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Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Sep 29, 2014
Peppermint Drizzled Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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...

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Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Muffins

Sep 27, 2014
Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Muffins

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...

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Baked Snickerdoodle Donut Holes

Sep 25, 2014
Baked Snickerdoodle Donut Holes

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...

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Pumpkin Shortcake S’mores

Sep 23, 2014
Pumpkin Shortcake S’mores

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,...

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Strawberry Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

Sep 21, 2014
Strawberry Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

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...

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Banana Gingerbread Muffins

Sep 16, 2014
Banana Gingerbread Muffins

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...

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Maple Pumpkin Scones

Sep 13, 2014
Maple Pumpkin Scones

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...

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Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge Cake

Sep 11, 2014
Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge Cake

An easy recipe for chocolate fudge cake made from scratch in the slow cooker. Seriously rich & decadent—no one ever guesses it’s lightened up!     At BlogHer Food in Miami this past May, multiple brands sponsored the Conference and set up booths in the wide hallway between the grand breakfast hall and smaller...

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Pomegranate Pumpkin Granola Bars

Pomegranate Pumpkin Granola Bars

A 6-ingredient recipe for chewy pumpkin granola bars studded with sweet fruit. Full of fall flavors & lots healthier (and cheaper!) than store-bought!     After 14 years in their current house, my parents decided to update their kitchen. Although already remodeled by the previous owners, its light cabinets and dark green granite countertops...

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Strawberry Maple Cookies

Strawberry Maple Cookies

An easy recipe for extra soft & chewy cookies made with maple syrup & fresh strawberry chunks. Seriously addictive—they never last more than a day!     Just over a week ago, on the same day I needed to start packing up my entire kitchen to move, a humongous cookie craving hit mid-afternoon. I...

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