I am completely in love with bananas and blueberries. I will literally put them in anything that I feel might need some banana, blueberry flavor. Haha. I add them to smoothies, shakes, breads, cereal and scrambled eggs. No, not scrambled eggs, but maybe I should try it! Eww..maybe not. Whenever my son gets a sweet tooth and it's too late for something else, I make one of these for him. They're so easy to make and soooo delicious! All you need is two frozen bananas, an entire container of fresh organic blueberries, about a cup and a half of almond milk, (homemade if possible, yum!) and two tablespoons of flaxseed meal. I use Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal, I personally think it tastes the best. I throw everything into my Vitamix and blend away. This will probably yield you about 3 medium-sized servings. It will leave you wanting more, but this is not a meal although sometimes I wish it could be! Because I make this often, I try to keep about 6-7 frozen peeled bananas in the freezer, and I usually put the blueberries in the freezer for about 10 minutes to have the freeze up a bit. So there's my story about the BBF smoothie(Banana, Blueberry, Flax). I think it has become my BFF!
Homemade Coffee Creamer
Now, I'm not much of a coffee drinker but when I do indulge, I indulge! I'm known more like the lady who likes coffee with her creamer. Don't get me wrong, but I find my cup of joe delightful with the wonderful taste of creamy vanilla! But of course, I must try to watch what I put into my body, so make my own I must! I found an amazing "do it yourself" condensed coconut milk recipe. First and hardest step, done! I poured about 2 tablespoons of the condensed milk into a small mason jar(cute, right?), added a teaspoon of vanilla extract then topped it off with almond milk. You can store this in the fridge, and should last you about a week. You can use the rest of the condensed milk for any recipe that calls for condensed milk and it tastes delicious! Make sure you shake it before each use. Ahh, nothing like a cup of hot coffee with delicious creamer on a chilly night. Goodnight all!
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Yes, it is that time of the year. I love the smell of cinnamon, chocolaté de barra(mexican hot chocolate) and tamales. Of course I am two weeks late posting this because I was too busy eating tamales, drinking champurrado, and indulging in these NOT gluten free Mexican wedding cookies. I cheated indeed and now I'm paying the price. I have been bloated since but im slowly working my way back to normal. If you live in the Los Angeles area then you must make your way over to "Elsa's Bakery" on York Blvd. this place has the most amazing Mexican sweet bread that is made in house. They've been using the same recipes for decades and I hope they never change it. This photo nor words can describe how absolutely delicious these cookies truly are! Would I do it again? Oh yeah. (:
I remember Sunday mornings at home when we were young, mom would make chilaquiles with whatever leftovers we'd have from the week. The smell of crisp tortilla pieces frying, salsa, chunks of chicken or beef and a tomato, cilantro, onion mixture. Times have changed and so has my palate. You see, my love for chilaquiles has not changed but I've changed it to be somewhat "healthier". Instead of frying the tortillas to a crisp in corn or vegetable oil, I now use coconut oil. If you notice, I do not tear up the tortilla to pieces but leave the tortilla intact. While the coconut oil is heating up in the pan in a smaller pan I sauté white onion, mushrooms, spinach and maybe a little bit of shredded chicken. When the coconut oil is hot in the pan, I placed the tortilla in there and that it crisp on one side. When I flip it over I add the grilled veggies and one scrambled egg on top of the tortilla. As it starts bubbling up a bit, with the spatula I lift up the tortilla so that the egg can wet the bottom side as well. Place it on a plate and add your favorite salsa or pico de gallo along with some avocado. The possibilities are endless!
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ahhhh.....cookies. I do love a cookie, don't you? I must say that after finding out that I was gluten intolerant I developed an absolute love for baking. But sometimes gluten free isn't enough. I took this cookie straight to Paleo and I must say that it was delicious! Notice the dark flakes on the dough, that is from the almond flour. The recipe called for blanched almond flour but I didn't have any so regular almond flour it was. They came out a little grainier than I had anticipated but they were reallllly good! I think I'll try to make a Mexican chocolate cookie next for the family. I am addicted to the Mexican wedding cookies but I haven't found a good gluten free recipe. Anyone out there have one to share? I'd love some help!
Now I will tell you that I had attempted to dip these babies in white chocolate and sprinkle them with peppermint pieces but if you're familiar with Pinterest and check out their "fails on baking" then you can imagine what these actually looked like after the fact. Hahaha!!! I would've shared a funny pic but my son actually loved the taste and ate them before I could build up the courage to snap a photo! Till next time mis amigas y amigos!
Gluten Free Millionaire Bars
I was craving shortbread and caramel so I decided I'd make a batch of millionaire bars and if you like Twix candy bars then you'll definitely love these! These bars are extremely easy to make but it takes time to get them layered together. When you make the shortbread crust, it must completely cool before you add the caramel layer, that itself takes about 20-25 minutes. After you add the caramel, you should wait about 30 minutes before you add the melted dark chocolate. But once you cool the entire thing off for about 15 minutes and refrigerate for about an hour, then they're ready to be devoured to your hearts content!! Don't they look delicious?
DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste
Some might call me a modern day hippie and I'm ok with that, but I just like to think that I'm an informed health-conscious person. I refuse to brush my teeth with fluoridated toothpaste so when I'd run out of store bought non-fluoridated toothpaste, I did what had to be done. I mean, extreme times call for extreme measures, right? Anyone else tried brushing their teeth with pure baking soda? Not something I looked forward to but better than nothing!
I found numerous recipes online on how to make your own toothpaste and I found one that was extremely easy to make. Coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil. I went out on a limb and added some clove essential oil and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt as well. Because it's been recommended that essential oils be stored in glass, I went out and purchased a cute little glass container. Many thanks to Wellness Mama for the great info on how to make this toothpaste!
Not Quite A Red Velvet Cupcake
So I had decided that for Valentines Day I would make red velvet mini cupcakes, beets and all. As you can see, there is nothing red about these! "I must change the name" is what I said. Don't let the lack of color fool you as these were absolutely delicious!!! I Ended up calling them Cool Velvet minis. I made these specifically for the people at work and I must say, they were a hit!
Instead of using butter in the recipe, I used coconut oil. Maybe I used a bit too much since it was going through the wrapper. I also found a really cool recipe for a cream cheese buttercream frosting and it was so good that I was eating it as I was piping it. getting back to the cupcake itself I don't think it picked up the red color because I just puréed and mixed in the beet to the batter. Someone told me I should have mixed it in with the sugar, kind of like making a simple syrup. I'll make sure to try that next time. The flour mix I used was from Authentic Foods and it's been the best to use for this type of cupcake. Yes, I agree it is a bit late for this post but I had to share!