When my son was first diagnosed with serious digestive issues and

Autism Spectrum Disorder more than 10 years ago, my dear friend

Lotus immediately asked how she could help. Back then, finding

affordable, high quality gluten and dairy free products delicious

enough for my picky eater son to accept, but also low in sugar and

high in protein was a near impossible challenge. Lotus wasn’t fazed,

and quickly starting developing products for me in her kitchen. This

initial labour of love quickly caught on, and inspired her to create

Lotus Fine Foods.  Her values and commitment to create the highest

quality products for a reasonable price remains unchanged and is

cornerstone of her well deserved success.  After all these years, my favourite breakfast is

still Lotus’s Cherry Coconut granola.



Lisa Burchartz -Lotus’s very first customer Toronto Ontario

Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies

You need:
2 eggs
½ cup sunflower oil
1 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ gluten free oats
1 cup Lotus FIne Foods Cranberry & Cinnamon quinoa granola
¼ cane sugar
¼ maple syrup
¼ walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

Mix together the oil, eggs, sugar and maple syrup. In another bowl stir the dry ingredients together. Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes.

Baked Apple Recipe

You need:
4 large firm apples or 6 small firm apples
1 cup Lotus Fine Foods Cranberry & Cinnamon Quinoa Granola
1 tbsp. butter
¼ cup maple syrup
Frozen yogurt (optional)

Core apples and make a shallow cut through skin around the centre to prevent the skin from bursting. Place the apple in a baking dish with enough water or apple juice to cover the bottom of the dish.

Combine the Cranberry & Cinnamon Quinoa Granola with maple syrup and melted butter in a bowl. You may add pecan or walnuts if you like. Spoon into each apple. Bake at 350 F for about 40 min (time will range depending on size and firmness of apple.

Serve with frozen yogurt and drizzles maple syrup on top to ganish.


Breakfast Parfait

Everybody loves a Parfait!

What is it about those lines from Shrek that makes you laugh every time? You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, “Let’s get some parfait,” they say, “Hell no, I don’t like no parfait”? Parfaits are delicious! Is there a parent out there that didn’t howl through Shrek? I think these Eddie Murphy’s lines have got to be the unofficial oft quoted lines in movie land.

I remember the first time I made my kids a Breakfast Parfait – the suggestion made them smile first and think I had gone mad second. Dessert for breakfast – you bet, when it is nutritious and delicious.

Here is my quick and healthy recipe for Breakfast Parfait that is sure to start everyone’s day off with a smile.

Greek Yogurt
Honey – or my favourite, real Canadian Maple Syrup
Lotus Fine Foods Granola

Quick and Easy Method:
In a parfait or ice cream glass, start with a dollop of Honey or Maple Syrup. Make layers as follows:
Greek yogurt, Berries, Lotus Fine Foods Granola
Make the dollops small enough – that way, you can get two full sets of layers
End with granola and drizzle a little extra honey or maple syrup on top

Now, visuals are everything and this is where you pull out the fancy glasses. It can be any parfait or ice cream glasses you happen to have. It could be your Grandma’s glasses gathering dust at the back of the cupboard or it could require a trip to Homesense to grab a few well priced items. It makes it fun and really pretty to look at for very little expense. If you want to splurge, go for the long handled parfait spoons as well. For me, I use Nana Molly’s glasses.

Is there anything better than surprising the kids at breakfast and sending them off with a little smile and having them feel like you really tried to do something to make that Tuesday morning stand out?

A note on ingredients:
I love Greek Yogurt – it is delicious and silky, doesn’t have that watery taste… best of all, it packs a great protein punch. There are really good frozen berries available so if fresh is a challenge keep a stock of frozen berries on hand so you can whip this up in no time. They both have outstanding nutritional value and taste. Honey and maple syrup are great tasting. A good local honey with a wildflower taste just sings in this recipe. There is lots of good news on the nutrition of maple syrup these days so any chance to pack more into a meal works for me.

Maple Syrup contains significant amounts of potassium (35 mg/tbsp), calcium (21 mg/tbsp), small amounts of iron and phosphorus, and trace amounts of B-vitamins. Its sodium content is a low 2 mg/tbsp. Maple syrup can be declared a good source of 3 essential elements – calcium, iron and thiamin.

This breakfast delivers it all – protein, fibre, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

I am going to include a recipe day a week on my blog. I would love to hear your great suggestions on serving and recipes ideas with Lotus Fine Foods Granola so please share the magic you are whipping up in your kitchen. Go to our Contact Page to send us your recipes!

A special note of welcome to Pusateri’s Fine Foods. Thank you for listing our granolas!