Category Archives: dessert

Whatever FLOATS Your Boat

Ice cream floats are a beautiful thing. Nostalgic, versatile, DELICIOUS: you just really can’t go wrong with the float. So grab a mason jar and paper straw and get creative! Here’s a few of my favorite float ideas:

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Dark Chocolate Bourbon Floats via How Sweet It Is

mimosa
Mimosa Float via Peanut Butter and Dill Pickles

apple pie
 Apple Pie Float via How Does She?
candy cane
 Candy Cane Float via Spicy Ice Cream
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 Creamsicle Float via 1 Big Bite
mango-ginger-floats
 Mango Ginger Float via Snails View
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 Sparkling Citrus Floats via Ciera Design
shooters
 Root Beer Float Shooters via Somewhere Splendid
blackberrycobbler-float
 Floating Fruit Cobblers via Better Recipes
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Here’s to You, Orange & Vanilla


So it’s getting hot and I’ve been craving delicious, cold things. A lot. Like creamsicles and sorbets. Sometimes I take for granted these two very simple and natural flavors that combine to make intense mouthgasms. Here’s to you, orange and vanilla. Never break up. Never.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Orange Freeze

Vanilla-Orange Freeze

Chobani Champions Orange Vanilla

Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Lotion

Organic Orange Vanilla Lotion -- 1 1/2 oz. BPA FREE Jar- Like a Creamscicle with Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean

Orange Vanilla Bliss Blender Drink

Nestle Orange Vanilla Bliss

Vanilla Orange Jelly

Vanilla Orange Jelly 8oz Jar (Low Sugar)

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub

Orange Creamsicle (sugar scrub)

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Liquid Creamsicle

Liquid Creamsicle Ingredients

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stop what you’re doing, go find some pumpkin butter, and make the heck out of these cookies. Please. I’ve been completely overwhelmed with pumpkin dessert recipes this fall- trying to find one to put all my time and effort into has been no easy task. But I’ve done the work for you. Or at least found someone who’s done the work for you. Jessica, author of the How Sweet It Is blog is my new hero. CHEWY, to die for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Don’t let this season go by without making these babies!

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Raw Strawberry Oat Bars

When I think raw food, I think celery sticks and apples. I do NOT think delicious filling meals and desserts. Did you know you can make indulgent, healthy RAW DESSERTS?  Uh yeah…I have been completely blind to all the amazing raw recipes that are out there- widely available, might I add. The book I mentioned in my last post, Going Raw, is an excellent resource as is the wondrous, world wide web.

So in attempts to broaden my raw recipe repertoire,  I am going to attempt to participate in “Raw Wednesdays.”  So basically, I’m going to try my hardest to eat nothing but raw foods every Wednesday. Hopefully this encourages me to actually experiment with raw food recipes and not just scarf down salads and berries all day long. You should definitely check out Lindsay Funston as she blogs about her Raw Challenge here on Whole Living Daily. She gives a lot of really great advice and insight into the seemingly scary raw world.

Meatless Monday. Raw Wednesday. What’s next? I’m thinking Fried Fridays and Street-food Sundays.You know, just to even things out.

Raw Strawberry Oat Bars. I found this little gem of a recipe in the August issue of Whole Living.  So simple, so delicious AND completely raw! You MUST give this recipe a go!

Strawberry Oat Bars

Ingredients:

Makes 6

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Pulse dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor until combined.
  • Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  • Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles

Read more at Wholeliving.com: Strawberry Oat Bars

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Sweet, Sweet Mexican Goodness

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When I lived in Houston, Paul and I would often go to El Canino farmers market in the Heights area. Passing by all the fruit, snatching a few samples and then making our way to the back lot where all the tacos trucks were camped out.  Some of the most delicious freakin’ tacos I’ve ever had- washed down with a Mexican Coca. Doesn’t get much better than that! But wait- it totally does! Right across the street is a not-so-little Mexican bakery called El Bolillo. If you live in Houston- or within 50 miles of Houston, you would be nutso not to swing by this beautiful panadería. Rows and rows of the freshest sweet breads, cupcakes, cookies, rolls, toritillas- a carboholic’s heaven on earth. Go. Now. Don’t walk. Run!

Since relocating to LA, I haven’t had the opportunity to hit many local bakeries, but I DO often walk to the corner market, Jon’s. Recently, I’ve come to find that Jon’s get’s a delivery from a local Mexican bakery every day and THUS, I now have close access to some delicious pan dulce- what you see pictured above. And at 2 for 78¢, I’m definitely not breaking the bank with my sweet tooth. And don’t get me started on those neon cookies. The texture is like nothing else- like biting into a chewy, cookie cloud.

I am DYING to try and bake my own sweet bread but haven’t quite found the time. I came across this recipe from allrecipes.com  that seems to have pretty great reviews: Conchas(Mexican Sweet Bread)  If you try it before I get a chance, let me now how it goes! I’ll post as soon as I find the time to skip a walk to the corner market and make my own sweets. ¡Dulces sueños!

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