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September 9, 2017

Just like some of the date ball recipes I have tested out, these energy bites also make a great snack. Instead of being sweetened with dates, they call for honey and you can always pick your add ins for desired sweetness. Pack these for snack or eat after dinner. 


August 19, 2017

This is a classic sugar cookie that I use whenever I want to make cutout cookies. Be aware that you do need to refrigerate the dough. You can make this is advance. If you are using within three days just store in the fridge. If you are waiting longer store in the freez...

August 5, 2017

I don't have a dog (yet) but we take care of a dog often and I decided to make her some dog treats. Making your own dog treats is great because you know what is going into them. It is also fun to play around with cookie cutters (I used a heart and a stars). You are pro...

July 29, 2017

I was up in Donner Lake and although I didn't have most of my cooking tools I still managed to whip up something. High altitude can't even stop me! My grandma said "Giulia use the blueberries in the fridge" and from that request came these crispy buttery blueberry bars...

July 24, 2017

What you need:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut 

  • 1/2 cup dates

  • 1 cup almonds

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • pinch of sea salt

  • Additional shredded coconut for rolling

What to do:

1. Add all of the ingredients t...

July 24, 2017

This recipe has come to be one of my favorite and fastest cake recipes. We have a plum tree in our yard and after a while eating plum after plum can get tiring. I needed to make eating plums more fun! I make this about five times when our plum tree is full, yet I still...

July 16, 2017

 It was my parents anniversary today and of course I had to make them something, and what is more perfect than a cake! Since my dad really likes lemon I first thought about making a lemon tart or lemon bars but then I remembered this cake recipe. What I liked so much a...

July 11, 2017

After I made my almond coconut date bars a few months ago I decided to continue looking for recipes with dates. I was looking for energy bites and came across this one. It is very similar to the other recipe except it has cocoa powder which I find makes it taste better...

July 10, 2017

What you need: 

Crust: Makes one 9-inch tart crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioner’s sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 to 2 grams) table salt

  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (9 tablespoons, 4 1/2 ounces or 130 grams) very cold (o...

July 8, 2017

The thing that caught my eye about this recipe was the ingredient dates. I have been using them more frequently in recipes and hadn't tried them in cookies before. If you aren't a fan of almond butter you can substitute peanut butter. If you are also a chocolate fan li...

July 5, 2017

This was one of two cakes I made for my grandmas birthday, the other was a chocolate raspberry cake. I baked the cake in two 8-inch pans and then cut them in half and filled with swiss meringue buttercream. When I made this I didn't have access to a stand mixer so I ha...

July 2, 2017

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 lar...

June 30, 2017

When I heard that you could put sweet potatoes in brownies, I lashed for the sweet potatoes laying on my counter and started making them. This recipe not only caught my eye because of the secret ingredient – sweet potato – but the peanut butter swirl that was on top of...

June 27, 2017

As you can see from my previous post – apricot pistachio bars – I still have an box of apricots in my house that need to be used. This cake is great to eat with coffee in the morning or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. While the apricots do look prett...

June 21, 2017

Dates have become my new best friend. You can make just about anything with them, and anything you do make with them has the best chewy texture – just like these bars. These are very similar to my coconut date bars minus the coconut and plus the chocolate lay...

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