Fudgy (and flourless) Chocolate Almond Torte

This Caprese-style chocolate cake (based on a traditional torte made in Capri, Italy) is rich and fudgy but unlike most flourless cakes, it does not contain a pound of butter. The richness comes from the healthy fat in the almonds and the dark chocolate. With only 5 ingredients, this is an easy cake to pull…

Sweet and Savory Stuffed Dates with Parmesan and Feta Cheese

If you’re not eating or cooking with dates, please start. Dates are a delicious treat as is but they are also a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Add them to oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and breads. Grill them with chicken, blend them in smoothies, or roast them with vegetables. Here we are making…

A Must Make Raisin Bran Muffin

These muffins have been a classic for me ever since Jane Brody, Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times, published one of her best selling cookbooks, Jane Brody’s Good Food Cookbook. I was fresh out of college, working as a clinical dietitian and just learning how to cook. This cookbook was one of the…

Roasted Strawberries

Fresh strawberry season is right around the corner (it really is!) so here’s a new way to enjoy them. Roast them! Roasting strawberries intensifies their flavor, making them sweeter, and as a friend commented, “it makes them taste more like strawberries”. Once roasted, serve them over yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, cold cereal, as jam on…

Greek Juicy Walnut Cake (Karithopita)

Baking with extra virgin olive oil is an excellent way to cut down on saturated fat in a recipe because you can use it to replace butter! In this recipe, the olive oil adds a rich, moist texture without an olive oil flavor and the addition of ground walnuts contributes more heart-healthy fats and a…

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

I posted this recipe last year but these little treats are so good, I wanted to bring them back for another round! They remind me of Turtles, that chocolate, caramel, pecan candy, and my husband thinks they taste like they are laced with bourbon (unfortunately they are not). This is a recipe from Bon Appetit’s…

Streusel Topped Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Why spelt flour? I get bored using regular whole wheat flour when baking so I’m always looking for a new whole-grain to try. Spelt, dating back to 5,000 BC, is a cousin to modern-day wheat and is packed with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals. It does contain gluten so it’s not recommended for…

Apple Walnut Bread

My baking definitely picks up in the fall. Pumpkin, apples, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are my favorite flavors for baking muffins and bread. This apple walnut bread is not overly sweet so it’s perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea. If you want this to be…

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since zucchini is abundant throughout the summer (we’re just getting some from our garden), it’s the perfect time to make zucchini bread or muffins. I’ve made my fair share of zucchini bread over the years but when trying to make them “healthier” they always seemed to get a little dry. I decided to make a…

S’more to Love

  By Alexa Nichols A toasted marshmallow on the campfire has always been a summertime favorite of mine. As a child, I loved to smash it between two graham crackers and a square of chocolate. As I have gotten older, I have found that the options are truly endless with what you can pair together…

Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle

A family favorite at many Memorial Day and 4th of July parties, this dessert is light, delicious, and extremely fast and easy to prepare. There really is no recipe. Use a store-bought angel food cake (tear into pieces), a large box (5.1 ounces) of cook and serve or instant vanilla pudding (prepared as directed with…

Carrot Cake for Breakfast (Yum)!

This vegan carrot “cake” can certainly stand in as a no added sugar dessert but I prefer to have it for breakfast. It’s filled with nutritious ingredients like whole-grain oat flour, raisins, dates and a healthy dose of beta-carotene rich carrots. The “frosting” is simply a blend of dates, cashews and a splash of vanilla….