Why hello there!
I am so excited to share with you maybe my favorite cookie recipe yet. I really don't make much cookies. But when I do, I like them to be sort of fluffy and always soft & chewy. I'm not a hard, crunchy cookie type person. So if thats what your looking for, this will not be for you. Just a heads up. ;)
So back to my magical cookies. There once was a place in L.A. that I actually worked at, and lived very close to... Called Mani's Bakery. It probably was the first place I ever learned about anything to do with healthy food. Cause believe me, I had no idea. Your girl used to eat at In n Out and other fast food spots more than once a day. And I could take down a 2 liter of Mountain dew with no help needed. Pretty bad. Which is why it's strange, but good that I am where I am now. A person who can't even handle a normal amount of sugar? Craziness right ? I really can't. My heart starts beating so fast. Now back to Mani's. This place was so popular. Let me tell you. I waited on so many famous people. SO MANY. It was the perfect place! It had a whole section on the menu that was vegan. And that could be made vegetarian. And another half that was not vegan. ALL of it was healthy. They even had separate kitchens in the back for the veg. part and non veg. part. So awesome. But what probably was the coolest was that vegans & non vegans a like could come to a place & enjoy their own food together and all of it was healthy!
The other awesome part was their bakery section. After all it was called Mani's Bakery.
They had these beautiful cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and more. So good. They were all not sweetened with sugar too. Instead they used fruit juice. So awesome. Very sad this place isn't there anymore. It's still in my dreams <3 And I'll continue to talk about how awesome it was and hopefully someday it'll reappear :)
Ok. So thanks to Mani's. I got inspired yesterday to make a cookie without sugar, butter & eggs. I think thats why I don't bake that much. It seems impossible sometimes to avoid those things. Well what will I replace it with, etc? I have the answers here for you my people! Ok.
1 cup Sugar = 1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup butter or oil = 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg = 1 flax or chia egg (1 tbsp. flax or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water)
Kapeesh? THAT'S IT. Now the world is yours! Go ahead and make some stuff!
These cookies I made tasted like a soft fluffy cookie/muffin. So good. Please try it!
THE DAILY KALE'S CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
DIRECTIONS : chocolate sauce
So I have this rule.
Anything I make in my kitchen that is a dessert.... Has to be healthy. And I don't mean just saying like, Ohh I didn't use refined sugar so it's okay. Ahem, no. I have some food rules. That is for sure. As in... I don't ever have anything but whole wheat flour products. Never will I eat white rice, or white pasta, etc. I'm a stickler. And there is more to it also than just being 'whole wheat'. MEH, that is a whole other post. Haha. Bottom line read your ingredients before you buy. And I have completely gone off on a tangent haven't I ! Geez. OK. Back to what I was saying about my desserts are super healthy. Almost to the point where I will jeopardize the consistency of what that specific dessert is supposed to be like. But hey- it still tastes great and has way less bad stuff! Like these bad boy muffins.
I wanted muffins badly yesterday morning. But no, I'm not gonna put a huge amount of sugar and maple syrup or whatever. I think thats crazy and unnecessary. So I don't do it! And by the way- the boyfriend loved them. SO thats alright, alright, alright then!
THE DAILY KALE'S LEMON POPPY SEED MUFFINS
I don't know about you... but I really love creating. When I say that, I mean it in all aspects. But obviously creating recipes. If your not into it, I hope you'll at least try it out. I'm not noe of those people who sit back and just let others create for me and go about my business. No no. My business is creating. I LOVE IT. I love art in all forms. But now on to what this post is really about. The post title is REAL. and I'm about to let you in on it. I have been loving banana bread for not very long, I'll admit. I love morning pastries & donuts, don't get me wrong. But I've never ventured into the banana bread realm really. Never sounded great or bad. But I tried a vegan/gluten free banana bread recently and was blown away. It was however, kinda dry & way to sweet for my liking. ( I really don't like sweet stuff that much.) If you've read my dessert recipes before, I'm pretty sure you understand that. So look, if you love sugar, then this might not be for you. But it is FOR ME. And that is why, I do this. Cause I'm sick of having to go with the normal recipes for desserts & cakes, etc that ALWAYS have sugar, coconut sugar, blah blah, loads of agave. NO! I'm putting an end to this. Because to me, it's excessive. Like bananas are sweet enough, are they not? Call me crazy- but um, a banana is freaking sweet. I have seen people dip bananas in sugar and I am BAFFLED AT WHY they do this. Totally unnecessary. And I grew up drinking gallons of Mnt. Dew, so believe me- it has nothing to do with anything else besides, I guess, your taste buds. But hey- my heart does not like a lot of sweets all at once. And when I say sweets, I mean like 1 banana in my smoothie- yeah, thats right. I put only half. I get shaky. Sugar is crack ya'll! Lol. On that note, heres a lovely recipe for banana bread ;) No but really, in all seriousness. I'm proud of this recipe :) No added sugar. Just good ole' natural sugar. Like bananas and maple syrup & dark cacao nibs:)
CHOCOLATE WALNUT BANANA BREAD
And THEN... E N J O Y.
I will be enjoying this today, yes. But even more so for breakfast with some coffee. MHMMMM.
Hello & Happy Friday~
For some of you this means the weekend, whoo hop! For me, not so much. Haha. I'm a server, most of you know this. So my work schedule is basically opposite of the the normal. But it works for me so I am able to pursue my career in acting! Now anyway, need to focus on what this post is really about. And thats about the challenge I'm launching for all of you & myself. Sometimes we find ourselves in a rut, and feel like something needs to change. At least for me thats currently how I feel, and I think it always goes back to nutrition and exercise. Which there has kinda been a big lack there of in both departments for me, not gonna lie. I always keep it 'healthy'. But Not really in the tip top shape I'd like to be in. I would love to invite you to join me in my green eating adventure. #TheDailyKale challenge does not mean you have to eat kale everyday. Although I don't find that a problem ;) haha. I just feel like sometimes I don't get enough veggies in. If your still hungry after eating a meal, and realize you didn't really have any veggies or clean food, then thats probably why your still hungry and not satisfied, or not feeling that great. I feel awesome when I eat my quinoa bowls. It's pretty much a great balanced meal. And having green smoothies, and my cacao truffles. All of that yummy clean food. You can't feel bad about it, because it's not bad. So I would LOVE FOR YOU to join me in my attempt of becoming even greener. I will give you an example of what you could possibly eat in a day. I understand some of you are not vegan, and thats fine, so whatever I write, just opt for your particular (hopefully organic and clean) protein of choice instead. And on instagram if you post a photo of your beautiful clean meal & or of you & your favorite veggie, please #thedailykale so I can see it :)
*In addition to this green clean eating , I am upping my exercise also. I think we all have different goals & like to do different things for workout. And thats awesome. I do like to write down my workout plan for the week and check it off like a to do list once I've completed it. I feel really happy when I wrote a goal down and get to check it off. It could be just as simple as writing down: Tuesday, walk 3 miles. And then checking it off after :) You should try it. Get outside or in the gym, do something fun, just get out there and be active. Keep yourself healthy!
Sample Plan for #TheDailyKale Challenge (But anything works, just get those veggies in! Thats the real point)
Quinoa Bowl : Could consist of Black beans, quinoa, kale, topped with purple cabbage, and cashew cheese or pesto
Snacks: Nuts, fruit, Green Smoothie
Oh and drink tons of water! Like for real, a bunch :) Have a great weekend!
This is what happens when you have left over pumpkin. I think thats a problem (well not a problem) for all of us, because most recipes only need about 1/2 cup of pumpkin. And you've always got some pumpkin left over :) Muhaha. So then what next!? Well it was either pancakes this morning or muffins. And I decided I'd like to have muffins. Mainly because I had an idea for a recipe, and I have really cute baking cups I wanted to use :)
So these are fairly simple, I'd say. I do use some 'specialty products' I suppose. So you can always go for another option in return if you don't have that. No problem! Now go right ahead and bake these babies!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffs :
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 tbsp rolled oats
Pinch of Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Pumpkin Spice (Yes, I used them all.)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 cup almond milk (I love Almond Breeze)
1 Chia or Ground Flax Egg (( 1 tbsp Chia or Flax mixed with 3 tbsp. water))
+ 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (70% cacao or higher)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all of your wet ingredients in a small bowl.
Mix all of your dry ingredients in a larger mixing bowl.
Fold in your wet to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Then add in your dark chocolate chips! If you'd rather have raisins, or nuts instead, be your guest!
Place in your cute little baking cups or muffin baking dish, and fill in with spoon almost to the top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until you can put a tooth pick in and it comes out clean :) Enjoy!