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I may have lost my marbles today, but at least I got a good breakfast in!  Our loan and everything was approved, so we’re down to the wire!!  Very exciting, but now there is so much to do.  I spent the morning at the house, with plumbers/electricians/wood floorers/etc. coming in + out from every direction.  It was intense and a bit overwhelming!  Maybe I should start selling my nut butter…to help fund all of these projects!

On our list of things to get done within the first month[ish] looks like this:

  • hardwoods resurfaced + refinished [not doing ourselves]

  • complete kitchen demo [starting saturday!]

  • complete kitchen makeover [floors/cabinets/counters/etc]

  • appliance installation new fridge/washer/dryer/gas stove/dishwasher [eeek!]

  • paint entire interior [wrangling volunteers ;)]

  • redesign kitchen wall with punch out window

  • install all new windows

Before I start going through everything in my head again, I’m just going to focus on food.

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I found organic frozen cherries at Costco yesterday that are delicious!  I couldn’t wait to stick them in a buckwheat bake.  A cherry almond buckwheat bake to be exact.  One of my favorites for sure!

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Cherry Almond Vanilla Buckwheat Bake [serves 1]

  • 1/4c ground buckwheat groats [raw]

  • 1T whole buckwheat groats [raw]

  • 1/4t almond extract

  • 1/2T vanilla

  • 2t maple syrup

  • 1/2 large banana

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked]

  • 1T chia seeds

  • 1/3c chopped frozen cherries, plus a few more on top

  • 3T almond milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350*

  2. Whisk flax egg together and set aside for ~3-5min.

  3. In a small bowl mash banana until egg-like.

  4. Mix in almond milk, almond extract + vanilla with a fork.

  5. Mix in buckwheat, buckwheat groats, baking powder, chia seeds, and walnuts.

  6. Mix in flax egg.

  7. Min in cherries.

  8. Grease a small oven-safe dish, add mixture, smooth, and bake for 35-40 minutes. [Depends on the size of your mini pan.  I used a personal size soup crock.  You can also use 2-3 muffin tins]

*You can use 1 flax egg or sub 1 egg white or 1 chia egg.

*Use 1/4c applesauce, if you don’t like banana.

*Add 1-2T of other mix-ins like chopped dried fruit, fresh chopped fruit, chocolate chips, or coconut.

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I’m totally crushing on almond extract lately.  Just be careful.  A little goes a long way, unlike vanilla extract!

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I really love cherries.

And almonds.

And buckwheat.

And chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter.

And coconut butter.



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The dogs are enjoying the “new” ghetto beds.

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Kenna can’t decide which her favorite is.

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Dakota is pleased with anything but the slippery hard floor.  I haven’t broken the news to her yet, that there is zero carpet in the new house.  She’s not going to be happy…

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My “get in bed early” last night, did not happen at all.  In fact, I went to be LATER than usual.  Tonight, I’m determined!  Before I go, I wanted to write out my goals for March.  They are as follows…

March Goals

I don’t think there will be time for much else!

11:31pm.  Not bad.  Bed!!


Reader Comments (71)

GORGEOUS breakfast as always! And I just have to say your dogs are so cute. I love seeing photos of them! Makes me miss my puppy at home!

Ugh my monthly goals didnt go so well hèhè. Let me know hoe that book of people who never het sick was! Sounds like a good & fun read!

Ashley - love your blog! I've been through a number of trials myself in an attempt to figure out why my tum is always so unhappy...and one thing (unfortunately) that I've found I have a really difficult time digesting is fructose. Apples are a MAJOR culprit, as are pears. Below is a list of foods and their corresponding sugar content - and I've found that, for me, those with a higher fructose content than glucose or sucrose can lead to an upset stomach. I can eat bananas until the cows come home (thankfully!) because of the low level of fructose + ratio to glucose/sucrose.

Good luck!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Wow, that's yummiest-looking buckwheat bake (I think) so far! Have to try this.

Mang, I love frozen cherries as they're always perfectly sweet. I'm sure this bake is no different! Those are some lofty tasks you have ahead, but you will be just fine! :)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

Sweet jesus woman... cherries are brilliant for these bakes!! And congrats on your whirlwind house goings on! It's all going to be SO worth it! :D

Wellll, if you starting selling your nut butters I'd buy them! (especially your chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter, yum-o!) Love the pictures of your dogs-they're so cute!! Oh, and Costco is staring to really have a better selection of organic foods! I just bought a 3lb(!) bag of frozen organic Oregon blueberries with no added sweeteners, preservatives, anything! I think it costs about 11 bucks, but definitely worth it since I can add sweet blueberries to my morning oats now everyday!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

I would for sure buy the nut butters especially the new chocolate chip cookie dough!! Let us know I would place the order right now!! Your new buckwheat looks great as well!

Congrats on the house!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oooo, looks delicious! I love the idea of using cherries. And yes, I pretty much put almond extract in every breakfast, it's so good!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Wow, this looks amazing! Question about the buckwheat bake- could you use fresh ground up quinoa flour in place of the buckwheat? Or millet, for that matter?

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

The cherries look amazing! Like they are just ready to POP!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Oh gosh girl, we are in the same boat!!! Our house is finishing up and I'm planning to spend every moment there to make sure that all of the final touches get done next week. It's exhausting!!
I always LOVE when I remember to buy frozen cherries. They are such a nice treat and change from the usual frozen berry. Good luck with the house stuff!!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Congrats on the loan approval!

this looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I have been craving cherries lately! I so need to make this! I sadly used up the last of my buckwheat flour last night on my husband's favorite cookies. I will make it soon...I think I need the buckwheat bake in my life!

I know EXACTLY what I'm buying at costco this weekend - frozen cherries! I love cherries so much!

I think that some of the moving will count as a workout...especially if you help carry all the furniture + heavy boxes. Two birds with one stone. ;)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @SavvyEats

bunker would totally yell all day long if we didn't have carpet...and one day when we get all hardwoods we'll hear the extent of it! that does hate hard surfaces...

My mouth immediately started to water when I saw that bakey-thingy. Oh man, that looks delicious. I love fruit in a baked good. Especially when it's not too sweet. I feel like sometimes the sugar is overdone.

Congrats on the house info! That is so exciting. I can't wait to hear more.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

If your bakes are anything close to being as good as farro...just tried this am...WOW! The best breakfast grain so far. I'm putting this on my weekend, must make list.

Congrats on the house so far! Exciting for sure.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Sounds like you're getting to use your Masters Degree in Architecture on your new house. YOU'RE the WOMAN!!!! Go girl.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Frozen cherries are SOOOOOO good-- the best frozen berrie-- ever!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

OMG. That looks aamaaaaazing.

With the stomach discomfort thing? I think you also could be internalizing unseen stresses. I know that when I get stressed out, I get crazy bloating and pain in my gut. It might also be that you're experiencing a gluten intolerance of some sort. You can have a negative reaction to something without being allergic to it! But from what you said in your earlier post, I think the soy is the culprit. I know I've been eating a ton of it lately and it's messing with my hormones and overall mood. I'm gonna try and cut back on it for Lent.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterally@girlVfood

Your stomach issue sounds a lot like what one of my friends is going through. I noticed that a previous commenter on this post (Meg) thinks so, too. Have you tried cutting out sugars for a bit? It took my pal months of doctors visits and countless specialists to figure it out.

Good luck with your March to-do list!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSashira

This bake was nothing short of lovely to look at. Cherries are my favorite fruit, and, coincidentally, a major state crop over here in America's high five.

I haven't had cherries in so long! So good but so expensive. I would love to get back in the habit of having monthly goals - thanks for the reminder :)

Yes, I cut out sugar for 3 weeks at the beginning of the detox and then for the next 3, I only used very small amounts of maple syrup and honey. I eat a very low sugar diet in general, but when I did start bringing it back is not when the problems started. Thanks!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

haha..thanks dad

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You could probably make the bake with ground farro....mmmm I must try that!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Too funny!!! Kenna could care less, but she does choose the soft surface over the hard if she has a choice, haha.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girlie!!!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't done it myself...but there should be no reason why you couldn't. I've swapped them out in other GF bakes I've made with great results. :)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I have those blueberries too!! I also bought a huge bag of organic dried good!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks. I'll definitely check that out. I was eating apples non-stop during the whole detox though and in the first 3 weeks when I cut out dairy/gluten/soy and in the next 2, when I brought back dairy, I wasn't have any issues at all. And I was going through at least 2 apples a day, or more if I was juicing! haha Going to look at the list though!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Megan! :)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You always have this month!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my gosh, are frozen cherries back at Costco!? They had been gone for a while and I missed them so! I will look for them on my Costco run today!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I just bought the same cherries yesterday too! Sounds like the perfect recipe to use them on!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri@ ThE DiVa DiSh

I'm so excited for you! Big things are happening!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Thanks so much Cindy!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congratulations on the house progress! It is great you guys are able to do so much before you have to move in. You'll be really glad about that later! Wish I was close (for oh so many reasons; I really miss Colorado!) and I'd help paint. We can be long distance painting buddies because next week I'm up for painting 3 rooms while the contractor waits for the counters to show up.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarcella

YOu may be brain dead, you it sure doesn't affect your beautiful presentation and meals! I still think you should get plenty of rest, though, super important as a component of healthy living! I hope you get done everything you need to, with little stress!

Made your coconut- blueberry buckwheat bake! Delicious, but oh- so very messy. And it stuck to my bowl when trying to get it out!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

You really should sell your nut butters :)

I am going to have to make a COSTCO run for those cherries. I love cherries but I hate the pits so frozen ones are perfect and organic...big time score!!

I also can not wait to see all the before and after pictures of all the work you are going to be doing on the house. I am sure it is going to look lovely!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

The stuffed coconut bake? Yes, that is a messy one, depending on how much coconut you stuff it with! :)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good luck with your painting!! :)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hope they have them at your store! It's been forever since I've seen them..but they are oh so good!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm definitely interested in reading Eating Animals and have been for awhile now. Let us know what you think about it!

Umm...I'd definitely buy your nut butters. You come up with the most delicious sounding flavors. :)
I hope you get your stomach issues resolved soon! I really admire your determination throughout the whole detox. I'm sure you will figure out what is causing the trouble.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

ahh I have been looking everywhere for frozen organic cherries yum. You are coming up with these recipes faster than I can eat them can't wait to try this out!

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate@ahealthypassion

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