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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Mango Avocado Salad or Dip

MangoavosaladMake this now; thank me later. Seriously, this is to die for. I could eat it every day. I adapted this recipe from my coworker’s “Cowboy Caviar Chip Dip” and I’m forever thankful to her for bringing it into my life! The adaptations were: I used mango and/or strawberries instead of corn and/or black eyed peas, reduced the amount of oil and added lime juice. This is a slap-your-grandma damn good salad. Or if you dice the ingredients smaller it makes for a dip that’s the best thing that’s happened since studies claimed red wine in moderation is good for you. I’ve made this recipe five times in two weeks, I simply can’t get enough and I bet you won’t be able to either! Eat it plain, with mixed greens, or use it to make loaded yams, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc! Read more of this post

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings – Vegan, GF, Paleo

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Wings - Vegan, GF, PaleoI had Buffalo Cauliflower Wings at Sage Vegan Cafe in L.A. and they were soooo good I was craving them for over a month when finally I decided to try and make them at home. These are easy, delicious, and healthy because they’re baked not fried and there’s no oil or butter! Well, okay, there’s 1 tsp, but that’s it! Read more of this post

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 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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Nuts about Dates Bars! No sugar added | All Natural

nutsaboutdatesbarsThese chewy bars are naturally sweet from the medjool dates and green figs but yield a delicious flavor with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If you’re looking for a healthy, guilt-free snacking option or something quick to grab on your way out the door then try these Nuts about Dates Bars! Simple ingredients baked to delicious, healthy goodness. Feel free to switch up the ingredients based on what you have on hand, and just just keep the proportions the same. My version is actually adapted from this recipe. Read more of this post

Emma’s Autumn Granola with Cinnamon Orange Notes

20131003-200705.jpgAutumn is upon us! I love this season because it inspires delicious baked goods, yummy smelling candles, drinking a million cups of tea…you get the idea. I wanted to make some Fall-inspired granola. When I think fall, I think of the colors deep red and orange and the scents/flavors of cinnamon, orange, and nutmeg. This granola is infused with Sweet and Spicy Orange tea and bursts with color from the dried apricots and cranberries. This is my Autumn Granola :) Read more of this post

Strawberry Fig Jam

20130821-180341.jpg I bought a mini home-canning kit from Fred Meyer specifically to make some strawberry fig jam! I’ve never made jam before, or canned anything and it was super fun! You don’t need to follow the canning procedure if you just want to store jam in the freezer instead of in the cupboard :) Goes great on your favorite toast, pancakes, crackers, pb&j, or how my husband likes it…topped on cottage cheese! Read more of this post