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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

These are slightly addictive.  A  two thumbs up kind of bar, according to  my son, Max, which says a lot.    He calls them the best granola bars.  And yes,  that makes me a happy mama. It took a few tries because his skeptical mind wouldn't allow him to like them on the first try.  He started with one thumb slightly tilted downwards and my heart sank slightly.   I have been working this this recipe for a couple weeks and it was really only his opinion that mattered.   But I asked him to try it again and he gave it a thumbs 3/4 of the way up.  And then he asked me for bar.   And then another bar and…

Orange Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Scones

Orange Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Scones

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Snacks & Sweets

This is what I plan on enjoying Christmas morning as I watch my kids tear open wrapping paper in a mad fury.  I can dip these scones in a cup of tea or coffee and read the paper...wait what?   I mean I can show my excitement for what Santa brought as I bite into this chocolate orange deliciousness. These are made with Almond Flour which is very nutritious and full of protein and fiber.   It is not a flour that can easily be substituted in other recipes though.   This recipe is from elanaspantry.com which is a recipe blog focused on baking with almond flour and other grain free recipes.    As someone who loves to bake but has been…

Spiced Cashews with Rosemary

Spiced Cashews with Rosemary

Snacks & Sweets

I just saw a note in the corner of my screen and it was from Wordpress wishing me a Happy 1 year blogging anniversary!   I had totally forgotten.  But Yay!   1 year. Here is a great recipe to share with you today as we are in the thick of the Holiday Season.  This is the perfect thing to bring to holiday parties.   It only takes about 20 minutes tops- and 15 of those minutes are the nuts baking so you can do something else...like take a quick shower. I prefer this with just Cashews because I think they taste better and looked nicer,  but they were good with mixed nuts too.   I am a little ticked at myself for not…

Lemon Blueberry Cake

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

Eric and I have been talking about building a vegetable garden since we moved into this house about a year and a half ago and the weekend to start was finally here.   Our friend was remodeling a deck so Eric picked up the old redwood decking and we were ready to begin.   Now when I say "we", I really mean Eric.  At this point with only thing I have done is watch.   Watch him rake the land and create a level spot, watch him saw wood, watch him hammer,  and really, I stopped watching after a short time and went on to do other stuff.  But I am so appreciative and am lucky to have such a willing husband!! …

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Appetizers & Sides,Baked Goods,Lunch & Dinner,Snacks & Sweets

Last week I looked in my pantry and I noticed a glass canister full of Chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour that had sat there unused for a while and I wasn't sure what to do with it.   I have added some of it to cookie recipes and other baked goods but was not happy with the flavor.  And I didn't feel like making falafals.   So I googled "chickpea flour" and what I found was Farinata (aka Cecina or Socca).   I am half Italian and spent a year studying in Italy but I (shamefully) had never heard of Farinata, which is a chickpea flour flat bread.    It was in.   A naturally gluten free flatbread was right up my alley.  I feel…

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Appetizers & Sides,Snacks & Sweets

Last night Eric and I watched an interesting segment on 60 Minutes  called "Is Sugar Toxic."   It was a great program and I encourage you  to listen to the new scientific studies about what sugar is doing to our bodies.    To see the program, click  here.   The science shows that sugar feeds cancer cells, leads to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.    The non-fat craze of the 1990's led to a big increase in sugar consumption because in order to make the non-fat foods taste better, companies added sugar.   In one week many of us are consuming the same amount of sugar that our ancestors would eat over the course of one year!  And the diseases…

Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

I am a chocolate girl, dark chocolate that is.   I was going to try to have a chocolate recipe days ago, in time for Valentines Day but I am just not that organized.   I have actually spent the better part of the last week and a half on the couch with my son who is not feeling  well.   It's been rough seeing our little guy in pain. But if I have to watch another Max & Ruby or Dinosaur Train show I am likely to go mad.   I had to take a break and get a little baking done.    The Trailhead Children's Museum is having a bake sale this weekend and these yummy biscotti will be on the…

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

  Do you ever see a recipe and you just have to try it immediately?!?  Well,  that how it was for me when I saw this recipe.   I changed a lot of the ingredients, of course, but they came out so yummy!  For the fat, I used melted coconut oil and for the flour I used a mix of whole wheat pastry and almond flour.  I like to experiment with various flours and almond flour is packed with nutrients.  I also used 2 different types of sugar but you don't have to.   I try to use more natural and nutrient dense ingredients when I can. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:49]      

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