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homemade valentine’s day truffles

I don’t really want to talk too much during this post, as I think the photos do much speaking themselves.

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This Valentine’s Day, instead of buying expensive, really poor quality chocolates that will only upset your (Valentine’s?) stomach, why not make something from the heart that’s super healthy.  And sexy and delicious.

This is one of my favorite recipes I’ve had for a long time: Dark Chocolate Banana Truffles.  It’s pretty genius, actually, as the really soft filling takes no effort to make besides slicing a banana.  I think we all know how to do that.  And then there are 4 other ingredients.  Literally.

And it’s vegan, but you wouldn’t even know it!

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vegan buckwheat quick loaf (feat. Buon Gusto Farms)

Sometimes you decide to make something because you have leftover ingredients that would go bad, and why waste?  This was the case for this quick bread recipe, and it has turned out to be the best bread I have ever made.

I had cooked with garbanzo beans a few nights before and had reserved their cooking liquid, as I always do, to use as an egg-replacer for later.  I had just wrapped filming my Valentine’s Day Special, which of course you’ll see soon, and since I had the cameras set up I thought, why not try another recipe on-camera.

Iiiiii’m so glad I did.

Behold: a ridiculously healthy vegan bread recipe that is perfect for having your cake and eating it, too.  I’ve grown so fond of aquafaba in recipes, as it adds a really moist texture that I’ve found difficult to get with eggs.  I actually prefer it now!  The buckwheat adds a warmth and heartiness to the bread, which mixes perfectly with the herbacious quality of the oregano on top.

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tiramisu verrines (w/ Joshua Tree Coffee Company)

My visits to Joshua Tree have been consistently magical (for lack of a more appropriate word) and this time around wasn’t at all an exception.

I made the venture out to the hi desert to do two things: 1) film a video for Bubble Child to showcase my favorite coffee in the world: Joshua Tree Coffee Company and 2) to play a little concert for my solo project I’m just releasing this year.  I could not have been more delighted with what came out of both music and coffee discoveries and my affection for this place went from large to Sequoia-sized.

tiramisu-no-cinnamonjoshua-tree-at-nightOn a rather chilly Monday afternoon, I packed up my tri-pods, cameras, and hunger for caffeine and trekked through dusty roads in the middle of cactus, coyotes, and little cabins to the main strip of Joshua Tree Village.  It’s a tiny village, really, just a few blocks of central “boutique stuff”, and it’s utterly charming.  There is where you will find the headquarters of Joshua Tree Coffee Company, a shockingly petite sort-of back office space to a building hosting a yoga studio, pizza parlor, and a few other shops.  I’m not good with square footage, but imagine you have a large living room, attach a tiny closet to that for storage, and a little alleyway to enter.  That’s Joshua Tree Coffee Company.  Sales desk and coffee roaster included.

And what they do out of there is so impressive.

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teff snickerdoodle cookies (vegan & GF)

close-up-baked-snickedoodlesI’m having a hard time typing right now because every time I touch the keys that means I have to take my fingers off of these cookies I just made and oh. my. they’re so good.

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quinoa crunch gingerbread cookies

This video is for an old recipe I developed when I was living in New York when I first started the blog Bubble Child.  It, like this site and my recipes, has morphed and grown, and it is with pleasure that I share it with you for your holidays.

Old post & story: http://www.bubblechild.com/2011/12/12/gluten-free-gingerbread-cookies/

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