Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I obviously have apples on the brain at this point in the season. I’ve done almost everything you can with them. Made raw cinnamon applesauce, spiced apple cider, and now apple cinnamon oatmeal. I guess we still have apple pie or strudel or crisp left.. Mmmmm. Speaking of apple cinnamon oatmeal, did anyone else absolutely…

Make Your Own Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo and vegan friendly)

I may or may not have mentioned my somewhat waning affinity for that silly place called Starbucks. I did allow myself one pumpkin spice latte this year, but I like my version better as it’s a huge relief not to have the artificial ingredients, weird syrup with zero actual pumpkin and dairy-based flavoring. To that…

Savory Slow Cooked Sweet Potato Apple Carrot Soup (Vegan and Paleo)

We had an abundance of delightful sweet potatoes to use up and our original dinner plans got de-railed. Happy Accident. I also stumbled upon some great inspiration at 100 days of real food. The beauty of the soup is how adjustable it is. You can really use any winter squash, add some apple and aromatics…

Vanilla Maple Iced Latte

I’ve been looking for festive fall coffee drinks I can make at home and this one is an easy, tasty discovery. I accidentally discovered that maple syrup mixes quite well into cold drinks so it works great here as a latte flavor and sweetener. Added bonus- a similar, refined-sugar version at a coffee shop would…

Piña Colada Tropical Green Smoothie

This smoothie is really really really yummy. Charlotte drank both of ours. It tastes like a piña colada, minus the rum. They don’t recommend adding rum for pregnant ladies and toddlers I guess. We’ve been drinking one green smoothie for snack most days lately and it’s going quite well. I also feel better if she…

Make Your Own DIY Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate (French Press Method)

French press coffee is absolutely, positively wonderful. It requires no electricity and the flavors of the coffee are really brought out by the steeping method. I love it hot, but have found it maybe even more enjoyable (personally) cold. Cold brewed french press is the best of all worlds, it’s easy, cheap and yummy. If…

Scrumptious Salty Sweet Trail Mix

This trail mix makes everyone happy. Roasted salted almonds, cashews, and pecans, delish. Dried figs! Banana chips! Toasted coconut. Yep. Just watch your nuts (…) carefully since mine got a little over toasty after not following my intuition and leaving them in too long. No sugar at all, not even sweetened cranberries. And kid approved….

Decadently Creamy Green Smoothie (Paleo and vegan friendly)

This smoothie came from the realization that spinach doesn’t make any difference in the taste of a smoothie so why not make a high protein yummy creamy smoothie that just happens to have spinach in it? It turned out extremely well. It tastes like a thick banana maple milkshake and it’s packed with vitamins without…

Creamy Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

This soup feels like fall and winter in a bowl. The cream is so warm and comforting and the sausage and potatoes just make it even more hearty and special. I added more liquid and preferred it that way. You will have to taste and add to your liking. When serving little ones, I recommend…

Heavenly Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie

This smoothie was by far Charlotte’s favorite. She drank all of hers and she wanted mine as well. So basically, she just drank the majority of a cup of raw spinach, a banana and a cup of coconut milk. Yum. Heavenly Coconut Banana Spinach Smoothie (lightly modified from the gracious pantry.) Ingredients: 1 cup of…