Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

{Healthy} Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies -- only 89 calories & NO refined flour or sugar! You'll never need another recipe. These literally taste like fudge!

Dark chocolate brownies with a sweet peppermint drizzle. These literally taste like you’re eating fudge, but they’re secretly healthy!     Growing up, I thought that all brownies came from a box. That was the only way we baked them, whether for a random Tuesday night dessert or a special slumber party treat. While the…   {continue reading}

Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Muffins

Forget chocolate chips -- these pumpkin muffins have a huge TRUFFLE inside! Healthy, clean eating & only 146 calories!

Tender spiced pumpkin muffins with a dark chocolate truffle hiding in the center. Secretly healthy, but they practically taste like cupcakes for breakfast!     Two weeks ago while running lunchtime errands in my hometown, my route drove past my old high school. I glanced toward the buildings, then, on a whim, twisted the wheel…   {continue reading}

Baked Snickerdoodle Donut Holes

Snickerdoodle Donut Holes -- they taste just like the cookies! Baked, not fried so you can have more!

A fun & easy recipe for donut holes that taste like cookies! Baked, not fried so you can eat more!     Last Sunday, afternoon a long day at the dealership, my guy drove home in a brand new car! He arrived just before dinner, so we spent a few minutes strolling around it on…   {continue reading}

Pumpkin Shortcake S’mores

Pumpkin Shortcake S'mores -- the BEST s'mores I've ever eaten! Ooey gooey, super easy & made indoors!

A fun twist on the classic! Gooey marshmallows & a dark chocolate drizzle sandwiched between soft pumpkin shortcake. Pure dessert bliss!     Growing up in Northern California, my family headed up to the mountains twice each summer for camping vacations. We drove to Yosemite for one excursion and Lake Tahoe for the other, both…   {continue reading}

LACTAID® Giveaway!

LACTAID® Giveaway on! Enter to win before 9/29/14!

A fun giveaway for lactose-free dairy product coupons from LACTAID®!     Every Tuesday night, an ice cream parlor in our town hosts a “Dollar Scoop Night.” Although generally ignored during the winter, the line snakes out the door and weaves around the outdoor patio during the warmer months. During the summer, I beg my…   {continue reading}

Strawberry Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

Strawberry Banana Poppy Seed Muffins -- so light & tender! They practically taste like cupcakes!

An easy recipe for soft & tender fruit-filled muffins. Although secretly skinny & healthy, they actually taste like cupcakes—for breakfast!     This past Wednesday evening, my mom and I lounged on two of the comfy chairs in the family room. With the TV turned off and our pups quietly chewing on bones, we finally…   {continue reading}

Oreo & Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits

Oreo & Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits -- SO good! Like pumpkin pie in a glass. Super easy & only 45 calories!

A simple recipe for elegant fall-flavored layered desserts. They taste like pumpkin pie in a glass—with chocolate cookies too!     Last March, my sweet friend Dorothy from Crazy for Crust invited a few of us food bloggers over to her house for an afternoon of fun, laughter, and lots of sweet treats. We all love…   {continue reading}

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles

{Healthy} Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Truffles -- just 29 calories! We ate the whole batch in one day... SO addictive!

Extremely rich dark chocolate truffles filled with fresh pomegranate arils. So simple to make & actually healthy too!     I treat grocery shopping the same way many girls approach the mall. I slowly wander up and down the aisles, frequently pausing to inspect the items on the shelves. I’ll hold a package of strawberries…   {continue reading}

Banana Gingerbread Muffins

Healthy Banana Gingerbread Muffins -- the best cold-weather treat! So warm & cozy. They always disappear in minutes!

An easy recipe for spicy gingerbread muffins topped with sweet slices of banana. The epitome of cozy fall flavors—yet still secretly skinny!     Once or twice a month, my dad drives across town to cook with my grandma. He stops by Trader Joe’s on the way and picks up a few bags of groceries…   {continue reading}

Maple Pumpkin Scones

Maple Pumpkin Scones -- the softest you'll ever eat! They taste like pumpkin pie for breakfast!

An easy recipe for fall-flavored breakfast pastries. Soft on the inside with a light crust on the outside, they’re positively irresistible—and secretly skinny too!     Just over two weeks ago, my parents brought home a new puppy, a cute little golden retriever boy. He’s super fluffy, full of energy, and always nibbling! Sometimes on…   {continue reading}