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Banana Bread Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pop Quiz: How are bone broths and banana bread similar? Besides that they are both alliterations of the letter ‘b’, they transform normally “throw away” items into delicious food. These kinds of recipes are some of my favorite things to make. I think I just like the efficiency and, in my opinion, the transformation of these ingredients. This recipe elevates the humble brown banana (that arguably belongs in the compost bin) to a delicious dessert!

To make this recipe a little bit healthier I put in a small amount of whole wheat flour along with cake flour. I really liked the resulting texture from these two flours and I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I was worried that the wheat flour would make the texture too rough but it seems that the fineness of the cake flour balanced out the roughness of the wheat. If you don’t have these on hand, all purpose flour works just fine. As for the frosting, I wanted a frosting that doesn’t have a whole lot of sweetness since the cake isn’t very sweet either. My goal was to make a muffin/cupcake hybrid so that it wasn’t overly sweet but still retained some of the finer qualities of a cupcake. The frosting was especially addictive and combined well with the banana flavor!
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Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

I love pumpkin pie and it has been a must for me to make every year for the holidays. Usually I make it with an all butter crust but this year I went with something that adds a bit of texture. The graham cracker allows for a crunchier crust and I would say it compliments the pumpkin pie filling nicely. The filling is deliciously spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and cloves. Make sure to whip up a batch of fresh whipped cream for topping and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

I used to make instant Jell-o chocolate pudding all the time when I was a kid.  All you needed to do was dump the powder and milk in a sauce pan and stir until your wrist got tired.  This is the grown-up version of the Jell-o stuff, and much tastier! I adapted a recipe I use for vanilla custard so it uses plenty of butter and eggs (but it’s worth it for the good stuff, right?) It’s a bit more involved than the instant kind since this requires tempering your eggs.  Tempering is a process that allows the temperature of the eggs to rise without creating a scrambled mess. All you need is a steady pouring hand and another to do the fast stirring to combine the hot milk into the eggs.  It’s a breeze once you get the hang of it. I used real chocolate chips along with unsweetened cocoa powder to amp up the chocolate flavor.  It also tastes great served cold, hot and in large bowls!

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love red velvet and when I came across a recipe for red velvet chocolate chip cookies I knew I had to give it a try!  This recipe combines the best of red velvet cake and the classic chocolate chip cookie.   It was very easy to throw together and the total time took about 90 minutes.  Most of that time was used to chill the dough as it was too sticky to pop in the oven right away.  The inside had an almost cake-like consistency–so soft and pillowy! I will definitely be making these again.
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Salted Coconut Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Coconut Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Who can say no to chocolate covered strawberries? For Valentine’s Day I decided to go with a recipe that’s both simple and tasty! These strawberries are dipped in semi-sweet chocolate with added coconut oil and sea salt. The Coconut oil and sea salt are simple additions that enhance the flavor of the chocolate and give it a little more complexity. For the chocolate I chose a high quality semi-sweet chocolate chip which I melted in a DIY double boiler. If you have leftover chocolate eat as is or throw it on some ice cream with extra strawberries!
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Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

These scones are a perfect weekend breakfast food that are quick and easy to whip up. The key to making perfect scones is to not over mix the dough. The little chunks of butter create pockets in the dough which results in a fluffier scone. I used dark chocolate chunks and unsweetened dried cherries which paired together perfectly. The scones turned out crusty on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. Even though the scones have chocolate and dried fruit in them they weren’t especially sweet. They make for a great grab-and-go breakfast and even a lazy Sunday morning one too!
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Homemade Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

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Happy Fall everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I wanted to kick off October with this great recipe for homemade pop-tarts! This recipe turned out to be surprisingly easy and not as labor intensive as I thought it would be.  Although it obviously is more labor intensive than just popping a pop-tart in the toaster, the rewards for home made can’t be beat! The pastry is flaky and buttery, just like a pie crust, which really kicked these up a notch in deliciousness. The inside is a simple mixture of cinnamon and sugar but once baked in the oven it transforms into a warm, soft filling. Once you have this recipe there’s no need to ever get store bought again! Fruit fillings, nutella/chocolate, and even savory cheese fillings can be substituted for the cinnamon sugar.*  The possibilities for these tarts are pretty much endless!

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Moroccan Rice Pudding

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My mom always loved rice pudding, especially if it was from this one grocery store, Jewel, which according to her, “did rice pudding right.” This recipe is made for her because not only is she far away from any Jewel grocery store, she can make a batch of this at home in no time at all. This recipe has way more flavor than any pre-made rice pudding. Adding cinnamon and orange flower water gives the pudding a more traditional Moroccan flavor. The pudding was creamy with just the right type of consistency. You can also garnish the pudding with nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted almond slivers.

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Chocolate Espresso Cookies

Chocolate and espresso is a subtle combination. In many recipes a little espresso or coffee is added to enhance the chocolate flavor. The espresso compliments the chocolate and these cookies play on that idea very nicely. The batter is made with cocoa and espresso powders along with melted chocolate. Solid chocolate chips are mixed into the batter so any cravings you might have had for chocolate will probably be satisfied. After the cookies are baked the outside forms a glossy layer that cracks apart. The inside isn’t really like a normal cookie’s but rather like the inside of a brownie. I was really happy with how these turned out and next time I have a chocolate craving I know which recipe to turn to!

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


Oatmeal raisin cookies got a bad rep when I was a kid. They weren’t very sweet, had a dry crumbly texture and just couldn’t stand up to classic chocolate chip cookies. These cookies give chocolate chip a run for it’s money. The cherries and chocolate go so well together and the texture was soft and not too crumbly. The cherries really take this cookie to the next level because they added a little bit of tartness to balance the sweet. I will definitely be making these again! The recipe makes 5 1/2 dozen so I cut the recipe in half. If you wanted to make the larger amount, just double the measurements below.

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