May
27

Chewy flourless cookies made with homemade pecan butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips for a unique treat that tastes like a bite of pecan pie. No flour or butter used in this easy recipe!

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in New Mexico with my Grandparents. They live 20 minutes south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas and while there isn’t much to do, I cherish spending time with them. I’m planning on sharing a few special memories and details about my trip in a post soon. I think I gained a few pounds for eating all of my Grandma’s baked goodies and sopaipillas.

We’ll catch up on all that fried goodness later. Today, these cookies are calling your name. After all, it’s time to get back to work and you’re probably in need something a little sweet. I can feel it. I know you well by now.

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared a simple recipe for Homemade Pecan Nut Butter? It reminded me of a slice of cozy pecan pie and I absolutely could not stop digging my spoon into the jar. It’s smooth and ridiculous delish, plus only takes a few minutes to make in your food processor.

I’m actually going to make it for a friend’s wedding this weekend. She’s having a PB&J late-night bar and asked me to make some unique nut butters. CANNOT WAIT.

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May
01

Homemade pecan butter sweetened with a tiny bit of maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced with cinnamon. This sweet and salty combo will be your new favorite to spread on toast.

Homemade pecan nut butter sweetened with a tiny bit of maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced with cinnamon. Great spread on toast with sliced bananas!

Do you love pecan pie? How about toasty, nutty pecans on top of coffee cake? Or those cinnamon-sugar pecans around Christmas time? Mmmm absolutely yes.

A few days ago, I was strolling around Trader Joe’s checking out all of the new products when I noticed that there really weren’t that many nut butters besides almond and peanut. And I hate to break it to you, but cookie butter doesn’t count.

Anyway now I feel like I’m on some sort of quest. I MUST MAKE ALL THE NUT BUTTERS. Or at least a few. Anything I can smear on toast or spread all over my pancakes is a must.

Homemade pecan nut butter sweetened with a tiny bit of maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced with cinnamon. Great spread on toast with sliced bananas!

Pecans happen to be my new favorite nut, so I opted to create pecan butter that taste like the flavors of fall in a jar.

You know you want some.

Homemade pecan nut butter sweetened with a tiny bit of maple syrup, vanilla, and spiced with cinnamon. Great spread on toast with sliced bananas!

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Jan
22

Learn how to make homemade dark chocolate almond butter at home. This will be your new favorite thing to spread on toast!

Today we need to talk about something important.

Something that changed my life.

Okay, maybe we should back up a bit. After a week of being MIA on the blog, I haven’t even asked you how you are. I hope you’re wonderful. I hope you laughed today and told someone that you loved them.

Maybe you’ll tell me you love me after you try this recipe. Cause guess what I made you guys?! Healthy homemade Nutella. I know how you guys feel about nutella and you know how I feel about stuffing it in cookies. Nut butters and I are soulmates,

But this… THIS nut butter is kinda my new jam. Or butter, I guess?

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Jan
12

A delicious vegan and gluten free kale detox salad with an incredible lemon dressing — you’ll make this again and again!

Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite salads. Yes, it’s a sort of ‘detox salad’.

My mom first made it for me for me three years ago. I adore the recipe for so many reasons: it’s fresh, bright, and flavorful. Plus you can add nearly anything to it to dress it up.

If you’ve never had kale before, this salad is perfect to start with!

The reason I call this a detox salad because not only is it vegan and gluten free, but it also has an incredible amount of good for you ingredients in it.

Side note: I’m watching Dawson’s Creek right now. Paceyyyyyyyy!

Sorry… back to the salad.

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Dec
13

Before I shove more cookies in your face, I have some very exciting news to share!

I’m headed back to Australia!

During college, I studied abroad on the Gold Coast and it literally changed my life. I’m not sure if it was the travel aspect or meeting new people, but I felt like a new person after living there. Most of all, I felt so lucky to meet one of my best friends, Susie.

susie

Susie and I hit it off right away; it’s as though we were sisters, I swear! We met in a public speaking course at Bond University and immediately clicked. Our daily ritual consisted of drinking soy lattes, eating white chocolate chip macadamia nut muffins, and laughing nonstop. We supported each other, shared secrets, and talked about what we wanted to do when we graduated from college. Of course, we both had big dreams: Susie wanted to be a reporter or a pilot (she now flies a small private jet), and I wanted to own my own business (check!). Now it’s been nearly four years since I’ve seen Susie, but our friendship hasn’t changed one bit.

Well, except for the fact that she’s getting married! And best of all, I’m beyond thrilled that she asked me to be her Maid of Honor! I won’t be there to help her plan many of the details, but we’re going to Skype and I’ll do as much as possible from America! She deserves this happiness more than anything.

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Oct
14

SO much to say. So little time. Currently I’m in a coffee shop as I just moved into my new place and haven’t set up the internet yet. It’s a weird world without the internet you guys. As in I actually went to bed before midnight yesterday. CRAZY I know. Maybe it’s a good thing.

Hmmm what else? I bought a new couch! The color looks like the inside of an almond; I’m in love with it because it’s one of those couches that completely gorgeous but also amazingly comfy. It’s being delivered on Friday so I’ll be sure to share some photos soon. I’m also getting an AMAZING vintage refinished table from a good friend (Hi Sherry!). If you couldn’t tell, I’m going for the romantic shabby chic/Californian look with a touch of vintage. It’s been a blast hunting for pieces and shopping!

By the way, have I mentioned that I miss you guys? Like really, life is getting INSANE. I wish I had the time to blog more! Right now I’m taking two classes, working a full time job, creating recipes, working out, and trying to have a social life. But hey, that’s life.

And sometimes you just have to reward yourself with brownies.

Yep. Fudgy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies.

Made without flour. Made without animals (vegan). Made WITH love.

And made supremely decadent (yet still healthy) by the best combo known to mankind: pb & chocolate.

Are you with me here?

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Jul
18

Please excuse my mini absence from blogging! I’ve really wanted to bring you a recipe, but I’ve been quite busy demolishing chickpea blondies, working, and hitting the yoga studio. Every day I look at the clock and it seems to always be 11PM… I have absolutely no idea where the time goes. I do know that the weather in Minnesota has been OUTSTANDING lately, so instead of editing photos and cooking all the time I’ve been trying enjoying the sunshine (we only get 5 months of it).

And these cookies? Well I’ve been enjoying them, too.

Due to my recent yoga challenge, I’ve been trying to eat better but obviously my sweet tooth is ridiculous. I will admit that I’ve gone through a couple of batches of my black bean brownies, but I kind of wanted something a little different.

Cookies are always a great solution.

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Jun
19

Learn how to make homemade almond butter with vanilla, honey, and sea salt. This is better then the store bought version!

You guys know I’m a peanut butter lover for life. I mean whoever thought of grinding a nut into a magical spread is a FREAKING genius!

I literally slather peanut butter on everything in sight. I dream about it. I also wake up with peanut butter sandwiches next to my bed.

Yeah, don’t even ask.

Know what else I’m head over heels in love with? Homemade almond butter! It’s ridiculously smooth and perfect on muffins, pancakes, and in chickpea blondies. After making this vanilla bean honey almond butter, I just don’t know if I can go back to the plain PB.

Almond butter is packed with nutritional benefits too; this includes fiber, protein, and good-for-you fats. I’m not sure about you, but I kind of want to dive face first into the jar.

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Jun
13

Yes, the weekend is here. I should be thrilled, but to tell you the truth, I am sooooooo tired. The only thing I’m thrilled about is the chance to sleep in.

I don’t think I’ve recovered from last weekend yet, plus my new job started on Monday so I’ve been going, going, going. Maybe I’ll take the weekend to recover just a little bit. This is really just me explaining why I haven’t been posting as frequently.

But here’s something to look forward to: A brand new redesigned Ambitious Kitchen! Yes, each day we’ve been plugging away on my new site! I’m excited for it to launch, but let me tell you, it takes more work than you would think!

Anyway since I’ve been on the go lately, I’ve needed to make sure that all of my meals and snacks are prepared ahead of time.

I’m also kind of on this no-wheat experimentation diet, thus I’ve been eating high protein breakfasts  — including these awesome veggie-packed egg white muffins.

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Jun
03

Well that title is certainly a mouthful. But guess what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I made you another delicious flourless treat without any weird ingredients. This time it includes two of my absolute favorite things: peanut butter AND nutella. OH BABY. And if you want to get really crazy, you can add bananas into that mix! But we’ll get to the various adaptations behind these bars in a bit. First I’d like to share some VERY exciting news with all of you!

I’ve taken a new job!

I will be joining General Mills as a full-time employee managing social for Gold Medal Flour and Bisquick. I’m completely thrilled as I have been working on and off with General Mills for the past two years in social media, thus it was only natural for me to move into a full-time role.

So what does this mean for Ambitious Kitchen?

You probably won’t notice a difference at all, other than my posts may be a little sporadic as I transition into my new role. Naturally you might hear me mention cereal and yogurt a bit more often (because I will be surrounded by it at work), but other than that I will continue to stay true to what I love: creating unique, (mostly) healthy recipes and sharing my passion for healthy living with all of you.

Again, thank you so much for your continued support of Ambitious Kitchen.

Note: Everyone has different opinions on the food brands they support; please know that Ambitious Kitchen is my personal food blog, and will continue to remain that way.

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