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Scrumptious Strawberry Muffins and Bread

I bought some beautifully ripe strawberries this morning and was inspired to make strawberry muffins.

You will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of All-Purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking  powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1 1/4 cup milk, 2 large eggs lightly beaten, 1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted butter, 2 cups diced fresh strawberries, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl except sugar. Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix until combined. Add sugar and strawberries and mix until combined. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown at 350 degrees. The batter made 12 muffins and I also used a medium sized bread pan to make bread as well.

The muffins and bread were so delicious and the strawberries were juicy and so full of flavor. The hints of cinnamon provided a warm comfort throughout every bite. I delivered them to a few friends today as a nice surprise on this warm California day.

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Nibbles

A friend of mine posted a picture of these little vegan gems she was making for her daughter’s school. She eats really clean and has a fabulous yoga body so I decided to whip them up and see if I liked them.

As you all know, I love to bake and prefer to use full fat, from scratch recipes, but every so often I come across a great healthy alternative. This is exactly that kind of healthy treat that is tasty and totally guilt free. The recipe only has four ingredients and I super easy to make. You will need two ripe bananas, dash of cinnamon, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 1/4 cup oats (I used gluten free).

Mash the bananas in a bowl until they are completely blended. Add the oats, cinnamon, and chocolate chips until mixed well. Take a small ice cream scoop or two spoons and scoop out the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. I used coconut oil spray to grease it. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins and allow to completely cool. They are sweet and slightly crunchy on top. Perfect for a snack or even breakfast. The recipe makes 12 bite size morsels, so if you need more feel free to double the recipe.

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Fresh Fruit Galettes

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa the other day and was inspired to make her Fruit Galette.

The french pastry is super easy to make and I promise your home will smell amazing as they bake. You will need to purchase frozen puff pastry dough and fresh fruit of your choice. I used strawberries and Granny Smith apples. You will also need sugar, cinnamon and butter. I like to use unsalted butter for all of my baking needs. Apricot jam will be used to make a glaze. A knife, measuring cup or a regular spoon, and a cutting board are all needed.

You will need to thaw the puff pastry dough for about 30-45 mins until it is defrosted and ready to use. Then simply cut it into rectangular shapes. When I unfolded mine it naturally had lines to make three long sheets from where it was folded. I cut it along those lines and then halved those so I ended up with 6 small rectangles. Slice your fruit thinly and evenly spread onto the pastry dough in whatever pattern you like. Generously cover the top of the fruit with sugar. The sugar will sweeten the fruit and caramelize upon baking. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the apples to add extra holiday flavor. Cut small bits of butter to dot on the top of the sugar. This will ensure richness and a beautiful color to the top of the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and a nice golden brown color.

Take out of the oven and let cool. While they cool you can make the glaze. Take a cup of the apricot jam and add a bit of water to thin it out and mix in a saucepan to heat through. Take a pastry brush and gloss the tops of the treats with the glaze. The thin layer will leave your pastries looking store bought and add to the depth of flavor.

Let the glaze set and serve!

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Chai Tea Latte

I love a good chai tea latte. I know it sounds crazy, but my favorite one is served at Panera Bread. It is the Iced Chai Tea Latte. Now that it is fall, I crave this drink more than ever.

It is a creamy blend of two percent milk and chai tea concentrate. The flavor is so spot on and perfect for my tastebuds, that years ago I had to get one daily. The fact that there is no brewing involved and that they just pour the ingredients together is so simple, but results in the most delicious drink.

I found out that they use the Republic of Tea Chai Tea Concentrate to make this concoction. The ingredients include, water, brewed black tea, evaporated cane juice, wildflower honey, vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, clove and cardamom. All you need to do to make this blissful beverage is combine one ounce of concentrate to seven ounces of milk or milk alternative. You can serve it hot or cold, but I prefer it iced. The flavors blend so wonderfully together to remind me of the holidays and a lovely fall day.

The shelf life of the concentrate is one year unopened and ninety days after opening in the refrigerator. A sixty-four ounce jug of the concentrate can be purchased online at http://www.republicoftea.com for $46.

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