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May Favorites (2018)

I’m taking a break from recipes today and I’m sharing my May favorites! The weather is finally getting warmer here and I’m getting ready to go on a little backpacking trip with my friend this weekend. We did this trail several times together, but it’s been about 3 years since our last overnight hiking trip… How does the time go by so fast?! I’m excited to be in nature for several days, away from my to-do list. I mentioned to someone at work that I was doing this, to which she responded: There must be an easier way to have fun? Hah! It’s true, but nothing is quite as rewarding as hiking 40km with a 30lbs bag on your back, sleeping in the woods, preparing your…

Spiced Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

April is a month full of celebrations for us, so it only made sense that I shared my favorite cake recipe: This spiced banana cake with cream cheese frosting. This recipe is inspired by Snixy Kitchen’s banana date cake, which I made for the first time last April. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Since today is my 24th birthday (where does the time go?!), I knew I had to make this cake again – with a few modifications to make it fruit-sweetened. I also made it for Shaun’s birthday (and Easter) on April 1st. Then I made it again last weekend to photograph and to adjust the recipe as needed. Finally, I’m making it one more time this weekend for myself. I mean, it’s my birthday after all and my favorite way…

Mini Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I’m back with another recipe before Easter!  This time, I’m sharing these mini sugar-free cookie dough cheesecakes. I know, two cookie dough recipes in a row… I’m not even sorry.  Here’s how the recipe goes: The base is a raw cookie dough cup made with dates, roasted cashews, oats, vanilla and cocoa nibs. Very similar to the cookie dough bites in my brownie cookie dough “ice cream” bars. It’s the BEST! I actually just used the base as a snack for work the other day and when Shaun came home, he asked me what I put in it. He said “It’s so sweet, it tastes like candy!”. Yes Shaun, it really does.  The cream cheese frosting is made…

Brownie Cookie Dough “Ice Cream” Bars

I waited long enough to share this recipe with you guys, but I think Easter is the perfect occasion.  Not only is this Easter weekend, but it’s also my birthday weekend! It’s actually my 23rd birthday today, but since I’m working all day, I’ll be celebrating tomorrow.  I think this week was the busiest week of my internship yet. First, it was a staff experience week, which means I took over the dietitian’s workload for the week. I was working in oncology, psychiatry and the HIV clinic all week. I also had to spend some time at night writing down a self-evaluation about my daily performance as part of my staff experience week. I then spent the rest of my evenings testing recipes for the blog, photographing…

Chocolate Orange Fudge Cake (With a Secret Ingredient!)

Are you getting tired of desserts yet? I know I am. But before we get into all the healthy January recipes, I wanted to share one last sweet treat with you guys! I promise, it’s SO worth it. And it’s a great dessert for any New Years Eve party. This will be our dessert for sure! <— We’re having an introvert party at home, eating fancy pasta with cake and wine while playing board games. Yup, that’s my kind of party. Hah! All I have to say is that this has to be the healthiest cake ever. The secret ingredient? Sweet potatoes! It’s also made with dates, olive oil, coconut and almond milk, cocoa powder, cashews, spelt flour, orange juice… Not only…