My mom makes the best scones ever. No kidding. Every time she makes them people always ask for the recipe. Recently, we’ve had some gluten-free people ask for a modified scone, so she provided! And it tastes (well to my opinion) even better than her original scones.
There is still butter in it, but sometimes you have to embrace it. I love how these scones melt in my mouth and the cranberries give it some extra sweetness.Read More »
There’s only one week before Christmas! Although we’re usually never home during that day, we still celebrate it, just somewhere else. Like this year, we’ll be going to Mexico (so this is my last blog post of 2016) and I can’t wait. The temperature there is supposed to around 20 to 30 degrees, which is way better than the below zero temperatures we’ve been receiving at home. And I hate the cold.
The frigid air did not prevent me from making chia seed pudding (even though it’s probably the coldest breakfast you can make) because I can’t hep myself. I just love it so much. (And chia seeds, among other things, are loaded with antioxidants so it’s a win-win!)Read More »
Being half-Belgian, waffles are a must in our household. Sure, it’s not something we eat everyday, but when we do, we cherish it. There is a traditional recipe, Belgian Liege waffles, which is a thick waffle filled with crunchy sugar pieces, but it’s not very healthy, especially with all the butter and sugar. This is a simpler, healthier version of it which is pretty much a waffle that actually tastes like a thin waffle cookie, or in proper terms “Pizelle” (for those food experts).
Please pardon the random banana slices. I was in a rush and the waffles looked so plain so I thought that adding fruit would look better, but, as I said, I was in a rush so they weren’t cut or placed very well. I might’ve been also a bit distracted by the crazy turn of events *ahem, USA elections* that happened this past week. I’m not from the States but it still shocked me.Read More »
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.
(Disclaimer: This recipe is from the lovely Margaret Anne from Natural Chow, but I’m just posting how I made it using her recipe.)
I was procrastinating bored yesterday and I really wanted to make something easy. When I need inspiration, I always head over to Pinterest and there were like five pictures of bagels that popped up instantly, so if that wasn’t a sign, I don’t know what would be.
My first attempt at these weren’t so bad, if I say so myself. Sure, they aren’t perfectly round and the hole might be a bit too big, but it tastes way better than a store-bought bagel (no preservatives and all those other bad things!).
So when I was looking at the other bagel recipes floating around the internet, all of them had to boil the bagels before baking them. I thought that was very weird, like putting dough in water before baking it? Who came up with that?
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.
Did I forget to mention that these taste incredibly delicious and it’s only sweetened with maple syrup?
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?
A rich piece of chocolate for dessert. Sounds good, right? Well what if it was healthy for you? I think that’s even better.
Coconut oil is one of the must-have ingredients in my pantry because I use this healthy oil to substitute for butter and vegetable oil in my baking experiments. There are many reasons why it is considered healthy (I found my info here):
It’s a saturated fat, which is a good kind of fat
Decreases appetite for unhealthy food, such as sugar
Helps kill bacterias
Speeds up your metabolism
Fatty acids in coconut oil can turn into Ketones, which can reduce chances of seizures
And mixed with cacao and honey? An unbeatable healthy chocolate dessert. Of course, eating too much of anything is not good for you so don’t eat the entire batch (although I am very tempted to)!Read More »
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.
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)!
I will now veer away from the topic of school since that’s making me anxious. 🙂 Read More »
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.
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.
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.
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
Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F). Grease 12 muffin tins with butter or coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cane sugar and applesauce. Once thoroughly mixed, fold in the grated zucchini.
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.
Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until the top of the muffins have risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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.