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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Red Wine & Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Red Wine & Chocolate Raspberry Tart

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  To me, this means cheese.  I’ve come to believe that cheese is basically the key to a man’s heart.  But you know what?  Women like food, too.  And what food do women swoon over? 

You guessed it.  Wine and chocolate.

And I do mean both together.  If you have both, it’s a magical thing, is it not? 

The other cool thing about combining the two here (plus some raspberries, of course) is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dude who isn’t head over heels for it, either.  I mean, it’s so dang amazing that it could probably stop all thought and speech for a few minutes.  

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Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

Chocolate-Gingerbread Pumpkin Tart

There are three things that top my baking list between October and January.

Can you guess what they involve?

Chocolate.  Gingerbread.  Pumpkin.

I seriously doubt if anyone is surprised.  And yet, for some reason I have never tried combining them before!  I've had chocolate gingerbread before, and it was almost too delicious.  I've also had one of the most scrumptious holiday treats at the Godiva store, where I will go in just for a single one of their chocolate-covered pumpkin pie truffles.  And even though I've never combined pumpkin and gingerbread myself, the two have so much in common, what with all the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg that goes into both.

Chocolate, gingerbread, & pumpkin.  That just sounds like a party to me.

 

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