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….

Chocolate Date-Caramel Cups for Your Special Valentine

“These are delicious. They taste like a bourbon-laced caramel candy. What are they?”, my husband asked. He could not believe the gooey caramel-like filling was pureed dates. Sorry, no bourbon. These little chocolate cups remind me of Turtles, the chocolate, caramel, pecan candy. This is a fabulous recipe from Bon Appetit’s Healthyish. Melted bittersweet chocolate…

Turmeric Tea with Honey and Lemon

January is the perfect month to find a new, warm beverage to sip during those long, cold winter evenings. The after-dinner snack call (or should I say scream) from your pantry and fridge seems to get louder this time of year, making nighttime munchies more difficult to ignore. Sipping on a warm beverage can keep…

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This delicious dessert is exactly how the title describes it. Not quite a pie but not quite a cake. It’s very dense and very moist but with just enough texture to be closer to a cake than a pie. What I find to be quite amazing is that this dessert has NO added sugar. The…

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

If only you could quickly satisfy your craving for homemade cookies without having to take the time to individually scoop out the cookie dough on to the baking pan. Well, you can! This recipe from Eatingwell, allows you to bake one giant chocolate chip cookie in a skillet to serve up 12 wedges of chocolatey…

Pumpkin and Spice Cookies

The warm flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and molasses are essential in fall baking. These cookies are bursting with fall flavors and they’re soft and moist, thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, raisins, and heart-healthy vegetable oil. Baking with white whole-wheat flour results in a delicate cookie that is filled with the nutritional benefits…

Cinnamon-Spiced Butternut Squash Dessert Muffins

Butternut squash is one of my favorite autumn vegetables. It has a sweetness that is not overbearing and it is extremely versatile. You can add it to meals like soups and casseroles, but it’s also a great ingredient in baked goods! Swap out the pumpkin for butternut squash in most recipes, even pumpkin pie.  You…

Chocolate Cherry Haystacks

Craving something sweet and chocolatey? Look no further! We are closing out our cooking class series with a quick and easy no-bake treat! These Chocolate Cherry Haystacks from Ellie Krieger, RD, require just 3-ingredients and take a total of 20 min. Each yummy morsel is filled with fiber-rich shredded wheat and two anti-inflammatory powerhouses, dried…

Deliciously Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter “Nice” Cream

True confessions. I love sweets, especially ice cream. This week I experimented with skipping my after dinner sugary treats and to my surprise, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (once I got through the first few days). Instead of my usual ice cream, I made this no added sugar, cold and…

Watermelon Pizza

Nothing is more refreshing than a wedge of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day but for a fun, little twist, add some yogurt and fruit and call it pizza. Kids will love making these treats and with pizza in the name, I’m sure they will love eating them too.  

Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Bites

Oatmeal instead of flour is the base for these gooey, dense, mini-muffin bites. By pulsing rolled oats in a food processor, you create a gluten-free (if using gluten-free oats) whole grain oat flour that gives these little treats a nutty taste and chewy texture.  Grab a few for breakfast or munch on one or two…