Archive for: Desserts

Lemon Cream Scones with Chia Seeds

An easy recipe for Lemon Cream Scones with Chia Seeds. Enjoy these light and tender citrus scones for brunch or dessert! Here we are again with another lemon recipe! What can I say? I'm addicted. From this Favorite Green Smoothie, to these Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars and more, I just can't get enough. One of my favorite easy recipes that I've made ... [Continue Reading]

Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie

This Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie is naturally sweetened with fruit and gets its creaminess from protein-packed Greek yogurt. It's a healthy way to get your milkshake fix! When it comes to this blog, there are many things that I am grateful for. One of those things is that I can look back on older posts and remember the stage of life that I was in at that time. Sometimes I'll be searching through my older recipes, looking for something, and I'll stumble upon a memory that makes me smile. That's what happened with this Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie. I wanted to update this recipe and re-share it, because it's still a favorite of ours and it had gotten a bit lost in the archives. ... [Continue Reading]

Loaded Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are loaded with toasted coconut, pecans, and oats! How do you like your chocolate chip cookies? Most of the time, I prefer my cookies to be simple, with just chocolate chips and an extra teaspoon or two of vanilla for flavor. The other day, though, I was craving a cookie with a bit more to it. For these Loaded Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, I've toasted the coconut, pecans, and oats before adding them to the cookie dough. Toasting the mix-ins brings out their flavor and makes these cookies extra delicious! ... [Continue Reading]

Salted Cashew Energy Bites with Cranberries

These Salted Cashew Energy Bites with Cranberries are an irresistible combination of sweet and salty! They're filled with oats and have a touch of maple. Last Thursday I picked Julia up from school, not knowing that an hour later would be one of the scariest moments of my life. Earlier in the day, I had made these cashew energy bites ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Spice Muffins with Chai {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free}

With chai spices and orange zest, these Healthy Spice Muffins are full of flavor! These easy muffins are 100% whole wheat and refined sugar free. Who out there needs a muffin to get this Monday morning started off right? I certainly do! But let's make it a healthier muffin so we can get a jump start on our healthy eating goals for the week, too! These Healthy Spice Muffins are just the recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your nutrition goals. Sometimes I think I've got an addiction to ... [Continue Reading]

Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars

The bright, lemon flavor of these creamy Lemon Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars will put a smile on your face! An easy dessert for Easter, Mother's Day, or any spring occasion! Can you believe that yesterday was the first day of spring? This is the time of year where we have a mix of warm, sunny days and cooler cloudy ones with a few rain showers here and there. It's the best of both worlds, as we don't get tired of either endless hot or endless freezing temperatures. As the weather warms up and summer approaches, I think many of us have a renewed energy to put towards healthy habits. January and February are hard months, as the excitement of New Year's goals wears off quickly (at least for ... [Continue Reading]

Lemon Almond Shortbread Cookies {Gluten Free}

These easy Lemon Almond Shortbread Cookies are gluten free and perfect for Spring! These slice and bake cookies have a lovely complement of lemon and almond flavors, and only 3 grams of carbohydrates per cookie! Can you believe we're just two weeks away from the first day of Spring?! I'm ready! Bring on the sunny days, warm weather, and longer daylight hours! With Spring comes Easter, and I can't believe it's just three short weeks away. Easter is one of my kids' favorite holidays. Coloring eggs, searching for their Easter baskets full of goodies, and hunting for eggs in the backyard are all activities that they look forward to. What do I look forward to when it comes to Easter? ... [Continue Reading]

Healthier Smash Cake Recipe {Hannah’s Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party}

A healthier smash cake recipe, made without butter or refined sugars. This easy whole wheat banana cake is sure to be a hit with your birthday girl or boy! Plus, I'm sharing photos and ideas from Hannah's Purple Polka Dot 1st Birthday Party! Plus an easy, how to VIDEO A couple of weeks ago our sweet Hannah turned one! I'm not sure where the past year has gone- it seems like just yesterday that I was announcing my pregnancy and her birth. Hannah's first birthday brings up lots of mixed feelings. I'm sad that we are past the baby stage, but at the same time she is so much fun right now! She's walking all over the place, she loves to play in her play kitchen, and she'll try to climb up ... [Continue Reading]

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Thick, soft, and full of fresh carrot and apple, these Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are a healthy make ahead breakfast or snack. They're whole grain and refined sugar free, and keep well in the freezer. Well, hello there! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you! I first made these cookies over a month ago and had originally planned to post them right away because they are just THAT good. But then other recipes and plans kept getting in the way and somehow I never managed to get this recipe to you. Better today than never, right? ;) These Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are my favorite grab and go breakfast/snack of the moment. They are thick, soft, and full of healthy goodies ... [Continue Reading]

Raspberry Brownie Bites

Easy to make Raspberry Brownie Bites! An ultra chocolatey, fudgy brownie base is topped with a 2-ingredient dark chocolate ganache and a fresh raspberry. They're the ultimate chocolate-raspberry treat! Hello there! Happy Monday, happy second week of February, happy almost Valentine's Day! I hadn't really planned on making any recipes specifically for Valentine's Day this year. These Raspberry Brownie Bites just sort of happened, and as I was photographing them over the weekend I couldn't get over how much they looked like a Valentine's Day treat. I decided I'd better share them with you as soon as possible in case you want to make some for your Valentine's celebrations! I created this ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles

These Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles are a healthier treat for your holiday sweets table! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All opinions expressed here are my own. With Christmas only a few days away and New Year's shortly after, I have one last recipe to share with you! I think you'll want to make at least one batch of these Chocolate, Almond, and Cherry Truffles to share with your family and friends. And you'll probably want a batch for yourself, too. ;) If you need a last minute gift for your neighbors or colleagues, a few of these truffles would be a lovely addition to your holiday cookie plates. I have a stash of these in my refrigerator, and I ... [Continue Reading]

Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies

These Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies are one of my family's favorite Christmas cookies! We've been making these festive, melt-in-your mouth cookies for as long as I can remember. Being a mom of a boy is (in my experience) completely different from being a mom of girls. My William is 3 ½ right now and just bursting with energy. He’s on the floor all day long, pushing his cars and trucks around, building roads with blocks, and giving (many times not-so-gentle) hugs to his little sister. And don’t even get me started on the pee on the bathroom floor. ;) I’m home with William and Hannah on Mondays and Tuesdays, and I’ve learned to expect that I won’t get much done besides taking care of the ... [Continue Reading]

3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa {refined sugar free}

This 3-Ingredient Microwave Hot Cocoa is so easy, you won't even miss the mix! It's healthier and refined sugar free, so you can enjoy a daily cup of cocoa this winter. We still have a few weeks to go until winter is officially here, but tomorrow is December 1st and I am in full holiday mode! I'm ready to bake all the cookies, wrap all the gifts, and listen to all of the holiday music. We put our decorations up this weekend, and next weekend we'll get our tree. How about you? If you celebrate this holiday season, have you started shopping or decorating yet? Besides getting all decorated and ready for Christmas, this time of year I love to sit down and relax with a hot cup of something ... [Continue Reading]

Gingerbread Coffee Cake

The holidays are for relaxing with friends and family, and this Gingerbread Coffee Cake is a perfect special occasion breakfast. It's full of warm spices and topped with a delicious crumble topping! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm sure you've had your menu planned for a while now. If you're hosting this year, I bet you've even gotten a head start on some of the preparations for the big meal. But have you thought past Thanksgiving yet? I love turkey day and all of the delicious food that comes with it, but I think I'm most excited about the long weekend that follows. Three extra days to relax and spend time with family. Things always seem to be go go go around here, so some time to slow ... [Continue Reading]

Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Chip Biscotti are a delicious treat to enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea. I haven't been doing much baking lately. Instead, I've been focused on testing new holiday side dishes recipes. But December will be here before we know it, and that means we'll be doing all the holiday baking, right? This morning I was in a baking sort of mood, so I got to work on these biscotti. Brad keeps telling me that it's been way too long since I've made biscotti, so I made these for him. :) I used ... [Continue Reading]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

An easy recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie. Even with a homemade pie crust, this holiday pie takes just 30 minutes to prep! Over the years, I've made many a pumpkin pie recipe. I used to follow a recipe where you had to beat the egg whites separately from the yolks and then carefully fold them into the filling. It was delicious, but a lot of work. I've made recipes where you cook the filling on the stove and then cook it again in the pie crust in the oven. These same recipes also call for prebaking the pie crust with pie weights before baking it again with the pumpkin filling. You know what? None of that is really necessary when it comes to baking a pumpkin pie worthy of your holiday table. ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is cooked entirely in the crock pot! This easy dessert is bursting with juicy apples, brown sugar, and a buttery oat crumble topping. My slow cooker has been working overtime lately. On Tuesday, I used it to make my third batch (in two weeks!) of this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. As soon as that was done, I washed out my slow cooker insert and immediately got started on a batch of slow cooker turkey chili. Tuesday was a day full of delicious food, with lots of leftovers to get us through the rest of the week! I'm embracing fall flavors in my kitchen, even though the fall weather I've requested hasn't arrived quite yet. :) I'm always amazed at the variety of ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins

Pumpkin season is here and you just have to try these Pumpkin Coffee Cake Muffins. They are a healthier muffin that's full of pumpkin and spices! I've been holding out on you with these muffins. I first made them weeks ago, and when it's prime pumpkin season a few weeks is a long time to wait to share my best pumpkin muffin recipe! These muffins are soft and tender and packed with fall spices. I've made batch after batch of them and they never disappoint! Sometimes when I have a new recipe that I'm getting ready to share on the blog, I'll send it to my mom or sister before I share it here. Sometimes that's because I want someone else to test out the recipe before it goes up on the blog, ... [Continue Reading]