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Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Mint Balls, in collaboration with Skinny Dipped.

Back at it again with the Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Mint Balls. This time they’re covered in dark chocolate and legit taste like an ungraded thin mint!

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Made these thin mint balls over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share! I’ve been so hangry lately and needed something with an extra punch. I took my favorite Skinny Dipped dark chocolate mint almonds and mixed them together with a bunch of other goodies (cashew butter, flax meal, manuka honey) and covered it with dark chocolate. I have a major sweet tooth and these have been keeping me real happy. Your tastebuds can thank me later.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup natural nut butter ( I used cashew butter)
  • 1/3 cup of ground flax seed
  • 3 tbsps crushed Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Mint Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Manuka honey
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or 1 whole dark chocolate bar

Directions:

  • Mix together 2 tbsp coconut oil and your nut butter together and microwave until melted and mixed well (45 seconds to a minute).
  • Mix together your nut butter mix, GF oats, manuka honey, crushed Skinny Dipped almonds, and flax seed. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Mix together 1 tsp coconut oil and dark chocolate chips (or broken up chocolate bar) and place in the microwave and let melt for 1 minute. Mix until smooth.
  • Take your cashew balls and cover them in the melted dark chocolate and place back on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. Devour!


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Peachy Raspberry Probiotic Cake, in collaboration with Lifeway Kefir

Meet me on the patio for some peachy, raspberry, probiotic filled cake.

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If you’re new around here then you must know that my one and only resolution this year was to bake more often. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen but following a baking recipe felt like listening to a long lecture in school. Snooze, snore, get me outta there! I tried baking so many times and decided to just stick to things that didn’t require baking soda/powder (because I honestly couldn’t tell you the difference). But this was my year to change that! Six months into 2019 and I’m feeling pretty good about #whatrobinbakes.

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In a lot of my baked goods you’ll see Lifeway Kefir products. Their kefir is a great substitute for milk and their kefir cups are perfect as a substitute for greek yogurt. In this peachy cake above I used Lifeway Organic Natural Kefir Cup and I’m so glad I did! Click the link in my bio or swipe up in my stories for the recipe. Your patio table needs this cute cake sitting on top!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons Lifeway Organic Natural Kefir Cup
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 peache, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup rasberries
  • Mixed seeds (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) *optional

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees. Line an 8-inch circular cake pan, or square pan, with parchment paper.
  • Beat the kefir cup, butter, and coconut sugar together until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat until eggs are well mixed.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until combined, don’t over mix! Transfer batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Arrange the peach slices how you’d like on top of the batter. Arrange the raspberries over the top of the cake and sprinkle with seed mixture.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven. Springy to touch and golden brown around the edges.
  • Let cool slight before serving!

How do you feel about baking? Have any tips that I should know about? Have you tried baking with Lifeway Kefir? Cheers!


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Seedy, Chocolate, & Raspberry Gluten Free Blondies, in collaboration with Driscoll’s

My afternoon snack just became better because of YOU.

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A few days ago on my stories I asked what should I make with Driscoll’s berry of the month, raspberries, and a number of you said raspberry blondies. Light bulb, what a killer idea! These seedy, chocolate, and raspberry grain free blondies were in the oven shortly after and they are more perfect than I could have imagined. Run, don’t walk, to the kitchen to make this afternoon, midnight, any time of day treat asap!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Driscoll’s organic raspberries
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened nut milk
  • Juice from 1 medium size lemon
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 + 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 + 1/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds (chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, any seeds!)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, nut milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt. Mix in almond flour, seeds, gluten free flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips, adding a tiny splash more milk if it looks too dry
  • Transfer mixture to a sprayed square baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  • Press the Driscoll’s raspberries into the batter just before baking.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden brown on top.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into squares and devouring!

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Banana, Butternut Squash, and Chai Spiced Cake. In collaboration with Flora Healthy

Whoever said you can’t eat cake for breakfast (or lunch and dinner) hasn’t tried my banana, butternut squash, and chai spiced cake topped with a Flora Healthy manuka honey peanut butter frosting. 🤯🍯

Been eating this cake for any meal the last few days and it’s been the best idea. It’s packed with goodies like bananas, butternut squash, and most importantly Flora Healthy manuka honey. Manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits. In fact, it has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay, and improving digestive issues. 👏🏼  Head over to florahealth.com to get yourself a jar (or two) of Flora Healthy’s manuka honey and don’t forget to use “honey15” to receive 15% off your manuka honey purchase. Now who’s ready for CAKE?! #BeFloraHealthy #ManukaHoney

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Cake:

  • cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large bananas ripe
  • 1/4 cup mashed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir yogurt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 scoops vanilla chai lactation powder

Frosting:

  • 1 cup powder peanut butter
  • 1/2 -1 cup nut milk (may need more or less depending on your desired consistency)
  • 3 tablespoons Flora Healthy manuka honey

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray an 8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Whisk together the pastry flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl, set aside.
  • Using an immersion blender, combine the bananas, butternut squash, kefir yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and egg. Blend until smooth and pour the blended wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk well until combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely in the pan before frosting.
  • Make frosting by mixing the frosting ingredients together with a rubber spatula in a medium size bowl. Start by adding 1/2 cup nut milk and gradually add more until you’ve reached your desired frosting consistency.
  • Frost cake, decorate with unsweetened coconut flakes, vanilla coconut flakes, and dried banana.
  • Store frosted cake in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a week or freeze!

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Paleo Oreo Cake, YEP.

Paleo Oreo cake! Disclaimer: the cake is paleo, the frosting is not. BUT you can easily substitute this frosting for a paleo vanilla frosting.

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Oreo Cake:
* 2 cups raw minced sweet potato
* 1/4 cup coconut flour
* 2 large eggs
* 3/4 cup black cacao powder
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 1/2 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 cup coconut sugar
* 1 tablespoon vanilla
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
Frosting:
* 1/2 cup powder sugar
* 1/2 container vanilla frosting
* 1/4 cup vanilla probiotic smoothie
* 1 tsp vanilla
Directions:
* Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of two 6″ spring form cake pans with rounds of parchment paper. Spray the pan first with nonstick cooking spray for the parchment paper to stick.
* Mince sweet potatoes in a food processor. Then add in all ingredients for the cake and mix until smooth. You can add everything to a blender to make the cake smoother but I was pressed for time.
* Divide batter in-between the two cake pans and bake on 350 F for 50 minutes.
* While the cake is baking, combine frosting ingredients in a medium size bowl and whisk together until smooth. * Remove cake from the oven and let cool completely before frosting. Try not to eat all the frosting before the cake is finished, this was rough for me. Enjoy!


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#BerryTogether in collaboration with Driscoll’s Berry and the feedfeed

Sharing food with my family is one of my favorite acts. The time spent cooking my heart out in the kitchen is always worth it when I see the joy on everyones face after each bite.

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I wish you could have seen the look on my mother-in-laws face after she took her first bite of this Sangria Berry Crumble. It made my heart so happy to see her enjoy her birthday dessert as much as she did! Joel loved it too which is huge because he’s not a sweets guy (except for boxed brownies). I used a combination of Driscoll’s berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, and topped the warm crumble with french vanilla ice cream. Click the link in my bio or swipe up in my stories for the recipe! Or you can simply invite me to your next party and I’ll gladly make this for you

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Sangria Berry Crumble:

  • 6 ounces Driscoll’s blueberries
  • 6 ounces Driscoll’s blackberries
  • 6 ounces Driscoll’s raspberries
  • 12 ounces Driscoll’s strawberries, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 lime, juice and zested
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons red wine, I used Malbec

Oat crumble:

  • 1 1/3 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I usually add more!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • French vanilla ice cream for serving, diary or non dairy

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 F. 
  • Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add all the Driscoll’s berries to the baking dish and toss in the lime zest and juice with a silicon spatula. Wish together the coconut sugar, gluten free flour and pink salt and then mix into the fruit mixture. Sprinkle this over the fruit and gently toss. Allow this to sit for 10 minutes. Drizzle the red wine and fresh orange juice over top.

Oat crumble:

  • Combine the oats, coconut sugar, flour, cinnamon and pink salt in a large bowl. Mix in the softened butter and combine thoroughly. 
  • Add in the vanilla extract and combine. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over top of the fruit. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the crumble on top is golden.
  • Let cool slightly before serving, you still want it to be warm when eating. Serve with french vanilla ice cream (or chocolate peanut butter if you’re feeling wild like me). Enjoy!


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Sprouts Grocery Haul

Farmers market, grocery store, online grocery shopping, I love it all! There’s something so therapeutic about grocery shopping. Making my list, checking it twice, and creating yummy recipes with the food I purchase is one of my favorite past times.

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Moving to San Diego brought us closer to a grocery store I haven’t explored in a long time. Sprouts is walking distance from us and that made me super excited to discover new items that other grocery stores might not have. Like my all time favorite vegan vanilla protein powder and a giant jar of peanut butter (#priorities). Fun fact: In college my best friend Erika and I would go to Sprouts after class to order a PB&J before the gym. Who does that?!

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Scroll my Sprouts grocery haul and get shopping!

Fresh Fruits and Veggies- We love ALL of their fresh produce. We’ve never had a problem with their produce rotting too quick and Sprouts has killer sales! Here’s a few of our favorites:

  • Bananas
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • Persimmons
  • Blackberries
  • Pears (Joel’s favorite)
  • Cucumbers
  • Kabocha squash (my favorite)
  • Living butter lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Zima tomatoes
  • Red yams
  • Purple sweet potatoes
  • Japanese sweet potatoes (my favorite)
  • 1 lb bag carrots
  • Butternut squash spirals

Meat:

  • Lean ground beef/ Grass fed beef
  • Chicken breast stir fry
  • Lamb (my favorite)

Bakery:

  • Izzio sourdough bread
  • Locally made corn tortillas
  • Angelic Bakehouse hamburger buns
  • Canyon Gluten Free bread, bagels
  • Food For Life sprouted tortillas
  • Sprouts oatmeal

Dairy/Nondairy:

  • Lifeway Farmer cheese
  • Siggis yogurt, plain and coconut
  • Nancy’s probiotic yogurt
  • Nancy’s probiotic cream cheese
  • GTS Cocoyo
  • Good Karma Flax Eggnog
  • Ripple vanilla half & half
  • Ripple unsweetened original/vanilla (my favorite)
  • Chino Valley Ranchers egg whites
  • Sprouts cage free eggs
  • Kitehill Strawberry vegan cream cheese
  • Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese
  • Miyoko’s vegan butter

Drinks:

  • GTS Kombucha (gingerade & cayenneade)
  • Zevia, Cream soda

Condiments/Snack:

  • Seaweed snacks (Joel’s favorite)
  • Sprouts Kale Chips, Ranch
  • Late July chips, Nacho Chipotle & Jalapeño
  • Late July salsa
  • Brad’s Cheddar veggie chips
  • Justin’s creamy peanut butter, Large jar
  • Lovegrown Lion Loops and Chocolate Comet Crispies
  • Pretzel Slims (Joel’s favorite)
  • Black Garlic Hope Hummus
  • Jalapeno hot sauce, Siete
  • Better Bean Co, better refried beans
  • Sprouts Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder

Frozen:

  • Halo Top frozen dessert, Mint and Chip, PB & J
  • Enlightened ice cream, Butter Pecan, Chocolate PB, Monkey Bussiness
  • O’My dairy free gelato
  • Amy’s frozen pizza