Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Perfect Combo: Peaches & Pistachios

White Peach & Pistachio Granola

I haven’t made granola in a while, but having a snow day during my second week of work with nothing to do, this sounded like my best option. Plus, I’d have a delicious snack come the rest of the week. I went to Trader Joe’s for the first time and found dried peaches when I was looking for mangoes. They’re so delicious. I also had pistachios from the move and naturally White Peach & Pistachio Granola evolved. Toss in some nutmeg and viola! The perfect cold weather snack.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Apple Pie in a Bowl

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I wanted something that was filling, healthy but still sweet for breakfast. I saw a recipe for this apple pie oatmeal on Instagram. Why not slowly detox from the Holidays? The chia seeds and oatmeal add substance and protein, while the apples add fiber and vitamin C, and we’ll all need some extra vitamin C to combat the cold and flu season upon us. Another tasty way to transform an ordinary bowl of oatmeal to Apple Pie Oatmeal.

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Local Finds, Low Sugar, Side, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Awesomely Easy Applesauce

IMG_5107If you were like me and bought apples at local orchards and leave with a gorgeous bag of fresh apples, you’ve probably already tackled apple chips or apple crisp — what’s left? Homemade applesauce. Yummm. Even better, take that applesauce one step further and add ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins. The cinnamon and cooking apples make your kitchen smell oh-so-inviting. I can honestly say I’ve never made applesauce from scratch before, and I expected a labor-intensive and arduous afternoon. I encountered quite the opposite. Using a food processor cut down on chopping time, and the apples cooked much faster than I anticipated. In fact, this was quite simple. The flavors from apple pie or crisp are all there. Use this Spiced Applesauce with Golden Raisins as a delicious substitute for a dessert, garnish with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have a healthier, yet deliciously tasty dessert or eat the applesauce plain and have a simple snack Continue reading “Awesomely Easy Applesauce”

Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Lightened Up, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Beautifully Baked Bite-Size Donuts

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When I think of apple cider donuts, I think of trips to Wallingford’s Orchard to pick apples and grab a perfectly hot and sticky-sweet donut for the road (or for the walk home to my old house). As good as Wallingford’s are, sometimes you need something homemade, not fried, and readily at hand, not a drive away. Recipe taken from The Friendly Fig, these Mini Apple Cider Donuts are delectably delicious, and they’re bite-size — even better!  They’re sure to delight and be an instant crowd pleaser. Just be sure to enjoy them fresh out of the oven for the full effect. Continue reading “Beautifully Baked Bite-Size Donuts”

Entrée, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Positively Pumpkin “Pasta”

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Mmmm, more pumpkin recipes. Sounds like fall to me. In honor of Meatless Monday, here’s a pumpkin recipe to satisfy your pumpkin cravings in a not-so-sweet, but savory way and tackles a meatless meal. This Creamy Pumpkin Sauce is originally served over ravioli, but I love spaghetti squash just as much (maybe even more, which is saying a lot!). This sauce would also deliciously pair with pasta, tortellini or just over sautéed vegetables for a meal or side. Next on the agenda: to try this with plain almond milk instead of half & half. Either way, this pumpkin sauce tastes savory and creamy — without being too rich — and is a refreshingly different fall dish.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Not-Your-Average Pumpkin Bread for Breakfast

IMG_4638 This might replace my chia seed breakfast bowl. Ok, maybe not, but at least this way I’m still getting my pumpkin fix. “Dress up” your oatmeal, while transitioning to fall and into October with this Pumpkin Bread Oatmeal. The “caramelized” banana is a trick to add a natural sweetener to any dish courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katieand is definitely a trick I’ll keep in my recipe box. I would’ve never thought to heat the banana to bring out its natural sugar to use it as a sweetener — it’s absolutely brilliant.  (Watch out, sugar! Not sure when I’ll be needing you again.) Add the caramelized banana to the pumpkin bread oatmeal, and I now have a breakfast to look forward to during these cold mornings in Maine. Continue reading “Not-Your-Average Pumpkin Bread for Breakfast”

Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin Spice Pick-Me-Up

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I love all things pumpkin, so naturally I just made this pumpkin spice latte to cheer up my dreary, rainy day of studying in Maine. I’m sure you’ve had the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks — it’s sweet, rich and full of that pumpkin flavor. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s a tad too sweet and a bit rich, even though I love how delicious the flavors are. I found a recipe on Pinterest for a copycat PSL, when searching for ideas to transition into fall; this Almond Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte version seemed worth a try.  The key to this drink is to froth the pumpkin-almond milk mixture before serving to get that perfect latte consistency. (“Frothing” almond milk beforehand also seems like a great idea to create a non-diary and just plain latte. New idea for a latte recipe?)  This almond milk pumpkin spice latte is the perfect cold weather pick-me-up — yum!

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Bite-size “Granola” Bars

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I could eat these Craisin Walnut Energy Bites all in one sitting. They’re so good. Why have I been buying store-bought granola or energy bars all this time? These are just under 90 calories a bite and about 180-270 calories per serving (depending if 2 or 3 bites is a serving). While it’s not that much difference calorie-wise for a commercial energy or granola bar, what is different is that you know exactly what goes into these energy bites: nuts, dried fruit and oats. No added sugar. No preservatives. Nothing you don’t want. Sounds like a perfect pre- or post-work out snack, right? I can’t wait to experiment with new nut, dried fruit and spice combinations. These craisin walnut energy bites are definitely a recipe you must try!

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