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CHOCOLATE CHIP PUMPKIN COOKIES

9 Oct

  

It’s officially pumpkin season!! That means pumpkin lovers are in for a treat this month. These cookies were chewy and delicious..plus they melt in your mouth so wonderfully when they are straight out of the oven😛 These are lower in sugar compared to other recipes, and are dairy free! Have a great long weekend. 
Recipe: Yields 25-26 cookies

Step 1

2 cups light spelt flour (or whole wheat)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Step 2

1 cup organic pumpkin puree (from can)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp sea salt

Step 3

1 large organic cage free egg

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 organic coconut palm sugar

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand)

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In 3 separate bowls (one large bowl included), combine step 1 in a large bowl, then step 2 and 3 in two small bowls until well incorporated. Add step 2 and 3 into the large bowl and mix until well combined, then add chocolate chips and mix evenly.

Scoop 2 tbsp of the cookie batter on the baking sheet (or use a cookie scoop). Place cookies in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

When ready, allow the cookies to cool on the counter for 5 minutes. Devour when ready! These stay fresh in an air tight container on the counter for 1-2 days, however, they are best stored in the refrigerator. 

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN CANDY CUPS

31 Oct

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Happy Halloween everyone! if you’re looking for a healthier halloween treat, then these Chocolate Pumpkin Candy Cups are right up your alley. But hey, it’s halloween! So enjoy all the yummy candy you can find! Just don’t make yourself sick 🙂

Have a fun and safe evening!

Recipe: Makes 4-5 cups

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips/chunks (I used Enjoy life)
1/2 tsp organic coconut oil
Organic pumpkin puree (you can mix 1/3 cup of the puree with any sweetener of choice if you’d like)

Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl and melt in the microwave for 1 minute. The coconut oil helps with loosening the chocolate and making it smooth, since it’s dairy free.

When ready, pour about 1.5 tbsp of melted chocolate into the silicone cups, then drop about 1 tbsp of the pumpkin puree in the middle. Spread out the pumpkin until all edges are covered, then top with 1.5 tbsp of melted chocolate, or until the top is fully covered in chocolate.

Place cups in the freezer, they should form a hard shell in 10 minutes. You don’t want to leave them in for too long or they will be too hard to eat.

Devour when ready!

MAPLE PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST

19 Oct


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I love all things pumpkin, so when I came up with this French toast recipe, I was pretty excited, and also shocked about how quickly I inhaled them..they were that good! Some people don’t really enjoy French toast because of the eggy texture, and although this recipe contains 1 egg, you could also choose to omit it if you’d like 🙂 Enjoy your Sunday!

Recipe: serves 2

4 slices gluten free brown rice bread (I used Udi’s chia/flax seed bread)
1 large egg (optional)
1/3 cup organic pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp organic pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Coconut oil (for frying)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated, then place a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tsp coconut oil.

Soak individual bread slices in the pumpkin mix until all sides are evenly coated, then fry both sides for about 2 minutes until golden brown.

Serve and top with more maple syrup and coconut cream or topping of choice.

PUMPKIN BANANA COCONUT WAFFLES WITH POMEGRANATE

17 Oct


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Happy Friday guys! I’m slowly getting into my pumpkin phase again so I figured I’d start of with these healthy waffles! I made these a while back so I figured i’d recover these from the archives. These could serve 2-3 people, but feel free to go for the whole stack if you’re feeling brave 🙂 Have a great weekend! Recipe can be found here.

FROM PARIS WITH LOVE❤️

18 Feb

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Hey guys! I’m finally back from Paris, France, and boy I must say, words cannot describe how amazing my experience was, so instead I will describe it through pictures 🙂

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Basically, just like every country has it’s own monument that makes it well known, Paris is known for the eiffel tower, and of course you can’t go to Paris without going to the tower, because lets face it, no one might believe you lol. But I must say, the tower is so beautiful, majestic, and very intimidating. The best part about going to the eiffel tower was also getting to go inside! And to the very top!

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The view of the entire city from the top is amazing! There are three floors in the eiffel tower, and although it’s more convenient to take the elevator, it’s more fun taking the stairs! When coming down of course. You get to admire the detailing of the architecture as well as life size wax sculptures of people who were significant in making the tower what it is today. But of course, the best part of the eiffel tower is how beautiful it looks at night time!

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Look at it, and I hate to toot my own horn, but I believe I took a very nice shot 😉

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Now that the mesmerizing eiffel tower tour is completed, it’s time to explore the shopping scene. The famous Arc de Triomphe is the starting point for the Champs-Elysèes, which is a very popular street in Paris that has shopping malls, cabaret theatres, restaurants and cafes, bars and nightclubs, and so many more!

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Although the stores are quite pricey, you don’t have to go to the Champs for shopping purposes only! There are always street performances going on to keep you entertained, but for the most part, it’s a beautiful place to walk around, especially when you get to see the Arc de Triomphe 🙂

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Another thing Paris is known for is the rich history which is preserved in the museums. From the Louvre where the Mona Lisa resides, to The Château de Versailles where historical legends like Napoleon Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette resided. The picture above is a museum which honours the army heroes called Musée de L’Armée, but it’s most famous for housing Napoleons tomb.

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Versailles is huge! You need more than a day to cover everything, and you still have to go to the garden, which is another journey on its own, but totally worth it!

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And the Louvre, where I got to see the beautiful Mona lisa smirk hehehe. She is indeed famous, because it was difficult getting a picture with over a thousand people trying to get a picture of her.

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Ohh this cathedral was beautiful, you feel a sense of calmness and peace when you walk in, especially when you get to listen to the nuns sing. I also got a chance to pray 🙂

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And of course I cannot leave out the Notre Dame cathedral, it’s huge! Literally! But oh so beautiful.

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So here’s a fun story for you. On Valentine’s Day, I spent a few romantic seconds with this fellow at the Pére Lechaise cemetary. He is known as Victor Noir, who was a famous pianist and politician in the late 1800s. He died while playing Russian roulette and fell to the ground exactly the way it is depicted on his grave. Basically, the sculptor who made his statue made a little booboo by leaving a very questionable bump on his pants, which makes it look like he is happy to see you haha!

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Basically the myth is, if a woman rubs his feet, his *ahem* bump on his trousers, his heart, and kisses him on the lips, she will either get pregnant or find a soulmate within a year, and although I am not superstitious, I thought it was fun to try, but who knows? 😉

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If you are young and want to explore the nightlife, the bars on Bastille (on rue de la roquette and rue de la rappe) and the clubs on the champs-elysées are definitely worth checking out! Just be careful of the bastille area, it can get rowdy and there are a lot of pickpockets everywhere! The bars and clubs are also open until 6am for the most part, so don’t worry about having to get there too early.

And last but not least, you cannot go to Paris without indulging in the goodness of macaroons and crêpes. I mean this is a food blog after all right? 😉

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Nutella crêpes with vanilla ice cream and coffee liquor drizzle with toasted almonds and poached pear slices….yumland!

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The Ispahan macaroon. It’s a rose flavoured macaroon with scented rose flavoured cream, crunchy caramel nuggets and raspberries! So unique and delicious! The best place to get this is at Laduree on the champs-elysées, and you can even get some to go wrapped up in cute gift boxes.

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And that’s a wrap! After ten full days of fun, love, and adventure, and possibly ten extra pounds, I’m back to my reality of work, training, and cooking healthy recipes for your lovely faces! Paris was fun and I can’t wait to go back, but it definitely feels good to be back! I will start posting clean recipes tomorrow, god knows my body needs it!