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Easy Bourbon Ginger-Apple Cider

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Whoop whoop! Happy Friday, folks! I’m here to bring some cocktail inspiration to this virtual Happy Hour party 🙂 I feel like the holidays are in full-swing immediately following Halloween and carry straight over into the New Year! And what’s more festive than mulled cider? This cocktail tastes like autumn. As the cider heats up, the naturally sweet apple flavor concentrates deliciously. The ginger liqueur enhances the drink with an extra burst of flavor. Spiced and warming, this super easy recipe yields two cocktails and can be made in about 5 minutes. Double or triple the recipe and share with friends! Or just drink it all by yourself– I won’t judge.

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Easy Bourbon Ginger-Apple Cider

–         2 oz. bourbon

–         1 oz. ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)

–         1 c. apple cider

–         1/4 c. mulling spice blend: dried orange rind, ginger, cloves, allspice berries

–         1 cinnamon stick

–         fresh juice of one orange

–         fresh grated nutmeg

1. Add all ingredients minus the booze to a pot on the stove top and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove cider mixture from stove and strain the spice blend out, retaining the concentrated liquid (unless you’d like to keep the spice blend in your cocktail. Hey, it’s Friday, Do what you want! You earned it.)

3. Add bourbon and ginger liqueur to cider mixture, and stir. Add a thin slice of orange and cinnamon stick to glass and enjoy autumn in a glass!

*** This cocktail can also be served over ice! Be sure to chill the cider mixture after removing from stove top, however, so the ice doesn’t water it down.

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Mmm, this is the perfect chilly November afternoon cocktail… whether it’s Friday or not 🙂

Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I can’t even really call this a recipe because I just dumped three ingredients into the Vitamix and blended on high for 30 seconds. The result? A rich, creamy dessert that can be made dairy-free and with zero refined sugar if you opt to go sans chocolate chips. Super sweet potassium-packed bananas pair perfectly with the tropical flavor of the coconut milk (banana daiquiri, anyone?) and the healthy fats in the coconut milk ensure a thick, ice cream-like consistency– no ice cream maker or freezing required.

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Coconut Banana Ice Cream

Serves two appropriately or one obnoxiously

Ingredients:

– 4 TB coconut milk, regular or lite will both work great

– 2 frozen bananas, chopped into chunks

– handful mini chocolate chips (optional)

1. Blend ingredients in Vitamix on high for 30 seconds

2. Devour!

Healthy No-Bake Rice Krispie Treats

I’m not sure why rice krispie treats strike me as an autumnal treat. Maybe because my mom never bought them when I was a kid, but I would see my classmates eat the sticky little bars wrapped in shiny blue packaging once school started up in the fall. Really, rice krispie treats are the perfect medium for creating delicious snacks in any season or for any occasion– but what with Halloween just in the rear view mirror, they seem especially fit to be devoured, to me at least 🙂 These no-bake bars are way healthier than the processed kind, and a cinch to make to boot. They should more aptly be named coconut oatmeal raisin chocolate chip rice krispies…. but that’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it? Actually, that’s how these tasty little treats went down– by the mouthful. They are delicious, super easy to make, and the recipe calls for minimal refined sugar. Winning.

ImageI adapted these no-bake delights using Gina’s recipe for Coconut Chocolate Chip Crispies as inspiration. I add an oatmeal raisin twist, and also wanted to spice it up with dark chocolate coated candied ginger bits I got from Whole Food’s bulk bin. However, the candied ginger mysteriously went missing by the time I got home to try the recipe. I have no idea what happened to it 😉 Walnuts and cranberries would also be great additions to these treats– or sliced almonds, dried cherries, white chocolate chips… the possibilities are endless.

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Healthy No-Bake Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

– 2 c. chocolate rice crisp cereal
– 1 c. quick cook oats
– 1/3 c. unsweetened shredded coconut + 2 T. for garnish
– 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
– 1/2 c. almond butter
– 1/4 c. honey (I used mesquite for smokiness)
– 1/4 c. coconut oil
– 1 t. vanilla extract
– 1/4 c. raisins
– 1/4 c. mini chocolate chips
– 1/4 t. salt

1. Add cereal, oats, 1/3 c. coconut, pumpkin pie spice and salt to a mixing bowl and stir to combine

2. Microwave almond butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla for ~ one minute until you have a smooth, thick consistency with no lumps

3. Pour almond butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated

4. Stir in raisins and mini chocolate chips

5. Spray an 8×8″ baking dish with non-stick spray and add the almond-coconut-oatmeal-raisin-chocolate goodness to the dish, pressing down so the mixture sticks together better. Sprinkle additional 2 T. of shredded coconut on top to garnish

6. Refrigerate (I let it sit for about an hour). Cut into squares. Enjoy!

ImageEven with Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos behind us, I still have a new episode of The Walking Dead to get through tonight. Lucky for me, I have these treats to munch on instead of my nails.