Category Sweet Treats

Zucchini Brownies

zucchini brownies

I recently tried out a local produce delivery service (which was pretty fantastic, but to be honest they gave me way more than I could handle!) and my box came with a few zucchinis. So of course I had to think of some way to add sugar to them and bake a delicious treat. Zucchini bread has been done, so I found this zucchini brownies recipe instead. 

The reviews claimed that these brownies are fudgy and delicious. However, because I made a few alterations, mine came out more like a very moist cake (still delicious though!). I did a small grate for the zucchini so I’m not sure if it was that using more zucchini and less “air” in my measuring cup) or the fact that I subbed out the 1/2 vegetable oil for 1/4 cup avocado oil and 1/4 cup applesauce...

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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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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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Girl Scout Savannah Smiles Lemon Muddy Buddies

lemon muddy buddies

Another recipe idea I came up with for the Girl Scout cookie recipe contest was a sweet treat that’s easy to munch on. I’ve always had a slight obsession with the classic Chex Muddy Buddies (chocolate and peanut butter, who can resist?) so I thought it would be fun to take that same casual, crunchy treat and change it up.

Enter, Savannah Smiles. I knew these light, lemony cookies would make a great coating for a Chex treat so I came up with the following recipe.

I had my heart set on creating an Easter Chex mix type of snack with Easter colored M&Ms, nuts, and other mix-ins, but since the Easter candy isn’t in stores yet, it will have to wait until next time.

Savannah Smiles Lemon Muddy Buddies
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Homemade Raspberry Sorbet

homemade raspberry sorbet

The ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid mixer has gotten me a little excited. It’s been only a few days since its first use, and today I decided to try a different route – sorbet. 

I bought a bag of frozen organic raspberries at Trader Joe’s and left them in the fridge overnight to thaw so that I could begin making my sorbet. What I love about this recipe is that it’s practically healthy! With minimal ingredients, what you’re eating in the final product is mostly raspberries, with a little bit of sugar and lemon juice.

I used these instructions to make sorbet and came up with the following recipe.

Raspberry Sorbet
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  1. 12 oz raspberries
  2. 1/3 cup coconut su...
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Vegan Coconut Coffee Ice Cream

vegan coffee coconut ice cream

When a craving for ice cream hit me this summer, I added the KitchenAid ice cream attachment to my Amazon wish list. My birthday was recently, and thanks to my mom, I received the most awesome gift!

Eager to try it as soon as possible, I threw the bowl in the freezer and began researching recipes. I wanted to find something that would be fatty and delicious, but healthy at the same time, so I chose this coffee coconut ice cream recipe from Minimalist Baker because its base is coconut milk. 

After brewing my morning coffee, I set to work! I made half the recipe since I only had 1 can of coconut oil.

Vegan Coconut Coffee Ice Cream
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Chocolate Protein Hazelnut (Nutella) Spread

protein nutella crepes

A few days ago, I [somewhat] impulsively bought some hazelnuts because I love the flavor and wanted to experiment with them. I looked around online for recipes but ended up wanting to try homemade Nutella, but with a catch– I’d use protein powder instead of chocolate chips.

It was very quick and easy to make (though skinning the hazelnuts was a slight hassle) and the flavor turned out great! The consistency is obviously a little thicker and not as smooth as Nutella due to the protein powder. Enjoy! 

Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Spread
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  1. 1 cup hazelnuts
  2. 1 scoop (30 g) chocolate protein powder
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, me...
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Christmas Cookie Platter

christmas cookie platter

Merry Christmas!

This year, I decided to make my first cookie platter. My coworker had asked me a few times if I was going to do one, and I decided, what the heck. Let’s do this!

So this past weekend, I put together a menu of 5 items and made everything all in one day!

What I made:

christmas fantasy fudgeFantasy fudge topped with crumbled candy cane (making it taste like peppermint fudge)

almond peanut blossom cookiesAlmond blossom cookies – the traditional peanut blossom cookies, but made with almond butter instead!

gingerbread cookiesGingerbread cookies – including festive (but ugly) icing and sprinkles!

macaroon cookies coconutCoconut macaroons – because they were so amazing the first time.

Rice crispy treats – topped with red, white, and green sprinkles.

Altogether, this was enough to make four large cookie platters! I brought one to a Christmas party, one to work, one t...

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Festive Fantasy Fudge

christmas fantasy fudge

Who doesn’t love fudge? I could probably eat an entire pan… which is why it’s a definiteĀ must every Christmas season. I love making fudge the “old fashioned” way with a candy thermometer so that it comes out absolutely perfectly silky and sweet. This year, I decided to crunch up some candy canes and sprinkle them on top for a cute aesthetic appeal.

The recipe was found on the back of the Kraft marshmallow fluff can. šŸ™‚

Fantasy fudge

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk...
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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...

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