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Oh, hi toast Tuesday!

Back from my toast hiatus.

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I stopped posting toast each Tuesday because it was becoming stressful. I love toast and sharing four toast creations each week but once I had Poppy it was too time consuming. For two years I spent an hour on Monday thinking of toast combinations, 45 minutes in the kitchen every Tuesday morning creating four magical toast combinations, and 15 minutes shooting. I’d take step by step shots, make em “strange but good”, and then eat breakfast by noon. Once Poppy was here it became too much. Joel has a schedule of his own so he couldn’t always watch her and I couldn’t just do two pieces, like that wasn’t me! But 14 months later I’m feeling like a whole new toaster. I don’t feel the stress of toasting each Tuesday because I took time away. #toastlikerobin is a tag I created for toast lovers, like myself, to be inspired by other delicious toasts. I love seeing the creations from the tag all week long because toast isn’t just for Tuesday! I was pressured to toast on Tuesday and make them fancy but not anymore. I’m rambling now but I had to share because as silly as it sounds toast became stressful. I made toasting every Tuesday a mandatory thing instead of it being for fun. Hence why I bought this cute flower cutter off Amazon, how cute are these banana slices?!

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Sourdough toast two ways:

  1. Grass fed butter, probiotic cream cheese, avocado, hemp hearts, and crushed pistachios.
  2. Walnut cashew butter with black pepper, banana slices, cinnamon, and manuka honey.

I can’t wait to see all your toast creations this week! PS, Poppy ate her entire avocado toast today plus more. My kind of girl!


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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!


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San Diego Staycation

When someone asks for a sip of your oat milk cold brew. Sorry, didn’t hear you!

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WHAT A WEEKEND. On Saturday we had a little staycation here in San Diego and it was just what our family needed. Both Joel and I have been insanely busy this entire year. Between his full time school schedule, his job, my job, and the job of being parents, we have felt burnt out. We have always loved traveling and going new places together. We bounced around the idea of where we should go and what would be best for Poppy. We came to the conclusion that a staycation just made the most sense. Poppy would get to nap in her crib, we weren’t spending money on a hotel, and we wouldn’t have to find a sitter for Aero. I am so happy we played tourist for the day! Started our morning at Ranch 45 for breakfast, swipe right to see our spread! Everything can be made gluten free at Ranch 45 which is pretty cool. Made our way to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar for a little swing sesh for Poppy, stopped for a quick bite at Beaming, Poppy napped at home while we worked out, went to the beach in Carlsbad, and grabbed dinner to go at the new Mendocino Farms in Bressi Ranch. If you’re itching for a little weekend adventure but don’t want to go far, try a staycation in your one town. You’re sure to find hidden gems that you didn’t know were there.

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Our Ranch 45 breakfast spread: gluten free seasonal berry pancakes, avocado toast with poaches eggs, a corned beef hash, and scrambled eggs and berries for Poppy. Not sure what was in those eggs but Poppy devoured them faster than I have ever seen her eat eggs!

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What would you choose out of our breakfast spread? Those pancakes were insanely good, just sayin. 


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Shortbread GF Twix Bars, in collaboration with Skinny Dipped Almonds.

Been a little more TMI lately on my Instagram stories than usual but I’m glad y’all are interested. It’s not that I don’t want anyone to know what’s going on, I’m just not usually someone to talk about this to more people than Joel. I just think there is more fun stuff to talk about, like these shortbread twix bars by @kalejunkie. I understand now that there are SO many of you with a similar situation going on and this is giving you peace about having a baby of your own some day. I’m happy to share my story and let you know that all things are possible! I learned that even without a period I was still ovulating to get pregnant with Poppy naturally without any complications. I’m still waiting on all my bloodwork and ultrasound results to see if there is anything else going on but for now I’m having a period just like I remembered it three and a half years ago… Joy!

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Now onto these shortbread twix bars (recipe by @kalejunkie) that I topped with Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Like what they heck, these were so good I had two instantly!

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For the base:

  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1 dark chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • One small packet Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds, slightly crushed
  • Pinch of pink himalayan sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  • Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together ingredients for the base layer in a medium size bowl. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 12 minutes. 
  • While the base layer is cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the caramel layer. Pour the mixture on top and use a spatula to make sure it’s even. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Remove from fridge and make the chocolate layer by melting the chocolate bar and coconut oil in the microwave. Pour on top and even out with a spatula. Evenly distribute the slightly crushed Skinny Dipped dark chocolate peanut butter almonds. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove from fridge and cut into 19 bars. EAT THEM ALL, or share with a friend. Aka share with me because these are already almost gone. 🙃⚡️


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Chocolate Chaga Covered Stuffed Dates, in collaboration with Four Sigmatic.

“Literally the best dessert I’ve had, EVER.” 👏🏼 Frozen chocolate covered stuffed dates aren’t new to the gram but they are new to the Plotnik home. Those were Joel’s exact words after first bite and he’s not wrong. These frozen chocolate CHAGA covered stuffed dates (with crunchy coconut cashew almond butter) and topped with flakey himalayan salt are the best desserts ever. Don’t save them for just dessert though, eat them anytime of day or night.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Pit your dates and split them in half. Scoop in as much of the nut butter as you can and close the dates back up.
  • Melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat (or in a microwave safe dish in 30 second increments). Once melted, stir in Four Sigmatic chaga elixir. Pour chocolate chaga mixture into a small ramekin.
  • Roll, or dip, the dates in the melted chocolate chaga mixture, sprinkle flakey pink salt on top, place the date on a plate covered with parchment paper, and place in the freezer to harden. Let harden for 30-60 minutes and enjoy!

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Vanilla Grain Free Cake, in collaboration with Driscoll’s.

I’m so torn. 😫🍓 I thought my cashew butter cacao mug cake was the best thing I’ve ever made… but then I made this vanilla grain free cake. It’s moist (not mad about this word) and topped with a peanut butter chai frosting, my strawberry chia seed jam, and Driscoll’s strawberries. Don’t knock the combo until you try it.

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Vanilla Grain Free Cake:
* 2 + 1/2 cups almond flour
* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
* 2 eggs
Frosting:
* 1 + 1/4 cup powder peanut butter
* 2 scoops vanilla chai lactation booster (may omit and add 2 more tbsps powder peanut butter)
* 2 tbsp manuka honey
* 1/2 cup nut milk (may need more depending on desired consistency)
Toppings:
* Strawberry chia seed jam (made with fresh Driscoll’s strawberries, recipe below)
* Chopped Driscoll’s strawberries (would taste great with blackberries too, Driscoll’s berry of the month)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare your 8-inch pan by cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Spray the pan with nonstick spray and place circular parchment round inside the cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until well incorporated. Add almond flour, himalayan pink salt, and baking soda. Mix until batter is formed, then pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake about 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, completely before frosting.
  • Prepare the frosting while the cake is baking. Combine all frosting ingredients in a medium size bowl (you may need to add more nut milk depending on your desired consistency). Frost cooled cake, top with chia seed jam, and fresh strawberries. Enjoy!

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Peanut butter, chai, and strawberries: thoughts?

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Grain Free Cashew Butter Cacao Mug Cake, in collaboration with Yumbutter.

Tooting my own horn here because this, THIS, is the best thing I’ve made to date: cashew butter cacao mug cakes. They’re grain free, super moist (why do people not like that word?), and perfect for anytime of day. I just ate this second one after spin this morning. Dollop on extra Yumbutter superfood cashew butter, vanilla dairy free gelato (or homemade cocoyo), and sprinkles of cacao nibs. Or you can simply add some vanilla ghee on top to give this more of a brownie feel.

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Cashew Butter Cacao Mug Cake (makes two cakes):

  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp Yumbutter superfood cashew butter (plus extra for topping)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 whole egg 
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp nut milk
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs (plus extra fo topping)
  • Dash of nutmeg (can omit, I just love nutmeg with cacao powder!)

Instructions:

1. Whisk together coconut flour, cacao powder, dash of salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.
2. Add egg, Yumbutter superfood cashew butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, nut milk, cacao nibs, and vanilla. Mix until combine.
3. Divide evenly into 2 small mugs (or ramekins) sprayed with nonstick spray and microwave on high for 60 seconds, or until cake is puffed up.
4. Add an additional scoop of Yumbutter superfood cashew butter, vanilla gelato, cacao nibs, and enjoy!

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What would you add on top of this mug cake? I added a dairy free key-lime ice cream on mine this morning. Is there anything that wouldn’t taste good on these?! The answer is no.