Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

Basil Strawberry Spinach Salad


I’m desperately trying to eat more “greens” in my life on a daily basis and the easiest way to do that for me is to make a salad. My problem is that simple side salads bore me. Like what’s more boring than a salad with cucumbers, tomato and dressing? Hardly anything. So to tempt my…

Blueberry, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad


My aunt is in town for her first visit in about 8 or 9 years. She bought a giant tub of mixed greens when we were at Costco the other day, impressively, for $3.79. I happened to have two giant blocks of blue cheese in my fridge (also from Costco) and was on the look…

Banana Pancakes {paleo, GF}


I have vivid memories of pancakes from my childhood. I grew up eating pancakes. My mom and grandma both made a fantastic buttermilk pancake but they always turned out sort of flat. The vivid memories of flavored pancakes take me back to sleepovers I had as a child. For about a year or so, I…

Grain Free Dutch Baby Pancake


Let’s talk about pears for a minute. I’m very particular about them. I only like them when they are green and crunchy – like an apple – and I’m particular to the Bartlett kind, I pass on any other. So when I realized that I had a ripe pear in my refrigerator (the horror!) I…

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Bran Muffins


I wanted to make something simple to take to work for breakfast. Something I could grab and go and something that was healthy. So I decided to look up bran muffin recipes made with greek yogurt hoping I could find a recipe that has a bit more protein than your normal bran muffin. I found…

{light} French Toast with Greek Yogurt and Berries


I LOVE breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. I could eat breakfast for every meal if I had the time. I especially love anything bread-y like pancakes, waffles or French toast. I have been obsessed with making something I call “Greek Yogurt Fluff.” I mix Greek Yogurt with a bit of cool whip…

Fruit and Greek Yogurt Fluff Parfaits


I have always been a bit ambivalent toward Greek yogurt. I love how much protein is in it but it basically just tastes like sour nothing to me. If you add fruit to Greek yogurt, it slightly sweetens it up to make it a bit more palatable but there’s still room for improvement. You can…

Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake


I have a coworker who loves to bake as much as I do. Maybe more. We talk shop (baking shop) frequently. Like what kind of flour works best in biscuits. Or how macarons turn out one out of every three times you make them. So when I found out she was turning 30 (such a…

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl


The first time I had an Acai Bowl was, embarrassing, not that long ago.It was when I moved back to California (two years ago) at Acai King in Huntington Beach. I chose the peanut butter banana flavor and watched him scoop a humongous portion of peanut butter into the already prepared Acai mix. It was…

Raspberries and Cream Warm Oats Bowl


I found raspberries for $1.50 (for 6 ounces) at the store this weekend and bought four containers thinking I would make a raspberry pie. Then I realized a few things. One, I have way too much to do to make a pie. Two, I have no tapioca. Three, nearly everyone I work with is on…

Chunky Monkey Warm Oats Bowl


Maybe you’re reading the title of this blog (and thinking back to my Warm Oats Bowl with Superfoods blog) and wondering… what the hell is the difference between a warm oats bowl and oatmeal? I like to think of warm oats bowls as oatmeal’s indulgent (yet still healthy) cousin. On weekends when I make these…

Banana Bread & PB Chocolate Chip Cookies


Over a week ago I bought a bunch of bananas to make a bunch of banana “ice-cream.” I guess I was overzealous in my thoughts because after a week passed the bananas were still sitting on my counter only by then they were too brown to eat and past the point where I would want…

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream {vegan}


I’ve seen recipes for vegan banana “ice cream” floating around Pinterest for a while now. I’m big into real ice cream (have my own ice cream maker and cardboard pints for storing in the freezer) so I thought I would try out the substitute and see how it compares. This particular recipe was found at…

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread


I saw amazing pictures for double chocolate banana bread on Pinterest the other day but when I tried to go to the website linked to the picture, Pinterest had blocked me. I got an error messaging letting me know that the site was reported as spam. Damnit! So I searched high and low clicking on…

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake


A few months ago my old coworker Anchal asked me to make a cake for her husband’s birthday (September 15th). I used to see Anchal around the office last year and think she was the cutest little pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. She really was! While she’s no longer pregnant, she’s still the cutest little woman…

Lemon Raspberry Cream Layer Cake


The story behind this cake goes as follows: Lucas has been waiting since his birthday (early August) for his birthday cake. I flew to L.A. last minute on Lucas’s birthday and was unable to attend the fiesta. No worries, Kyna insisted. Why don’t you make him a cake for the Portland marathon? I happened to…

Banana Chiffon Cake (AKA Banana Igloo Cake)


It’s been a long, hot summer here in the Pacific Northwest. Even the most steadfastly devoted sun lovers I know here are admitting they are sick of summer and can’t wait for fall. Summer is prime cake making time for me normally. First of all, there’s cake week which happens every year the week of…

Sweet and Salty Blueberry Breakfast Bars


Recently my dad sent me some recipes, including an issue of Outpost Magazine, which had delicious looking recipe for a gluten-free breakfast bar. I don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, so I decided to go another route: whole wheat flour with some protein, fiber and omega-3 additions. I generally detesting using only whole-wheat flour in a…

Glazed Meyer Lemon Donuts


I was inspired to make donuts after I saw Allison’s post at Main St. Cuisine a few weekends ago. (If you’ve never visited the Main St. Cuisine blog, you should. Allison’s food pictures always makes me drool.) Shortly after reading Allison’s post I ended up buying a donut-cutter from Sur La Table. I found an easy-looking…