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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Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Happy New Year, friends!!

It’s January, which means we’re all on diets, or at least doing some sort of “detox” for the next 7 days, right??  Like a juice fast, liver cleanse, or the “cayenne pepper drink”??  Aren’t we??  I mean, isn’t that the thing to do in January???

Weelll, as my Pa would say… “THAT’S THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF HOOEY I’VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!!”

And he’s heard some big bunches, I can assure you.

The whole principle of “detox” really gets me… it’s as if the authors of said diets have forgotten…

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins

Hello friends!  It’s almost the last day of the year, and I had thoughts of writing you all a grand and reflective post called “The Best of 2016” linking up your favourite recipes of the past 12 months and waxing poetic on how much the blog has grown.

But to be honest, the blog actually hasn’t grown that much over the past year… and I’m ok with that.  I’ve had zero advertisers and zero sponsored posts… and I’m ok with that, too.  I suppose you would say I’ve redefined my vision of “success” for this little space on the Internet.  Sure, it would be great to have…

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Hello friends, it’s pumpkin season!  (At least it is in North America!)  And actually, in Philippines, it’s pumpkin season all year long… Philippines has beautiful local pumpkins called kalabasa that are a bit softer and milder than “jack-o-lantern” pumpkins.  I do everything with them, from roasting slices with cinnamon & curry powder, to cubing them up in curries, to pureeing them for pies……

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Apple Carrot Flax Muffins

Apple Carrot Flax Muffins

Maybe I’m imagining things, but I think it’s been a wee bit cooler here these past couple of days… as in, I had to put on a sweater whilst working in my air-conditioned kitchen! But hey, I’ll take what I can get, and go ahead and call it “fall.”.

Fall is my favourite season, you know.  It must have something to do with the apples, which, if you really pressed me on it, would have to be my choice in the “if-you-could-only-eat-one-fruit-for-the-rest-of-your-life” game.  Not that I would ever want to play this game… it’s just representative of how much I like apples.  They’re perfect to me: beautiful, crunchy, sweet, noisy, juicy, portable, and they go in everything….

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Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

I’m obviously into bars lately… no, not THAT kind!  The kind you eatmuesli bars like these chocolate chip orange muesli bars.  Mark did give Theda a start the other day though, when he was describing our evening at the “tapas” bar with friends last Friday night.  He was eating a muffin as he spoke and somehow “tapas” came out sounding like another word that goes with “bar” and it made Theda look at her mother in a whole new light.  Luckily I was on hand to do a quick muffin-free translation and save my virtue in my teenage daughter’s eyes!

But I digress… onto the muesli bars!!…

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