Sep
15

Oh boy were these nut free granola bars delicious! No, I’m not just saying that because this is my blog and I claim everything to be tasty af — it’s because I kept returning to the fridge to grab another, and then another! I could have eaten the entire pan right then and there.

First, let me share that these granola bars that were inspired by YOU! Yes, the lovely, loyal, incredible AK readers out there. These nut free granola bars came to fruition from your requests on my previous reader survey. While scrolling through your comments, I noticed that a few of you had allergies to nuts or you were baking for little ones who couldn’t have nut containing items in their lunchboxes.

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Sep
12

Have you ever created the most simple combination, but because it was life-changing delicious, you just had to share it with everyone you knew? I’m talking about one of those recipes that you could eat every single day forever and ever.

That’s exactly how I feel about these warm breakfast baked sweet potatoes stuffed with a spoonful of sweet almond butter, ripe bananas & crunchy little chia seeds. I adore these more than I ever thought I would. The creamy almond butter melts into the flesh of the sweet potato and creates the most perfect texture in your mouth, somewhat reminiscent of a custard-like sweet potato pie.

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Sep
07

This peanut butter granola is for all my peanut butter lovers out there! I think I know you pretty well by now, but tell me if I’m right when I say these things:

You dig into the peanut butter jar with your finger or with a spoon whenever possible. You treat peanut butter like a dessert and perhaps like a goddess. You find yourself hoarding peanut butter jars in the cupboard so you never run out. Of course you’re always picking up a jar whenever you go to the store because you can crush a jar in a week. You have to portion out your peanut butter sometimes because it’s just so hard for you to resist. You’re always willing to give a new peanut butter brand a try, simply because you’re always on the quest to find the very best.

Does this describe you? Because what I did there was basically just describe myself. Pretty sure if there’s a number one fan of the peanut butter, it’s me! Been on that PB game since 1989.

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Aug
31

Welcome to this week’s Wellness Wednesday. Today is a special one because not only am I sharing my personal story about digestion issues, but also a tummy soothing smoothie recipe and why I’m loving probiotics these days — and why you should too!

Let’s rewind back to 2011 to when my digestion was a complete disaster. I believe that stress, an eating disorder and lack of proper nutrition in my diet all played a big factor in destroying the good bacteria in my stomach. This led to stomach aches, major bloating, constipation (I said it), joint pain and the inability to fight off infections in my body.

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Aug
29

My day starts off by waking up at 5:30am. I used to dread the early mornings but these days I find myself rather enjoying peeling the covers off, sleepily grinding coffee beans and making a pot, feeding the cat and heading out the door for my workout.

The schedule keeps me motivated and encourages me to go to bed at a decent hour (most of the time anyway). I’ve also found that I enjoy having the rest of my day free to work without the anticipation of exercising later. Occasionally I do sleep in until around 7am, but it’s becoming more rare.

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Aug
25

I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of zucchini week because I’ve had such an amazing time bringing you new recipes. For example: these baked zucchini donuts bursting with fresh, juicy blueberries and finished with a white chocolate drizzle.

Seriously so dreamy and perfect with a cup of coffee.

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Aug
23

Welcome to day 2 of zucchini week! Yesterday I gave you a delish bread recipe & today we’re all about cookies that taste like banana bread. Whoo hoo!

Since I couldn’t remember the last time I gave you a cookie recipe, I decided that today was the day to make it happen. We’re starting off with these BIG healthy VEGAN zucchini oatmeal cookies studded with ooey-gooey chocolate chips, whole grains & banana.

HELL YES!

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Aug
22

Welcome to Ambitious Kitchen’s annual ZUCCHINI WEEK! Yes, every single day this week I’m going to be posting a new zucchini recipe and frankly, I’m thrilled about it. I know you still have zucchini lurking in your garden, or perhaps it’s on sale at the store, either way you’ll need a ton of it! First up is this Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread that just so happens to be gluten free, vegan and nut free. No, you’re not dreaming. Just waking up to heaven.

Even after 5 years of blogging, I’m still finding new ways to put zucchini in baked goods. Call me the zucchini wizard. With a chocolate lightning bolt on my forehead and a spatula as my wand.

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