Peppermint Pattie Cups


With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, I knew I had to celebrate the holiday the only way I know how–with dessert, of course! (Ok, and maybe with some green beer or Guinness, too). 
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes (gluten-free, vegan)

20140308-172642.jpgI don’t know how it almost passed me by unnoticed, but I’ve been so crazy busy lately that I nearly forgot that this is a very special week…..

Almonds & Avocados officially turns 2 Years Old!!

And because last year I celebrated the blog’s birthday with Chocolate Caramel-filled Cupcakes, it only seemed appropriate to celebrate this birthday with cupcakes too! That’s right, Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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No-Bake Nutella Pies

20140222-025854.jpgFebruary 21 is a special day in our family: it’s the birthday of my mom, my stepson Kaden, and Kaden’s stepdad! Since this special day happened to fall on a Friday this year, we decided to turn the entire weekend into one long celebration, complete with tons of food, family time, and even paintball. 

I firmly believe that such a special day also deserves an equally fantastic dessert, but then, I usually go out of my way to come up with excuses to make dessert. As much as I love birthday cake, I wanted to prepare something a little different. It didn’t take me long to come up with these amazing No-Bake Nutella Pies. Now, I honestly can’t imagine life without them!!

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Guilt-Free Valentine’s Day Indulgences

With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I can’t seem to think about anything but chocolate!!

I won’t lie, the way to my heart is most certainly through my stomach. I’ve been dropping some not-so-subtle hints to my husband for a week now about where we should go out to dinner. Since we both have crazy schedules, we decided it would be best if we do our Valentine’s dinner tonight rather than on the big day–and you better believe I’ll be getting something chocolatey at the end of the meal to satisfy my craving. Even though we’re celebrating early, I’ve also made up my mind to celebrate on Friday with another special dessert–this time homemade. Two Valentine’s Day desserts in one week….yes, please!!!

While looking through some older recipes and thinking about what to make (which only made my chocolate cravings worse), I quickly realized that there are far too many to choose from! I also realized that I should share some of my absolute favorite guilt-free and easy-to-make indulgences (and one Valentine’s Day-appropriate salad) with you. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Pancakes with Raspberry Cream Sauce


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Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Blondies

20140131-192126.jpgI had been dreaming about these blondies for days–maybe even weeks–before I finally made them. I keep a list in my phone of foods I want to prepare and recipes that I think might work. These Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Blondies were at the very top of that list, just staring me in the face  every time I would turn on my phone.  

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