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Cashew Cake Batter Fruit Dip {Vegan + Gluten Free}

With the summer produce starting to pop up in markets around town, I’ve been loving all of the fruit lately. Sweet cherries, strawberries, and peaches have been my favorite. Nature’s candy is the best!

A strawberry banana protein smoothie bowl topped with locally grown cherries, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips & cinnamon oat granola clusters

So naturally with all of my fruit consumption in recent weeks, I had to make fruit dip. Dipping fruit into a decadent tasting dip is one of my favorite desserts, especially when it’s healthy like today’s recipe!

I’ve been making a lot of cake batter recipes lately, including a few batches of energy bites, smoothies, and now, this fruit dip. I also think that cake batter cookies may be in my baking future.

To get that cake batter flavor, I combined cashew butter with shredded coconut, maple syrup, vanilla dairy-free yogurt, vanilla extract and cashew milk.

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Granola Cups

“Believe that you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

Hello, and Happy Presidents Day to all of you fellow Americans!

How did you all spend your Valentine’s Day? My hubby and I decided to head to the beach to celebrate the occasion. He surfed while I caught up on a few magazines (more specifically, I dreamed up our next vacation while reading Islands, then read a Self issue with Cameron Diaz that has been sitting in my magazine rack for a year and a half), then we had a picnic and watched the sunset.

Valentine's Day beach picnic

Noshing on good food with my hubby + perfect weather + a bottle of refreshing riesling + a beautiful sunset = the perfect low-key Valentine’s Day in my book.

Speaking of the beach, lately a bunch of you have asked me about the weather in the San Diego area this time of the year, so I wanted to take a moment to chat about it. Southern California is notorious for being mild and sunny most days. The weather here is different than other areas of the state. For instance, when I lived up in the San Fran Bay Area a bit inland, the weather had much more of a range. While the winter could dip into pretty chilly weather and the summer had many sweltering days in the 90s, in San Diego the temperature hovers around 65-80 degrees year round.

Camel Pose on the beach

I couldn’t resist striking a yoga pose on the beach during this sunset!

So while it’s winter here, some of the days have been 60 degrees, but lately, it’s been more in the 70s, and we had a couple of days in a row here last week that hit in the 80s – which is why I’ve mentioned being in a bikini and on the beach a couple times lately. Sometimes here we get what’s called a marine layer – thick foggy clouds along the coast. Yesterday I was at the dog beach for about an hour. When we got there, it was perfectly sunny, but all of a sudden, this thick fog moved in, making it feel much chillier and damp. My hubby was surfing, and came out of the water because he said it was freaky and he could barely see in front of him. It happened so suddenly and was one of the craziest beach weather turn arounds that I’ve seen here!

Dog beach fog

I snapped the above photo when I got to the beach, and you can see the fog about to roll in from the water. A few minutes later, I couldn’t see that land in front of me at all!

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Fig Honey Chia Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate peanut butter. Strawberry vanilla. Chocolate covered cherry. Basically friends, I’m totally smoothie crazed. And those are a few of my favorite smoothie creation combos.

But sometimes, instead of just making a smoothie to drink in a glass, I like to put my blender to work to make something a bit thicker. I then pour my creation into a bowl and eat it with a spoon, because I’m fancy like that.

fig honey bowl-3

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