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Category: Desserts

Arroz con Leche

I have been really into family recipes this month.  I think this time of year has me feeling very in touch with my culture and the traditions our family has made.  Having a little one also has me very excited to share them and create some of our own.  We already made so many lovely dishes as a nod to our family’s traditions, I can’t wait to share even more next year.  This recipe today is my version of another family favorite.  My Nana used to make rice pudding, or “arroz con leche” but honestly as a kid it was one dish I decided I didn’t “like” but really I never tried it.  So as an adult I made my own and decided, yep, this is delicious.  My nana has her own recipe, and I need to get a copy of that, but today this is my take on it.  I have made it free of lactose, which in our house is helpful.  However, the milks can be substituted with whatever milk you are into.  Last week I used regular…

End of Summer Peach Galette

About this time of year, I am ready for it to start cooling down.  I’m not quite ready to let go of summer produce though.  End of summer brings some yummy gems. Peaches being one of them.  I love stone-fruits and peaches in baked goods are just perfection.  The other day my husband found peach muffins at Sprouts and they were just too good.  I have been meaning to post a dessert recipe too and this one is so easy.  Galettes are rustic, simple and give you all that pie-like flavor without having to bake a pie.  You can put whatever fruit and flavors you like in galettes and I have seen some yummy savory additions as well.  That is next on my list, with fall rolling in. We are enjoying this dish today with family.  We’ve enjoyed  so much love this weekend, getting to spend some time with good friends, it is always good for the soul.  Plus, I love a good home cooked meal or at home event.  Don’t get me wrong,  I love going out to…

Frozen Yogurt Banana Pops

  Summer time is all about frozen treats and cool eats.  Food on a stick is also a fun favorite this time of year, Popsicles to be exact.  They are portable, fun to eat, and can be enjoyed poolside – all while keeping you cool.  We love Popsicles and last year around this time we made frozen yogurt pops, but this year we are sharing our frozen yogurt banana pops.   I made a version of these last year for Halloween and my daughter LOVED them, they combine some of her favorite foods/past times – bananas, yogurt, and getting messy while eating.  It is fun to watch the littles enjoy these, actually I just love watching kids eat in general.  They enjoy every bite, our daughter sometimes even does a little shimmy when she is really liking the food, and it is awesome. Speaking of our favorite little one, she will be turning 3 tomorrow, which is nuts.  So we thought this was the perfect dish for the weekend.  We are having some family members over and I know the kids will love these.  I also like that they are made of fruit…

Dark Chocolate Cashew Cups

As promised.  Today we have chocolate.  I love dark chocolate and this treat is no exception.  It is easy to make, you can customize it, and it is ready in under 30 minutes. Growing up we had dessert most nights, so I have always been one to want a little something to put a cherry on top of my evening.  These are so great for that.  The dark chocolate is satisfying and the cashew butter in the middle is slightly sweet and creamy.  It is my perfect evening treat.  On occasion we pair with wine, and that is next level. So, for those “after the kids go to bed” moments, here is something to savor.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and you upcoming week!     Cheers!   Print Dark Chocolate Cashew Cups Yield: 12 mini cups Ingredients 1 cup dark chocolate chips 1 tablespoon coconut oil 12 teaspoons cashew butter (~1/4 cup) Sea Salt (optional) Tools: Mini baking cups Mini cupcake tin Instructions In a heat safe bowl, add your chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave on high for 45-90 seconds. Stopping occasionally to stir. Once your…

Almond Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

I once heard a story about a dietitian that made a fresh chocolate chip cookie every night for her after dinner treat.  She would make cookie dough and freeze single serving pieces of dough, and then bake them off when needed.  Genius- for those times when you just feel like one cookie. I was inspired by this concept of portion controlled balance, and so this recipe was born. For those times when you want chocolate chip cookies, but don’t want to dirty a ton of dishes making them.  I am kind of obsessed with this recipe, it is so quick and the chocolate, almond, salt combo is perfectly satisfying.  It is also made in one bowl, no fuss. We are going to use a flax “egg” here, which is just 1 part ground flaxseed and 3 parts water.  It is a great replacement for eggs in many different types of baked goods and vegan cooking in general. If you don’t have flaxseed a single egg will work perfectly fine in its place. The almond butter can be substituted with the nut butter of your choice, but I would stick with the natural…