Gooey Banana Chocolate Bars

February 26, 2014

Gooey Banana Chocolate Bars / blog.jchongstudio.com
I used to bake a lot – I made cakes for friends birthdays, cupcakes for parties and cookies just because. While I still bake, I do a lot more gluten-free and sugar free baking. What I've noticed is that I can put a little over or under and it doesn't really make a big difference. While I'm not saying you shouldn't follow the recipe – if baking isn't your thing, baking gluten-free and sugar free is a good place to start!

I really love these gooey banana chocolate bar recipe – it was one of those recipes where people didn't believe me when I told them it didn't have all the bad stuff. I like keeping these bars in the fridge so it stays nice and firm. When I left them in room temperature they became a little too gooey for my liking. Hope you all enjoy!

Gooey Banana Chocolate Bars / blog.jchongstudio.com
Gooey Banana Chocolate Bars / blog.jchongstudio.com
GOOEY BANANA CHOCOLATE BARS print this recipe! | adapted from i am the baker
INGREDIENTS
2 bananas
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
coconut oil for baking pan
PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a food processor or high speed blender until evenly blended.
2. Pour the batter into an 8x8 oiled pan and top with chocolate chips.
3. Bake for 30-40 minutes until batter has firmed up. Allow the bars to cool before cutting and serving. I like to refrigerate the bars and then popping them out and cutting them! Enjoy.

Gooey Banana Chocolate Bars / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG


Asian Cucumber Salad

February 20, 2014

 Asian Cucumber Salad / blog.jchongstudio.com
I'm headed to Vegas this weekend – I think every time I tell someone I am going to Vegas they get really excited. I don't drink, gamble or party so I don't really understand the obsession with Las Vegas although I do really enjoy eating and watching Cirque du Solei shows so I have that going for me.

Anyhow onto Asian cucumber salad. This has been a new go-to favorite its quick and easy to make, delicious and healthy - serves as a good side or a snack to get through that afternoon hump. I like to add a little bit of kick to my dishes so I topped off my salad with some chili flakes, but if chili isn't your thing no worries leave it off!

 Asian Cucumber Salad / blog.jchongstudio.com

ASIAN CUCUMBER SALAD print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
2 medium Cucumbers sliced 1/4 thin
1 tablespoon Honey
3 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon of Toasted Sesame Seeds
Chili Flakes
PREPARATION
1. In a bowl whisk together honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Taste for seasoning and adjust as wanted.
2. In a separate bowl toss together the dressing and cucumbers. Fold the toasted sesames and allow salad to sit for 30 minutes or overnight
3. Top with chili flakes (optional) and serve!
 Asian Cucumber Salad / blog.jchongstudio.com
 Asian Cucumber Salad / blog.jchongstudio.com

 Asian Cucumber Salad / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Orn Hansen | Long Beach

February 18, 2014

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
It's been a while since I've done a local small shop. Quite frankly I sort of ran out of local shop ideas, so if you're a reader and have some long beach favorites please let me know! Anyhow, last fall Orn Hansen popped into town, right next to Lord Windsors. It's a welcoming addition to this Long Beach corner and it excites me to see shops like these pop up in town. Orn Hansen caters to both men and women from clothing and jewelry to handmade soaps and leather goods. Everything in the store is made in the US and even a good handful of local LB artist are represented in the store. Be sure to check it out on your next visit to Long Beach!

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Orn Hansen / blog.jchongstudio.com

ORN HANSEN
306 Cerritos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
714.402.8097

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots

February 13, 2014

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com
Can you believe it's already February... I mean at this point I guess we are actually already halfway through February – it's crazy how quickly time passes. Anyhow much like everyone I attempted to challenge myself to eat cleaning at the start of the new year, lets just say I could have done a lot better. It's a constant struggle, like the rest of you I love warm bread, cupcakes and ice cream too. Last week I shared a sneak peak of this recipe on instagram and someone commented that if eating carrots always looked this good they would be eating healthy all the time. Loved hearing that recipes I post encourage you to make healthy eating choices at least some of the time!

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com
Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com
I am so excited to share this Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombre Carrots recipe – while I can't take credit for this I spotted this on Pinterest and had such a great time photographing it. It's easy to make simple and tasty, no it won't taste like Skittles - but some good ol roasted carrots. If dairy is part of your diet I bet these would be some crazy good scalloped carrots (instead of potatoes). Would love to hear what some of your favorite healthy go-to options are!

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com

ROASTED CITRUS THYME OMBRE CARROTS print this recipe! | original recipe from beard and bonnet
INGREDIENTS
1lb of colorful Heirloom Carrots – sliced 1/4 quarter thick
4 tablespoon of Olive Oil
3-4 springs of Thyme
Zest of 1 medium Orange
Juice from 1 medium Orange
Salt
Pepper
PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 425º. In a bowl mix together the carrots, olive oil, thyme, orange zest, juice and a pinch of salt and pepper toss until evenly coated. Then divide the carrots by color.
2. In a baking dish begin to layer your carrots by color - you can choose to make it gradual or maybe even try making a pattern. Once all your carrots have been properly layered - pop it in the oven for about 35-45 minutes. Depending on the thickness and baking dish size your cooking time may be slightly shorter. Feel free to top it off with some additional orange juice, thyme and salt and serve.

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com
Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com
Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com

Roasted Citrus Thyme Ombré Carrots / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Rio De Janerio, Brazil

February 11, 2014

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Oh Rio, we didn't start off on a great foot but you are beautiful. In many ways it reminds me of Los Angeles – you have your beaches and your mountains all within close proximity. The sky glowed pink and purple our first night there – unfortunately the days after we caught the rain and clouds. We stayed in Cococabana but I'd recommend staying in Ipanema Beach – we often found ourselves wandering Ipanema more than anywhere else.

Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com

Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com
Rio De Janerio / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Blood Orange Chili Juice

February 06, 2014

 Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com
 Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com
Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com
Sometimes I spend hours in the studio over the camera trying to figure out what the best shot is for something. Sometimes it happens quickly other times no so much. This blood orange juice was something I kept going back and forth on. Every shot I took didn't seem to be exactly right – I loved the dotted burlap but also like the feel of the marble. Any favorites? I still don't think the shot is right, maybe I needed a different glass... Anyhow! I got a juicer over the holidays – it's addicting. It's so crazy how much fruit and veggies it takes to make a cup of juice. My recent addiction has been a blood orange and chili combo. I got something similar at Whole Foods and I've been on a quest to recreate it ever since. It's sweet with a little kick at the end, I can't get enough of the combo.

BLOOD ORANGE CHILI JUICE print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
6 Blood Oranges
2 Serrano Chili
Agave Nectar
PREPARATION
1. Juice blood oranges. Finely dice serrano chili's and allow chili to soak in the juice for 24 hours.
2. Strain juice – removing all the chili and add agave for additional sweetening.

Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com
Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com
 Blood Orange Chili Juice / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Iguazu Falls | Aregntina

February 04, 2014

Iguazu / blog.jchongstudio.com
Words can't even begin to describe my favorite part of my South American trip – Iguazu Falls. I don't have any photos that do this place any justice, it was purely magical. I'd highly suggest every add this on their list of destinations to visit but make sure you go when there is a full moon. My friend told me about a moonlight hike they have in Iguazu, as the name suggest it only happens on the nights where there is a full moon. It was simply spectacular the entire fall is lit by moonight and there is something really incredible about seeing the falls at night. It looks like a moving black and white picture - and I say that in a good way.

Iguazu / blog.jchongstudio.com
Iguazu / blog.jchongstudio.com

Iguazu / blog.jchongstudio.com
Iguazu / blog.jchongstudio.com


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

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