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Without fruit there would be no world. Fruit is delicious in savory meals but especially in sweet ones! Each fruit recipe here is just what you need to cook tonight for a delicious entree or yummy dessert. Everyone has their favorite fruit, with skin or without. A huge seed or a lot of small ones. Edible skin or a hard rind. Whatever you prefer, fruit is a healthy snack and a needed ingredient for many dishes today. Also, fruit is great for jams, jellies, dried, in ice creams, and as sauces. So tell me, what is your most favorite fruit?

Banana Bread with Cashews & Navitas Naturals Review

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Navitas Banana Bread with Cashews (1)A couple of times a month I bake up mini bread loaves for some of my older friends. They may be widowed, divorced, or living the single life but all these women love baked goods. This week I baked up some cute little Banana breads. This easy recipe is my go to banana bread recipe. Whenever I have a bunch of bananas I didn’t get a chance to eat, I know where they are headed, straight to a bread mixing bowl! This banana bread recipe is special because I used some products from Navitas Naturals. They have a large array of organic superfoods that are great to add in and/or replace other ingredients in almost every recipe you may cook up. The great people over at Navitas Naturals sent me some of their products and I absolutely loved them. For this recipe I used the Coconut Palm Sugar in replace of white granulated sugar. I also topped the bread with Superfood+ Maca Cashews.

Navitas Coconut Sugar Navitas Superfood Cashews Delicious Rating: The Coconut Palm Sugar is absolutely amazing. It is a great replacement for cane sugar and brings another layer of flavor to whatever it is your cooking. In this case, the banana bread was not overly sweet but had a caramel overtone, almost like molasses. It is low-glycemic, so a perfect choice for those needing  to eat from a low-glycemic index. I topped the breads with chopped Maca Cashews. The cashews have a touch of maple syrup on them that give them a slight sweetness. It is the perfect combination! The bread is soft and moist, full of flavor. The cashews add texture and a creaminess that is a great complement to the bananas. Check out the other great products over at Navitas Naturals for some recipe ideas!  FOR RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE CLICK → → RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE

Banana Muffins

Banana MuffinsBreakfast is my lazy meal. I don’t feel like cooking anything in the morning and I am most likely running out the door anyways, so who has time for stacks of pancakes, bacon, eggs, fruit salad, and all that good stuff that I would love to eat instead of a handful of grapes? The only solution I have found are muffins. Fresh muffins, baked up on a Sunday afternoon, ready for the week. Just pop one of the mellow muffins into the microwave for a good 10 seconds and bam! You have a warm ready to go breakfast, with the handful of grapes. The easiest muffin recipe I know is for Banana Muffins. One bowl and a spatula is all you need to prepare the batter and then bake in a muffin tin. Just wait until some overly ripe bananas fall into your lap and you are good to go. Overly ripe bananas are best to use over unripe, or ripe bananas because the banana flavor is much more pronounced and the mushy gushy banana lends to a moister muffin. (Moister is a weird word if you keep saying it over & over)

Delicious Rating: Yummy yummy in my tummy. Moist, doesn’t fall apart on you, filling breakfast, and just delicious. I love how you can individually wrap them in saran or foil and freeze them. Pop them out and let the muffin come to room temp in about 5 minutes and heat up in the microwave. They taste like they came fresh out of the oven. Easy recipe, perfect for breakfast.
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Lemon Rolls


Lemon Rolls, oh Lemon Rolls, where art thou lemon rolls? Oops…we ate the whole pan! Like, ate the whole pan and cleaned out all the sticky crumbs with my fingers. I love anything Lemon. Throw in some dough carbs and a cream cheese frosting…OMGoodness!

Lemons Rolls…imagine a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon but more on the sticky bun side and flavored with lemony goodness. Sounds about right. This is an easy recipe that you will enjoy baking up for breakfast or dessert or tea time or for dinner! If you aren’t a huge lemon lover like myself, these rolls are perfect to sub in Orange, Cardamom, Lime, or maybe even pineapple!

Delicious Rating: If you can’t tell already, I totally love these things. The inside has this sugar-lemon zesty-spiced filling that just melts your tongue away because it is so delicious. I will still make my Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls recipe for my DH since that is what he prefers but every now and then I will sneak in a lemon roll recipe for my personal delight.  Let me know how you like your sticky rolls in the morning!


So good…

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Avocado Broccoli Linguine

What color is California? I know that might seem like an odd question, but humor me, if you had to choose a color for California what would it be? I was thinking green, a creamy light green that is beautiful when the sun hits it. An avocado green perhaps. This pasta is definitely California. The greens from the spinach, broccoli, and avocado give it beautiful color when the sun hits it. This recipe is super easy, relaxed, laid back, perfect anytime of day or year. It is full of flavor, fun to eat, and yet surprising, never boring or dull. This pasta is definitely California.

Delicious Rating: Okay, so maybe I am bias being from California or maybe it is really that great! If you love Cali then you will definitely love this pasta. It is packed with garlic and a light olive oil sauce that is balanced with all the veggies in this vegan recipe. Broccoli and Spinach and Avocado, can someone say “Yum” please?! This is one of those easy recipes that cook up in 20-30 minutes and you are never left with leftovers. Please try this and let me know what you think!

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