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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No-bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Howdy folks!  This no-bake peanut butter fudge is hands-down one of my “must-have-in-the-house-at-all-times” recipes, not only for contest prep, but for every single day of my life.  I hope it will become one of yours as well.

Remember my no-bake sweet potato brownies?  Well, these are a close cousin… …

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Vegan GF Thumbprint Cookies

These vegan and naturally gluten-green thumbprint cookies are the perfect treat for Christmas Eve, to sustain you as you wrap up preparations for your Christmas celebration.

Advent always passes by very quickly for me, and I’m usually caught up in the throes of shopping, wrapping, baking, making lists, and panicking a bit over everything I haven’t done.  I think this is common for many women, moms especially, as we try to create the perfect Christmas for everyone.  No wonder I used to feel so drug out on Christmas morning!

But this year has been different.  This year I’ve been deeply impressed in my heart that God long ago already created the perfect Christmas for all of us. He sent His Son as a baby in a manger.  And that is the good news of peace and salvation for all people.  This is Christmas, my friends.

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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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