Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread

This Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread is delicious quick bread that will bring a unique flavor to your fall days.

Fall finally arrived at the farmer’s market last weekend! All through September I waited impatiently for the peaches to be replaced with apples, the sunflowers with fall foliage. Now, in the second week of October, the fall produce has arrived!

Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread

I practically skipped through the market, taking in the sight of pumpkins, brussels sprouts, and purple sweet potato.

But the most thrilling find was a basket of knobbly, striped delicata squash. I had seen these photogenic gourds all over Instagram and couldn’t wait to try them.

I bought one to roast and add to meals throughout the week, and another to experiment with. I’d heard of “pumpkin” breads made with other types of squash, and I was excited to create my own.

It turned out better than I could have possibly expected. My family members devoured their slices and instantly asked for seconds.

If you make this Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment or share with me on Instagram. I hope you and your family love this recipe as much as mine does!

Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 delicata squash
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Topping:
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tbsp pepitas
Instructions
  1. Halve delicata squash and roast for 45 minutes at 375 ºF.
  2. Remove squash from oven, preheat oven to 350 ºF, and grease an 8x4 loaf pan.
  3. Remove skin, then mash squash in mixing bowl until smooth.
  4. Add egg, sugar, and olive oil to bowl. Mix until well combined.
  5. Gently stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. Once dry ingredients are incorporated, pour batter into pan.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pepitas down the center of the loaf.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.

 

If you like this recipe, you should also try:

Banana Baked Donuts

Blackberry Tahini Bread

Baked Apple Donuts

Chocolate Granola Cups

Have you ever experienced snack burnout? Like when you’ve got a few go-to snacks that you absolutely love and always keep on hand, but then one day you wake up and suddenly none of them sound appealing anymore? You’ve been there too, right?  Luckily, we’ve got these Chocolate Granola Cups to shake up our snack game.

These little bites are truly incredible. The creamy, nutty, mild base paired with the rich, crunchy chocolate layer is a match made in heaven. And with that sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top? I have no words.

They also have collagen peptides in them for an added protein boost! I used Further Food collagen (you can find my podcast interview with the founder here), which gives this snack a little extra staying power. However, if you would like to make the recipe vegan or vegetarian, you can absolutely omit the collagen and they will still be delicious.

I’ve been bringing these on the go for snacks, enjoying a couple for dessert, or just grabbing one out of the fridge as I walk by. I also think they would be an incredible substitute for granola on a yogurt bowl. Chocolate for breakfast? Heck yes.

Chocolate Granola Cups

If you make these Chocolate Granola Cups (do it do it do it!!) be sure to let me know what you think in the comments, or share a picture with me on Instagram!

Chocolate Granola Cups
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Serves: 12 mini cups
 
Ingredients
  • Granola layer:
  • ½ cup rolled oats (use certified gluten free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (omit if vegan)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp melted coconut oil
  • Splash of almond milk (if needed)
  • Chocolate layer
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips (dairy free if vegan)
  • ¼ tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Mix together oats, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, salt, and collagen peptides (if using) in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil into dry ingredients, and stir until thoroughly combined. If your having trouble with the mixing, feel free to add a splash of almond milk.
  3. Fill your baking tray with the mixture. I used a 12 cup mini muffin tray, but I imagine the recipe would also work in a regular sized muffin tray.
  4. To make the chocolate layer, microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 1 minute and 30 seconds, then stir until smooth.
  5. Spoon chocolate into each muffin cup, then refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  6. Finally, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and enjoy!

 

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Peach Caprese Salad

Going to the farmer’s market with my parents on Sunday mornings is one of my favorite parts of the week. It’s such a nice opportunity to spend time with them and catch up without any distractions. Every week we make an effort to try a new fruit or veggie, and sometimes we do, but no matter what we always leave with peaches. Recently, I’ve been buying an extra peach and a tomato, then making this Peach Caprese salad on Sunday evenings.

Peach Caprese Salad

I’ve already shared this salad on my Instagram, and it’s so simple you barely need a recipe, but I love it so much that I just have to share on the blog.

This salad tastes like the essence of summer, and it is beyond simple to make. That means spending less time in the kitchen and more time with your family/friends/Netflix.

This Peach Caprese Salad is so versatile that I will make some on Sunday evening to have with dinner, then I will eat it again with toast for breakfast the next morning. And as you can see from the below photo of my desk lunch, it’s also delicious as leftovers topped with some chicken (or your protein of choice), which is such a win in my book.

If you try this (and you totally should!) let me know what you think and/or share it with me on Instagram!

Peach Caprese Salad
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Serves: 4, as a side
 
Ingredients
  • 1 peach
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella balls (omit/replace with almond-based cheese if vegan)
  • ¼ c. thinly sliced basil
Instructions
  1. Dice peach and tomato into bite-sized chunks
  2. Cut each mozzarella ball into quarters.
  3. Combine all ingredients in serving bowl, toss gently, then serve.

 

Try this Peach Caprese Salad along with:

My Tropical Green Smoothie, Lemon Poppyseed Toast, or Blackberry Tahini Bread for a delicious breakfast.

Mint Chia Pudding

I really like this time of year. For me, savoring the last lovely moments of summer while looking forwards to the coziness of fall is one of the best parts of the year. But the one thing I don’t love is the food. Its an awkward phase- we’re moving on from hot dogs and watermelon, but aren’t quite ready for all pumpkin everything. So what’s a food-loving gal to do? Make Mint Chia Pudding, of course.

mint chia pudding

This Mint Chia Pudding is the perfect transition food. The mint flavor is fresh and summery, which reminds me of sitting on the beach eating a cone of mint chocolate chip. (Or my mint chip “ice cream”)

At the same time, its super convenient and meal prep friendly. Make a few batches at the beginning of the week, portion the chia pudding into jars in the fridge, and you’ll have grab & go snacks all taken care of!

Plus, thanks to the magical power of chia seeds, this pudding will be able to power you through anything from outdoor summer adventures to the first day of school!

If you make the recipe, be sure to share with me on Instagram! And let me know (in the comments or on IG): what are you most excited for about fall?

Mint Chia Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¾ c. cashew milk
  • Small handful spinach
  • ¼ tsp mint extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Pulse until smooth.
  3. Allow to rest for at least 2 hours in fridge.
  4. Go crazy with toppings!!

 

As you can see, I went a little wild with toppings (which I totally recommend doing!) I used plain greek yogurt, chocolate peanut butter, and granola. It was delicious, and I’d love to hear your topping suggestions too.

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (Copycat Larabar Recipe)

I’ve been wanting to make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars for weeks, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it because they are everything I hoped they would be.

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars

A few weeks ago, I spent a good 5 minutes standing at the aisle at Whole Foods, getting in everyone’s way, studying the array of Larabar flavors. Even though I almost always decide on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, I still have to consider all my options carefully, ya know? Especially when I make it all the way to Whole Foods, because they just have SO MANY. This time, the decision was even more complicated because I noticed a new line of Fruits & Greens Larabars. Kale in my granola bar?? Obviously I was intrigued.

But honestly, I wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to drop the extra 50¢ on an unfamiliar bar when I could just go with my old standby, PB & chocolate. So I opened the “notes” section of my phone, typed in “spinach Larabar,” checked out of Whole Foods, and promptly forgot about the whole vegetables-in-my-snack idea.

Recently, however, I found myself with big box of dates in my pantry and knew it was time to experiment.

It was a bit of a mad scientist moment- I just grabbed whatever ingredients sounded good and tossed them into the food processor, but as soon as I tasted a bar I knew the recipe was a winner.

These bars are salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and totally adaptable. This combination is pretty great, but feel free to play around and experiment with whatever ingredients sound good to you.

This post isn’t sponsored by Bare Snacks, but I recently received a complimentary sample of their product and I used their (amazing) coconut chips in this recipe. You could probably use any toasted coconut flakes, but Bare Snacks coconut chips are definitely my favorite.

If you make these Hidden Veggie Energy Bars (do it!!) be sure to leave a comment here or share with me on Instagram!

Hidden Veggie Energy Bars
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 6 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ¾ c. baby spinach
  • ½ c. unsalted cashews
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ c. toasted coconut flakes (I used Bare Snacks coconut chips)
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, spinach, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor
  2. Blend until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add cashews and coconut flakes. Blend until all ingredients are well mixed, but chunks of cashew and coconut remain.
  4. Remove from food processor and press gently into a small pan lined with parchment paper. I use a square tupperware container and make bars about ¼ of an inch thick, but use whatever you prefer.

 

For more snack bar recipes, check out my Honey Walnut Granola Bars.

And for more recipes with Bare Snacks, try my TrailMix Remix recipe.

Almond Butter and Jelly Coconut Flour Pancakes

My current obsessions: Orange is the New Black, bedroom design + plants, and Almond Butter and Jelly Coconut Flour Pancakes.

This morning I finally started watching Orange is the New Black and I’m pretty proud of myself. Starting a new TV show might be a weird thing to consider an accomplishment, but I’m totally someone who just watches the shows I like over and over, so this is a pretty big deal.

coconut flour pancakes

In other news, I’ve been really into bedroom design recently (I kinda went crazy on Pinterest). I would love for my room to be a tidy, peaceful sanctuary type of place, but the reality is that it’s often cluttered and chaotic.

But after scrolling through tons of minimalist home inspo, I was inspired to get my act together and commit to creating the space that I want. Yesterday was all about the deep clean, and now it’s time for the fun stuff: plants! I’m so ready to be a crazy plant lady.

Finally (and most importantly), this week I discovered the deliciousness that is Almond Butter and Jelly Coconut Flour pancakes. At first, I was skeptical of coconut flour pancakes because I feel like if I want a pancake, I’m just going to eat a pancake. But eventually I got curious and gave them a try. Verdict? SO GOOD!!

For me, they don’t replace traditional pancakes but instead are delicious in their own right. And they’re a great base for tons of fun flavor combinations. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing lots of different flavor combos in the future, but for now, these AB&J pancakes are going to rock your world!

Today’s recipe was inspired by this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen and this recipe from ImmaEatThat.

If you make these pancakes, be sure to leave a comment here or share with me on Instagram!

Almond Butter and Jelly Coconut Flour Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk (I used 2%, but use whatever you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ c. raspberries
  • almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, beat egg and milk until smooth.
  2. Stir in coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mash raspberries into a jam-like consistency, then fold into pancake batter.
  4. Melt butter (or your preferred oil) in a small skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Spoon some of the batter (about ⅓) into the pan, then use the back of the spoon to spread the batter into a pancake.
  6. Cook for a couple minutes until the edges appear set, then flip and continue cooking for about 15 seconds.
  7. Repeat for the rest of the batter, then top the pancakes with a (generous) drizzle of almond butter and enjoy!

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

First day of spring break!! I got back from Seattle last night and it feels so good to be home. I had a great time on the trip, but there’s really nothing better than sleeping in my own bed. And enjoying Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal for breakfast.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal

This oatmeal was inspired by my spring break last year, when I traveled to New York with my dad for a couple days. He was there on business, and one of my best friends happened to be in NYC at the same time so she and I explored the city together.

We visited the theater where Hamilton was playing (right by my hotel!), walked through Central Park, and stopped for a snack at Bibble and Sip cafe.

The cafe was adorable and the menu was SO creative. I ordered the lavender latte and the Earl Grey banana bread. Both were delicious, and I wish I could go back this year.

But since I can’t get to New York, I’m bringing Bibble and Sip to me (and you) with this Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal. I’m sure it would be delicious with Earl Grey too, but I just happened to have Irish Breakfast on hand.

This oatmeal is the perfect way to add tons of flavor and fun to your morning routine in under five minutes and using only four ingredients.

So what are you waiting for? Get to the kitchen! And if you make this oatmeal, be sure to comment and/or share with me on Instagram.

Irish Breakfast Banana Bread Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag Irish Breakfast tea
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ banana
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil in a small pot
  2. Remove from heat and add teabag
  3. Allow to steep for 5 minutes
  4. Bring water back to boil, add oats, and lower heat to medium.
  5. Mash banana and stir into oatmeal.
  6. Once oatmeal reaches desired consistency, remove from heat and serve.

 

Masa Harina Blueberry Muffins

 

Do you  have any foods you just can’t eat because you had an awful experience with them when you were younger?

Unfortunately, for me that food is cheesecake. One of my earliest memories is going out for dinner with my dad at this diner we loved, having a good meal, then ordering cheesecake for dessert. And while I wish I remembered that night as a nice dinner with my dad, what I actually remember is how disgusting the cheesecake was and how sick it made me feel.

The other day I went out for coffee with friends, and someone ordered a mini matcha cheesecake. It looked gorgeous (we took lots of pictures) and as soon as my other friends tried it they raved about how delicious it was and immediately ordered their own. So I figured, if it’s that good, I have to try it. And sometimes tastebuds change, ya know? I was confident I had outgrown my cheesecake hatred.

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