Archive for June, 2012

Those “Nutella” Chocolate Chips aren’t just for snacking, they happen to make amazing cookies as well! After making those Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, I was on a cookie roll.  I baked four batches of cookies in one week.  And I hogged about 99.8% of it all to myself, even the first two failed batches (because ugly cookies are still […]


If I told you how many times I’ve made Homemade Nutella recently, I’m not sure if you’d give me a high five or a punch in the arm… it’s quite a shocking number. I maayybe use it a little too much. Are you going to (virtually) punch me? Well, I hope not, because my total overuse […]


I’m still on my quest for a thick and chewy (yet healthy) peanut butter oatmeal cookie.  But I’ve gotta say, these cookies are definitely an amazing placeholder.  First of all, they’re jumbo, and second, they don’t taste healthy at all!  They spew the rich and decadent essence of peanut butter with every whiff and obviously, every […]


After making this cheesecake and mashing the life out of it to create beautiful and delicious cheesecake pops, I thought, why not do the same with the cake you just baked?  Don’t worry, I only mashed two slices.  I couldn’t handle much more destruction of a perfectly good cake.  But, those two slices were worth […]


I’ve always been mesmerized by a grocery store’s baking aisle.  Every location carries different products for different prices and at different sizes.  However, there are certain things that never change:  the boxed baking mixes.  I know them like the back of my hand, yet I still look through each of them for a good five […]


I’m terrible at making cookies.  Just.  Terrible. They’re either too dry or too gooey.  They either rise too high or spread like a puddle.  They either burn to a crisp or don’t cook through at all. However, with these “cookies” I’m happy with “in the middle” results. As these baked away in the oven, a […]


When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When your oven overbakes your cheesecake, you make cheesecake pops. Okay, when you press the snooze button and overbake your cheesecake, you make cheesecake pops. Understandably, we polished off my deliciously authentic, healthified Classic Cheesecake fairly quickly.  There was only one solution to a cheesecake obsessed family:  bake it […]


Just like how I developed a liking for the taste of dark chocolate after my milk-chocolate-obsessed childhood, I developed a liking love for cheesecake.  I used to hate the creamy texture and the tangy flavor of cheesecake, I preferred all things baked such as cakes, cupcakes and cookies… I also preferred all things chocolate.But I’ve changed and for […]


My family is quite small, and by small I mean there are four of us.  Yes, four… my mom, my dad, my older sister and then me. While I attend university across the country from my family, my sister is also in college while completing an internship. While my father works full-time and drives a […]


Nutella.  Oh yes, Nutella. A homemade version that is 100% natural and made with good-for-you ingredients.  A version that is high in fiber and free of refined sugar, that actually tastes good great amazing.  A homemade version that tastes like the real deal! To be honest, all I can think about is this dreamy chocolatey […]


Jun 11

Raw Hazelnut Butter

I caved.  I bought a mini food processor! Hey now, it wasn’t that expensive and it’s adorable little size made me love it even more.  Plus, I’ll be saving loads of money by making my own nut butters at home! Giant, cheap bag of nuts + a few minutes = healthy, low cost and (kind […]


While PB&J sandwiches are great, these Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars are even better.  Before these I’m sure we all thought, as IF a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could get any better! But that, my friend, has changed and changed for good…  One bite of these, and you’ll never go back to the stuff with bread. […]


I’ve come across many Black Bean Brownie recipes, but I don’t think I’ve ever been 100% satisfied with one… there would either be too much sugar, too much butter or too many eggs.  Or I was allergic to half of the ingredients (I’ll be posting more on this later).  All I wanted was a brownie […]


Chocolate?  Peanut butter?  FUDGE?!? Oh yes. A perfect cube of… perfectness.  Hah. I’m sorry if my words aren’t making sense.  I’m enjoying a “cube of perfectness” as we speak…  *blushes* Anyways, these are sliced so perfectly because I sliced them straight from the freezer (yes, I’m impatient) My main point is that they look a little too perfect […]


Plain and simple:  there is never a wrong time to make a healthy dessert, especially one with peanut butter!  It just so happens that the other day was “one of those days” … you know, a day that seems to revolve around food cravings, a day spent either wandering around the kitchen or on the computer […]


As a kid, I absolutely adored pound cake, dense, moist and buttery rich pound cake.  I mean, c’mon, what’s not to love?! But as I grew older, I found plenty of things to not love of my beloved pound cakes.  For starters, the astronomical fat and calorie content!  Despite that though, I still caved in at […]