Coconut Brown Rice Porridge + Apple Sage Granola + LA!

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Coconut brown rice porridge with apple sage granola is my take on a breakfast porridge I had at Sqirl LA, a hyped (for good reason) café in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood. Sqirl LA’s brown rice porridge is topped with hazelnuts and blackberry jam; here, I made a seasonal New England version by topping it with a simple apple sage granola. The coconut brown rice porridge can be enjoyed with or without the apple sage granola – I like the extra flavor and crunch this granola provides, but any toppings would work; fruit, jam, nuts, seeds, yogurt, almond butter… anything you’d top a warm breakfast cereal with.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes + Pecan Crunch

Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts with Pecan Crunch | ourfourforks.com

A pumpkin spice post is predictable, but also obligatory. The other night, inspired by the weather (and Pinterest), I set out to make some paleo, gluten free pumpkin donuts. I attempted to fry them in coconut oil and while the flavor and texture were spot on, the frying part didn’t work out so well (burned outside, gooey inside). Since I don’t have a donut pan, I was hesitant to try baked donuts until I remembered donut holes.

 

These gluten free pumpkin donuts taste like real, old-fashioned “apple cider style” donuts. They are baked, but lightly coated in coconut oil first to get that classic donut flavor (without being quite so heavy). They are also sweetened only with dates, but you’d never know.

 

The glaze and pecan crunch are completely optional. For a nut-free version, simply make the gluten free pumpkin donuts, lightly coat in coconut oil again after baking and roll in cinnamon sugar. If you have a donut pan, I assume you could shape the dough into the molds and bake. Let me know if you try this out!

 

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Chestnut Flour Crepes with Fresh Figs + Goat Cheese

Chestnut Flour Crepes with Fresh Figs + Goat Cheese | ourfourforks.com

I came back from Corsica a couple of weeks ago with a new obsession: fresh figs. Fig trees are everywhere there and my sister and I took full advantage, stopping to pick them whenever possible.

 

Corsica, aside from its cheese and charcuterie, is known for its chestnut flour, a finely ground, slightly sweet, gluten-free flour made from chestnuts. Crepes (though not popular in Corsica) are ubiquitous in Paris, so I decided to combine these two influences here.

 

Chestnut flour crepes with goat cheese and fresh figs will become a staple dish around here. I have never made crepes before – and I was surprised at how easy and versatile they are. Be sure to read the notes at the end of the recipe for some crepe making tips.

 

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Chewy Apricot Coconut Cookies with Chocolate

Chewy Apricot Coconut Cookies with Chocolate | ourfourforks.com
Josh and I were in France with my family last week for a wedding, which brings me to the topic of food and planes. Even though I’m food conscious when is comes to traveling – planning out where to eat, slightly stressing about breakfast options (I have a serious oatmeal habit), scoping out the local specialities – food is not something I usually bring on planes.  If I pack snacks, I eat them out of boredom rather than hunger and I’m just not that together about it all.

 

If I was more together and not always so rushed, I’d make and pack these gluten free, vegan chewy apricot coconut cookies. They would make a perfect travel breakfast, snack or sweet bite after (or instead of) a meal on the go.

 

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Lemon Olive Oil Polenta Cake with Boozy Bourbon Cherries

Lemon Olive Oil Polenta Cake | ourfourforks.com

Sometimes when I crave a food, I become a little obsessed. And lately that food is polenta. Not the creamy, warm polenta that may be paired with fall or winter vegetables, but summer polenta: grilled polenta squares, cornmeal pancakes and this lemon olive oil polenta cake. Josh and I went to visit my family on Long Island this weekend and since I couldn’t go to the beach (weather), making this lemon olive oil polenta cake with Isabel was my stand-in activity. It underwent a few variations, but I ultimately settled on this moist version made with honey, polenta, olive oil, zesty lemons and almond meal.

 

I love this recipe because of it’s versatility; if you’re me, you’re likely to have these ingredients on hand at any given time. Paired with yogurt and fruit, it’s the perfect breakfast cake (think fancy corn muffin in cake form). Paired with crème fraîche, coconut whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect summer dessert. And sliced up plain with some (almond) butter and jam – afternoon snack.

 

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