Tag Archive | breakfast

Reduced Calorie Cinnamon-Walnut Coffee Cake

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A few months ago I received a pile of cooking magazines from a family friend.  By a “pile” I mean 2 large cardboard boxes of hundreds of issues of stuff like Bon Appétit and Cooking Light.  After meticulously going through eat magazine, I removed all of the recipes that I wanted to someday try.  With these I assembled my own custom cookbook.

This recipe was from an old issue of cooking light, which is why it is a reduced calorie coffee cake.  The recipe says it is about 250 calories for a serving (and it yields 16 servings).  My cake came out even lighter than the original though, as I opted to use unsweetened almond milk in place of buttermilk–simply because I didn’t have buttermilk or any lemon juice to make faux buttermilk with.  Also I really like almond milk!

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Coconut Bread

Freshly baked coconut bread with Trader Joe’s Mango Butter, the perfect tropical compliment.

Hey everyone!  Or who ever it is that reads this.  I have not abandoned this blog, though it would appear that way.  I cannot believe my last post was from the beginning of July!  Man, how times flies.  I have just been so busy with life that I kept putting this blog on the back burner.  Aside from taking a few trips and working, I have also started culinary school!  I am now on track to become a pastry chef, and I could not be more excited!

But I am glad to be returning to this blog finally, it is about time.

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Tropical Fruit Smoothie


Smoothies are perfect for people who are too lazy, or conversely, are too busy to chew fruit. Personally I don’t like making smoothies that often because I hate having to clean the blender, as it cannot go in the dishwasher.

But one day I will get a blender stick, perhaps manufactured by Cuisentart, and the fuss and bother of making smoothies (or pureeing anything) will be a thing of the past!

I decided creating a smoothie for this blog would be prefect, as it is not a big recipe/cooking/time commitment. And I feel like I have recently been neglecting this thing.

In any case I made a tropical smoothie and took some pictures.

Me with my smoothie. 

I would smile more, but taking one’s own pictures requires concentration at times.

Especially if you are also trying to hold a cold glass.


I just assembled this recipe on the fly.  I tested it out a day ahead, to make sure I wanted to bother documenting it for the web.

Stuff You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup cantaloupe, chopped and frozen (I froze fresh fruit I chopped to function as replacement for ice cubes)
  • 1/3 cup pineapple, chopped and frozen
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (to really pack a nutritional punch and add thickness)
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup almond coconut milk (or really any milk)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater (I love the flavor of rosewater and always add it to protein shakes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (to boost vanilla flavor and sweetness)

Put all your ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend.

There, your smoothie is done!

Wasn’t that easy?

But seriously folks, I mean, there isn’t a lot to say about making a smoothie.  As I am writing this post, I am realizing this.  I am finding that I have not much to say or offer on this topic.

Here are some helpful hints though…

  • make sure blender is plugged in before turning it on
  • make sure the lid of your blender is in place
  • don’t put rat poison in your smoothie, no matter how adventurous you feel like being
  • add liquids last to prevent unnecessary splashing

Man…sorry guys kinda lame entry.  I will redeem myself in my next post.  I am planning on making vegan baked donuts.  I have never tried to make a donut, vegan or otherwise, but I am excited to break in my new mini donut pan!  It is très adorable, I’m telling you…