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yogurt bark

Yogurt bark is a light, refreshing, and potentially healthy treat (depending on your toppings). I found this idea here, and there are so many ways you can tweak this simple idea for your mood or occasion.

I started with some plain soy yogurt, mixed in agave nectar to taste, and then spread the yogurt on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Then I topped the yogurt with sliced strawberries, blueberries, and mini chocolate chips, and put the baking sheet in the freezer. After a few hours, the yogurt bark was frozen and ready to be eaten.

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The frozen soy yogurt is pretty hard, so you’ll need to allow it to thaw for a few minutes before trying to cut pieces for serving.

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lemon ice cream

This lemon ice cream was so easy to make and delicious!

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  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • lemon oil to taste

Blenderize the above ingredients, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker, and serve with sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy!

my favorite smoothie

A chocolate peanut butter smoothie is one of those things that is so delicious, but so hard to look appetizing in a photo.

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I had gum graft surgery in November, so for two weeks I was on a mushy-food-only diet while my mouth healed. This smoothie was great for liquid nutrition for those two weeks, but I like it so much that I still have it for breakfast a few times a week. It’s super simple: a banana broken into a few pieces, enough nut milk to cover the banana in the blender, a big glob of peanut butter, and a spoonful of cacao powder. Bonus: if you use a frozen banana, this smoothie tastes like a chocolate peanut butter milkshake!

an achievable toddler halloween party

The internet seems to be full of people hosting over-the-top Pinterest-perfect Halloween parties for their kiddos. I just don’t have that kind of time or motivation, but we hosted a lovely little party for a bunch of two-year-olds just the same. Here’s how it went down.

We scheduled the party for mid-morning since toddlers are generally least prone to melt-downs at that time of day. We also roll with a pretty healthy-eating group of families (and I didn’t want a house full of sugared up toddlers), so we kept the party food Halloween-appropriate yet simple and healthyish. I made pumpkin mini muffins, orange and black fruit (cantaloupe chunks and blackberries), and ghost toast!

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The ghost toast was just bread cut into ghost shapes with my trusty ghost-shaped cookie cutter, topped with cream cheese and flax seeds for the eyes and mouths.

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For drinks we had apple cider and water.

The kids weren’t old enough for complicated games and activities, so we spread out paper, Halloween stickers, crayons, and some Halloween pictures to color on a coffee table. At another table we set up a foam pumpkin decorating area.

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And perhaps the most fun activity was provided by Mother Nature – a sunny day and leaf piles to play in!

grape ice cream

I made a batch of delicious and beautifully purple grape ice cream one summer weekend. The only ingredients were a can of coconut milk and a can of frozen grape juice concentrate (and  a pinch of salt), so this ice cream was incredibly easy and inexpensive to make!

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After eating our yummy ice cream dessert, we had enough ice cream leftover to make popsicles from the batch as well!

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You can find the recipe here.

easy strawberry chia jam

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We spent several summer weekend mornings picking berries at our favorite local farm, Garden Sweet. Mostly we just gobbled those sweet berries up within a few days (or hours!), but I also got a chance to incorporate them into some yummy treats like strawberry banana pancakes and raspberry orange corn muffins. And I finally tried my hand at making jam, but the easy kind of jam…chia jam!

I liked the “easy chia jam” instructions that I found here. I opted to briefly cook our strawberries, although it’s not strictly necessary to do so. And the only other ingredients were 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 heaping tablespoon maple syrup, and 2 heaping tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon chia seeds. I went light on the maple syrup since Jeff is a very low sugar kinda guy, but even he thought more maple syrup would have been nice. The consistency was great, and here’s what the finished product looked like on a pice of toast! Yum!

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strawberry picking and 5-minute jam!

I have several vacation-related posts coming up, but this one is jumping the queue because I wanted to publish it while it’s still strawberry season somewhere. Jeff and I went strawberry picking (my first time ever!) with Shannon and JR at Ariel’s Farm in Wilton, NY. We only got to pick about a pint each before an approaching storm chased us off the strawberry patch, but here we are with our little harvest:

photo by Shannon!

The strawberries were so delicious (and so few) that we gobbled them all up by the next morning. But if I go strawberry picking again, I want to us this recipe to make 5-minute raw strawberry jam. The secret ingredient is chia seeds!

cherry cobbler

This super easy and yummy cherry cobbler is a gluten-free adaptation of my favorite vegan berry cobbler. Rather than going to the trouble of pitting fresh cherries, I just used frozen pitted cherries.

  • 5-6 cups frozen cherries
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mix the above ingredients together in a 9″x9″ pan. Place the pan in oven until cherries are warm (about 15 minutes). Meanwhile, prepare the topping:
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup almond milk

Mix the above topping ingredients in a bowl until the batter is smooth. When the cherries are warm, remove the pan from the oven and stir cherries in the pan briefly. Then drop scoops of batter on top of the warm cherries in the pan. Bake for ~30 minutes.

babycakes banana nut muffins

These banana nut muffins came out so delightfully fluffy!

I followed the recipe for banana bread in the first BabyCakes cookbook (essentially this recipe), with just a few alterations to make the muffins a little less fatty and sugary. I cut the oil down to 1/4 cup, and used 1/4 cup of agave nectar and 1/4 cup maple syrup for sweeteners. Since these changes decreased the liquids going into the batter, I increased the almond milk to 2/3 cup. Then I threw in a couple of handfuls of chopped walnuts. And I added chocolate chips to half of the batch, because I’m on a serious chocolate kick lately. Yum!

chocolate chip cherry oatcake bars

It’s been a while since I last posted a recipe, because I’ve been traveling rather than baking lately. I made these bars before one of my recent trips and they were a great travel snack – tasty, filling, and didn’t fall apart when smooshed in my bag.

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9″×9″ pan with Earth Balance. In a large bowl, combine the oats through salt. In a small bowl, mix the milk through vanilla together, then pour over the dry ingredients and stir until mixed. Mix in chocolate chips and scrape batter into the prepared pan. Bake for ~30 minutes.