Lemon Poppy Seed Toast

Have you ever had a hobby that you’re not very good at but just really love doing?

Yeah? Me too. Mine is baking, which is weird because obviously I write a recipe blog. But if you check out the recipe index, you’ll notice that there aren’t actually many recipes for baked goods. The ones that I do have are delicious, but it usually takes a while to perfect them.

So if I’m having a strong craving for particular treat, I’ll probably go out and buy it.

 

And I think that’s totally ok. Even when I make mistakes, I keep baking because it’s so much fun, but I also know that I can’t expect to get every recipe right on the first try. Everything takes practice. And that’s hard for me to accept, because I really like being good at stuff.

In the meantime, when a lemon poppy seed muffin craving hits (which trust me, it often does), I’ll:

  • a) go out and buy one
  • b) make lemon poppy seed toast (for the days when I don’t feel like interrupting my Netflix marathon)

The fresh, cool flavors of this lemon poppy seed toast make it the perfect summer snack. And because it’s so simple- only 5 ingredients and you don’t even need the oven- you can pull it together in less than 5 minutes.

Since it’s so simple, this recipe is also easily adaptable. Just use dairy-free yogurt to make it vegan, and gluten free bread to keep things gf. My current favorite gluten free bread is Bread SRSLY, and I was even able to talk to the founder on my podcast recently!

lemon poppy seed toast

If you make this recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram (do it! it’s so pretty!) and/or leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Lemon Poppyseed Toast
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Ingredients
  • 1 slice bread
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • Optional: honey/agave
Instructions
  1. Toast bread
  2. Mix yogurt with lemon juice in a small bowl
  3. Spread yogurt mixture on toast
  4. Sprinkle with poppy seeds
  5. Drizzle with honey/agave if desired
Notes
To make vegan: use dairy free yogurt. To make gluten free: use gluten free bread

 

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Last night  the first episode of my new podcast went live on iTunes, so naturally I had to celebrate with my favorite dessert. But when I went to the freezer for the mint chocolate chip ice cream, we were all out. I briefly considered trekking to the corner store for a pint, but it was cold out and I was already in my pjs, so I decided to gather my resources and improvise.

mint chocolate chip ice cream

While I’ve been wanting to make legit ice cream in an ice cream maker for ages, my current go-to diy ice cream is made with frozen bananas, and it is absolutely amazing. After a few minutes in the food processor, these frozen bananas become incredibly sweet and creamy. This banana “ice cream” is also a perfect base for tons of fun topping combos, such as mint chocolate chip. This ice cream is so sweet and fresh, it’s the perfect no-fuss summer dessert.

I guess my version isn’t *technically* chocolate chip because I love little bits of grated/finely chopped chocolate in my ice cream. Eating Evolved chocolate (paleo AND vegan) would be perfect for this recipe, but if you’d prefer to use chocolate chips I’m sure that would be great too.

If you make this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, be sure to leave a comment and/or share it with me on Instagram!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream [optional]
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • Small handful of spinach leaves [optional, for color]
  • 1 oz. favorite dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Add banana, coconut cream, peppermint extract, and spinach to food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Finely chop chocolate and fold into ice cream mixture.
  4. Divide into 2 bowls and serve immediately.

 

If you like this recipe, you’ll also love my Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

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Earl Grey Latte (London Fog)

A couple weeks ago, I visited Seattle on a school trip and fell completely in love. Everything I knew about Seattle came from my 8th grade obsession with Twilight and my current obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, but I was convinced that I would like Seattle. And it was one of those lovely moments in life where I liked the city just as much as I thought I would. My favorite part of the trip was spending an afternoon hanging out in Local Color cafe in Pike Place Market, chatting with friends and enjoying an Earl Grey Latte.

The entire experience was just so cozy- the chilly day, friendly baristas, and a delicious latte, that I can’t help smiling whenever I think about it. So to allow me to relive a portion of that moment, I have created my own Earl Grey Latte (also known as a London Fog if you want to get fancy, which I often do).

Local Color cafe wasn’t the first place I tried an Earl Grey Latte (it’s been one of my go-to Starbucks orders for years), but this one was by far the best I’ve ever had. It was super simple, sweet, and mild. Unlike most coffee shop beverages that get me a little hyped up on caffeine and/or sugar, this Earl Grey Latte made me feel relaxed and even a little sleepy.

I’ve tried to replicate all of these aspects in my own recipe, and I’d say I’ve succeeded. So settle in with a good book, turn on your favorite TV show, or invite a friend over for tea, and make this Earl Grey Latte for all the relaxed and cozy vibes.

London Fog
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Ingredients
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil water, then pour into 2 mugs and add a tea bag to each.
  2. While tea brews, add almond milk to saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to saucepan.
  4. Stir milk mixture, then heat until milk is just barely simmering (about 5 minutes).
  5. Whisk milk until frothy, then divide between mugs.

 

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Really, I want to know. Tell me in the comments, on Instagram, send me a letter, mail me a pint. Whatever it is, I am 99% sure I would love it too, because I just love ice cream. Especially really quality ice cream that comes in creative flavors. But honestly that stuff is pretty expensive, so I also love to make my own. Such as this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream

This ice cream is rich, creamy, crunchy, AND dairy free. Made with only three ingredients, it really couldn’t be easier to throw together as soon as a craving hits. The base of the ice cream is frozen bananas, but the banana flavor doesn’t really come through in the final product. Because even though I love bananas, sometimes I just want chocolate, and that’s what this recipe delivers.

There are a few tense moments while you blend up the ice cream, because key is to avoid over-mixing at all costs. The moment all the chunks of banana are gone, it’s time to stop mixing, because otherwise you’re ice cream will be a syrupy mess. Other than that, this stuff is BEYOND easy.

I can’t wait to experiment with different ice cream flavors and different styles of dairy free ice cream this summer (coconut milk ice cream, anyone?) but for now this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream is rocking my world.

Sitting in the sun on the front steps of my house on a warm spring afternoon, with a good book and a bowl of Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream in hand is pretty much my definition of pure bliss.

Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen bananas (slice before freezing)
  • 2 tbsp roasted salted almonds
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine frozen bananas, cacao powder, and salt in food processor.
  2. Allow to thaw for 5 minutes.
  3. While bananas thaw, roughly chop almonds and set aside.
  4. Pulse contents of food processor just until smooth. DO NOT over mix, or ice cream will become syrupy.
  5. Stir almonds into ice cream and serve!
Notes
If you do not have salted almonds on hand, just add a little extra salt to the ice cream.
If you can resist devouring this ice cream immediately, I recommend allowing it to sit in the fridge for about 5 minutes to firm up a little.

 

 

 

Blackberry Tahini Bread

As I write this, I am flying above the snowy mountaintops of California en route to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Leaving for the airport at 7:30 am is never ideal, but I came prepared with podcasts (currently loving Let it Out with Katie Dalebout), coffee, and best of all, Blackberry Tahini bread!! Aka the most scrumptious breakfast morsel ever to grace my Tupperware.

Blackberry tahini bread

Though I was hesitant about going on vacation to Red Rock Canyon- which is right outside of Vegas- I don’t think any trip that starts out with a breakfast this good could possibly be anything but awesome.

Even though I’m not so crazy about the Vegas thing- personally I don’t love big crowds, loud noise, and partying- I’ve heard that Red Rock is really beautiful. So hopefully I’m looking forwards to a few days of hiking, doing yoga, relaxing in the sun, and eating delicious food. I hope you follow along with my travels on Instagram!

Blackberry Tahini Bread is an amazing breakfast or snack- hearty and filling, but at the same time light and full of delicate flavor. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Blackberry Tahini Bread
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Serves: 10-12 slices
 
Ingredients
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. milk
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Add ins:
  • ½ c. blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  4. Add ⅔ of dry mixture to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Rinse blackberries, then pat dry.
  6. Chop blackberries roughly and coat with remaining flour mixture.
  7. Add flour and blackberries to batter and stir gently to combine.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

 

Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie

As soon as the weather begins to get warmer, I crave smoothies like no other. There’s just something about a cold, creamy smoothie on a hot day that makes me feel absolutely incredible. It also takes me back to when I was a little kid and would get Jamba Juice as a special treat after preschool on really hot days. But then my local Jamba Juice closed, and smoothies suddenly became $9, and I had to start relying on myself to create crave-able concoctions, such as this Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie I’m sharing today.

Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie

Usually, I like packing my smoothies up with protein and fats alongside the fruits and veggies to give them a little more staying power. You can see some examples of that here and here, but for this one I was really just craving something 100% fresh and hydrating. It’s a little more like a juice, and therefore I’ve found that it’s definitely not a meal all by itself. (Yikes, that makes me think of juice cleanses. SO not my style).

However, this smoothie is so perfect and refreshing as a light snack, or alongside some eggs and toast for breakfast.

The creaminess of the banana, sweetness of the strawberry, and crispness of the bell pepper come together for an absolutely delicious blend.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be lounging outside sipping Hydrating Strawberry Smoothies until September.

Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 strawberries
  • ⅓ cup chopped bell pepper (I used an orange pepper)
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ¼ cup ice
  • Optional: cashew butter for topping
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and mix until completely smooth.

 

Sesame Latte

Recently, I noticed a sesame latte on the menu of a cafe across the street from my school. Completely intrigued, I abandoned my classic order (a chai latte) to give the sesame latte a try.

I was a little suspicious, but I figured the nutty, toasty, creamy flavor of sesame seeds could be a good complement to the basic coffee + milk combo that I know and love.

Sesame Latte

Unfortunately, when I went to order I was told that the sesame latte wasn’t actually offered anymore. I was disappointed for a moment, but a chai latte was more than enough to console me. Still, the idea of a sesame latte lingered in my mind, and I eventually decided to try to create my own.

This cozy drink absolutely delivers on all the complex, warming flavors I had hoped a sesame latte would have, and I totally think all coffee shops should serve it.

If you try this recipe, be sure to comment or share with me on Instagram!

Tahini Latte
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup your favorite milk (cow, almond, coconut, etc)
  • ½ tbsp tahini
  • ½ tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, tahini, syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk constantly as milk comes to a gentle simmer.
  3. Pour coffee into a mug, then top with milk mixture.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you would like frothier milk, you can mix all ingredients except coffee in a blender before adding them to the saucepan.

 

Banana Walnut Cookies

Another cookie recipe? Yes. But they satisfy a very different need than the Lemon Raspberry Cookies I shared last week. While those cookies are sweet, light, and buttery- a perfect dessert, these Banana Walnut Cookies are chewy and hearty- a good breakfast or snack.

Banana Walnut Cookies

I didn’t even realize these cookies have NO added sweetener until I went back to write up the recipe. I’d planned to add maple syrup, but I luckily I forgot because I found I love these cookies just the way they are.

They’re so much fun to eat, because the soft cookie sort of melts in your mouth, but then the little nuggets of walnut provide an amazing texture contrast.

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These Banana Walnut Cookies would also be perfect for meal prep, as they are simple to make and keep well in the freezer. I layered the cookies with parchment paper in an airtight container and kept them in the freezer for about a week. Then, any time I wanted a cookie I unwrapped a couple, popped them in the toaster, and had a warm cookie in my hand in about 2 minutes.

 

If you make these Banana Walnut Cookies, be sure to comment and/or share with me on Instagram!

Banana Walnut Cookies
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Serves: 9 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea brine)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Whip aquafaba with hand mixer until frothy
  3. Mash banana, then stir in almond milk, vanilla, and aquafaba.
  4. Add flour, spices, and walnuts, then stir gently.
  5. Spoon onto parchment paper 2 tbsp at a time
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes

 

Trail Mix Remix

 

I’m leaving on a road trip to Los Angeles tomorrow and I can’t wait! For weeks I’ve been dreaming of taking in the views at Big Sur, listening to my favorite podcasts in the car, and trying all the amazing food LA has to offer.

I’m especially looking forwards to eating at Pressed Juicery (the freeze!!), Cafe Gratitude, and True Food Kitchen. I’ve been drooling over their food on Instagram for months and I’m so excited I’ll finally get to try it.

But until I get to the health food wonderland that is LA, I have to get through about 8 hours in the car, which means I’m going to be packing plenty of snacks.

I love finding creative solutions to the challenges of eating healthy on the road, so I see traveling as an opportunity to expand my healthy eating horizons. Some of my favorite snacks are sturdy fresh fruit (ex. apples, bananas, chopped melon), natural energy bars (KIND and Larabar are my favorites), and trail mix.

However, I find that classic trail mix can get sort of boring, so I prefer making my own. This mix combines salty, sweet, and crunchy with coconut chips, almonds, and cereal. I love that the sweetness in this trail mix comes from Bare Snacks coconut chips because while I love chocolate I find it can get very messy and melty on road trips.

This trail mix is fresh, fun, and filling, which, in my opinion, are essentials for a good on-the-go snack. The mix is beyond easy, made with incredibly simple ingredients, and totally customizable. If you try it, be sure to share with me on Instagram!

Trail Mix
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: serves 4
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Bare Snacks original coconut chips
  • ½ cup roasted, lightly salted almonds
  • 1 cup Os cereal (eg. Cheerios)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in medium mixing bowl and stir gently until ingredients are evenly mixed.

 

I received complimentary samples of Bare Snacks chips for review, but was not otherwise compensated for this post, and, of course, all opinions are my own.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (Copycat Starbucks Recipe)

I don’t drink much coffee, so when I do you can bet it has a major impact. Like an “is this really just coffee or did they spike it with something” kinda impact. So naturally, my trick for crunch time essay writing is to go to Starbucks, order some form of latte/iced coffee/vanilla sweet cream cold brew (!!), and instantly transform into Super Katherine, who just happens to be an essay writing machine.

While employing this strategy last week, I discovered the best Starbucks drink I’ve ever had. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew that got me through my history paper was delicious, but that caffeine high was intense (and the ingredients are probably pretty sketchy) so buying one will definitely be a very occasional indulgence.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Luckily, I was able to come up with a pretty great copycat recipe at home, which I can make with decaf coffee without the fear of being judged by a barista and has much less sugar than the original.

This is definitely going to be a regular part of my morning routine, and I’m confident it will become part of yours too!

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Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Recipe type: Beverage
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup dairy free milk (I used Ripple Foods)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups cold brew coffee (I prepared mine using a french press, but if you don't have one there are lots of great tutorials online)
  • ½ cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Stir together dairy free milk, maple syrup, and vanilla in a small pitcher or cup.
  2. Divide ice between two glasses, then pour half of the cold brew into each glass.
  3. Add ¼ cup creamer to each glass, and serve with a straw for the true Starbucks experience.

 

I used Ripple Foods milk in this recipe because I love its creaminess and protein content, so I want to share it with you, but this post is not affiliated with Ripple Foods in any way.