made it to Stogo in the East Village. It’s been a place I’ve wanted to check out since learning about the organic, dairy-free ice cream joint. They have a ton of delicious flavors (like the combo I got: Salted Caramel Pecan and Mexican Chocolate) – all of which are made from scratch using premium ingredients and leaving out stuff like refined sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, gluten, or animal products. Even their cups and utensils are made from sustainable, biodegradable materials. Does dessert get any better?
Photo: Time to Veg Out
Posted in Food
Tagged biodegradable materials, dairy-free, east village, gluten free, gourmet, ice cream, mexican chocolate, no animal products, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no refined sugars, nyc, organic, premium ingredients, stogo, sustainable
My latest obsession..
Double Chocolate Happiness, Gluten-Free
are baked goods from Ginny Bakes. These tasty treats are organic, some gluten-free, some vegan, and all are packed with wholesome ingredients like organic flour, flax seed meal, dark organic chocolate chips, organic nuts, fruit, and the list goes on. Ginny Bakes was started in 2009 by Ginny Simon, a Certified Integrative Holistic Health Counselor from Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC (where I also went!). The mom of four is all about a healthy lifestyle, organic foods and makes delicious alternatives to all of the store bought, super processed options out there. The Tuscan Sunshine Biscotti is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Tuscan Sunshine Biscotti
Photo: Ginny Bakes
Posted in Food
Tagged certified integrative holistic health counselor, dark organic chocolate chips, flax seed meal, fruit, ginny bakes, ginny simon, gluten free, healthy baked goods, healthy snacks, institute of integrative nutrition, organic flour, organic nuts, vegan
Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream
why not whip this up? It’s ICE CREAM without the cream and is made from 1 ingredient (well, maybe 2 or 3 – depending on how creative you want to be). Rumor has it, this banana-based ice cream is super delicious, nutritious and the ideal dessert for summertime! I’ve seen several variations since being introduced to the concept – some with vanilla (2 teaspoons to be exact), brown sugar & cinnamon – no fancy machine required, so the options really are endless. Here’s one with cocoa from hilaroux. One, two, three – it’s that easy!
1) Freeze a banana
2) Combine with 2 tbsp cocoa powder
3) Blend until smooth and creamy.
Posted in Food
Tagged banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, dairy-free, dessert, diy, food, gluten free, healthy, hilaroux, ice cream, one-ingredient, recipes, vanilla
It’s a good day to..
Chocolate Chip Brownies (Gluten Free) photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com
stay home and bake. I’m actually heading out of town, so I won’t be taking my own advice on this one, but saw this recipe on Elana’s Pantry and can’t wait to try it out. I’ve gotten into cooking over the past few years but have pretty much stayed away from baking. Recently, baked goods are constantly on my mind though, so I find myself checking sites regularly for recipes that look delicious but don’t require 50 ingredients and an entire day in the kitchen. This one looks totally doable, in fact every recipe on her site seems totally delicious and not overly complicated.. thank you Elana!
Makes about 24 brownies
1 (16) ounce jar salted almond butter, smooth roasted
1 ¼ cups agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dark chocolate chips 73% cacao
In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender
Blend in eggs, then blend in agave and vanilla
Blend in cocoa, salt and baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips
Grease a 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish
Pour batter into dish
Bake at 325° for 35-40 minutes
Photo: Elana’s Pantry