Bowl No-Mixer Yogurt Cake – (Foodie Baker)
A beautiful lemon-kissed, one bowl yogurt cake. Jasline uses all-purposed flour here, but I suspect whole wheat pastry flour, or a 50/50 blend could be nice. Or, maybe even oat flour? Excited to experiment with this one. Get the recipe here.

Nine Healthier One-bowl Baking Recipes

9. One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins – (Real Food Whole Life)
Like many of these recipe, this is good as a quick bread, or baked into individual muffins. With an oat flour batter, and no added sugar (beyond 1/3 cup maple syrup), this is a great option for people looking to make a GF and/or vegan version of the classic. Get the recipe here.

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21 Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners

21 Weeknight Vegetarian Dinners | Naturally Ella

With kids starting back to school and life falling into a new normal, dinners often rushed (or on the road). I grew up in a family where both my parents worked until 5 and I often had after school activities. Dinners were never our strong area. Now that I have a child of my own, I put an emphasis on it. They’re not elaborate and often they are wedged in between toddler play-sessions. However, they are there and I make sure we sit down almost every night. The recipes below are the foundation to our quick, weeknight meals. I like to vary each meal but my focus is usually making something that is packed full of goodness.


Summer Squash Pasta with Basil-Yogurt Sauce | @naturallyella

I used to frown on pasta because when I first turned to vegetarianism, I found pasta was about the only thing I ate. However, over the years, I’ve developed recipes that I love; full of vegetables and not as heavy as those pastas I used to eat. I find I make pasta when I don’t have a plan. Load it up with vegetables, toss it with a bit of sauce- you can’t get much easier than that!



Cauliflower Cakes with Brown Rice |

These are my weakness. I love a fried vegetable cake and the cauliflower cakes linked below are what I make when I’m craving something unhealthy but don’t want to incur the money or leaving of the house. There are so many combinations but these are a few of my favorites.



We eat tacos almost every week. It’s easy to whip together a tasty and healthy filling with just a few simple ingredients. If you’re not into cooking dried beans, I recommend keeping a can or two of black beans on hand. Add a few pinches of spices and you have a perfect taco filling within 15 minutes.



White Bean Pizza with Arugula Salad | Naturally Ella

Pizza is a must in our house. We don’t live within any solid pizza delivery places and so homemade pizza has become our go-to week after week. I love experimenting with toppings and have found quite a few unique flavors we love. One tip: make or buy dough and keep in the freezer. Pull out the night before and let thaw for dinner the next day.


Odd and Ends

Spicy Peanut Sauce with Brown Rice Noodles | @naturallyella

This list is a mix of all my favorites. Noodle bowls and grain bowls: both are an easy place to start and are often a source of inspiration for other meals I make. Keep a well stocked pantry to make these meals when you’re asking yourself at 5pm what to make that evening!