Farmers Market Summer Salad

Sometimes you just crave something super green and refreshing. While the basil vinaigrette may take a bit longer than opening a pre made bottle from the fridge, the bright flavor is well worth the effort! 

basil vinaigrette

Chocolate Custard Muffins

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Chocolate Custard Muffins

Adapted from Dan Lepard's Chocolate custard muffins.
Makes 12 standard muffins.


Chocolate Custard Filling

Adapted from Dan Lepard's apple, walnut and custard cake.
Makes enough custard to fill 12 standard muffins.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

A couple weekends ago I was invited to a brunch with Food 52 and a handful of creative women entrepreneurs, hosted by Ellen of Hedley and Bennett. I originally planned to bring something savory until I remembered that savory foods are not my strong suit. Thankfully I had these ripened bananas on the counter that were begging to be baked with. They fit perfectly in with the brunch theme and I'm happy to report that the cake was very much enjoyed. 

My recipe calls for almond flour, which I added for added flavor and a bit of toothiness/texture. You are also welcome to replace all the flour with whole wheat pastry flour to make a more nutritious cake (if there's such a thing, ha!). Lastly, if you don't like chocolate chips you can also leave them out. I personally love using bittersweet chocolate for a hint of bitterness for balance. Oh! I've also tried olive oil which lends some grassiness and would probably prefer a more neutral tasting oil. But that's all up to you! It's a fun and easy recipe that can be customized to your tastes and what you have on hand.  

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

Cream Cheese Frosting

Spicy Cinnamon Date Brownies - gluten free, Grain Free, dairy free, refined sugar free

Brownies are one of my favorite indulgent treats. They're simple to throw together without any complicated steps or long resting times. They're also delicious both warm out of the oven and cooled and stored overnight. The only downside is the large proportion of sugar most recipes have. I came up with this recipe to curb the sugar content but still satisfy my brownie cravings.  These are made with Lily's baking bar chocolate, which is dairy free and sweetened with a hint of stevia. 

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Spicy Cinnamon Date Brownies (gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free)

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