Avocado Brownies

I was always scared of trying to make avocado brownies, because brownies are one of my favorite desserts and the thought of making them healthier did not sound very good! I bought way too many avocados that all became ripe at once, so after a few bowls of guacamole, I decided it was time to get adventurous. You might be surprised to know that you cannot taste the avocados at all in these brownies – they simply add to the […]

Gingersnap Cookies

1962… It was the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the birth of Jim Carrey, and Western Samoa’s independence (congratulations!). It was also the year that these gingersnaps were born, in the Better Homes & Garden cookbook. They’re still really good: soft and buttery like air, with a pleasantly warming spice flavor. Spooooooky! (Ten points for you if you get that reference.) If this recipe is retro, it’s retro in a good way, requiring only pantry ingredients that are inexpensive […]

Peanut Butter and Apple Smoothie

Is this bringing you back to your childhood days, when peanut butter apples were the best after-school snack ever? I thought so. I’ve always loved them as a healthy snack (and still do), and was thrilled when I came up with the idea of a peanut butter and apple smoothie! The apples add just the right amount of sweetness to this smoothie, which is loaded with rich peanut butter flavor. Enjoy! Peanut Butter and Apple Smoothie Ingredients 1/2 banana 1 […]

Berry Ganache

Whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day or not is up for debate; I think we can all agree, however, that whatever it is, it ought to be delicious. This berry ganache is easy, sweet and healthy, and is a great addition to countless breakfast dishes. I made this with mini-waffles, but feel free to add it to cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, French toast or most anything else you can think. Berry Ganache Ingredients Equal parts: Strawberries Blueberries […]

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut butter pie is one of my top favorite desserts, ever. It’s so quick and easy to make, too! Oreo cookie crumbs make a chocolatey crust, which is filled with a creamy, lightly sweetened peanut butter filling. The pie is frozen until ready to serve and then topped with crunchy chopped peanuts, drizzled with chocolate syrup and decorated with whipped cream. Make sure you remember to set it out about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve it to […]

Coffee Brownie Milkshake

Did you know that I used to work at an ice cream shop? My favorite part of working there was sipping on the leftover milkshakes we used to make for the customers. My absolute favorite milkshake was our coffee brownie milk shake. Whenever a customer ordered it, I was so excited to drink the delicious leftovers in the blender. After I stopped working there, I continued making my favorite milk shake at home. It is really easy to make at […]

Mini Spiced Chocolate Donuts

I am kind of obsessed with this little donut place in San Francisco. By the way, is it donut or doughnut? I’ve never known which one is correct. Or maybe it’s both? Anyway, back to this incredible donut spot. They create different donuts every day from scratch, and I am always surprised with their new ideas. This spicy chocolate donut recipe is my version of their spicy chocolate donuts, so now you can enjoy them homemade, too! They are baked […]

Procrastination Nation Bread (Light Banana Bread)

One of the many things I like about banana bread is the way it rewards procrastination. Oh, you left a bunch of bananas on the counter until they were overripe and started to attract fruit flies? Usually, this kind of situation would end badly for our hero: you snooze, you lose; the early bird gets the worm; etc. But not with banana bread. No, banana bread rewards our hero with a rich, delicious treat that can only be made once […]

Apple Muffins

What I love about these apple muffins is that they are low-fat, and, dare I say, healthy for you?! Instead of butter to make the muffins nice and moist, I use non-fat plain Greek yogurt. My favorite thing about these muffins is the sweet, crunchy streusel topping made of pecans, walnuts, and a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar. A batch of these muffins prepared on Sunday make a great morning snack for the week. Did you know that you […]

Turtle Frapp

In college, I basically survived on turtle frapps. Whether it was an exam coming up that I needed to study for, the start of a work shift, or a long night ahead, this was my go-to drink for my caffeine fix! And now, the day before Thanksgiving, I know you are all in need of an energy boost, too! For those of you who love coffee and have a sweet tooth like me, you are going to love this drink. […]