Category: Dessert

Eggless Caramel Ice Cream

Eggless Caramel Ice Cream.  I created this delicious concoction by accident and I am so glad my ingredients were lacking that day because I just love how this creamy dessert turned out.

Every time I go to Costco I buy Half & Half. Mainly because I hate to use cream and sometimes I just can’t make a sauce work with just milk. I also love it because you can get a half gallon of half & half at Costco for something ridiculously cheap like $3. The dilemma I face is that I hate to waste and I just don’t use very much half & half. Many times I end up dumping much of it down the drain, which I just hate to do. I have found a solution to my quandary…

Fudgy Quadruple Chocolate Chip Brookies

Have you ever ate a whole lot of something and then found yourself feeling bloated and guilty? I have, plenty of times. However, I ate a ton of these Fudgy Quadruple Chocolate Chip “Brookies” (brownie + cookie = brookie) and they were so good, I concluded that they were totally worth it.

If you love chocolate, you have to try these cookies. I almost think they should be called, “brookies” since they are a cross between a brownie and a cookie. There are four different types of chocolate that go into these little gems and they are oh so decadent. Again, if you love chocolate you must try these.

*Warning – consumption of these may cause permanent damage to your skinny jeans.

Ina Garten’s Coconut Macaroons

I am many things – wife, mama, cook, daughter, sister, friend and an avid coconut lover. It is funny how taste buds work. Sometimes you just love eating something and you meet someone else that just hates it and you wonder, “how could that be?” I am that way with coconut. I LOVE it, my husband hates it. I kinda don’t get it, but I know so many people that hate coconut that I guess it is just one of those acquired tastes. On the other hand, my husband LOVES mushrooms and I loathe them. Oh well, the finicky taste bud…

My husband was away for a few days on a golf trip and since he was gone I decided to indulge my love of coconut with my absolute favorite recipe for Macaroon’s. This is Ina Garten’s recipe and there are only five ingredients to these little clouds of bliss. So good, so easy. What else could a coconut lover ask for?

Barefoot Contessa’s Viennese Iced Coffee

Let me start by saying that I love coffee. I hate mornings but what keeps me sane is that warm cup of slightly sweet (I add creamer – International Delights Coldstone Creamer to be exact) and warm cup of heaven. I was watching Barefoot Contessa on the Food network one morning and she made this crazy, yummy desert called Viennese Iced Coffee and I knew I had to make it.

Ina Garten made this for dessert using decaf coffee, but I have also been known to enjoy this crazy good cup of heaven mid-day as well. I love  her recipe as is, but I love to make a few fun additions as well.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

I LOVE chocolate, sugar, candy, sweets, and all sorts of amazing, yummy treats.  I have tried to give up sugar at times but was so miserable that I will no longer attempt to deprive myself.  However, I have promised to be a bit healthier while I embrace my love of sugary sweetness.  This is where my delectable Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfait comes in.

Chia seeds are amazing for you and are such a versatile ingredient.  They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, fiber and anti-oxidant rich to boot!  These magical seeds naturally thicken in liquid making them the perfect way to create a healthy pudding.  My favorite way to enjoy this pudding is to add granola (for crunch) and fresh fruit (in this case raspberries) for a burst of freshness.

I enjoy this pudding for breakfast or it can be eaten as a snack or dessert.  This is such a tasty and healthy dish that you can enjoy it guilt-free any time of day.   Please let me know of any healthy dessert swaps that you might have!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Parfait
Ingredients
1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 T. cocoa powder
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
Granola
Fruit/Berries

Directions
Whisk milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder, brown sugar, white sugar, coffee granules, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until pudding is smooth. Let sit for 5 minutes; stir. Repeat sitting and stirring process at least 2 times.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight. Pour mixture into blender and blend until smooth. Spoon into bowls and top with granola and berries.

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Chia Seed Pudding
Perfection…