If dessert isn't chocolate, it isn't dessert! These cookies are aaaaamazing, chocolatey, moist with just the right amount of sweetness. My family is gluten free, my parents are not. I walked into the kitchen last night and my Dad was sneaking a few of these cookies. That says it all.
The Holidays are all about cookie making. In my family, growing up, my mom made at least a dozen different varieties of cookies. Some were challenging to make, taking days for fillings to soak or dough to become the perfect consistency, so when the opportunity arises to make something simple you jump.
Pies have always been the go to on Thanksgiving and for very good reason. I think a good pie is heavenly and sometimes the best part of the meal. I don’t think anyone is too full on this day to say no to dessert. I wanted to shake things up and try something new. Do you think it is the end of pumpkin season, or do you enjoy it through all of the holiday season?
Gluten free baking mixes are underrated. It is great to find your own combinations that work for you, but when you find one that creates delicious anything, you need to keep it handy. These gluten free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin cookies were made using Pamela’s Baking Mix. I use this mix a lot for my kids… pancakes, waffles, cookies and dinner rolls to name a few. The outcome is always fantastic and most people can’t even tell it’s gluten free.
Pumpkin season is officially here. I just can’t jump on the bandwagon in August, so I pretend that the cold weather isn’t coming until guess what, it’s actually here!. These Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins are great any time of year, but satisfy that Pumpkin Spice craving that everyone is going crazy for now.
Grain free recipes are my new thing and these “Oatmeal Raisin Cookies” are staying on the list. Grain free you say? How is that possible, well if you are just following a gluten free diet, using oats (that are gluten free) is completely acceptable, but if you are following a Paleo diet or simply feel better when eliminating or reducing your grain intake, then give this recipe a try. They are such a great treat but by no means a health food.
When I think of dessert, I always think chocolate. Chocolate is my heaven, but then I made these! These Key Lime Tarts are filled with so much tangy, sweetness, that they more than make up for just not being chocolate. They are refreshing and rich at the same time, perfect for a Summer dessert, to wow anyone that takes a bite.
I have been wanting to try a skillet cookie for so long, and I finally took the leap. I feared disaster, how does the cookie come out of the pan? How could this possibly turn out good? Well fear not it was delcious and so much easier than taking the time to make traditional cookies.
So funny during the 4th of July holiday, all food needs to be red, white and blue! Jumping on the bandwagon, I had to create a patriotic popsicle and you know I had to make it healthy. To make things less complicated, you can buy all of the ingredients and recreate these frozen beauties in minutes. If you can wait for them to freeze, I know the flavors will make your tastebuds happy. My friends at Liveglean.com sent me a bag of beet powder and I thought, what an incredible way to sneak some veggies into a sweet treat.
Yep, this is a homemade ice cream cake, with real ingredients and absolutely no guilt! Well, maybe that's a little white lie, but the key here is choosing good, quality ingredients, that come with less guilt than eating something filled with preservatives, gums and chemicals. I made a few things in this delicious cake from scratch, then chose others that I felt good about eating.
The idea of a breakfast cookie blows my mind. First, who doesn't want a cookie for breakfast?; second, there are so many nutrient dense ingredients to use; and third, I can eat a complete meal without any work! Can you see me running out the door with two of these in hand? Can you say satisfied and happy?
When you are eating gluten and grain free, it can be difficult to find sweet treats that please everyone in the crowd. This Vanilla Bundt Cake is just that, a crowd pleaser, that is simple, not too sweet and is the perfect dessert for a special brunch.
When you need to create a show stopper and don't feel like putting in the work, here is your answer. There is no baking involved and it only calls for 5 ingredients. I am going to scream easy, simple, silly, so just make them and watch the applause!
Easter is right around the corner and treats are everywhere! When it comes to sugar overload, its right up there with Halloween. I get kind of crazy trying to control the consumption, but what I am good with is one and done.
Anytime I can sneak a healthy food into something I’m making, I do and when its in a sweet treat even better. When my daughter tasted these and said they are delicious, they don’t even taste healthy. I giggled because, she really had no idea.
I had know idea when I started testing this recipe, they would turn out so delicious and be completely simple to make. With only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare and complete, you have absolutely no reason not to try!
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. When you have spent 24 V-days with the same person, there is a whole lotta love to celebrate! Chocolate and peanut butter is a perfect combo and one that usually makes everyone happy.
January always seems just the right time to make changes to your diet and lifestyle and cutting sugar is a big change. I have used food as medicine for a long time and although there are "diets" and "lifestyles" to follow, I say listen to your body and eat what feels right.
I took my most favorite banana muffin recipe and readjusted a few ingredients to make it Paleo compliant. I'm am a little afraid to say it's better but I think I hit it out of the park on this one. As a gluten free baker, once you figure out how to use the endless choice of flours and how to combine them, you hit this beautiful sweet spot where recipes come together and just satisfy.
I think I may have tested this cookie recipe more than any recipe I have ever made! There were so many rules to making this work! I gave up more than a few times, but they were so delicious I had to keep trying.
When holiday cookie baking becomes a full time job, It is a perfect idea to have a quick and easy one in the mix. These Salted Toffee bars are so delicious and pair the best combination of sweet and salty together.
The Italian Thumbprint cookies, that all of the beautiful ladies in my life used to make as a child, were traditionally rolled in nuts and topped with all different flavors of jam.
Christmas time is here and that means cookies. I grew up with Italian cookies everywhere! My mom would start her baking right after Thanksgiving and make at least 12 different kinds and 6 dozen of each.
One last pumpkin dive before it's all over. I'm a little obsessed this time of year with pumpkin. I do my best to stick it in all things edible, muffins, breads, pies, even smoothies. I also love to use it in savory recipes, like pumpkin chili and pumpkin risotto, the ideas are endless.
This time of year, pumpkin is king and I try to stick it in as many recipes as possible. Can you say smoothies, muffins, cookies, pies or even swing the savory way and add to soups, stews or our favorite skillets.
With Halloween a few days a way, I created this candy like cookie reminisent of an almond joy candy bar. Around our house, I try to give treats that are healthy and nutrient dense, but sometimes it's ok to cheat a bit. When this happens, I still use high quality ingredients so that I feel a little less guilty.
I have a family who loves muffins and breads, and I have worked very hard to create healthy nutrient dense recipes that they will eat. I'm not always successful, but this one was a hit. For this post I made this recipe into muffins, but it also makes a terrific bread, you just need to adjust the cooking time. (Info below). We love them for breakfast, as a snack or packed in lunches.
I hit the jackpot with this creation. I took all of the bosses in my life, Aka my kids! and chose all of their favorite ingredients. There you go, a protein packed thingy that really has no name.
Most commercially bought Easter candy is not the healthiest choice for your family, so why not make your own. This takes as much time as it takes to melt the chocolate and it is impossible to control yourself if it is close by!
These Hello Dolly's make the perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day and are great to feed a crowd. I made these for a Super Bowl party this past weekend, but will save a few to surprise my kids. They can be made dairy free with coconut sweetened condensed milk and can also be modified by throwing in your favorite nuts or dried fruit. Who says you need to follow recipes anyway! Below are my favorite chocolate recipes that I have posted this past year. Any one of them would be a great surprise for your sweetheart. Click under the posts below to access recipes.