Smilebaker’s Amazon Store

Hi!

Smilebaker’s now has its very own Amazon Store!!! 

My store features dozens of my favorites. My favorite foods, tools I use in the kitchen everyday, cookbooks I adore, ingredients I cook with, staples in my house, and miscellaneous things that I use and love!

I would LOVE for you to check it out, that would mean SO much to me! Here’s the link:

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Here are a few products featured on the store:

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 I hope you’ll check out my store, I’ll be updating it with new items all the time!

Stay tuned for a new post either later today or tomorrow. -Isabel :-)

P.S. THE NEW SITE IS UP but unfortunately the domain is NOT. It’ll be here as soon as possible (as soon as I figure it out!) sooo be ready! 

6 ingredient, Fudgy “Little Isabel” Brownies

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I didn’t even plan on blogging these..Here’s the story: there was a little bowl of 3 Ingredient Chocolate, that I whipped up a few days ago, sitting in our fridge.

IMG_1946My mom got it out when I got home from my run and I aimlessly/quickly added some almond flour, baking powder, and a little sweetener..oh and white chocolate chips on top, of course. ;)

IMG_1937It was a tiny pan and I even cooked them in the TOASTER OVEN but, regardless, my family and I devoured them.

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I was shocked, I didn’t think much about them..throwing them (not literally) on the counter and not even bothering to try them. I was merely trying to rid our fridge of the melted chocolate bowl, not worried about the outcome, but they did look quite yummy…

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When dinner was over, (a really scrumptious dinner I might add, hello Caprese pasta and  french bread) my family asked me about them and I warned that they were thrown together and may not be very good.

To my surprise, they were gone in an insant!

My mom said (and I quote) Hmm hmmm *clearing throat* “Isabel! I just realized what these remind me of.. Little Debbies!

So I decided to make a full batch, oven-baked (not toaster oven this time ;) version of the now-gone brownies.

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Now, granted, I’ve never had a Little Debbie, or at least I don’t remember having one. But I can definitely say that these brownies are a-maz-ing.

First things first, they couldn’t be easier. 6 ingredients that you most likely have and they only require ONE bowl and NO mixer! Now here comes the big list, they are Gluten free, grain free, oil free, salt free, bean free (no garbanzo beans or black beans here!), dairy free, and vegan! 

“EW!” you say.

“NO WAY!” I rebuke.

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These brownies are extremely fudgy, filled with chocolately and sweet flavor, and will satisfy even the toughest of critics brownie cravings. So try them out and tell me exactly what YOU think! (not just my biased opinion). ;)

And just a side note: NO, I did not intend on putting powdered sugar OR sprinkles on the brownies…my plan was to capture the falling of the powdered sugar beautifully onto the brownies..but unfortunately it is harder than it looks!

6 ingredient “Little Isabel” Brownies 

  • 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup of milk of choice (I use unsweetened, vanilla Almond)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of nut flour or oat flour (Just grind up Nuts or Oats in a blender or food processor until flour-like consistency, measure after you have made the flour!) 
  • 1/4 cup of Truvia blend sweetener (or you can use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or 1/2 cup of regular, white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • opt: white or semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled ON TOP

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir cocoa, milk, and honey. It will pretty dry at first, so stir well, until wet and combined.

2. Now add in flour, sweetener, and baking powder and stir lightly until combined. The batter will be pretty thick.

3. Grease (I just put coconut oil on my hand and spread it all over the pan) an 8 x 8 in pan. (or whatever you prefer, as long as they are not too thinly spread). The brownies will rise but if they are too thin they will not hold up as well. Spread evenly into the pan and sprinkle with (optional..sort of ;) chips.

4. Place in oven and bake for 22 minutes. (ovens vary, check at 15 min and 20 min)

tip: if using white chocolate chips, the chips will start to brown. Make sure they do not get too dark, this will let you know if you are over baking; try to keep them lightly browned.  Also, they are done when you touch them and they are no longer too gooey. They can be a little gooey, but make sure they are puffy and seem held together. 

I bake on middle rack, make sure the pan is pushed into oven and not on the edge, so that the brownies receive equal heat. 

5. Let cool and enjoy these decadent and (less) guilty brownies!!!

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If you try them out AND you are on instagram, tag @smilebakersblog or #littleisabelbrownies ! Thanks a bunch for reading!

“All In” Lunch Salad

So yesterday, with the beautiful sun shining, the temperature rising, and the fact that everyone (in my family) was eating on their own summer schedule….I threw together my own fresh, light salad and felt like such a #blogger.  ;)

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I grabbed a plethora of ingredients that resided in my full fridge and got started. Lettuce, veggies, fruit, some extra added crunch and flavor..and boom! A delicious “all in” salad, made just for you.

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My cross country training starts today (crossing my fingers that my hip is feeling better!) and I am off to run an easy 5 miler. Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day!

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“All In” Lunch Salad 

  • - up to 2 cups of lettuce (Whatever you prefer, I used half Romaine and half Spinach leaves)
  • -1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • -1/2 cup of sliced cucumber
  • -1/2 cup of sliced strawberries
  • -handful of roasted/salted pumpkin seeds
  • -handful of broken up pecans
  • -1  1/2 tbl of hummus (pine nut) <3
  • -sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese on top
  • -salt/pepper to taste
  • -opt: drizzle of oil/vinegar greek dressing

Prep as you go down the list. I used a mandolin veggie slicer. Combine all ingredients and throw in a large bowl! I chop my salad with scissors and mix everything together right before it eat it. Enjoy this summery, light salad!

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Thanks for reading!!! :-) Isabel

Tropical Summer (green) Smoothie!

Before you turn your nose up at the fact that you are looking at yet another smoothie recipe, (seriously, I have 193 pinned…193!!!) bear with me.

I would much rather post a better recipe since I haven’t posted in a while and want to make a bigger statement in this ginormous blog world.. buttttttt this smoothie was so darn good and the lighting this morning/my mood…was fantastic. 

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It is officially the first day of summer and honestly, what could be better?! I have been waiting for this moment and yes, it is finally here. What will summer have in store for me?!

Okay, so I’ll let y’all know what I’ve been up to: I am switching my blog to self-hosted and while I’ve seen a ton of “easy tutorials” for making the switch, let me say. THIS HAS NOT BEEN EASY. (and I am stilllllll trying to figure it out) but yes, Smilebakers.com is coming and I am so pumped! I am getting recipe testing, picture-taking, and post-writing ready to go.  (no, I am not kidding because yes, I have said that many-at-time)!

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I’m guessing that I was drifting off to sleep last night my brain said “greeeeen smoooothieee” because I woke up knowing exactly what I wanted, which usually doesn’t happen. **just a disclaimer: you cannot taste the spinach AT ALL**

This shake contains no refined sugar, only healthy-energy boosting-clean ingredients here! I get a little nervous experimenting with a new smoothie rather than my usual, but this drink came out just how I wanted it to.

The perfect way to lunge forward to a tropical (or Alabamian, if you’re me) summer vacay. (not to mention it’ll keep you looking cute in that new bathing suit you’re about to pull out) ;)

 

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Tropical Summer (green) Smoothie

  • 2 cups of broken up Spinach leaves
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks  
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • up to 1 serving of (unflavored) Plant-based protein powder (I used Plant Fusion for all my smoothies, it’s the best!)
  • Honey (drizzled to taste, oops I didn’t measure!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla 
  • squeeze of fresh lemon 
  • 2 teaspoons of Chia Seeds
  • Almond milk to cover (or milk of choice)
  • opt: 2 teaspoons of Coconut Oil 

Place all ingredients into blender in order. Blend until smooth and chunks are gone. Pour into cup or into your mouth from the blender and enjoy! ;)

Hope you will love this as much as I did and start your summer break off on the right foot!

-Isabel :-)

(stay tuned, thank you for reading!)

If anyone is looking for the perfect summer (daily) treat. Outshine Popsicles will forever and always be my favorite. We’ve been eating them for as long as I can remember, not mention you can buy them every 10 feet in Disney World. They are made with real fruit and you can tell, they are refreshing and absolutely delicious. Just a thought I wanted to share because we have been enjoying them frequently lately!

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One-bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are crunchy, but still have just the right amount of softness, and are absolutely packed with sweet, double-chocolately goodness. Bonus: it’s all made in one bowl, just throw everything in, stir, and pop in your oven!
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Writing this post from my new (and first ever) Macbook! (yay yay yay)
I now feel like I can FINALLY focus on my blog now that I have my own computer to do it on!

(I feel so professional) ;)

I love weekends.

 I got to run in the drizzling rain while pushing my siblings in the double stroller, and enjoying the company of my parents as well.

I got to do some shopping with my 16 year old brother (perks of a brother who can drive!), more shopping/hanging out with the fam, baking, and just enjoying the whole NO SCHOOL-NO WORRIES happiness that brings me oh some much joy. (needless to say, school is not thatttt bad) :-)

We had 2 brown bananas just ready to be made into something, so my mommy handed me the task of making, well anything, out of the lonely bananas! (my first thought for these bananas was healthy cake batter blondies – hmmm?)

I did some Pinterest searching and stumbled across a few recipes to give me ideas and proportions. My little sis said she wanted cookies, so that helped narrow it down.

We started throwing ingredients in the bowl, stirring, more
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I tried to make these pictures a little better than my previous pictures. I worked really hard and tested out a bunch of different backgrounds.

I, for sure, still need a lot of work on my food photography skills, but I hope these look more appealing and scrumptious! *shout out to my little brother for letting me pour him a glass of chocolate milk … and extensively photographing it with the cookies* 

I am not one for dry, “breakfast like” banana cookies when I am really wanting something that’s well… an actual cookie. A cookie that melts in your mouth and only leaves you wanting more and more and more. These did not come close to disappointing, perfectly crunchy and flavor-filled with just the right amount of softness! They’re not exactly healthy, but definitely not too bad.

 

One-bowl Banana, Double-Chocolate Cookies

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup of gluten free flour (I used a home-made blend of white rice flour, cornstarch, tapioca starch, and xatham gum-let me know if you would like the recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature (easily stir-able) Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of Truvia blend sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbl. of brown sugar (feel free to use less sugar, I based these proportions off of other recipes and wanted to get the right texture. You can experiment with less or different sugars!)
  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • up to 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 tbl. maple syrup
  • 2 cups of dry oats
  • 1 cup: white chocolate and/or chocolate chips
Start with mashing your bananas (with a fork) and continue to add ingredients in slowly until everything is well combined. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned and no longer gooey. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes, and enjoy!
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Chocolate PB Bars // running isn’t everything?

“Mix it all together and you know that it’s the best of BOTH worlds!”

Hannah Montana ’06 anyone ..? no one? Oh ..

Hehehe, well this ‘quote’ of sorts is the base of BOTH of my points in this post.

Let’s start with the bars. Best of both worlds= Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

More specifically you’ve got chocolate, peanut butter, oats, coconut oil, coconut, and honey all mixed together in a warm, melty pot of yumminess. I have been dying to make these bars ever since I saw them {on Pinterest of course} over at the Money Saving Mom; they did NOT disappoint, in fact, they exceeded my high level of expectation. :)

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They couldn’t be easier and while they are not a “health food” so to speak, they are for sure loaded with health-full goodness that you will not be able to resist ..or at least I cannot.

Just picture yourself on Sunday night {EW, school is creeping up} ready to bake. You see your lonely hopeful pin (one in 9,000; if you were wondering where in the world my priorities are) from 2 months ago just dying to be clicked and read by you (the eager chef) and created by those beautiful little hands of yours. YES you say (in unison, with your mom I might add) we are making these!!!

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You pull out your little stove top pot and begin adding in (without measuring cups) all of the ingredients, it already looks incredibly delicious.

What are you waiting for?!
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Chocolate PB (no-bake) Bars 

-1 cup of {I LOVE crunchy) Peanut Butter (of any nut butter of choice!)

-1/2 cup of Coconut Oil

-1/2 cup of honey

-2 cups old fashioned oats

-1 cup shredded coconut

-1 cup of ‘chocolate’

{here you have a choice (yay for you!): either 1 part ~roughly 1/2 a cup for each~ cocoa powder, 1 part coconut oil, and 1 part sweetener to taste (I used baking Truvia) melted either in the microwave or the stove OR 1 cup of chocolate chips}

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.

Best of both worlds point # 2.  *time to vent Isa*

Track season is over for this girl (insert 2 thumbs pointing to meeee)!

I injured my hip flexor and was not able to compete in our sectional meet on Saturday. I was pretty (wait no, extremely) upset and pretty down in the dumps about the whole “not running” scenario.

Cross country season starts in one month so I know that it is very important for my hip to fully heal so that I will prepared for my upcoming season, so I’m making the best of it!

I am looking forward to running soon (it actually has not even been a week since I’ve run butttt) I have really been enjoying just WORKING OUT. I forget how much I really really love and enjoy it. I even though I haven’t been running, I can enjoy other activities that I love!

I have been feeling pretty bad about myself as far as my confidence and happiness level (this post is starting to be a big ole’ pity party..yikes .) but this has immensely boosted my spirits and I have been feeling great *I am very sore right now*

Track being over gets me back at home much earlier than I usually do. I tend to be more relaxed and I am looking forward to showing little Smilebakers some LOVE!!!

So before you leave my boring blog, please remember to check back soon for lots more posts and DO NOT hesitate to leave a comment or question! Thanks sooo much. ;)

 

Hi hi hi

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 9.28.10 AMOkay, so maybe this isn’t the grand post that I’ve been talking up.. The dramatic post that sparks my blog world fame…
I’ve still been extremely busy and hate this neglect to my baby blog. (“What else is new Isabel?!”)

Track has t minus 2  weeks left and school, just a little over a month! Phew! This year has been stressful/crazy/exciting/ but I’ve realized that in order to increase the happiness in my life; I need a something OTHER than the two main things in my life (I.e. Running and school) to focus on and love! (A hobby?) ;)

My blog really does make me happy and I need to make it more of a priority. (But keep in mind that I’m not an adult, I’m just a high schooler with very limited time on my hands at the moment.)

Here’s a little look into some things that I have been loving lately.

1. Granola
This stuff is the bomb. So easy to make, add in extra goodness, and devour!
I grabbed the KIND Maple Quinoa granola at our brand new super Target (aka heaven) and we loved it! Quickly, I found Gluten Free On A Shoestrings’ copycat recipe and it is exact! Find the recipe here
We added: coconut flakes, sesame seeds, and on the second batch, gf corn flakes!

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2. Greek Yogurt
Endless possibilities with this stuff ..It is UBER yummy to add 1 packet of dry oatmeal (gluten free + apple cinnamon is my fave) to one 6 oz container of Greek yogurt! It tastes like apple pie!

For a delicious snack mix about 1/2 cup of greek yogurt with peanut butter and a little bit of honey! We dip apples in this  (and granola!) ,it is toooooo good!
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3. White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter

This kind of speaks for itself …We even recreated it yesterday … :)

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4. Pinterest {follow me ;)}

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5. SMOOTHIES

I have just hopped back on the smoothie train and have been absolutely loving/craving a good smoothie. “Cookies and Cream” for bfast yesterday and “Vanilla + Pb”this morning, so yum! Despite the 8,000 smoothies I have pinned, I always want to make up my own! Smoothies are soooo easy to justthrow a bunch of stuff in and make a tasty ‘dessert like’ meal.

6. The blog

Okay, here me out on this one. I would like to make my blog more of a “lifestyle” blog; instead of just food. To tell ya the truth, I don’t like when food is the MAIN focus in my life, because it really shouldn’t be. (even though it is a huge passion of mine!) I would love to start posting aout all of my interests from DIYs to workouts, reviews and tips, pictures, and daily life, and of course recipes! I guess we’ll see what happens. ;)

 

Thanks for stopping me, see you soon and do not hesitate to leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

 

 

 

Beachin’ it

Hello darlings!
I hope everyone is enjoying (or has enjoyed/is going to enjoy) a delightful Spring Break.
We’re in my favorite place in the world, the beach! {side note: this is equal to NYC and Disney World in my little heart, if anyone was wondering where they should
take me} ;)
This week couldn’t be any better. The wonderful company, fantastically fluctuating weather, the food, the perfectly perfect running routes {side note # 2- does anyone else ever feel like they’re being chased when they run? Sometimes I think “what am I doing?! Especially when I’m alone ..} , and who can forget the lovely beach/pool!
I can’t even explain how much I enjoy enjoyment. Loving a run, loving your family, loving the atmosphere around you; and this place does it for me!
This [school] year has been/is rough for me and the moments in life that I genuinely appreciate and enjoy, are to be cherished.
We’ve had some scrumptious eates while we’ve been here, and it’s only Tuesday! *dreaming*
Arugula and roasted tomato pizza, spinach and egg soft tortilla wraps, fish tacos, loaded veggie burger salad bowls, crunchy egg-free choco chip cookies, best gf grilled cheese, ~my all time fave~ blackened mahi mahi salad …hehe I regret not taking more pictures!
My new favorite bars are Pamela’s Whenever Bars, they are loaded with healthy ingredients and crazy yummy!
{side note # 813: anyone else LOVE burned popcorn?!}
Oh and I headed over to SunDog books and (finally) purchased The Fault in Our Stars. Very excited to get into it! Anyone read it?
Thus far, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing on the beach and sitting by the/swimming in the pool, running running running, hot coffee in the morning, riding bikes every where we go, and really just taking in the time we have on a BREAK. (Hey, 9th grade is tough guys) ;) just a thought but, I’ve realized that an extra push of friendliness / kindness greatly impacts me. Happy, confident people make me want to become more like that so that I can encourage others. I really want to get to the point where I am confident in my own skin, a big struggle of mine!
Okay well, I might just babble on for the next few years… I want to keep up with my life more, so I’ll be sure to post post post!
*sorry for the long, rambling post. I have no WiFi and no camera, so this post is coming to ya from my phone (after it was deleted once already) at 11:52 at night.. Yikes!*
Thanks SO MUCH for reading, X x o o X
(Big hug, little hug, little kiss, little kiss, big hug) ;)
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Update / Vegan Venture

Hello everyone!
It seems I’ve been quite out of the loop lately. I haven’t posted in forever, and I do not like it!
Where have I been lately? The track season has begun and it is in full swing! We have 2 meets almost every week, for the next few months. I’m a distance runner and track is intense, so I don’t end up arriving at home until 6 or later.
I always say this, but I really do have loads of ideas and passionately want to improve my blog. I think about my posts too much, so I want to be more laid back and post about everyday life. Bear with me and be ready for some posts! I am so inspired by countless blogs and want to make my blog great.

Right now, The Blonde Vegan is the biggest inspiration for me. She basically has the life I dream of! A successful writer/blogger/runner/yoga aficionado who lives in NYC? Sign me up! The lifestyle she carries, the way her post are written, and the relatable quality of her story is amazing! ;-)

I’ve been easing into being vegan lately, as I’ve been having some stomach issues lately, and I haven’t been feeling fantastic physically or mentally.
Today is the first day (for me) of her Plant-Based Vegan Cleanse!

The program includes a 56 page ebook (PDF) that is SUPER detailed, organized, and has the cleanest recipes you can find! It has all of the meals (1 smoothie, 2 juices, and 2 full meals for lunch and dinner) for 5 days. The recipes are simple and loaded with goodness! Can’t wait to see where this 5 day adventure takes me!
This morning was a green smoothie and so far I’m feeling pretty good! The plan also eliminates coffee, so I’m feeling a little tired, especially with the time change!

I constantly drank water, and made sure to listen to my body. I’ve been feeling great today, super refreshed and clean! After a hard workout today, I was exhausted, hot, and tired; I made sure to fuel back up!

Hope you stay tuned; thanks for reading this long, rambling, post!

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Here is a quote that I have been focusing on lately, it has been a happy reminder during my long days!
Comparison is the thief of JOY.

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