The weather outside is frightful, but hot chocolate macarons are sure to warm your heart – delightful fireplace burning or not.
Hot chocolate and soup are my two favorite cold weather comfort treats. When I see temperatures dropping, I make sure I have ingredients on hand for both hot chocolate from scratch and from a mix, and wait for the perfect chilly evenings to snuggle up on the couch sipping cocoa from a mug. Marshmallows optional. As we discovered last year though, I can get a little over-zealous in the purchase of hot chocolate mix, meaning it finds its way into baked goods. My caramel hot chocolate brownies were such a hit last year, I decided to experiment a bit this year and make hot chocolate macarons! (more…)
Gluten free and refined sugar free, this paleo banana bread still feels indulgent. With a great texture, it’s a tasty breakfast treat or snack.
I keep one and a half lists of recipe ideas at any given time. One and a half at the moment, but I’m slowly merging the two for simplicity’s sake. “Merging” the lists mainly means that I’m working through what’s left on one so I can go paperless for my recipe idea tracking. One of the items on my little paper list though, is a good gluten free banana bread. The more I thought about it though, the more I decided I had to make a paleo banana bread and not just a gluten free banana bread. First of all, I make some really good paleo baked goods, and second because why not? In my opinion, natural sweeteners make for a better banana bread anyway. (more…)
Pomegranates are a gorgeous winter fruit to enjoy in all sorts of recipes! One of my favorite easy breakfasts or snacks is this pomegranate vanilla chia seed pudding parfait.
I’ve always loved pomegranates. As a kid, I thought it was so much fun to open the fruit and pick out the seeds one by one. I use more efficient peeling methods now, but a bowl of colorful pomegranate seeds still makes me happy. Enjoying fruits and vegetables in their natural state (thanks mom!), I usually just enjoy fresh as a snack with some nuts. Pomegranate seeds are also great over oatmeal or yogurt. And that’s what inspired this recipe, which I enjoyed enough to share here! (more…)
Perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or really any time you need a treat, these soft frosted vegan red velvet cookies are delightful!
Late last January, I read about a challenge called “Veganuary” where one commits to a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. It’s touted as a good way to stick to healthier eating resolutions and try the vegan way of eating. I’m always up for a challenge, and decided to give it a try in February. Why not? I didn’t make the month – it’s incredibly challenging to eat as a soy-limiting vegan when no one else in the house is doing the same – but I did expand our repertoire a bit. I even convinced the Godfather he’ll eat tofu and like it on occasion. And he discovered exactly how many easy vegan meals I sneak into our diet without him even noticing… because vegetables. (more…)
In just a few hours, we turn our calendars to the month of December, which means that the holidays are officially here and it’s cookie season! Everyone to the kitchen! As you can imagine, I’m partial to this time of year, and look forward to planning the cookies I’m making. The lineup changes from year to year depending on my mood, but there’s always something new. This year, I had my heart set on making chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies since sometime in September. The combination of peppermint and chocolate is so very “holiday” to me, and these cookies are everything I dreamed they could be. You should have seen how quickly they disappeared at a Friendsgiving potluck! (more…)