Blackberry Gingersnap Mascarpone Cake

Not only is this one perfect for autumn with its mixture of tart berries in combination with the zing from ginger, but its incredibly easy to make.  Though certainly not dairy free, the recipe uses coconut sugar in place of refined sugar, and can be gluten free if one chooses to use gluten-free gingersnaps (available at the grocery store).  You could likely even sub out the coconut sugar for honey, making it truly free of refined sugar.

Without further ado, this autumnal, subtly spicy, slightly tart, totally delicious dessert.  Gingersnap cookies sandwiched between layers of sweet blackberry cream.  Man oh man, so good.  An easy one to eat half of in a sitting ;-).

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Special Feature: The BEST Chocolate Cake You’ve Never Had.

Hi Everybody,

In light of the weekend which just wrapped, thought Id gift you with a pretty sumptuous sweet treat.  Get excited for this one.  Super psyched.  It might just be one of the best chocolate cakes you ever sample.  The full name, which was too much of a mouthful for the title line, is: “Maxxs Mouthwateringly Fudgy & Brookes Bombastically Moist, Nearly Death by Chocolate Cake.”  A dangerous one for sure, on more than one level 😉 which only my sidekick will understand in full.  All joking aside though, get ready to have your socks knocked off upon tasting.  Might not even bother wearing any when sampling this baby.

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

Man oh man, do I love chocolate, frosting and cupcakes.  The moist, cakey texture.  The rich, sugary taste of frosting.  The charming and oh so perfect small size making it nearly impossible to eat just one.  Queue mouth watering.  However, damn what a bummer how unhealthy they are.  Loaded with sugar, dairy and grains.

On Pinterest one day, I stumbled across several Paleo cupcake recipes, which I automatically assumed were likely to taste terrible.  However I decided to experiment with making a batch last night.  WHOA.  Like the astoundingly awesome, flavorful cauliflower pizza I made a couple weeks ago, these blew my mind.

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Healthy Lavender Strawberry Shortcakes

Hi all,

In celebration of summer (which is thankfully still here, despite the air edging its way into fall temps ever so subtly), to me, strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer sweet.  Its the dessert of BBQs, days on the beach, and evening dinners al fresco.  This version is a bit healthier than the usual shortcakes.  Its free of refined sugar, as well as free of dairy.  Though it is made with wheat flour.

Cheers to this tasty treat which you can hopefully enjoy at some of your last outdoor summer celebrations!

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Zucchini Coconut Bread

Hi all,

Happy Hump Day!  Get excited!  This recipe is sweet, delicious and ultra healthy.  Its Paleo compliant, grain free, dairy free and sugar free.  Whip up a batch and you’ll have a healthy, tasty treat for tea/coffee time every day this week.  Awesome stuff, eh?

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Fudgy Zucchini Cake/Brownies

Happy weekend, all!

The weekends call for long, luxurious meals.  Laughter with friends.  Afternoons spent whiled away in bookstores.  Huge mugs of tea.  Brunching.  Walks outside (especially with this weather!).  And something decadent and delicious for dessert.

What if I told you I had the ultimate brownie recipe to hand over?  Fudgy, decadent, rich, and yet a generous slab only clocking in at 200 calories.  Excited yet??  You should be.  This is my new go-to chocolate recipe when I find myself craving something satisfying and delectable but without all the extra calories.

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Four Ingredient Chocolate Muffins

Happy Sunday, all!

An exciting lazy afternoon prospect isn’t it?  A chocolate muffin to go with your steaming mug of coffee or tea.  With only four ingredients needed, its likely you have them already on hand.  These babies are grain-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free.  They also take just five minutes to whip together.

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Swedish Visiting Cake

The story behind this traditional Swedish dessert is that upon having spotted someone at the end of the lane making their way to your home, you could throw this cake together and have it coming hot out of the oven, just in time for their arrival.

This cake is simple, lovely, REALLY tasty, lightly sweet.  Oh man.  I was shocked by how delicious it was, considering the simplicity with regard the ingredients.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Whip up the batter, toss the cake in the oven and enjoy a slice with your next mug of tea or coffee.  You will thank me later.

 

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A few snapshots from my own trip to Stockholm, Sweden for a week, six months ago in August, 2016.  I ate delicious food, embarked on a boat ride to one of the far most islands that makes up Sweden, took hundreds of photos, wandered narrow, winding lanes, the list goes on.  Sweden boosts fantastical, whimsical, laid back and romantic vibes.

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Matcha Cake with Buttercream & Raspberry Frosting

Hi all!  I realize its been a while since a recipe has appeared on this blog.  But good things come to those who wait, and I have several recipes, the results from my kitchen experiments that took place over this past weekend, ready and about to come your way.

I have been on a major kick with regard to all things Matcha, which those of you who have read through my other recipes are aware of.  Not only for the fact that I love green tea, but also because its amazing for your health!!

I was skeptical when baking up this particular Matcha cake, worried it wouldn’t come out tasting as delectable as I hoped.  I was especially anxious because I would be serving it to friends with high expectations 😉  However I was relieved to find this cake immediately claimed as the favorite sweet on the table!!!

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Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse Pie

Another sinfully decadent chocolate dessert, without the loads of sugar.  Imagine that.  The three friends who sampled this one raved about it.  This recipe (#49) is gluten-free and low in refined sugar.  If you want to keep it 100% refined sugar-free, skip the ganache topping.  The dessert will still be DELICIOUS.  The mousse filling is made with protein packed Greek yogurt.  The texture is light and creamy, which makes this a dangerous one.  Its easy to eat more than one slice.  Like a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints, it has a way of disappearing quickly.  What can offer some peace of mind is that fact that the ingredients are far healthier and lighter than those of a typical chocolate mousse pie.  Enjoy this tasty treat!

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