Blackberry-Black Tea Coconut Ice Cream

I have been meaning to review this really yummy tea for quite a while now. I blame my boyfriend; he swiped my can of The Republic of Tea’s HiCAF Toasted Coconut Black Tea Bags and brought it to work with him!     The Republic of Tea is one of my favorite tea companies, their tea is so good! (One of my go-to’s is their Earl Greyer Tea) I also really like their packaging; the tins make it easy to transport and keep the tea bags more fresh than they would be in a box.     What makes this tea particularly noteworthy is that the caffeine content of this tea is enhanced with green tea extract and pure caffeine isolated from premium tea leaves, so it’s a great morning pick-me-up. This tea also has a natural coconut flavor and a touch of licorice flavor, making for quite the tasty tea! It’s really yummy with a splash of milk. To really enhance the coconut flavor, add a little turbinado sugar to your tea too. (You can now understand why my boyfriend stole this tea from me!) The HiCAF Toasted Coconut Black Tea is also gluten free, carb free, with no added sugars.   … Continue reading

Blueberry Breakfast Bars

I have a coworker who absolutely loves blueberries. She is retiring this week, and I wanted to make her a blueberry treat before she left. I adapted this recipe for Blueberry Breakfast Bars on The Kitchn, with the original recipe coming from the Whole Grain Mornings cookbook by Megan Gordon. My version uses quite a bit of substitutes and including using sprouted spelt flour instead of whole wheat flour because I could not find my whole wheat flour when I went to make these (I guess I need to clean out my pantry!) I also have more blueberry filling in my version, and used a different sized pan. Be sure to check out the original version on the kitchn to see if you prefer their method! Ingredients: Blueberry filling: 4 cups fresh blueberries, divided 1/4 cup natural cane sugar 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract the juice and zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon water Crust: 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup original wheat germ 3/4 cup sliced raw almonds 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds 1 cup sprouted spelt flour (or whole wheat flour) 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt … Continue reading

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