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Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins


Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
Happy 2019 everybody! It's the start of a new year which means it's time for new commitments to old goals. I've been telling myself for a few months now that I have to start eating better and even though we're 8 days into the new year, I've still got nothing to show for it! I wouldn't say it's super challenging to eat healthy, it's just once you've got your body so used to the unhealthy stuff, it's a bit of a struggle. But I'm really going to try to at least make small steps here and there, and the first one is going to be eating a better breakfast. I typically try to buy protein bars to have with my iced coffee in the morning, but those are often loaded with a lot of sugar and not so easy on the teeth. So, I decided to make my own breakfast protein muffins. I guess these are still on the "sweeter" side for a breakfast, but HEY, baby steps. I don't take my coffee with ANY sugar or creamer, so I deserve it. Plus, th
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Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

It appears I missed the memo about it being cookie season. Sorry, y'all! This recipe is definitely four weeks late. And I know now that we're going into January, it's time for a healthy reset for our bodies but you MUST make these before you commit to any diet plans. They are amazing. I only recently became a peppermint mocha fan, and it was thanks to these cupcakes I made last year. I still won't order a peppermint mocha at Starbucks but the flavor combo in desserts is phenomenal. I won't say no to anything chocolate or coffee flavored so what's a little peppermint to spruce things up. Side note: my death by chocolate cookies were featured in an actual printed MAGAZINE. I know, CRAZY right? You can pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble OR purchase the digital version here . Now although I didn't add melted chocolate to this cookie dough, the cookies were still super rich, chewy, and bursting with flavor. A hint of cornstarch is the sec

Brown Butter Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Brown Butter Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

I have a confession to make. I am a bit of an ALDI fanatic. If my friends had a penny for every time I said "you should go to ALDI!", they would be millionaries. I can't help it. Their prices can't be beat. And their seasonal items are TO DIE FOR. Cue these mini cast iron skillets. Oh.my.god. The cuteness is unbearable. I secretly sometimes wait for the prices on seasonal items to be reduced (right before they are taken off the shelves)....but I grabbed these as soon as I saw them! They are worth every penny and my recipe wheels started turning right away. Since we are right at the peak of gingerbread season, I knew y'all would appreciate these gingerbread skillet cookies. Especially if they were brown butter gingerbread skillet cookies. And I won't judge what ice cream you choose to top them with, but Talenti caramel cookie crunch is a fiiiine choice. These come together so quickly and are perfect for entertaining. My signature go-to dessert

Biscoff Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Biscoff Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Attention, these are going to be your new favorite cupcakes. I mean, do the math. If Biscoff cookies are amazing, and Biscoff spread is fantastic, what do you think a Biscoff cupcake is going to be? Hm? That's right. Out of this WORLD. It was a tricky recipe to perfect,  I must admit. My first few batches were ...meh. They were good but not great and I couldn't give you guys anything less than perfect. I had to play around with the ratios of sugar, baking soda, etc until I had made a perfectly moist, tender cupcake with just the right amount of fluffiness. The frosting on the other hand came together wonderfully on my first try, thanks to Sally's Baking Addiction . She knows her stuff. This is probably the dreamiest, creamiest frosting I've ever made. And I think I want to frost all my cupcakes with white chocolate buttercream from now on. But I'm going to stop blabbing about how great these are and just give you the darn recipe. Don't forget to

Salted Caramel Macarons

Salted Caramel Macarons

Well, hello there! The last time we talked, I was posting popsicles. And now it's currently 40 degrees outside and I'm not even sure we are going to get an Autumn this year. But the weather isn't the only thing that has changed. I recently became a furbaby mom! Junie made her debut on my Instagram a few months ago and that picture looks nothing like her now because oh my goodness, cats grow so fast! We are trying to enjoy the most of her kitten days; she keeps us on our feet for sure. In other news, I moved! Technically, that sentence doesn't really deserve an exclamation point because moving is NOT fun or exciting, at all. But decorating a new place is, and the reason I haven't been posting is because I have been living in Home Goods. Of course that's an exaggeration but, I am pretty sure that's what the employees thought based on how often they saw me there. I was pretty much determined to have the place looking a certain way by a specific time

Strawberry Coconut Lime Popsicles

Strawberry Coconut Lime Popsicles

Y'all, I've officially broken out the popsicle maker. It's about that time. Time for refreshing, no-bake treats that are so easy to make, you'll want to make them every day. And since I know many of you are going to ask, this is the popsicle maker I use. It's amazing, and has never failed me. When it comes to popsicle making, the varieties are literally endless and it is super adaptable to your diet or lifestyle plan. I was recently on a 21 day cleanse (shoutout to Simple Green Smoothies ) which  consisted of me avoiding sugar, dairy and animal-based products. And let me tell you, I used A LOT of coconut milk. A lot . In my cooking, in my smoothies, and in my popsicles. Yes, I was allowed to have popsicles. #bestcleanseever And so, I was inspired to create for you my very own dairy-free and refined-sugar free popsicles. It is strawberry season in Ohio right now, so of course, I had to go to my local farmer's market and get me some. My coconut milk was

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Tiramisu

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Tiramisu

Have you ever wondered how to make tiramisu better? Well, wonder no more. I have figured it out for you all. Add hazelnut syrup, Nutella, and chocolate chips. This is probably one of my best ideas yet. And I owe it all to Ramadan. When you're fasting from sunrise to sunset, your brain has a lot of time to think about all the things you're going to eat when you break your fast. And it can get very creative. However, I didn't think this through all the way because I had to photograph this droolworthy tiramisu WHILE I was fasting and that was just pure torture. It's bad enough scrolling through my Instagram feed and seeing post after post from my favorite foodies. Imagine having an actual slice of tiramisu right in front of you. So close, but yet so far. But you know what, that's all part of the plan. We fast to strengthen our discipline, and help us to become more thankful of our countless blessings and the many things we do have. It reminds us of the impor

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