Guys, guys, guys, guys, guys!!!! Oh. My. Gosh. I fixed the BEST pumpkin chocolate chip bread EVER last weekend and it was everything I wanted and more! Do you know that feeling when you’re fixing something and you’re crossing your fingers that everything will turn out okay, because you have your doubts that it’ll taste good? That was me! But it couldn’t have turned out better 🙂
Who doesn’t enjoy brownies? To me, brownies are the perfect compliment to a movie marathon or a ladies’ spa night. A few weeks back I was invited to go to a spa night one of my girlfriends was hosting, and was asked to bring something. I had been dying to have brownies again, so I selfishly decided that was what I was going to do. These brownies were such a hit and I was asked to share the recipe several times!
I miss fresh berries. I really do! I already am anticipating the return of my favorite fruits and other produce, that are only available in the summer months. However, I’m very grateful for all of the frozen berries one can buy at the local health store year-round! My parents had fixed something similar to this blueberry crumble following a Tosca Reno recipe a year ago. I couldn’t find the same recipe, when my mom was invited to an outing with friends, so I found a similar recipe and changed several ingredients (since I didn’t have the time nor the will to run to the grocery store to buy the necessary ingredients).
So Blogtober hit a bit of a speed bump. My computer started acting up, and my mouse went everywhere but where I wanted to. Trying to get this fixed took a while, but I’m back and will of course post all of the fall-themed content I had planned for Blogtober! So here goes!
Apples, apples, apples! They’re everywhere this season and in all different varieties, too! A staple snack of mine was apple slices with almond butter, but then I realized a perfect healthy dessert or treat would be a dessert “nacho” recipe made with sliced apples! Yes, I’m well aware that they’re not quite what others would consider nachos, but they’re awesome in their own way. So if you’re craving a dessert/snack/post-workout meal, grab some apples from your local grocery store (or your fridge) and get going! 🙂
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I want cookies. Like, right now. There is no time to waste – it’s a state of emergency! And even more inconvenient than the emergency craving is that I often don’t feel like there’s enough time to run to the grocery store, because all I really want is that darned cookie! Now, I’m creative but not as creative to do much with a very limited pantry that caters to grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets, so when I finally figured out a recipe for a 2-cookie batch (not single serving, but you get 2 cookies) I felt like the clouds parted and I could hear angels sing. (Okay, I’m being a tad dramatic right now, but we’re talking about cookies.)
Strawberry and Banana- a match made in heaven! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been loving that mix of flavours. Strawberry Banana Julius was the only thing I’d order from Orange Julius (I still have no idea what the other ones taste like!). And before we stopped eating dairy, I used to mix strawberry flavoured yogurt with banana flavoured yogurt. But the childhood memories don’t stop there! Kefir, fruit salad, ice cream…you name it, I ate it! At least if strawberry banana was the flavour combination…
Every year on Halloween, I’d always give my parents the Reese’s peanut butter cups. I didn’t understand why they were so crazy about them! Having suffered from a peanut butter allergy as a child, though not officially allergic anymore I avoid peanut butter whenever possible. I just don’t like the taste, and I swear my throat starts closing up whenever I eat it. Instead, I’m crazy about almond and cashew butter! Thank god, for other nut butters! Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to find almond butter chocolate cups. If I would find them at a local grocery store, you can believe it that I’d be buying tons of them! I have, however, seen the sunflower seed butter cups (those taste almost identical to peanut butter to me, so I avoid those as well).
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Who doesn’t love chocolate?! (Actually I do know some people, though I don’t understand it.) So after Valentine’s Day is over, I’m still craving some chocolate. Seeing all of those chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate candies and more had me in a chocolate craving craze!
I could not live without sweets. In fact, I plan to open a healthy cafe full of allergen-free treats and smoothies! For me it’s an adventure coming up with dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and often refined-sugar free versions of regular desserts. Vegan is infinitely harder when added to the mix, but completely doable!