Well, hello friends!! Sorry I’ve been away for so long! I’ve missed you!
I won’t go into details, but I’ve been dealing with health issues recently that have required me to focus on de-stressing and getting my health back to where it should me, which means that everything else in life (A&A included) has taken a back seat. Fortunately, I’m feeling much better and I have my fingers crossed that it’ll stay that way.
On to the food! I’ve been on a bit of a peppermint and chocolate kick lately (if you hadn’t already noticed from the Peppermint Pattie Cups I posted earlier). I’ve also been on a huge dessert kick. Ok, so the dessert “kick” is actually pretty limitless for me, but I’ve been making a lot of quick and easy desserts lately like this one. This raw no-bake Peppermint Pie comes together in a flash and is so delicious that it’ll be devoured in a flash too. If you’re feeling really kind, share with a loved one. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to hoard it all to yourself. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to lick the pie plate
Individual No-Bake Peppermint Pie
This pie is easy to make, absolutely delicious, and made from healthy, whole ingredients. I dare you to share.
1-2 Tbs. liquid sweetener of choice (adjust to suit the sweetness you prefer), or sub with stevia
1 tsp. coconut oil (optional)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Blend the crust ingredients together in a food processor or blender (I like to use a mini food processor for this). Press firmly into the bottom of a mini pie dish or small rounded tupperware.
Blend the crust ingredients in a food processor or blender, or whisk together by hand until smooth and fully incorporated. Taste and adjust to the sweetness you prefer. Pour the filling into the pie crust and smooth the top.
Top with cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional).
Place the pie in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
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). Continue reading →
February 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!!
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.
I 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.