Peanut Butter Pumpkin Salted Caramels

These peanut butter pumpkin salted caramels will get you in the holiday spirit no matter how much you’re dragging your feet on your Christmas preparations.  How did we get to the middle of December already??  My mother always started her Christmas baking around December 8 or so, and maybe it was just to put off going shopping!  Now that I’m in the midst of my own crowd-fighting experiences every time I go out, this makes all the sense in the world.  I’d much rather be in the kitchen than the mall….

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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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Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Vegan “Buttercream” Frosting

Hello friends!  In Philippines you’re allowed to celebrate your birthday all month long… and so I have.  Even though my calories have been lowered (boo!) and my workouts have been stepped up (whoa!), I’ve still found time to relax a bit and really enjoy turning 47.

47!!!  I know!!  I kind of can’t believe it… especially when I consider that I remember my Granny Cox (my Ma’s mother) when she was 47….

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Hello friends!  This here chocolate mousse is soooo rich… soooo creamy… soooo chocolatey… sooo0 decadent, and sooo0 easy to make, that even though I didn’t do my usual photo shoot, I’m giving you the recipe anyway.  I know a picture is worth a thousand words, but one taste is worth more, in this case.  Please trust me here….

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The Expat Dietitian Turns 2!

Carrot Cake with Coconut Cashew Frosting

Hello, friends!  My little blog is 2 years old!! Is it a birthday, or a blog-i-versary?!  I’m not sure, but in any case, let’s celebrate with this yummy carrot cake with cashew coconut frosting…

How I wish you could all gather around my table so I could slice each of you a piece of this cake and say a big “THANK YOU!!” to you all for reading.  It does mean the world to me that you would choose to spend your time in my little corner of the Internet….

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Homemade Fruity Gelatine Blocks

Homemade Fruity Gelatine Blocks

Watch it wiggle… see it jiggle…  It’s full-on summertime here in Philippines, and any kind of dessert we can make without turning on the oven is likely to be a BIG WINNER.

Sara went to a birthday party the other day and came home asking if we could make Jello sometime, because they’d had it at the party and it was “soooo good!!!” I don’t need to tell you I’m not a big fan of Jello, what with the ingredients being just sugar, artificial colours, and artificial flavours.  In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made “real” Jello at my house.  EVER.  But I did always love…

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No-bake Sweet Potato Brownies

No-bake Sweet Potato Brownie

These no-bake sweet potato brownies have been my best sweet potato discovery since around Thanksgiving 2004… when I discovered (a bit too late for that meal!) that there actually are really great taters here in Philippines!

We had lived here for less than 6 months, and I was newly pregnant with Sara, when we thought it would be a brilliant  idea to invite about 30 people from Mark’s office over for Thanksgiving.  Never mind that my kitchen had exactly one…

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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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The Best Vegan Brownies

The Best Vegan Brownies

Folks, this is a special day…

I MADE VEGAN BROWNIES WITHOUT ANY TYPE OF BEANS!! OR ANY VEGETABLE, FOR THAT MATTER!

This recipe has been a loooonnng time coming, and my kids are thrilled it’s finally arrived…

I hate to say it, but they get a wary look on their faces when I tell them, “I made dessert!”  Even more so when they know they’re going to be taste-testing a “wonderful new recipe!”…

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