Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Let me just start off by saying that matcha green tea is one of God’s great gifts to humans.  As humans, we tend to be imperfect and, as a result, reliant on what resources we are given to thrive.  In our imperfection, though, we often seek out the stuff that provides us with instant gratification rather than long-term vitality.

(And, yes, I say this as I am eating cheese-flavored popcorn.  I’m just a weak human?)

But, in some cases, we can get that instant gratification (think caffeine boost) with benefits that can help clean up our act, health-wise (think antioxidants).

So before you write off matcha green tea as coffee’s less exquisitely caffeinated substitute – you’d never do that anyway, right? – let me give you a little 5-point profile of my latest fave, the powerful matcha...

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Frozen Lemon Bars

Frozen Lemon Bars

Right now, all I can think about is how long I have until I can eat this frozen lemon bar. 

It’s a little square of wonderful, all tart and creamy and delicious, but it’s just slightly too frozen to eat at the moment.  It’s sitting in a bowl on my porch warming up.  I set a timer for ten minutes, but of course I won’t forget about it… I’ve been checking every two.

Anyway, can you see my dilemma?  I’m sitting here, trying to write about these lemon bars, hoping to be inspired by eating one… and instead I’m being distracted by just thinking about eating one.

Anything with lemon, together with a little coconut and banana, couldn’t be more perfect for a summertime dessert, but when it’s also frozen… that’s on a whole new level. 

In this recipe, the coconut flour crust comes out almost like a graham cracker crust.  It’s just slightly sweet and crumbly, which I think is pretty great with a creamy textured filling.  The lemon filling has a really awesome lemonade-like flavor, and I’m definitely into that right about now.  Even though the base is mainly bananas and coconut oil, those flavors seem to enhance the lemon flavor rather than dominate it.  

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Fig Walnut Coffee Cake {Giveaway!}

Fig Walnut Coffee Cake {Giveaway!}

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There are really zero excuses for not making coffee cake for a Sunday morning treat.  None. 

Especially when you consider that this version of my delectable Fig-Walnut Coffee Cake is pretty dang good for you.  With all the extra protein, top-notch ingredients, and its superhero-like power to work with most dietary needs, you basically just have to make it.

You’ve been using your willpower all week long, right?  Avoiding the doughnuts at work or the cookies your kids eat at home and making sure you eat your veggies and drinking water instead of something else – of course you could be all will-powered out by now.  But if you have to give in, you don’t also have to feel guilty about it!

That’s why I put together this cake recipe.  So you could have it, and eat it, too! 

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Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you’re on a quest for something truly good, it’s never enough to settle for your first option.

I mean, like when you REALLY want a chewy chocolate chip cookie to dunk in your coffee, can you actually be 100% happy with something that came from a box?

For me, boxed cookies can’t even compare.  It’s like the difference between a high-res photograph of a beautiful sunset and a flip phone picture… of that first picture.

I’m not trying to be pretentious, I just appreciate something with real ingredients that came from an actual oven sometime in the last day.  You know?

Speaking of real, I doubt there could be any more real culture and art than in a place like here in Seattle.  Oh, wait, did I forget to mention I’m visiting Seattle?  Well I’m here for the first time, and it’s been quite a grand old time so far.

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