Protein Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

Protein Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

It’s the start of a new week and that means there’s a new Black Iron Nutrition ingredient challenge. And this week it’s the most basic fall ingredient of them all. Hello pumpkin! Pumpkin’s incredibly versatile and I urge you to explore with it this week. It’s great in sweet and savory dishes and it’s rich in vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C and fiber. You can’t go wrong with this one.

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Lemon Cheesecake Dessert Tacos

Lemon Cheesecake Dessert Tacos

We had an ‘ingredient challenge of the week’ this week at Black Iron Nutrition, and the ingredient was corn tortillas. I wanted to get as creative as possible, it is a challenge and I’m competitive, but I also wanted to keep it simple enough that you would actually want to make these when you have a craving for something sweet. They’re healthy and BOMB, so I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Mini Donuts

Mini Donuts

Every once in a while I get a craving for something sweet. Okay who am I kidding, I get a craving for something sweet all of the time. And recently I had a craving for donuts. I have this cute little mini donut pan, you know, because if they're mini you won't eat as much right? That's also false. Especially when you get crazy in the kitchen and make a dozen different flavors and feel the need to try one of each. But I promise if you make these for a party they'll be a hit! Not all of the toppings below are paleo, but I have plenty of paleo options for you to enjoy if that's what you choose! 

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Red, White and Blue Berry Custard Pie

Red, White and Blue Berry Custard Pie

How is it July already? Crazy! But it is my favorite time of year. So I'm not complaining. I wish it could be summer year round. The sunshine, barbecues, pool parties, camping, road trips, I love it all. Spending time with friends at the beach or the lake. Making cocktails and just enjoying life. With the Fourth of July coming I wanted to make something yummy and festive. A paleo treat that all of my friends would be digging into. And admiring for it's beauty. I decided on a vanilla custard pie topped with strawberries, blueberries and pie crust stars. 

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Strawberry Apricot Cobbler

Strawberry Apricot Cobbler

When you're tree is overflowing with apricots and the strawberry stand calls your name every day when you drive by, what do you do? Make a cobbler of course. And I also plan to make some dairy free vanilla ice cream in my new ice cream maker to go with it. This cobbler is super easy to make and even your non paleo friends will love it!

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Peaches and Cream Popsicles

Peaches and Cream Popsicles

This heat and the thought of summer coming had me craving fruity popsicles. Also, I found these super cute popsicle molds for $2 and I couldn't wait to use them! These are super easy to make and so delicious and refreshing. You could literally use any fruit you want in these. I just happened to have some ripe peaches so that's what I used. I think strawberries and cream popsicles are coming next.

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Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Bars

Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Bars

Happy Spring time! And happy Easter! I love this time of year, and not just because it's getting warmer (okay that does have a lot to do with it), but also because I get to spend time with my family (outside) and we make a lot of good food. That's right, food and sunshine, the two things that make me the happiest. What else do I love? Chocolate! Who doesn't? Okay some people, and I'll never understand them. I love chocolate. I just try not to go crazy. Chocolate is chocolate, no matter how much I try to convince myself that the dark stuff is "healthy" and therefore should be consumed in large quantities...

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Orange Almond Flour Cake

Orange Almond Flour Cake

One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner and I wanted to make something extra delicious! I love Easter and spring. I’m more of a warm weather girl, so when the sun starts to come out and I can spend more time outside soaking up vitamin D, I’m happy. I’m also really close to my family and Easter is one of our biggest family gatherings. My aunt and uncle host Easter at their house which is just across the river from my families home. We live in a small farm town in Northern California along the Sacramento River. It’s beautiful. And most years the sun is shining on Easter. We do a big potluck with tons of food, side dishes, desserts, wine and and tasty drinks. My uncle roasts pork loin and it’s to die for! 

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CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE

I've been meaning to share this recipe with you for a few weeks now but life got in the way. I guess that happens sometimes. I lost my grandpa in an awful act of violence and it's been difficult to deal with. Luckily I have the most supportive family and friends and we've all come together to help one another. I actually made this pie for my grandpa with the abundance of avocados his tree was producing. I had one bite (to make sure it tasted good of course!) then I took the rest to grandma and grandpa so they could enjoy it and share it with their visitors. I think he liked it. Although my grandpa was the type to say everything you made for him was "his favorite" even if it was his least favorite. I wish you could have met him. Gosh he was just the most generous and loving person. He'd do anything for anyone. Hard working and humble. I plan to carry on his legacy and strive to be more like him each and every day. 

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