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Mexican Mocha Banana Walnut Cauli-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Diamond Nuts

A cauli-oat bake that’s good for the body, mind, and HEART.

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February is Heart Health Month and I’m making sure to get all the nutrients I can to promote a healthy heart. I’ve teamed up with Diamond of California Nuts to help spread the word about their heart healthy walnuts!

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Walnuts are not only delicious, especially topped on my Mexican mocha banana walnut cauli-oat bake, but they also help decrease the risk of heart disease by helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels and decreasing blood pressure. I’m forever fascinated by real food and all the incredible benefits we gain by consuming them.

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Mexican Mocha Banana Walnut Cauli-Oat Bake (makes four servings):

  • 1 + 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower (I used frozen)
  • 3 tbsps cacao powder
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white (may sub two flax eggs)
  • 2 cups nut milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on desired spice preference)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana, completely mashed
  • 1/4 cup Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts, crushed

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, diced
  • 1/3 cup Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts, slightly crumbled

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Directions:

  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients, plus the mashed banana, baking soda, and cacao powder, together in a large bowl until frothy. Mix in dry ingredients and let soak for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F while the mixture is soaking.
  • Pour the soaked mixture into the prepped baking dish and top with sliced bananas and slightly crushed Diamond of California Walnuts. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  • Remove the bake form the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Top with probiotic yogurt and maple syrup if you desire! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days.

Do you eat walnuts? I recently made a honey cinnamon walnut butter with Diamond of California Walnuts and it’s the best nut butter I’ve ever had.

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Carrot Banana Bread, Gluten Free.

Bunny wanted to eat all our carrot banana bread but Poppy stopped her. Feeling out of breath with all the baking, laundry, and outside adventures I had this morning with my Poppy girl. God bless nap time, am I right?

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Carrot Banana Bread:

  • 1 cup mashed super ripe banana, 2 medium size bananas
  • 1 cup shredded organic carrots
  • 1/2 cup whole milk organic greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour (I have not tried any other flour)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup probiotic cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional but I love the added flavor and protein!)

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a bread pan with non stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add the bananas, egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, greek yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth. Add in shredded carrots and mix until smooth.
  • Add oats, flour, and baking soda. Mix until smooth. Mix in raisins with a silicon spatula.
  • Pour batter into prepped bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. My oven usually takes 5-15 minutes longer for any baked recipe I make. I have an oven thermometer and it says it’s the right temperature. That being said, check the bread at 45 if your oven cooks quicker and go from there. Check with a toothpick!
  • Once the bread is bake, let it cool in the bread pan for one hour before cooling on a wire rack.
  • Make the frosting in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Mix until smooth and frost the bread once it’s completely cooled.
  • Once frosted, add some shredded carrots on top if you’d like and refrigerate for one hour before slicing. This helps harden the frosting and slicing colder bread is a lot easier than slicing when the bread is still warm in the middle. Refrigerate for up to 5 days in an air tight container!


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Tahini Brownies, in collaboration with Lee Kum Kee.

A blanket of snow? No thanks. A blanket of powdered sugar? YES PLEASE! 

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If you’ve been following me for a while, or at least five minutes, then you know I am all about the strange but good creations. This is why I drooled all over my phone when Lee Kum Kee reached out for me to make tahini brownies using their Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce and Pure Sesame Oil. It was like this recipe was made for me or something. I finished these bad boys off with a monk fruit powdered sugar but they are totally fine without the final dusting.

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Lee Kum Kee offers a wide range of must-have pantry staples that make it easy for people to enjoy authentic Asian flavors and delicious meals at home and within minutes. My recipe wheels have been turning ever since having Lee Kum Kee products in our home and I can’t wait to experiment with them. I am totally using their products this Christmas for an unexpected twist to traditional holiday recipes. Soy sauce and sesame oil aren’t your typical ingredients in a brownie recipe, which makes them the perfect addition to wow your family and friends. Pure Sesame Oil adds a nutty flavor and aroma while the Sweet Soy Sauce has a subtle sweetness to take these brownies to the next level. You can find Lee Kum Kee products at your local grocery store in the Asian food aisle. Now onto these killer tahini brownies from the Lee Kum Kee website!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (between 60 and 65%), chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted grass fed butter
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used 1-to-1 gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup sugar (I used monk fruit sugar substitute)
  • 1/3 cup tahini, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Maldon salt (I used pin Himalayan salt)

 

Directions:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper, overlapping and leaving the edges long so parchment comes up all 4 sides.
  • Melt chocolate and grass fed butter in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between. 
  • Whisk together sugar of choice, tahini, eggs, cocoa powder, Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil, vanilla, and Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce. 
  • Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour until just combined. Scrape into baking pan.
  • Bake until edges are just set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs, 30 to 35 minutes (remember that everyone’s oven is different!) Sprinkle with pink salt, then let cool. Dust with monk fruit powdered sugar if that’s your thing. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Tahin brownies, would you try it? I gave some to our neighbors and they were obsessed! I don’t blame them. Click here to find Lee Kum Kee near you.

 


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Cobram Estate Olive Harvest 2019, aka Poppy’s First Flight!

Poppy took her first flight two weeks ago and I will admit, I WAS SO NERVOUS. One, I was nervous to fly just in general. Two, I had no idea how Poppy would act 37,000 feet in the air. Poppy is a superstar because she was so good! I couldn’t believe it. Or maybe I can because she truly is a gem here on the ground so why wouldn’t she be up in the air? I’m thankful the flight went well because we had a full day of Cobram Estate Olive Oil adventuring to do!

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A few things that kept Poppy busy during the flight: tearing apart the inflight magazines, her books, and FOOD. Food was very important because the flight was at 9:15am and she usually has nursed and eaten breakfast by this point. I decided to stop nursing her in the morning this day actually! (Now I only nurse her at night). We were on a time crunch and needed to get out of the house. I was worried that she would be sad but actually she was perfectly fine eating her cereal snack on the way to the airport instead… I’M OK, kinda. I am so proud of her and she’s a lot happier (and less cranky because she wants food instantly after nursing) getting a snack in the morning rather than nursing. During takeoff I had her drink water from her cup with a straw and on the way down she sucked on a puree pack. You can puree your own food but then you’d have to keep it cold. I bought some that are shelf stable until opened. There are so many amazing organic brands out there giving you plenty of options. I brought a handful on the trip to give her when food wasn’t as available. Also, this little narwal snack cup was a huge hit with her. I brought a large ziplock baggie of Kamut Puff Cereal and would refill her snack cup throughout the entire trip. So nice for her to have on the plane, in her carseat, and in the olive groves!

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Now onto the good stuff, the Cobram Estate olive oil tasting room! We landed in beautiful Sacramento and went straight to business. While my mom was on Poppy duty (thanks mom!) I was able to see the olives fresh off the truck from the olive groves go straight into the process of becoming Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. Now this is art! The way Cobram Estate cares for their olive oil is unreal. Their process runs 24/7 during the olive harvest to ensure that their olive oil is as fresh as it can be. They have machines that ensure only the freshest olives make it into their oil! Tree to table with a quick pit stop at their olive mill. 

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I could tell right away that their olive oil team means business. These people LOVE olive oil and care about the entire process. Some are even certified olive oil sommeliers! We got to watch their machines sort the olives, extract into fresh olive oil that we tasted right from the spout. How about that for a fresh taste test?

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After learning about their olive oil process (and wearing my new favorite look) we got to learn about the differences in olive oils and the polyphenol levels. (Polyphenols decrease heart disease risk factors by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood clotting and improving the health of artery linings.) This is super important: the less processing the better. “Extra virgin” olive oil, which is cold-pressed only once, has the highest polyphenol levels. Two presses (“virgin” olive oil), reduces polyphenol content further, and oil with three extractions contains only about half the value of “virgin” olive oil. Highly refined or “light” olive oils, which use heat or chemicals in the refining process, have significantly lower polyphenol levels. Cobram Estate ONLY bottles extra virgin olive oil. Think of extra virgin olive oil as fresh olive juice. The quicker you use the oil the better the oil is for you. Cobram Estate recommends using their oil within four weeks after opening to ensure the best taste and benefits. I used some the other day in a paleo olive oil chocolate chip cookie recipe. Extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate, DOUBLE THE YUM. 

From the tasting room we went to their olive fields and I felt like I was in a fairy tale. There were rolling hills beyond the eye could see of olives waiting to become Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil. We got to ride the harvester, a large machine that picks the olives, and eat the most wonderful dinner featuring all the ways to use Cobram Estate EVOO right in the middle of all the action. We ended the evening with an olive oil carrot cake with an olive oil frosting. Never too much olive oil if you ask me!

Day two we were in Napa and had the morning to ourselves. We did a little exploring and found the best park across from our hotel. This was such a special trip to have my mom and Poppy with me! We’ve never spent this much time together just the three of us. I know my mom and I will cherish this trip forever. We’ll have to show Poppy all the photos and videos so she can remember too!

 

After lunch I made my way to the Rutherford House for the big cook off! We were paired with local chefs to create a special dish using Cobram Estates EVOO. We were surrounded by wilderness and rows of grape vines that truly set the tone for an epic evening. I was paired with Jodie and her brother Sam and we made the BEST citrus olive oil cake topped with charred pear. Cobram Estate EVOO is perfect for every recipe, their extra virgin olive oil is great for roasting, drizzling, grilling, baking, frying, dipping, sauté-ing, making salad dressings, and dessert! There really is no wrong way to use their olive oil. 


Since sharing is caring, I’ve teamed up with Cobram Estate to give one of you and two friends the chance to win a bottle of their First Harvest 100% California extra virgin olive oil ($50 value!) for all your cooking needs. Click here to enter and head to cobramestate.com to find their olive oil near you!

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Peachy Raspberry Prosecco Punch, in collaboration with Riondo Prosecco 21+

What’s a party during nap time without peachy raspberry Riondo prosecco (ad21+) punch and toast topped to perfection?

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Have I ever mentioned that I love our patio set up here in San Diego? We had a patio in LA but it was shared with our neighbor and it never felt very cozy. Now that we have our own private one we’re out on the patio all the time! Today I took our patio time up a notch with this peachy raspberry Riondo prosecco punch and cute fall inspired toast. What could scream more “me” than this combo?

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Peachy Raspberry Prosecco Punch:

  • 1/3 cup organic peach puree (heat 1/2 cup frozen peaches on the stove top with 2 tbsp coconut sugar and 1/4 cup water. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peaches are completely mushy. Blend or pure with an immersion blender. You may have extra puree)
  • Handful of organic raspberries (frozen is best)
  • 1 bottle Riondo rosecco

Directions: Add your peach puree and Riondo prosecco to a giant mason jar or pitcher. Stir gently until combined. Pour desired amount over ice and top with a few frozen raspberries. Serve with my fall inspired toast!

Fall Toasts:

  • 2 slices toasted sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup probiotic or vegan cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Fresh organic berries
  • 1/2 organic peach, slices

Directions: Combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, maple syrup, and nutmeg together to make a pumpkin cream cheese. Lather on top and top with fruit. Slice into strips or serve whole!


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GF/VN Pumpkin Baked Donuts with a Matcha Glaze, in collaboration with Aiya Matcha.

Can’t stop, won’t stop making gluten free and vegan donuts with Halloween sprinkles. 👻

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Last night I had one entire The True Spoon approved mezcal margarita so you better believe I’m moving like a herd of turtles today. I’ll take 100 pumpkin baked donuts with a Aiya Matcha glaze, please. 🤤🍩

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Pumpkin Baked Donuts with a Matcha Glaze:

  • 1 cup gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted grass fed butter (sub vegan butter here to make vegan)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp warm nut milk
  • 1/2 tsp Aiya Matcha culinary grade matcha
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Halloween sprinkles for the tops

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Whisk wet ingredients and coconut sugar together in a large bowl. Mix in dry ingredients and distribute equally into 12 donut slots.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once donuts are cooled completely after baking, make the glaze.
  • Whisk the warm nut milk and Aiya Matcha culinary grade matcha together in a shallow dish. Whisk in remaining glaze ingredients, except for the sprinkles.
  • Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and sprinkle with a few sprinkles. Let set completely before devouring!

These donuts are a huge hit! Sadly Poppy couldn’t have any but she will one day… if I don’t eat them all first. 🤠🍵

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Gluten Free Halloween Sprinkle Donuts

I was obsessed with 101 Dalmatians growing up. So obsessed that I remember dressing up as one for Halloween multiple years in a row with my toy dalmatian by my side. That was until the toy was replaced by a real dalmatian when I was in third grade. His name was Jazz and he was the BEST buddy for me being an only child. Even though I’m sure Poppy will have a sibling one day, this is NOT a pregnancy announcement, I like to image Poppy looking back on memories with Aero. Yeah, Aero isn’t as buddy buddy as a dog could be, but she is OBSESSED with him and I’m sure she’ll get him to cuddle her soon enough.

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Gluten Free Halloween Sprinkle Donuts:

  • 1 cup gluten free 1-to-1 flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used homemade!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted grass fed butter (sub vegan butter here to make vegan)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup halloween sprinkles, I found these in the dollar section at @target

Glaze:

  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra halloween sprinkles for the tops

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Directions::

  • Preheat oven to 350F and spray two donut pans with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to mix wet ingredients and coconut sugar together until smooth. Whisk together dry ingredients, except for sprinkles, in a separate bowl and then gently mix dry into wet. Mix in sprinkles. Pour batter into 12 donut slots and bake for 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Make glaze while donuts are cooling by whisking all the glaze ingredients together, except for sprinkles, in a shallow dish. Dip the top of the cooled donut into the glaze then sprinkle with a few extra sprinkles. Repeat until all donuts are decorated and ready to devour!

Note: the sprinkles I bought bled a little into the batter making them appear darker. So be careful how much you mix in the sprinkles. I only did a couple stirs and it left a cool swirly vibe on the donuts. Comment below your favorite childhood costume memory!