March Matcha Madness

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (if you’re new, welcome!), you will know that I love matcha. Having previously posted brownie, pudding (chia and bread) and cookie recipes, treats made with this green tea powder is a match-a made in heaven. What you didn’t know is that I absolutely adore the pecan sticky bun found at Flour Bakery in Boston (There’s actually four bakeries, all owned by baking extraordinaire Joanne Chang). Anytime I am in Boston, I make sure I grab a sticky bun to bring home (well, probably only part of a sticky bun).

Not that I could ever improve upon this piece of pastry perfection, I tweaked the original recipe just a tiny bit, and you guessed it, it involves matcha.

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A Quick Pic-Me-Up: Oreo Pancakes From Minimalist Baker

IMG_8590Cooked up some delicious and super rich vegan Oreo Pancakes (I used a recipe from the always fantastic Minimalist Baker; if you haven’t check out Dana’s blog you are missing out… she is killing it!) for a bit of a breakfast treat on this dreary Tuesday here in the Northeast. A few additions/tweaks I made to the recipe: a handful of hazelnuts to the ‘frosting’ (they were processed along with the coconut flakes), 1/4 cup coconut flour instead of the whole wheat (Note: You will need to use an additional 1/4 cup of liquid if you use this flour), and a tasty garnish of dark chocolate morsels and chia seeds before digging in.

Treat Yo’ Self Thursday #4, a Not so Naughty Snack

I love a good chia pudding… Hell, I’ll eat just about anything with chia seeds. For breakfast, dessert or a pre-workout snack, chia seeds are fantastic for filling you up without making you feel sick.

Personally, I like to eat a Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze before working out in the morning. It keeps me from feeling lightheaded and keeps me from getting sick (I can’t eat much for breakfast). Plus, they’re so freaking good (Banana Strawberry, Mango Coconut, etc….they’re some next level sh*t) and they’re surprisingly low in sugar. And their chia drinks are killer! (I promise this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love their products.)

So last night, while I was grabbing ingredients to make my usual recipe, I remembered that I had an overripe banana and in a stroke of random genius, I came up with this: Continue reading