Cranberry & Chocolate Autumnal Pancakes

Autumn is officially here, and with it, you’re looking at an especially happy camper.  I’ve lamented my love of and romance towards this particular season in several blog entries on Travels and Trdelnik, so I wont go into too much depth here.  For a list of enticing, awesome seasonal activities though, here you go.  A recent entry listing several hopefully interesting and inspiring ideas for readers (in addition to waxing on about my adoration of this time of year).  In the meantime though, these pancakes.

Gluten/grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Loaded with cranberries and pumpkin, two ultra healthy ingredients.  To name a few fun facts…apparently cranberries lower your risk of cancer, help increase urinary tract health, reduce inflammation, and are great for dental health.  Pumpkin, don’t even get my started on this one.  I love it.  A couple of the supposed health benefits: pumpkin is great for joint health, reducing inflammation, helps protect the eyes, and is great for your skin- giving it a glow and preventing premature aging.

Back to the pancakes and how to make this mouthwatering dish.  Its an easy one.  I eat these several times a week (in varying flavor varieties).  I’m willing to bet after sampling them, you might be tempted towards doing the same…;-)

As a side note, for LOADS more brunching food porn, recipes and stellar spots to eat breakfast, look no further.  This article has it all.

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Special Feature: The BEST Chocolate Cake You’ve Never Had.

Hi Everybody,

In light of the weekend which just wrapped, thought Id gift you with a pretty sumptuous sweet treat.  Get excited for this one.  Super psyched.  It might just be one of the best chocolate cakes you ever sample.  The full name, which was too much of a mouthful for the title line, is: “Maxxs Mouthwateringly Fudgy & Brookes Bombastically Moist, Nearly Death by Chocolate Cake.”  A dangerous one for sure, on more than one level 😉 which only my sidekick will understand in full.  All joking aside though, get ready to have your socks knocked off upon tasting.  Might not even bother wearing any when sampling this baby.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

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Long time, no post, I know.  With the ushering in of autumn and the beginning of October, I thought something with sweet potato would make for the perfect autumnal entrée.  This dish can wear many hats, from sweet snack, to breakfast for dinner or dessert, to one of many platters scattered across the table in a weekend brunching extravaganza.

Super easy to make, filling, lightly sweet, grain free/dairy free and healthier than your typical pancakes.  However, still just as scrumptious.

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Fall Harvest Quinoa Bowl

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Quinoa, once you learn how to make it, is one of the most versatile, easy to cook with, enticing blank palettes for a plethora of lunch and dinner options.  I cook my quinoa in bulk, always making two or three times what’s needed for whatever particular meal I’m making.  Its so easy to pile some in a bowl the next day, top with a smattering of veggies, a protein, some sauce (I love either pesto or coconut curry sauce) and, viola.  A mouthwatering meal at the ready.

When initially assembling this particular Fall Harvest Bowl, I was slightly hesitant, imagining the flavors to be potentially too bland.  On the contrary.  It was vibrant, flavorful, nutty, crisp with the crunch from peppers, the herby taste of the pesto, all utterly delicious.

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Paleo Sunflower Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

To all lovers of old school chocolate chip and/or peanut butter cookies (or, for the truly daring, lets take the two and combine 😉 because really, what’s better than chocolate and peanut butter fused?  Nothing, that’s what.  Besides possibly pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, but that’s another debate for a different day).

The coolest thing about these cookies though?  They deliver all the taste of a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie but are grain free, dairy free, Paleo and free of refined sugar.  The texture is cakey and moist.  They taste lightly sweet and peanut buttery, except these guys are made with sunflower butter.  The supposedly healthier cousin to PB, as its not a legume/nut.

Get excited for these guys.  Easy to make and totally delicious.

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Paleo Chocolate Frosting

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Here’s a delicious, healthy ish frosting recipe.  Ideal for cupcakes (especially on these moist, fudgy Paleo ones), cakes, you name it.  I was stunned this is a mostly Paleo recipe.  Yet it tastes creamy, sugary, thick, like a real deal version of chocolate frosting.  Enjoy!  This might become your new go-to 😉

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

Man oh man, do I love chocolate, frosting and cupcakes.  The moist, cakey texture.  The rich, sugary taste of frosting.  The charming and oh so perfect small size making it nearly impossible to eat just one.  Queue mouth watering.  However, damn what a bummer how unhealthy they are.  Loaded with sugar, dairy and grains.

On Pinterest one day, I stumbled across several Paleo cupcake recipes, which I automatically assumed were likely to taste terrible.  However I decided to experiment with making a batch last night.  WHOA.  Like the astoundingly awesome, flavorful cauliflower pizza I made a couple weeks ago, these blew my mind.

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Healthy Lavender Strawberry Shortcakes

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In celebration of summer (which is thankfully still here, despite the air edging its way into fall temps ever so subtly), to me, strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer sweet.  Its the dessert of BBQs, days on the beach, and evening dinners al fresco.  This version is a bit healthier than the usual shortcakes.  Its free of refined sugar, as well as free of dairy.  Though it is made with wheat flour.

Cheers to this tasty treat which you can hopefully enjoy at some of your last outdoor summer celebrations!

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Portbello Mushroom Burgers

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Love burgers but wish they weren’t loaded with all those heavy carbs?  This recipe delivers the taste without all the extra bread.  Get excited for this one, its the bomb.  Summer is THE time for burgers, and the season isn’t over just yet ;-).  Lets milk burger season for all its worth, eh?  Enjoy this healthier but just as mouthwatering rendition.

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Vegan Pumpkin Oat Bars

With autumn just around the corner, I am finding myself unearthing every excuse in the book for baking with pumpkin.  One of my favorite flavors and tacked tightly to the long list of reasons why autumn is my favorite season.

These pumpkin bars are just the ticket for an ideal fall snack or dessert.  Gluten free, easy to make (I threw the “batter” together in roughly 5 minutes, then popped it in the oven and viola, done), low in calories and much healthier than a usual pumpkin bar dessert item.

Lightly sweet, filling, oaty, with just a bit of chocolate thrown in (optional of course, as if you aren’t a chocolate lover, they would be just as great without chocolate chips)

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