Monday, November 6, 2017

Almond Joy Yogurt

In honor of the Halloween candy that was, but isn't anymore... Or for those trying to wean themselves off of their Halloween candy dependence... Or for people still trying to figure out the yogurt craze.. This post is for you. 

It's pretty healthy, but it feels utterly indulgent. If I could always live my life that way, it'd be pretty much perfect. I've been eating this for breakfast almost every day. It's so so good. It feels like dessert, but with dark chocolate and healthy nuts, it's so nutritious. 

Also, simple as heck. 

(Does it look like a cloud of pure deliciousness to you? Because it is.) 

Here's what you do. 

1. Get some thick, full-fat Greek yogurt. Or make your own in the crock pot
2. Add dark chocolate chips, coconut (sweetened or unsweetened), and almonds (or another type of nut). If that's still too stoic for you, add a sprinkle of sugar or a bit of honey. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Paleo Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some posts you drool while you type, remembering how good that food was. This is one of those posts.

If you know me, you know that I am not exactly devoted to a paleo diet. No, I made these because they sounded heavenly. Now I'm posting them because they tasted heavenly. 

Sure, sure, they're great for your paleo diet should you be on such a thing. And if you're trying to eat more natural proteins and less processed sugar, they're great for that too. But they're also great if you just want a really delicious cookie (or breakfast cookie because that's when I ate these babies). 

Paleo Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 12 cookies
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 10-12 minutes
Cost: $4.50
pecans: 2.50, dates: .75, coconut: .25, egg: .10, chocolate chips: .80, other stuff: .10

1 1/2 C partly crushed pecans (walnuts work too)
12-14 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 C shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened are both fine)
1 egg
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 C chocolate chips (if you're really going paleo, you'll need an appropriately paleo chip, but I just used Ghiradelli, and did not regret my choice)

Using a food processor, blend the pecans, coconut, baking soda, and salt until they are a fine, sandy texture. 

Add dates and blend fully. It might clump a bit. Don't stress. Just keep pulsing (and maybe scraping the processor) until it's blended nicely. 

Add the egg. Blend. 

Add the chocolate chips. Pulse a time or two. 

Scoop onto a baking sheet and press flat (they won't spread like cookies with butter do, so they need to be pressed down.) 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

Cool. And eat. 

(Note: These are good warm, but I stored these in the refrigerator and thought that cold they were the most divine things on earth--the sweet, nutty cookie with that cold crunch of chocolate chip. Oops. There I go drooling again.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Things to Make with Apples

In my stores, fresh apples are just arriving. If you're looking for some inspiration about how to use them, here you go.

(Also, do I seriously not have a decent picture of Apple Crisp. I seriously do not. This needs immediate remedying.)

1. Apple sauce. I make it in the crock pot most of the time and it's dumb easy.

2. Apple Crisp. Easier and sweeter than apple pie.

3. Crock Pot Apple Cider. So good. Makes your house smell like heaven swallowed cinnamon. 

4. Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Really lovely take on the classic rolls.

5. Classic (and amazing) Apple Pie. And if you're looking for something a little simpler or slightly healthier, there's this apple tart.

6. Bonus: Apple Cake (Yes, I just recently posted a photo re-do, but in case you need another reminder, make this because it will change your life.


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