coconut

coconut-crusted french toast

granolalola | coconut crusted french toast

So maybe I live under a rock.

Is this a thing? Coconut crusted French toast? Because if it isn’t a thing, it darn well should be. I wanted French toast this morning, and as I hunted and gathered food from inside the fridge and around my cupboards, I noticed a theme: coconuts. Aside from the usual French toast ingredients, I had a mason jar filled with leftover canned coconut milk (the thick, creamy, decadent kind), a carton of coconut milk, and a bag of desiccated coconut. And that’s where the ingenious idea for coconut-crusted, custard-dipped, cinnamoned and spiced French toast came to be.

Was it good? Are you kidding me? Out of this world good. Shoveling in forkfuls, I asked Graham, “Why isn’t this a thing?!” (And again, maybe it is; remember, I don’t get out much.) And then I said to him, “I should be a chef.”

And with… Continue reading

whole wheat breakfast cookies

granolalola | whole wheat breakfast cookies

Goodness! How the time has flown between my posts recently. I have many recipes to share… it’s simply a matter of making the time to share them! Today I offer you my humble breakfast cookie. It’s quite a tasty treat, and not just to be eaten at breakfast (though I find it best during the morning hours after my coffee). This cookie came about while visiting Michigan recently for a cousin’s wedding. Between the ceremony and reception (there was a good two hours), Graham and I and my brother and his family decided to spend a little time in this adorable little coffee bar, called Clique. The barista introduced himself by name and with a handshake and made us the most delectable beverages. It was a great welcome to the Midwest.

Graham and I shared a cappuccino and one of their “Ultimate Breakfast Cookies.” I liked the cookie a lot.… Continue reading

glorious morning muffins

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I had these muffins while we were in Hawaii that I fell in love with. So we returned to the coffee shop I purchased them from several times to purchase and consume them again and again. (I say we, but it was really just me.) Once home, I experienced slight muffin withdrawal. So it was just a day or two after being back in my own kitchen that I decided to whip up my version of these great, glorious muffins.

You see, I had taken notes our last morning on the North Shore, while eating my last, glorious muffin. The four of us (Graham and I and our two friends) all shared a picnic bench, facing the ocean, and with our coffee and pastries in hand, we took in the morning and the beautiful seascape before us. It was grand. But before long, while the others still gazed longingly at… Continue reading

chocolate walnut coconut torte

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I think I see some cloud formations there in that dreamy chocolate filling, filling the crust to the brim. I see a profile of a lady. Right to the left of that poking-out walnut (at just about two o’clock). See her? She almost looks like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her hair is down and she has dark, sunken-in eyes. And a small white dove, facing west, sits perched upon her crown.

So, back on earth, I made this torte for a good friend’s birthday a month or so back. She had requested something chocolate, and I had no cocoa in the house. I went on to search high and low, in cookbooks and through interwebs, for a recipe that used semi-sweet chocolate, since I had plenty of that in my cupboard. And lo and behold, I found one. So I christened my tart pan (another Goodwill find!)… Continue reading

molasses apple granola

Perhaps it was because of my great love for granola, and the fact that many call me Lola, that this blog came about. I used to make it weekly and loved how our house would fill with aromas of toasted oats, honey, maple and cinnamon. I guess my baking efforts turned to other things, like breads, cookies and 100-layer crêpe cakes. But the point is, I hadn’t made granola in a while.

Also, the last eighth or so of honey from our (gigundo gallon) honey jar crystallized. A very sad day. That could very well have something to do with my absence in granolaland. Yes, I’m aware that hardened honey can be saved (thank heavens), and I’ve softened it many times, but it’s just that extra step! I did read recently that placing a jar of crystallized honey on top of the oven while baking something beneath is a good… Continue reading

flourless chocolate banana oat bars

I am practicing major self control and saving the last of these bars for Graham in the fridge. I made this sweet treat for a small gathering I attended last night (a few ladies gathered in a cozy mansion getting free facials and such; no biggie).  Anyway, it was requested that I bring cowboy cookies, but since I just made those, I figured I would make something different. I have a hard time making the same dish twice over the course of a week or two. I like to keep things spicy if you know what I mean. It’s all about v-a-r-i-e-t-y.

So I leafed through my little binder of recipes and decided to make these. They are super moist, very oat-y, full of chocolate chunks, ground up almonds, and oh yes, coconut. Oh how I love coconut. There is no flour, no butter, no eggs, nor any sugar… Continue reading

vegan cowboy cookies

I made these cookies a good week or two ago and am just now getting around to posting the recipe. I have been semi-sans without a computer for the last few weeks, so my many posts will just have to wait. But today, I bring to you my almost vegan cowboy cookies. If I had used vegan chocolate chips they’d be fully vegan, but I wasn’t so much concerned with making a totally vegan cookie. Rather, I was out of butter and needed to make a dessert, so I landed here in cowboy cookie land.

I’ve made these cookies a few times before. They are lovely little gems. I think I ended up consuming more of these in the breakfast hour (elevenses; happy hobbit day!) than after any given meal. To me, they are reminiscent of a breakfast bar (or breakfast round in this case) with a bit of chocolate.… Continue reading