I haven’t had much time to bake lately, much less take pictures and blog about it! BUT…I had a client reschedule this past weekend, and I knew it would make Maya super happy if we made something together, so…we did!
I’d been dying to try Feasting on Fruits “Vegan Magic Cookie Bars” recipe ever since I saw her post it on Instagram. The originals are my husband’s all time favorite bar cookie, so I couldn’t wait to try a healthier version.
While they are not as ooey gooey and decadent as the original version, they are really good! I got a thumbs up from all the taste testers, including grandparents, teenage stepson, Maya, AND the Huz!
What you need…
ALMOND CRUST OPTION (she posts an oat crust option too)
I’ve been wanting to try more infused waters lately. In my mind, they are a lot of work, but really…they aren’t!
I carved up a watermelon for the 4th of July, and we had some pieces left over in the fridge that I didn’t think were going to get eaten. SO…I poured some of the left over juice and a few pieces of watermelon with some mint into a few water bottles.
I mean to let them sit for a day, but… “LIFE”
Two days later, I tried them, and YUM!!! Maya wasn’t as sure. She was more consumed with getting the watermelon out of the bottom haha 🙂 What you need…
2 cups of Watermelon (depending on how much water you want to infuse!)
1/4 Cup Watermelon juice (I made this after I had cut a watermelon a few days earlier and there was juice at the bottom of the dish. You could also muddle a few pieces if you are doing this all at once.)
5-6 sprigs of mind torn into pieces
What you do…
Put water, watermelon, watermelon juice, and mint into (individual water glasses or a giant water container).
This is a great salad and I can’t wait to make it again! I have been experimenting with kelp noodles recently and came across a mix of “sea vegetables” (which was a variety of seaweeds) in the local grocery store. I found a packet of the “Sea Tangle” brand of fresh seaweed in the refrigerator aisle. It’s supposed to be high in calcium and iron, and known to promote thyroid function and skin support. the seaweed was crispy and tasted fresh and good! The only downside, as my husband likes to point out, is that you are paying for “not a lot of calories”. Well, however you want to look at that 🙂 these are a great alternative to starchy pasta noodles and a great way to try some new foods!
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsps. lemon juice
1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
3 oz. sea vegetable mix
Whisk olive oil, lemon juice
Add avocado, apple, and sea vegetables and gently toss
Ever since I successfully made a Healthy Cherry Garcia, I’ve been dying to make a Mint Chocolate Chip version. I’ve had this recipe in my mind for a LONG time, and finally got around to making it last night. I might play around with it a little more, but overall, I think it was pretty good for the first try! Ingredients (serves 3-4)
3 Frozen Bananas (cut into 2-3 inch pieces prior to freezing)
1/2 cup frozen Avocado (cut into cubes then frozen)
1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Half of a vanilla bean (slice open and scrape inside out)
1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
Garnish with dark chocolate chips
Put frozen bananas, Avocado, almond milk, peppermint extract and inside of vanilla bean in a high speed blender or Cuisinart, and pulse/stop and stir occasionally until it gets to a creamy consistency. You might need to add more almond milk.
Maya loves to push the button 🙂
Garnish with the dark chocolate chips (although, omit this if you are strict on certain diets).
You know summer is just around the corner when rhubarb is ready for the picking! Love rhubarb? So do we! Check out the “Rhubarb Collection” of recipes below, in addition to my latest FAVORITE Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Coconut Topping ! 🙂
6 large stalks of rhubarb, cleaned and cut into 1/8″ slices (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled
2 Tbsp arrowroot powder (this is a thickener)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup golden flax meal
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
2 Tbsp honey
Oven to 350
For filling: place rhubarb and strawberries in a large bowl
In a small bowl, mix orange juice and arrowroot powder until dissolved and then toss thoroughly with fruit
For topping: pulse together shredded coconut, flax, coconut flour in food processor
Add oil or butter and honey and pulse until dough forms
Sprinkle topping over fruit
Cover dish with tinfoil and bake 30-40 minutes until bubbling.. remove tinfoil and bake an additional 10 minutes until topping is crispy and golden
I love making paleo dishes and then adding something totally non-paleo like ice-cream. 🙂 This crisp is on the tarter side, so vanilla ice-cream or simply some coconut milk actually adds a delicious balance! Without the ice-cream, this dish is paleo, gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, vegetarian, vegan.. you get the picture. Enjoy however it works best for you! 🙂