the dirty deluxe (pumpkin, masala chai tea, espresso) - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Claudia15/10/2016 - 6:44 am

    Ha! I assembled all the ingredients for the cranberry nut loaf already. Making it today. Gonna try the chai recipe. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Elenore15/10/2016 - 7:01 am

    These pictures are GORGEOUS! I always love popping over here on Saturdays for a happy hour :) Ps. Enjoy your super chill wknd, babe! Non-exciting stuff is the bomb. ❤️ / ElenoreReplyCancel

  • Ashlae15/10/2016 - 10:10 am

    OOOOF. Added sugar. I’ve been slowly removing allllll of it from my diet (well, except for when it comes from dessert) and it is so. freaking. TOUGH. My favorite ketchup. Fabanaise. Salad dressing (can’t quit this poppyseed number I get from the store). Every goddamn thing has sugar added to it! So I’ve been slowly finding replacements or figuring out how to make my own, sans sugar. Also, I added it up and I was consuming 40-50g of added sugar A DAY.. not counting post-dinner dessert. That’s kind of absurd.

    Anyway, loving this dirty deluxe. I make a chai latte for Thom each morning so I’mma sneak some punkin in there this AM. ;) HUGS.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine15/10/2016 - 1:18 pm

    I’m always trying to figure out what to do with that leftover bit of pumpkin – I’m going to make these this weekend! Thanks for the link love too :)ReplyCancel

  • danielle16/10/2016 - 3:16 pm

    hello sweet babe – can i just say i’m honored to make an appearance in a post containing a recipe for a ‘dirty deluxe’? (tres sexy). pumpkin chai sounds like a form of ecstasy that needs to happen soon. thank you for the love, that soup was not a mistake on behalf of the last ripe tomatoes. happy autumn laura! xoReplyCancel

  • Dan Humphreys20/10/2016 - 9:35 am

    Wow this is a crazy recipe. Who would have thought of pumpkin in a latte? Looks delicious though!ReplyCancel

  • Allie20/10/2016 - 9:44 pm

    Ha, I’ve made this three times since the beginning of the week! It is so delicious! I love your blog, Laura! So creative, awesome recipes, and beautiful photography! Can’t wait for your cookbook! ReplyCancel

  • Emma23/10/2016 - 4:41 am

    I try to stay away from added sugar myself, and it’s never something I use in my baking. However, if I’m over at a friends’ house and they serve me a homemade cake with added sugar in it, I definitely wouldn’t refuse it. But I also understand why it’s easier for some people to just avoid it entirely – I actually find its addictive effect on some people quite interesting and definitely see how it’s comparable to the addictive effect of smoking.
    Anyway, this tea looks delicious and absolutely perfect for the current season!
    Hope you have a great Sunday :-)

  • Leanna10/11/2016 - 5:29 am

    You pictures are insanely beautiful! I can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

twice baked potatoes with buffalo chickpeas & cauliflower - The First Messpin it!twice baked potatoes with buffalo chickpeas & cauliflower - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Elenore12/10/2016 - 4:38 am

    Oh hells yeah! I totally feel you on the whole cauli ‘wing’ situation! I had a sad lookin’ cauliflower in the fridge yesterday and simply roasted it w coconut oil, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke, salt + tomato pure. Double cooked + dipped + truckload of dishes no thank you.. ;) This seems like yesterdays dinner just got upgraded. Cant wait to make it very soon! Fabian will love the potatoes :)

    Biggest cosy duvet-hugs to you dearest!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ HappyFoods Tube12/10/2016 - 5:30 am

    Been looking for cauliflower recipes lately and this one caught my attention! Definitely trying it soon! Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • I’m liking this main course version much better! They look delicious and so hearty for a fun winter dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Tuu12/10/2016 - 9:25 am

    I SO wish I had this for dinner tonight! It looks super tasty + I love some potatoes :) Totally get the instagram thing, orange is a hard color to work with haha! Have a cozy week Laura! xoReplyCancel

  • Sherrie12/10/2016 - 11:04 am

    I have never encountered a Buffalo style anything that I don’t love. Even meh ones, I just can’t help it. This dish is so smart, Laura. My favorite part are the celery leaves on top, genius. Gonna make so soon, xx.ReplyCancel

  • Double baked potatoes are my ultimate comfort food. I can’t even imagine how good these are. And now I’m going to have to try salt roasting all the potatoes, because crispy skins are where it’s at.ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae12/10/2016 - 11:54 am

    I’ve got a boatload of chickpeas in my freezer (don’t ask) and we’re getting russet potatoes, cauliflower, and parsley in our CSA share today soooooo basically these twice baked potatoes are what’s for dinner. Loving these, girl! Wholesome comfort food for life. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sophie12/10/2016 - 12:48 pm

    Lol, I feel you on the orange food (I’m always battling the orange). I love the use of the classic russet in this recipe and the comfort food nostalgia it brings with it! I’ve always been to lazy to make Buffalo Cauli, so this one is totally on the agenda. Also, these pics are so bad-ass and atmospheric. Major love xoxReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker12/10/2016 - 1:04 pm

    Basically all of the reasons you described are why I never make buffalo wings! But I LOVE potatoes, so I’m v v into this!ReplyCancel

  • THIS. Is surely more appetizing than the really sad steamed potato bowl I ate today as I’m sick and they were the only thing I was feeling to eat. Next time they’re going to be much more fancy ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout12/10/2016 - 5:11 pm

    Wow! I love theseeeee they look so beautiful and crispy and delicious! <3ReplyCancel

  • Jess @Nourished by Nutrition12/10/2016 - 7:41 pm

    These are so much better than cauliflower wings! A perfect cozy dinner or meal for game day. These could so easily be created into a small bite app with little potatoes. I’m thinking this is a must make for a superbowl party.

    And as always, I’m in awe of your photography! I love what you are doing. Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Luci13/10/2016 - 5:57 am

    I’m SO glad somebody else feels the Insta-World problems when deciding what to eat! And thank you for posting a fuss-free buffalo cauli recipe! I’ve been looking at a few lately and been a bit put off by all the faffing require lol.
    Saved and pending a dinner in!ReplyCancel

  • thefolia13/10/2016 - 12:45 pm

    It looks hardy…happy feasting! Superb photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full13/10/2016 - 2:40 pm

    That shot of the steam rising from the potatoes >>>>>>>>> But who am I kidding, you already had me at “buffalo” ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land14/10/2016 - 11:06 pm

    You had me at Potato Jacket … can I just change my name to that? This looks so good and I actually have chickpeas and cauliflower raring to go in my kitchen anyway. Your photos are incredible, also!!! XOReplyCancel

  • Alex15/10/2016 - 7:27 pm

    Love this idea. Salty, crunchy potato ‘boats’ are the perfect vessel for like, anything.ReplyCancel

  • […] then I wake up out of a day-dream stupor and go make myself some of Laura’s buffalo chickpeas & cauliflower (stuffed in a squash). Or Lindsay’s brown rice pilaf with roasted grapes and fennel. Or this […]ReplyCancel

  • […] The Full Helping  3. Saucy Portobello + Butternut Squash Tacos from Minimalist Baker  4. Twice Baked Potatoes With Buffalo Chickpeas + Cauliflower from The First Mess 5. DIY Burrito Bowl from Oh She Glows  6. Buddha Bowl from Sweet […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I love that this recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes with Buffalo Chickpeas and Cauliflower at The First Mess has exactly the decadent feel that I want by Friday night — twice baked […]ReplyCancel

  • […] the cauliflower & potatoes, I made Twice Baked Potatoes with Buffalo Chickpeas and Cauliflower from The First Mess. My potatoes were a bit smaller than recommended in the recipe, so I just […]ReplyCancel

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  • diana12/11/2017 - 8:40 pm

    Always amazed at the comments from readers who haven’t made the recipe.
    So I cooked it, and it was very very good. Sadly, I didn’t look at the photos before I started cutting and chopping so my cauliflower were more chunks than delicate florets. Instead of simmering for 6 minutes, I cooked these for about 20 minutes. Figured out they were too big for the baked potatoes so I served the chickpea cauliflower over roughly chopped baked potatoes. Very much of a stew. Not as pretty as the picture but one of the best veggie dishes I’ve ever tasted.ReplyCancel

no-bake oat bars with sour cherries, hemp & chocolate - The First Messpin it!"Alternative Baker" by Alanna Taylor-Tobinpin it!View full post »

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  • Tuulia Talvio06/10/2016 - 7:36 am

    The creative rut seems to have found its way here too, so a big YES for all things simple and focusing on other projects in the meantime. It’ll find its way back when the time is right, at least I hope so! xoReplyCancel

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker06/10/2016 - 9:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you dear friend! I’ve been watching for this book and I can’t WAIT to buy it! I also have been seeing you tease these on social media and they look even better than I could have dreamed. xoReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha06/10/2016 - 10:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Laura! I never feel so comfortable too when I’m baking, but with her book as a guideline, I feel I can never go wrong again!ReplyCancel

  • Allyson06/10/2016 - 11:20 am

    This looks fantastic and so simple. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • Kate06/10/2016 - 12:12 pm

    Whoa, these look bonkers good! I feel you on the creativity rut. Sometimes I get tapped out, too. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a break! I like to take walks and listen to classic music to decompress sometimes. You never know what may give you a creativity spark!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon06/10/2016 - 12:39 pm

    Yes! Can’t wait to check out this book. These look beautiful, Laura. Tanks for sharing + happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon06/10/2016 - 12:40 pm

    … *Thanks for sharing!
    Ohhhhhh, sleep deprivation :)ReplyCancel

  • Sophie06/10/2016 - 1:26 pm

    I’m so happy you made these bars! They were totally the first item I saw from the book and was like “must eat!!!”. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the fam. I think stepping away from the creative process and getting more into physical aspects of life/out in fresh air is so important this time of year. xox and here’s to post-book recovery <3ReplyCancel

  • Libby06/10/2016 - 1:49 pm

    These are gorgeous and I’m craving them right now. :D I’m going to bring these to a potluck next weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder06/10/2016 - 3:53 pm

    This was so refreshing to read Laura. As I think I mentioned in an earlier comment on another post, I’m in this same rut right now and find the physical + present moments of doing anything but prepare food to be the most gratifying. Embracing it wholeheartedly seems to be the thing to do, and it sounds like you are doing just that. You go girl. Enjoy this chill time, and alllllll these squares ;) holy chocolate goodness.ReplyCancel

  • Mimazine07/10/2016 - 9:04 am

    These look absolutely amazing! The perfect pick-me-up snack… definitely going to try these! xxReplyCancel

  • […] Cookies – Cookie and Kate No-bake Oat Bars w/ Sour Cherries, Hemp & Chocolate – The First Mess Triple Coconut “Tres Leches” Cake With Mango & Lime – Vegetarian Ventures […]ReplyCancel

  • Sanne10/10/2016 - 5:30 pm

    Okay yes, I will absolutely make these!ReplyCancel

  • Eric11/10/2016 - 5:20 pm

    Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • […] taken from The First Mess, originally from the book Alternative Baker by The Bojon […]ReplyCancel

  • Kristen22/10/2016 - 12:56 pm

    I’ve made these twice now with chocolate-covered cacao nibs from Trader Joe’s. These are so delicious (and easy)!ReplyCancel

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  • Poe03/05/2017 - 2:37 pm

    I absolutely love the simplicity of this recipe! The photos are lovely too! One thing I was wondering however, was whether or not i could substitute the hemp seeds for anything. I have not quite seen them sold anywhere near by.ReplyCancel

    • Laura03/05/2017 - 4:43 pm

      You could substitute them with any other small seed, like sesame seeds, chia seeds, or even flax seeds would work!

  • Charlotte22/07/2017 - 7:37 am

    hi, I really like those bars and would like to make them… but 16 of them are quite a lot and I don’t think I could/should eat them all within 5 days… do you know if you can freeze them?ReplyCancel

    • Laura22/07/2017 - 9:19 am

      Yep! Just tightly wrap the individual bars with plastic wrap and then keep them in the freezer. They should take an hour or so to fully thaw individually.

coconut butter hot chocolate (vegan) - The First Messpin it!
Hiiii it’s been nothing buy grey and rain here, and I’ve been shivering for 3 days straight, so I think it might be time for a banger of a hot chocolate recipe. My method is a little strange on the surface, but I swear it yields an incredible end result. I like hot cocoa and cocoa/cacao powder-based drinks, but sometimes you need the richness that only full-on chocolate can bring. I can’t be bothered to batch cook a syrup/homemade dry mix for my hot chocolate needs because I’m a do-it-in-the-moment-while-it-still-feels-special kinda person (slash I never plan ahead for anything in life lol). So after casually throwing together some evening sips for my man and I, I figured it would be time to take notes and share my “research” here. View full post »

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  • Carol01/10/2016 - 7:36 am

    I LOVE the idea of using dates to sweeten hot chocolate. It probably gives it some good body too. I just bought some cocoa butter – so I am going to use that instead of the coconut manna – with my homemade almond milk. Thanks for the recipe! Also made your cheese chickpea crumble for pasta – to die for!! Great replacement for dairy. I added a lot of nutritional yeast and ume plum vinegar to it – came out fab.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia01/10/2016 - 7:54 am

    Hi Laura- I’ve seen a lot of recipes of your blog using coconut butter and I bought a jar a few months ago. But I always wonder about the consistency. It hardens in the jar. Am I supposed to microwave it a little bit each time before using so it softens up and can be stirred? Thank you! And can’t wait from your book to come out. Already pre ordered on Amazon awhile back! ReplyCancel

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout01/10/2016 - 10:55 am

    Thank you for the great links! I didn’t know that Bon Iver’s new album was out and now I am sitting here listening to it, SO good <3 This hot chocolate looks so silky and indulgent, definitely making on a crisp fall day :)ReplyCancel

  • Lauren01/10/2016 - 11:03 am

    Making this RIGHT NOW. The third straight day of major gloom and rain, and hot chocolate is the only thing to make it better. Been making one with reishi powder, MCT oil and stevia, but this looks like the perfect one to try next. xx sending sunny vibes your way!ReplyCancel

  • Julia @ HappyFoods Tube01/10/2016 - 11:04 am

    I like this hot chocolate recipe a lot! The idea of using dates in it is very interesting!Definitely on my TO DO list!ReplyCancel

  • Kate01/10/2016 - 12:53 pm

    Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • Abigail01/10/2016 - 4:19 pm

    This hot chocolate sounds absolutely lovely! I hope they have the ingredients at my local market!

    Abigail Alice xReplyCancel

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  • Natalia02/10/2016 - 3:37 am

    This sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • Allyson05/10/2016 - 2:13 pm

    I am willing to do many, many things for a good cup of hot chocolate, including whip out a blender. I can’t wait to try this.ReplyCancel

  • Mimazine07/10/2016 - 9:06 am

    Oh my. This sounds like the most delicious hot chocolate ever, perfect for the cooler weather xx

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  • […] with Cheesy Polenta from How Sweet Eats • Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana from Girl Versus Dough • Coconut Butter Hot Chocolate from The First Mess • Adult SpaghettiOs from Bon Appetit • Molly’s Chocolate Halva Babka […]ReplyCancel

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crispy squash bowl with dill cream (vegan) - The First Messpin it!crispy squash bowl with dill cream (vegan) - The First Messpin it!View full post »

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  • Marsha28/09/2016 - 6:48 am

    Is the squash peeled?

    • Laura28/09/2016 - 7:34 am

      If you use delicata squash, it can remain un-peeled. I’ll make a note on the recipe ;)

  • McKel Hill28/09/2016 - 11:08 am

    This is so beautiful, Laura! Thank you so much for sharing and putting your incredible touch on the book! xxReplyCancel

  • Allyson28/09/2016 - 12:00 pm

    Having already cooked vegetables/beans/grains increases my likeliness of eating a healthy meal by about a thousand. I’m glad I’m not alone in this realization. This squash bowl looks like a big hug, which is everything I want from fall food.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full28/09/2016 - 12:32 pm

    My meal prep skills have definitely been on the backburner lately… I need to get back on the train! I love making meals with different components, so you can mix and match them with other things you have prepared. And this dill cream sounds delicious and super versatile, too! I can see myself putting it on everything! :DReplyCancel

  • Alexandra28/09/2016 - 6:26 pm

    Wow, this is so pretty!

    Does the sauce come out very onion-y? 1/4 cup raw onion seems like a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder28/09/2016 - 7:20 pm

    I’m right there with you on the having everything ready to assemble kind of backwards meal prep! But it sure feels good every once and a while to grab and go. McKel’s book sounds amazing, she is such a pro. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us Laura – xo.ReplyCancel

  • I tried the whole meal prep thing for a little while, but it just wasn’t for me – even though I spend all day teaching cooking at work, I still like to come home at the end of the day and cook some more haha.

    This dish looks lovely! I’m so glad to have discovered lately that soaked sunflower seeds make a great nut free sub for cashews that’s safe for my allergies.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Balancedbabe29/09/2016 - 4:36 pm

    Love this! Looks so good!ReplyCancel

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