stuffed with coconut

This week is flying by and it’s been amazing outside.  Today was 67* here in sunny Colorado.  I’m sure it will snow again, a few times most likely, but I’ll take a stretch of 60* weather any week.  Lay it on me.

I have two recipes to share and a teaser for a third.  I’m generous + evil all at the same time.

After seeing the interest in the coconut cream stuffed buckwheat bake, I had to recreate it again this morning.

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Round 2 was much more successful.  This was quite the breakfast.  I had a bowl of oats the other morning, with my normal toppings and noticed I was hungrier after only 2-3hrs.  The buckwheat bakes will keep me full for at least 4!

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Blueberry goodness.

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This is not very to-go friendly.  It needs to be eaten on a plate, or in a bowl, or maybe with a bib.

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Stuffed with coconut cream, as promised and drenched with my latest almond butter.  My taste buds had a very good morning, to say the least.

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Coconut Cream Blueberry Buckwheat Bake [serves 1 hungry individual]

  • 1/4c raw buckwheat flour [ground from raw buckwheat groats in a blender]

  • 1T raw buckwheat groats

  • 1/2 mashed banana

  • 1/3c frozen or fresh blueberries

  • 4T almond milk

  • 1T maple syrup

  • 1T chia seeds

  • 1t cinnamon

  • 1t vanilla

  • 1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked, sit for 3-5min]

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • coconut cream –> 1T coconut flour + 2T almond milk

  1. Preheat oven to 350*

  2. Mix flax egg and set aside.

  3. Mash banana with a fork and mix in milk, vanilla and maple syrup.

  4. Mix in flour, groats, berries, chia seeds, cinnamon, and baking powder.

  5. Stir in flax egg.

  6. Mix coconut flour + almond milk together, until a smooth paste forms.

  7. Grease a mini soup crock bowl [or something oven safe 4-5” diam] and pour in 1/2 of the mixture.

  8. Spread coconut cream gently around the middle of the batter, leaving about a 1/2” gap around the edge.

  9. Pour on the rest of the batter and smooth.

  10. Bake for 30min, and flip out onto a plate or eat straight from the bowl.

The coconut stuffing was outstanding, especially mixed with the cocoa-coconut AB!  The burst of berry goodness was excellent as well.  Waiting 30min for breakfast is totally worth it.

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So at the pool this afternoon, while I was swimming, one of the lifeguards decided to pop some popcorn.  You’re thinking “big deal!”  Actually it was quite a bit deal because, every with every breath I took, the smell of buttery popcorn wafted into my nose.  My stomach was already growling and this didn’t help.

What I’m saying is, you have the lifeguard to thank for this recipe, and you have me to thank for the food baby.  I’m warning you, be careful!

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While swimming, I usually think about food.  It distracts me, typically making me lose count of my laps, but also making time fly by.  Today I thought of about 5 recipes, but this is the only one I remembered.

Why have I never thought to pop popcorn with coconut oil??  It’s a fabulous high-heat oil!

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My method for popping popcorn is as follows:

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat, in a deep pot.

  2. Place a few kernels in the pot and wait for them to pop.

  3. Take the pot off the heat [but leave the heat on] and dump in the rest of the kernels and shake around so they form a single layer.

  4. Wait for about 30sec.

  5. Put back on the heat with the lid on and shake back and forth until the popping starts.  Time will vary depending on gas or electric stove.  It usually takes about 3min to start popping.  If you just let it sit on the burner it will burn.

  6. Wait until the popping almost comes to a complete stop and take off the heat.

  7. Mix in whatever toppings you like.

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This is step #4.

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Shake n’ bake!

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Beautifully popped popcorn.  Every time.

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And now for the excitement.

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Sweet + Salty, Coconut Cinnamon Popcorn [serves 2]

  • 1/4c popcorn kernels

  • 1.5T unrefined coconut oil

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1/4t salt

  • 2t pure cane sugar

  • 2T unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1/2-1T coconut butter, scraped out of the jar, not melted [optional]

  1. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, salt, cane sugar, coconut, and coconut butter together.

  2. Pop the popcorn with the 1.5T of coconut oil, according to directions above, or whatever method you use.

  3. In the pot you used to cook the popcorn, pour the contents from the bowl and mix with a large wooden spoon until well coated.

  4. Serve up and make sure to scoop out all of the coconutty deliciousness that falls to the bottom of the pot while you mix it!

I typically have good self control when it comes to food, but with this there was no stopping me.  Before photographing, I stood over the pot and shoveled it into my mouth nonstop for at least 3 minutes.

I let what was left [not much!] cool completely and I stored it in a plastic bag.

This is one of my top recipes ever.  No joke!  I definitely see a cocoa version in the future.  The cinnamon/coconut mixture would also be perfect to mix with popped amaranth cereal.  Ohhh my word!  Just the thought of it makes me happy….

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And now to continue my cocoa obsession, my latest dinner recipe.  The truth is, we’ve been eating a lot of quick dinners.  I haven’t had many dinner recipes on here at all, lately.  By quick, I still mean homemade, but just really simple.

This is the best chili I’ve ever made and it uses 1/4c of unsweetened cocoa.

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I wasn’t sure how much Chris would like it, but he’s taking it for lunch tomorrow, so that must be a good sign.  It’s the perfect combination of savory, rich, creamy, chewy, salty + every so slightly sweet.

Topped with a little Greek yogurt.

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And what else?


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Obviously!  I dare you to try the combo yourself.

Recipe details tomorrow!

Are you full yet?  I am!

Time to get my snooze on…


pOp it uP

Thanks for the feedback on yesterday’s post about feeling Type A and/or Type B.  I used to definitely be 90% Type B up until grad school [age 22].  It started to go more towards Type A and right now I would say I’m about 70% Type A, 30% Type B….give or take 10% either way.  It was interesting to read that a lot of you consider yourself both as well!  It is nice to be lazy sometimes unless your “to do” list is haunting you in your head.  I find it feels SO good to just get the things I hate doing the most.  I still struggle to actually DO them, but when I finally carry out my most dreaded tasks, a huge weight is lifted and I feel refreshed!

Our house progress is coming along.  Not much left now.  Just have to put away a bunch of little things, clean the bathrooms, and mop the living room and entryway.  Not too shabby.

Lunch yesterday included my Delicata Squash.  I smashed it on my open faced samich and put some on a salad.


The first few bites of the samich [squash + avocado + cucumber + swiss cheese + sunflower seeds] were good, but then the squash kind of got to me.  I scraped it off the sandwich but liked it a lot more on the salad.  I LOVE cucumber!!!


Oh the little things….I forgot what a delicious + satisfying snack this is.  I buy brown rice cakes [only TWO ingrediens] and top with a little pnut butter. mmm mmm mmmmmm


For dinner, I asked Chris what he felt like.  He said “buffalo!”  I haven’t cooked meat in 3 weeks and felt like it was time.  Chris is enjoying a mostly non-meat lifestyle at this point too.  I don’t have plans to become a vegetarian, but we’ll see what happens.  I’m just doing what feels natural. 

So then I asked…”what should I make with the buffalo?”  He said “meatballs!”  It was the perfect opportunity to work on one of the “mini-bites” Kelsey and I will be preparing for 24, 24, 24 on SATurday!!!  I have never made meatballs with buffalo before and was a little concerned about them drying out.

A few great things about buffalo:

  • It is local to Colorado and about $4.99/lb at WF
  • They grind it a few times a day, so it is always fresh
  • It is much leaner than Beef [less fat + cholesterol]
  • It is about 30% higher in protein than Beef
  • Higher Iron content than Beef
  • Buffalo are raised much more ethically

Baking the meatballs in a mini muffin pan kept them from drying out!


You will never guess what ingredient I included in these!!  You’ll find out when I post all the recipes this Sunday!


They were REALLY good.  I used 3/4lb of fresh ground buffalo and it made 24 mini meatballs. 


Steamed brocc.


Meatball samiches!  This hit the spot!  We’re doing something really fun with the meatballs for this Saturday…stay tuned!


So, I solved a problem we’ve been having.  Lately, Chris + I have been popcorn crazed.  I know microwave popcorn isn’t the best thing and I try to limit using the microwave as much as possible.  I do buy organic microwave popcorn…but I’m sure it’s still not great.  Also, our MW seems to be doing a terrible popping job.

Solution: Buy a bag of kernels and make on the stovetop!  HElllllloooooooooooooooooo – SO.easy.

Only about 20-30 un-popped out of 1/2c of kernels.


We bought organic Arrowhead Mills kernels and I looked up a recipe here at Simply Recipes.  The directions worked PERfectly.  It only took a few minutes and the taste difference was incomparable.  I added garlic powder, salt + pepper to the oil before popping and it evenly distributed the flavor.  Next time I think I won’t add quite as much oil.  It was a tad oilier than I wanted and there was definitely NO need to add butter to this at the end.


We devoured it :)  1/3c unpopped kernels comes out to 170 cals, 5g protein + 7g fiber!!  Pretty good, right?  I tend to eat a smaller portion for dinner because I usually want a snack later on in the evening.

Breakfast this morning was good but did NOT top yesterdays layered oats


Do you like my new spoon?  My mom got it for me at World Market [one of my FAV stores].  It reminds me of the Nightmare Before Christmas :)


  • 1/3c oats
  • half vanilla almond milk + half water
  • cinnamon
  • 1t chia seeds [simmered in at the beginnning]
  • 1/2 banana

topped with:

  • Artisana, cacao bliss [10% off!] shavings
  • Justin’s organic chocolate pnut butter [I just realized this is a local Boulder company!]
  • fig jam
  • the rest of the banana
  • yogi cereal

With a side of Peppermint Creme coffee + Coconut creamer.


Off to finish the house + work on the blog!  Happy humpday people!