Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles -- the easiest truffles you'll ever make! Only 5 ingredients & 29 calories!

The easiest truffles you’ll ever make! Just 5 ingredients mixed together in a bowl & chilled. They’re dark, rich & festive for the holidays!     About a month ago, my guy barely made it home to California from New Jersey. The East Coast had experienced severe flooding all weekend, creating small lakes out of…   {continue reading}

Classic Fruitcake

Classic Fruitcake -- a healthy version made with real fruit! It's supremely moist & our family's favorite holiday tradition!

An easy recipe for a tender loaf filled with brandy-soaked dried fruit. A healthier version that isn’t dry at all. It’ll change your mind about fruitcake forever!     Almost 50 years ago, my grandma started the tradition of baking fruitcakes for the holiday season, the kind packed full of iridescent red and green jelly…   {continue reading}

Cran-Raspberry Lemonade Protein Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway!

Cran-Raspberry Lemonade Protein Smoothie -- 13 grams of protein & no protein powder! Sweet, fruity & super healthy!

A refreshing drink full of bright flavors! Made with just 5 wholesome ingredients, it supplies a sweet protein & caffeine boost!     This weekend, I flew down to Southern California to visit my grandparents, and after brunch on Saturday, we drove over to a special store. It only sold Christmas decorations—almost exclusively ornaments—and unlike…   {continue reading}

Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies

These Skinny Christmas Sugar Cookies are SO easy to make! One secret ingredient makes them taste just as buttery as traditional ones -- not healthy at all!

An easy & fail-proof recipe for buttery sugar cookies! Cut into festive shapes & decorated for the holidays. A new family tradition!     As much as I adore holiday baking now, my family only attempted special Christmas cut-out sugar cookies one year when I was in middle school. We may have baked a batch…   {continue reading}

Soft-Baked Ginger Cookies

These Soft-Baked Ginger Cookies are the chewiest you'll ever make! Made with NO refined flour or sugar, but they don't taste healthy at all!

An easy recipe for chewy cookies full of warm ginger & molasses. Made healthy with no refined flour or sugar—but you’d never know it!     During October and November, all of the members of my old high school marching band loaded up our instruments, uniforms, and piles of homework onto five big charter buses…   {continue reading}

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Cookies -- like a cross between cookies & fudgy brownies with TONS of melty chocolate! Barely 100 calories, but they don't taste healthy at all!

Fudgy, brownie-like chocolate cookies flavored with coffee & peppermint, then packed full of melty chocolate chips. So easy to make & a coffee-lover’s dream!     In the very beginning of November, one of my old high school friends drove up to stay with her mother-in-law, who lives about twenty minutes away in the next…   {continue reading}

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles -- the richest & chewiest you'll ever eat! SO addictive. This is the only eggnog cookie recipe you'll ever need!

Chewy snickerdoodles flavored with lots of festive eggnog. Covered in spiced sugar & positively irresistible—they’re sure to be a big hit!     Every winter break, my high school marching band boarded five big charter buses and drove south for a trip. One year we participated in the Rose Parade; another two, we competed in…   {continue reading}

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies -- SO soft & chewy! These buttery cookies don't taste healthy at all!

Chewy cookies full of chocolate chips and mini M&Ms. Rich, buttery and so easy to make—plus they’re actually healthy too!     During my childhood, the Safeway grocery store downtown sold a 16-count variety pack of jumbo cookies for $5. The box contained four each of oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, chocolate chip, and M&M sugar…   {continue reading}

Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Peppermint Ice Cream Chocolate Cupcakes -- yes, ice cream is baked INTO the batter! They're so decadent... And only 160 calories!

Rich mint chocolate cupcakes made with ice cream baked directly into the batter! So moist & tender—and incredibly easy to make too!     In the city where I attended college, the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop downtown hosted a Dollar Scoop Night every Tuesday evening. Although the winter was usually slow, the line snaked straight…   {continue reading}

Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes

Mini Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecakes -- an easy & festive holiday treat! And seriously addictive... And they're only 67 calories each!

Rich bite-sized gingerbread cheesecakes topped with tart cranberry compote. An easy & surprisingly healthy holiday treat!     My old elementary school sat in the middle of a residential neighborhood, right around the corner from a grocery store. So a few times each week, Mom stopped the car in that parking lot on our way…   {continue reading}