Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

I love, love, love this cake! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked my eldest daughter to make this Mexican Chocolate Cake with chocolate buttermilk frosting. It has to be hands down one of my favorites!  It’s a dark chocolate flourless cake made with oat flour, brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon and a hint of cayenne for a Mexican twist.  To be honest, I’d rather have this flourless cake over a regular chocolate cake any day!  Filled with a chocolate buttermilk frosting that tastes like Cadbury’s chocolate frosting, this cake is the kind you would pick up from a specialty bakery. Have it with a good cup of coffee and you will be in dessert heaven!

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Pistachio Ginger Ice Cream

Think vanilla ice cream with a ginger honey flavor and bits of roasted salted pistachios – yeah, that’s how I would describe this ice cream.  Just like having chocolate chip ice cream when you get bits of chocolate pieces, in this ice cream you get bits of crystalized ginger and nuts.  It’s clean no fuss flavors with a spicy ginger kick. Truth be told I’ve had this recipe in my mind forever!  But getting in the mood to make it is another story.   Finally its gotten hotter around here (if you consider 80s and low 90s hot) and a giant carton of cream waiting to be used is what motivated me to just make it!  An ice cream with my favorite ingredients –  pistachios, honey and crystalized ginger 😋! Continue reading Pistachio Ginger Ice Cream

Orange Marmalade Ice Cream

An orange ice cream that is so easy to make that it requires just four ingredients – cream, honey, vanilla and orange marmalade.  You don’t even need the fresh orange fruit to make this creamy sweet treat.  Orange marmalade is what adds wonderful orange flavor along with delicious bits of orange peel that give the ice cream a bittersweet edge.  Honey is the sweetener of choice here and vanilla for that extra floral fragrance.  There really isn’t anything else to add. Give it a try! Continue reading Orange Marmalade Ice Cream

Saffron Mango and Cream

Necessity really is the mother of invention, at least that’s how I look at the creation of this recipe which I created when I wanted to serve something dessertish but didn’t have the energy on a warm summer day to make something.  What I had were ripe mangoes and cream in the fridge and decided to create a variation of the extremely popular summer dessert berries and cream, but with an exotic twist. Continue reading Saffron Mango and Cream

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

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.  Continue reading Blueberry Raspberry Bran Muffins

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.  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