New with the Old

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*Reposting this recipe from the archives (April, 2014) because I just made these recently and remembered how amazing they are. Enjoy!

I like to live a life that mixes the new and the old.

New adventures mixed with the old standards.

Nature walks (which I’ve always loved) in new neighborhoods.

Eating at new restaurants while still visiting the all-time favorites.

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Cookies Again

coconut oil oat chip cookies

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of cookies.

They’re up there as one of my favorite desserts. That’s because cookies are:

  • a mix of textures
  • can contain chocolate
  • can be combined with lots of flavors
  • are bite-sized

There are so many reasons for my cookie love. Although I definitely don’t make cookies every week, I like to whip up some new ones every month or so, and it’s even better when I can substitute coconut oil for butter. Coconut oil is not only tasty, but it has a lot of great health benefits.

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The Pumpkin Party Starts Here

coconut oil pumpkin bread

We all know it. We’ve all seen it.

Pumpkin is all over the grocery store/everywhere…and I LOVE it!

Living near Trader Joe’s has amped up my love of pumpkin things to a whole new level: pumpkin cornbread, pumpkin soup. I can’t get enough.

I’m all about the more traditional recipes for which you keep pumpkin puree on hand (btw: I love TJ’s organic version). You know, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, etc.

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Healthy Baking is Back

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Get excited, because today I have an another amazing healthy baking recipe for you.

I’m talking coconut oil to the max along with shredded coconut, oats, just a bit of sugar, cinnamon and a few chocolate chips.

These little Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are packed with flavor and health and you won’t miss the butter.

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Cocoa for Coconut Oil

All throughout school, I looked forward to getting my report cards.

I was a very competitive student and always looked forward to seeing what my grades were and how I could get them higher.

Report cards were also exciting because it meant that if I had done my best in all of my classes, I would get a trip to Sonic or Dairy Queen with my dad.

Although I probably switched my choice of treat up from report card to report card, I remember getting a Reese’s blizzard about 75% of the time. I have always loved the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and mixed with ice cream, it makes sugary bliss.

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Healthy Baking Tips

Let’s talk healthy baking.

That may sound like an oxymoron to you, but it isn’t!

I used to think for something to be delicious and heartwarming it had to contain lots of butter and sugar. And of course there are many things that I still love and bake that do contain those things.

But I’m learning there are ways to bake with no guilt!