Tag: dessert

Dairy-Free Mixed Berry Crisp

Dairy-Free Mixed Berry Crisp // shutterbean

A few months ago my sister-in-law made some chocolate cookies that had a healthy dose of almond meal in them.  I thought they were incredible while my  husband and his brothers complained that they tasted "too healthy!"  Too healthy?? What?!  They tasted indulgent to me. It got me thinking… do I like desserts that taste healthy? If there are healthier substitutions in a recipe does it easily trick me into feeling OK with eating dessert?

Disclaimer: I sometimes have paralyzing food guilt.

(I'm working on it!)

Dairy-Free Mixed Berry Crisp // shutterbean

When I substituted coconut oil for the butter in this recipe, I wondered if it was too healthy. But then I gave some to my dad, brother, and husband and two out of the three asked for more before they were done with their first helping. I guess we're cool then!

Dairy-Free Mixed Berry Crisp // shutterbean

So here's this Dairy Free Mixed Berry Crisp for you!  It's super easy to make (because it's deconstructed!) and can be made well in advance. The berries have been mixed with balsamic and a small amount of sugar so they're bursting with juice. They're not baked!  When you spoon them into a bowl, the berry juice will saturate some of the crumbly topping. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  The crumbly topping is slightly savory and nutty because of the almond meal. It mimics graham cracker crust but without the butter. Dollop some whipped coconut cream on top and you're GOOD TO GO. Dessert for breakfast. Breakfast for dessert.

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Whipped Coconut Cream

Whipped Coconut Cream // shutterbean

Say hello to my latest obsession. WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM. I saw this recipe online a few years ago and finally made some! If you haven't made your own whipped coconut cream, GO DO IT NOW.  If you've made it, isn't it incredible?? It's fluffy, it's creamy, it's sweet and it's become my favorite breakfast/after dinner treat for the past two weeks.

Whipped Coconut Cream // shutterbean

It tastes like whipped cream but it's completely dairy free.

I have a delicious recipe coming up this week that requires whipped coconut cream so stay tuned!

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Berries + Coconut Milk

Berries + Coconut Milk // shutterbean

I had a little coconut milk leftover from the waffles this weekend, so I put it to good use with this simple snack. Last night I had a SUPER craving for sugar. I learned that if I eat anything that has onions in it, my brain is like YOU NEED SUGAR RIGHT NOW. It's weird. Instead of dipping into some ice cream,  I put some berries in a bowl, drizzled some coconut milk on top (it was unsweetened). I finished it off with a little sprinkle of coconut on top. It's so good!  I had it again for breakfast this morning but added a banana and a little drizzle of agave syrup on top. It's kind of my new favorite thing.

 

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

I suppose it's time to stop procrastinating and think about what we're making for Easter.  You ready?

I think I am I think I am. I think I am…going to eat all of these cadbury eggs...

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

To me, Easter is a very good excuse to eat ALL DAY LONG. My grandma used make an epic Easter spread with grilled lamb, salad, the CRISPIEST potatoes, green beans, you name it.  The highlight was always her amazing Italian Easter pie that was equal parts cheese, crust, sausage and egg.  My brother and I would park ourselves in front of a tray and eat wedge after wedge in between handfuls of nonpareils. I'm gonna hafta get that recipe and some nonpareils.

Easter is also about coffee cake. A cake you can eat before or after your epic meal. A cake that can be served with coffee or a big scoop of ice cream and fresh berries. A cake that gives you leftovers to send home with guests or eat hoard in your kitchen to snack on all week long...

Rhubarb Coffee Cake // shutterbean

I think this Rhubarb Coffee Cake is a good choice for Easter. The crispy cinnamon laden top stands upon a light and fluffy crumb cake studded with tart rhubarb chunks. I call dibs on an edge piece!

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Salted Caramel Macaroons

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I made this recipe twice on Saturday. The first time went really well until... I burned the caramel. I should seriously have a leash on me when I'm working in the kitchen with things that require attention. If I have enough counter space free, I almost always find another project to work on. It just doesn't feel right to have less than three things going on at once. After the caramel burning fiasco I sat there in my kitchen contemplating whether or not I should call these Burnt Salted Caramel Macaroons or just scrap the recipe altogether because I actually drizzled all of the macaroons with the burnt caramel. I wasn't convinced.

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

Then I found another bag of coconut in my pantry as well as a can of condensed milk and HALLELUJAH round two!

Salted Caramel Macaroons // shutterbean

I'm glad I gave it another go because these macaroons (from The Macaroon Bible) are incredible. They taste amazing with or without the salted caramel. The caramel adds a little bit of a crunch to the crispy/chewy macaroon. Plus! It's salted so HELLO. If you haven't noticed, I'm a sucker for anything with coconutcaramel or salted caramel.
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Peanut Butter Banana Roll-ups

Peanut Butter & Banana Roll-ups // shutterbean

Is this indulgent or healthy? I'm not quite sure!

What we have here is a flour tortilla with a good/even smear of chunky (or die!) peanut butter. We add a banana to the top and roll it up to make a burrito. Then we cut the roll-up into pieces and move ourselves to the couch and watch really bad/indulgent TV.  Say Yes to the Dress? Maybe? (She should have picked the beaded bodice!) Add some nutella to the mix or COOKIE BUTTER and we're on Team INDULGENT. You might as well put on the Housewives. We're going in for a marathon.

But then maybe you're in the mood for it to be healthy? Fiiiiiine. Use a whole wheat tortilla or better yet-make it SPROUTED and we'll watch Man vs. Wild or some other Discovery Channel program. Put some chia seeds in there already! It's vegan, gosh.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

An energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. A chocolate chip cookie that tastes like an energy bar. Which one would you choose?

I say an energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

I had a hard time naming these treats because they taste like cookie/cookie dough but they're not baked, contain no butter, eggs and oil and they're filled with health. Energy bars? Totally!  They're inspired by the chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar but even better because they've got some oats up in. There's a little more bite to them and less dates.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

They give you energy. I mean...a real cookie gives you energy but it's fleeting energy. This is the read deal kinda energy. They're also vegan! They are a great after-school treat or a 3PM where's my chocolate I NEED CHOCOLATE treat. Also great for after dinner...I'm thinking it would be good to sandwich some ice cream between two squares. What do you think about that? I think yes.

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Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

Last Monday, I drank enough water, took my vitamins, had myself a delicious/healthy breakfast and made myself a healthy salad for lunch. Things were going well! When I got home and stood in front of the fridge trying to figure out what we'd eat for dinner the leftovers of this cake stared back at me. I accidentally put it on shelf that was at eye level and a little voice in my head said, "DON'T DO IT, TRACY!!!"  But then I did. One sliver turned into a gigantic piece. I had cake for dinner while standing in the kitchen because MONDAY.

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

I made this cake for taco dinner night with my parents last weekend. It was so simple that I was able to take pictures of the process while entertaining and getting dinner ready. The ingredients are modest and the cake is actually vegan if you subtract the whipped cream!

Chocolate Cake with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

It's a cake that doesn't smack you over the head with chocolate; it's all about the whipped cream and strawberries!  This cake is so good, fluffy and airy that it makes you abandon your intentions of eating "healthy." It might become a staple this Summer when we're entertaining.

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