Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dates

Several months ago, I discovered this incredible recipe for date-sweetened chocolate chip cookies via Pinterest. I love browsing Pinterest and saving recipes and still have probably over 100 recipes saved that I still need to try. But my favorite recipes always get a blog post here because I want to share my stamp of approval, and also for easy reference for myself.

If you make these cookies just right, the texture comes very close to a classic chocolate chip cookie but without the guilt. These cookies do not contain any butter (or added oils), processed sugar, or flour– how great is that?! Plus, I’ve had many friends and a few of their kids taste-test and they all approve.

After making them several times, I’ve come up with a few tips to get the optimal cookie:

  • Use a high-speed blender or...
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Baby Shower Strawberry Cupcakes

strawberry cupcakes

My sister’s baby shower was this past weekend and I was commissioned to bring cupcakes. Because she’s expecting a girl, and because these strawberry cupcakes are freaking delicious, I decided to bake strawberry cupcakes since they’re perfectly (and naturally) pink! For these cupcakes, I used my tried and true strawberry cupcake recipe. They were well-received and devoured as expected.

Because my frosting recipe may have gotten lost somewhere on this blog, here it is again:

Strawberry frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 3 tablespoons strawberry puree
Instructions
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Baked Churros

baked churros

I got my baking fix in this weekend because there were two different events planned. I’ve been trying to be good about not baking just for no reason since the office where I now work only has a few people (and only a percentage of those will eat treats) and otherwise I just end up eating everything myself! 

With a Mexican themed dinner party, I volunteered to bring desserts so I thought I’d try my hand at churros. I didn’t want to risk getting burned by hot oil splatters so I looked for a baked recipe instead. Following the shoe pastry recipe to a T, my churros came out beautifully! However, next time I’d avoid wrapping them in plastic (or containing them in any airtight container) for travel because it trapped a little moisture and the churros lost their crispness. 

The churro recipe I fo...

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Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin cookies with maple glaze

With fall quickly making its way into our neighborhood, I have been getting the cozy, domestic feeling inside that inspires me to bake my butt off. And what screams ‘fall’ more than pumpkin? I decided to look up a pumpkin cookies recipe and chose this one from Very Best Baking due to the great ratings.

While the I was making these cookies, I had a yummy stew cooking in the crock pot and plans to use the rest of the canned pumpkin for dog cookies. Treats all around! 

Pumpkin Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1...

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Skinny Coffee Club Review

skinny coffee club

A little background

After hearing about Skinny Coffee Club through Instagram, I thought it would be a fun thing to try and experiment with. I love juice cleanses. I’ve always been intrigued by a teatox and I love coffee, so this is the perfect match!

As with most things, I conducted a lot of research before making my purchase. Unfortunately, Skinny Coffee Club offers some sort of store credit for referrals, so I found a lot of artificially glowing reviews that didn’t really mention anything about results, simply for the purpose of pushing their referral code. Because of that, I decided that once I embark on my detox, I would write my own, honest review.

I like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about health, weight loss and nutrition, so I’m not the type to have wildly unrealistic exp...

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

carrot cake cupcakes

Chris’ birthday happened recently, and knowing how much he loves carrot cake, I wanted to make him carrot cake cupcakes to celebrate. He has always raved about how much he loves his mom’s famous recipe, and due to many failed attempts to get it from her, I had to resort to finding my own recipe online. I decided to go with the one that had the most ratings on Allrecipes.com. I took some of the advice from the comments and made a few alterations, such as including brown sugar, nutmeg, and extra cinnamon. I also prefer baking with coconut oil as it is a healthy fat, so I used refined (virtually flavorless) coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. 

To mine and his delight, the cupcakes turned out absolutely deliciously and this will definitely be my go-to recipe going forward. I used a cream che...

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Peach Crisp

peach crisp

Getting a last-minute commission to bring dessert for a friend’s birthday + being in a lazy mood = I wanted to find something delicious but super easy to make. Luckily I got it right on the first try with this one! 

Being crazy about apple crisp and peaches and the fact that peaches are in season meant I had to combine my loves to make a peach crisp! This recipe is a slightly modified adaptation in which I reduced some of the sugar (definitely didn’t miss it!) and a few other ingredients.

As usual, my food photos are not the most aesthetically pleasing, but rest assured that this was absolutely delicious and nearly guilt-free!

Crisp topping for apple or peach crisp
A crumbly oats, cinnamon and sugar topping for desserts.
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Chewy, Delicious Gingersnap Cookies

gingersnap cookies

My dad occasionally reminds me how much he loves gingersnaps. It’s one tidbit I’ve stored up in my mental vault and I’ve made him a batch here and there. Well, since Father’s Day was coming up, I knew I wanted to make him some of these special cookies. 

I used a recipe found on Allrecipes, however instead of shortening, I decided to use refined coconut oil instead (it doesn’t taste like coconut at all). The result was the most perfect, chewy, delicious cookies! And because the recipe made so many cookies, I decided to split up the batch and bring cookies to my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law’s father who would all be at a family BBQ together. (I made sure to give my dad the most cookies, of course!)

Here is my altered recipe:

Gingersnap Cookies

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Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

Note to self: do not stray from trusted cupcake recipe!

I don’t know why I decided to try a new recipe instead of playing around with my trusty base cupcake recipe, but I did, and it was a sad failure (in my opinion). Unfortunately, the cake itself came out very dense and somewhat bland and flavorless. Sad panda! 🙁

So while I won’t be sharing a recipe with you in this post, I will share some of the processes I used, because I’m certain that if the cake base were correct, these cupcakes would have been fantastic! 

  1. Finely chop a fresh peach into pea-sized pieces. Use about 2/3 of a chopped peach in the batter.
  2. After filling batter into cupcake liners, sprinkle on some cinnamon brown sugar mixture and swirl it around with a toothpick.
  3. Add the other 1/3 of the chopped peach pieces into van...
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I am absolutely terrible at remembering to take photos – of my cupcakes and baked treats, and of fun life events and memories in general. It’s something I always look back and regret. But! Such is life. 

Anyway, I was commissioned to make cupcakes for my adorable niece’s 2nd birthday yesterday, and the theme was Minnie Mouse. So I got some mini Oreos for ears and red sugar bows for a simple but cute decoration. Unfortunately, this is the best photo I’ve got of a cupcake!

minnie mouse cupcake

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