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 ;)

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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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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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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

Peanut Butter Banana n Honey “Cheese”cake

20130809-141951.jpg What if I told you I made cheesecake last night and this morning my husband and I each ate devoured a slice for breakfast? You might think we have no self control. Think again! This cheesecake is made from ingredients you would use to build a delicious yogurt parfait!

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Healthy Homemade Low-fat Yogurt

20130626-114542.jpg If you don’t buy organic yogurt (or organic anything), then I think ignorance is bliss when it comes to the ingredients. I checked the ingredients in a Yoplait strawberry light yogurt and found: cornstarch, added sugar, citric acid, aspartame, Red #40 (which is made from petroleum), etc. Sorry to spoil your bliss! But the good news is you can buy organic yogurt if you don’t like to eat petroleum. Or you can make your own organic yogurt with just two ingredients! It is oh so delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon and topped with fruit or granola.

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