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Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Waffles


Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Waffles
So...it's been a while. I know, I know. I tend to occasionally disappear from the blog without any explanation. I don't mean to do it, but life just gets so hectic sometimes. I seriously applaud all the food bloggers out there who have full-time jobs and families and still manage to keep things running smoothly. I work part-time and have no kids and still find myself with no time! I don't even know where March went but I was out of town for exactly 17 days (yes, I counted because I was away from my husband) and then the rest of the days vanished into thin air. And then it was April, but to be honest, April really feels like January in Ohio because as I write this, white flurries are coming down from the sky at an alarming speed. Like, what is life? And even if we have miraculously gotten ONE day that feels like Spring, we get an entire week after that of just the most depressing weather ever. I can't really say it's just an Ohio thing though because while
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Vegan Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Vegan Chocolate-Hazelnut Tart

Oops, I sort of let Valentine's Day pass by without baking anything chocolate-y for you all. But..better late than never though, right? I've sort of been trying to be on a diet lately and I'm failing pretty miserably at it. I mean, when I say diet, I really just mean I've been trying to curb my sweet tooth. But it's SO hard, guys. I can literally do high intensity interval training 4 to 5 times a week but I can't say no to a Reese's Fast Break bar. And the worst part is every time I give in, I try to justify it. Like, it has peanut butter and that's protein so it's not that bad. Plus, I worked out. And the cycle repeats itself over and over again. So I figured out that I should surround myself with healthier sweets, that way the guilt isn't so bad and neither are the consequences. This chocolate-hazelnut tart looks so indulgent but it's actually made of wholesome ingredients. There's no refined sugar, no grains, no gluten, and

Seeded Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Seeded Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Raise your hand if you love banana bread! 🙋🙋🙋 Who doesn't love banana bread?! Banana bread is one of the very first quick breads I've ever made and definitely wasn't the last. Quick breads are so simple to whip up and they're always so moist. They are also super adaptable to be made healthier! Today, I'm sharing with you Lindsay Hunt's healthier banana bread recipe, straight from her newly published cookbook, Healthyish . OXO was gracious enough to send me a copy AND they even provided me with some spankin' new supplies to get my baking on! I don't say this enough but I swear by OXO products! The quality is incomparable and everything is so well-designed. If you're looking for non-stick products that are true to their name, look no further. Not only is their loaf pan structurally built for a secure grip, durability, and easy cleaning, but the banana bread cooked perfectly even and slid right out of it. The same goes for the cooling r

Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée

So, remember how 2017 was the year of trying new things in the kitchen? Well, I have decided to continue that trend into 2018 and today, I have for you none other than a classic vanilla creme brulee! You guys, all this time, I was making macarons and not knowing what to do with all the leftover egg yolks...why didn't anyone tell me?! Why didn't anyone tell me that creme brulee is so easy to make? Especially for someone who has made pastry cream a bunch of times, like myself. It was a literal breeze. Too easy to the point that I was sure I missed a step...like is that all there is to it? Even the torching process wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. The scariest part was having my husband fill the torch with butane; I was just worried he wouldn't do it right and the whole thing would blow up. But, the torch is fine and it was super easy to get that beautiful caramelized sugar crust. For my first try at this fancy shmancy dessert, I am honestly so impres

Paleo Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Paleo Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Happy 2018 everybody! It's been 2018 for two weeks now and I must admit, 2018 has me feeling pretty uninspired in the kitchen. Forget about baking, meal planning for the week has even been a struggle. The same meals have been in rotation for a while now and I need some new ideas! These cookies are actually one of the regulars at my house, but I decided to spruce them up a bit and share the recipe so I don't leave y'all hanging for too long without some fresh content! Now that I think about it, it's actually the perfect time to share these with you all because they're so diet-friendly since they're paleo and don't have any refined sugar. They are the ultimate guilt-free chocolate chip cookie in my opinion. The ingredients are simple and so is the process. The original recipe comes straight from the healthy baking queen herself, Monique of Ambitious Kitchen . I could not have found a more perfect cookie base to work with. Consistency wise, they are th

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Is it not completely insane that 2018 is less than a week away?! I am in shock. This is my official last recipe post of 2017 and it's a special one because I have again accomplished something new in my kitchen.....I made Swiss meringue buttercream! 2017 was definitely the year of trying new things. I made caramel for the first time. I tried Italian meringue macarons. Heck, I even rebranded and redesigned the blog! And now I am ending the year with a buttercream I have been wanting to try for forever. But let's take it back a little bit! My inspiration for making these cupcakes came from my dear husband who is obsessed with the peppermint mocha drink from Starbucks. (Shout out to Starbucks for being open on Christmas!) He drinks it year round and I thought to myself, wouldn't it be fantastic to make a cupcake version of it? And wouldn't it be more fantastic to use this opportunity to make Swiss meringue buttercream? Yes, the answer is yes. Although the name of

Gingerbread Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

The last time I made macarons , I told you guys about how I tried the Italian meringue method and instantly fell in love with it, right? Well, my feelings still stand true but the search is not over. The Italian method itself gives more successes than failures, but I have not settled on using it for good. My plan is to try as many different recipes as possible to see which one my oven produces the best results with. This weekend, I actually went back to the French method. Natasha of Cake Merchant posted her fail-proof recipe and obviously, I had to try it. She does things a little differently in terms of mixing the batter and beating the egg whites, and I think she's on to something. These were the fullest macarons I have ever made! You can literally see the difference. Since I've always had a problem with hollows, I was over the moon when I opened one of these babies up. And as you probably already know from the title of this post, they are gingerbread flavored!

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