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Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars {gluten free}

spiced cherry pecan granola bars

Earlier this week, I was in the mood to bake. It had been way too long since I made any sort of fun new granola bar, and I wanted something I could enjoy as an easy snack in the afternoon. A little while later, and a new creation was born: Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly, too! Continue Reading …

Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie

chocolate cherry espresso smoothie

Now that the weather is getting really hot in DC, I’ve found myself craving smoothies again. But here’s the problem – I’ve just come back from an early a.m. run., and I want caffeine, but I also need to refuel. What to do? Introducing my new favorite: Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie. Continue Reading …

Summer Artichoke & Pesto Pasta Salad

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Hello, my friends! We interrupt your regularly scheduled Italy adventure recaps for a recipe. :) Introducing my new hot weather favorite: Summer Artichoke & Pesto Pasta Salad! Served cold, preferably with some fruit, salad, or maybe some Prosecco on the side. Yep, I still have Italy on the brain, clearly. Continue Reading …

Almond Butter Stuffed Vanilla Coconut French Toast

almond butter stuffed french toast

French Toast is probably my most favorite breakfast ever. Anyone else? I was craving it this morning, but considering it was Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. and I didn’t really want to end up in a sugar coma by 9, I decided to come up with a still delicious but no sugar added version for breakfast. Introducing: Almond Butter Stuffed Vanilla Coconut Continue Reading …

A Quick and Easy Breakfast Idea

quick and easy breakfast

Hello friends! Today I want to share one of my favorite really quick and easy breakfasts as of late. Continue Reading …

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Salad

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As you guys know, I’m not really into recipes that take longer than about 15 minutes to prepare. I finally hit the grocery store for provisions last night, but yesterday at lunch time I was staring into our (almost empty) fridge and spied some sweet potatoes. In the cabinet, we had black beans and quinoa. And thus this simple and easy recipe was Continue Reading …

Banana Nut Quinoa Muffins

banana nut quinoa muffins

We have an abundance of fun flours in our apartment right now – quinoa flour, almond flour, coconut flour, whole wheat pastry flour – you name it, I’ve got it. Apparently I got a little overzealous at Whole Foods the other day. That said, it was time to put some of that flour to good use. Introducing Banana Nut Quinoa Muffins – delicious Continue Reading …

{All That’s Missing is the} Tropical Island Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie

Given that it’s March, my Vitamix blender hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately. It’s been sitting, sad and unused, in one of our cabinets since about November when the weather turned cold. Until yesterday, that is, when the DC area got another beautiful taste of spring. Continue Reading …