boxed everything but the topping brownies

S'Mores Brownies

on weekends i spend precious time
thinking up ways to keep myself and dw fed,
not just for breakfast, or lunch or dinner,
but more importantly,
for dessert.
i also think about what i can
make in bulk that can be repeat meals
for the work week.
all of this thinking is usually
before i get out of bed on saturday
to pick up the week’s CSA stash.
inevitably things fall to the wayside —
we go out for a meal
or two
i get distracted with a book
or a craft
or snuggling.
so i give myself permission to make a
boxed item.
because yolo.

S'Mores Brownies

this isn’t a recipe,
this is what i did for 1 hour on saturday
before sitting my ass down to some Olympic viewing.

i saw this sexy beast last week,
i knew it had to be in my life.
i pulled a few things together,
and shit, i got it done.

for the from scratch recipe, go to
the beach house kitchen

i used an entire box of smoreables graham crackers + 5 TBL melted coconut oil + scant 1/4 cup coconut sugar + healthy dash of cinnamon
i used namaste brownie mix, under baking it at 20 minutes, instead of the bake time of 35-40 min.
i made king arthur’s marshmallow fluff

have a great week friends!

S'Mores Brownies

3 years ago: vietnamese vermicelli noodle bowl
2 years ago: dairy free blueberry swirl muffins
1 year ago: summer salsa

homemade chocolate covered chocolate popsicles

homemade chocolate covered popsicles

it’s full swing olympics right now
which means there’s a lot of
dw yelling from the living room:
GO! GO! GO! GO!
and me in the kitchen yelling:
WHAT’S GOING ON?!
in the end
we’re both exhausted
and we have no medals to show for it.
except we have these popsicles.
no one’s gonna write headlines about it
but it’s a small comfort to know
that magnums can now be reintroduced
back into my diet.
Lactose-Free Gold, y’all.

homemade chocolate covered popsicles

homemade chocolate covered chocolate popsicles
inspired and adapted from the beaming baker
makes 10

*note: this can totally be vegan, if you want to use up two cans of coconut milk or some vegan yogurt. i only had one can of coconut milk and i had kefir hanging out to be used. next time i make this i’ll make fancy custard base, cus i do what i want.

chocolate ice cream:
½ cup raw cashews
the fat from 1 can full-fat coconut milk
pure maple syrup, amount to your sweetness liking
healthy splash of vanilla extract
1 TBL cocoa powder
1 shot of strong black coffee (optional)
whole milk kefir
healthy pinch of salt

chocolate coating:
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup maple syrup

optional topping:
crushed almonds, though i think crushed peanuts would be better but i forgot to pick some up

morning of: soak cashews in some water. put can of coconut milk in fridge. go about your day.

afternoon of: drain cashews and put in vitamix. take out the cold can of coconut milk, flip upside down, open and pour out the liquid. save it for soup or whatever. scoop out the fatty coconut milk and add it to the vitamix. pour in the kefir milk till it’s about 3 cups (so scientific i know, but you never know much fatty stuff you’re gonna get out of the cans, it varies!) add in the maple syrup, cocoa powder and shot of coffee, as well as the vanilla and salt. vitamix the shit of it, until very smooth and creamy, you might need to scrape down the side but you’re aiming for a very smooth consistency.

pour into popsicle molds, don’t go all the way to the top though, give it some room. if you need to, top off with more kefir. lid, add sticks and put in freezer.

allow to freeze over night, or in my case, 1 week.

when ready, take the pops out about 10-15 minutes before dipping, to thaw them. if needed, run under tap water.

have a cookie tray lined with wax/parchment/freezer paper ready.

in a bowl mix the coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup together until thoroughly combined. pour the liquid into a shallow pan, i used a pie pan. one by one dip the popsicles into the chocolate mixture, work fast as the cold ice cream will freeze the coconut chocolate quickly. sprinkle with chopped nuts if using.

lay the popsicles onto the prepared cookie sheet and then put back in the freezer to firm up.

or you can treat your patient husband to a treat while he watches the olympics.

BAM!

homemade chocolate covered popsicles

3 years ago: 2 ingredient chocolate mousse
2 years ago: blueberry pie smoothie
1 year ago: thai popsicles

Raw Blueberry Coconut Tart + Nut Crust

Raw Blueberry Coconut Tart + Nut Crust

it’s reached a point in the season
where sometimes i wonder if it’s cooler
outside or inside.
i broke down earlier in the month
and turned the ac on.
some mornings it’s still hovering at the
upper 60sF (approx. 16C, fyi)
and i’m chilled.
dw loves it,
reminds him of upstate.
around this time of year
we trek out to do some blueberry picking.
we try to go first thing in the morn,
before the sun is at its strongest,
before the crowds.
dw loves blueberries,
it’s his favorite,
and we managed to pick 5lbs
opening weekend.
an ode to these summer jewels
and still on the no gluten and dairy kick
i made this tart.
best chilled,
topped with even more fresh berries,
and so good for breakfast
or tea
or dessert.
happy summer!

Raw Blueberry Coconut Tart + Nut Crust

raw blueberry coconut tart + nut crust (gluten free & vegan)
inspired and loosely adapted from the bojon gourmet
serves 6-8

*note: i did roast the hazelnuts to get rid of the skins and to sweeten them but it’s optional. so technically, this isn’t fully raw… also, hazelnuts have a stronger flavor and you want to strike a balance where it doesn’t overwhelm everything else. aim for maybe 1/4 hazelnuts and the rest cashews and almond, or whatever nuts you want.

crust:
1 1/2 cups of nuts: i used a combo of cashews, almonds and hazelnuts, quantities of each are up to you
1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
2 TBL scant maple syrup
pinch of salt

filling:
230 grams raw cashews, soaked in boiled water for 1 hour
2 TBL finely ground chia seed
scant 1/2 cup maple syrup, depending on how sweet your berries are
zest from 1 lemon
juice of said 1 lemon
pinch fine sea salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
5-6 basil leaves, optional
about a cup of blueberries, washed

topping/side:
BLUEBERRIES, amount to your heart’s desire

Raw Blueberry Coconut Tart + Nut Crust

to make the crust: in a food processor add the nuts and coconut flakes with the pinch of salt. blitz until it’s ground to your preference. i went for finely ground. drizzle in maple syrup and process till the nuts start to clump. dump the mixture into pan with removable bottom tart pan, i used a rectangle one but an 8-9″ pan would be fine. press the mixture along the sides and bottom. set aside or chill in fridge while you make filling.

to make the filling: soak the cashews in hot water for an hour, or in cool water overnight. drain and rinse the nuts. in a vitamix add the softened cashews with the blueberries, along with the finely ground chia seed, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice, along with the water, coconut oil, pinch of salt and basil leaves, if using. blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed. pour mixture into crust and use a spatula or off set spatula to smooth the top as desired. the mixture will be thick. cover and chill overnight.

serve with fresh berries.

(will keep, covered, for a few days.)

Raw Blueberry Coconut Tart + Nut Crust

BAM!

3 years ago: baked yeast s’mores donuts
2 years ago: 3 veggie dumplings in spicy sauce
1 year ago: meringue cups + mango curd

Raspberry-Coconut Chia Pudding

Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding

somehow we find ourselves
smack dab in the middle of june
ridiculously tangled up with
the Whole30 diet.
it seemed like the right time:
our csa started
nuria moved back to ca
it’s the month before our beach vacation

i’m not going to paint a pretty –
or ugly – picture.
it’s not painful,
we just don’t like being limited
and we miss the rice and bread and pasta acutely
but the guidelines are pretty in line with
our lifestyle already.
except for the coffee + sugar + creamer
and cereal
and sweets
ok. fine. whatever,
this isn’t the funnest.
but it’s not dire either.

since we’re not kick starting summer
with the usual smoothies
i needed to come up with something
equally delightful & cooling.
enter the chia pudding phenom.
it’s everywhere, chia seeds is the new kale.
and like, kale,
i really like chia seeds.

Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding>

raspberry-coconut chia pudding
makes enough for 2

*note: chia seed is technically compliant to Whole30 but it should be consumed judiciously so i’ve only made this twice, i’ll likely make it a few more times before the diet is over, and will definitely make it often this summer, using whichever berries and fruits are in season.
**note: made it recently with strawberries + lemon juice and it was ridiculously delightful.

1 very generous cup raspberries, fresh or thawed
3 TBL chia seeds
juice of half grapefruit
3-4 each raw almonds and cashews, rough chopped
3-4 TBL unsweetened dried coconut flakes
few sprigs of mint, chiffonade or torn

in a bowl place the raspberries in and with a fork smash them. they don’t have to be all smashed, texture is good. add in the juice of half grapefruit and the chia seeds. mix through so that chia seeds don’t clump. set aside for 30 minutes in the fridge, or overnight.

when ready to eat, divvy up in two dishes/cups/glasses/jars and top with the chopped nuts, coconut flakes and mint.

BAM!

Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding

3 years ago: crunchy celery salad
2 years ago: intense strawberry coconut ice cream & almond waffle bowls
1 year ago: cayenne chocolate ice cream

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

the mornings come lighter now,
this is not a lament,
it’s more of a fervent relief.
with the mild temps,
hovering anywhere from 35 to 60F,
there’s been an voracious hunger at first rise.
putting aside the cereal + kefir bowls
and not yet ready for the fruit smoothies,
this crumb cake appeases the stomach rumbles
while not leaving a heavy feeling in the pit.

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

pear-apple yogurt crumb cake (gf + df)
makes one 8″ round cake

loosely adapted from dolly and oatmeal

*note: a springfoam pan would be best but if you don’t have one, a simple cake pan is fine. i don’t have one and as long as you are careful with flipping the cake onto a plate and then flipping it again so that it’s crumb-side up, you’re good to go.

crumb topping
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 TBL coconut oil, melted
1 TBL grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup slivered almonds

cake
1 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup almond flour flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt, i usually use the so delicious brand
1 1/2 cups mixed peeled and cut apples and pears, with lemon juice mixed in to keep from browning

preheat the oven to 350°F

grease an 8″ pan & line the bottom with parchment paper

to make the crumb topping whisk together the almond meal, cinnamon & salt, pour in the coconut oil and maple syrup and mix until crumbly. throw in the almonds and mix to combine. set aside.

to make the cake, mix the dry ingredients, except for the sugar, in a large bowl. in a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and oil, add in the sugar and vanilla until mixed through. switching back & forth between the dry ingredients mixture and yogurt, add to the bowl until well incorporated. fold in half the apples & pears. pour batter into the prepared pan. with the remaining apples & pears sprinkle with sweet rice flour, which will absorb the excess fruit juice and keep fruits buoyed in the cake during baking. sprinkle floured fruits over top the cake. next, sprinkle the crumb topping over top the cake.

bake cake for 60 – 70 minutes, until a cake test inserted into the cake comes out clean. be diligent with checking for doneness around the hour mark.

remove from oven and place on a rack.

if using a springfoam pan, allow to cool completely and then remove sides of pan.

if using a regular pan, allow to cool sufficiently that you can handle the pan. place a plate over top of the pan, invert onto pan. invert again onto serving plate. try not to lose the crumb topping.

will keep for a week, well covered, in fridge.

BAM!

Pear-Apple Yogurt Crumb Cake (GF + DF)

3 years ago: i started morestomach 3 years ago this month!
2 years ago: we were on our honeymoon in thailand!
1 year ago: i didn’t do shit last year