No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Friends, these quick and healthy no-bake granola bars are your answer to all things “back-to-school” related:

Woke up late and no time for breakfast? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Need a portable snack for your kid’s lunchbox? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Missed the bus, forgot about the PTA meeting (by the way, you are the new PTA president!), called your kid’s teacher by the wrong name… well, these here little granola bars may not solve all your problems, but they sure will keep you from losing it completely due to being hungry!…

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Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites

These little cinnamon oat energy bites will not only remind you of biting into a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie… but they’re also hugely portable, full of energising carbs and perfect for on-the-go snacks.

This weekend we’re housing athletes from Taipei American School for the international track meet (IASAS- International Association for Southeast Asian Schools) that our school is hosting.  It’s fun… our 2 lovely guests are 10th grade distance runners.  Both girls are running multiple events throughout the weekend, and I figured the best way to be a good host mom was to just keep a lot of food on hand at all times….

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Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve been on a banana bread kick lately.  Not only do we always seem to have bananas going soft on our counter (who doesn’t?), but also I’m finding so much more freedom in my diet now that my show is over.  I’m still eating well… plant-based, plenty of veggies, adequate protein to fuel my lifting… but I’m definitely indulging in treats if I want them.  Whereas in the weeks leading up to the show, my diet was pretty strict and I focussed on completely nutrient-dense foods with very few extras.  I didn’t mind, because…

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Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins

Hello friends! These pumpkin applesauce muffins remind me of fall… even though autumn is not really an official “season” here in Philippines.  We like to pretend it is, though, and it’s easy to do when a typhoon rolls through and it gets dark and stormy like it did this past week.  If the air-con is turned up high enough, we can cuddle up under a cozy blanket, watch the winds outside, and think to ourselves it must be cold enough to turn on the oven and bake something….

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Chocolate Zucchini Almond Muffins

These chocolate zucchini almond muffins are a BRAND. NEW. RECIPE.  As in, I’ve only made them twice in my life.  And I feel desperate to share them with you immediately, even though my most recent post was also for a breakfast item.  But as our mothers will tell us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I take this to heart…

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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

These banana oatmeal pancakes whip up in 5 minutes and use only 3 basic ingredients that are probably in your kitchen right now: oatmeal, eggs, & banana.  How easy is that?

When I was a kid, pancakes were our usual Saturday breakfast, and I loved them.  My mother made the best buttermilk pancakes in the world… light, white, fluffy things that soaked up as much maple syrup as you could pour on….

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Howdy, friends!  Hopefully you are a big fan of the concept “better late than never”… because this post was meant to go out last Friday… Good Friday… the day you’re actually supposed to make Hot Cross Buns.

But stuff happens.  Like you take your daughters out for a day of girlie shopping and giggling… or you do a random pull-up contest with your son (ok, maybe this is not so common, but it happened at my house)… you hang out and swim and watch Lord of the Rings and eat the said hot cross buns and never actually…

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Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

This blueberry protein smoothie bowl has had to wait 5 days and as many writing attempts before finally coming to you… but life is sometimes messy like that… very much like this smoothie bowl!  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t still good… the smoothie bowl, I mean… and life too!

These past 2 weeks have been a bit rough at my house, …

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Apple Banana Bread with Chocolate Almond Butter Sauce

Apple Banana Bread with Chocolate Almond Butter Sauce

This vegan banana bread was a long time coming, folks.  Starting from a recipe that called for a cup of white sugar, a cup of vegetable oil, and 3 cups of white flour, I have to admit I swung a little far to the extreme of healthy on my first few tries to “healthify” it. My kids were nice as always…

“Um, Mama… maybe you could just make the regular one next time…”

This is my cue that I’ve gone too far….

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