Fig Walnut Coffee Cake {Giveaway!}

Fig Walnut Coffee Cake {Giveaway!}

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There are really zero excuses for not making coffee cake for a Sunday morning treat.  None. 

Especially when you consider that this version of my delectable Fig-Walnut Coffee Cake is pretty dang good for you.  With all the extra protein, top-notch ingredients, and its superhero-like power to work with most dietary needs, you basically just have to make it.

You’ve been using your willpower all week long, right?  Avoiding the doughnuts at work or the cookies your kids eat at home and making sure you eat your veggies and drinking water instead of something else – of course you could be all will-powered out by now.  But if you have to give in, you don’t also have to feel guilty about it!

That’s why I put together this cake recipe.  So you could have it, and eat it, too! 

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Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy {Gluten-Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you’re on a quest for something truly good, it’s never enough to settle for your first option.

I mean, like when you REALLY want a chewy chocolate chip cookie to dunk in your coffee, can you actually be 100% happy with something that came from a box?

For me, boxed cookies can’t even compare.  It’s like the difference between a high-res photograph of a beautiful sunset and a flip phone picture… of that first picture.

I’m not trying to be pretentious, I just appreciate something with real ingredients that came from an actual oven sometime in the last day.  You know?

Speaking of real, I doubt there could be any more real culture and art than in a place like here in Seattle.  Oh, wait, did I forget to mention I’m visiting Seattle?  Well I’m here for the first time, and it’s been quite a grand old time so far.

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Flourless Lemon-Orange Coffee Cake

Flourless Lemon-Orange Coffee Cake

I have a cat and a dog.  They're adorable.  Furballs that poop and shed, but adorable and loveable nonetheless.

That's as close as I have gotten to motherhood, and from what I understand, there is a lot more involved in parenting than making sure that your "baby" gets outside and has plenty of belly rubs.

You probably know where I'm going with this.  It's Mother's Day this coming Sunday, and it's always the least I can do just to acknowledge that I know nothing of the trials my wonderful mom went through for me, and to say THANK YOU, ever so much for going through them.  I don't even deserve any of it, but she did it all out of wonderful, motherly love.

My mom taught me how to be a kind person, how to cook, and how to not also eat the mud pies I made as a toddler.  I'm so glad I make better things than mud pies now.

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Mini Churro Cupcakes

Mini Churro Cupcakes

Great things come in many sizes.  The Great Wall of China, for example, is super-duper large, while the key to a penthouse suite is a speck in comparison.

Not all great things are alike, of course, but the fact that we perceive something as great is what’s important.  Don’t you think?  I can’t compare food to the Great Wall of China, but then again, you can’t eat the Great Wall of China.

Really, what I’m trying to say is that these teeny little cupcakes, after a few trial-and-errors, have finally come to be something totally great in my world!  They’re just SO fluffy and cinnamon-y.

When I was developing the recipe for these, I was inspired by a friend of mine at this fantastic little sandwich cafe called Latin it Up (here in Tucson,) to try to make a Latin-ish dessert.  I’m not Latina, and I’ve never made flan, but I love churros!  Anything cinnamon is just the best.

Since churros are typically fried, I wanted to create something a little more in line with my healthy cooking tendencies.  Hence, baked churro cupcakes!

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