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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Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

Thai Noodle Bowl with Carrot Sauce

First of all, I love Asian food.  Well, at least I think I do.

I’ve never actually been to anywhere in Asia.  The closest I’ve been is Greece… and they primarily serve Greek food there.  But I do love the Asian food I’ve had here in the US – whatever that counts for – and I think it’s pretty dang good.

I’m a fan of all the different spices, sweet, sour, umami flavors going on.  It’s the sauces, the broths, the way meat or tofu goes with various noodles or rice, and all those fun vegetables! 

We could definitely sit and discuss the awesomeness that encompasses Asian food for a while.  I’d tell you about my thing for raw fish (my mom says I’m like a bear,) and you could tell me how a real Japanese dashi is made… it would be great.  But, alas, I’ll have to save the in-depth discussion for the comments.

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{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Have you ever tried to find the end of a rainbow?  Somehow it always disappears as you get close.  It’s almost like it’s a trick of the light or something…

So I don’t know if there’s ever been a pot of gold sitting at the end of a rainbow, but that’s what they say.  I’ll let you know if I ever see one in person. 

In the meantime, I’ll still consider myself pretty lucky if I happen to have a panful of something both chocolatey-delicious and absurdly healthy in the house.  It’s like getting a guilt-free pass to have dessert every night for an entire week.

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Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies

I’ve been doing some thinking, and I’ve come to a conclusion.

Chocolate and coconut go REALLY well together!

I mean, right?  But that was actually only one of my conclusions – it was the one that distracted me (in a really tasty way) from a more important thought I had first.

I love to bake… because I enjoy creating something that makes other people happy on so many levels.  As I was giving away a bunch of these Almond Joy Shortbread Cookies to a cycling class I just taught (oh, my gosh, they totally love treats after class!) I had this feeling they were so well-appreciated for more than the obvious tasty-factor.

I hadn’t stopped to think about it in depth before, but it’s really true.

Think with me, a moment...

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