maple cinnamon yogurt parfait with candied pecans and caramelized bananas

We’ve been working up to this one all week!

I know, it’s quite a lengthy title, but I had to fit all that in there so you know how much DELICIOUS you’re getting yourself into! Maple cinnamon yogurt parfait’s with candied pecans and caramelized bananas are here to rock your world, y’all.

And just in time for your weekend brunching pleaure ­čśë

If you all have been following along this week you’ll have seen the recipes I posted for maple cinnamon candied pecans, and paleo caramelized bananas. If not, go ahead and check them out real quick! I’ll wait right here for ya.

Both of these mouth-watering + easy (paleo-friendly!) recipes will be used in todays grain free treat // breakfast-if-your-feeling-fancy.

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paleo caramelized bananas {dairy free}

Oh yeah, guys. Paleo caramelized bananas are a THING and they are so good!!

Paleo caramelized bananas are made with only 5 ingredients, no processed sugar and can be ready in less than 15 minutes! The ultimate sweet treat to enjoy on top of ice cream, yogurt, or all by their delicious selves.

I mean, just check out that caramelized goodness.

Paleo caramelized bananas are made with only 5 ingredients, no processed sugar and can be ready in less than 15 minutes! The ultimate sweet treat to enjoy on top of ice cream, yogurt, or all by their delicious selves.

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get much better than that. One of the things that I mourned the most when I was transitioning to my paleo(ish)-mostly-grain-free lifestyle was desserts. Desserts that really made me stop and savor the sweet little┬ámoment hanging out on my plate.

Because that’s really what desserts all about, right? It’s not one of those necessary food groups like veggies, protein or H2O. Sometimes we can add some of those nutrient dense ingredients into our sweets (and I often do), but really it’s a dish that’s there just because it’s something delightful to pause over and enjoy at the end of a really long day, or a way to extend an enjoyable meal with someone you love. It’s there for pure pleasure and enjoyment. Not that I don’t think that way about most of my meals. I’m not one to settle for ┬ámediocore eats in any way, but dessert is really more of like a this-moment-is-special type of a deal.

I quickly learned that I could still totally have those moments, they just weren’t going to look the same as they had in the past. Also, I would probably have to make a lot of those desserts myself, and I would probably have to get a little bit creative. All reasonable tasks in the name of creating a sweet moment!

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candied maple cinnamon pecans {Paleo + Dairy Free + Vegan}

In the kitchen, my habits tend to gravitate towards the, “I’ve never tried that before, let’s make it!” end of the spectrum, instead of relying heavily on the same recipes again and again. These candied maple cinnamon pecans, though? Well they’ve been around a loong time, and I don’t see them leaving my recipe book anytime soon.

Salty, sweet, and so addicting! These easy candied maple cinnamon pecans are made without dairy or refined sugar for a perfect paleo/vegan treat or a great topping to your favorite hearty salad!

They’re sweet, salty, cinnamon-y and full of caramlized maple goodness. And on top of all that they’re gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Hip hip hooray for healthy(ish) treats!!

Salty, sweet, and so addicting! These easy candied maple cinnamon pecans are made without dairy or refined sugar for a perfect paleo/vegan treat or a great topping to your favorite hearty salad!

It’s a little late for this idea, (but never too early to tuck this recipe in your back pocket for next year!) but these always make a welcome, home made holiday present, and would also make a wonderful host gift for a winter dinner party. Note to self – have more winter dinner parties!

I always really love this time of year, especially January, as it means a slowing down of social obligations, more calm, quality time with friends and family, and a moving inward to shape up those goals for the new year. And there’s not a much better accompaniment to that energy than cooking deliciously warm, simple meals, and inviting friends over to share them with, over a bottle of wine (or two.. ). It’s like the warm fuzzies from the holidays get carried into the new year on the backs of those cozy nights and conversations. Especially with the way 2016 ended, I think we call could use a little help from our friends.

But let’s get back to these tasty pecans ­čÖé

Pecans that you’ll probably be making and tucking into a jar, tying a bit of kitchen twine around the topping and tucking under your arm for your next dinner party.

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