Almond Joy Smoothie

Almond Joy SmoothieWhen I was in the third grade, I spent a lot of time dreaming about ‘Candy Land’. My school teacher was really into creative writing, so we spent a lot of class time sitting and writing about whatever we could think of. What was I thinking of? Candy (what else would I be thinking about?).

Nearly every single one of my stories was set in this fictional land, where the ground was made of marshmallows, it rained M&M’s, and all the houses were made of gingerbread. By the end of the third grade ‘Claudia’s Adventures in Candy Land’ had turned into quite the series. I covered many of the major issues facing the Candy Land population – who ate the giant cookie, which gingerbread house contained a witch, what to do when Candy Land’s rocket ships ran out of fuel…

Oh yeah, they used rocket ships in Candy Land – cars were too passé.

Almond Joy Smoothie

The Candy Land series was put on hiatus a few years later, after my love of creative writing was crushed by teachers who insisted my stories were ‘too farfetched’ and that everyone should only ‘write about what they know’. Where’s the fun in that!? 

But my love of candy has certainly endured (even though I no longer eat bags of M&M’s and Peanut Butter Cups with reckless abandon).

And hey, maybe I’ll return to the Candy Land series. I mean, my teachers’ weren’t authors or publishers. Maybe they just didn’t appreciate my insane love of candy…

Almond Joy SmoothieMoving on from my childhood randomness, I have a candy-inspired smoothie for you! Unlike Candy Land, this smoothie is sugar-free, gluten-free and contains some hidden goodness.

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Homemade Snickers Bars

Homemade Snickers Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

It’s Candy Week! In my world, anyway. To celebrate, I have some homemade Snickers bars for you! But first, let’s address the first elephant in the room: These are clearly a lot more ‘rustic’ than actual Snickers bars. If you’re a master of spreading melted chocolate, then you’ll end up with something much prettier. But…

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Dairy-Free, Vegan Caramel

Dairy-Free, Vegan Caramel (and Evaporated Milk)

Welcome to this special Sunday post! I had entered a bit of a blogging groove with the Monday, Wednesday and Friday posts, but I decided to hoist myself out of that groove in order to announce something that’s (hopefully) very exciting: That’s right, people. Since Halloween’s coming up soon, it’s going to be Candy Week on the blog! Depending…

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pancakes

Pancakes, people. Pancakes. Wait, I didn’t say that right: PANCAKES! Much better. I have nothing against people who don’t like pancakes, but they completely bamboozle me. How can they not like pancakes!? Those fluffy rounds of deliciousness, cure for the morning blues, syrup-soaked stacks of heaven… yeah, I really could go on like this. Such is my love for…

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Mushroom Pizza Frittata

Mushroom Pizza Frittata

As an extreme breakfast enthusiast, I’m always eating breakfast for dinner (and lunch). Sometimes that means pancake dinners (which are just the best invention ever). But more often than not, my breakfast-for-dinner is an omelet or frittata. Realistically, there’s not much difference between an omelet (omlette?) and a frittata. One’s made in a skillet; one’s…

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

More oatmeal? Yes. Trust me, it’s 100% necessary. There are three reasons why this oatmeal is needed today: It’s warm and comforting I actually thought I’d already posted it (oops!) It won the vote on Instagram But then again, does a bowl of carrot cake really need to explain itself? For some reason I was…

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Carrot, Apple and Thyme Oatmeal

Carrot, Apple and Thyme Oatmeal

One of my favorite fairytales was ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Why? Well, it involved bears. Plus, it was one of the only fairytales that didn’t involve a helpless woman being saved by a prince (yes, I objected to that even as a kid). Despite liking the story, there was always something that bothered me about…

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