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Chai Banana Bread with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

I can’t keep up with mercurial October… The month started out amazingly, so I was caught completely off guard when it quickly turned dark and painful without warning. Yet suddenly it changed again. Albeit a colossal cliché, the idea that when one door closes another one opens has proven true for me twice now in three […]

Peanut Butter Biscuits

Has the weather gotten cold yet where you are? These soft and fluffy peanut butter biscuits are the perfect comfort food for any cold October morning. Dip them in hot maple syrup, spread on some melted coconut butter, or sandwich the biscuits with raspberry jelly and even more peanut butter… They also make a terrific portable snack and are great […]

Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes

Taking chocolate and peanut butter to a whole new level. Anyone who’s spent an extended amount of time in Philadelphia will most likely recognize Kandy Kakes (or Tandy Kakes). Vanilla sponge cake topped with peanut butter and coated in chocolate, these cakes carry something of a cult following in the Philadelphia area. I remember opening […]

Apple Enchiladas

Stuffed apple enchiladas, topped with homemade Maple Caramel Sauce. Don’t you want these in your life? Still need convincing? This is culinary fusion at its finest. The hot-from-the-oven apple enchiladas give you all the cinnamony goodness of hot apple pie stuffed securely into a tortilla and baked to a bubbly perfection. While traditional apple enchilada recipes can call for […]

Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

Bacon cupcakes? By now, you’ve most likely noticed the recent pervasiveness of bacon in grocery stores, in restaurants, and especially on Pinterest… Bacon chocolate bars, bacon vodka, bacon cinnamon rolls, bacon toothpaste?? Scarily enough, all of these items are very much real entities. And bacon cupcakes: rich chocolate cupcakes with a smokey flavor sure to […]

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Blueberry Muffins – sweet, fluffy, soft, hearty, and completely irresistible!!! Farmers markets are like candy stores for grown ups. Sugary-sweet cherries, berries, and melons glitter in the sunlight, beckoning hungry buyers to acquiesce to their charms. It’s pretty much impossible to leave a farmers market without at least one impulse buy for which you […]

Kale Brownies

Yes, kale brownies… I promise I’m not crazy. Well maybe just a little bit. When I first started blogging, I loved to see what google searches were leading people to the site. A few of my favorites: Chocolate covered bumblebees Chocolate covered grasshoppers How to turn your boyfriend into a pig Ugliest banana ever Sarah […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

Side note: There were so many questions about a coconut butter sub in the Banana Pudding recipe from the other day that I figured it’d be best to answer the question here: I’ve only used coconut butter in the recipe, but the first thing I’d probably try as a substitute would be raw cashew butter or macadamia butter. […]

Homemade Twinkies – The Healthy Version

Happy National Twinkie Day!   What comes to mind when you think of unhealthy foods? Right away, I picture two things: Big Macs and Twinkies. While the latter is certainly not the most unhealthy food in existence (Hello double doughnut bacon cheeseburgers!), Twinkies have earned a bad rap thanks to their high sugar content, long […]

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins – Healthy & Whole-Grain

Look! I made you muffins! Straight from the oven, bursting with strawberries and chocolate chips. Feel free to just take one off the screen. I guess you can’t really take one off the screen…. But someday soon we might have the technology to do just that! Even now, companies such as Canon offer a printer with edible ink. […]

Healthy Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies

These are chocolate fudge zucchini brownies: This is me: These are some more chocolate fudge zucchini brownies: And here are some healthy chocolate zucchini brownies after they’ve met me: Hey, where’d they all go?? 😕 Disappeared, as if by magic. That is what happens when you leave me alone in a room of brownies. And now […]

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins! Do you know what yesterday was? Why, it was none other than National Zucchini Bread Day! A very special day – right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas as one of the most important days in the history of forever and ever. Or… maybe not. But still, a day worth celebrating with homemade […]

Homemade Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

I still remember my first Auntie Anne’s pretzel. It was in West Chester, Pennsylvania, when I was eight years old. The little shop smelled like cinnamon sugar as soon as you walked in, and a friendly lady in a striped apron smiled across the counter as she quickly and skillfully twisted long strips of dough […]

Healthy White Cheddar Vegan Goldfish Crackers

One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish. Say! What a lot of fish there are. -Dr Seuss Quoting a beloved childhood author seemed a fitting way to begin a post about a beloved childhood snack: goldfish crackers! Or, as Pepperidge Farm says, they are “the snack that smiles back.”   I drew on the […]

Cream Cheese Stuffed Coffee Cake

It might seem strange to see the author of “the healthy dessert blog” holding a book all about junk food. Contrary to what one might assume from reading the title of my blog, however, I don’t only eat healthy food 100% of the time. And I don’t think I am any less healthy for it. […]