{butter-free} Chewy Chia Brownies

I made these delectable treats yesterday afternoon – I had been reading about using chia seeds as a replacement in baking for butter due to their ability to gel.  I had never baked with chia seeds before and was, admittedly, a little nervous.  However, the results were pleasantly chewy and most of a 9×13″ panContinue reading “{butter-free} Chewy Chia Brownies”

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms

I recently made these cookies for the holidays – the nice thing is I was able to share them with three sets of gluten-free people.  Having friends, family, and colleagues who are gluten-free means experimenting with different recipes and ingredients frequently.   For this recipe, I used the Bob’s Red Mill all purpose baking flour.Continue reading “Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms”

Chocolate Zucchini Cake + Shrimp Boil

Getting an elementary art room ready has been consuming all my time here lately.  Case in point, this post deals with events 2 weekends ago.  We had a gathering at our house to celebrate family from afar, from from nearby, and a friend who will be moving back to her home afar.   Cooking forContinue reading “Chocolate Zucchini Cake + Shrimp Boil”

Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake

Yum to this cake.  This vegan cake recipe has proven to be a regular in this household.  It is so moist and fluffy without being at all complicated.  One would never know it is a vegan recipe, either.   The idea came to me whilst shopping in my favorite local health grocery store, Earth Fare.Continue reading “Ginger [sugar-free] Chocolate Cake”

Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Sugar Free Cupcakes

I tried a variation on my original sugar-free banana peanut butter muffins – adding cocoa!  This addition and a one other, makes these dense, rich treats more cupcake-like than before.  I highly recommend you try this and some other swaps – you could switch the peanut butter for any nut butter.  You could switch the bananaContinue reading “Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Sugar Free Cupcakes”

Happy Valentine’s Day + Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cake

It’s not too late to make this sweet treat for your Valentine.  It is fast, simple, and takes very minimal prep time.   I spread out on the dining room table last night to make this cake for Eric, who actually requested a cake.  Usually if I start talking baking on a weeknight there isContinue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day + Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cake”

Broiled Grapefruit + Chocolate Ice Cream

I wish I could come home to this as a snack every day after work.  It would be such a nice way to enjoy my afternoon.  Though, I know I would have some problems getting Greta to eat a healthier dinner with me chowing down on this dessert.  How many other moms out there areContinue reading “Broiled Grapefruit + Chocolate Ice Cream”

Super Bowl Surprise Cake

The surprise is that this chocolate cake is vegan.  This recipe takes the cake on vegan desserts.  One would have no idea it is vegan unless told.  It is everything a cake should be – moist, dense, and so chocolately!  I doubled this recipe to that I would have a larger cake – just bumpContinue reading “Super Bowl Surprise Cake”

The Best Bars Ever

Photos cannot do this scrumptious bar justice.   It’s like a Snickers candy bar meets oatmeal cookie bar, with the goodness of sweet and salty flavors, and the combination of chewy and crunchy textures.  The best part is that this is one of the easiest to make and easiest to please bars one can make.Continue reading “The Best Bars Ever”