Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out!
Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries
• ¼ cup black beans
• 1 tablespoon old fashioned or quick cooking oats
• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
• 2 teaspoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond milk
• 1 teaspoon canola oil, plus more for greasing the mug
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon baking powder
• 3 strawberries, sliced
1. In a blender, combine the ingredients and process until smooth.
2. Pour into a lightly greased coffee mug.
3. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Start with 1 minute, and continue 30 seconds at a time until it is firm in the center.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the mug.
5. Serve, topped with strawberry slices.
Nutrition Info (1 cake)
Calories: 146; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 324mg; Carbs: 29g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 6g
Follow Lori on Instagram @LoriZanini.
When I came across this recipe from Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is I practically fell out of my chair. Can we talk about this for a second?? Warm and fluffy cobbler with juicy berries and plump pomegranate seeds, topped with ice cream? Sign. Me. Up.
The splashes of ruby red makes this pretty dish almost too good to eat — but let’s not be ridiculous. If your crew is anything like mine, it might not even make it to the plates. Somebody hand me a spoon!
My sister Marabeth and her girlfriends are always getting together to do fun and creative activities. I’m having serious FOMO from their latest get-together, where they did a sweet twist on an ordinary potluck. The hostess had sugar cookie dough on hand and asked everyone to bring their favorite cookie ingredients. Together they made combinations of cookies to enjoy warm out of the oven and package-up for friends and family. What ingredient would you bring to this party? I’m partial to the holiday M&Ms…
I’ll let Marabeth tell you how they made their delicious “Christmas Bars.” Let me know if you try them at home!
My girlfriends and I had so much fun making these simple Christmas Bars! We had everyone bring their favorite cookie ingredients to make a fun new creation together and share! It was a blast!! I bought my sugar cookie mix already packaged, but if you want to make yours from scratch I’ve included a recipe below. We added white chocolate chips and M&M’s. It was so super easy — and even more fun!
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe:
• 1 1/2 cups of softened butter
• 2 cups of white sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 5 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
I’m so excited to have Meghan Rosko back with one of her amazing cookie recipes and design tutorials! She always makes me feel like I could make something beautiful, and no matter how my batch turns out I always have a blast trying!
Besides, even if your icing skills aren’t going to win awards anytime soon, the cookies are still insanely delicious.
Fall is one of the best seasons for flavor combinations, and what better way to celebrate the leaves falling and cooler temperatures than with a Warm Apple Spiced Sugar Cookie recipe.
To add an extra layer of fall fun, I decided to decorate these cookies into festive little pumpkins!
Here’s the recipe:
Recipe for the Cookie Dough (yields about 2 dozen cookies):
• 1 cup of butter (room temperature)
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
• 5 tsp. apple cider
• 1 tsp salt
• 3 cups flour
• 1 tsp cinnamon
This recipe had me at chocolate. And then again at avocado. Is it possible to put two of the greatest things ever together and still taste amazing, or will all that goodness cancel the other out? The answer: YUM.
Leave it to Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is to whip up a sweet treat that is not only good for your health (hello, antioxidants), but for your skin and hair, too! The best benefit of them all is the one that happens on your tastebuds. Enjoy!
Peanut. Butter. Pie. Need I say more? Don’t let the word “pie” fool you. This rich and creamy recipe from
ifoodreal is high in protein, low sugar, plus it has fiber and good fats. One serving has about 381 calories — just about the same amount of calories in a protein bar. Really! Furthermore, it’s gluten free and vegan. It’s practically a vegetable! 🙂
Go make this pie, and then call me immediately because I’m coming over with a fork.
I’m so excited to have one of my favorite bakers, Meghan Rosko of Nutmeg + Honeybee, back on the blog today! She’s got a delicious and sweet recipe to show your mom how much she means to you this Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to tag us if you make these and share pics!
One of my all time favorite spring flavor combinations is Lemon + Rosemary. I decided to make some Lemon Rosemary Shortbread cookies topped with a lemon royal icing to capture the beautiful flavors and colors of spring. The rosemary creates a nice flavor boost to a regular lemon recipe, while the buttery cookie melts in your mouth.
These would be the perfect treat to make for your mom this Mother’s Day!
My good friend Maria Menounos knows a thing or two about, well, everything! Her EveryGirl’s Guide book series covers everything from organization to exercise. One of the things I admire most about Maria are her superb cooking skills. She knows how to create the most fun and loving environment in her home with delicious recipes to match. You can actually taste all the joy and love she puts into each dish.
Knowing firsthand how amazing it’s going to be, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Cooking when it comes out tomorrow! Until then, Maria handed over one of the 150 recipes featured in the book so I could share here with you!
The dishes are made with fresh, healthy ingredients for what she calls “splurge worthy” recipes. Sign me up for that!
Valentines Day is an opportunity to express your love to loved ones. What better way to show you care than to spend time baking a beautiful and delicious treat? Homemade trumps store bought, always. These stunning strawberry macaroons with gold kisses from @NutmegandHoneybee are sure to be a hit!
For a dessert as sweet looking as it tastes, try these adorable apple roses! They are surprisingly easy to create and they don’t break the calorie bank, either. I’ve seen a few different versions of this beautiful dish online, but I went with this one from All Recipes, and I highly recommend it.
• 1 large red apple, cored and thinly sliced
• ¼ cup of white sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
• ¼ cup melted butter
• 1 egg
• 2 teaspoons water
• 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar (optional)