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Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Over the last two weeks I’ve become pretty passionate about one thing and that thing is this pumpkin carrot cake. I’ve made it twice and I already plan on making it again this weekend!

Pumpkin Carrot Cake:

  • 3–4 large carrots, peeled and grated (2-cups packed)
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese of choice, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons monkfruit powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Peel and grate the carrots. Place grated carrot on 2 pieces of paper towel and squeeze out as much of the moisture as possible.
  • Measure out 2 cups of grated carrots and place into a large bowl along with the rest of the dry ingredients and mix.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
  • Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • While the carrot cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting. Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and mix until smooth.
  • Frost the cooled cake and sprinkle some cinnamon on top if desired. Refrigerate leftovers for up to five days.

Have you ever tried pumpkin and carrot cake together?! I has been my go-to lately and I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon.


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Poppy’s Funfetti 2nd Birthday Cake!

I’m still smiling ear to ear with how much everyone loved this cake. Especially how much Poppy kept saying “happy Poppy” the entire time she ate her mini cake!

I’m not as confident in my baked goods as I am in cooking but the outcome of this bad boy definitely helped!

Poppy’s Funfetti Birthday 2nd Birthday Cake (makes one 8” cake):

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (for dusting the sprinkles before mixing into the batter)

Birthday Cake Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 all-purpose flour (I did not try this with almond flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Frosting:

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare your 8-inch pan by spraying it first with non-stock cooking spray and then cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan.
  • Place the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well incorporated and then add almond flour, sea salt and baking soda. Mix until batter is well combined. Whisk the sprinkles together with the 1 tbsp almond flour before pouring them into the prepped batter. Then pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the cake pan.
  • Turn your oven down to 300° F to bake the Birthday Cake Crumbled and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugars, flour, baking powder, sea salt, and all-natural sprinkles on low speed until combined. Add the coconut oil and vanilla, mix until it begins to come together and small clusters form.
  • Use your hands to make more clusters as needed, and transfer crumbs to the prepped baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before topping on the cake.
  • Assemble your cake as desired! I cut the cake in half to make layers and left the sides a little “naked”. I just cut out two circles in one of the cakes I made to create Poppy’s small cake since I didn’t have a mini cake pan. Here’s the link to the toy I used as her cake topper and the 2 candle!

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like linked from her birthday party. It was truly a magical day!

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ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup made easy, in collaboration with ALDI.

I don’t know about you but grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. These are unusual times but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying grocery shopping! Instead of browsing the grocery aisles in person I browse the ALDI website and order online for Curbside Grocery Pickup. I have always loved ALDI for their variety of grocery items and the fact that they made ordering and picking up my groceries so easy makes me love them even more!

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Here’s how it all goes down: You simply visit shop.aldi.us or use the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside. Browse the categories and fill your cart with whatever your heart, and stomach, desires. Set a pickup time and location at checkout before placing your order. Head to the ALDI store and park in the designated ALDI Curbside parking spot, they are bright blue so you can’t miss them! Alert the ALDI employee that you’ve arrived by clicking a button on your mobile phone and the ALDI employee does the rest. They shop for you so your groceries are ready for your arrival and they load the groceries right into your car. The entire process was simple and the curbside pickup felt very safe. Getting out of the house for a grocery pickup has never felt better!

 

When we got home I decided to make a little muffin tin snack tray for Poppy using some grocery items from our ALDI pickup. This little snack tray is so fun to make and it’s even more fun to watch the sparkle in Poppy’s eyes when she’s enjoying it. Here’s what was in her muffin tin snack tray: a sourdough almond butter and raspberry jam sandwich (made with Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter and Simply Nature Organic Raspberry Preserves), organic apple slices, organic blueberries, and Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps. I made sure to fill it up so I could snag a little snack for myself too. I can’t help it, I love these snack choices!


Make sure to checkout shop.aldi.us  or the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers curbside grocery pickup. Curbside at ALDI has made grocery shopping so easy and enjoyable. Happy shopping!


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Triple Berry Mini Cast Iron Crisp

There are a lot of crisps going around the gram right now but why not add one more? I’ve finally mastered a crisp topping that I really love and that doesn’t have too much going on. Use any berries or other crisp approved fruit you’d like, I did strawberries, peaches, and cherries!

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Triple Fruity Crisp in a mini cast iron skillet (double the recipe to make one regular size skillet)-

Topping:

* 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats

* 1/4 cup almond flour

* 3 tbsp brown sugar

* 1/2 tsp cinnamon

* Dash of sea salt

* 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Filling:

* 2 cups berries and fruit of choice, I used pitted cherries pitted, peaches, and strawberries and cut into 1/2 inch slices

* 2 tbsp maple syrup

* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

* 1 tsp cinnamon

* 1 + 1/2  tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

* Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium sized bowl combine the oats, almond meal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pour in the melted coconut oil and use your hands to combine everything until crumbles form.

* In a medium bowl combine the filling ingredients and stir together until you can no longer see the cornstarch. Pour the filling into a mini cast iron skillet. Spread the topping evenly over the apricots and place it on the middle rack of the oven.

* Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or simple vanilla. Don’t skip this step!

Crisps, do you love them?! I’m becoming more of a fan each day. Cheers!


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Mini Cast Iron Skillet Apricot Crisp

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About a month ago my mother-in-law invited us over to pick apricots and I basically ran right over after her text. I simply LOVE apricots and I feel like I can never get enough. They are one of my top five favorite fruits! The other fruit in the bunch are bananas, blueberries, peaches, and watermelon. I could live the rest of my life without any other fruit than these five!

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Mini Cast Iron Apricot Crisp (double the recipe to make one regular size skillet)-

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Filling:

  • 2 cups apricots, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 + 1/2  tbsp cornstarch

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. In a medium sized bowl combine the oats, almond meal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pour in the melted coconut oil and use your hands to combine everything until crumbles form.
  • In a medium bowl combine the filling ingredients and stir together until you can no longer see the cornstarch. Pour the filling into a mini cast iron skillet. Spread the topping evenly over the apricots and place it on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve topped with caramel vanilla ice cream or simple vanilla. Don’t skip this step!

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Have you made a crisp before? This was my second time making one and I already cannot wait to make it again!


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Orange Almond Flour Mini Bundt Cake

It was one of those weeks where I was craving an orange bundt cake so I made an orange bundt cake! Topped it with an orange powdered sugar glaze that tastes heavenly. Scratch your afternoon plans and make this simple, yet so flavorful and orange-zesty, cake.

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Orange Almond Flour Mini Bundt Cake (double the recipe to make a normal size bundt cake):

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 6 tbsp of milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsps fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a mini bundt cake pan with coconut oil or nonstick spray.
  • Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, syrup, orange zest, and orange juice. Add flour mixture, then stir in chia seeds.
  • Pour into prepped pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool for about an hour before removing from the pan. Flip onto plate and prepare glaze.

Orange Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup monk fruit powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp milk of choice (may need more or less depending on consistency of the glaze. You want it to be a little runny but still thick!)

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On a slightly different note: oranges semi helped my nausea during my first trimester. It didn’t make it go away but I totally noticed that eating an orange helped ease the all day sea-sick feeling. Oranges sounded the least appetizing at the time but it worked for me. What helped you, if anything, get through any nauseous feeling during pregnancy?

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Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

My mom and dad came over last week with two giant bags full of avocados from my grandma’s orchard. I remember growing up in that orchard chucking avocados at tress instead of eating them… it took me until I was 25 to enjoy avocados. They used to make me feel weird when I ate them, scratchy throat! Not sure what changed but thankfully they are in my life now and in just about everything I’ve made this last week.

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Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread:

  • 1/2 of a medium ripe avocado cubed or one small ripe avocado cubed
  • 1 large egg (I have not tried flax egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large ripe bananas sliced
  • 1 cup almond flour (I have not tried another flour)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 2/3-3/4 cup coconut sugar (I used 2/3 sugar and it was perfect but some people may think it’s not sweet enough)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup crushed peanut butter chocolate covered almonds (or chocolate chips)

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare a bread pan with nonstick spray and then parchment paper.
  • Place the cubed avocado, sliced bananas, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and egg in a blender or food processor and blend until super smooth.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt and blend/pulse slightly until combine. Shouldn’t take more than a few seconds!
  • Pour into your prepared bread pan and top with crushed peanut butter chocolate covered almonds or chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for five minutes before removing from the bread pan and let completely before slicing!

Thoughts about avocado in desserts? I’m game for avocado in my desserts as long as I don’t taste them. You truly cannot taste the avocado over all the chocolate and banana flavors. YUM!


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Brownie Batter Hummus

Hi friends, how are you? This past week has been heavy and emotional. I’m thankful for the time spent educating myself and sharing resources with those around me. This is just the beginning and I’m positive that we will all continue to educate and grow in love.

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One of the recipes that is on my list to make this week is my brownie batter hummus. I made this about a month ago and it barely lasted two days in our home. Poppy and I both would eat it by the spoonful after her nap! Now that’s what I call mother-daughter bonding time.

Brownie Batter Hummus:

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup lite canned coconut milk (any milk will do here but I like the creaminess the canned coconut gives this recipe)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup coconut sugar or other sugar of choice (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

Directions:

  • Slightly warm the coconut milk in a microwave safe bowl (about 30 seconds) and then add to a high speed blender with the cacao powder, coconut oil, and sugar. Blend for 30 seconds to combine these ingredients.
  • Add in rinsed and drained chickpeas and pink Himalayan salt and blend until smooth. You can use a food processor or a high speed blender. I use a Vitamix and love it! Best investment besides my mini KitchenAid mixer.
  • Spoon into a glass jar and enjoy. Eat by the spoon, spread on toast, dip some pretzels in it, make a chocolate banana “quesadilla”, really anything works here! Refrigerate for up to five days.

Comment below one thing that has brought you joy today! Joel, Poppy, and I had a little picnic at a lake near us this morning and it was so relaxing. Exactly what we needed to start this week. Happy Monday!


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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!