Fruity Smore’s Bars — No Bake, Gluten & Dairy Free

After I made the Smore's Ice Cream, I had some leftover chocolate ganache and almond flour graham cracker crumbles. I vowed to try and make a new recipe with them instead of eating them. That's how these fruity smore's bars came to be. It's a layer of graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, and finally toasted italian meringue on top. YUM. I forgot to mention to, it's no bake! The only thing that has to be "cooked" is making a sugar syrup in a pan on the stove for the meringue. This is a quick throw together dessert. The…

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Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free & Vegan Options!)

Years ago, my mom made a chocolate cake for my birthday and she used this recipe. We never turned back after that. This is truly the best chocolate cake you will ever eat. All credit goes to Robyn over at Add a Pinch blog where we found the recipe, but I simply had to share this with you all. This is the cake I turn to for a lot of special occasions because I am a huge chocolate lover, and what's better than a classic chocolate cake? I dress it up with raspberries and some raspberry jam in the middle.…

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Lemon Blueberry Torte — Gluten Free

I used to do this thing where I would try and bake what the bakers are making on the Great British Baking Show, so this recipe popped out of the signature challenge of an episode. The requirements were to make a torte cake which has no wheat flour and more than one layer. I decided on a lemon blueberry torte cake with whipped vanilla cream cheese frosting and an almond flour sponge. I made two almond meal torte cakes flavored with lemon zest and vanilla. In between the two cakes is a layer of lemon curd and blueberries. There's more lemon…

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Smore’s Ice Cream — Dairy Free

I'm on an ice cream kick this summer if you couldn't already tell. It's certainly hot enough out to be eating it all day long too. I had an idea for a smore's ice cream mulling around in my head for a bit now. Then I saw that National Smore's Day was coming up, so I took it as a sign. What's better than marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker bits all swirled into a custard vanilla ice cream? Nothing, that's what. My smore's ice cream is of course dairy free, but for this one I decided to make it gluten…

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Mom’s Strawberry Almond Milk Ice Cream

It's definitely strawberry week in my house! Strawberry jam, strawberry coconut milk ice cream were posted last week and now I moved on to strawberry almond milk ice cream. My mom doesn't eat coconut milk, so I made an almond milk version for her. This recipe isn't as creamy as the coconut milk version, but it is just as delicious! Almond milk has a lot less fat than coconut milk, so this ice cream could be said to be a little healthier as well. But I wouldn't say too much healthier because they both obviously have some sugar in them,…

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Strawberry Ice Cream — Dairy Free (Coconut Milk)

I finally got around to making some homemade ice cream for the summer and this new strawberry ice cream I came up with does not disappoint! It is creamy and absolutely delicious. The flavor is not like your typical strawberry ice cream. I definitely believe the custard base I use is what brings this ice cream to the next level. My husband's eyes popped right out of his head after he tasted it. This homemade ice cream is more than worth the effort. I made this ice cream with a custard base that has to be cooked because it has…

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Homemade Strawberry Jam–No Pectin Needed

My husband and I went berry picking last weekend to get the last of the strawberries before they went out of season. They were so red and ripe, I couldn't wait to get home and make some fresh jam with them. This was only my second time making jam and the result was quite successful! I made two batches with differing amounts of sugar and they came out a tad different, both equally good though. If you go on the internet and search jam recipes, the variation in the amounts of sugar that is  put into different recipes amazes me.…

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Almond Butter Cookies — Gluten & Dairy Free

These almond butter cookies are the product of my recent liking to almond butter! I am a huge peanut butter fan, so I never thought to try alternate nut butters, but I am super happy I did because almond butter is healthier than peanut butter and it's pretty darn yummy!  So I decided on developing a almond butter cookie recipe that was allergy free. These super yummy almond butter cookies are chewy and delicious with added chocolate chips and pecans.  I love baking, it's one of my favorite things, but I have never tried to make my own recipes. I…

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Chocolate Lava Cakes for Two

If you couldn't tell by now I love chocolate. So when I came across Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Lava Cake recipe meant for two, I jumped on it. These lava cakes have an intense chocolate flavor and a lovely gooey center. This recipe is my stand-by for a yummy, elegant looking dessert that's quick to whip up. It's so easy, my husband even helps me make it sometimes (he loves eating a lot more than cooking).  Lava Cakes: Make the Batter The batter is only six ingredients! And the best part is you should already have everything in your pantry. It's…

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Banana Nut Muffins — Gluten & Dairy Free

My mom has a lot of food allergies to deal with, she can't have wheat, soy, or dairy, so when I found these banana nut muffins, I thought I would try the recipe. It did not disappoint! These muffins are super moist and chock-full of nuts and chocolate chips for plenty of flavor and crunchy goodness. Besides the fact that they are free of everything my mom is allergic to, they are also refined sugar free! So they are pretty darn healthy if you ask me. The recipe is from a lovely blog I have started following called The Toasted…

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