Normally I start each blog post with some sort of little story about life and what I’ve been up to lately. Today I just want to bring you a recipe for paleo banana bread because frankly, it’s just awesome.
I’ve been hoarding this recipe in my drafts for months, waiting for the perfect moment to hit publish. Mondays always seem to be the best because you’re all looking for new things to make, and who doesn’t love a good treat for the rest of the week?
A few years ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo posted pictures to my most famous cookie I’ve ever put on my blog (Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies!). Immediately my site crashed, and people came by the masses to make my so called “life-changing cookie”. It was easy to understand why: brown butter, brown sugar cookie dough, Nutella, chocolate chips, and sea salt; everything a cookie should be and so much more. It was the first cookie I ever baked my boyfriend and one of the reasons we fell in love (cookies can do that, you know!). The dough is rich and has a slight butterscotch flavor that I’m certain can’t be resisted.
OH MY GOODNESS. These bars. No seriously, theeeeeseeeee bars.
I found myself baking these after an intense craving for fig newtons. While I realize that Fig Newtons contains actual figs, I couldn’t find any at the store so I settled with dates, another favorite dried fruit. Good old dates — cheap, addicting and always there to save the day. My favorite way to enjoy dates lately has been by spreading almond or peanut butter all over them. Can you say YUMMMMM?
Are you ready for some pumpkin?! I’ve been waiting for it like a kid on Christmas morning. And I guess you really don’t have a choice because here I am shoving this recipe in your face. There’s no turning back now: Pumpkin season has officially started on Ambitious Kitchen.
In fact, did you know that my love for pumpkin is right up top with my love for all things nut butter? I’ve always said that if I could choose my last meal on earth, it would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Does that make me a basic bitch?
I made these brownies on snapchat a few weeks ago (username: ambitiouskitch) and saw that several of you ended up making them and tagging me on Insta. This is giving me some incentive to post more Snapchat recipes and not just videos of my cat drinking water out of a tea cup.
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a little bit of a baking hiatus. It’s not that I haven’t baking, because Instagram knows I have.
It’s just that ever since I made a commitment to follow the #SummerSWEATseries workouts and some of the meal plans, I’ve made a conscious effort about the amount of sugar and sweet treats I’ve been putting into my body. When I do indulge it’s usually a spoonful or two of vanilla almond butter or some dessert chia protein bars that I’ve been making (coming soon!). But lately brownies have been on my mind; you all know that usually I’m obsessed with cookies but I’ve been craving chocolate like no other.
I have to admit something and writing it here makes it official: I really haven’t been eating healthy lately. The whole month of travel really caught me off guard. Usually I’m pretty cautious and fairly diligent about making healthy food choices but I’ve had my fair share of sweetness this month.
As someone who has had food struggles, it’s important for me to stay on track with the way I eat because if altered, I can easily develop an unhealthy relationship.
So I’m doing a juice & food cleanse right now. I’m SUPER excited about it because as you may already know I freakin’ love doing them. It’s not that I think they’re great in the moment, it’s just that I really love how I feel afterwards. The benefits? How clear my skin looks, how much great sleep I get and how differently I end up thinking about food.
I’ll have updates for you on the cleanse soon; in the meantime I’ve been staring at these bars on the counter all of yesterday. I made them last week for Tony because he’s all like I need to get in shape for baseball season — this is as he continues to eat chocolate covered doughnuts for breakfast. I think he could eat just about anything and still look good. No joke.
Hello you lovely souls. I’m sitting in a beautiful, cozy king bed writing to you from Hilton Head Health, a fitness and wellness resort in Hilton Head, SC. This past week has been so refreshing for me in more ways than I can fathom to write about. Sometimes you just can’t put into words what you feel when your heart is steady and content. I feel beyond lucky to be invited here; the inspiration in wellness classes, new friends and being a little more vulnerable has left me with a realization that I must let go of my fears of judgement when it comes to blogging and being more personal.
My goodness can you believe AK has been cooking for a little over 3 years? I’ve written here about my life experiences, career changes, moving, relationships, friendships and my ever growing obsession with Zac Efron.
What I haven’t included is my real and constant battle with food; certainly it is the love of my life (questionable due to Tony). I don’t want this post to become too heavy, but do want you to know that this blog will change and grow, just as any human being does. And as any relationship goes, I hope we’re in this together; that you’ll still come to AK to make my recipes because they certainly are not going away. I’ll just be writing more about this journey I’m on.
Last Thanksgiving I was in charge of making gravy, salad and pie. Heck, if I could make the entire Thanksgiving spread I totally would. As exhausting and overwhelming as it would be, I feel as though bringing everyone together though food I made would be completely worth it. In fact, one of my favorite parts about being a cook and baker is seeing the reaction of people’s faces once they taste a dish I’ve made. Cooking for others always feels like it’s my way of letting them know that I truly care and appreciate them; there’s just something magical about it. In a sense, it’s actual gift giving; cooking and baking require thought, love and time.
I have no doubt that some of you feel the same, especially those of you who LOVE to bake.