Sesame Plantain Crackers |

Sesame Plantain Crackers

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you’ll know about my love of plantains.

If you’re new here, let this serve as your warning: I freaking love plantains. I’ve created multiple plantain recipes in the past, and there will likely be many more plantain recipes in the future of this blog.

Heck, I’m even giving a cooking demo all about plantains.

I’m starting to consider myself The Plantain Queen. As such, I’m proud to share these Sesame Plantain Crackers with you!

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Tahini Pumpkin Bars |

Tahini Pumpkin Bars

When you get a recipe idea like these tahini pumpkin bars, you share it. It’s that simple.

These are not your standard pumpkin bars. As should be obvious from the title, these are tahini pumpkin bars. They strongly feature that unique tahini flavor, but it marries excellently with pumpkin, making these bars a total winner.

How do you describe tahini? Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds (think sunflower seed butter, but with sesame seeds). Like many nut butters, it’s quite rich. As far as the flavor…I’ll be honest, I googled a way to describe it. The best result that gave me is “strong sesame flavor”. Oooookay. As long as you know exactly what sesame tastes like, that’s a great descriptor. Unlike most nut butters, tahini doesn’t have a hint of sweet and is instead quite bitter. Many people dislike tahini when they first try it because they’re expecting something akin to almond butter.

But if you’re willing to experiment, tahini can be an excellent pantry addition. I’ve already used it to make halvah cookies (which are amazing and you should definitely make them!). You can also make an exotic salad dressing with tahini and citrus. Or, obviously, modded phat fudge. Basically, there are a lot of delicious ways to use tahini!

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Chai Banana Smoothie |

Madi’s Chai Banana Smoothie

Every autumn, I fall head-over-heels for foods and flavors that stereotypically fit the season – squash, sage, clove, chai. So even before tasting this creamy banana chai smoothie, I knew I would love it simply because it showcases one of my favorite spice blends.

I can’t take full credit for this recipe. I typically don’t follow recipes for smoothies; instead, I throw a banana and whatever I can scrounge up from the fridge in a blender and if it tastes decent, I consider it a success. One recent evening, my brilliant best friend, Madi, texted the recipe for a chai banana smoothie that she came up with. Everything was already in my pantry, so I set out to make it the next day…before I knew it, I was telling my genius girlfriend how amazing she is and begged her to let me share the recipe on my blog. Of course, Madi agreed because she’s a peach.
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Grain-Free Pumpkin Walnut Porridge |

Grain-Free Pumpkin Walnut Porridge

Sometimes comfort trumps convenience and habit. I have a handful of other recipes I planned on sharing before this grain-free pumpkin walnut porridge, but this recipe just seemed to fit the theme of the past few weeks much better so I bumped it up in the queue.

Typical porridge isn’t a paleo food – traditional recipes use grains as the base. Of course, though, the paleo world has come up with a way around that so those of us who avoid grains can still enjoy a comforting, warm bowl of porridge for breakfast. And many of them, like this version, is still pretty dang nutritious – always a bonus.

Last week left me begging for comfort food.

I’m going to be honest – it was one helluva week.

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Maple Clove Bulletproof Latte |

Maple Clove Butter Coffee

It’s Autumn! And National Coffee Day!

At first, I thought I would be a little sad about the end of summer…but to be honest, I’m pretty thrilled. In a single metaphoric gust of Fargo wind, I remembered all of the wonderful things I love about fall.

The crisp, cool air – not too hot, not too cold. Evening snuggles under a big quilt. Apples and pumpkin and squash. Hearty soups and casseroles. Soothing tea. Gorgeous colors. Leggings and boots. Hot coffee and lattes.

I’ve now fully embraced Autumn. And since it’s National Coffee Day and Autumn, I’m thrilled to share this glorious blended Maple Clove Butter Coffee recipe with you.

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