Our Unwrapped Recipes feature ingredients that can frequently be found in grocery stores without excess packaging. We love bulk bin shopping!
I connected with Katie Blauser of Eat Pretty Darling not long after I joined Instagram. I was immediately drawn to her bright photos of beautiful and easy-to-assemble meals. Clean, nutritious food presented in a fun and inviting way. She’s a mom of three boys, foodie, and professional photographer. Meet Katie!
So which came first for you: the food or the photography? Professionally, the photography came first! But I started a major love of food as a young girl. Many of my favorite childhood memories revolve around a recipe or a meal shared with loved ones. I also plan all vacations around where to eat. I never pursued cooking as a career until I started blogging, although I was taking pictures of my food before it was "cool". I got my college degree in Commercial Photography, and went on to photograph weddings, families, and events for 10 years. I’ve since moved on to branding photography and content creation, and get to do a mashup of photography and recipe development! It's really a dream come true.
What kinds of things do you have in store for us this year? At the end of 2020 we were hit with the news that my oldest son ( 5 ) has celiac disease. He's also my pickiest eater, so it has been a huge learning process for us. I hope to share more about the disease and how we handle it in our house. Luckily we live in a time that there are a ton of amazing gluten free companies making food that is safe and yummy for my kiddo to eat. So expect to see gluten free recipes, more picky eater tips, new Darling Delivery kits, and maybe even a book ;)
What’s the most recent thing you’ve learned about eco-conscious living? Those milk and beverage cartons are recyclable!! I recently had the opportunity to spread awareness on carton recycling. Working with the Carton Council taught me a lot, and I love getting to work with brands to share more about these topics!
Although Katie isn’t making her amazing 4-ingredient cookies these days (many celiacs can have a reaction to oats), they remain a staple in our house. They’re nutritious, quick to make, and extremely versatile. And with oats (a very common bulk bin item) as a key ingredient, this recipe is a win on so many levels!
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY COOKIES
1 ripe banana, mashed
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup diced strawberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together and spoon out onto a silicone baking mat liner cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Makes around 6-8 cookies!
You can find more of Katie’s pretty healthy, pretty yummy, and pretty fun recipes on IG @eatprettydarling and at eastprettydarling.com!