You won’t believe that these fudgy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars are made with lentils.Vegan and gluten free!
LENTILS in a dessert? You think I’m crazy? Weird? Cute? Maybe it’s a combo.
We’ll get to this dessert soon. First off, it’s Friday!
I haven’t slept all freaking week. I wish I was kidding. I’ve been preparing for the launch of a brand new site for work and so we’ve been busy plugging away, staying late, and chugging coffee. I’ve also been trying to get back into working out after taking a little over a week off. Last night I went to my favorite yoga sculpt class. Ummmm you guys… it was pure hell and I mean that in the best way possible. I literally thought I was going to throw up on my yoga mat, and that never happens to me (sorry for being so descriptive). I guess that’s what happens after a week of vacation wine and cookie inhaling.
Today I rewarded myself with a small dark hot chocolate. I figured that I haven’t had a real hot chocolate in ages, and I felt like I needed a sweet treat to keep me going. Let me tell you, it was SO worth it. I even topped mine with extra whipped cream. It’s important to treat yourself to a little indulgence; I hope you all do the same this weekend!
Apple Cider Cornmeal Pancakes made with touch of maple syrup and sausage — a great breakfast!
In the realm of comfort food, there is one thing that dominates breakfast: pancakes.
I remember when I was little and my Dad used to make me the thinnest pancakes — it was such a treat to wake up to! Later in life, I was a huge fan of thick and fluffy chocolate chip pancakes. To this day, every time I visit my best friend’s house from high school, I always request that her mom make her famous chocolate chip pancakes — they’re still my absolute favorite.
To be honest, I really love all pancakes because I only get to have them once in a while. And when I do, you better believe I load them up with creamy, warm peanut butter AND maple syrup. That combo CAN’T be beat… unless you’re throwing bacon into the mix. Then OMG, just stop it!
I was all set to make some apple cider donuts, but had a craving for pancakes and happily stumbled into this recipe.
Since it’s November and we’re in full Fall season, I decided to use Apple Cider in my pancakes for a sweet pancake with a bit of tang and spice. I didn’t use just any apple cider though, I used new SweeTango Apple Cider, made from SweeTango apples. It’s sweet and full of citrus notes with a touch of spice — basically unlike any apple cider out there. MAJOR!
Have you had a SweeTango apple before? I LOVE them. I find them a lot in Minnesota during the fall; they’re a cross between a Honeycrisp and Zestar, so you know they’re good!
Anyway back to pancake chat…
For some weird reason, I had a craving for breakfast sausage. Usually I stick to turkey bacon, but I was feeling like some chicken maple breakfast sausage and thought it would be fantastic in the pancakes.
I mean, just imagine biting into a pancake wrapped sausage. Dreamy, right?
Naturally sweetened banana bread made with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack!
I’m absolutely one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason.
That tragedy is followed by opportunity and growth. That difficult times will eventually be followed by lovely moments. But I’m also the type of person who loves to plan, think ahead, or heck, just think about everything. My to-do lists are endless. My goals keep getting bigger.
But, I’ve also found that sometimes you have to live in the moment. Enjoy little moments with people who matter to you. Appreciate the messes, forget imperfections, and embrace the present. Still with me?
Remember last week when I told you about my vacation? Well it was the best! I went to the apple orchard, on long fall drives, baked apple crisp, coconut cookies, turkey meatballs, and more. We watched movies, drank wine, and laughed like nothing else mattered. In fact, we even went to the diner and ate pancakes at 2am on a Sunday. Sometimes you just need those moments; that little bit of time with someone special.
Other times you just need banana bread. That sweet aroma to fill your house and create a comforting atmosphere.
It’s obvious I’m in love with banana baked goods. Have you checked out my recipe index lately? It’s full of healthy banana breads.
I can always tell when it’s officially fall when I start craving warm bowls of soup. It’s not even funny how many bowls I could consume; just fill it to the brim and let me drench my bread in all that broth.
Soup & bread leaves me deliriously happy. Can you get high off grilled cheese? Just wondering.
Oh and not like it’s a secret or anything, but if I’m alone I’ll sip it slowly from the bowl. Let’s not pretend I’m the only one, internet friends.
But let me ask you a serious question: what is soup without a sandwich? Without crusty toasted buttered bread and melty cheese in the middle? Well, it just isn’t the same. Trust me, I know this bread and soup thing. Or at least I can claim to since I’ve got this food blog thing going on.