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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Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

There are three things that top my baking list between October and January.

Can you guess what they involve?

Chocolate.  Gingerbread.  Pumpkin.

I seriously doubt if anyone is surprised.  And yet, for some reason I have never tried combining them before!  I've had chocolate gingerbread before, and it was almost too delicious.  I've also had one of the most scrumptious holiday treats at the Godiva store, where I will go in just for a single one of their chocolate-covered pumpkin pie truffles.  And even though I've never combined pumpkin and gingerbread myself, the two have so much in common, what with all the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg that goes into both.

Chocolate, gingerbread, & pumpkin.  That just sounds like a party to me.

 

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Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

Lemony Roasted Walnut + Green Bean Salad

"Viva la Local!"  
Numerous signs and banners bearing this message could be seen everywhere.  Look to your left, and you'd see a stand selling locally brewed kombucha in at least four different flavors.  Look to your right, and there are a couple aproned ladies setting out freshly made local/sustainable goat cheese and goat's milk soaps.  People mill about with cups of wine and beer made down the street, sampling grassfed cheddar and stuffing organic pea shoots in canvas totes. 
Standing in that field surrounded by artisan food and crafts, I could have been at some kind of hippy convention in Portland, Oregon.  Or I could have been right at home in Tucson, at one of the most characteristic events the city offers.  
You're not still trying to guess where I was... right?  

 

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Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel

Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel

Hey there sweet thang.

How you doin'?

Oh - HI!

I was just talking to this scrumptious little morsel - I mean... thinking about maybe having another slice of coffee cake?  

Didn't mean to get all PG-13 about it but... dang.  I try to limit myself on treats - healthy ones included  - but if there was ever a coffee cake to have another slice of, it would be this baby here.

 

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