Brownies + a GIVEAWAY

It's been a hot minute since I've written a blog post.  I've missed you guys!! 

To make up for my absence on here...how about a little GIVEAWAY?!  Sound like fun?  Let's go!

Now, if there’s one thing you should about my fam, it’s that we. LOVE. chocolate.  There's always some sort of baked chocolate goodie in our house.  Throw in some crunchy nuts + extra chocolate (in the form of chocolate chips, of course) and you have our undivided attention.

I like to make homemade cookies and brownies whenever I have extra time, but to make my life a little easier, I sometimes use store-bought baking mixes.  Even though I buy them pre-packaged, I don't skimp on quality.  I look for non-GMO (always), organic (when possible) ingredients that I can feel good about feeding my family. 

That's where Miss Jones Baking Co. comes in.  I discovered this brand when I was looking for baking mixes for Reagan's birthday.  The end result was the cutest "make your own cupcake bar" you ever did see.  Not to mention, the cupcakes + icing were friggin' DE-LISH. 

Just yesterday, I tried their Fudge Brownie mix, and oh. em. gee.  To say they were fudgey would be an understatement.  I followed the recipe on the box exactly, but just added in some chopped walnuts + dairy-free chocolate chips to satisfy everyone's cravings.  I mean, get a load of that ooey gooey, chunky goodness, you guys.

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I'm sure by now you're drooling and like, "Okay, okay.  Get to the giveaway part, lady!"  So here ya go:

The peeps are Miss Jones Baking Co. and I are teaming up to give ONE winner a Baker Babe box like the one here.

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The winner will receive the same box of brownie mix I used, a Baker Babe t-shirt (so cute!), and a baking spatula for whipping up those brownies.  Sounds like a SWEET deal to me! [wink wink]

All you have to do is go to my Instagram post and follow the "to enter" guidelines.  That's it!  I'll announce the winner on Sunday morning in my post and stories.  

Have a great rest of your day, loves!

XOXO

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Lemon Loaf Cake

I'm always on the lookout for the perfect sweet-meets-tart bite.  You know what I mean?

Well, I've found it, you guys.  

[tadahhhhhh]

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This Lemon Loaf Cake balances the sweetness of coconut sugar with the tartness of fresh lemon juice + zest.  Plus, there's even a little extra lemon addition in there to give it a little more zip (and fluffiness). 

I'm sure you're ready to get down to business, so let's gooooo.

LEMON LOAF CAKE

Prep TIme: 15 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Total Time: 1 hr, 10 min

Serves: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1.5 C GF baking flour (I used Bob's Red Mill, which you can find here)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 C coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp low-sodium baking powder
  • 1/3 C melted coconut oil
  • 3 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides (which you can find here)
  • two small pinches of sea salt
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (+ a little more as needed to get the right consistency)
  • 3/4 C Zevia stevia-sweetened lemon lime soda (I get these at my local Fresh Market, but I know you can buy them online and at most Whole Foods)

For the glaze:

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, whisk egg and coconut sugar until combined and sugar is dissolved.  Add lemon zest/juice, coconut oil, and Zevia; whisk until combined.  In a smaller bowl, combine flour and baking powder.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet a little at a time, whisking to combine.  You may add another squeeze or so of lemon to help this along if you need to.  Pour into a parchment paper-lined (or greased) loaf pan.  tap pan on the counter to release any trapped air bubbles in the batter.  Bake for 55 min or until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean in the center.  

Once the cake is baked, remove and allow to cool for 10-15 min.  With a skewer, poke a few holes into the cake to allow the glaze to seep down into it.  In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice, adding a tsp at a time until you get a smooth, thick glaze.  Pour the glaze over the cake, making sure to get it over the poked holes.  Then slice and enjoy!

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I hope you guys love this lemony dessert just as much as we did! 

XOXO

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

If your kids are anything like mine, they are hungry twenty. four. seven.  I mean, it's like they're in a constant state of growth-spurting (totally a word, btw).

So what's a mama to do with these hungry kiddos?  FEED EM!  I have to make sure to keep loads of nutritious, brain-fueling snacks on hand at all times to keep their little (or HUGE) appetites satisfied. 

I get asked a lot what some healthy snack options are for kids, so I've laid out a bunch of our faves for you.  I've included links to the brands' sites + discount codes on any that I have codes for, so be sure to take advantage of those!

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ON THE GO:

AT HOME:

That's about it, mamas!  I hope this helps give you a few ideas of healthy options for your littles - and yourself!  Shoot, I eat just about everything on this list - except for the non-dairy-free stuff.  I believe the saying "only feed your kids what you'd eat yourself" is 100% accurate, so there's only yummy, healthy, nutritious stuff happening over here! 

XOXO

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**This is not a paid post/advertisement.  All of the brands I have shared here are ones that we love and eat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I just want to share the best of the best with you all, cause I kinda sorta love y'all!