Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Butter

Last week, I swooooooned over this apple butter!  And it is seriously swoon worthy.  But, on the off chance that you don’t have 3-4 hours, I wanted to provide this 20-minute, equally smooth pumpkin butter recipe for all my fellow fall flavor loving people! I would be remiss if I said the flavors were as intense as the slow simmered then baked apple butter from last week, but this 20 minute pumpkin butter is still packed with fall spices and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  All fall long, I keep jars of this stuff for last minute brunch or coffee dates with friends. Pumpkin butter…

Healthy Treats – Salted Caramel Chocolate Coconut and Oat Bars

If you cringe when asked to be “treat mom” or to “bring the treats,” I know the feeling, even though I am currently kidless.  Almost everyone if off of something these days. Even kids! The school’s list of acceptable/unacceptable ingredients in homemade treats I see pinned to the fridge at my friends’ house leaves little but organic unicorn dust and non-GMO rainbows up for grabs.  And unfortunately, I’m fresh out of both. One year we hosted a monthly dinner for our church small group.  A week before our first meal, three people reached out about their dietary restrictions with the clear assumption that accommodations would be made.  Between the 3 of…

Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

Love People Well: Best Banana Nut Muffins

I do promise that the Love People Well series won’t just be a million different types of muffins.  As soon as a few more things start to ripen in the garden, I have some spicy and crunchy ideas of the vegetable variety.  But in the mean time… if I’m being truthful, muffins have been the name of the game around here.  Knee surgery? Muffins.  Family members taking solo road trips? Muffins.  Brother moving to New Mexico for the summer?  Muffins. Anyone want to guess which muffins this summer have been the summer’s most requested?  Yup, these.  They truly are the best and most moist banana nut muffins ever – almost…
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