Well …Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice evening – whether that entailed staying up way too late and getting a little silly, or falling asleep before the clock struck 12. I fell asleep after 2 glasses of wine. Woke up at 11:55 to toot a few horns, then retreated to my slumber. I’m wild ya’ll. Wild.
So. I do have a number of “meatier” posts on the go that I shoooould be getting up, but with all the other excitements going on lately…. I really just wanted to shut my brain off and bake. And look at salivating photographs.
So let’s do that, shall we? Happy 2016 – lets get your taste buds tingling.
I ended my holiday at home by making full use of my parents’ newly renovated kitchen. Making a mess in the kitchen is fun at any rate, but even more so when it isn’t your own. Not to mention all the fancy new appliances and counter tops and organized pantries……ahhhhh. Le sighhhh.
It was the funnest (and most delicious) day I had all holiday. Seriously. A little hands on creativity rewards my soul with like 1000 mario stars. Or brownie points. Girl guide pins? ….. it helps.
Traditional baking is wonderful. You have to have traditional short bread or fudge at Christmas. After all the company dinners and dessert plates, perhaps most people are feeling sick of baking and would rather not step within ten feet of the oven. Totally understandable. But being around all this baking only left me ansy to get into my own
gum boots apron and get creating myself. So I decided to show my family what “real” baking is all about.
Raw Mint Nanaimo Bars (with spinach) were the first weapon of choice. I had made these before using CCK’s recipe and did so again, adjusting the quantities slightly. I added cocoa to the base and went an easier route for the topping by simply melting dark chocolate with coconut oil.
These are SO FUN to make. And I am in no way over exaggerating when I say these were the best bars I have ever made. Or eaten. Just ask my mom. Like… wow. These are beyond delicious.
You need a food processor, yes. You need to buy nuts, yes. There are three layers so they are a tad more labour intensive than your average cookie, yes. But oh my gosh they are soooooo worth it.
And – not to mention wonderfully healthy. Nuts, dates, spinach, coconut oil. Cashewwwwws. Sooo many good things for your body. Healthy fats are needing to make an increase in my meal plan, so… can I just eat these every day?? Seriously. Nothing to provoke any guilt here.
Gluten free and vegan, too. Just to throw that in there.
My other choice were Amanda’s No Bake Pretzel Bars. I had these guys bookmarked since she posted them. Chocolate covered pretzels are possibly my favorite snack, so as soon as I saw this recipe I snatched it as a “must make.”
Like all her recipes, these were impressively simple. Pretzels, oats, peanut butter and chocolate. How can you go wrong?
And yet still, all good solid ingredients that you can feel good about using.
Oh food photography. Why are you so beautiful and so satisfying?
Taking this day to bake and create really did turn my mood around. It was quite fascinating. I find it therapeutic to be using my hands and I love creating things – in any form. It quiets my thoughts and helps me focus. Most of all, I just have so much fun doing it. So these are the vibes I’m choosing to take with me as I start this new year.
Now I just need to get rich so I can buy a house with a massive kitchen of my own, complete with island, massive pantry and allllll the counter space.
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Why do you like to bake?
Favourite recipe you’ve ever made?