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Peppermint Mocha Energy Balls

Nothing screams “holiday season” to me as much as peppermint and chocolate flavored things. Peppermint hot chocolate is my jam in December, and I do treat myself to a peppermint mocha from Starbucks at least once during the season. Today I set out to create an energy ball with the chocolate-y and mint-y goodness of a peppermint mocha. I whipped these up in about 10 minutes and boy, they are DELICIOUS. The mixture tastes like…

Blackberry Cranberry Compote

I remember when I was in high school my mother found a recipe for a cranberry orange chutney and made it for Thanksgiving that year in lieu of canned cranberry sauce. It was so incredibly delicious, a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors. Ive always wanted to experiment with my own homemade cranberry compote and I am so glad I finally did. Cranberry compotes/sauces aren’t just for Thanksgiving, they’re also perfect for topping oats,…

Apple & Pear Rustic Tart

The air has certainly gotten chillier in the last week or so, and combine that with daylight savings and I’m in full blown winter mode. Late fall into winter is my favorite time of the year to bake. The holiday decor, the warmth of the oven along with the smell of the baked goods makes the apartment feel so cozy. On Friday I had a day off from work and we had a high of…

Honey Mocha Latte

Hello fellow coffee fiends — Im back with another latte recipe! This recipe is loaded with super food goodies like raw cacao, maca, cinnamon and raw honey. The collagen peptides are completely optional, but they do contribute to the frothiness and the protein content of the coffee. Raw cacao is chocolatey and full of antioxidants, fiber, and magnesium — all things that do wonders for the body. This took just a few minutes to whip…

Cinnamon Maple Banana Nut Bread

Though I personally do not abide by a vegan diet, I am quite a fan of vegan baking. Vegan quick breads are one of my favorite baked good categories — especially banana breads! Though I have nothing against eggs (or butter), the omission of those ingredients can make baked goods very heart healthy. This recipe is loaded with fiber, healthy unsaturated fats, and protein. There is only 1 tbsp of maple syrup worth of added sugar…

Cacao Coconut Fudge Energy Balls

Energy balls seem to be having a major moment right now; and I’ll admit, I have joined the trend. I set out to make some of my own energy balls for two reasons — 1) to develop a new guilt-free dessert/way to consume chocolate, and 2) to create an easily portable snack for the days I have my 4 hour summer class. These chocolatey little gems are LOADED with healthy fats and plant based protein.…

Golden Milk Almond Flour Spice Bread

I’d consider myself pretty kitchen savvy in regards to cooking. I can improvise and combine flavors and ingredients pretty well without too much thought. Baking, on the other hand, does not come so easy for me. Even more difficult, is trying to develop baking recipes with non-traditional ingredients such as alternative flours, binders and sweeteners. With the encouragement of my fiancé, I decided to experiment with developing a baked goods recipe. I knew I wanted…

Ginger Coconut Steel Cut Oats

Goooood Morning! This lazy rainy Saturday has so far been spent curled up on the couch with some coffee. Both Corey and I are working on internet projects, so what better way to do so than snuggled together with our MacBooks and sippin’ on some hot java? Saturdays are often a big breakfast kind of morning, but given the large Cinco de Mayo feast that took place last night, we both were craving something light for breakfast.…