Vanilla Cake Donuts

Vanilla Cake Donuts

Hello, my friends!  It’s a Tuesday morning and I’ve got donuts on the menu … because, let’s be honest, Tuesdays need donuts.

 

Vanilla Cake Donuts

 

Oh, did I forget to mention that they’re Vanilla Cake Donuts 2 ways?  Hey! Hey! Hey!

You know, sometimes I really wish that you could hear the way things are said in my head.  Mostly it’s weird voices, drawn out words, or movie quotes … but I feel there’s something lost in translation with just the use of bold and italics, ya know?

 

Vanilla Cake Donuts

 

Great things about these donuts include:

  • Gluten free!!  Only almond flour used here, kids!
  • Sweetened with just 3 tablespoons of honey.  Just 3 in 12 donuts!  Whaaat????
  • Incredibly light and moist because of the addition of vanilla yogurt.
  • Dark chocolate drizzle
  • And strawberry cream frosting.

 

Vanilla Cake Donuts

 

Okay, time for a little truth here.  Growing up I was always more of a cruller or glazed donut-type of gal.  That may have been because those were my dad’s favorites as well and he was the one buying, but that’s neither here nor there.  When I did select a cake donut, I liked 2 flavors in particular … vanilla cake with strawberry frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  I ESPECIALLY loved the center of the donut where the frosting would collect in a nice little pool just. for. me.  Donuts really remind me of home and childhood …

And so … Vanilla Cake Donuts – 2 ways.  🙂

 

Vanilla Cake Donuts

 

Just one more fun fact.  You know what the extra strawberry frosting is good for?  Dipping the chocolate drizzled donuts in.  😉  Just sayin’.

 

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Just wondering … what’s your favorite type or flavor donut?

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Crispy Pancetta, Apple & Egg

Sweet Potato Nest with Crispy Pancetta, Apple & Egg

Ahhhh breakfast foods … how I love thee.

I’ll eat you in the morning, I’ll eat you in the evening, I’ll eat you … baaaasically anytime.

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

Growing up we used to have breakfast for dinner ALL. THE. TIME.  Brinner for my fellow Scrubs fans.  😉  My dad makes a mean french toast – it’s all about the bread –  paired with some sausage links, it was a real winning combination that I loved eating on a regular basis!

Now brinner doesn’t happen as often these days and when it does, it’s never a “soggy bread product.”  We all remember Nate’s disdain for those types of breakfast foods, right?

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Crispy Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

Nate and I definitely tend to swing more on the savory side of breakfast but the addition of the apple here adds just the right amount of sweetness.  It’s kind of like when you have a salted caramel … the caramel is so decadently sweet and just one little grain of salt can break right through that for a perfect pairing.

That’s what the apple does.  This dish is packed with savory, salty goodness – pancettaaaaaa –  and a bite of green apple here and there is magical.

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Crispy Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

Now, you can go about making this tasty treat of a dish in a number of ways – however, I HIGHLY recommend following these steps.

First, you want to crisp up your pancetta – I’m talking crispy.  You see, all that sexy fat that renders down is going to be the perfect cooking playground for your sweet potato noodles.  Did I mention we’re spiralizing a sweet potato here?  If you’re not on the bandwagon yet – giddy-up!

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

Okay, so don’t use all of the fat – it’s probably going to be a lot – but use some and try to keep as many little bits of pancetta that are still stuck to the pan.  Basically, I’m saying don’t take a paper towel and aggresively wipe the skillet, just some dabbing will do.

Then we’re gonna cook the sweet potato noodles for a few minutes in the same skillet.  Get your noodles nice and coated until their heated through and slightly wilted.

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

When you plate the sweet potato noodles make a nice big circle with them and then add more to the edges … you know, like a nest.  Fry up an egg to your liking – I love a good over-easy egg – and place it in the middle of the nest.  Last, put your crispy pancetta and apple on top all over and dive in!

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

I promise this dish will make your mouth and belly happy morning, noon or night.

 

Sweet Potato Nest

 

Sweet Potato Nest with Pancetta, Apple & Egg

 

I’d love to know …

When do you like to eat breakfast?  What’s your go-to breakfast?

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

Let’s be honest here, granola bars have the potential to be pretty boring.  Especially when one is trying to make “healthy” granola bars.

Buuttttt…..

Almonds. Walnuts. Goji berries.  Hemp hearts.  Dark chocolate.  Sugar free.  Grain free.

MMMMmmmmmmmmm

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

I am particularly stoked about these granola bars because they took many, MANY attempts to reach this …

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

And here’s why … These granola bars feature a new sweetener!  My typical go-tos are honey or maple syrup, right?  Well, these sweeteners still contain fructose, which according to Sarah Wilson at I Quit Sugar is still highly addictive and can promote fat storage even though they are not your standard issue white table sugar.  She recommends using rice malt syrup a.k.a. brown rice syrup, which does not contain any fructose.

These granola bars gave me a real run for my money, but the end result is SOOOO worth it!  You see, I initially tried boiling the brown rice syrup and then pouring it into the nut and berry mixture for it to set.  Well, brown rice syrup basically turns to cement the moment it is removed from heat … I’m not kidding here, straight up cement!  It was extremely frustrating because no matter how quickly I worked, I couldn’t stir fast enough and then it was like biting into the hardest piece of candy ever created.  No – that is not an exaggeration.  😉

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

So how did these come to be?  I’m so glad you asked.  These do not involve heating the brown rice syrup over the stove, rather mixing it with some almond butter and vanilla and then baking the whole mixture.  Works like a charm without any of the frustration.

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

These granola bars are based on Kind bars, you know, just nuts and berries and such.  And even though those bars only have a handful of ingredients, there is something so deeply satisfying about choosing your own ingredients and making them just the way you want.

In addition to the almond, walnut & goji berries there is also almond butter and hemp seeds for protein, protein, protein!  And let’s not forget the dark chocolate!  The chocolate I used was 85% cacao.

Oh!  And if you’ve never had a goji berry, they’re a deliciously tart, sweet and chewy berry that add a great texture to the bars!

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

One final note about these excitingly delicious, crunchy and chewy granola bars … I used a silicone bread pan, which is slightly larger than your standard pan.  This was a silicone bread pan that measures 11.5″ x 6″ and it worked great for 16 bars!  If you don’t have that size bread pan I would suggest using an 8x8″ pan and make sure that you line it with parchment paper or foil or grease it up with some coconut oil … cause you know, the stickiness.  😉

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

Almond, Walnut & Goji Berry Granola Bars

 

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Avocado Toast [4 ways]

Avocado Toast [4 ways]

I have a new obsession.  You know when you discover something new and you HAVE TO tell everyone about it?  Yeah, that’s the stage I am in … so please, allow me to share on some non food related stuff while partaking in food pictures.  🙂

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Google Play Music.  It’s the best, Jerry!  THE BEST!

If you are a music lover [like me] you really need to start exploring the fantastic-ness that is Google Play Music.  It’s similar to Pandora; however, the way to choose the stations they have really appeals to my childlike sense of curiosity.

You see, when you go to the site or the app, the first thing you’ll see is something like, “It’s Monday morning play something for …” and then you get choices like ‘Waking Up With Energy,’ ‘Getting Ready,’ ‘Working Out’ and on and on and on …. and it updates throughout the day.  You can also choose according to genres, activities, moods and decades.

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

The possibilities are really endless and I have so much fun finding just the right station to fit whatever my current mood is.  Here are a few of my go-to faves:

  • Pumpkin Spice State of Mind – my all around favorite – good for getting any kind of work done
  • Songs to Raise Your Kids To – when you just want some good, classic music
  • What Would Beyoncé Do – listen to while getting ready or wanting to shake yo booty
  • Skinny Latte Love – another good one to have on while doing stuff
  • Ventura HIghway California Chill – good any time of day
  • At a 90’s School Dance – yep, top-notch throw-backs
  • Feel-Good Alternative Hits – for when you’re feeling angsty

Do me a favor, just go there, check it out, and let me know what stations YOU discover!

Now, onto the food!

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways  

 

Don’t you just hate it when you’re introduced to something so incredible and seemingly so obvious that you never thought of?  That’s exactly how I felt the first time I tried avocado toast.  How did I not think to combine two of my great food loves … avocado and bread?!

Alas, it is what it is.  Only thing left for me to do is send a giant thank you to the avocado genius that came up with this combo and make it my own!

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Fats are so hot right now.

Specifically healthy fats like the ones found in delicious, creamy, cool, fresh avocados!

Additionally, avocados are full of fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.  The monounsaturated fat found in avocados can help to reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease.  There’s also lutein which protects eyes from age-related degeneration and oleic acid which improves the cardiovascular system.

They’re just great, I tell ya!

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

The possibilities for avocado toast reach as far as your imagination does!  I’ve got 4 stellar combinations for you today.

  • Radish + Tomato + Red Onion
  • Lemon + Cumin + Red Pepper Flake
  • Prosciutto + Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Fried Egg + Seaside Cheddar

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Let’s talk briefly about your bread options.  I went with a whole wheat sourdough bread mostly because I LOVE sourdough bread and I didn’t want white bread … obviously.

Whatever bread you choose, just make sure that it is hearty enough to hold up to some weight.  Once your slices are piled high with avocado and all their toppings you don’t want to be fighting with a wimpy bread.  The whole wheat sour dough held up through the individual making of each of these, photographing and then right into my mouth.  🙂

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Now off you go to grab some avocados because one of these recipes NEEDS to be a part of your week!

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

 

Avocado Toast 4 Ways

 

Currently wondering:  What are you currently obsessing over?  Do you use a music listening app?  If so, what’s your go-to?

 

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Totally Awesome Granola

Totally Awesome Granola

Imagine, if you will, a hotel breakfast.  Imagine that it is better than your average hotel breakfast.   Imagine that right along with the eggs, breakfast meats, cereals and toasts there are in-house, freshly baked muffins and breads and THE. BEST. GRANOLA. EVER.

Yes, granola.

Totally Awesome Granola

This was my reality just a mere 3 weeks ago.  It was my spring break at school.  Nate and I, along with our friend Dan, traveled to Banff, Canada for some Canadian Rocky Mountain skiing.  None of us had ever been to Banff and, oh my, did this little town far exceed any of our expectations!

First of all ….

Banff

Banff

Literally, everywhere you turn …

Banff

Banff

Banff

It’s just total silliness – the beauty of it all! There were times, even while we were skiing, that I would come around a turn and just be completely blown away, stopped in my tracks, caught breathless from this picturesque place.  Do me a favor, put Banff, Canada on your “trips I must take” list … you can thank me later. 🙂

So besides the glorious-ness of this place, we stayed in a lovely hotel with an incredible hotel breakfast!  Yes!  A hotel breakfast – totally included – free of charge – with freshly baked goods – and this granola.

Totally Awesome Granola

Here’s the truth … I like myself a granola.  I wouldn’t say that I have it frequently, but I enjoy it when it’s good.  In my book, I classify ‘good granola’ as having TONS of nuts – almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, whatever! – not many dried fruits (you know I’m not a raisin fan) – and slightly sweet.  Not too picky, right?

Well this granola really fit the bill.  So much so that I ate it EVERY MORNING … with nothing added to it!  No yogurt, no milk, no fruit, nothin’!  It was that good!  I was that person who went up for a bowl of granola and would dig around a bit to get all the big cashew pieces.  We were always the first ones down there and, quite frankly, I feel I had every right to claim as many cashews as I could.  No shame here.

Totally Awesome Granola

It was so good that the café in the lobby of our hotel sold it by the bag and I was immediately determined to recreate it myself.  Now, the ingredients weren’t real specific … oats, cashews, dried fruits, honey, oil …not overly helpful.  However, I was curious as to how this granola stayed so moist and it had to be the oil – I had never thought to add it to a granola recipe!

Obviously, thinking of a granola that fit within my Sugar Habit parameters, I used coconut oil and just a bit of raw honey and I am so thrilled with the outcome. No, it is not quite the breakfast granola that I experienced in Banff – I feel like I would have needed A LOT more honey and oil – but I am happy with it and it is just as snackable!!! 🙂

Totally Awesome Granola

Also, I know I’ve griped before about cranberries and their ridiculous sugar-level.  I challenge you to go out and find cranberries that are not sweetened and if you do discover them please let me know!  I went to many grocery and health food stores and the best I could find was this brand that is only sweetened with apple juice.  I know, not ideal, but better than straight up sugar, right?

 

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Apple Scones

Apple Scones

Please allow me to introduce you to the Apple Scone.

 

Apple Scones

 

More formally known as Apple Scones with a Cinnamon Maple Glaze.  🙂  It’s a bit wordy but how else was I to capture the cinnamon essence of this tasty morning treat?!  You understand …

Before we jump into this – you’ve got to make these right NOW – recipe, let me ask you a quick question.  Have you ever enjoyed a food that is typically viewed as a ‘dessert’ food for breakfast with your morning cup o’ joe?  You know, something like a brownie or a cookie or a piece of cake.  Uh huh, me too, and it’s always faaaannnnn-tastic!

Guess what?!  This apple scone provides that same dessert-like satisfaction!!!!

 

Apple Scones

 

At this point, you may be thinking to yourself, this all sounds good, but that doesn’t really look like a scone.  And I totally get it, in fact I agree with you and I really struggled with calling this a scone.  I went so far as to look up the definition of a scone, which, according to Wikipedia, is a single-serving cake or quick bread.  Okay, all good there.

But if you’re like me, then you’re used to seeing scones that look dry and hard and typically … eh-hem … rock-like.  Hagrid’s inedible rock cakes from Harry Potter jump to mind.

These scones, though!  They are light and moist and sweet and full of apple cinnamon goodness.

 

Apple Scones

 

Hey!  Did I mention these are made with almond flour?  Yeah, they are!  So not only does it feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast but you’re also loading up on some healthy proteins for the day.

I know apple and cinnamon are typically a fall flavor combination … and I know we literally just got into spring, but trust me when I say, you need to get to the store stat and make these scones STAT!!

 

Apple Scones

 

You know, sometimes it really stinks being a food blogger.  😉

 

Apple Scones

 

Apple Scones

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