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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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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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Baked mini shakshukas in a cast iron skillet!

Need a recipe idea for all those marinara jars you stocked up on? I GOTCHU.

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The end of a marinara jar turned in to the most glorious breakfast a girl could ask for. Super simple and the most delicious. We legit felt like we were eating brunch at one of our most favorites spots, Morning Glory, with these baked shakshukas.

Baked Shakshuka:
* 1/2 cup marinara sauce
* 1/4 cup almond mozzarella cheese (or cheese of choice)
* 5 mini heirloom tomatoes, diced in half
* 2 eggs
* Fresh or dry basil for garnish

Directions:
* Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 6” cast iron skillet with non stick cooking spray and pour in the marinara sauce. Set this over medium heat until to sauce starts to bubble.
* Remove the cast iron from the heat and sprinkle over the diced tomatoes, make two holes in the marinara to crack the eggs into, then sprinkle the cheese and basil over the top.
* Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked and the yolks are still running.
* Toast your favorite bread and spread grass fed butter all over the toast.
* Remove the cast iron from the oven and let cool slightly or place the hot skillet on a towel to be sure to not burn yourself or the table. Dip your bread pieces into the yolk and enjoy!

Have you had a shakshuka before? I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and how versatile they are. You can add any veggies you want here and use whatever cheese you have on hand. Use a large cast iron skillet to double the recipe or two 6” skillets like I did. I’m ready for seconds!


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BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

Poppy wasn’t the only one who was a fan of these bbq lentil sloppy joe’s on gluten free buns last night. We’ve been doing our best to make each part of the day seem a little different while we’re at home. We enjoy breakfast at the counter, lunch in Poppy’s room at her table, and dinner recently has been on the patio! It has been so fun, and much needed, using our little space in so many different way. Very thankful for the sunshine the last two weeks because Poppy and I were getting very stir crazy.

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Vegan BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder to taste (you can use raw garlic but I prefer garlic powder)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan pink salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne peppe

Directions:

  • Add the chopped onions and garlic powder to a heated pan on medium heat with a little nonstick cooking spray and sauté until golden. Using about 1/4 water if the onions begin to stick to the pan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 3-5 minutes or until the liquid reduces a little.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before adding to a blender to blend until smooth. Store in the fridge for up to one week!

BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joe’s:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2-3/4 cup homemade vegan bbq sauce
  • 2 gluten free buns
  • Pickles, optional but hugely recommended

Directions:

  • Heat the lentils on the stove top with the bbq sauce until warm. Toast your gluten free buns in the oven on broil for a few minutes and stuff with half the bbq lentil sloppy joe mixture and a couple pickles, enjoy!


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Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie

Not a new smoothie on the block but definitely one that pleases the whole fam and one that I keep making each week. You know me, there’s lot of frozen riced cauliflower in here so it’s veggie and antioxidant packed. Winning!

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Mint Cacao Chip Smoothie (Makes a smoothie serving size enough for Poppy and I to share):

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen rice cauliflower
  • 1-2 handful of spinach
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir
  • Small handful fresh mint or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Handful of ice
  • Optional 1-2 dates but the protein powder I used makes it sweet enough for me

Blend it all together and enjoy! Poppy learned a new fun trick last week. She keeps liquid in her mouth for a really long time until she decides she’s done then squirts it out wherever she is… let’s just say I don’t let her walk around with any type of liquid in a cup, even her water bottle, anymore unless I want to step in a pile of whatever it is in 20 minutes. Cheers!


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Everything Bagel Bread

My pregnancy cravings this time around have gone a little something like this: everything bagels with cream cheese, sourdough toast with grass fed butter (not ghee! I couldn’t stomach ghee for weeks when I usually love it), scrambled pasture raised eggs with EBTB seasoning, and a latte with 2% lactose free milk. Oh, and lots and lots pretzels. Joel’s pregnancy cravings this time around: all of the above plus ice cream and peanut butter cups. Pregnancy eating is a team sport if you ask us.

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Anyways, onto my Everything Bagel Bread! I hadn’t made this bread in so long that I almost forgot how simple it was to make. The ingredients are pretty flexible (I’ve gotten many messages from people saying they used different flour/nut butter and that it came out amazing!) and you most likely have ingredients for this on hand. This bread is truly a whole family pleasure. Poppy enjoys this bread slightly warmed with ghee and mashed avocado.

Everything Bagel Bread:
* ½ cup + 1 tbsp almond flour (I have not tried any other flour but others have)
* 1 tsp baking soda
* ½ tsp sea salt
* 1 cup cashew butter (you can use any nut butter you want but it might alter the taste a little. I have only tried this with cashew and walnut butter)
* 2 large eggs + 2 egg whites (you can also sub 4 flax eggs. I’ve heard other people try it and it worked!)
* 1 tbsp water
* 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
* Topping: 4 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning

Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix wet ingredients together then gently mix in dry ingredients. Pour into a prepped bread pan with nonstick cooking spray and parchment paper. Top the batter with everything but the bagel seasoning. Bake for 20-22 minutes at 350°F. Let cool completely before slicing.


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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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Gluten Free Gingerbread Snowman Pancakes

Poppy is getting so close to being able to enjoy fun food like this. She can admire the face on the snowman and see that it is more than just a regular stack of pancakes. But then there are small things like chocolate candies and dark chocolate chips that she will 500% choke on. So for now these little guys are for Joel and I while Poppy gets the button and faceless snowman. She honestly didn’t even notice because she was so obsessed with the coconut on the pancakes as “snow”.

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I saw Ambitious Kitchen make pancake snowman like this and I knew I had to recreate! I used my gluten free gingerbread pancake recipe but you can use any pancake recipe you’d like.

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Pancakes:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon (I really like cinnamon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or my new favorite monkfruit sweetener from Lakanto)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1+1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 eggs (I haven’t tried this with flax egg but maybe it would work?!)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Snowman toppings:

  • Chocolate colored candies for the buttons
  • Dark chocolate chips for eyes and smile (I used Lakanto)
  • Broken piece of pretzel slim for the nose
  • Coconut shreds for the snow
  • Maple syrup for topping

Directions:

  • Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
  • Mix together wet ingredients and gently mix into dry ingredients.
  • Make pancakes in two different sizes. I used a 1/4 cup measuring spoon for the body and 2 tbsps of batter for the head. Plate, top, drizzle with maple syrup, and enjoy!

I paired our snowman pancakes with my peppermint mocha cold brew!

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