Sweet and Savory Crostini's

This recipe is part of Dig Inn's Wellness Series. Dig Inn is a farm-to-counter restaurant serving up real, good food here in NYC with a focus on seasonal, vegetable-friendly cooking.



Here is my sweet and savory crostini recipe! These can be made for breakfast, a quick snack, or even as appetizers.

The best part about crostini’s are how versatile they are. You can combine so many different toppings together.

I wanted to celebrate seasonal ingredients, like Heirloom tomato’s and figs. You can buy these locally grown foods now in grocery stores, so take advantage of it while you can!

When you buy local seasonal products, you’re not only supporting local farmers and businesses, but you’re also eating food that is fresh and hasn’t been shipped. You also receive more nutrients from locally grown foods, because of them being picked when they have ripened on the branch. It’s really a win-win situation.

The savory mashed avocado, heirloom tomato, and tahini recipe is creamy and refreshing, and the tahini adds a nice nutty flavor. I mean who doesn’t love mashed avocado?!

The sweet almond butter, fig, and honey recipe is the perfect combination! If you love figs like me, you won’t be able to stop eating these. This has a hint of sweetness, and the texture of the fig on top of the gooey almond butter melts in your mouth. 



Savory Crostini Ingredients: 

  • Six 1/4 inch thick pieces of baguette
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 small lemon juiced
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Tahini
  • Salt and pepper 

Instructions:

1. To make crostini: Slice baguette in to 1/4 inch thick pieces and brush olive oil on top of both sides. Place in 350'F oven for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown on each side. 

2. Meanwhile, mash avocado with juice of 1/2 of a lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. 

3. Assemble by spreading a good amount of the mashed avocado on top of the crostini, thinly sliced heirloom tomato, and a drizzle of the tahini of top. 

4. Enjoy!



Sweet Crostini Ingredients: 

  • Six 1/4 inch thick pieces of baguette
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 fresh figs
  • Almond butter 
  • 3 Tbsp. Raw Organic honey


Instructions:

1. To make crostini: Slice baguette in to 1/4 inch thick pieces and brush olive oil on top of both sides. Place in 350'F oven for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown on each side. 

2. To assemble: spread almond butter on top of crostini, sliced fig, and drizzle honey on top. 

3. Eat, and enjoy! 


Bai Superfood Berry Scones

My favorite berries inspired me to make these superfood berry scones! It’s strawberry season, and you can find beautifully ripe ones at your local farmers market. I love eating goji berries and mulberries as well, and they have a very subtle flavor, so they mix perfectly with the sweet strawberries and tart lemon glaze.

I sweetened this recipe with raw honey, and used low-fat organic Greek yogurt and butter to make these scones buttery and moist. The Bai5 Molokai Coconut adds the perfect hint of coconut. These scones came out super moist, fluffy, and delicious! The lemon glaze on top paired with the sweet strawberries tastes so refreshing!

I usually add Goji berries and mulberries to my oatmeal’s, acai bowls, or eat them in trail mixes. Why do I love these berries so much?

Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and are extremely high in antioxidants.  Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, Goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene, which helps promote healthy skin. Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes — talk about a super fruit. And like other berries, Goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.

Mulberries are a great source of protein, vitamin C and K, fiber, and iron. Additionally, mulberries are a great source of the antioxidant resveratrol. Research published by the University of Texas Health Science Center credits resveratrol for positive effects on age and longevity. Mulberries also contain alkaloids that activate and stimulate the immune system.  

Indulge in these superfood scones, and add try this healthy twist on a classic! Hope you enjoy! 



Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 Cups oat flour
  • ¼ cup & 1 Tbsp. all purpose flour (I used gluten-free)
  •  ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
  • 6 Tbsp. Goji berries
  • ¼ cup mulberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Bai5 Molokai Coconut
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

Lemon glaze

  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. low-fat Greek yogurt
  •  ½ lemon juice and zest (add more lemon if needed)


Instructions:

 1.    Heat oven to 400’F. Coat baking sheet with butter and flour.

2.    In a food processor, pulse together flours sugar, and baking powder.

3.    Add butter; pulse until butter creates small crumbs, about 8 times.

4.    Add goji berries, mulberries, Bai5 Molokai Coconut, and 1 cup of yogurt; pulse until just combined.

5.    Flour hands and transfer dough onto prepared sheet and pat into 8-inch disk.

6.    Press strawberries into top od dough. Bake scones until tops are browned.

7.    Cool for 10 minutes. Cute into 8 wedges.

8.    In saucepan over low heat, whisk together the ingredients to make the lemon glaze. Add more lemon juice or zest if needed.

9.    Drizzle glaze over scones and serve immediately. Enjoy!