Category Archives: Sweet Treats

Instant Granola Yogurt Parfait

Looking to whip up something sweet and dessertish for an afternoon snack but want to keep it healthy – this instant granola yogurt parfait is the one to try. Delicious, beautiful, and healthy this parfait will satisfy any afternoon sweet craving. Sometimes for an afternoon snack I crave cool creamy yogurt with crunchy granola and fruit but when I’ve run out of granola, this instant yogurt parfait is what I turn to. I just scoop Greek yogurt into a bowl, add some berries, top it with crushed roasted pistachios and drizzle the entire gorgeous bowl of goodness with maple syrup.  A granola type parfait without the granola 😀😋.  It has crunchy nuts, dried fruits and maple syrup. Add a cup of tea or coffee and you have the makings of a perfect afternoon snack time treat.  This little bowl doesn’t require much by way of a recipe, just pile on the good stuff and enjoy! Continue reading Instant Granola Yogurt Parfait

Sweet Chardonnay Pinnacolada Cake

This sweet wine cake is a great way to use up an already open dessert wine you might have in the refrigerator, and because the cake isn’t that sweet it actually tastes wonderful with a glass of chilled dessert wine🍸🍰.  Sweet dessert wine adds a subtle grape floral honey like flavor that is lovely, and pairs really nicely with the pineapple in the cake. With crushed  pineapple, coconut and sweet wine I call this cake a sweet chardonnay pinnacolada cake that will have you wanting more than just one slice 😋🍰. Continue reading Sweet Chardonnay Pinnacolada Cake

Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Chunky, moist, sweet and spicy, these ginger bars are awesome accompanied with a warm cup of tea for a winner of a cozy combination ☕️ 🍪. These delicious spicy ginger bars have golden raisins, candied ginger, molasses, warming spices, and dark rum – doesn’t all this make your mouth water 😋?   Spicy Ginger Bars from my favorite celebrity chef Ina Garten came to mind this week as its been cold and rainy and there is something about cold wintery days that makes me crave warming spices like nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. This is an awesome sweet treat to make when the weather gets cold and all you want is something sweet with a warm cup of tea. The best part is these bars are easy to make and taste great! Continue reading Spicy Ginger Hermit Bars

Spanish Almond Orange Cake

Almond orange cake. Need I say more? For someone like me who loves almonds and loves oranges, this cake is a marriage made in heaven 🍊🍰! I absolutely love almonds, I eat them everyday and I like them so much I have to control how many almonds I have. Anything with almonds is always a hit with me. I love oranges too, especially now in our Bay Area winter when oranges are as juicy and delicious as can be. So as you can see combining two of my favorite foods in a cake is just a winner of recipe for me. Continue reading Spanish Almond Orange Cake

Carrot Apple Spice Cake

This delicious carrot apple cake made with fresh carrots, apples, spices, and brown sugar is a wonderful recipe from Averie Cooks .  The cake is warm and moist from all the fresh grated carrots and apples, and delicious with the lovely flavors of winter spices. My friend Nishma made this carrot apple spice cake when we were over for dinner and when she served it slightly warm with a warm cup of tea, it was heavenly!  Continue reading Carrot Apple Spice Cake

Dark Chocolate Cardamom Truffle Ice cream

Decadent, rich, and creamy, this dark chocolate cardamom ice cream will make you happy, happy, happy 😋😊. The best way to describe this ice cream is to think of a deep dark chocolate truffle infused with cardamom, but in an ice cream form.  The idea for a chocolate and cardamom flavored ice cream came from a chocolate ganache that my daughter Rani was making for a chocolate cake. She started off with dark chocolate ganache and decided to jazz it up with cardamom.  The cardamom ganache was so good that when the cake was ready we just ate the ganache and not the cake 😀.  This got me thinking that maybe dark chocolate and cardamom would taste great together in ice cream too?  No surprise here, it tastes delicious!  Continue reading Dark Chocolate Cardamom Truffle Ice cream

Moroccan Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumble Topping.

I see orange trees all around town dripping with oranges, its so obvious orange season is here in the Bay Area. I absolutely love the fragrance and flavor of oranges in anything and everything.  I especially love them in desserts as oranges add such a lovely fresh citrus sweet aroma.

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Orange flavor in cakes are my all-time favorite, which brings me to this delecious eggless orange cake. When I stopped by my friend Radhika’s place for New Year’s tea a couple of weeks ago, Radhika’s Mom had made this Moroccan orange coffee cake that looked amazing and tasted amazing too. Not only was the cake amazing, the entire evening spent with my friend and her Mom was like a dreamy Christmas wonderland. Continue reading Moroccan Orange Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumble Topping.

Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Looking to make some homemade energy bites that taste positively yummy with loads of all-natural ingredients such as nuts and superseeds  – give these cardamom, raisin and nut superseed truffles a try. Packed with a variety of nuts, lots of superseeds such as chia seeds and flax meal, and lightly sweetened from honey and raisins, these are really really delicious energy bites and make for the perfect snack time treat. Continue reading Raisin Nut Cardamom Superseed Truffles

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies! Need I say more?  Wholesome pistachios and sweet cardamom in a shortbread cookie – positively delicious. I asked my daughter Sri to make these pistachio cookies for the holidays from a cookie book called Indulgence Cookies by Christabel Martin. This is a cute little cookbook with all the right type of cookie recipes – meaning each recipe is made with good wholesome ingredients and nothing complicated. With simple easy to follow instructions, lovely aroma of cardamom, crunch of pistachios, and a little edge from the lemon zest, all this makes a grown up not-too-sweet cookie, perfect to have with a warm cup of tea. Continue reading Pistachio Cardamom Cookies