Berry Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS
1 loaf brioche bread, cut in cubes
1 cup milk
¼ cup cream cheese
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
½ pint blueberries
½ pint raspberries
Powdered sugar
3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat skillet over medium heat then add milk, butter and cream cheese. Whisk together until cream cheese and butter are melted and milk is hot. In a large bowl whisk sugar, eggs and cinnamon together then toss bread in the mixture to coat. Add milk mixture next and toss quickly (so bread doesn’t get too soggy). Pour bread back into skillet then sprinkle fruit on top. Bake skillet in the oven for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and it is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before adding powdered sugar and ice cream.

*Used in a Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet

Mini Eclair Parfait

I love when a dessert is easy to make but is still eye catching and delish. This eclair parfait uses only crushed graham crackers, vanilla pudding (or you can substitute for vanilla yogurt), and chocolate pudding.

INGREDIENTS
4-6 graham crackers, crushed
1 cup vanilla pudding
1/2 cup chocolate pudding

 

Banana Sushi

This is a cute idea for kids, or even adults (can you imagine a fancy tea party with fruit sushi?). Not only is it super easy to make, the possibilities are endless. You can top these with fruity pebbles, peanuts, sprinkles or chia seeds. Simply dip your banana in chocolate, add toppings and let set. Then cut into even slices and serve with chopsticks.

Nature’s Candy Smoothies

We love smoothies around here because they are kid-friendly healthy and delish but I feel like I keep making the same ones over and over. I would love to see what everyone’s making in their own kitchens while I share mine below:

Pink – 2-3 strawberries, 1 blackberry, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Green – 1 frozen banana, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

Yellow – 1 mandarin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey and ice

Purple – 1/4 cup blackberries, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, honey

White – 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup chia, 1 banana, honey

 

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Braided Cinnamon Roll Wreath

With Christmas around the corner, I am giddy with all the baking possibilities up ahead. I really love a good cinnamon roll, but I’m always wary about the excess sugar and butter in store-bought rolls. Here, I used this recipe by Totally Love It, and estimate the calories to be about 300-400 calories per serving, which is a far cry from almost 1,000 calories for a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll. Although it’s still an indulgent treat, I feel that sometimes it’s worth it, especially around the holidays. Not to mention your home will be smelling like cinnamon sugar for hours. Yum!

10 Savory Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

It’s no secret pumpkin feels right at home in pies and lattes, but this versatile fall vegetable also works in warm soups, rich pasta sauces, and even French fries. With its heavenly scent and many health benefits, pumpkin should actually be used every single day. Here, we rounded up 10 savory pumpkin recipes that will have even avid PSL drinkers seeing their favorite ingredient in a whole new light.

Find the recipes here

Photo by: Love Lola Blog

Healthy Protein Bars To Make at Home

You probably know it’s important to get enough protein, but if you’re not chowing down on a good amount of meat, it can be a challenge. Give your body what it needs with tasty, protein-packed bars that are full of wholesome, fresh ingredients. Prep these ahead of time, and you have a great on-the-go snack that will help you curb cravings before your meals, or when you need an extra boost throughout the day. Here, we rounded up the healthiest and easiest protein bar recipes that you can feel great about.

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Feature Image and Recipe for Matcha Energy Bars by Grateful Grazer

Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups dates, pitted + roughly chopped
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder + additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs unsweetened
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, almonds, cashews, hemp seeds, vanilla, + 2 tsp matcha powder in food processor and pulse until well-combined. Mixture should stick together like a dough when pressed. If mixture is falling a part, add a few more dates and process again until combined.
  2. Add cacao nibs and pulse just enough for cacao to be dispersed throughout.
  3. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper (so bars are easier to remove later) and add bars to dish. Use hands or the back of a spoon to press the mixture down until it is compact and smooth. Sprinkle coconut and additional matcha on top and press down with back of spoon.
  4. Place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Remove bars from dish by pulling out parchment paper. Cut into bars + store in fridge for up to 1 week.

 

Meyer Lemon and Blueberry Filled Donuts

This was my second attempt at donut-making, and I can definitely notice the second time was better than the first. The whole yeast thing really intimidates me but once you get the frying technique down (plus a lot of patience!), you get a really tasty reward!

Coconut Acai Bowls

Acai bowls are great, but acai bowls in a coconut? Even better! After manhandling that coconut to get it open, I felt like Wonder Woman herself. After banging it on outdoor patio furniture I finally saw a crack in the armor and was able to pry it open. After that I topped the acai with fresh cherries, kiwi and mint from our garden. I used the left over coconut meat to make Tahitian coconut bread. Yum!!

The Best Breakfasts for On-The-Go

We get it: You’re hungry and running late so you reach for a packaged breakfast bar or race through a drive-thru—or, even worse, skip breakfast altogether. We are here to tell you there’s another way. With a little prep the day before (or even the day-of), you can have a healthy breakfast treat that will keep you full until lunchtime. Here are 14 grab-and-go breakfast ideas for even the busiest mornings.

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Feature Image by: I Heart Naptime Blog