lemon poppyseed muffins

DSC_0200 can you get more springy than a lemon poppyseed muffin?!  i simply do not think so.  a light, fluffy, lemony yellow muffin, eaten as part of a breakfast, snack, or dessert, you just can’t go wrong!! my new lemon poppyseed muffins are grain-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free, aka PALEO + delish!!

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paleo banana nut muffins w/ chocolate chips

IMG_4105the words “banana nut muffin” remind me of a very specific muffin that i used to eat a LOT when i was a lot younger.  the big muffins that came in a 3 pack and were topped with walnuts — i used to eat those for breakfast, at volleyball tournaments, any time.  they were so sweet and dense, & when i saw this SIMPLE MILLS banana mix, i knew i had to try my own version of banana nut muffins!! these are perfectly dense but still light, filled w/ walnut pieces & sweet n light banana flavor, i could go on.  here’s how to make them!

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grain-free [paleo] bagels

IMG_3730in college, an everything bagel w/ a thick layer of cream cheese or a bagel breakfast sandwich was the cure.  i can’t say that i have had either of those things in a LONG time, but that’s all about to change!! my new bagel recipe is grain-free, paleo, chewy, moist, & EASY to accomplish.  granted, these bagels are not as chewy and thick as a bagel from NY bagel or a special bake shop, but they are GOOD and they satisfy the bagel need for sure.

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paleo carrot cake loaf

DSC_0070so carrot cake is like THE cake that is a true treat in my mind.  i don’t know if it’s the cream cheese frosting or the multiple additions of raisins, walnuts, or even coconut/pineapple, but every time i hear or see or eat carrot cake, i want some more.  this loaf is truly PERFECT for any day of the week as a breakfast, snack, or dessert, because it checks off all those boxes and fixes the craving, but it isn’t as heavy or sweetened as a full on cake might be.  it’s a recipe that’s honestly just necessary, and i’m SO EXCITED to share it today!

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sesame basil beef stir fry

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stir fry is a sneaky thing.  in my book, it’s sneaky in the sense of being absolutely PACKED with vegetables & minimally fluffed with excess/unnecessary extras. this sesame basil beef stir fry is hands down my favorite thing i’ve come up with [as of this moment] because it is JUST SO TASTY & is so simple!! each + every time i have made this, i am surprised by the deep flavors of the sauce, vegetables, & steak — all separately & more together!

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espresso walnut brownies

okay so i came up with this brownie recipe and ingredient combination by the request of my mini me (@jozlow) to make a bar with espresso in it!! DSC_0003

to be honest, you might not know there was straight coffee or espresso grounds in this, but it enhances the brownie flavor so much that you just can’t leave it out! [realistically, you can leave it out if you want, lol, but it really does make the flavor that much better].

even the walnuts come THRU in this brownie batter and batch… they make it SO indulgent and so good.

in this recipe, i use the SIMPLE MILLS chocolate muffin & cake mix, which i picked up at whole foods [they also have it at mariano’s].  it’s a paleo baking mix that you can use to make muffins or cake or cupcakes, or now with my recipe: BROWNIES!!! to be honest, one of the things i legit love about this is that a serving size is 2 brownies, & the nutrition facts are outrageously flattering.  for 2 brownies… it’s… just over 100 calories… how is that possible?! the mix is made with clean ingredients, keeping it free of gluten, dairy, grains, soy, refined sugar.  which means it really fits my blog and everything i make on here!! so i can have a brownie with lunch [or breakfast if you are feeling bold] without feeling weighed down by the density of those normally heavier baking ingredients!

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okay! here’s how i make the brownies:

i started by melting the coconut oil, and letting it cool to room temperature, because i mix it with eggs, and the last thing i want is for it to be too hot that it starts to cook the eggs. NO. so let the coconut oil cool on the side before you start mixing!

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to the cooled melted coconut oil, add eggs and vanilla, and mix until they are combined.  next, you’ll add the coffee grounds or espresso grounds.  a lot of recipes prefer using espresso or instant coffee powder, and that’s because normal coffee grounds could really change the texture of the brownie if they aren’t used appropriately, or are used in excess.  my recipe & the way i tested it was completely successful and DELISH using plain old coffee grounds, (just 1.5 tbsp!).  so combine the coffee grounds to the wet ingredients, and combine.  next, add your coconut sugar.  once combined, finish the mixture by adding the SIMPLE MILLS chocolate muffin & cake mix!  lastly, you can add the walnuts to the batter here, or just sprinkle them all over the top once your batter is poured.

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when everything has been mixed, pour the batter into a parchment-lined or greased 9×13 baking dish or pan.  and bake on 350F for ~30-35 minutes.

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INGREDIENTS »dsc_0005.jpg

1 box SIMPLE MILLS chocolate muffin & cake mix

› 7 tbsp coconut oil, melted + cooled

› 3 eggs

› 1 tbsp vanilla extract

› 1.5 tbsp espresso or coffee grounds

› 3/4 cup coconut sugar

› 1/2 cup walnut pieces

 

HOW TO MAKE »
  • set oven to 350F.
  • melt the coconut oil, & let it cool to room temperature.
  • to cooled melted coconut oil, add eggs & vanilla.  mix until combined.
  • add coffee grounds or espresso grounds.  stir to combine with wet ingredients.
  • add coconut sugar.  stir to incorporate.
  • add the SIMPLE MILLS chocolate muffin & cake mix to wet ingredient mixture.
  • add the walnuts to the batter [or sprinkle them all over the top once your batter is poured in baking pan]
  • pour brownie batter into a parchment-lined or greased 9×13 baking dish or pan.
  • bake on 350F for ~30-35 minutes.

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paleo vegan tahini [nut-free] banana bread

dsc_1015.jpg BANANA BREAD. can it get any more classic? i’ve been wanting to create my own banana bread recipe for a while, & i finally did it!  it’s free of all the following: gluten, grains, dairy, soy, nuts, refined sugar.  when it came out of the oven, i just had to sample it before i even took these photos, & trust me when i say this — my BANANA BREAD has been LANDED. it’s fluffy, dense, moist, full of banana flavor, & completely heavenly. let’s get to it!

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nut butter cups

DSC_0996 reese’s peanut butter cups used to be my absolute favorite candy.  the PB middle was always the best part, & i’d eat all the chocolate off the outside first to save the best for last.  this new nut butter cup recipe is my new reese’s!!  with 2 mixtures to layer into the nut butter cup, the chocolate mixture + the nut butter mixture, you get the reese’s vibe immediately!! the sunbutter [of sunflower seeds] is the closest in texture & flavor to peanut butter, in my opinion, and it is a little salty, so it was my choice of substituting for these nut butter cups… time to build it up, butter cup

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kale basil pesto

DSC_0865my KALE BASIL PESTO is not only paleo but has such vibrant pesto flavor. this pesto is so easy to make in the food processor; it comes together just like that & it’s bursting with the perfect combination of flavors ~ basil, garlic, lemon, pine nuts.  the nutritional yeast provides a salty flavor that reflects the usual parmesan flavor in most traditional pesto! it’s the perfect addition here.

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chicken fried [cauliflower] rice

FullSizeRender-2 one night i had the idea to make a fried rice [with a cauliflower substitute] after seeing a simple video of making a panfried rice with just soy sauce.  i wanted to adapt it to use the ingredients that i use regularly, so i figured i’d just be testing it out… turns out, the flavor came THROUGH & it was truly spot on, delish, and a perfect substitute, so it stays !  my chicken fried [cauliflower] rice is perfect for a quick & easy weeknight dinner, to make ahead & take for lunch at work, or really any meal at any time.  it takes no longer than ~15minutes MAX to get it from fridge to bowl, & the flavor packs a punch in the best way!

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