Last year I finally bought myself a mini muffin pan…and I love it! I try to keep snack time creative and healthy for the kiddos and mini muffins were a perfect new addition. I love using almond flour for the muffins, as they are packed with protein. Any flavor combo is possible and I adore that they are easy to make, easy to pack, and easy to eat. Today I am sharing blueberry, as blueberries are in season and such a delightful little berry. I also use cherry, strawberry, or raspberry or any combo of each. The kids also love banana chocolate chip, which I will share soon. Have you ever made mini muffins? I am addicted! Continue reading
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When I was a little girl I loved helping my Gramie make apple pie. She did not play around when it came to the apples. She piled them apples a mile high in a huge mound and placed the crust on top. When the pie cooked the apples settled and there was at least a 4 inch space from apples to the top of the crust. I will always remember how cool it looked. When she broke into the pie, the crust fell nicely onto the apples. What I loved most about her apple pie, however, was the filling. She made it thick and gooey. The liquid ran all over the place. The apples were tart yet sharp with sweet cinnamon flavor. I loved extra scoops of the apple pie liquid on my ice cream which was the ultimate flavor combo. We remember those we love through food. When I taste my apple pie it takes me right back to her kitchen – standing there next to her oven, smelling the cinnamon and drooling for that flaky crust. I’m happy to say I’ve perfected my version of her apple pie with a dairy, gluten, and cane sugar free spin. It’s comforting to smell, taste, and physically enjoy a memory. Food has a way of bringing us closer to those we have lost, and really, then, suddenly they don’t feel so far away. Continue reading
-1 can (1 1/2 cups) coconut milk this or this
-1 cup fresh spinach
-1/3 cup honey* (vegans use maple syrup or coconut nectar)
-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1. Add the above ingredients to a blender and blend until well incorporated. Fill popsicle molds and freeze at least 4 hours.
2. I like these popsicle molds which are made with toxic free plastic.
*Please adjust the sweetness to your preference. Taste test before and add more as needed.
*You can also add in some protein powder of your liking for additional nutrition.
*A banana with 1/4 cup water would add in another fun flavor combination to these pops.
I LOVE camping. I grew up camping – it’s in my blood. My happiest memories in life are of being out in nature, singing around a campfire, playing for hours in a creek, fishing, hiking, lazy afternoon naps in a tent with a cool mountain breeze wafting around me…ahhhh. Thinking about it makes me instantly happy and calm. We took the kids camping last week in celebration of my 35th birthday. We had a great time. I was a busy bee cooking/baking, but over the years I’ve become accustomed to all this preparation. I hope these recipes and food ideas are helpful for your next camping trip (allergy-friendly style).
-Dash of cayenne (optional)
2. Add to ice cream maker and churn until thick.
3. Transfer to glass container and store in freezer for at least four hours.
4. Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving.
*I use this ice cream maker and it works great, and it’s a perfect middle ground size.
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One thing I haven’t had in years is caramel. As a child I just loved warm caramel drizzled over ice cream (ahhh). I’ve been experimenting with a few different “caramel” sauces, and I think this one is my favorite. Does it taste just like caramel, no. Does it taste delicious, yes. Is it a fun topping on ice cream, yes and yes. One ingredient that gives it a nice creamy texture is cashew butter. I always have some of this brand on hand (as I use it to make Danielle’s awesome bread). It’s an expensive brand, but it has a creamy texture I’ve yet to replicate. It’s sweet and delicious and makes the most amazing cashew icings.
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