Homemade Larabars [Recipe Review]

homemade larabars

Hello my fellow travellers,

A friend of mine recently shared The Elliot Homestead’s recipe on Larabars. You can find Larabars in your local organic grocery stores and they sell at 3-4 bucks a pop. Quite pricey if you ask me! After going through the Homestead recipe, I thought these would make a great addition to any kitchen and are SO easy to prepare. Added bonus is that these Larabars are made of all natural ingredients – no artificial sugar, gluten free, and guilt free.

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The Larabars are also cheap to put together. I bought a big box of pitted dates (1 kg for $5) and already had nuts and shredded coconut on hand. The only change I made to this recipe was  instead of making separate flavors I combined it into one coconut chocolate Larabar (almonds, organic shredded coconut, dates, and gluten free chocolate chips). And might I say these turned out fantastic. I whipped them up right after breakfast in my food processor and was done in half an hour from start to finish.

I also found the recipe needed more dates than the one cup it called for. You need a nice sticky mixture so they don’t fall apart on you. So add more dates but make sure you keep taste-testing so the Larabars don’t taste overwhelming of date and less of the other flavors.

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Try these out and let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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Dunk’n Dip [Restaurant Review]

If you love chocolate as much as I do then Dunk’n Dip would be the perfect place for you. The recently opened Resto and Chocolate Lounge on Lakeshore Rd., Mississauga offers a variety of dishes mainly focusing on desserts drizzled in fountain chocolate.

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The decor is cute and modern with wooden floors, deep couches, and really nice napkin arrangements. They also give you water in a cool glass decanter. The hostess was very helpful when we spent close to 20 minutes deciding from the menu. We went in an hour or so after opening time and the place was empty. We sat right by the windows watching traffic flow on the street.

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Chocolate Croissants [Brunch edition]

Hello my fellow travellers,

Hosting a brunch sounds easy but menu planning is a bit more difficult. You want to serve foods that are perfect for either lunch or breakfast. Generally brunch items consist of muffins, quiches, croissants, and other light foods. Instead of heading to the store to pick up a box of croissants, why not make your own homemade version for half the price?

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Yummiest Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER! [Grain free/Gluten free]

Hello my fellow travellers,

Rarely do I make such grandiose claims about a certain food being the ‘yummiest’ but I have to admit, these grain free chocolate cookies that I tried are possibly the best I’ve had (and I’m saying this from the perspective of trying most flour based recipes out there in the cookieverse). These are soft but chewy, chocolatey, and actually pretty healthy (Well if you eat them in moderation. I ate 5 in one day. Woops.)

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…And I’m Back!

I’m finally back after a two month long hiatus. Lots has gone on during the time I was away including a bout of severe throat infection. I had to fight off the infection with some homemade cures like gargling, garlic, and cayenne pepper because antibiotics would not work. Lets just say that one week was a very, very long week.

I’m glad to be back and have a number of recipes ready to share with all my readers. Thanks for following along 🙂

 

Very Banana Banana Bread

Hello my fellow travellers,

Today’s recipe was requested by my sister-in-law who had left over ripened bananas. She dropped them off at my house so I could whip up a quick bread. Suffice to say, the house smells amazing after the bread comes out of the oven.

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The key is to have very ripe bananas and very soft butter for the recipe. That means leave the butter out the night before if you have to (as long as it won’t melt). Another key factor is to NOT over mix the batter while adding flour otherwise you’ll end up with a brick of bread not a moist loaf of banana goodness.

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Galle Fort and Peddler’s Inn Cafe

Galle Fort – a 16th century Portuguese fort perched by the Indian Ocean. Waves lap against jagged rocks and from the top of the fort wall you can occasionally spot a giant turtle swimming against the current. I love Galle Fort. One of my favorite places in all of Sri Lanka. I think I’m biased because of my history background and my love for cobbled streets and colonial architecture.

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I went to Galle about three times on day excursions due to the ease of travel on the Colombo-Galle highway. If you know anything about Sri Lankan highways most of them are two way streets where you have to maneuver (and overtake) past hordes of buses, tuk tuks, and other cars if you ever want to reach your destination. The Colombo-Galle Highway, which recently opened is a lot nicer with two lanes for each side and the best part is that most people don’t even travel by highway. You have the whole road to yourself and can reach Galle in 45 minutes.

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After walking around half of the fort we were famished. We decided to drive up and down the streets (which are meant more for walking) looking for a place to eat. We happened upon Peddler’s Inn Cafe – an old colonial house converted into a cool lunch time eatery. The menu was mostly Western cuisine like sandwiches, pasta, and steaks. As you walk further into the restaurant try to get the table at the end where there’s an antique rusty old motorbike and a giant tree in the middle of the house.

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The chicken club sandwich we ordered was tasty minus the charred pieces of bread. The chicken was juicy and I liked the sauces lathered between the bread. The french fries were a little too salty. I was pretty hungry so I didn’t really mind. The dish I actually ordered for myself did not appeal to me at all after the first bite:

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Don’t let looks fool you. This was supposed to be penne pasta with capers, broccoli, and parmesan but in the end all it tasted like was flat, chewy pasta with no flavor. I was disappointed. But after the server brought in our rice pilaf with some sort of secret sauce I was cheered once again. The rice was well done and the spice combo of red peppers and cumin was thoughtfully crafted.

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And of course we bought dessert but I forgot to take pictures of the brownies because they were packed to go. The brownies were awesome – not too sweet, really chewy but slightly cakey. Though what I loved the most was Peddler’s chocolate gelato which was available across the street from the cafe. The waffle cone in which they served the gelato was fresh and crunchy. Soooo good. I had it every time I visited Galle.

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If you’re ever in Sri Lanka make sure you dot Galle on the map as part of your itinerary. Its an amazing history filled place where the people are friendly, the food is delicious, and streets lively.

Suggested Places to Visit: 

1. Maritime Museum

2. Historical Mansion

3. Orchard House (store)