Monday, January 8, 2018

Nutella Banana Muffins

A recipe for the most decadent banana bread you've ever eaten. Nutella and bananas were meant to be!

A recipe for the most decadent banana bread you've ever eaten. Nutella and bananas were meant to be!

Is anybody else SO GLAD so be out of the holiday madness?? I admit, I was a bit of a grinch this year. And I feel bad about that. But not bad enough I guess, because I am practically giddy to be back into our normal routine.

And back to normal means back to baking for me! I took a long break from blogging over Christmas and New Year's just to try and keep my sanity in tact. But now I'm back in the kitchen and so excited to show you guys what I've got up my sleeve in 2018.

Starting with: these Nutella Banana Muffins! 

These bad boys are NOT Whole 30, Paleo, Macro, or Weight Watchers approved. I'm just gonna go ahead and throw that out there.

A recipe for the most decadent banana bread you've ever eaten. Nutella and bananas were meant to be!

But here's what they are: decadent. Sinfully chocolatey. Chock full of Nutella.

Need I go on??

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!! Happy New Year :)

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles

Homemade Turtles easily made with almonds enveloped in sweet carmel and rich chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles


 I love anything chocolate (minus white chocolate because I believe it is just a chocolate conspiracy). That being so, turtles are something of which I can eat 4 or 5 in a matter of seconds. This is the case with most anything chocolate for me.

During the Christmas and Holiday season however, turtles just seem to belong. Don't get me wrong, I'll eat them all year long as long as they are present. However, turtles just fit in with the holiday season and especially for Christmas.

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles
Although candy making may seem like a daunting task, these are incredibly easy and have worked out great for our family and allow you to look like an amateur Willy Wonka of sorts to your friends.

The watered-down instructions for these turtles are to first make the caramel, and while making the caramel, cluster a few almonds together on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non stick pad. Once the caramel is done, use a spatula to drip it over the almonds until they are mostly covered (the caramel will run, but don't worry, once it cools you will be able to shape it to your liking). Melt the chocolate and place the hardened cluster in the melted chocolate coating the entire caramel. Remove and place back on sheet and refrigerate! That's it!

After your family and loved ones polish these off this year, they'll be left using the infamous words of Michael Scott, "WHERE ARE THE TURTLES!!!!!".

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,

Keaton

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossoms

Made with 4 simple ingredients, these peanut butter blossoms are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate!

Made with 4 simple ingredients, these peanut butter blossoms are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate!

Peanut butter blossoms are in my top 3 all-time favorite holiday cookies. Maybe even my top 3 ALL-TIME favorite cookies-- alongside my much beloved Monster Cookies and my mom's chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies (which are basically the same thing as PB blossoms, but whatevs). 

When I was a kid, I'd nibble around the outside of the cookie, saving the Hershey Kiss in the middle for the final bite. The grown up version of me now tries to evenly distribute the Hershey Kiss by getting a bite of chocolate in every bite.

No matter how you eat these, you're going to love them.

Made with 4 simple ingredients, these peanut butter blossoms are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate!

These cookies are quick and easy to make (requiring only THREE easy ingredients for the cookie dough!). And they are completely gluten free, which means more people can enjoy them.

Although, it's up to you to share them or not! 😉

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Easy Dutch Baby

A simplistic method to make a sophisticated pancake, this dutch baby is as delicious as it is easy to make.


Easy Dutch Baby

The thought of making a dutch baby intimidated me at first, but after experimenting around with it found it to be so easy! It is almost like a pancake and bread pudding combined. A beautiful fluffy yet flaky crust, with eggy, moist, and sweet inside.

The r-e-a-l-l-y nice thing about it is that it only takes two dishes to make!
Easy Dutch Baby
There are many recipes you can only make once in a while. This recipe is one that I will most definitely frequent on weekend mornings. The dutch baby is a perfect breakup of pancake monotony without adding complexity and additional time.

I'm excited to make this one over and over again!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

3-Ingredient Perfect Shortbread

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

I just hosted a cookie exchange last week, and I made FIVE different kinds of cookies for the party. These simple shortbread cookies were by far my favorite.

And the best part? It only takes 3 ingredients and about 30 minutes to throw these together. Doesn't get much better than that :)

With just three, simple ingredients you can make a delicious, traditional shortbread. Dip it in chocolate and add sprinkles to make it extra festive!

A few things to note about this recipe before you hit the kitchen:
  • I highly suggest using a stand mixer to make this dough. It's quite crumbly for a little bit, and the stand mixer pushes through that phase and creates a pliable dough that is perfect for rolling out.
  • Remember to treat the dough gently while you're rolling it. It's a lot like a homemade pie crust-- with a tendency to crack towards the edges. Just be sure to keep your work surface floured and use a light hand with the rolling pin.
  • I used Ghirardelli melting chocolates for dipping. I like melting chocolates because the chocolate is already tempered and ready for candy making. Once you dip the cookies, it's a matter of seconds before the chocolate is set! Which is just right for me :) You can buy this kind of chocolate in most grocery stores. I buy it at Target, Sam's, or Michaels.
Enjoy!

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