Whipped Herbal Coffee (caffeine free, dalgona style)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a quarantined mom in possession of confined children must be in want of a good beverage (or two)".

If this is you, you came to the right place. I've got quite the treat for you today. It's caffeine-free so you can share (optional) with your kids so you don't have to hide in the closet from them while you enjoy your treat (unless you want to - we all need alone time, right?).

Dalgona coffee is a lovely whipped coffee. Think of a latte with frothy milk then reverse it. Now the milk is on the bottom and the sweet coffee on top is whipped and frothy. According to the web, Dalgona coffee started as a trend on tiktok that originated in China and was inspired or named after a Korean candy.

My first experience with Dalgona coffee was a photo. Scrolling through instagram, an image of this lusciously whipped coffee over milk popped up. Nothing like beautiful food to get the thumb to stop scrolling. My immediate thought was, &qu…

Matcha Frappe under 100 calories

Need a refreshing pick-me-up drink that also won’t break the calorie bank? Want a drink that creates its own (dairy-free) whipped cream? Want something that won’t leave you with caffeine jitters or post-high slump? Then you came to the right place! This Matcha Frappe is only under 100 calories and contains amazing matcha!

How can drinking matcha help you? Drinking matcha gives your body the whole green tea leaf, not just an infusion like green tea. Matcha will give you more antioxidants, at least six times more than eating chocolate and over 100x more than drinking regular green tea. It also contains more L-theanine which actually helps boost alpha brain waves and body relaxation at the same time. It lowers the stress hormone corticosterone (which can interfere with memory or learning). So, it helps your body reduce anxiety and stress while increasing focus and relaxation at the same time. Matcha can also help boost your metabolism and perhaps lower fat accumulation.
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Flower Shortbread Cookies

Summer is officially here and flowers are popping up everywhere! We’re celebrating the beauty of summer with these fun flower shortbread cookies. The recipe is so easy but the look of these “biscuits aux fleurs” is quite enchanting all thanks to edible flowers! These flower shortbread cookies are only made with a handful of ingredients (3 main ingredients) and are paleo, refined sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, etc. And the list goes on… So wild and free!

What is an edible flower? Many flowers are edible including rose, calendula, pansies, violas, chamomile, dandelion, and nasturtium. Eating flowers can provide extra nutrients. They make unique decorations and in this case, they lend a whimsical look to plain shortbread cookies. These flower shortbread cookies showcase the lovely and under-appreciated violas but you can use any edible flower. If you are looking for another edible flower recipe, try my “a rose is a rose in rose petal honey.” Before you pick and consume flowers…

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese (Paleo Cheese Sauce)

A quick dairy-free cheese sauce makes this vegan macaroni and cheese easy to make for lunch or dinner anytime. We like to serve ours with peas and a salad but you can enjoy as is!

The secret to this Vegan Macaroni and Cheese sauce is the raw cashews and nutritional yeast. You can find raw cashews here on amazon, Costco, or your natural food store. Nutritional yeast is available at natural food stores or here on amazon.  For an easy way to add vegetables, add fresh spinach or frozen peas to the colander. Drain your noodles over the vegetables for a quick steam. For broccoli, add chopped fresh or frozen broccoli to the noodles for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time. If you’re like my best friend and I when we were twelve, add chopped hot dogs during the last 2-3 minutes of noodle cooking time. This can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free noodles. In these pictures, I used a brown rice macaroni from Winco. The sauce is also delicious drizzled over steamed vegetables or baked potatoes!

Creamy Vegan Chocolate Custard (no bake!)

My daughter and I made this chocolate custard one evening to bring to a friend’s the following evening. The next morning, my daughter’s bright face came down the stairs excitedly declaring, “Chocolate custard for breakfast!”

I covered my laugh and reminded her we made it for dessert that night. No chocolate for breakfast.

She replied, “It’s no fun when you can’t eat chocolate custard for breakfast.”

No fun indeed!

This creamy chocolate custard is rich while still being light and smooth. The perfect dessert for any holiday or gathering… or breakfast, if you prefer.

A recipe is a winner when it pleases both the pickiest eater and the gourmet taster. This creamy chocolate custard is a hit with both! It’s so amazing that they’ll never know it’s vegan!

Just a little maple syrup sweetens this delicious custard. Coconut milk, cashews and chocolate chips create the creaminess. Although, if you are inclined towards the raw, I have made a second recipe I will include in a new post!

This recipe also c…