No Fail Acai Bowl

How do you say no to a delicious homemade Acai bowl? Simple answer.... you don't! I love the refreshing thick texture that acai adds to your smoothie, not to mention the tart finish! Truly a refreshing breakfast or snack! You can really top yours with any fruits you want to but I used my favorite below! 

Whether you are just making one for yourself or for your friends always make it look pretty! You know why? It is proven to make you feel super fancy and some say it taste better! But, even if you throw it in a bowl, like I do half the time, it still tastes amazing! 

I get my acai either frozen from my local grocery store or I buy mine off of Thrive Market! I love Thrive Market because I can order my favorite foods and the best thing is it also gives meals to families in need. One thing I don't advertise much about myself is that I love to volunteer and  do my part to help people and animals in need! Whether its using glass or metal straws like these here, or purchasing your products off of Thrive Market every little notion makes a difference in the end! Its easy to sign up and helps people so sign up here!

Okay guys lets get to blending!

Ingredients:

- 1 packet of frozen acai or 3 tablespoons of acai powder (buy here)

- 1 frozen banana

- splash of almond milk

- 1/2 cup of frozen cherries

- 1 tablespoon of shaved unsweetened coconut

- 1 handful of my granola

- topped with 1/2 of banana or any other fruits you like (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi etc!

- 1 teaspoon of honey for a drizzle (optional)

Steps:

1. In a food processor or blender pulse your acai packet until granular * due to the freeze it will be granular if you use the frozen one* if you use powder pulse your powder with your frozen banana until it is granular

2. Add in your frozen cherries and blend for 3 minutes until it becomes the texture of ice cream

3. If your blender becomes stuck, add in your splash of almond milk and blend until smooth!

4. Top with sliced fruit of choice, granola and your coconut flakes

5. If you are feeling fancy feel free to drizzle with honey * that is my favorite part!

6. Enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Streusel

I, like most people on this planet love when the leaves change and the weather is starting to get colder. The other day, I just needed some muffins and the fact that they were pumpkin kind of made it even better!

When it comes to pumpkin bread and muffins, I can't say no. I think my vice is muffin and bread texture, and these pumpkin muffins truly hit my fall craving! *queue a fire, apple cider, and these muffins and some sweaters and this is how fall should be! These muffins are moist, and have just the right amount of spice! The streusel topping made it even better, it added just the right amount of sweet and crunchy texture to these moist little treats! Boy! They were yummy! 

So let's get baking now that we are all salivating!

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips Yields about 12 muffins

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit 

In a bowl mix together, the melted butter, pumpkin, milk and vanilla

Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time

Next I added in the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie seasoning, and mixed well

The batter will start to stick, so that is when I pour in the almond milk and then the eggs one at a time

Beat until the batter is a smooth texture and an orange color! 

Gently fold in the chocolate chips

Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake tin

 

 

- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour

- 1 cup brown sugar

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning

- 1 can of pure pumpkin puree

- 1/2 cup almond milk

- 1 stick of melted butter

- 2 large eggs

- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

- Half of a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

In a bowl, using your hands or a fork, mix all these ingredients together. 

Lumpy forms will start to take place and let them! This is the point of streusel

Sprinkle the streusel on top of the muffins and place the finished muffins in the oven to bake

 

Streusel Topping

- 1/2 cup of flour

- 1/4 cup of brown sugar

- 1 tablespoon regular granulated sugar

- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

- 1/2 stick of melted butter

After about 25 minutes the streusel should be golden brown and the muffins will be moist and yummy! Your house will smell like fall and your senses will be awaiting the initial bite!

I hope you find these as decedent as Drew and I did!

                                        


Rolling in Cinnamon

Im back from the Big Apple and the best thing to do is bake cinnamon rolls! My boyfriend came to visit me back at my parents house and I felt that our reunion was in need of something sweet! Drew's favorite sweet treat includes anything that has sugar and a flakey crust (or anything that I bake for him). I whipped up these adorable cinnamon rolls just in time for him to arrive and they were waiting for him still warm when he arrived. 

My absolute favorite part about baking this particular recipe from Front Paige, is the fact that the prep time isn't as long as you would expect and the baking time is even faster! Only 8 minutes after they get set into the oven they are golden brown and oh so melty and cinnamoney! 

This recipe will be a fan favorite forever!

 

Rolling In Cinnamon Rolls: yields about 12 (triple) rolls

In a small heat proof bowl dissolve the yeast in the hot milk (about 10 minutes)

Next combine the flour, sugar, egg, salt to the yeast and milk mixture

Add in the remaining flour slowly so it doesn't make a mess! (sometimes it likes to jump out of the bowl)

After the dough is all mixed, transfer to a surface with 1/2 cup flour spread out

Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is elastic and smooth feeling! (literally nothing smoother an kneaded dough)

Put to the dough into a bowl that has either coconut oil or olive oil spread lightly on the inside of the bowl (it prevents it from sticking)

Cover with a damp towel for 45 min to 1 hour

- 1 package of active dry yeast

- 3/4 cup of milk 

- 1/4 cup granulated sugar

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 1 egg

- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (bread flour if you want to use it)

Sugar Filling:

- 1/4 cup melted butter

- 1/4 cup brown sugar

- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (I love cinnamon so you can up or down your cinnamon take but no less than 1/2 tablespoon)

For the sugar filling mix the three ingredients together 

When the hour is up, spread more flour on your flat work space and lay the dough down

Cut the ball of dough in half, roll out one half at a time

Flour your roller, and roll the dough 1/4 inch thick into and spread half the sugar mix on the dough and roll into a log

Use a knife or a pastry cutter and cut the dough into 1 inch thick pieces

Place in a cupcake tin and bake for 15 minutes!

When they are done, pull out of the oven and just sit and smell the delicious smells, THEN do it again!!!

Eat and enjoy! (I would say share with friends but my goodness they are too good!)

                                 I hope you enjoyed the recipe!

                                     I always love feedback!

                                       Hugs and best baking adventures

                                                          - Paige