Even before I started my own blog, I followed other food blogs pretty regularly. I had some favorites that I kept up with, and found some recipes that I still use today. There were far fewer of them just a few years ago, before the internet exploded and food blogs started cropping up left and right. Now that I have become a food blogger myself, and have become more or less part of the online food blogger community, I have become that much more interested in following other blogs and checking out all the fun recipes that are being posted every day online!
The four following recipes are from food bloggers I really enjoy and have been following for years. Food bloggers, in my opinion, are some of the most talented and imaginative recipe-creators out there, and I highly, HIGHLY! recommend you try out these recipes (and check out the bloggers behind them!).
Also, these are photos that I took (not from their respective blogs) so you can see that I actually DO make them for myself! I just didn’t photograph all the other kazillion times I’ve made them.
These pancakes. These pancakes, you guys. I LOVE pancakes, and I am always on the quest for a healthier, less carb-y version. When I saw Pinch of Yum posted this recipe, it of course looked amazing and delicious, and when I scrolled down to read the ingredients, I saw that it was totally clean and heart healthy, too! WIN! I am not lying when I say that I ate these pancakes for two meals a day, for about two weeks straight. I’m really not lying. They are that good.
I’m not big on protein powder, so I left that out of my recipe, and they turned out just as perfect. I also traded out the chocolate chips on top for a big glob of almond butter. Because almond butter.
I remember when I first came across this recipe, and I have to admit that I wasn’t sure they were going to turn out as amazing as the photos looked (because Ali from Gimme Some Oven makes some pretty damn appetizing food photos). My mom was in town visiting Fabio and I in Chicago, and I decided to make these for dinner. Turns out they taste just as amazing as they look – I gobbled them up, as did Fabio, my mom, and my sister-in-law. After dinner, we all stood around the baking sheet and picked off the little bits of almond that were left. These are such a delicious and more healthy alternative to any other sort of chicken nugget you’ll find. The almonds make them just the right amount of crunchy, and the seasoning has the perfect level of smokiness and saltiness. I’ve made them at least every month since I first discovered the recipe, and my mom even made them while I was at home in Maine a few weeks ago! I leave out the flour in the last step of the recipe (the dredging part) and they turn out great.
Similar to my constant quest to find a healthy pancake recipe, I am also often looking for some sort of cracker or crunchy snack that doesn’t contain flour (I think this is a leftover habit from my strict Paleo days). In my post back in April about my food product faves, I gushed about Jilz Crackerz, which are grain-free and Paleo-friendly and just amazing. Sadly, I have yet to find them here in a grocery store in Dallas (sobbing face emoji). When I perused Pinterest for an alternative, I found this recipe from The Healthy Maven for crackers made with flaxseed, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. As luck would have it (and blessings sent from the Food Blog Gods, once again), it turns out this recipe is AMAZING and these crackers are AMAZING!
Last BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST OMG are these sweet, amazing, perfect little balls of the most rich, chocolatey decadence. The best part is, they are made with simple, healthy ingredients and have no added sugar!!! They are made simply with dates, cocoa powder, almond butter, almonds, and salt, which gives them that mouth-watering sweet and saltiness that everyone loves. I can’t say enough good things about these. Just go and make them. And if I can’t convince you, I’ll leave you with my cousin’s 6-year-old words of wisdom: This little girl, who is normally a pretty energetic and chatty little number, took a bite of one of these balls and sat back in her chair, eyes closed, silent. Everyone asked if she was okay, to which she replied “Hang on….my mouth….is melting into my body”…..!!!!?!?!?!? That ought to do it. Happy eating!