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Raw Carrot Cake Bars


Raw Carrot Cake Bars
I saw a meme the other day that said it's still snowing in April because Mother Nature saw our summer bodies and knew we weren't ready yet. 🤣 Ain't that the truth! My clean eating diet was supposed to start...well, um, 6 months ago. And here we are. My life is a series of promises to myself that I will eat healthier, snack better, and count my calories and welp, negative. But today, today I made raw carrot cake bars. I am married to a snack hoarder and that makes it twice as hard for me to stick to my meal plans; but having healthier alternatives like these bars definitely helps out. They are no-bake so they whip up super quickly! You will have to soak your cashews overnight but that's pretty much the longest step. Also, I actually realized while making these that I don't own a grater. But thankfully, my Cuisinart food processor came in clutch with a shredder attachment and I shredded my carrots in half the time it would have taken me to do it by ha
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Matcha Creme Brulee

Matcha Creme Brulee

..and the egg yolk saga continues. I wasn't kidding when I said I had tons of egg yolks leftover from my macaron trials. Naturally, the next thing to make after eclairs was creme brulee! Y'all, ever since I learned how to make creme brulee -- and I use the word learned very loosely here since there are so few steps and they are all super easy! But ever since I figured out how easy it was to make, it's my second favorite dessert to serve when I have guests. Lava cakes will always be the first. Since matcha has been trending in bakeries and coffee shops all over the world, I put a twist on my classic creme brulee to make it matcha-flavored. Be sure to pick up culinary grade matcha if you are going to make these; it is specifically designed for baking and has a slightly different flavor profile that goes better with these ingredients! And as always, if you recreate one of my recipes, don't forget to tag me on social media! Matcha Creme Brulee Yield:

Chocolate Pistachio Eclairs

Chocolate Pistachio Eclairs

Life hack: if you ever find yourself with tons of egg yolks after a week full of baking macarons, just make eclairs. Cream and/or custard fillings always require multiple egg yolks so there was no question about what recipe I was making this week. And seeing as how we are a few short days away from the greenest holiday of the year, I knew I had to throw in some pistachios. Chocolate and pistachios are always a killer combination together. The perfect harmony of salty and sweet. For the pasty cream to be truly pistachio-flavored, I had to make my own pistachio paste. It is actually easier than it sounds; as long as you have patience and a high powered blender or a food processor. The pistachio paste gets cooked into the pastry cream and gives it a beautiful nutty flavor and mint hue. No food coloring necessary. Eclairs are honestly one of those desserts that look like you spent a lot of time on but they are in reality, super quick and easy to make. The filling can be made

Red Velvet Macarons

Red Velvet Macarons

So, why didn't anybody tell me that baking with a pet is infinitely harder than baking without one? I mean, I seriously can't do anything these days without my cat as my shadow. She has even learned the sound a bag of shredded cheese makes when it's being opened and rushes to my side for some of that good stuff. I find myself having to schedule my baking around her cat naps because I would feel way too bad about locking her in a room; those precious meows get me all the time. Thankfully, she fell asleep just before I whipped these up. But unfortunately, after I baked all of my shells, Junie jumped on my table unexpectedly with no rhyme or reason and landed straight onto a tray of paired up shells. Yup. The joys of being a pet owner. I've decided having a pet is quite similar to having a toddler. Did I mention I had to purchase stove knob covers for fear of her turning on the stove...again? Yup, that happened. I'm hoping once she grows out of her ki

The Best Keto Brownies

The Best Keto Brownies

I'm sure by now many of you have heard, #keto is trending. Last year, I remember Whole30 being the big thing but as of late, almost everyone I know has either tried keto or is interested in trying it. From what I understand, it works! My friends have seen actual results! Am I going to try it? Well, only if I can still eat brownies. Hence, this recipe. Keto seems pretty easy to follow since you can still have ALL the butter, heavy cream, and cheese you want. But then at the same time, you can barely have ANY CARBS. Like, how? Butter, heavy cream, and cheese sound like the perfect beginning to a potato dish. But nope, no potatoes. So, if I can't have potatoes, I knew I had to make sure that I would still be able to have brownies. So, I did some research and keto brownies DO exist! In fact, a few people have already made them. I did my due diligence, read through each recipe's reviews and I found this one to be pretty solid all around. And because there is no such

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

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

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