Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake - made in the slow cooker! That cinnamon topping is the BEST. You need to try this!

Cozy pumpkin breakfast cake topped with a thick cinnamon streusel. Total comfort food—but it’s made healthier without any refined flour or sugar!     About two weeks after I was born, my parents decided to attempt their first bring-the-baby-to-a-restaurant experience before my grandma flew back home that weekend. Armed with the world’s largest diaper bag…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Apple Crumble -- SO easy to make! And it's even healthy enough for breakfast!

A cozy fruit crumble, full of cinnamon and ginger and molasses, that’s perfect for chilly fall evenings—and yet still healthy enough for breakfast too!     Almost every single day during elementary school, I found a bag of apple slices when I unzipped my lunch bag. Always Gala, always half (my younger brother received the…   {continue reading}

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns -- these skinny pastries don't taste healthy at all! You'll never eat any other sticky buns again!

An easy & healthy recipe for sticky buns studded with pecans—and made in the slow cooker! The BEST breakfast pastries you’ll ever eat!     The summer after my freshman year of college, my mom and I flew up to Alaska for a week-long mission trip with a few of the members from my childhood…   {continue reading}

Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits

Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits -- SO good!! Like eating a sweet PB cloud... With chocolate!

An easy recipe for peanut butter pudding parfaits with chopped chocolate peanut butter cups. A peanut butter lover’s dream—for barely 100 calories!     Last week, on the same day I planned on baking these cookies, the electrician showed up. Originally built in the 1950’s, our house had one of the craziest layouts he’d ever…   {continue reading}

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies -- the BEST cookies I've ever made. They taste like a giant Reese's! Super soft, so easy & only 105 calories!

An easy recipe for rich chocolate cookies studded with diced peanut butter cups. Secretly lightened up without sacrificing any rich flavor!     One summer during elementary school, my friend’s mom invited me along to the pool with her three daughters. We drove to their favorite location in the next town over, closer to where…   {continue reading}

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Clean-Eating Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies -- these skinny cookies don't taste healthy at all! You'll never need another oatmeal cookie recipe again!

A fun twist on carrot cake! Soft & chewy oatmeal cookies loaded with lots of sweet carrots & cinnamon. They’ll disappear in a single day!     Two weekends ago, my mom started craving carrot cake. She talked about it at lunch, mentioned it at dinner, and finally caved at 9 pm and drove to…   {continue reading}

Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie

Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie -- SO good! It tastes just like the pie & is only 73 calories!

A low-calorie smoothie that tastes just like a slice of apple pie! Only 4 ingredients & ready in less than 5 minutes. Easy as pie!     Every 4th of July, first day of fall, and almost any other day I asked, my grandma would bake her famous apple pie. With its golden flaky crust…   {continue reading}

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream -- even better than pie & the whipped cream is amazing! No one can tell it's lightened up!!

Sweet pumpkin pie bars with a spicy gingersnap crust. Topped with the best lightened-up whipped cream, they’re the perfect easy fall dessert!     Throughout childhood, we spent most of our Thanksgivings at my grandparents’ house in southern California. After driving down a little earlier in the week, we spent the holiday watching the Macy’s…   {continue reading}

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts -- they taste like cupcakes crossed with Reese's PB cups! Baked, not fried & only 86 calories!

Rich dark chocolate donuts topped with a sweet peanut butter glaze. These practically taste like Reese’s, but they’re baked, not fried—and 100% healthy!     During my stint in graduate school, my professor brought in a big box of donuts for us nearly every Saturday morning as a semi-peace offering for working weekends. They came…   {continue reading}