After all of last week's Crock Pot craze, I was inspired to try out the Chocolate Lava Cake recipe, but wanted to make a reduced fat/calorie version. I switched out the eggs, oil, and whole milk for with lighter stuff and the results were great! The consistency of this dessert is delicate, with a combination of moist cake and warm, oozing pudding. It is rich in chocolate flavor so a scoop of low fat vanilla ice cream tones down each bite and adds a coolness your mouth is sure to enjoy.
I recently got a message from Christie who wrote, "This recipe is soooo good." How can I ignore that, especially when she's talking about a sweet treat featuring Apples.... in the form of a Pizza?!? Like any good person should do, she did not take credit for inventing this dish (it's actually one from Publix Apron's Simple Meals), but she did divulge how delicious it was when she made her very own Apple Streusel Pizza. The simplicity behind it makes it a tempting recipe, which I will definitely be trying at some point in time, but I gotta save up some calories before I can do that! I'm sure it's worth every one of them though.
What's better than a delicious low fat, low maintainance dessert that requires no baking? You can make this Banarama Pudding in the time it takes you to realize that there is no great answer to such a question!
This one will satisfy the whole family's sweet tooth- well except those sorry souls who don't do bananas. Don't just keep it at home though! Bring it to a BBQ, Pot Luck, or any gathering where you are looking to impress without having to stress. They'll be sure to go bananas for it (sorry, I had to go there- I couldn't resist)!
These Cinnamon Apples are a super simple dish that it almost seems silly to have a "recipe," but I just had to share it with you because they were a hit. They make a great side dish for dinner (try them with the Saurbraten), yet are good enough to eat on their own. Cinnamon apples also make a great topping for ice cream and can be used for a pastry filling- Do I see an apple pie in your future? Add a little sweetness to your life real quick with this recipe that takes under 15 minutes!
I don't know about you, but I can never go past the stand in an amusement park or fair that is selling cinnamon roasted nuts without my nose telling my brain that I must have a helping of these heavenly smelling and tasting treats. Fortunately, they are so easy to make that you can enjoy them in your own home (and the roasting process fills the house with an amazing scent). My mom just made a batch for the family and I couldn't help but have this recipe skip to the front of the queue of recipes to post. The Cinnamon Roasted Almonds are the perfect snack for game day, or anyday for the matter!
I have an obsession with bread pudding, and it's no secret. Anyone who's ever dined with me and the server happened to mention "bread pudding" as a dessert option, has noticed my school girl giddy reaction to such news. It was only a matter of time before I tried make one myself (I don't pride myself as being a baker by any means). Being a bit selfish, I wanted to highlight cinnamon, one of my favorite dessert flavors as the main ingredient, hence the "Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding." A little less selfish of me, I opted not to use raisins as I would have liked to since some of the family coming over do not care for them, so I added in some chocolate chips!
We were having one of our favorite couples (Gina and Marc) over for a healthy, weeknight dinner and the whole meal was already planned out. Dessert however, was still in question. I had some fresh cherries sitting in the fridge that were left over from my failed attempt at a cherry salsa- it was the pits (yes, I just said that) so I started poking around Google to see what dessert I could come up with.
I came across an impressive sounding item, Clafoutis, which is described as a French dessert with black cherries that are placed in a pan, covered with a batter and baked. I have faith that it could work, so long as this “batter” could be made waistline friendly. It called for the usual eggs, milk, sugar, flour ensemble so I gave my slimmer substitutions a shot and ya’ know what? They worked! Not sure how it compares to the original, but it tasted great and was quite easy to do. The toughest part was pitting the cherries, which I actually watched videos online to learn how to use a paper clip to do! If the pitting part has you spooked, the Clafoutis is traditionally served with the pits in tact- I just preferred not to have any spitting action at the table.
This could work with blueberries, peaches, and other fresh fruits too!
So, you've asked the question, "Is there anything I can bring?" and she tells you, "Sure, how about a dessert?" Before you run to the bakery and grab from their stash, check out this Oreo Pudding Pie.
Cookies & cream is a combination of flavors that can't be denied and with a recipe that's so easy, yet looks and tastes impressive, you can serve it with pride. There's no baking required and it takes about the same amount of effort as transferring a store bought cake to your own plate (don't act like you've never done that), so give it a go this holiday season.
Balls of fluffy, baked dough covered with a sauce made of melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar- this one is for sure one of my guiltiest pleasures! There is no official answer out there to how Monkey Bread got its name, but who cares, it's a no brainer dessert that is finger licking good. The recipe has been around for decades (said to be made popular by women's magazines and Nancy Reagan) and I remember my mom making it only a handful of times, most likely because of its antinutritional value and the gigantic number of calories and fat grams it contains. This version is slightly less horrible since it cuts down drastically on the amount of butter typically used. I also make it in a loaf pan instead of the traditional bundt shape to make a smaller amount, because trust me it's so good, no matter how much is made, it will all get eaten!