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Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe

This Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe is so delicious and easy to make. It is gluten-free and refined sugar-free however each bite is so moist and sweet the way cake should be.

Countdown till easter, since we are on a ‘shelter at home’ order this year we won’t be doing any gatherings. So sad about this, this will be the first year we don’t do Easter at my mother-in-law’s house. I always get asked to bring dessert and this year I would have brought my Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe for everyone to enjoy! On the bright side… more for me, ha!

Anyone else doing a lot more eating these days? Quarantine life!

I have always had great luck when it comes to baking cakes. For every birthday in my family, I always make the birthday cake! Now I do not consider myself a baker but never say never. I love a dessert that’s just better for you, something that doesn’t leave you with too much guilt! This Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe is sweet, moist, and topped with the most delicious cream cheese frosting! 

For this cake, I used more ingredients than I usually do in my recipes, however each is important in creating this epic Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe!! The blend between almond flour and tapioca flour is a dream come true. When I first started working with almond flour I had a lot of difficulties with the texture in baked goods, but when it is blended with tapioca flour baked goods come out so perfect!

You can make this cake the day before, store it in the fridge so the frosting sets. So whose ready to bake a carrot cake?!

This Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe

Love desserts also try, Black Forest CakeChocolate Crinkle CookiesPecan Pie Bars, The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart,  and Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!!

Yield: 10

Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe

Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe

This Healthy Carrot & Zucchini Cake Recipe is so delicious and easy to make. It is gluten-free and refined sugar-free however each bite is so moist and sweet the way cake should be.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 58 minutes

Ingredients

Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded 
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp agave

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 8" round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl combine your dry ingredients, almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat together the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and almond milk.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on medium/low till batter forms.
  5. Wring out your zucchini shreds, make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid. You can do this with a dishtowel.
  6. Fold in your carrots, zucchini, and coconut into your cake batter.
  7. Divide your cake batter evenly into your prepped cake pans.
  8. Bake both layers for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes completely cool before removing from cake pan (about 30-40 minutes).
  9. In a medium bowl place all your fristing ingredients, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and agave. With your hand mixer beat on medium/high till frosting forms (about 3 minutes).
  10. Use a blunt knife to spatula to spread the frosting
  11. Garnish your cake with walnuts. Enjoy!!
  12. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Delicious Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate Pudding is so creamy and rich! Made with 4 ingredients and so decadent one would have no clue this is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

This week has been a whirlwind, to say the least. My opinion has always been clear, better to be safe than sorry. There is a lot of uncertainty with the Covid-19 virus which has created absolute hysteria in our area. I was able to hit the markets earlier this week and I did not hoard a thing, I got shelf staples that were available and waited in a 40 min checkout line. The number of people and the panic all around me gave me the absolute worst anxiety. Trying to shift my focus to do things I love, like creating Vegan Chocolate Pudding!

vegan chocolate pudding

This vegan chocolate pudding is made from shelf staples! Let me tell you it is so amazing!! It could be used as a pudding, mousse, and tart filling! Personally I love it with a little drizzle of peanut butter and granola, unreal! 

Love healthy desserts, try The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart and Sweet Potato Pie Parfait!

Yield: 4

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Vegan Chocolate Pudding is so creamy and rich! Made with 4 ingredients and so decadent one would have no clue this is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 15.5 oz can coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • pinch of pink salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a highspeed blender. Blend till combined and smooth.
  2. Transfer to a Tupperware container and refrigerate for 4+ hours, or until it sets into a smooth velvety texture. Enjoy!

No Bake Vegan Chocolate RaspberryCakes

These No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes are the perfect healthy dessert you can indulge in and not feel guilty! Made of all plant-based ingredients these are naturally sweet, gluten-free, dairy-free, and also refined sugar-free. 

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

More raw cakes because they are the perfect and healthy sweet treat. My kids love No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes, they are a healthy family-friendly dessert! We made these cakes for our Valentine’s day dessert and I must say that they were a hit! The combo of chocolate and raspberry is so yummy!

The whole day was filled with hearts and love, the kids celebrated at school and probably ate more candy than I know.. haha! Then we went to Kyson’s basketball practice, so romantic I know, haha. But, when we got home I gave the kids each a little valentines day gift and we made heart-shaped pizzas, wings, and a Cesar salad, so dang delicious and fun! Heart pizzas will forever be our Valentine’s day tradition and those who follow my Instagram stories got to see it all happen! To end the day we had these amazing No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes. Love is a beautiful thing to celebrate!

Let’s Talk No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

The steps are extremely similar to my insanely delicious  No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes. 

I used a nut-based crust which is a blend of dates, pecans, coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt, and cacao powder. 

The chocolate filling is a smooth and velvety mix of raw soaked cashews, coconut cream, vanilla extract, cacao powder, and agave. This chocolate velvety filling is then layered with a raspberry layer that is sweet and slightly tart. It truly is the most perfect flavor combination. 

Equipment

You will need a food processor and a high-speed blender. For the cakes, I use a silicone mold, but a springform cake pan or tart pan will also work great. I recommend you line them with parchment paper for easy removal. 

Love healthy desserts, also try No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly CheesecakesSweet Potato Pie ParfaitsFruit Pizza with Peanut Butter WhipVegan Sweet Potato Brownies, and Raw Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tart.

Yield: 8

Raw Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Kiss Cakes

Raw Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Kiss Cakes

These Chocolate Raspberry Kiss Cakes are the perfect healthy dessert you can indulge in and not feel guilty! Made of all plant-based ingredients these are naturally sweet, gluten-free, dairy-free, and also refined sugar-free. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • pinch of salt

Chocolate Filling

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked (4+ hrs), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup agave

Raspberry Filling

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream

Chocolate Coating

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. If you are not using a silicone mini cake mold, oil and line a muffin tin with parchment cups.
  2. To make the crust, place all ingredients in a food processor, and process until crumbs and starting to hold together. If curst doesn't hold together when squeezed add a few teaspoons of water and blend.
  3. Press a spoonful into the bottom of your cake slots and flatten out with your fingers.
  4. To make the filling, combine everything but the raspberries. Blend in a high-speed blender till smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. To make the raspberry filling, place raspberries and coconut cream in the blender and blend till smooth, set aside.
  6. Drop a spoon full of the chocolate filling over your prepared crust, then a spoonful of raspberry filling, another spoonful of chocolate filling. Repeat till cake slots are full.
  7. Place the cheesecakes in the freezer for 4 hours, or until they set.
  8. Remove from the freezer and un-mold.
  9. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over tops of cheesecakes, because cakes are cold the chocolate will harden quickly.
    Store leftovers in the freezer.

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes

These No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes are so creamy and delicious. Naturally sweet and easy to make this is soon to be your new favorite vegan cheesecake. 

Hello guys! Happy Thursday, shall I say home stretch to the weekend!! And this weekend make yourself some time to make these EPIC No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes! My kids and I officially moved this up to our favorite no-bake dessert.  

Peanut butter and jelly a childhood favorite. The combination is easily one everyone loves. Who doesn’t love a dessert that is good for you and taste great!

How To Make No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes 

Let’s start with the cashews they must be soaked. I can not emphasize soaking the cashews enough, if you do not the flavor will be quite off tasting. I like to soak them overnight however you can flash soak them. 

How To Flash Soak Cashews

  1. Place cashews in a small pot and cover with water. 
  2. Bring water to boil. Cover and remove from heat.
  3. Soak cashews for 15-20 minutes. Drain, and your good to go!

Okay so now that we have established how important it is to soak your nuts lets move on, haha!

  1. If you are not using a silicone mini cake mold, oil and line a muffin tin with parchment cups.
  2. To make the crust, place all ingredients in a food processor, and process until crumbs and starting to hold together. If curst doesn’t hold together when squeezed add a few teaspoons of water and blend.
  3. Press a spoonful into the bottom of your cake slots. 
  4. To make the filling, combine everything but the berries, beet powder (optional) and peanut butter. Blend in a high-speed blender till smooth.
  5. Divide into 2 bowls.
  6. Add one back into the blender with the peanut butter, blend till combined and pour back in the bowl. 
  7. Add the other bowl of filling to the blender (no need to rinse) with the berries and beet powder (optional). Blend till combined and smooth. 
  8. Drop a spoon full of each filling over your prepared crust. Repeat till cake slots are full. 
  9. Place the cheesecakes in the freezer for 4hours, or until they set.
  10. Remove from the freezer, un-mold and
  11. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over tops of cheesecakes, because cakes are cols the chocolate will harden quickly.
  12. Store leftovers in the freezer. 

Picture Steps:

Crust

Base Cheesecake:

Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

Jelly  Cheesecake:

Love healthy desserts, also try Sweet Potato Pie ParfaitsFruit Pizza with Peanut Butter WhipVegan Sweet Potato Brownies, and Raw Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Tart.

Yield: 8

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes

These No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecakes are so creamy and delicious. Naturally sweet and easy to make this is soon to be your new favorite vegan cheesecake. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 10 pitted medjool dates 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • pinch of pink salt

Cheesecake

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight (for best results), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter 
  • 8 raspberries
  • 2 strawberries 
  • 1/2 tsp beet powder (optional)

Chocolate Coating

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. If you are not using a silicone mini cake mold, oil and line a muffin tin with parchment cups.
  2. To make the crust, place all ingredients in a food processor, and process until crumbs and starting to hold together. If curst doesn't hold together when squeezed add a few teaspoons of water and blend.
  3. Press a spoonful into the bottom of your cake slots. 
    To make the filling, combine everything but the berries, beet powder (optional) and peanut butter. Blend in a high-speed blender till smooth.
  4. Divide into 2 bowls.
  5. Add one back into the blender with the peanut butter, blend till combined and pour back in the bowl. 
  6. Add the other bowl of filling to the blender (no need to rinse) with the berries and beet powder (optional). Blend till combined and smooth. 
  7. Drop a spoon full of each filling over your prepared crust. Repeat till cake slots are full. 
  8. Place the cheesecakes in the freezer for 4 hours, or until they set.
  9. Remove from the freezer and un-mold.
  10. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over tops of cheesecakes, because cakes are cold the chocolate will harden quickly.
  11. Store leftovers in the freezer. 

Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits

Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits are naturally sweet and packed with essential vitamins and minerals to fuel your day! This healthy recipe is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and refined sugar-free.

sweet potato ie parfait

 

Happy New Year everyone!! There is so much newness in the air! I don’t know about you but after the holidays it just feels good to eat lighter! My goal is to eat a more balanced diet which will not be hard considering December felt like cookies and cocktails on repeat, ha! When I eat a lot of sugary foods I crave them, so I breaking that cycle this month. 

I created this sweet potato parfait with the intention of it being an easy grab and go breakfast however it was sweet enough to be dessert and help curb my sweet tooth… damn those Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.. haha! So in order to not gravitate towards the junk, I decided to meal prep these Sweet Potato Parfaits and have when I am craving something sweet. 

sweet potato parfaits

The best part about these Sweet Potato Parfaits is that it uses minimal ingredients. The sweet potato layers are like pudding. To top it off I used yogurt and a quick homemade topping for some extra crunch. This parfait is so filling, be sure to keep some extra topping close by!

Sweet Potato Benefits

After baking sweet potatoes I put them into the food processor, no peeling of the skin. The skins are full of vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins. Eating sweet potatoes has many positive effects on your health including but not limited to gut health, healthy hair & skin and anti-inflammatory properties. 

How do you make sweet potato parfaits

Topping

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine all your topping ingredients till combined. Evenly spread out on your baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes turning once halfway. Let topping cool completely before transferring it to a container.

Sweet Potato Puree

  • To a food processor add in your baked sweet potatoes including skins, 3 tbsp agave, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Puree until completely smooth. 
  • Remove half of the puree and set aside. 
  • To the food processor add coconut milk and 2 tbsp of agave, process till combined.
  • In six small jars layer parfaits in the following order, approximately 1/4 cup of sweet potato puree, approx 1/2 cup coconut-sweet potato puree, and a dollop of yogurt.
  • Serve with the topping and fruit, enjoy!

Yield: 6-7 parfaits

Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits

Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits

Sweet Potato Pie Parfaits are naturally sweet and packed with essential vitamins and minerals to fuel your day! This healthy recipe is gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and refined sugar-free.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Topping

  • 2 cups rolled oats (can use Gluten-Free)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (I recommend using sprouted seeds)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted 

Sweet Potato Puree

  • 5-6 small baked sweet potatoes
  • 5 tbsp of agave, separated 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 13.5 ounce can of coconut milk 

Instructions

    Topping:

    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    In a medium bowl combine all your topping ingredients till combined. Evenly spread out on your baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes turning once halfway. Let topping cool completely before transferring it to a container.


    Sweet Potato Puree:

    To a food processor add in your baked sweet potatoes including skins, 3 tbsp agave, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Puree until completely smooth. 
    Remove half of the puree and set aside. 
    To the food processor add coconut milk and 2 tbsp of agave, process till combined.
    In six small jars layer parfaits in the following order, approximately 1/4 cup of sweet potato puree, approx 1/2 cup coconut-sweet potato puree, and a dollop of yogurt.
    Serve with the topping and fruit, enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 578mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g

Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake is the moistest chocolate cake layered with a sweet cherry filling and a perfect whipped cream frosting. This dreamy cake is perfect to bring for your next occasion.

Black Forest Cake slice

Friends welcome to my December it is literally celebration after celebration in this family. Kicking off the festivities we start with hubby’s birthday who this amazing Black Forest Cake is made for! Then we move to our wedding anniversary (going on 8 years💕), Christmas, my son’s birthday, mom’s birthday oh and were not done it ends with New Year’s Eve. Totally need to find a dress…!

What a month and I am smack in the middle of it! My favorite part though is all the sweets made it my little cozy kitchen!

Last week was full of Christmas cookies and hot cocoa, tis’ the season to be jolly!

Black Forest Cake

Ed my hubby is a huge face of chocolate and fruit, I think it’s so bizarre, ha! He likes his apple pie with chocolate ice cream and he is probably one of the only people I know that does this! Ironically my son absolutely hates chocolate! For the birthday boy, I whipped up this luscious Black Forest Cake and no my chocolate hating son didn’t even try it, haha! But, everyone who came out to Celebrate absolutely loved it.  Probably the greatest feeling ever for me!

Black Forest Cake

Black forest cake may be the very best chocolate fruit combo I’ve ever made!  This Black Forest Cake is full of so much rich flavor.  The cherry chocolate combo is so sexy it’s one that makes everyone goo Mmmmm mmm mmm. This layer cake takes this flavor combo to a whole new level! Fresh Cherries were not in season around here I was a few weeks early however I could not postpone the birthday so I used frozen pitted cherries and they were terrific!

Black Forest Cake

The moist chocolate cake layers taste so rich, really could be eaten on its own. The filling and toppings make this Black Forest cake live up to its name. Juicy cherries, jam preserves, and fluffy whipped cream come together to make this Black Forest Cake so damn good! 

To all my chocolate cherry lovers this one is for you!

Black Forest Cake

How To Make Black Forest Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare 3, 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray or parchment paper. 
  • In a medium bowl whisk together your flours, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, & baking powder till combined. 
  • Cut butter into 12-16 small pieces and add into your dry ingredients. Mix on low till flour is crumbly and damp. (about 45 seconds. 1 minute)
  • Add-in eggs 1 at a time and mix on low till combined.
  • Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and greek yogurt and mix on low till combined. 
  • Add in milk and mix till just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cherry Filling 

  • Combine the defrosted cherries, cherry jam and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Mix on low till combined.

Frosting

  • In a large bowl combine heavy cream, cream cheese, powder sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed till smooth, then turn on high speed and beat till stiff peaks form.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat full-fat coconut milk or heavy cream pour in dark chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk till completely melted and smooth.

Cake Assembly

  • Place chocolate cake on serving platter.
  • Spread frosting then cherry filling.
  • Place the second layer on top and repeat. 
  • Top with the third layer and frost the cake with the rest of your frosting. 
  • Make chocolate ganache. 
  • Carefully pour chocolate around the perimeter of the cake letting it drip offsides. I like to op the entire cake its really up to you how much you want.
  • Garnish with more cherries, chocolate, and powdered sugar.

Love chocolate desserts also try, The Best Vegan Dark Chocolate Tart.

Yield: 12

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake is the moistest chocolate cake layered with a sweet cherry filling and a perfect whipped cream frosting. This dreamy cake is perfect to bring for your next occasion.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk 

Cherry Filling

  • 1 cup cherries, defrost if frozen
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves 
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 

Frosting

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (canned)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate (can use chocolate chips)

Instructions

    Cake:

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and prepare 3, 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray or parchment paper. 
    In a medium bowl whisk together your flours, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, & baking powder till combined. 
    Cut butter into 12-16 small pieces and add into your dry ingredients. Mix on low till flour mixture is crumbly and damp. (about 45 seconds. 1 minute)
    Add-in eggs 1 at a time till combined.
    Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and greek yogurt and mix on low till combined. 
    Add in milk and mix till just combined.
    Divide batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


    Cherry Filling :

    Combine the defrosted or fresh cherries, cherry jam and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Mix on low till combined.


    Frosting:

    In a large bowl combine heavy cream, cream cheese, powder sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed till smooth, then turn on high speed and beat till stiff peaks form.


    Cake Assembly:

    Place chocolate cake on serving platter.
    Spread frosting then cherry filling.
    Place the second layer on top and repeat. 
    Top with the third layer and frost the cake with the rest of your frosting. 


    Chocolate Ganache:

    Place chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.

    In a small saucepan heat the coconut milk or heavy cream just till it starts to bubble. Pour warm coconut milk over the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes.

    Whisk the chocolate for about 2 minutes till melty and smooth.

    Carefully pour chocolate around the perimeter of the cake letting it drip offsides.

    Garnish with more cherries, melted chocolate ganache, and powdered sugar.

Notes

For a stiffer frosting add more powder sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and mix till the desired stiffness is reached.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Out of all the Christmas cookies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies always goes the quickest around here! Its one of the cookies that can technically be a brownie but has that perfect crispy edge cookie bite. It’s deep chocolate flavor and tender center make so irresistible!

chocolate crinkle cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a must-have recipe in your recipe box. It’s one you will always use.

Every time I am baking you better believe I have my side-kick Fiori with me! She is my right hand in the kitchen these days whether I like it or not, ha! At this rate, you might see her on Food Networks Kids Baking Championships by the time she’s a 6 yr old. For now, you can watch her kitchen takeovers on my Instagram stories! Together we make a great team, a royal mess, and some pretty damn good Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. 

chocolate crinkle cookies

The kids love seeing the cookies go in white and come out like an earthquake, you know just some of my kitchen magic! My son prefers to call these earthquake cookies and I kinda dig it! He on the other hand never wants to help in the kitchen but somehow magically appears when the food is ready, ha!chocolate crinkle cookies

 

Ingredients Needed For the Recipe

  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • light brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • chocolate chips

How do You Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • In a small saucepan melt butter, turn off the heat and pour in chocolate chips, whisk together till melted.  
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the sugar mixture and whisk till combined.
  • Fold in the flour mixture. 
  • Let batter sit for 10-12 minutes. (do not skip this step)
  • In a separate shallow dish combine granulated sugar and confectioners sugar.
  • Using a cookie dough scoop or a spoon drop cookie dough balls into sugar and roll and coat.
  • Transfer cookies to prepared sheets and place them2 inches apart.
  • Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until puffed and cracked. (you want the centers to remain soft)
  • Let cool completely before serving.inside chocolate crinkle cookie

Tips

Do not skip letting the dough sit for 10-12 minutes, otherwise, the dough will be way too sticky to work with. Alternatively, you can also place the cookie dough in the fridge to set. 

Love desserts also try, Easy Sugar Cookies + Glaze or Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies.

Yield: 22 cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

 These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have the best brownie-like center and crispy edges. One of our favorite Christmas cookies they are sure to satisfy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • Sugar Coating:
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare to cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
    Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
    In a small saucepan melt butter, turn off the heat and pour in chocolate chips, whisk together till melted.  
    Pour the melted chocolate into the sugar mixture and whisk till combined.
    Fold in the flour mixture. 
    Let batter sit for 10-12 minutes. (do not skip this step)
    In a separate shallow dish combine granulated sugar and confectioners sugar.
    Using a cookie dough scoop or a spoon drop cookie dough balls into sugar and roll and coat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

26 cookies

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 79mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g

cookie pin

 

Easy Sugar Cookies + Glaze

Sugar cookies are the perfect year-round holiday cookie! They are, soft, chewy, sweet, and oh so much fun to decorate with your family and friends! 

The way sugar cookies can be shaped is endless. Because Christmas is around the corner Fiori my daughter and I had a little Christmas baking session. Baking with a four-year-old is messy we got sprinkles and flour everywhere but the joy in her face was all worth it! We picked our favorite Christmas cookies cut-outs and went to town! 

Do not skip the chilling process this will help the cookie keep the shape and not fall flat when baking. When baking sugar cookies I find it super helpful to use my best cookie sheets. Nobody likes a rock hard burnt edged sugar cookie. These sugar cookies do not disappoint you will use this recipe year-round!

Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of year. One of my favorite traditions is sitting around the table, listening to Christmas music while sipping hot cocoa and frosting sugar cookies. It just feels so cozy this time of year!

For the glaze, I took a spin on marble! MARBLE is my absolute favorite, something about it just makes me say WOW! I have a dream kitchen guys it includes marble and eco-friendly everything, think marble, matte black fixtures with a mix of light bamboo, ha! I may have just lost half of you, haha! Okay, back to the sugar cookies glaze it is easy to marble just a few drops of your favorite food coloring. 

Just look at that marble😍😍😍

How to make Sugar Cookies:

  • Using an electric mixer mix flour sugar and salt till combined, about 15 seconds.
  • With the mixer on low add in your butter pieces, beat the mixture till crumbly, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and cream cheese, beat until dough starts looking crumbly about 45 seconds.
  • Knead dough by hand and form into a cohesive ball. Transfer to a cutting board and cut in half. 
  •  Form both balls into flat disks and place them in plastic wrap.   Refrigerate for 30 minutes ( dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month).

Baking:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
  • Working with one disk on a clean surface. Flour your surface and roll your dough 1/8 inch thick. 
  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Peel away scrapes with a thin metal spatula. Space cookies 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.  With the scrapes pat together, roll, and use cookie-cutter, repeat till done.
  • Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes rotate sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Let cookies completely cool before glazing.

For the marble glaze:

  • Whisk confectioners sugar and milk together till combined, no clumps. 
  • Pour enough glaze to dip your cookie in a shallow bowl. Add just as few drops of food coloring and with a toothpick barley swirl.
  • Carefully dip the tops of your cookies into the glaze then remove allowing the excess to drip off.
  • Transfer to a wire rack at let set. It takes about an hour to set, let them completely set before storing them in Tupperware.

Love delicious cookies recipes also try, The BEST Vegan Rocky Road Cookies!

Yield: 34 cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies + Glaze

Easy Sugar Cookies + Glaze

Sugar cookies are the perfect year-round holiday cookie! They are, soft, chewy, sweet, and oh so much fun to decorate with your family and friends! 

Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter softened, cut into 16 pieces (16 tbsp)
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • dash of salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • natural food coloring

Instructions

    For the cookies:

    Using an electric mixer mix flour, sugar, and salt till combined, about 15 seconds.
    With the mixer on low add in your butter pieces, beat the mixture till crumbly, about 2 minutes.
    Add in the vanilla extract and cream cheese, beat until dough starts looking crumbly about 45 seconds.
    Knead dough by hand and form into a cohesive ball. Transfer to a cutting board and cut in half. 
     Form both balls into flat disks and place them in plastic wrap.  
    Refrigerate for 30 minutes ( dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month)
    Adjust oven rack to middle and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
    Working with one disk on a clean surface. Flour your surface and roll your dough 1/8 inch thick. 
    Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Peel away scrapes with a thin metal spatula. Space cookies 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. 
    With the scrapes pat together, roll, and use cookie-cutter, repeat till done.
    Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time for 8-10 minutes rotate sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Let cookies completely cool before glazing.

    For the marble glaze:

    Whisk confectioners sugar and milk together till combined, no clumps. 
    Pour enough glaze to dip your cookie in a shallow bowl. Add just as few drops of food coloring and with a toothpick barley swirl. (refer to post for pictures)
    Carefully dip the tops of your cookies into the glaze then remove allowing the excess to drip off.
    Transfer to a wire rack at let set. It takes about an hour to set, let them completely set before storing them in Tupperware.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 6mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

Paleo Cut-Out Skinny Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

Paleo Cut-Out Skinny Sugar Cookies are the ultimate healthier Christmas cookie that is fluffy, soft and grain-free! These cookies naturally sweet and the best healthy holiday treat!

Let me introduce you to the skinny version of sugar cookies! Paleo cut-out skinny sugar cookies are perfect to share at tea or even for Santa Clause. I have always loved soft sugar cookies. I now have a stash of guiltless ones, however, I also have some regular ones set in the fridge right now too 😜.

My kids still aren’t all in with the paleo sugar cookies, haha! They eat them but still look at me funny when they do🤣.

So before I made these I studied how sugar cookies are made all the best tips and tricks. However, I can not really say I found too much on the paleo vegan combo expect some hilarious Pinterest failures that had me rolling 😂!

These paleo cut-out skinny sugar cookies are failproof! I even tested twice because you know there is always beginner’s luck!

About a month ago I purchased the 5lb tub of coconut oil from Costco. I mean its a great deal! Coconut oil fixes all of life’s problems and it acts like butter in vegan baking too! Just like regular cookies, you will cream together your coconut oil and coconut sugar for a naturally sweet cookie base.

Vegan baking can be intimidating and it bloody sucks when you fail, mainly because the ingredients can be so pricy. I cringe when I waste precious almond flour,💸 haha! Lucky for you these are tested and true!

 

Icing:

You can, of course, use your favorite icing, this paleo and vegan version is more of a gel, not the easiest to work with but fits the title!

Coconut Oil or Vegan Butter?

Most vegan butter is not paleo however if you are just looking to keep the cookie vegan you can use vegan butter in place of coconut oil. I have not tested this but the ratio would be 1:1. 

Equipment:

Electric Mixer

Cookie Sheet

Plastic wrap

cookie cutters

How do I make these paleo vegan skinny sugar cookies?

For the Cookies:

  • Make flax egg, set aside.
  • Use a hand mixer and cream together the coconut oil and sugar till creamy and smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and flax eggs, and agave mix till just combined.
  • Next, add in your coconut and almond flour and mix till a sticky dough is formed.
  • Form the dough into a round ball and cut it in half. Then form both balls into flat disks and place in plastic wrap.  
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes ( dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month)
  • Adjust oven rack to middle and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
  • Work with one disk on a clean surface. Spray your rolling pin with a little cooking spray and roll out your dough. Work on a cool surface as coconut oil can be messy if it gets to warm. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. ( you can also use a floured surface instead of cooking spray on your rolling pin)
  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Peel away scrapes with a thin metal spatula.
  • With the scrapes pat together, roll, and use cookie-cutter, repeat till done.
  • Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time for 10 minutes rotate sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Let cookies completely cool before glazing.

For the icing:

  • Whisk together melted coconut oil, coconut nectar ( can sub agave), and food coloring gel.
  • Spoon about 1/2 tsp of icing on each cookie and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles. 
  • Place in freezer for 7 minutes so frosting sets.

Can I freeze Paleo Cut-Out Skinny Sugar Cookies?

Yes! Freeze these cookies for up to 2 months. If you choose to freeze allow time for the cookie to defrost in the fridge.

Love paleo desserts, also try Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.

Yield: 30

Paleo Cut-Out Skinny Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

Paleo Cut-Out Skinny Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

Paleo Cut-Out Vegan Sugar Cookies are the ultimate healthier Christmas cookie that is fluffy, soft and grain-free! They are naturally sweet and the best healthy holiday treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • COOKIES:
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar (can sub agave)
  • ICING:
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp coconut nectar (can sub agave)
  • 8-10 drops of your favorite food coloring gel

Instructions

    For the Cookies:

    Make flax egg, set aside.
    Use a hand mixer and cream together the coconut oil and sugar till creamy and smooth.
    Add in the vanilla extract and flax eggs, and agave mix till just combined.
    Next, add in your coconut and almond flour and mix till a sticky dough is formed.
    Form the dough into a round ball and cut it in half. Then form both balls into flat disks and place in plastic wrap.  
    Refrigerate for 30 minutes ( dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month)
    Adjust oven rack to middle and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
    Work with one disk on a clean surface. Spray your rolling pin with a little cooking spray and roll out your dough. Work on a cool surface as coconut oil can be messy if it gets to warm. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. ( you can also use a floured surface instead of cooking spray)
    Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough. Peel away scrapes with a thin metal spatula.
    With the scrapes pat together, roll, and use cookie-cutter, repeat till done.
    Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time for 10 minutes rotate sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Let cookies completely cool before glazing.


    For the icing:

    Whisk together melted coconut oil, coconut nectar ( can sub agave), and food coloring gel.
    Spoon about 1/2 tsp of icing on each cookie and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles. 
    Place in freezer for 7 minutes so frosting sets.

Notes

You can sub agave but it is not paleo-friendly, it is sweeter than coconut nectar. Both agave or coconut nectar works great in this recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

34

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge + Video

Healthy & Vegan-Friendly Fudge! This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge is the perfect soft, chewy, moist, and most delicious pumpkin fudge around. This 1 bowl fudge recipe will be ready in minutes! A perfect healthy pumpkin treat! 

Fall, I just love this time of year. The weather is starting to cool down, feels like new beginnings, and pumpkin spice is everywhere and in everything! So yes, this pumpkin fudge is a must make, no-bake Bomb Diggity recipe you need in your life!

This Fudge is to die for, I can’t even put into words how perfect the texture is! It is so utterly smooth and creamy at first then just melts in your mouth. I have stored a batch of this pumpkin fudge in my freezer, but I do not expect them to last long!

You will need seven simple whole food ingredients and one bowl to make the incredible Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge.

  1. Cashew Butter (can be subbed for any nut butter)
  2. Maple Syrup (can be subbed for any liquid sweetener)
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Pink Salt or Sea Salt
  5. Pumpkin Puree
  6. Pumpkin Spice
  7. Chocolate Chips

How Do I make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge?

Super easy let me tell you! This is a no-bake recipe. Just add your ingredients into a medium-size bowl and mix till smooth. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and salt and let set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. 

I lined the pan with parchment paper for an easy removal however you can use saran wrap or wax paper. I would definitely line your pan, makes removing the fudge so easy! 

Nut Allergies you can use sun butter, as a matter of fact, this is a recipe that everyone needs to enjoy!

Love healthy desserts, also try The BEST Vegan Rocky Road Cookies!

Yield: 12 squares

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Fudge

This fudge is the perfect soft, chewy, moist, and delicious pumpkin fudge around. This 1 bowl recipe will be ready in minutes! A perfect healthy pumpkin treat! | 133 Calories, 6 Freestyle Points |

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Dash Pink Salt

Instructions

Prepare a brownie pan by lining it with parchment paper and nonstick spray.
Whisk together coconut oil and cashew butter.
Add in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin spice and whisk till well combined.
Transfer batter to prepared pan, sprinkle with chocolate chips and a dash of salt.
Place pan in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until fudge is set.
Remove fudge from pan and cut into 12 squares.
Store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months, Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 | 6 Freestyle Points |

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 33mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Approximation