1-Minute Coconut Granola for Two (No-Bake)

Okay, so deal: why am I baking making granola for two when I’m only one?

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No, I’m not preggers, you sick Sherlocks, I know who you are and this isn’t a British teledrama episode called The Sign of Three.1-minute Coconut Granola 4--102614It’s the start of a new swim season around these parts, where outdoor pools reign supreme and the scent of chlorine wafts off my saturated skin in noxious waves. Our greatest fear is that winter is coming and heaven forbid the temperature drops below a chilly 68 degrees at night.

So naturally, I’m following Manatee Survival Rule #1 and storing up body fat for the winter months. Duh.

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Life has a funny way of crumpling all our life plans into a wad of week-old newspaper and chucking it in a whole new direction. I started swimming when I was 3, but it wasn’t until 9th grade–right after I quit my competitive swim club–that I actually fell in love with swimming as a sport.  As luck would have it, I failed to make the school volleyball team (in hindsight, a good thing) and then I got cut from soccer tryouts (a very good thing–I loved playing soccer, but oh dem soccer Mean Girls), so I ended up in normal-people fourth-period PE instead.

Gym was–there’s no way to say it nicely–a waste of time. I was an athletic kid in a pool of floundering, I-don’t-do-movement types–literally. During our swim unit, they forced us to stand in the shallow end of the pool and swim across the short length of the pool, which is like asking a cheetah to sprint across a sandbox. Not that I’m a cheetah, because then cross-country would probably have wanted me and that’d be a whole different story, but you get the point.

And in that lackluster, dingy family pool was where I first met Mike

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Mike found me as I was streamlining underwater.… Read more

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The Writing Process Blog Tour on #wallflourgirl

Writing Process Blog Tour 1Okay. So this isn’t a chocolate post. This isn’t a cookie post, and I’m sorry for that. This isn’t even a no-bake vegan salted chocolate chunk oat bars made from heaven post, though my hand is crammed into a bowl of them as I type.

This is a writing post and I am dancing a little jig around my computer because I love lurve love talking about writing. It may be one of my favorite things in the world after eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon while binge watching Sailor Moon episodes like I’ve been doing for the past two weeks.

What is the Writing Process Blog Tour?

It’s basically a knee-slappin’ good excuse for me–a blogger–to share how I write (duh) what I write (duh) and why I write it (triple duh!).

Ever wonder what my food of choice is when I’m toiling away over a midnight post?

Ever consider the fact that I’m naturally a lot fonder of writing than I ever was of baking? (Don’t worry, I’ll explain!)

Ever ask yourself, What in the name of holy huckleberries does that girl put in her brownies, because her last post was so wacked out, she must be on something!

Yeah, welcome to my life :)  

This is an especial treat for me because as you may know, I have always been a writer first and baker second, so any excuse to share a little piece of my dark writing corner with all of you is good enough for me! I was nominated by the uber, ultra-talented and super-sweet Kelly from Life Made Sweeter. Thanks, girl! And you can read her own Writing Process Blog Tour Post here.

So sit back, relax, enjoy the food porn I’m including for funsies, and read on!

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 1. What am I working on?

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Rocky Road Brownies for #SundaySupper

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These brownies aren’t the only crazy thing happening around here this week, though they are insanely fudgy and I made boxes of these for friends who loved them and I’m selling them online here so if you want them without so much as stepping a toe into your kitchen, I can make that happen now.

Crazy? I love crazy.

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Just about 45 minutes ago, I got off an epic long late-night phone call (yes, it’s 3 AM and I manually pressed the Publish button on this post) with my friend. I’ve been prone to lots of anxiety and high-stress nights lately for seemingly no reason, so catching up with her (instead of spending the evening wringing my wrists to a pulp) was a pleasant change of pace.

At one point, she mentioned rereading this blog post I published back in June about defining self-worth–if you haven’t read it yet, I spill a whole bunch of juicy confessions in it about my life and insecurities that are interesting and probably mildly entertaining. From there, we started talking about just about everything: about the difficulty of living up to expectations, feeling burnt out from Life, piecing together bits of our life through expert stalking social media surfing, the recent guys in my idiosyncratic love life, and, oh yeah: my recent tendency to eat my feelingz.

Mostly because #school. And maybe some of the aforementioned guys stuff. (Thankfully none of them think big-picture enough to actually read my blog #middleschoolalloveragain)

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With these brownies just schlumming around the house all the time now and getting wrapped up for Etsy orders, I shouldn’t be surprised I’m eating my weight in feelings these days. Thick, fudgy, gooey, crunchy feelings.

However, one of the best reminders to come up in our conversation was the importance of taking time to reflect on our own lives.… Read more

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Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 17

Congrats to Carolsue, who won this week’s Etsy sampler box giveaway to celebrate my brand new Etsy bake shop–the oven has been running non-stop all this week and I can’t wait to add your box to the queue. Thank you all for your support, especially the  INCREDIBLE bloggers who have helped me spread the word!

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If you missed the giveaway, no problem: you can still order directly at my shop. Okay, that’s all for shameless plugging (er, for now). On to this week’s blogosphere favs!

Kathi from Deliciously Yum always gets me with her fab desserts. Always. I mean, check out the moistness in this Pumpkin Coffee Cake she shared last week! Right? I die.

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And okay, I rarely do double features from the same blogger (variety, people, variety!), but I really can’t help it. I just couldn’t. You need these Pumpkin Churros in your life as badly as I do right now, I know it. Kathi, you’re a genius!

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 Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies via Averie, who’s a total pro at this bar-mastery thing. I mean, seriously though. ARE WE LOOKING AT THE SAME THING HERE BECAUSE I AM DYING.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Blondies - Soft pumpkin bars, cinnamon-sugary snickerdoodles, and buttery blondies rolled into one! Super good!!

I can’t believe it’s one bowl! Seriously though–how many times have you cringed away because that cinnamon roll recipe looked sooooo complicated? Totally not the case with this One Bowl Banana Bread Cinnamon Roll recipe via Minimalist Baker!

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If you want cute packed into a cookie, look no further–my finger actually frozen on the mouse when I saw these Apple Pie Cookies via Foolproof Living!

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Recipes I’m digging this week: Almond Butter and Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cake with Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Frosting via Veggie and the Beast Baked Pumpkin Donuts via The Burmae Kitchen Breakfast Pizza with Hash Browns, Spinach, and Eggs via Joanne Eats Well with Others Coffee Cake Waffles via Real Food By Dad Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake via Gotta Get Baked Double Chocolate Muffins via Top with Cinnamon Fudgiest Double Chocolate Cookies via Deliciously Yum Homemade Parmesan Garlic Herb Breadsticks via Will Cook for Smiles Inside of a Peanut Butter Cup Cookies via Averie Cooks Mini Apple Pie Grilled Cheese via Buns in My Oven Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn via Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Pumpkin Cheesecake Egg Rolls via I Wash You Dry

Pumpkin Tiramisu via Tasty Kitchen Shashuka via A Cookie Named Desire Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Maple Marshmallow Frosting via Blahnik Baker Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream via Minimalist Baker Vegan Soba Noodle Bibimbap via Cooking with a Wallflower

In case you missed my recipes:

Inverted Graham Cracker Cheesecake Bars

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Inverted Graham Cracker Cheesecake Bars

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As students trundle to their first classes of the quarter, laden with heavy backpacks filled with books they will probably never finish, for classes they will soon find no time to attend;

as school swings back into high gear with the sound of familiar chimes ringing from the campus bell tower, tolling its stolen set of pipes recorded from another university tower;

as I lug my brick of a laptop to my office under the unnaturally blazing October sun, I think vaguely to myself that if I chance to encounter a mad Sasquatch on my unlikely path to school, at least I carry a dense projectile with which to defend myself, my expenses spreadsheets be damned.

New beginnings are always an adventure, and Fall is a beautiful thing…

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This–the late start of a new school year–is when the sun sets at an abysmally early hour and all the poetic heebie-jeebies jittering around my body just want to leap off onto the page illuminated by burning midnight oil. Call it my inner Donne or just an English grad student’s whimsy; but this is also the season of  warm, comforting flavors of cinnamon-infused graham crackers in my treats, which must all be baked now that the temperature has dropped below 90F: and there’s something special about graham crackers that makes me ask them in their lurid blue cardboard box, blithely, What the heck is a “graham” anyway? Why didn’t we reunite earlier than this?

On that rude self-interruption: I don’t know what a graham is. The phrase “graham cracker” reminds me oddly of the joke that goes, “If olive oil is made of olives, then what is baby powder made of?” Enigma central. I could probably Wiki this in a second but Bruno Mars’s “Lazy Song” just came up on my Spotify and I am not one to argue with divine intervention.… Read more

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A BIG Announcement: My Etsy Shop Launch + Giveaway! #WGshop

For a while, this announcement was a fat secret, which obviously means it’s not secret since I have been leaking you little hints on Instagram and Twitter and over here about this moment for weeks now (subtle, right? right). This is probably one of the most thrilling, nervous, weirdly satisfying moments of my meaningful adult life since I started blogging, so I’ll just say it:

Guys, I’M SELLING HOMEMADE TREATS ON MY NEW ETSY SHOP!!

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Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy: but here’s my Etsy…so order maybe? ;)

 

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What is the Wallflour Girl Etsy shop?

It’s a new online marketplace where you can order my most popular homemade goodies and get them delivered right to your doorstep in just 2-3 business days! Customized just for you & your friends and made to order, the WG shop offers a rotating selection of fresh, flavor-twisted, WG exclusive treats: perfect for a thoughtful gift or just your own snacking enjoyment.

What makes your shop unique from other bake shops?

It features popular recipes you already know and trust–like my Favorite Puffy Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe–but with some brand new twists & flavors you’ve never seen before! Best of all, you and your friends won’t have to do your shopping cold turkey (I mean, it’s a treats shop–why would there be meat? Get it? Haha because cold turkey……..never mind), because you know so much about me and my baking philosophy already. So you’ll know I only deliver the best, the most addicting, the most reader-reviewed, and the freshest baked/raw treats around the country! Plus I’ll even do my best to customize them if you send me a really nice pretty please note with your order. Word.

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What items do you feature?

My selection of treats is constantly rotating, with an emphasis on delivering my most raved-about goodies alongside some refreshing, healthy, vegan/gluten-free/allergy-friendly/raw options to suit every eater in your life.… Read more

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Raw Salted Chocolate Chip Oat Healthy Bars for #SundaySupper

I dare you to tell me this is “just another healthy oat bar” recipe. I triple dog dare you, and if you lose, I will bite the head off a hapless gingerbread man (is it almost that time of the year already? Sigh).

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Apart from the mumbled ooh’s and aah’s these bars received when I brought them to my friends’ houses, this healthy snack alternative just knocked my socks off. I was messing around with the food processor last week because it’s been a solid 98 degrees all week here. Living in perpetual beautiful summertime may not sound like a problem, but it is indeed a problem.

A big, fat Californian first-world problem. Try hashtagging that. 

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I expected “good,” I expected “delicious”–but I did not expect these.

I anticipated “love ‘em!”, I anticipated “yum!”–but I did not anticipate this.

I did not know there would be violent voices in my head screaming at me after I tasted these, “EAT THEM ALL BEFORE THE REDCOATS COME OR WE WILL KEEL YOU.”

And really, who am I to disobey?

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The most gorgeous thing about these bars (if one could pick) is that they taste like honest-to-goodness no other oat cookie/granola bar I’ve ever made before. The oat base is slightly salty and leaves this unexpected coconutty taste (from the coconut oil) in your mouth that makes you suspect they’ve started flavoring crack with essence of coconut these days. The bars are studded with chunks of dark chocolate (always a good move) and a great salty balance of pretzel chunks, which add awesome texture to the bars. And they’re vegan, GF, raw, and completely date-sweetened, which means

the fact that I gobbled up an entire pan in one sitting

is also like a merit or something.

Almost.

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I’m thinking granola bowl, served with vanilla soy milk or–better yet–sweetened coconut milk.… Read more

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Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 16

I have some CRAZY good recipes for you guys this week, possibly one of my favorite round-ups so far–hecka hallelujah! And erm, yeah it’s technically not Friday yet–I guess I got a bit over-zealous because they’re so good hahaha. Happy Thursday!

Cynthia from Two Red Bowls posted this Vegan Bangkok Peanut Ice Cream weeks ago but I have not stopped dreaming about it since. Seriously. This might be my favorite ice cream recipe this year, and I’ve been sharing it on Facebook and everywhere since. Thank you for sharing, gal! Yer amazin’.

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I actually fell out of my seat when I saw these No-Bake Cookie Butter Cookie Dough Caramel Bars via Erica’s Sweet Tooth. Classy of me, right? I couldn’t get over the no-bake element (no ovens? say whaaat) with every ingredient you would ever want in a bar, so I knew I had to share these!

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I’m not a huge fan of soft donuts, which is why these Pumpkin Spice Brulee Crullers via Deliciously Yum totally caught my eye this week. Plus, they’ve got the most amazing Honey ‘n Spice Glaze! Who could say no?

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My good friend Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake whipped together the most ADORABLE potatoes–Spider Candy Potatoes, that is! I officially cannot wait for Halloween any longer. A must-make!

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And finally, from our #studentbloggers series, I have a few great Procrastibaking recipes, from…

Shelley from Bacon Egg Cheese(cake), whom I adore–she brought homemade pasta–Crispy Gnocchi, to be exact. WHAT. And this girl says she doesn’t have time…

Recipes I’m digging this week:

All-Butter White Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies via What Jessica Baked Next

Apple Cinnamon Blondies via Bakerita

Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies via A Cookie Named Desire

Best Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies via Averie Cooks

Breakfast Pizza via Blahnik Baker

Cashew Tofu Quinoa Bowls via Oh My Veggies

Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread via Something Swanky

Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread via Chef in Training

Creamy Caramelized Onion Roasted Garlic Dip via Brown Eyed Baker

Easy Pad Thai Zoodles via The Iron You

Graham Cracker Toffee via Chef in Training

Hokkaido Milk Bread via Two Red Bowls

Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders via Joanne Eats Well With Others

Maple Apple Pie with Walnut Crumble Topping via Brown Eyed Baker

Maple Glazed Donuts via Sally’s Baking Addiction

Maple Roasted Acorn Squsah via Jelly Toast Blog

No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream with Circus Animals via Hummingbird High

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie via Averie Cooks

Real Deal Waffle Donuts via Deliciously Yum

Salted Caramel Apple Cake via Brown Eyed Baker

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake via Shugary Sweets

Salted Caramel Nutella Mocha Brownies via Half-Baked Harvest

Vegan Coconut Bostock via Top with Cinnamon

Vegan Mexican Cheese via Minimalist Baker

In case you missed my recipes:

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Wallflour Girl: New and Improved!

Being the highly observant person you are, I’m sure this fact doesn’t need declaring, but I’ll declare it anyway…

The new and spectacularly improved Wallflour Girl is up!

AHHHHHHHH.

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For the past three weeks or so, I have been agonizing about this moment. What if the site disintegrated into a sorry pile of turd because I got halfway done with re-coding and realized, dang, I haven’t a Blue’s clue what I’m doing?

Well, the moment has arrived, and no hardcore programmers’ guild has spontaneously combusted into flames. Yet. And I’ve still got a fully-functioning new site to boot!

After just a smidge over two years of blogging, I knew Wallflour Girl needed a Flour Power face lift. As I continue to meet tons of new bloggy friends like yourself (have you met some of my favs on my new Inspiration page?), and as I get more and more drawn in by the world of digital marketing, I have become obsessed with rebranding, graphic design, social smarts, and all that jazz. Hence the much-desired makeover!

It took weeks of hard work, learning CSS, pretending to know how to use that CSS, logo designing, font browsing, blog researching, and no small amount of these Pumpkin Pie Layer Cheesecake Bars to make it all come together in time…but it happened! In time for what, you ask? Ahh, well I can’t tell you that just yet, it’s

TOP SECRET

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you know.

I mean really, shame on  you for even asking. (cough cough keep your eyes peeled and tastebuds ready for more exciting news on Oct. 10th! couuuuugh.)

There are so many features of this new design I really love, not least of all the custom banners, logos, and About Me tidbits hidden all around the site! I finally got to put my fourth grader’s art skills to the test and make fun banners for all my social channels–still testing out some wonky links, though.… Read more

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Healthy Salted Caramel Apple Bars for #studentbloggers

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Thanks so much to everyone who has joined us for this #studentbloggers series. This is our final installment (for now, at least) as the school year revs into gear. See you guys on the other side, and don’t forget to check out all these incredibly TALENTED bloggers who have participated!

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(See our interviews from Week 1 and Week 2.)

QUESTION 1. Let’s be honest: how much time do you spend on schoolwork/research vs. the blog?

Ala: I treat school like a full-time job…and it is one! I still spend a good chunk of time every night blogging though (anywhere from 20-30 hours a week), and my friends think I’m crazy for doing it because I insist on having a social life as well. That leaves me with some scary number of hours of sleep…you can do the math.

Bec: Majority of the week is spent a) procrastinating and b) mentally and physically stopping the procrastination/procrastibaking c) attempting to smash out Uni work

Nicole: In all honestly – about 60 % research, 40 % blog (but I do spend almost my entire weekends and lots of evenings solely on blog work)

Shelley:  Schoolwork comes first ;) I’ll blog when I have the time!

Zainab: I am ashamed to answer this just in case my PI sees this one day. But in a 24 hour day, I think 9 goes to schoolwork and the rest the blog. Just so much goes into blogging and being new at it, the learning curve is steep so it’s sucking lots of hours of my day. With research, I am very efficient at this point. I get to lab in the morning and can hammer out my experiments pretty quickly. I try to do most of all I need to do there (9-6.30pm) and most times once I leave lab, I leave it all there.… Read more

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