WIAWhen its that awkward between seasons time

Happy Humpday everybody!!!!

Sorry I’m a bit late to the party, but hey I made it! Yes, for the first time since school started, my week day workload is finally somewhat manageable, and I couldn’t wait to show you my pretty food pictures! Come on, tell me you don’t do that too.

“I think this is such a pretty food picture but I have to save it for Wednesday!!!”

Truth. Anyway, even though it is still, albeit barely, August, I’ve started to crave fall. Pumpkin, cinnamon, boots and cozy blankets and tea. Yes. Alas, its still summer. So my eats are a little mood-swingy haha!!photo-256See on the summer spectrum, I still love big green smoothies -this is a melon-pineapple-matcha-mint and ginger combo (plus lemon and spinach). So refreshing!photo 3-120But I’ve also been getting into oatmeal a lot more recently. Solution? Summer fruit oats! Topped with blueberries, grapes, kiwi and watermelon, because why not? Eeeeexactly.photo 5-77Still, this morning, all bets were off. Its fall enough for me!!! Pumpkin spice oats with apples:)photo-255My main meals vary, anything from ‘hippie bowls’ -rice, veggies, beans, nooch, random condiments etc…photo-252To spring rolls (ahem summer…)photo-251And back to warm, orangey deliciousness!! Broccoli, falafel and sweet potatoes topped with tahini sauce and spicy ketchupphoto-249Even my drinks have gone from sweet and creamy (ever mixed zevia root beer with iced almond milk coffee? Do it. Its like a grown up root beer float)photo 1-120To fruity green smoothies! Watermelon, lime, mint, ginger, spinach and ice 🙂 Soo good

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I’ve been hoarding as much fresh summer fruit as I can before its all gone…

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But alas, pumpkin strikes again!! Did you know that a box of spice cake mix plus a can of pumpkin makes the best, cheater pumpkin bread/cake ever? Bonus points for adding chopped apple!!

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But of course, we cannot forget the ice cream. Chocolate (and cinnamon -see its everywhere) homemade ice cream with peanut butter sauce

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And lots of Cookie Dough… Always.

I know its still Summer, but have you started to “crave” Fall? Confession: Its gotten so bad that I had pumpkin/orange at every meal today. Pumpkin oats, sweet potatoes at lunch, kabocha at dinner, and pumpkin pie ice cream (home made, once I tweak the recipe I’ll post it!) for dessert!! Commence my lovely self-tanning habits of Autumn!

Cinnamon Banana Almond Bars

I’m going camping tomorrow!!!! We are bringing my best friend along (and a seperate tent so my parents don’t have to listen to “whisper whisper whisper *hehehe* whisper whisper *giggle giggle*” all night long;)

So I was thinking, what should I do to get ready???

 Pack???

Nah. I have all day.

Go grocery shopping for what we need?

If only I could drive, because my mom is busy doing something, and does not want to leave yet.

Maybe I should finally start on my summer homework for two of the five AP classes I’m taking come August…

Hahaha nope!! what am I?? A nerd???……Yeah don’t answer that.

I know! How about I make some snacks??

Okay!! But what???

Granola Bars.

Healthy granola bars.

Yes Please!

Cinnamon Banana Almond Bars

vegan, gluten-free, low sugar, oil free, low fat

  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 3 T. oat flour
  • 1/4 C. brown rice crispies (i used chocolate ones, what we had on hand)
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • healthy shake of cinnamon (or two…)
  • 2 T. almond butter
  • 1 T. coconut nectar
  • 2 T. mashed banana
  • 1 packet of stevia

optional add ins: chopped almonds, dried banana, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Preheat oven to 350. line a baking dish with parchment paper. combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. in a small bowl, combine wet  ingredients and stevia. mix wet into dry until all of the dry is coated. press mixture into baking dish, hard, and shaped into a relativly even (in thickness) rectangle. Bake for 18-20 minutes, let cool another 20 before cutting into bars.

Snacks are covered. Now what?? Pack?

Nah, I don’t think my dog will let me. Besides,  I’ve still got all day…