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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Spinach Cubes! (and smoothie recipe)

spinach cubes!

Okay, so I am not the best at getting greens in my diet. (I know I’m not alone.  ahem, people!)   And, I like spinach alright in salads and stuff, but I can NEVER eat the whole bag of spinach from the store before it goes bad.  It goes bad so fast!  So… a little while back I had a bag of spinach in my fridge that was going bad.  I didn’t know what to do to use it and I HATE to waste.  BAM!  I came up with this ingenious idea!  I puree’d the spinach in my food processor with a little bit of water until it became a green paste (yeah, its creepy looking).

Then, I put the green goop in an ice cube tray and froze it.  The next morning, I had Spinach Cubes!!  I got the spinach cubes out of the tray and put them in a plastic ziploc bag and stuck them back in the freezer.  Easy, instant, serving size spinach!  I throw a couple cubes into my smoothies now and I can’t taste the difference, but I know I’m getting some green goodness!
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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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