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grain free raspberry donuts with a vanilla coconut glaze {paleo friendly, gluten free}

YOU GUYS! THESE DONUTS! Crumbly in all the right ways, slightly springy in texture, studded with fresh raspberries, dipped in a luscious vanilla coconut glaze and sprinkled with tart dried raspberries because donuts like to look pretty, too!

These maaay actually qualify as my new best friend. Is that too pathetic of a statement? How about: good enough to make a NEW best friend. There we go. That sounds a little more social-normal. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve neverrr chosen donuts over friends… *blink blink*

But anyhooo… (that wasn’t awkward at all now was it.. ) 

I’m super excited to be bringing you this scrumptious recipe in collaboration with Windy City Organics and Dastony, a company that makes raw and stone ground nut and seed butters with 100% organic ingredients. They make everything from out-of-this-world-good coconut butter, to pine nut butter, brazil nut butter, pumpkin seed butter and good old standby’s like almond butter. 

And this company is so rad that they’ve offered to do a giveaway for a jar of your very own coconut butter (my personal fave!). It’s happening RIGHT NOW over on my Instagram page until September 12th.  Head on over there now to snag an entry! 

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watermelon strawberry quencher {vegan + paleo}

I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long I’ve had this simple recipe floating around my summer. Landing itself after workouts, for friend-loaded-out-of-state-brunches, and introducing it to tequila before YOU!! It’s a shame, really. Not to mention the fact that the weather is already cooling down and we’re all thinking more about sweaters and soup (ahem like me, who’s going to be making one later today) than we are the necessity to cool the EF down IMMEDIATELY.

My timing may be a little off, but you’ll have to accept my sincerest apology. Because all of these reasons aren’t enough to keep my from introducing you to the summer beverage love of my life, – the watermelon strawberry quencher.

Watermelon strawberry quencher! The most hydrating watermelon drink you've ever had! Made with only fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries, and lime juice.
 
Literally a perfect summer drink – this watermelon strawberry quencher is icy cold, refreshing, hydrating, and sooo mega easy to make.

And has proved itself to be a hydration savior throughout the warmer months.

It got it’s start, when for some reason I decided in the middle of Seattle’s massive (for us, okay? Don’t judge me!) heat wave, I took up RUNNING. Running, guys! This is kind of a big deal for me.

Cuz for as long as anyone has known me I have been the professed “I will never be a runner” .. and “it’s just sooo boring” type of a lady. But then I discovered this awesome app called aaptiv, and things will never be the same. Hellllo endorphin high!

They create running, strength training, yoga and even meditation programs that are led by fitness professionals and backed with music to keep you motivated and up to speed. And with their help, running suddenly became… fun. Something I nevvvvver thought I would say. If you need a mix up in your exercise routine I definitely recommend checking them out.

And that’s how in the midst of the heat and sweat the crazy in me thought… why not sweat some more?

LOL GOOD IDEA, NYSSA. Until your face is beet red and you can’t stay hydrated to save your life.

At least not until you discover things like this watermelon strawberry quencher.

Also known as a icy blended beverage lovers dream.

Watermelon strawberry quencher! The most hydrating watermelon drink you've ever had! Made with only fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries, and lime juice.

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oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip {paleo}

Hey guys! Back again with August’s guest blog post over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe on their blog!


Anyone else always game for a new and healthy make at home snack? If so, this post for oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dip is made for YOU!

Healthy oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dressing! A salty, crunchy and satisfying make at home snack that's loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

I will be the first to admit that I have something of an addiction to chips. Yep. They are definitely what I would consider to be my “snack vice”.

One of those things that you just don’t keep in the house unless you’re prepared for the inevitable gravitational pull to the cupboard. I have switched gears over the last several years to a more (ahem) “healthier” variety –  if you can actually ever call chips that. Think red and purple potatoes fried in either avocado or coconut oil – thus avoiding all the junky oils that chips are usually fried in. Not to mention all the other no bueno ingredients that are in all the bags that line an ENTIRE AISLE at the grocery store. Guess I’m not the only one with a weak spot for the crunchy salty fix. 

Healthy oven baked sweet potato chips with dairy free ranch dressing! A salty, crunchy and satisfying make at home snack that's loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

On one recent trip to the store while I was reaching for my favorite bag of avocado oil chips, I heard a quote from Michael Pollan’s book “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” running through my head – “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”

Which, when you think about it really is a brilliant way of allowing you and your family to indulge in some of the treats you love, by making healthier versions of them, and without getting sucked into the convenience of these foods that are so prevalent in our food culture. 

So with this philosophy in mind, I decided to forgo the packaged chip purchase and instead continue my pursuit of anti-oxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulating, crispy sweet potato GOODNESS. 

I knew from past experience that achieving crispy sweet potato nirvana is not an easy task. But sometimes, when things don’t turn out right the first time, you just have to research, try again (and again… and again… ) until you find success. 

Oven baked sweet potato chips are definitely worth getting right. 

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