Sunday, October 15, 2017

Brownie-In-A-Mug

Whenever you need a little pick me up ... this is the quickest way to get a sweet fix!



INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp water
DIRECTIONS
  • Grab a mug and mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Add the oil and water and mix until smooth
  • Microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds (be careful, very hot!)
  • Serve with a scoop of ice cream (optional)
  • Enjoy!
I can't help it, I'm a chocoholic!
What should I make next?
Love, Nick

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (One Bowl)

This recipe is so easy and simple and it's a great way to use up the bananas that had almost gone bad. Thanks to the blog IWashYouDry for this fantastic treat! The chocolate chip makes each slice gooey and yummy and it's best served fresh! This is a great thing to have kids get involved with as well! They'll love smashing the bananas!



INGREDIENTS
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray your 8'' x 5'' loaf pan
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas until the chunks are smoothed out. Next, pour the melted butter into the bowl and mix until well blended
  3. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt and mix, then stir in the flour. The batter should be pretty thick. Fold in the chocolate chips gently and once everything is combined, pour into the pan. Add a few more chocolate chips on top for a fancy touch!
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour (or use the toothpick trick, insert it and if it comes out clean, it's ready). Let it cool completely on a wire rack. Slice it up and enjoy!

A classic recipe great for the fall holidays!
What should I make next?
Love, Nick

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Coconut Paleo Pancakes

During my freshman year of college, I would make pancakes almost every single morning because it was the cheapest and easiest thing to make! After finding out about my autoimmune disease, I knew I needed to make changes to my diet. Luckily I didn't have to give up pancakes completely, because I did find this recipe from Leelalicious that makes some of the most hearty and delicious pancakes I've probably ever had!  



INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 cup of arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp of maple syrup
DIRECTIONS
  1. In two separate bowls, mix the dry ingredients together and the the wet ingredients.
  2. Combine both mixes together and blend until well combined. No need to worry about over mixing because there isn't any gluten in the recipe! 
  3. Let the batter sit and thicken for a few minutes while you heat up a skillet on medium heat. If the batter does seem a little too thick, you can add a splash of coconut milk but know that it's supposed to be a thick consistency like applesauce.
  4. Proceed as normal for making pancakes! The recipe does cook 2 Tbsp of mix at a time, but you can make it slightly bigger than that. The mix makes about 3 to 4 pancakes

It's a personal favorite that gets a healthy makeover!
What else should I make?

Thanks for Reading
Love, Nick

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies (for High Altitude)

Believe it or not, chocolate chip cookies were always the toughest thing for me to make. I would either burn them, melt the butter too much, add too much flour and I could never get the cookie to look just right. I've tried a couple different recipes and this recipe I actually found ton the back of a Toll House milk chocolate chip wrapper, and it turns out to be the perfect recipe! Keep in mind, this recipe will be best for places in HIGH ALTITUDE (3,500 to 6,000 feet).


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose-flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (half melted is fine)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 11.5 oz (1 3/4 cups) milk chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F
  • Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Put the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large mixer and beat until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. 
  • Take the flour mixture and add little by little to the mix while also adding 2 tsp of water. Last but not least, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Take a spoon and drop some cookie dough onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
That's it! How easy is that?
The most simple and delicious cookie ever.
What else should I make?

Thanks for Reading
Love, Nick