Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwich

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It’s that Fall time of year when everyone gets that sudden craving for pumpkin — pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin everything. But ice cream, although some would say is strictly a summer treat, can be had year round. In this recipe you can marry the two seasons into a, brace yourselves — Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwich.

You’ll need:

For the Cookies

Makes ~ 10-12

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats(blended into a fine flour) + 1/2 cup Rolled Oats (to add later)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 heaping Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter(or dairy substitute)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies 
  • 1/4 Cup Cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Dry ingredients Blend 1 cup of rolled oats in a blender for 20 seconds until it is a fine flour consistency. Add the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda.

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3. Wet ingredients Take the softened butter and whisk in the egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.

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4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips.

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5. Add in the 1/2 cup of rolled oats(unblended) and cranberries.

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6. Use a cookie scooper to proportion out the batter. I found it helps to flatten the dough a little so it spreads out wide enough to fit the ice cream disk. (Make some bigger and some smaller since, as you will see below the ice cream disks will come out in varying diameters due to the shape of the carton).

This was my first batch, I flattened them down a bit further in the second

This was my first batch, I flattened them down a bit further in the second

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, let cool once done. These cookies will be a little more on the cake-like side, since a crisp cookie will fall apart once frozen.

For the Ice Cream

  • Pint-size – any flavor, I recommend Vanilla or for a Pumpkin Spice Latte twist — Cappuccino
  •  A bread knife

1. Starting at the bottom of the carton, grip the pint of ice cream firmly in your hand and begin to cut all the way through as if you were cutting loaf of bread. (As you move up the top of the carton the slices will get wider due to the shape of the carton. Use the bigger cuts for your bigger sized cookies, and the smaller cuts for your smaller sized cookies so they fit)

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2. Pop the disk out and sandwich into your cookies. For less mess, you can take a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the cardboard of the carton where the seams meet and peel the paper off the ice cream.

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3. Quickly roll the ice cream sandwich in some chocolate chips, wrap in wax paper and freeze until they are ready for eating.

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Eating my way through D.C.

Ever want to just get up and go somewhere you’ve never been? Or maybe it’s a place you’ve already gone to but wanted to revisit? Instead of course, you do the more practical thing and brush that day dream under the rug because, well—life. For once I did that—I needed a break. Mostly, I needed a season change–Florida heat can make anyone go a little crazy. So I asked Boss Lady for two weeks off, which she gladly gave me  because she’s an angel, called up my friend in Washington, DC, cousin in New York, and college roommate/bestie who had just moved to Brooklyn and told them I was coming up. My mission: to go anywhere and everywhere there was food.

Founding Farmer’s “Quality and natural ingredients”

Tip:

Make reservations the day before

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Why I Love It

Their ingredients come from sustainable American family farms, and taste incredibly fresh. It’s clear Founding Farmer’s takes their holistic approach very seriously. Plus the founder has an obvious sense of humor for puns; being in the capitol city, it only made sense to fashion the name of this establishment after  the nation’s Founding Father’s.

Something you might not know

As we sat down to eat our waiter told us the one time they had a tomato shortage in their kitchen, all they had to do was call up the local farmer who distributed them their tomatoes and have him bring in a new supply that day!

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To accommodate for my wheat allergy, the server substituted the biscuits that came with the platter for fruits

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Pitango Gelato

Their specialty

Gelato, sorbets, and coffee-espressos. They use organic grass-fed milk, cream, and free-range eggs. For you vegans or lactose-intolerants, their sorbets are dairy free.

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Why I love it

Pitango’s gelato and sorbets are free of artificial ingredients, colorings, flavorings and chemicals, and low on fat and sugar content.

There’s always something new to try

Aside from the classics, they have exotic flavors like mojito, rhubarb, and passion fruit.

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I tried the NEW flavor CAFFE ESPRESSO

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Oyamel Concina Mexicana

Vibe: Vibrant, ambient, modern, artsy

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Specialty

They’re a tapas style restaurant. Everything comes out in small plates and is meant to be shared. It becomes a little pricey as you add on more platters. Don’t expect to leave on a full stomach from their portions.

Why I like them

They have a diverse allergy-friendly menu that not too many restaurants have and it is color coded at the top. Gluten, vegetarian, vegan, shellfish, nuts, & dairy. Plus their GUACAMOLE IS BOMB.

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Why I won’t be going back

They still made their ingredients with Soy. Having a soy allergy is probably the number one reason it’s difficult for me to eat out at restaurants, but I just ended up being creative and picked the one item on the menu which was soy-free and added some salsa and guacamole on top. Did I mention how good their guacamole was?!

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Protein Bar

Vibe: Modern

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Why I LOVE them

Aside from the fresh, great taste, Protein Bar is considered a Fast Food restaurant AND healthy — huhwut?! You can go in and place your order at the counter just like any usual fast food restaurant and have a smoothie, green juice, salad, wrap, quinoa bowl, or chili ready for you in less than 5 minutes.

Why I think there should be more

Protein Bar is an expanding franchise but it is still very very new–you can count the number of stores they have on two hands. I’m pretty sure if there were more franchises like this available in every local community, it would be less tempting to eat poorly when looking for a quick bite to eat. If Chipotle could do it, I think Protein Bar can do it too.

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 So that was my food adventures around D.C. in a nutshell, give or take a few that weren’t worth mentioning. 

Snack Find: Coconut Milk Almond Chocolate Ice Cream

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that I’ve been on an ice cream craving binge lately from the last picture I posted.

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Even looking at it right now make me want to hop out of bed as I write this, go downstairs to the freezer and take one out of the wrapper. No! Self-control Rakhi. You’ve already had a bowl of Coconut Bliss Madagascar Vanilla. Mmm Vanilla..

Soo why I love So Delicious Coconut Milk Almond Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

  • Creamy, smooth, perfectly sweet, but not overly rich or sugary
  • Quality ingredients (organic)
  • Soy free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free (I’m not allergic to dairy, but for anyone who is, this is the perfect alternative)
  • Tastes just like a CRUNCH Ice Cream bar
  • I feel guilt-free

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 So Delicious right now has a printable coupon offer on their site, $0.55 off  http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/get-coupons

As for my self-control…I’m going in for another bite.

 

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A Peachy Sunday Morning

Started my day off with some yoga per my usual morning ritual and ended my morning making Chocolate Chip Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes with glazed peaches and reading some film scripts in bed. Who knew peaches and chocolate chips would make such a good combo. I will be posting the recipe for the sugar-free glazed peaches later, so keep an eye out for it. The recipe for the Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes is already up. It’s a great clean alternative to gluten-free pancakes, packed with protein, and good for anyone wanting to stay fit without the guilt of carbing up. Just click the link and feel free to share via Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Google +, etc. by using the bottom buttons below. Don’t forget to submit to be in next month’s Blogger Spotlight. Hope you’re having a peachy Sunday.

Reading scripts & breakfast in bed

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

Enjoy Life Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chips

Banana Fig Pudding

I’ve been craving pudding like nobody’s business, which is weird for me to say since I’ve never been a fan of anything mushy or slimy but this pudding is quite the contrary. I’m a big fan of bananas, just not overly ripe ones. This pudding tastes best when the bananas are still slightly green at the stem and what’s great about this recipe is that it’s also dairy and sugar free.

Pudding Base

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 cup chopped Figs
  • 1/3 cup Almonds (blanched)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Coconut Whip Cream

  • 1 1/2 cup Full Fat Organic Coconut milk (canned, should be solid when shaken not milky)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons of Stevia (or to taste)

Directions for Pudding

1. Blend almonds in food processor for a few seconds until it reaches a meal consistency

2. Add in other ingredients

Directions for Coconut Whip Cream

3. Pour out the cream from the can and throw out the liquid part that usually sits on top

4. Add the stevia and vanilla and whisk to blend ingredients together

You can let these chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge or overnight until ready to serve. Lasts in the fridge for 2 days.

Egg Burrito

I’m not a big morning person. I’ll usually set my alarm a good two hours before I have to leave the house for work, because that’s literally how long it takes for me to stop wrestling with my sheets and get myself ready. And when I am up, I’m frantically trying to make up for the time I spent under the covers. One thing I make sure I never do is skip breakfast. I need my eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts ALWAYS. Eggs are sometimes hard to take on the go, but not unless it’s a burrito.

The best way I’ve found to make a egg burrito is to cook the omelet, which will become the ‘tortilla’ on medium-low heat and about half way through cover the pan with a lid so the steam cooks the top of the omelet. When the top isn’t as runny anymore just flip to cook both sides evenly. Wrap in parchment paper or aluminum foil and you’re good to go.

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

On the hunt for Italian

So last night my family and I decided we would all go out for dinner. We picked our old go-to place, Olive Garden, which is an American-Italian chain of restaurants, but of course since most of the items on their menu contain pasta, I hopped on over to their site to see what allergen free options they had. Quickly my heart sank. Even their wheat-gluten free options had soy. So I was like ok, I’ll just order their Chicken Marsala, it’s just chicken and mashed potatoes no biggie. Eh, WRONG! I scrolled down to that section and it also contained soy.

Trying to decide what to order on the menu

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