Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

This moist bread will rock your world. It has chai tea, medjool dates, almond milk and oat flour, which work so well together. I had never tried tea in baking before, but now I can tell you that I’m hooked! It tastes delicious and all those spices wafting out of the oven door is killer to the senses.
Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

I added walnuts on the top, which give it some extra crunch and taste amidst this dense bread. I’ve not been feeling very creative lately, so this recipe is actually a slight adaptation from Feasting On Fruit’s Chai Spiced Quick Bread. It’s fairly easy to make, but wait until the bread has completely cooled down before cutting it. Trust me, or you’ll end up with broken and a bit soggy slices of bread (yeah, I might’ve been a bit impatient).Read More »

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Omg, I can’t believe I just made those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (you know, the ones with the orange package that every peanut butter lover goes crazy over?) in a much healthier and delicious version. I’m over the moon right now with joy!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

With only 5 ingredients and a bit of modifying with Beaming Baker’s recipe, I ended up with three decadent and sweet chocolate peanut butter cups. I wanted to make more, but one look at my overflowing freezer and I knew I was never going to be able to fit a large 12-muffin pan in there. So I had to content myself with 3 individual metal tins lined with cupcake liners that I kind of inserted in the nooks and crannies of the freezer. By the way, this is totally worth making and since the recipe only makes three, you won’t be wasting a lot of ingredients if you don’t like it (which has about 0.000001% chance of happening because who can resist peanut butter and chocolate? Not me, that’s for sure).Read More »

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

This is definitely one of the easiest and delicious things I’ve ever made. A muffin in a mug which takes about five minutes to prepare, then one minute to microwave sounds unbelievable, am I right? But it actually works.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

It’s healthy, delicious and gluten-free. Plus, there’s blueberries! (Oh and just to put it out there: I love blueberries.)

Since I’m a lazy person, and I just didn’t feel like doing anything today, this is what I made as a snack and I was surprisingly awed by how good it tasted. Read More »

Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

It’s Monday. The end of the weekend and the start of yet another week of school. Whoopee. On a happier note, I finally finished a part of my school project (which I got to publish online) and it wasn’t boring!
Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

We had the choice of any subject, so I chose, of course, something related to food. It’s about the relationship between food and us (+ the environment) and we needed something substantial to present this subject, which I decided to put in the format of a magazine. Read More »

Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

School is sometimes so weird. We have a one week break right now (don’t know why but I’m not questioning their decision), so I’ve been home watching TV shows (The Flash is awesome!) and my brother decided to use the time to work on a school project.  This particular school project, having done it once upon a time back in 8th grade, is not your typical assignment. And mixed with cookie-making it becomes a bit hectic.
Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

I somehow managed to bake these healthy chocolate cookies in the midst of my brother’s filming/singing chaos (though I did have to steal the camera for a few minutes to take pictures) and the results are soft, almost pillowy-like, cookies with a sweet burst of chocolate and coconut inside.Read More »

Almond Crunch Granola

Almond Crunch Granola

My mom has tried so many granola bar recipes and most of them turned out into a crumbly sweet mess that she kinda gave up after a while. But for us, those recipes were never a fail because we got to eat all those sweet nutty little pieces of granola with some berries and yogurt for a snack and it was so good. The crunch of the nuts and oats with the little hint of honey or maple syrup in smooth homemade yogurt? There was no better snack than that.
Almond Crunch Granola

Like doesn’t it look amazing? And it’s made with almond flour so gluten-free is on the table. (Btw, if anyone has food photography tips please feel free to share them 😉 I started reading Nicole Young’s Food photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots and it is super helpful!)Read More »

Healthier Cranberry Scones

Healthier Cranberry Scones

On Saturday, I was at the Cranberry fest for volunteering and it was pouring rain! It also didn’t help that my station was right next to the performances and one of them was crazy high-pitched bagpipes. For that performance, I was crouching behind my recycling bins, trying to put a barrier in between me and that noise. Yes, I did look a little crazy but the music was loud!

Healthier Cranberry Scones

Thinking back, I probably looked like a madwoman who hovered around the recycling bins for the entire day and I’m pretty sure I inadvertently photobombed most of the performers’ pictures. Hey, it’s not my fault my station was placed right beside the stage!

But wait! There is a good ending to this story.

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Blueberry Crumb Bars

Blueberry Crumb Bars

It’s gluten-free! I usually don’t care if it’s gluten-free or not, but I had a gigantic bag of almond flour (purchased, of course, at Costco. Where else would we get big bags of anything and everything?) so I decided to try and experiment with it. I know a few people who have problems with gluten and they literally cannot eat anything with flour, or only in small amounts, which I definitely would hate because I love baked goods!!! There are oats in this, but they do not contain the protein gluten which is found in wheat, barley and rye grain, instead, they contain a protein called avenins so oats are still gluten-free.

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Did I forget to mention that these taste incredibly delicious and it’s only sweetened with maple syrup?

Blueberry Crumb Bars

I never knew these bars even existed until this summer, when I went camping and someone brought these for dessert. I still can’t believe I never ate these! Like what have I been doing with the first fifteen years of my life?

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Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

Healthy fries just got real. Sure, they don’t actually taste like salty potato fries, but don’t compare them to that unhealthy junk. Think of it as soft baked zucchini coated with a crispy layer of cheesy goodness and breadcrumbs.
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

I think summer flew by way too fast. I did summer school for a month, went camping one time and now it’s already school again. I don’t know if I should be sad or happy. On one end, I know I’ll have lots of homework and projects and classwork and tests, but on the other hand, I am excited to see my friends again and see if there are any new kids coming (our school is small so a new kid is a big deal)!
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

I will now veer away from the topic of school since that’s making me anxious. 🙂 Read More »

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

A friend came back from a trip in France recently and they came over to our house, bringing lots of dreamy chocolates for us to taste. They were melt-in-your-mouth type of delicious. Anyways, that day, I had made muffins using the zucchini from our garden because we always have way too much, and my friend tasted one and said it was pretty good. I was happy, but then he paid me the utmost compliment any baker can get (or at least, in my rankings of compliments). He asked for another one! And then cheerfully gobbled it up.

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

Whenever someone asks for a second serving, I know they truly like it and that can brighten up my day no matter what kind of day it is. Even if it’s pouring rain and I have soccer practice. Outside. And my friend didn’t even flinch when I said it had zucchini in it :). A true eater.

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

These moist muffins are loaded with zucchini and chocolate, and there is no oil! Also, they are sweetened with maple syrup and cane sugar, which is a healthier alternative to your regular white granulated sugar. An all around A+ in my books.

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 30 mins (Prep 10 mins)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Sneaking in that zucchini without compromising chocolate’s delicious taste. These muffins are even healthier with applesauce instead of oil or butter.

Ingredients:
1 cup white flour
1/4  cup cocoa powder
1  1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (try it homemade)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup applesauce, no sugar added
1 cup grated zucchini, lightly pressed to remove large amounts of water
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F). Grease 12 muffin tins with butter or coconut oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cane sugar and applesauce. Once thoroughly mixed, fold in the grated zucchini.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and lastly fold in the chocolate chips. The mixture shouldn’t be too liquid (if it is, add a 1/4 cup more flour). Divide the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  5. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until the top of the muffins have risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let the muffins cool down in the muffin tins for 5 minutes before removing and placing on a metal rack. Eat warm or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.