Last night I revisited the “Tone It Up” nutrition guide in search of a healthy meal. I stumbled across their Blondie Muffins and I’m so glad I did. I was a bit hesitant to make these muffins knowing that the main ingredient is garbanzo beans but I went for it anyway. Let me tell you, they’re the perfect alternative to a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie or any dessert. I modified the recipe by adding chocolate chunks and ended up creating these Chickpea Blondie Chocolate Chunk Muffins….
Thanks to my dad and his persistence, I made this delicious homegrown zucchini bread.
My Dad loves to garden in the summer, so much that he built a second and third garden behind his property. He also loves to show people his garden. He grows anything from tomatoes to watermelon though he has the best luck growing zucchini. Each time I’m visiting, he tries to send me home with a “home grown” souvenir. I was a bit wary traveling with a zucchini, though he insisted. I packed the zucchini into my carry on and headed to Atlanta. Just as I predicted, airport security had to check my bag due to the weird shape they saw….
If you ever meet someone who doesn’t love an Oreo cookie, please send them my way for a little chat. I love all things Oreo and I’m crazy about Hershey’s cookies & cream candy bars. When adding those two ingredients to a classic Rice Krispies treats, it makes an excellent dessert. Cookies & Cream Rice Krispies Treats are a no-bake delicious treat that everyone loves! Oreos are milk’s favorite cookie and these treats are my favorite rice krispies!
Just one bite of these chewy monster cookies and you’ll steal the title as the Cookie Monster.
Erik’s grandma is always making monster cookies when she visits from Iowa and they’re delicious. I always get a kick out of watching my father-in law take down 20 cookies in one sitting. Once I saw how much he loved these, I knew I needed the recipe for myself. They’re extra soft and have just the right amount of peanut butter. The M&Ms make the cookies kid friendly and the oatmeal adds dietary fiber. So next time you have a sweet tooth try these cookies, I promise you’ll love them!
Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner which means barbecues and pool parties are on the agenda. If you’re looking for Fourth of July Desserts, try bringing one of these desserts to the party. The Festive Fruit Pizza and Mini Blueberry Cookie Pies are both made using sugar cookie dough. I made the Fruit pizza for last year’s Fourth of July and the neighbors loved it. These type of desserts are the kind when you have one bite and you can’t stop.
These Mini Blueberry Cookie Pies are incredible, one bite and your mouth is watering. I made a Festive Fruit Pizza and had left over sugar cookie dough so I thought I’d try to make pies. This recipe can be whipped up in 15 minutes. They’re the perfect portion but I can’t promise you won’t over indulge….
I’m definitely one to fall into the sweet craving trap after a meal. I’m always digging for that handful of chocolate chips or spoonful of ice-cream, but this time it was Erik. After dinner he turned to me and said, “I wish there was healthy dessert that we can have, like cake.” This is the guy who always yells at me for wanting a piece of chocolate after dinner and believes the cravings are all in my head. Oh well, I’m always up for dessert and an experiment.
I decided to try making a healthy version of a chocolate chip cookie and these turned out super good. They are almond flour-chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil and coconut sugar. To keep my husband’s interest, I didn’t cut the butter from the recipe but I’d like to believe they’re a healthy alternative when it comes to dessert. My only regret is forgetting to check the expiration date on my baking soda prior to mixing everything together… my cookies turned out a bit flat!
Did you know the Christmas cookie tradition all started in the early 1900s when cookies were baked in different shapes and used for window decorations? My windows would have been filled with half eaten cookies; gingerbreads with no arms and stars with only 4 points! Ha.
The Christmas cookie tradition I grew up knowing is a bit different. My sister and I would stand in my aunt’s kitchen for hours making hundreds of cookies in all shapes and flavors, only to eat them—a much better end of the deal.
Continuing the cookie tradition I have to share one of my favorite cookie recipes. This Italian lemon knot cookie recipe is adopted from my “grandmother” and they are so delicious!
These dressed up apple slices or apple cookies are one of my favorite afternoon snacks. Not only are they healthy but they satisfy those mid-day chocolate cravings. Next time you’re hungry try slicing an apple, spread some almond butter on top, and sprinkle with oats, coconut flakes and chocolate chips!