Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

These days there are lots of cake and cookie recipes being shared and each and every one is enticing and tempting.  But what caught my attention with this particular recipe is two things – one, my daughter Rani loves peanut butter.  Two, I was running way low on sugar and was trying to figure out how to make something sweet with less sugar and this recipe fit that criteria perfectly as it only required 1/4 cup of white sugar 😊.  The sweetness in this cake comes from 2 ripe bananas and an apple. Between the bananas and apple and all the peanut butter and chocolate chips, the cake is soft, moist and delicious.  Kind of like a Reeses peanut butter cup but in a cake form.   This is an awesome cake for those of you who love peanut butter and chocolate! Continue reading Peanut Butter Apple Banana Cake

Mango Frozen Yogurt

This is the perfect ice cream to make when mangoes have become too ripe to cut and serve. You know how sometimes the skin of fresh mango becomes shriveled and the flesh is so soft that the mango is more juicy and mushy making it hard to cut? These are perfect mangoes for a mango frozen yogurt. All you do is combine soft mango pulp with Greek yogurt and honey to create this deliciously healthy frozen dessert. Nothing fancy, just good simple ingredients and you have a sweet and delicious dessert that anyone can enjoy when you get an ice cream craving.  Give it a try! Continue reading Mango Frozen Yogurt

Blueberry Raspberry Bran Muffins

These healthyish muffins are made with so many good ingredients that you can almost have them guilt-free.  Yes, that’s right, these muffins are healthy enough that they will have you wanting more than one, and the best part is not only are they healthy, the recipe is easy to make too.  You don’t even need a mixer! Just whisk the wet ingredients, then sift the dry ingredients, combine the two and bake. In Chef Ina Garten’s own words “How easy is that?” Blueberry bran muffins on Barefootcontessa.com
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Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Do you enjoy Nature Valley granola bars? Those healthy afternoon pick me up bars are popular in our house especially when we want something healthyish to give us a late afternoon energy boost.  Think Nature Valley granola bars made at home but more gooey and soft and with lots more flavor.  These granola bars are not only soft, sweet and chewy,  they are also packed with good for you ingredients such as oats, nuts, dried fruits, honey and super seeds like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Continue reading Homemade Granola Bars with Dried Fruits and Superseeds

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cookies

This is an awesome recipe with awesome results! Its sweet, soft, crunchy and delicious, all in an oatmeal chocolate chunk cherry cookie.  With all our Shelter in Place right now I am watching way more TV than I usually do and Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa is one of those shows I’ve been watching a lot lately to get inspiration for delicious feel-good recipes.  I may have mentioned before that though her recipes are predominantly meat-based, I try to improvise and substitute her meat ingredients with vegetarian substitutes.  However when it comes to Ina’s desserts I just follow her recipes as is, just as I did with this one. These oatmeal cookies are the best I’ve ever made!  Soft, with crispy edges, chocolatey with tangy fruit flavor these cookies are deliciously good! Continue reading Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cherry Cookies

Nasturtium Blossom Hummingbird Cake

Here is a delicious cheer me up sweet and gorgeous cake to celebrate spring and all things beautiful.  Nasturtium blossom hummingbird cake is a recipe I posted a long while ago that I made again recently.  Where do I start to tell the tale of this cake –  the cake or about the blooms?  Let me start with the cake.  I first had this delicious piece of cake at our local Peets coffee shop called hummingbird cake that was moist and light, chock full of nuts, with a soft cream cheese frosting.  I assumed it was called hummingbird cake because of all the nuts in the cake because it reminded me of a birdseed mixture, but as it turns out what I found out is that the reason it is called a hummingbird cake is because it tastes so good that it makes people hum   🎶🎵🎼🎼🎶🎶🎵.   We sure can use some humming right now 😚🎵🎼🎼🎶.   I figured with all my nasturtiums blooming right now I might as well add these hummingbird loving edible flowers on the cake.  Hummingbirds really love nasturtium blossoms! Continue reading Nasturtium Blossom Hummingbird Cake

Yogurt Cake with Toasted Almonds

All this Stay at Home mandate is making me stir crazy that I am definitely baking more than I should, and normally do.  You see my allergies are so aggravated lately that when I go for a walk outside I have come home with the worst allergy attack with itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, cough, and sinus headache from all the pollen out there, so I’ve been staying in the last week and just venturing into the garden instead.  Not being able go out and do much else, leaves me with plenty of time on my hands that even a simple recipe on the back of a sugar package seems enticing to bake! Continue reading Yogurt Cake with Toasted Almonds

Cherry Blossom Pound Cake

It’s cherry blossom season, and I know it’s hard to get out there and enjoy nature’s annual show right now,  but in leu of an actual visit how about celebrating it with a delicious cake? With cherries no less!! I found this recipe called cherry almond pound cake from blogger Jenny Steffens on Instagram. and she described this pound cake as an ode to a cupcake she had in Washington DC during their cherry blossom festival last year where at Sprinkles in Georgetown she had a cherry cupcake.  She says she liked the cup cake so much that immediately after returning home she made a similar cake with cherries and almond favoring. Though Jenny calls her cake cherry almond pound cake, I renamed it Cherry Blossom Pound Cake. Well it does have cherries.  And it is cherry blossom season, so why not? Continue reading Cherry Blossom Pound Cake

Homemade Copycat Girls Scout Thin Mint Cookies

Are you like me and love thin mints?  Especially those delectable girls scout cookies?  I absolutely love those minty cookies!!  I wait all year to buy them from girls scouts who are usually selling them outside grocery stores.  Minty chocolate all enrobed around a crunchy cookie – these are so addicting and I love them so much that I can never stop at just one, or two or three!  It’s a good thing I only buy them once a year 😀.  Now, I am in a quandary.  Because I’ve found the easiest recipe possible to make these thin mint cookies at home at anytime of the year! Continue reading Homemade Copycat Girls Scout Thin Mint Cookies