Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake-muffins with ganache

Chocolate Pumpkin Cup-muffin

Chocolate Pumpkin Cup-muffin

I love pumpkin foods… pumpkin pancakes, pies, breads, etc.   I love all of the great pumpkin things that come with fall, but sometimes I can get a bit pumpkin-ed out…. especially after Thanksgiving.   Maybe it also has something to do with the changing of seasons in December.   At any rate, if you have leftover pumpkin puree’ sitting in your fridge like I do and don’t feel like making something pumpkin tasting… then this is your recipe!    Or if you are a chocoholic (also, like me), and want to make something healthier.   Then, this is for you, too!

Behold, the Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake-muffin…. or Muffin-cupcake??  Cup-muffin,  muf-cuppin??  It’s not too sweet, but the ganache on the top makes it  quite decadent… which makes you wonder what it is.  A cupcake or a muffin.  I will let you decide.

My kids think they are cupcakes and they are thrilled with them.  I am thrilled to feed them these instead of a traditional cupcake.   This is a much healthier alternative.   It’s a win win!

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce – no sugar added!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

I have made this Cranberry sauce for the last two Thanksgivings, and it has been a hit each time. It’s sweet, but not TOO sweet. That’s what the pie is for after dinner! Another bonus is that this recipe is SO simple. 2 ingredients..that’s it! So, without further adieu, here is my super simple and super healthy Cranberry Sauce recipe!

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In honor of Arrested Development…Chocolate Covered Bananas!

"I'd like a Gob, please."

“I’d like a Gob, please.”

In honor of Arrested Development season 4 starting on Netflix this weekend, I decided to make some Bluth Frozen Bananas! And man, they were tasty! No wonder there was “always money in the banana stand”.

There’s really not much of a “recipe”… but I felt they were delicious enough (and healthy enough) to warrant their own post.


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Healthy Fruit Jigglers!

fun little orange juice jigglers

I made some awesome healthy fruit jigglers, and let me tell you… They are so much fun!  They jiggle hard-core and my kids think they are great!  This is a great healthy recipe and I actually got it right off the Knox Gelatine box.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried it until recently.  I have done a couple different varieties: 100% grapefruit juice and this time 100% orange juice.   Fairly plain for now while I am figuring it out, but I think it will be fun to mix up juices and add chopped fruit to it as well.   There are a lot of fun possibilities.

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Almond Flour Chocolate chip cookies – our favorite!!

i’m salivating now..

These cookies are so yummy, they have quickly become a new family favorite! My husband requests them almost every weekend. He says they are better than normal chocolate chip cookies!  That really means something coming from a Non-health-nut!

These cookies taste like toffee candy to me, I love them!  I have tried making them with egg before, because it makes them rise and have more of a cookie texture.  But, they are SO much better without egg!  They have such a different (better!) taste and texture to them.  Try them, you won’t regret it!  And, if you have a picky husband like mine, I bet he will love them too!!


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Healthy No-bake cookies!

that is my silpat in the background. LOVE IT!

My husband actually calls these my “desperate-for-chocolate cookies”. lol! He knows me too well! Yes, I did originally create these in a moment of desperation and I’ve been tweaking them a little bit ever since. Now, my 3 yr old asks for them! He thinks they are awesome “cookies” (we use that term loosely around here).

Here is my favorite version of the recipe. Feel free to make your own little changes here or there.

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Easy Microwave Apple “Cobbler”

easy apple cobbler

I created this one day out of my desperateness for a sweet treat. I think it turned out great! My boys love to eat it, too.

This is such an easy recipe. It’s one of my go-to dessert recipes when I want something sweeter than just plain fruit.

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An addict always finds a way – fudgy banana bites.

 

Fudgy Banana Bites

I was having a sweety chocolate craving this morning. Since I am an addict, I can make do with almost anything. I found this recipe and thought it looked pretty good. And hey! I had all the ingredients! So, I made them this morning.

They are pretty good. I mean, don’t get me wrong. Yes, I would rather have REAL dark chocolate. But, this is a pretty good alternative if you are desperate for some sweet chocolatey goodness! Continue reading

Beans in Brownies and other baked goods.

 

black bean brownies

Okay, I will admit it. Beans really don’t belong in baked goods. I have tried it a few times and I just can’t get over the aftertaste. I just don’t like the weird texture/taste of the beans in my brownies.

The health nut in me wants to LOVE the idea of beans in my brownies and I have given the beans a few chances to win me over. No such luck. Sorry beans! You are more than welcome to join my dinner with a side of brown rice! 🙂 Continue reading

Minty Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – gluten free and egg free!

Minty Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

Okay, so I had a weak moment at the store today and I bought some Andes baking chips. Oh my gosh, they are so YUMMY! I am a sucker for mint and chocolate, it is one of the best combinations. After eating about half the bag (shh, don’t tell), I decided to make a yummy recipe with them.

I am so excited about how awesome these cookies turned out! They are so yummy, and the Andes chips are basically the only unhealthy ingredient… and you could substitute the baking chips of your choice in there. Also, it would be pretty easy to make these vegan and dairy free (just sub more coconut oil for the butter). A great thing about egg-free recipes is that you can eat the batter with no guilt!! yeah! I used that to my advantage, spoon and bowl licking.
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