Banana nIcecream

banana nIcecreamIf you haven’t tried Banana nIcecream by now take this as a sign from the universe that the time has come for you to partake in this tasty little treat. Skeptical? I was too. I thought “Seriously, you don’t just blend a frozen banana and it magically tastes different than just eating a banana.” Well, it does. So give it a try and prove your skepticism wrong! Read more of this post

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Honey Apple Challah

honeyapplechallahHolla at ya girl I finally made Challah! I followed this recipe precisely from Tori Avey — I didn’t make substitutions or changes, so this post is more of a review rather than a recipe post. To confess, the only Challah I’ve had is from my favorite bakery Great Harvest, so I don’t have much to compare it to. However, even with the addition of apples and honey in this homemade recipe I still prefer Great Harvest’s version. The Honey Apple Challah recipe has a bit of a sourdough-y taste to it whereas Great Harvest’s is much sweeter. Don’t get me wrong, the Honey Apple Challah was quite delicious, especially when toasted! I didn’t love it as is though like I loved Great Harvest’s version plain. So, my hunt for the tastiest Challah recipe continues! Nonetheless these looked beautiful and my coworkers LOVED them, so maybe I’m just being too picky ;)

Pumpkin Mini Muffins & Bars – all natural, gluten free, sugar free, vegan.

pumpkinbarsmuffinsAnother pumpkin recipe! Sick of ’em yet? :) I aspired to make some raw vegan pumpkin bars, for which the pumpkin filling part of it was PERFECT! But unfortunately the base that I made for a crust was way too overpowered by the taste of molasses (who knew that just two tablespoons of molasses can totally overpower a recipe?!) It was way too strong to eat, so since I no longer had a base for my pumpkin filling I decided to switch gears. To the raw vegan pumpkin filling I added 2 flax “eggs”, applesauce, gluten free flour, coconut & safflower oils, salt, and baking powder. Now I had a perfect batter for a homemade vegan pumpkin mini muffin recipe or also a homemade vegan pumpkin bars recipe.

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Chai Me! Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Mix

chaiI’m a big fan of Big Train Vanilla Chai latte mix. And per usual, if I really like something that is store bought I’ll have a go at making a homemade version of it. This homemade vanilla chai tea powder recipe is absolutely divine and my husband loves it too. I make it using hot water as the base and top it off with almond milk. Since fall is upon us I couldn’t resist adding some pumpkin pie spice to the chai tea latte recipe, but that’s just my personal preference. ‘Tis the season :) Read more of this post

Pumpkin Glazed Pumpkin Donuts w/ Pumpkin Pie Spice Cinnamon Sugar

pumpkindonutsNeed I say more? Nope.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Gluten Free Granola Bars

granolabarscutThat Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola recipe was sooo tasty I had to make it again. But this time I adjusted the ingredients to reflect that of the season…pumpkin with walnut! It’s very similar to my homemade gluten free Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola, clusters, or bars recipe, but I with just a few additions (pumpkin and more spices) and adjustments (1/2 cup more oats, walnuts instead of pecans, 1/4 cup more cranberries, 2 TBsp more oil).

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Homemade Honey Pecan Butter

pecanbutterNothing fancy here! Just combine on full speed in a food processor: 2 cups raw pecans, 3 Tbsp honey, and 20 vanilla sweet drops (optional) until it turns into pecan butter! This homemade pecan butter is delicious on toast, pancakes, waffles, or as a dip for sliced apples. I also used it in my chewy coconut cookies recipe.

Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola, Clusters, or Bars

IMG_2105.JPG Last week I tried some granola that was simply amazing. The brand is Love Grown Foods, flavor was called Sweet Cranberry Pecan. It also happened to be gluten free, which is a plus for all those gluten free people out there. My mission? Recreate that goodness! I used my Maple Pecan Granola recipe for proportion’s sake and just substituted the ingredients for those found in Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola clusters. I did add some hemp hearts because I had them on hand and wanted to use them. I also used pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds… just because :) The final result? My husband thought it was more of that amazing store bought granola! I will definitely be making this Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola clusters recipe often. It’s the best homemade granola recipe I’ve tried, IMHO.

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Bread Pudding

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This was my first time making bread pudding and it turned out wonderfully! I brought it to my office and everybody loved it. They were very surprised to find out that it was made with (mostly) almond milk. That being said, I can only imagine how sinful it would taste if you make it with whole milk or cream!

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Pile on the Fruit Waffles

waffleWe got a new waffle iron for Christmas and so far, sooooo good! We’ve been using Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle mix, so I can only imagine how delicious some homemade waffles will taste. Topped with TJ’s Organic Maple Syrup and fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself one heck of a waffle. I try to pile on the fruit and eat a lot it with every bite so that I usually am full of the actual waffle when I’m about 2/3 done. This fruit combo was especially good: bananas, mango, and blueberries. I wanted to post this non-recipe as a reminder that waffles make for a fantastic quick and easy dinner! Read more of this post