Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Strawberry Orange Cupcakes

Dear Springtime,

I thought it would be great if I could let you know what you mean to me.  It’s really delightful when you’re around, and not every season makes me really want to go outside like you do.

Sure, there tends to be a lot of wind, pollinating flowers that make my nose itch like crazy and my eyes turn red, and some extra anxiety concerning taxes, but it’s really all worth it when I think about all the fabulous benefits you bring us.

Besides lovely picnic/ hiking weather, a plethora of outdoor festivals (I love festivals!), and baby animals, all the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring up (pun intended) in farmers’ markets/ gardens/ stores/ etc. make me want to really get baking!

These fresh strawberries you’ve brought have been a complete inspiration.  I mean, eating plain strawberries is great, don’t get me wrong – but there is a LOT you can do with strawberries.  Of course I had to make something fun with them!  And those oranges still on the tree were also begging to made into something other than juice, you know?  So Strawberry Orange Cupcakes pretty much had to happen.

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Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

All I know is these are something different.

I had a really hard time deciding what to call them, because they’re like half cheesecake and half ice cream bar…. and half peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

They’re also high in protein, gluten-free, low-carb, and can’t really be eaten without a fork.

So what do you call that?

I guess the only thing that could sum it all up without being in paragraph form was Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars.  So there you have it.

To me, this is the dessert-embodiment of all the best things.  All the flavors and textures of my favorites went into this, sans the sugar-overload I would rather avoid but with the metabolism-boosting, muscle-fueling protein I need for my training!

It kinda even gives me a sneaky satisfaction at the thought of thwarting the traditional “sweets-are-bad-for-you” train of thought.

These are something different, all right!  But in this case, different really just means delightful!  Don’t you think?

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Coffee Cake Recipe Roundup - for all!

Coffee Cake Recipe Roundup - for all!

Today is a day to celebrate!  

It's National Coffee Cake Day, which means we should get it together and actually make a batch or two of fresh cake... that you can eat for breakfast!

I've rounded up 17 recipes from healthy bakers (all over the country and world!) to share with you today!  Enjoy... and leave a comment telling me what coffee cake is your favorite EVER - from this list or beyond - and I will give you a million virtual hugs.  I mean it!

Go enjoy your coffee-cake day!

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Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

“If you’re gonna eat cheesecake, why not just eat cheesecake?”

Is a familiar question heard among healthy food bloggers across the country (or so I imagine) when confronted by foodies who either haven’t yet tried “alternative” versions of their favorite desserts, or have had an off-putting experience with such things.

Being that the first prepackaged vegan cookie that I ever knowingly ate was gummy and bland, I certainly didn’t have the #1 perspective on vegan baking right off the bat.  It took me trial, error, and Chocolate Covered Katie recipes to figure out that simply eggs and milk do not a cookie make.  A good cookie really just needs good ingredients!

Which is why I get the skepticism.  But if you love to bake, love to have little treats, and you still want to do right by your body as much as humanly possible, simply using great ingredients just might save you from diving into THAT cheesecake.

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