free of everything but bananas, haha
Welp. It happened. We hit our first 100+ degree day here in Arizona and it's only May.
It's fine. I'm fine. We're fine.
Summer heat usually puts me in a big funk (bring on alllll things fall and winter and I'm a happy girl) but the last two years have left most of us in a big funk and I am determined to inject so much joy into this year I started with healthy ice cream.
Or what is most commonly called "nice cream".
Made with three simple ingredients, this was a HUGE hit with the kids. They feel like they're getting an indulgent treat every day and we are finding a fun way to connect in the kitchen AND stay cool.
Because the good Lord above knows we will need it for the next few months.
Banana Nice Cream
What You'll Need
How To Make It
Do you have a favorite Nice Cream flavor? We also did a batch of Cinnamon Roll that I will add to the blog soon too!
We just got new popsicle molds and are on the hunt for a good ice cream maker and we have SO many ideas for this season!
Share your favorites below!
gluten free - dairy free - grain free - nut free - soy free
It's officially winter here in southern Arizona - which means it's 70 in the day and our coats and fuzzy socks come out for the 50 degree mornings.
A girl that's never spent more than a weekends vacation in the snow, this is winter to me and with that comes the want for cozy, warm, rich and comforting foods.
And the occasional warm, fresh-from the oven, ooey-gooey treat.
I was never a chocolate lover as a young kid or teen, and even my son is just starting to come around to the deep, rich flavors of a good cacao, so it wasn't until much later in life that I started to appreciate the brownie.
As a matter of fact, making these this weekend was the first time my six year old son had ever tried one.
What I love most about these? They are moist and fudgy and grain-free! Also gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and soy-free, they will fit nicely into most food allergy families. Just skip these ones if you can't bake with eggs.
Quick to whip up, I suggest making a double or triple batch. Especially if you plan to share - because these go quick!
1/2 C. avocado oil or vegan butter
1/3 C. cassava flour (I use Otto's, Anthony's or It's Just)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. coconut sugar
1 C. dark chocolate chips (we love the Enjoy Life morsels)
2 TSBP. cocoa powder
pinch of sea salt (optional, but great for minerals and flavor!)
gluten free - dairy free - soy free - paleo option
Hello my lovelies!
With this being a very busy year that included renovating our new home, moving into said home, buying a new business, growing our current ones and raising and homeschooling a busy toddler, I have intentionally decided to slow waaaay down in December.
It has felt so good.
It's hard for me to lay things down. Especially when they feel like they are 'good' things. Yet I had so many balls in the air that I just couldn't handle all I was juggling and I was starting to get sick more often (which hasn't been the case in our home since we went more natural), and I was just run down and on edge and I finally said, no more.
Our month has looked a lot like more intentional family time, date nights, traditions new and old, a lot of Christmas movies and baking. All. The. Baking.
We have some exciting news announcing in January, and it's sure to be a new season of busy, so for now I will bake and ice to my hearts content and enjoy every moment of peace this season of our Savior offers my weary heart.
These Gingerbread Men are gluten-free, dairy-free, extra moist and subtle.
We served them to family before a night of looking at lights and we got an overwhelming response of these being the "best gingerbread cookies ever!"
So, not to toot my own horn, but I've heard these are pretty good. ;)
If you're looking for a Paleo/Grain-Free version, you can swap the All-Purpose Flour for Almond Meal.
optional: royal icing or allergen-friendly, dye-free white icing.
As a mama who strives to make better choices for my family year round, I've been frustrated in years past when it comes to finding a balance of avoiding all that's unsafe for my son's body (food dyes, artificial flavoring, and ingredients I just don't feel great about such as gluten, dairy or possible GMO ingredients) and allowing him to feel like he got to have a fun holiday.
Now, we are BIG promoters that holidays are NOT about candy. That they aren't about food or treats in general, but as he gets older and participates with family and friends, I do allow him to have fun and have some treats. Thus the inspiration for this post.
I wanted parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who will be treating kids to candy this season to a guide to all of my favorites as well as a couple of tips to keep your kids safe.
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.