Blueberry Crumb Bars

blueberry crumb bars

This weekend, I went blueberry picking with a few of my coworkers! It was sweltering at 90 degrees with no breeze or shade to speak of. But the end result was well worth it, and I walked away with about 2 pounds of berries for only $2!

I had no idea what I would do with my loot, but ultimately decided that some bars would be easy and yummy. I’ve done cupcakes and muffins before, so I wanted to try something new.

While putting together my version of this recipe for this blog post, I realized I accidentally left out the last bit of sugar and cornstarch–oops! My “filling” was simply plain blueberries. Though the bars still tasted wonderful, I’d love to try them with the extra sweetness...

Read More

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

I have been dying to bake a delicious homemade cinnamon roll. I’ve tried them before a while back and they weren’t that impressive, so I set out on a search for the “best” cinnamon roll recipe. What I ended up doing was using the dough from the best recipe on Allrecipes.com and the filling from the Alton Brown recipe (though I used less brown sugar and it turned out perfectly).

These were pretty easy to make, but it definitely takes patience with dough to let it properly rise. I tried to make “small” rolls, but when they rose and fluffed up, the size turned out pretty average/perfect.

When they were fresh out of the oven, they were utterly delicious! I wanted to eat the entire pan!! We only ate two of them and I brought the rest to work the next morning...

Read More

Paleo Banana Muffins

banana muffin

With one browning banana sitting on the counter, I set out to find a muffin recipe so that I could have a delicious breakfast pastry. I came across this banana nut muffin recipe on PaleOMG and thought I’d give it a try. And I’m so glad I did!

I’m reposting the recipe, mostly so I can save it for myself because I am definitely going to make these again (like, tomorrow)! The two changes I made were using crushed almonds instead of walnuts, and using sugar-free chocolate chips. Oh, and I cut the recipe in thirds since I only had one banana, but it still made 6 muffins!

Paleo Banana Muffins

   Serves 18
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas, mashed with a fork
  • ...
Read More

Dahlia Bakery Macaroons

macaroon cookies coconut

After stopping by the Dahlia Bakery for the first time, my mind was utterly blown by the macaroon. I just had to find that recipe! After a quick internet search, it wasn’t too difficult to find the recipe on the fun pretty things blog.

If the Dahlia Bakery macaroons are a 10 then mine came out as a 9 or 9.5, so they are pretty darn close! Super easy to make as well!

Adapted from Tom’s Big Dinners, by Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas Macaroons

   Serves 15
Ingredients
  • 2 large egg whites?
  • A pinch of salt?
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar?
  • 2 tbs unbleached all-...
Read More

Cure-Your-Appetite No-Bake Cookies

2014-05-04 13.54.59

After altering the traditional “no-bake cookie” recipe several times, I have finally settled on one that I really like! I’ve gone through cookies that are way too sweet, not enough protein, enough protein but too dry, and now these. They are probably slightly not sweet enough, but the purpose of these cookies is to give you a little boost of protein and keep you full with healthy fat.

What I love about coconut oil is that completely curbs my appetite. And what better way to curb it than with cookies?!

Appetite No-Bake Cookies

   Serves 24
Ingredients
  • 1...
Read More

Cinnamon Yogurt No-Bake Protein Cookies

2014-05-04 13.58.22

I got this protein powder from Costco that is cinnamon roll flavored and it is amazing! I’ve been wanting to make my own protein “bars” for a while, so I finally did it, and it was so quick and easy!

I started with a mix of protein powder and Greek yogurt that was in my fridge– I had mixed together 1 cup of yogurt and 1/4 cup protein powder to try and make a yummy frozen yogurt. As it turns out, the flavor was too “Greek” (read: sour) for me, so it was just sitting in my fridge.

Cinnamon Yogurt Protein Cookies

   Serves 14
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup yogurt-protein mix (1 cup Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup protein powder)
  • 1/4 cup coconu...
Read More

Easy 4-Ingredient Lemon Strawberry Tartlets

2014-02-10 14.05.20

It’s that time of the year again! I’ve got five boxes of Girl Scout cookies and I have to come up with a recipe that will wow the judges for this year’s Girl Scout cookie recipe contest. Rather than coming up with an intricate, fatty (albeit delicious) recipe, I decided to put a few of my favorite [healthy] ingredients together to create a delicious and easy treat that is nearly guilt-free!

This recipe uses only four ingredients and is full of Omega-3′s, fiber, and vitamin C. It’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline!

Just four ingredients!

Just four ingredients!

Easy Strawberry Lemon Tartlets

   Serves 12
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted ...
Read More

Hostess Cupcakes

chocolate hostess cupcakes

I must admit, it has been quite some time since I’ve baked cupcakes. I have been baking a little here and there. My sister and I made this chocolate chip cookie cake we found on Pinterest and it is to die for. I will definitely be making it again!

My coworker’s birthday was over the weekend and I took it as an excuse to bake so that he could be surprised with some delicious treats come Monday (today). I have been wanting to bake these so I thought I may as well do it now!

Read More

Cinnamon Cardamom Sugar Cookies with Maple Glaze

maple cinnamon cardamom sugar cookies

Happy cookie swap! After receiving my first batch of cookies in the mail, I felt compelled to get cracking on mine. I can’t really explain what inspired this recipe, except that it really just popped into my head.

I decided to take my favorite sugar cookie recipe and add cinnamon and cardamom to spice things up and give them a little holiday flavor. Also, I usually add a little glaze on my sugar cookies (as if they aren’t sugary enough) so this time around, I made a maple-flavored glaze.

They are quite easy to make and based on a Cooking Light recipe which means “they’re good for you”, wink wink.

Cinnamon Cardamom Sugar Cookies

   Serves About 36 cookies
Ingredients
  • ...
Read More

Beef Pie

beef pie dinner recipe

Toward the end of last week, I got a “craving” to bake a pie. It had been a while since my last pie, and there’s just something so rewarding about rolling out homemade pie crust.

At first, I was going to bake a classic sweet pie when it hit me that I should try to create a savory, healthy pie. I used no recipe for the filling, but threw together my own ingredients with hopes that it wouldn’t be too runny or strange tasting. To my delight, it came out exactly perfectly. And it was SOOO good!

The pie crust recipe I used was very buttery and fatty and if I were to do this recipe again, I would look for a lower-fat recipe. For that reason, I’ve omitted the crust recipe from this post.

Beef Pie Filling

  
Ing...
Read More