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Almond Apple Banana Smoothie

Almond Apple Banana Smoothie.

First off, happy 2013! The old has gone, and the new come.

I believe everyone has had their fair share of highlights in the past year — and while we remember the good, let’s also forget the bad (learn from them, too) then look forward to better things 🙂

I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog in the past few months. Changes will come but possibly slower than expected; yet it’s all about taking things one at a time! I’m just happy to have all of you with me on this journey.

Today being 1st January, I thought I’d start off the new year with something simple and healthy to share. And these two are also part of the goals I had set for myself when I first started sharing. It’s nice, then, to remind myself and to have things go full circle.

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make and super refreshing almond apple banana smoothie!

Read on for the recipe!

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Brown Sugar, Maple & Almond Pound Cake

Pound cake: It don't hurt to pile on more of that syrup.

I’ve been a sloth of late.

As mentioned in my recent food post, summer can get too warm for baking. Today I am here to contradict myself; the weather in Singapore is just that unpredictable anyway. Just like how it’s been raining the past two days. Heavy, continuous rain. In the middle of summer. Surprise, surprise.

So, my oven’s been pretty lonely for a while now. I decided to turn the heat up again, with something really classic and simple: the pound cake.

Read on for the recipe!

No-Bake Fruit & Nut Nutella Bars

Here’s another addition to the no-bake list, if you recall my other no-bake dessert. In fact, I should also start making another list for the uses of Nutella in baking. There are just too many.

Everybody loves Nutella. You can’t go wrong with that.

Today, I added Nutella into one of my favourite snacks: granola bars. And it’s made it my new favourite snack.

I know I promised some time back to post my homemade granola recipe, but that’ll still have to wait. (Good things are worth the wait.) For now, let’s be content with Nutella. We can always count on Nutella like a best friend — like one of life’s simple joys.

Read on for the recipe!

Banana Rocher Frozen Pops

DIY Banana Ferrero Rocher.

Here’s one that’s sure to be a cheat’s favourite.

Everyone loves a chocolate fix, but sometimes the thought of having to go lengths to satisfy that craving can seem a little daunting. Today’s feature offers the perfect solution.

Bite-sized and deliciously decadent, this deceptively impressive-looking sweet treat is great for last-minute summer entertaining. (The first look reminds you of Ferrero Rocher, no?)

Also, as these pops are served frozen, they can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a fuss-free after-meal party dessert.

It’s so easy to make, you wouldn’t believe it.

Read on for the recipe!

Banana, Walnut and Almond Biscotti Bars

It’s a lazy Labour Day. Ironic but true. Thank God it’s a public holiday! And there’s nothing like enjoying the foods of your own labour (nope, no pun intended there). Well, the only type of labour I’d be happy to engage myself in on a day like this is some work in the kitchen. I practically get lost in a world of my own in there. It’s strangely terribly therapeutic :’)

So last night I noticed an overripe banana sitting lonely in the fridge. It was the perfect baking banana jumping right out at me. It was time to do something about it. I stumbled upon this banana-pecan biscotti recipe on WordPress that sounded just lovely.

I’ve always been tempted to buy a biscotti or two when I’m at Starbucks. They look so… Tempting. But unfortunately I can’t bear to always part with my money that way. Sometimes you’ve to be realistic and know you can’t always “live to eat”; I have to resort to “eating to live”.

With these healthy and superbly yummy biscotti bars so simple to make, it’s time to say hi to getting more bang for your buck.

Read on for the recipe!