SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES (GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EGG FREE)

SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES (GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EGG FREE)

Chocolate brownies are my second favorite dessert behind chocolate chip cookies. My fudgy gluten free brownies disappeared too quickly, so I felt the need to whip up another batch for the holiday weekend.

Did you have a great holiday? Are you still recovering from all the fun? Boy oh boy, we sure are! We are suffering from the case of too much fun…Yeah, sounds like a real problem, right? :p Our fun started early Friday with a small neighbourhood party. Sir is in the Summer baseball league at his school so his coach (and our neighbor) invited us over for a relaxing night of drinks, good food and fun.

We feasted on waaay too many potato chips of all things. My sweet neighbor remembered Mr. Naughty couldn’t eat any brand of chips unless it was Cape Cod Potato Chips (they use canola oil instead of sunflower oil). She made sure to grab the huge bag at Costco so he could enjoy some food too. Small gestures like that are HUGE with food allergies. She thought of us and took the TIME to find the safe brand. That’s a home run! 😀

We mingled on the patio munching on appetizers while the kids were off running around the yard. I found Mr. Naughty is quite a charmer when he see something he wants. He’s obsessed with cars or anything with wheels. As soon as we arrived, we saw one of those battery powered 2 seater cars and Mr. Naughty couldn’t help but stare. Sure enough, the bigger kids were driving around the yard and Mr. Naughty runs over and shouts stop!

Thankfully the kid driving stopped (since he was standing in her path.) The other kids eventually let him in and he sat shot gun for almost the remainder of the night. I had to grab him when he thought he could put the pedal to the metal and start driving… he was aimed point blank for the host’s mini van.

SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES (GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EGG FREE)
SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES (GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EGG FREE)

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 batch Fudgy Brownies
  • Salted Caramel
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 3 Tbsp oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • rock sea salt for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS :

Brownies

  1. Bake and allow to completely cool before topping with caramel.

Salted Caramel SaucePit dates and coarsely chop.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or large food processor.
  2. Process until smooth.
  3. Pour over brownies and evenly spread.
  4. Garnish with rock salt.

You can find complete recipes of this SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIES (GLUTEN FREE VEGAN EGG FREE) in petiteallergytreats.com

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

I originally shared this Paleo Banana Bread recipe in 2013. It’s received hundreds of glowing reviews and remains one of the top three recipes on my blog…for good reason! It’s easy to prep with no mixer required, has short ingredients list, is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly and tastes delicious. I’ve made this recipe over and over again and I’m always amazed by how similar it tastes to regular banana bread.

Banana bread lends itself so well converting to Paleo Banana Bread for a few reasons.

  1. The bananas are already so naturally sweet that you don’t need to add much more to it.
  2. Banana bread is so versatile in general. I’ve gotten pretty crazy with modifications to regular banana bread in the past and it’s very forgiving.
  3. The bananas add so much moistness to the bread and they’re a perfect complement to the more dense almond and coconut flours.

I used this recipe from Comfy Belly as my base to create my Paleo Banana Bread recipe and modified based on multiple rounds of testing and intuition. My main changes included reducing the number of eggs to improve texture, adding some additional spices, switching coconut oil for the olive oil and a few other small things.

I loved the way this Paleo Banana Bread turned out and I am pretty confident that you could serve this to anyone – regardless of their dietary preferences or restrictions – and it would be a winner!

Perfect Paleo Banana Bread
Perfect Paleo Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 very ripe medium to large bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 x 5 loaf pan by either oiling the dish or lining with parchment paper. (I’m a big fan of the parchment paper for easy removal from pan and easy clean up.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flours. In a separate small bowl, mix together coconut oil, eggs, bananas, maple syrup and vanilla until very well combined.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and gently mix together until combined. Do not overmix.

You can find complete recipes of this Perfect Paleo Banana Bread in peanutbutterrunner.com

STRAWBERRY SANTAS

STRAWBERRY SANTAS

Christmas is quickly approaching and we’ve been spending a lot of time prepping food, decorations, and crafts for the holiday! Today we made Strawberry Santas with just 3 ingredeints. Well, more like 3 items:) You only need 3 very easy to find “ingredients” to assemble these Strawberry Santas. No cooking, baking, or strenuous activity involved! They taste delicious because they have a creamy vanilla center. Vanilla and strawberries? Yes please! You’re going to love learning how to make Strawberry Santas for Christmas:

STRAWBERRY SANTAS
STRAWBERRY SANTAS

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Vanilla frosting (in a can or homemade)
  • Black icing gel

Directions:

  1. Rinse the strawberries and cut off the leaves (discard)
  2. Cut the pointed end off of each strawberry. Place the newly cut edge down on a clean napkin. The napkin will absorb the fresh strawberry juice, which is what you want.
  3. The “body” of Santa needs to be quickly dabbed on a fresh paper towel as well. The extra juice will cause the frosting to slide. By letting the paper towel absorb the fresh strawberry juice, the frosting will stay in place better.
  4. Put vanilla frosting in a piping bag (or in a zip lock bag and cut the corner off).
  5. Gently swirl some vanilla frosting on the top of the body.

You can find complete recipes of this STRAWBERRY SANTAS in smartschoolhouse.com

Healthy Snickers Pie

Healthy Snickers Pie

THE SNICKERS PIE RECIPE IS HERE!  I repeat – the gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo, vegan, raw, ooey gooey chocolatey caramely peanut butter-y Snickers Pie recipe is here.  This pie is such a star – it’s super easy to make (I do it all in one food processor, without washing between) and it will wow health-conscious and non-health conscious guests alike.  It’s packed with fiber and good fats from the coconut and nuts and will fill you up, rather than spiking your blood sugar and leaving you feeling icky.  Confession: I sometimes eat this baby for a decadent breakfast.

Healthy Snickers Pie
Healthy Snickers Pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c nut of choice (I like cashews and almonds best, with walnuts shortly behind – you can even MIX nuts if you’re CRAZY)
  • 1 c unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Layer

  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water for 10 min and then drained
  • 3 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsalted almond butter

Nut Butter Mousse

  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 3/4 c peanut butter, almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

Additions

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate of choice, for drizzling (optional)

Instructions
Crust

  1. Add all CRUST ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth and able to be stuck together, then press into a parchment lined 8″ round pie pan. The parchment lining is really important – you won’t be able to get the pie out if you don’t use the parchment paper. Place in freezer to set while you make caramel ingredients.

Caramel

  1. Add all the CARAMEL ingredients to the food processor (no need to clean between making this and the crust) and process until very smooth. Spread an even layer atop pie crust and return to freezer.

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Snickers Pie in sproutedroutes.com

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

Cookie mix and brownie mix make this decadent recipe super-simple, and using your slow-cooker makes it even easier to prepare.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake
Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ fudge brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream, as desired

Directions

  1. Spray 4 1/2-quart slow cooker with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, mix brownie mix with 1/4 cup of the melted butter and 2 of the eggs.
  3. In another large bowl, mix chocolate chip cookie mix, remaining 1/4 cup melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.
  4. Drop alternate spoonfuls of the brownie and chocolate chip cookie batters into slow cooker.

You can find complete recipes of this Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake in bettycrocker.com

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake – very tasty, rich and moist! So easy to make, you need only few ingredients. Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake – a taste of Christmas in every bite of this delicious cake!

For these holidays you want something nice, sweet and interesting for your children and you. You want to make these days special. We are so happy because holidays are coming. Christmas must be marked by nice colors so I decided to make this Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake.

My children love this cake and especially with this red velvet combination and interesting red and green snowflake sprinkles. I know that there is no mistake when I make this Christmas cake. I will use my imagination and combine green food color and cool whip so I will get beautiful colors for this Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake. This Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake is basic red velvet poke cake which you can make very quick and easy with only few ingredients 1 box red velvet cake mix, 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding mix, milk, cool whip and sprinkles. Trust me, it is very easy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-13” pan and sprinkle with flour. Prepare cake mix according to box instructions. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes. Use spoon handle to poke holes evenly across cake. Combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until well blended.

Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to pour it right into the holes as much as possible. Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon, gently push pudding down into the holes and that’s it. I wanted to give idea to you how you can make this cake to look nice. If you have some other favorite dessert you can very easy make Christmas magic with it. My choice for today is this Red Velvet Poke Cake because red color is Christmas color and I am sure that you will be very satisfied when you make this cake.

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake is so special and nice so I am very happy because this dessert is my choice for Christmas. I don’t know who is happier, me or my children but I know that we will enjoy in this Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake. Merry Christmas!

Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake
Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake

INGREDIENTS

For the cake:

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix (ingredients needed to make cake – eggs, oil & water)

For the filling:

  • 2 boxes 3.4 oz Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 cup Milk
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Green food coloring

For garnish:

  • Red sprinkles, optional
  • Green sprinkles, optional
  • Snowflakes and white chocolate curls, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-x-13” pan and sprinkle with flour.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to box instructions.
  3. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the cake from the oven
  5. Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the cake.
  6. Combine milk and pudding mix and whisk until well blended.
  7. Pour pudding over cake making sure it gets down into holes.
  8. Refrigerate cake for several hours to allow pudding to settle and set up

You can find complete recipes of this Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake in yummiestfood.com

 

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

I know, I post a ridiculous amount of cupcakes. But really, can you blame me? If I were to do a cookbook someday it might just be a cupcake cookbook because I’m just that obsessed with them. And I can’t even begin to tell you how obsessed I am with these strawberry cupcakes. A-MAZ-ING! They are hands down the best strawberry cupcakes I’ve ever had, and they’ll likely be your new favorite too. Yes, that could sound totally braggish (since it’s my own recipe), but I’m kinda thinking these deserve bragging rights :).

Last week I made a layered strawberry cake. Very similar to these but I topped that with a cream cheese frosting. Well, when you combined cream cheese frosting with sliced strawberries between cake layers things can get a little slippery. Loved the cake, just not the way it held up, so I made these to share instead. And I actually preferred going all strawberry instead of a cream cheese frosting though because it didn’t diminish that sweet strawberry flavor at all. It just added to it of course.

In the past, I’ve tried many strawberry cupcake recipes and they’ve all left me wondering, where is the strawberry flavor? I’d see a hint here and there but these, oh these! They are overflowing with strawberry flavor. The liquids of this batter are made up of a strawberry puree and milk blend, then chopped fresh strawberries are folded into the batter. Then after they are baked they are topped with more fresh strawberries (which is a lovely hidden surprise underneath the frosting), and then more strawberry puree is creamed into the fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth frosting. And they key here to the frosting is that it is made with a strawberry reduction (meaning we are going to simmer off 2/3 of the waters in the berries so we can concentrate that irresistible strawberry flavor). Yes it would be nice if we could just add 2/3 cup of fresh strawberry puree into a frosting but we all know that’s not going to happen without a royal disaster, soup of a frosting. This is definitely my new favorite strawberry buttercream frosting and I know I will make it time and time…and time again. If you are lucky enough to have any frosting left, spread it on graham crackers for a delicious treat.

I hope you love these cupcakes as much as I do! Enjoy!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup fresh strawberry puree*
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk**
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 3/4 cup diced strawberries (dice into about 1/4-inch pieces)
  • Diced and whole strawberries for topping (about 1 lb small strawberries)

Frosting (double recipe if making for a double layer cake)

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp strawberry puree
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, nearly at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, nearly at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 drops red food coloring (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift cake flour into a mixing bowl then add baking powder, baking soda and salt, whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter and granluated sugar until pale and fluffy (occasionally stop and scrape down bowl throughout entire mixing process if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl). Mix in egg then mix in egg whites one at a time. In liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together the buttermilk, 1/3 cup strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture (to the butter mixture) alternating with half of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Fold in the 3/4 cup diced strawberries. Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full (nearly 1/3 cup in each). Bake in preheated oven 20 – 23 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

You can find complete recipes of this Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting in cookingclassy.com

Italian Christmas Cookie Cake

Italian Christmas Cookie Cake

Inspired by a sugar cookie and featuring ricotta and olive oil, this Italian sweet cake is about to become the best you’ve ever tasted. Ever. Ever.

Italian Christmas Cookie Cake
Italian Christmas Cookie Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25 oz.) box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ French vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Nonpareil sprinkles
  • Baking spray

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325º F. Spray a 9” springform pan with baking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat together cake mix, ricotta, 3/4 cup heavy cream, olive oil, eggs and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Beat until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from springform pan.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup heavy cream, powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Drizzle over cake, sprinkle with nonpareils. Allow frosting to set before slicing and serving.

You can find complete recipes of this Italian Christmas Cookie Cake in tablespoon.com

STRAWBERRY BROWNIE CHEESECAKE

STRAWBERRY BROWNIE CHEESECAKE

This Strawberry Brownie Cheesecake is such a wonderful combination of flavors. A chewy brownie topped with vanilla no bake cheesecake, fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries! So simple, yet classic and delicious!

So I mentioned last week that the hubs was getting his wisdom teeth out last week. The one thing I was hoping for was something funny to come out of him while he was all drugged up. I remember when I had mine removed back in high school and my mom was driving me home I was saying all kinds of random and funny stuff. And I could barely keep me head up.

Sadly the hubs was actually quite together. He kept trying to talk to me but wasn’t saying anything fun. He probably would’ve made sense if I could have completely understood what he was saying through the gauze. I thought I’d have a good story for you, but he failed us. 😉

Also unlike me, when he’s not feeling well he’d just rather not eat. I mean I never have that problem. I wish. Getting him to eat the last few days has been a challenge. There are very few things that could keep me from not eating. I got some freeze dried apples from Trader Joe’s a couple weeks ago and ate so many of them at once I got a stomach ache. Had there been any left, I’d probably have kept eating them. I’m so quitter.

My love for food probably is why this whole dessert blog thing works so well for me. 🙂 And it’s why you should believe me when I say you are going to want to make this cheesecake. It’s so good you’d even want to eat it after having your wisdom teeth pulled.

STRAWBERRY BROWNIE CHEESECAKE
STRAWBERRY BROWNIE CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS:

BROWNIE

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa (I used Hershey’s Dark Cocoa)
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

CHEESECAKE

  • 20 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

TOPPING

  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 lb strawberries, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch baking pan, or line it with parchment paper.
2. Mix together the oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
3. Add eggs and mix until well combined.
4. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the egg mixture until well combined.
6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs. Remove brownie from oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. Once the brownie is cool, make the cheesecake. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
9. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
10. In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until it starts to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
11. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

You can find complete recipes of this STRAWBERRY BROWNIE CHEESECAKE in lifeloveandsugar.com

STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE

STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE

Our Strawberry Pound Cake recipe is simply delicious!

Strawberry Pound Cake! What a lovely cake this is! if you are a fan of pound cakes and strawberries, then this one is for you. The cake recipe itself is very easy, and the ingredients are straightforward. The cake is moist and soft, with lots of flavour from the strawberries, just as you would expect from a strawberry pound cake!

For this recipe, I used fresh strawberries, but of course you could also use frozen strawberries, just make sure you defrost them and pat dry with kitchen paper to get rid of any excess water from the freeze.

This recipe came about because of our monthly 30 day Blogger recipe challenge, and yep, the theme for this month was strawberries! Of course I had to make a cake. I love cake, and even more, I love a good pound cake. So it was a simple decision to bake a strawberry pound cake. I’m so excited to see the other recipes from our bloggers who took part in the strawberry challenge too. There’s such a wide variety, from sweet to savoury, so be sure to take a look at them at the end of this post. there’s something for everyone!

You will need a loaf tin, mine measures 30 cm x 12 cm, and 8 cm deep. (12 inch pan)
The batter may also fit in a 9 inch loaf pan. If you have any left over, make some cup cakes!

STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE
STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup or 175 g softened butter
  • 1/4 cup or 60 ml milk
  • 1 1/2 cups or 290 g regular sugar
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 9 oz or 250 g Fresh Strawberries, mashed
  • 1 3/4 cups or 225 g Plain / All purpose flour (sieved)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 160C, Gas 3, 310F. Grease and line your baking tin.
    ** Please note, if using a Bundt tin, be sure to grease it very well as it can be hard to get the cake out of such a shaped tin.
  2. Get all your ingredients ready, i.e mash the strawberries, sieve the flour, and add the salt and baking powder to the flour etc.
  3. Start with making the cake batter by creaming the butter and sugar until a pale light colour.
  4. Slowly add the beaten eggs to the mixer, on a low speed setting, a bit at a time. If the mixture starts to curdle or split, add a spoonful of your sieved flour, keep on adding the eggs, and a bit of flour if necessary, until all the eggs are added.

You can find complete recipes of this STRAWBERRY POUND CAKE in lovefoodies.com