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Appetizers

Banana, Pumpkin, Apple + Cranberry Fall Loaf

 
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Hello, FALL!!!

In honor of the beginning of cozy sweaters, pumpkin farms and chilly nights- I bring to you the most delicious fall loaf!

This version is completely vegan, made with quality ingredients and has a crunchy/sweet top with a moist center. I included all my favorite aspects of the season including: Honeycrisp apples, pumpkin, cranberry, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg.

 

Whip up this yummy bread and your entire home will smell delightful!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup flour, white
  • 1 cup flour, whole wheat unbleached
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 medium apple, diced (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

*Topping- 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and whisk together very well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine bananas, pumpkin, maple, almond milk and oil.
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients into large bowl and mix.
  5. Stir in diced apple and cranberries.
  6. Pour mixture into loaf pan. 
  7. In a small dish use a fork to combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of batter. 
  8. Bake in oven approx. 55mins-1hr. (I pulled the loaf out once it was risen, the top was browned and a toothpick came out almost clean as a little underbaked results in a really moist bread!)
 

Crispy Kale Chips

 

 

CHIPS. CHIPS. CHIPS.

My personal kryptonite. However, I can easily sit down to demolish an entire bag of kettle chips without blinking an eye!

Think you couldn't possibly utilize the superfood kale to replace your usual crunchy fix? 

THINK AGAIN. 

 

I was not a believer until I finally perfected this recipe. Now, I am addicted. 

Kale will not replicate the oily, heavy potato chip experience, but it makes a fantastic substitute when you're trying to satisfy your cravings without ruining your diet. My four year-old even loved these and she would never touch kale in any other form!

 

As always, this recipe is incredibly simple to implement and takes very little time

If you adore another seasoning combination then experiment!! Make 'em spicy! Add lots of garlic! 

The options are endless.

 

Best part? If you find yourself finishing a bowl there is zero guilt. You just fed your body nutrients and healthy fat. 

SNACK AWAY!!

 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Place chopped kale in large mixing bowl and massage with oil using your hands.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, chili powder, garlic powder, pepper and red pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Spread out in single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate pan.
  6. Put in oven for additional 5-10 minutes until edges are slightly brown and chips are crispy!
 

Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

 

Fruit is nature's candy, but sometimes I like to switch things up a bit!

 

One of my favorite ways to add some variety to a fruit salad is with a honey-lime dressing. The topping takes less than 5 minutes to mix together, adds no refined sugar and a ton of flavor!

My four year-old had to be cut off from digging into this. 

 

I typically create a fruit salad with a couple substantial options such as melons, pineapple or grapes then add berries!

The leftovers will keep in the fridge for a day or two, otherwise you can freeze and use in smoothies. 

Please let me know what you think!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound of strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small dish zest an entire lime and then squeeze juice into dish. 
  2. Whisk in honey and cinnamon. Set aside. 
  3. Layer fruit in large bowl.
  4. Spoon over honey-lime mixture slowly over fruit and lightly toss.
  5. It's best to allow 30 mins to chill and marry flavors, but can also be enjoyed immediately!