Pretty brownies with sophisticated taste and rich chocolate flavor.
The only food that’s more all-American than apple pie is a good old fashioned brownie. Brownies can get a little boring though. That’s why I was so intrigued by a recipe in the most recent issue of Milk Street Magazine for Tahini Swirl Brownies. Putting tahini in brownies sounds so strange, but I love to take classic recipes and make them more interesting and this recipe seemed to do just that, so I was excited to try it. But since I prefer baking with almond flour, and keeping my baked goods gluten-free when possible, I decided instead to develop a recipe for Paleo Tahini Swirl Brownies. They came out great! (more…)
The easiest cake you’ll ever make, incredibly moist cake with intense banana flavor. And bonus – it’s gluten-free and contains no refined sugar!
Last month I posted a recipe for Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes and it was so well received that I decided to post another recipe using bananas. This cake is also made in a blender but it’s much more decadent. Banana Cashew Blender Cake is, hand-down, one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever taste. Made with cashew butter and overripe bananas, it has a soft, pleasantly spongy texture, and intense banana flavor. (more…)
Made with Scotch whiskey, these melt-in-your-mouth dessert bars are casual in appearance, but sophisticated in taste.
I think of Scotch whiskey as kind of an old-fashioned drink. Maybe that’s because as a kid, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember countless family parties at our home where this amber liquid flowed freely. Several of my now deceased relatives were Scotch drinkers and I have vivid memories of them, clad in Mad Men like attire, with a Scotch highball in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other. Along with deviled eggs, Swedish meatballs, and grasshopper pie, there was lots of Scotch drinking at these parties. The next day my mother would survey the living room to make sure there were no cigarette burns on the carpet or furniture, and occasionally there were! So, when I saw a recipe in the current issue of Fine Cooking magazine for blondies made with Scotch whiskey, I felt a wave of nostalgia and was inspired to create these Almond Flour Scotch Blondies. (more…)
A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.
If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat. Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black! Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)
Use a standard bundt pan to make this fun, festive, and slightly healthier holiday dessert with classic Yuletide flavor!
This Peppermint Black Bean Brownie Wreath is a fun holiday dessert and not at all complicated to make. With all the super indulgent treats that surround us this time of year, it’s nice to offer one that is a tad healthier but still delicious and festive. If you haven’t tried black bean brownies yet you might be skeptical – I was too. All I can say is that it’s truly amazing how pureed black beans can be transformed into something that tastes like a chocolate truffle. Let’s not kid ourselves though, this is still a decadent dessert, and I’ve decorated it with peppermint candy canes and Twizzlers Twists so it’s definitely not health food! Having said that, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any dessert this good that contain 6 grams of fiber per serving, which is nearly ¼ of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fiber. (more…)
Healthy Pecan Pie Cups are amazing, no-bake, mini desserts that are a great alternative to traditional pecan pie.
Thanksgiving is a time to embrace family, friends, and of course food. There is simply no better meal on earth than a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so if there was ever a time to indulge this is the day. Throw caution to the wind and delight in all the wonderful food this holiday has to offer. And that includes the pies, because let’s face it – Thanksgiving is all about the pies! Having said that, I think it’s entirely possible to fully indulge while still making some wise food/serving choices. (more…)
Delicious maple infused dessert bars with a soft texture and sweet, tart, cranberry flavor.
Paleo Cranberry Walnut Bars are a delicious treat that straddles the line between cake and cookie. The interior texture is soft and tender with a pleasant chew and just a tad of golden brown crispy-ness around the edges. These bars are a nice alternative to cookies, and because they are cut into bars after they’re baked, they require much less time to make than drop cookies. Made with delicious, nutritious, gluten-free ingredients, it’s bars like these that give “healthy baking” a good name! (more…)
A berry delicious and nutritious breakfast than doubles as dessert!
If you’re in search of a REAL “breakfast of champions” Mixed Berry Flax Cakes might be just what you’re looking for. These wholesome, earthy cakes are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and contain 7 grams of protein and more than 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. How’s that for a healthy breakfast! (more…)
A sweet and salty pie made from one of American’s favorite whole grain snacks.
It’s a little-known fact that October is the official month for celebrating all things popcorn. Back in 1999, the then Secretary of Agriculture proclaimed October National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and ever since, those in the popcorn know have used this month to celebrate the wondrous whole grain that was discovered in the Americans thousands of year ago. Peanut Pecan Popcorn Pie is my nod to National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. It’s a sweet and salty treat that tastes like a cross between caramel coated popcorn (i.e. Cracker Jacks) and Rice Krispies Treats, minus the artificial ingredients and refined sweeteners. (more…)
Dates, peanuts, and flaxseed combine to make a mock caramel coating for apples. Gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan with no refined sugar.
Pumpkins and cider doughnuts are top on the list of foods we associate with fall, but not far behind are caramel apples – those decadent, candy coated apples that are so gooey and chewy they’re actually a little tough to eat. Well, here’s a healthier version of this beloved autumn goody that won’t make your jaw work so hard or get stuck in your teeth. Healthy Caramel Apples is a recipe that uses dates, peanuts, and flaxseed to produce a sticky dough that mimics the taste of caramel. This soft and pliable mixture is rolled out and used as a coating, resulting in a delicious, naturally sweet treat that looks, and tastes, a lot like a traditional caramel apple. (more…)