baking, breakfast, clean eating, cookie, dessert, vegan, vegetarian

Clean and Simple Breakfast Cookies

What if I told you you can have cookies for breakfast? Awesome, right?! Well these cookies are nutritious, full of fiber and completely good for you! Waaaaay better for you than store bought cookies that are full of artificial ingredients, preservatives and GMO’s.  Instead they are full of oats, bananas, nuts and seeds… and chocolate, if you would like.

And yes, I eat these cookies for breakfast. And snacks. And dessert. They are guilt free, animal product free, gluten free and 100% good for you!

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Holiday Recipe Countdown – Day 2 {Vegan Cinnamon Rolls}

I love waking up on Sunday, pouring a cup of coffee and pre-heating my oven. Usually, Jordan and I bake my banana bread muffins which is his number one requested recipe of mine. We have such a blast baking together – he is such a good helper in the kitchen!

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Cinnamon rolls may seem a bit intimidating but they really are very easy. They just take a bit of time preparation. Believe me, your family will love you if they get woken up from the sweet smell of cinnamon. A perfect Sunday morning food!

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cinnamon peach roll Caramel Peach Sticky Buns

cinnamon rolls 2  Pumpkin Pistachio Cranberry Sweet Rolls ~ Cream Cheese Frosting

cinnamon rols final Almond Flour Cinnamon Rolls

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tasha

baking, lavender, vegan

Vegan Lavender Scones

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  • 2 cups flour – I used 1 cup unbleached white and 1 cup whole wheat
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp organic sugar
  • 3 tbsp dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

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Preheat oven to 425.

In a bowl sift flour, salt and baking powder. Add to your food processor. Now add the sugar, butter and lavender flours. Pulse until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
While mixing, slowly add milk until the dough is sticky and wet.

Now there are a few ways you can back them. If you have a scone skillet you can bake them that way. If not, you can take large tablespoon’s full of dough and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Or if you have time, you can place the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap. Take the sides and wrap it tightly all while making the dough flat and even. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours, or until hard. Take out and slice into desired wedges.

Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, or until they are brown around the edges.

Serve with jam or honey.

Makes 6-8 depending on the size.

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tashasig

baking, breakfast, muffin, vegan

Chocolate Chip Banana Millet Muffins

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Banana Chocolate Chip Millet Muffins
original recipe

  • 2/3 cup whole millet
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup soy milk, or any other non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy or organic chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Measure your millet into a blender and grind until it is almost to a powder.  Pour into a large bowl and add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gently stir together.

Mash banana’s and add to oil, milk, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix gently with your hand or a mixer until all the dry ingredients are wet. Add chocolate chips and gently stir until incorporated

Spoon into muffin tin, either lined or greased. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until you insert a toothpick and comes out clean.

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tashasig

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Vegan Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is not only vegan, but it is very “clean eating” friendly! No dairy, no oil… only sweet, cakey goodness!
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Ingredients
For the crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup melted non-dairy butter, such as Earth Balance
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar or brown sugar
  • 1  cup spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cane sugar, organic if possible
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teasp salt
  • 1 flax egg ( 1 tablespoon flax meal + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 1/8 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare the crumb topping – melt butter, set aside to cool. In a medium bowl combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Then add butter and mix until ingredients are fully wet. You will have globs of sugar mixture.

Prepare the cake – Combine flax and water first. Then in a medium bowl combine milk, apple sauce, vanilla and flax egg. Mix well. Then add dry ingredients. Mix until all flour has been combined, but be careful not to over mix.
Pour batter into a 9 x 9 baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Now evenly add your crumble to the top of the cake batter.

Bake for 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure cake has fully cooked.
Serve with coffee or tea.
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The Cookie Gal

Happy Wednesday!
How was everyone’s Hump Day going? Seattle was BEAUTIFUL today! Crazy since Seattle is never sunny in January!
I started with decaf coffee and a nice breakfast.
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4 scrambled egg whites, green onion, faux sausage and cilantro, with WW toast and an apple with cinnamon.
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And some trailmix at about noon – once I start eating it I can’t stop! haha
I decided that I as in a baking mood today. I tied on my apron and got busy! First up: Vegan Lavender Shortbread cookies!
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It was dark and I couldn’t get any decent lighting! BUT I am planning on taking more pictures tomorrow. These are a delicate shortbread type cookie. They have real dried organic lavender that I grew this summer and a hint of citrus zest. They are completely different but so delightful!
Next I made a batch of Chocolate Oaties.
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These were an experiment, and I need to do some tweaking. Cocoa powder, coconut, oatmeal and white chocolate chips. I need to up the cocoa and sweetener, omit the white chocolate with semi-sweet or dark chocolate, and add more liquid as they were quite dry. BUT I am eating them now with some decaf coffee, and they are a great cookie with coffee!
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I made small batches of each and froze the rest of the batter. I am planning on making the Lavender cookies for the Bake Sale For Haiti.
I was also baking today because I want to start looking into selling my baked goods. I have ALWAYS wanted my own bakery/deli! And now that I am eating healthy, I want to offer baked goods to people that care about what they eat, too. Organic, natural, mostly vegan and 100% made with care.
I guess I have been inspired by Angela and her Glow Bars, thinking “That’s what I have always wanted to do!”. So why not? I have some research to do but keep your eye out for more details on this little adventure. PS – I have SO MANY ideas and dreams; I really have a hard time prioritizing them! =)
Dinner was pesto spinach pasta, Brussels sprouts and Caesar salad.
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Since I trust all of your input, would you buy organic, natural baked goods, not necessarily mine but in general? I have been making breads, cookies and pastries; all organic, natural and healthy. I feel like this isn’t a substitute for a job but to make healthy alternatives to everyday food available to people who care about their health.

In honor of my endless adventures, I am giving someone a chance to win a dozen of my Lavender Cookies!
Here’s what to do! (leave a comment for EACH number you do)
  1. Leave a comment stating what kind of baked goods you would like to see available.

  2. Tweet about this giveaway – @tashakaye09 Win The Clean Eating Mama’s organic lavender shortbread cookies! http://www.thecleaneatingmama.com/2010/01/cookie-gal.html

  3. Add me to your blog roll or comment if I already am.

  4. Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Don’t have a blog? Tell me what your favorite cook book or cooking website is!

The giveaway ends Friday, the 22nd at 9AM has ended!
(ingredients: organic flour, organic raw sugar, organic lavender, organic orange zest, Vegan Butter Spread)
Good luck and good night!
ztashaz
baking, breakfast, chocolate, cookie, half marathon, juicing, lunch, running, weight loss, workout

Taking the lead

Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s day started out wonderfully!

So the snow didn’t last very long, just a few flakes here and there. But it’s extremely icy out this morning! Be careful, Seattlites!

I had a great run on the treadmill yesterday! I did 4 miles between running and walking on hills. My legs were feeling great and so was my throat; until I got home and started to cough again. Bummer.

I had an amazing lunch, though.

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I took out some frozen lasgna that we had in the freezer and warmed it up + paired it with a wonderful caesar salad.

I love caesar salads. I normally do not eat salads with dressing on them besides a little oil but caesar is one of my favorites. I ALWAYS make an exception for them! 😉 With A LOT of fresh cracked black pepper – a total must!

It was a nice, lazy day yesterday. A lot of football watching and lounging. Dinner was not exciting last night – an apple with PB and some yogurt with granola/trail mix. I didn’t end up eating the yogurt, though.

I also put on my baking apron and whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for Marc.

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I used an entire bag of chips – chocolate heaven!

I made another juice drink this morning – I am in love with my juicer! Can you tell?! =)

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I used my good ole standby mix – an apple, a beet, one carrot, 3 clementines, 3 huge handfuls of spinach, a banana and some ice.

Never disappoints me.

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Confession time – I need to workout more.

I need to make time for working out as I have problem areas that I have been lazy about. Yes, I do run but that’s about it. And even this is few and far between. I think I use J as my crutch – making excuses that revolve around him. I hate it, I know I need to up my time and effort to start results again.

So I thought I would come up with a spreadsheet, filled with each day of the month and I would fill in what I would like to do. Like a check list. Workouts that I can do at home and at the gym – I generally stick to doing all cardio at the gym. I’m a little self conscious about doing weights at the gym; I don’t know how to work the machines =(

I want to run a half marathon in June and I know that I am not going to be ready at the pace I have been going. Plus I need to start incorporating more resistance training – I have NOT been doing this at all.

So I need some ideas: what keeps you motivated to continue to workout? What are some tools that help you?

I need to start being more proactive and talking the lead!

Chelsea : here is the nutrition information for the scones. I made half of the bag – the instructions and nutrition info is for the entire bag. So I am guessing that it’s fairly accurate for one of my scones. All I do is add water, that’s it.

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Chocolate!!!!

Happy Saturday! How are you enjoying your day?

I woke up 15 minutes before J woke up – made some coffee and relaxed a tad. Then the cuteness awoke! =)

We spent a few minutes admiring the tree – he loves it!

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Here is a small showcase of a few ornaments that we have.

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My first Christmas ornament

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I admit: I have a lot of Starbucks ornaments!

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I see you!

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With all the ornament excitement, J went down for a nap and I made breakfast!

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Peach Chobani yogurt, vanilla granola, walnuts, organic strawberries and chocolate chips. The peach yogurt is not my favorite but it worked!

And while Marc was away I made him another chocolate cream pie! It’s his favorite!

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Taste testing!

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He should be pretty happy when he get’s home from refereeing!

I did have to make a small trip to the store to pick up another package of instant chocolate pudding – ya, I don’t make it from “scratch”. Marc prefers the pudding, anyway.

A hot soy chai latte to keep me warm!

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And look at the treats that came in the mail!

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They were chocolate peppermint crème! HOLY YUM! We bought some items from the neighbor girls that were doing a fundraiser… I totally forgot about it!

I have no idea when Marc is due to arrive home but I have been enjoying a relaxing day with J!

I will leave you with a sleeping angel! =)

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tasha

baking, breakfast, cookie, green monster, jordan, lunch, mail, recipe, running, salad

Monday!

Happy Monday! I hope today started the week off with a bang AND I know a lot of you have short weeks this week. Score for Thanksgiving! =)

So I noticed a trend yesterday as I was going through my blog list… pancakes. Every other blogger must have had pancakes yesterday for breakfast. I was very jealous, by the way. =( Funny thing was is that Marc made pancakes for breakfast but I wanted a Green Monster.

But I made up for it today!

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A yummy short stack of pancakes with a little almond butter in the middle and a side of Chobani yogurt. Hit the spot!

Pancake lovers – do you like your pancakes thin or thick?

Marc loves making his very thin but I love thick, cakey pancakes! Warm, comforting and delicious!

I ran to the gym at about noon to get in a quick run since Marc is at a meeting tonight – I am falling in love with running more and more! I never thought I could be a runner, ever. But with a little patience and will I am getting stronger and faster each time I run! BUT I am scared to run outside. =( I see more stories about people getting hit, abducted or attacked that I just cannot bring myself to do it.

I quickly made lunch when I arrived back at home. Marc was making a bagel with lox and cream cheese which look great! I was grabbing the bagels and thought “With the thick pancakes I had for breakfast, maybe I should stick with veggies”. And that’s what I did!

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A nice warm mug of tomato soup with a caprese type salad: organic spring mix, mozz cheese, tomatoes, avocado, basil, EVOO and s&p.

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I love caprese salads! Fresh mozz, heirloom tomatoes, aged balsamic and good olive oil – it doesn’t get any better than that!

Because it was a gloomy day, I decided to dig out my mixer and tie my apron on for a warm batch of hot, fresh cookies.

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And yes, like always, I ate too much batter! lol – it’s my favorite part!

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Warm, fresh, ooey and gooey! J helped out, too! 😉

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And what did he think of them?

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Good to the last crumb!

I also received some cool mail today from Stonyfield! I nice Thanksgiving card with some great coupons – Thanks Stonyfield!

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Well I am off to spend some time with J before bed time! See you later!

tasha

baking, cookie, recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup white and brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 – 2 1/4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Drop one inch spoonfuls of batter on lightly greased cookie sheets. (I use Pam and wipe the excess off) Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack and enjoy!

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I know everyone has their own favorite chocolate chip recipe but I thought I would share mine. I can make these in my sleep – this is Marc’s favorite cookie and I bake them once every few weeks. While they are not very “clean” or healthy, I would rather have him munch on these if he has a sweet tooth then a bag of processed sweets from the store. So I guess in a way they are “clean”! I have experimented with using apple sauce, less sugar but I could never get it just right. I do, however, use organic and/or local ingredients. I would love to find a great vegan recipe, though. Any ideas?

Happy baking!

If you have your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, please share! I love getting new ideas and trying your best recipes!