Cherry Orange Bundt Cake

Cranberry Orange Bundt CakeI almost killed my husband.  I didn’t mean to (no, really–honest), but I came super-close.  How?  I made him a delicious, wholesome, healthy dessert–a bowl of fruit, to be precise.  Just half a wee little Gala apple and maybe three-quarters of an orange.  Seemed so harmless at the time…but no, ’twas not to be. Continue reading

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Tropical Banana Cake with Fluffy Maple Coconut Frosting

Tropical Banana Cake with Fluffy Maple Coconut Frosting“Tropical Banana Cake with Maple Coconut Frosting”–say that five times fast.  I figured it was high time (hardyharhar) to make a real, honest-to-goodness cake–not cupcakes or muffins, but an actual cake, with layers and crap.

If you have little more than half a brain, you’ve probably deduced by now that cakes aren’t my favorite.  And not just because I personally prefer to eat ice cream and fruity things, but because they’re wholly inferior on so many levels.  Picture this:  you’re at a party and there’s cake.  It looks great on the table, beautiful in theory.  Then someone stabs candles into it.  Then some other yahoo decides to blow (read: spit) all over it.  And of course they’re those trick candles that don’t blow out–so we can be sure there’s a good spray on each piece. Continue reading

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Monkey Muffins

Monkey MuffinsBananas and chocolate chips–what more do you want from a breakfast?  I mean, really?  They’re everything you could want to start they day: a happy little marriage of muffin and cupcake…like muffin-cakes…or cu-ffins.

While I can’t personally attest to their flavor (they’re not vegan), I can tell you that my devoted, loyal piggies absolutely raved about them.  And even better, my little house stunk like an absolute dream for two days after baking these–so score. Continue reading

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Cherry Almond Muffins

Cherry Almond MuffinsI heart cherries.  Kind of strange for me, really.  After all, I don’t generally prefer foods that require a choice between such unsavory options as:

(a) the unladylike act of spitting a seed, or

(b) so much damn work.

For a cheery bowl of cherries though, all that slicing and pitting and stained fingers is so, SO worth it.  They just make me all happy.  So whip up some of these–I think they’ll make you happy too. Continue reading

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Dangerous Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Dangerous Vegan Peanut Butter CookiesThat’s right:  dangerous.  These are so unbelievably good!  I was not sorry at all for my better half to take them to work–they needed to leave the premises.  At last count, I’d had six (no–seriously)…and  I don’t really even like cookies.  I mean, I like them in the way that everyone likes cookies, but they’re nothing special.  They’re just cookies–not yum-tastic like ice cream, not fancy and frilly like a tart, or  cute like a cupcake–they’re just cookies.

Then again, maybe that’s just what  everyone needs sometimes–just a plain, simple, old school, cookie.  That’s what these are to me–they’re not sexy, unusual, or creative, but they are just what you’d expect, and want, from a peanut butter cookie:  homestyle-comfort-food-tasty, soft and chewy, peanut buttery.  They don’t “taste vegan” either.  So there. Continue reading

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Banana Oat Bread

Banana Oat BreadEveryone has about a million banana bread recipes.  And everyone has the best banana bread recipe…funny how that works.  I won’t say this one is the best…after all, what would that mean for all my other delightful banana bread recipes?!  I will say that this is a delightful variation on the basic though.  Still classic, just a little bit different…it’s like having Romano instead of Parmesan on your spaghetti…not like replacing spaghetti night with tacos or anything. Continue reading

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Maple Bacon Cookies

Maple Bacon CookiesYep, you heard me right.  Maple.  Bacon.  Cookies.  These are totally inspired by Don, perhaps my most loyal guinea pig.  Apparently, dude is totally bacon-smitten.  From what I hear, he’s even got a picture of bacon as his computer’s wallpaper.  Wow.  That’s quite an affliction…

So I’d heard of maple cupcakes with bacon sprinkled on top, but, lazy baker that I am, I just didn’t feel like going through all the effort of cupcakes.  I mean, inserting all those little paper liners can be so taxing on the body.  So I settled on turning the idea into a cookie, and I think it works.  After all, even the hub liked ‘em and his initial reaction was that I must’ve gone mad when I told him what I was up to.  Bonus: “Bacon Cookies” is such a great play on words…get it?  Get it?  Say it out loud: bacon cookies.  Bakin’ cookies.  Get it now?  Hardy har har. Continue reading

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Nutella Pumpkin Cupcakes

Gooey Nutella Pumpkin CupcakesMy piggies totally dig the Nutella.  I swear, I could put it on cardboard and they’d send back only their praises.  Still though, I know these are good.  Hear me out.  They’re moist, pumpkin-y, and Nutella-y.  And if that’s not enough for you, there’s one more thing–perhaps the most important thing: they’re totally ooey-gooey.  In my opinion, this is one of very few adjectives crucial to the definition of decadence.  And really, we all know that’s the only opinion that really counts here. Continue reading

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White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Wedges

White Chocolate Cranberry Oat WedgesYum!  Dried cranberries and white chocolate just go together.  They just do…like peas and carrots.  Frankly though, I really don’t like peas in my carrots or carrots in my peas, thankyouverymuch.  But I digress.

Truthfully though, these remind me of family.  I suppose that’s fitting, with the holidays just around the corner (yikes!  yay!  egh.).  My aunt absolutely adores oatmeal raisin cookies, and these are kind of a seasonal twist on those.  Both my grandparents love these too.  I made them something similar just before we moved to Denver.  They noshed and shared, but of course stashed an ample supply in the freezer for later. Yeah, like in preparation of a nuclear attack or something.  I suggest you do the same.  You never know. Continue reading

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Autumn Apple Streusel Muffins

Autumn Apple Streusel MuffinsThese smell heavenly.  If there were a fragrance for fall–”eau de Autumn” perhaps–this would be it.  The apples, the cinnamon, the nutmeg.  Yum.  I hear they’re pretty tasty too.  Of course, since they’re not vegan, I’m more impressed with the lasting impression they imparted on the stale air of my living room!

And if that’s not reason enough for you to run directly to your kitchen to whip up a batch of these puppies, I’ve got a few more for you.  First, they’re not too terribly bad for you, as far as treats go.  Yeah, there’s butter and sugar, but there’s also whole wheat flour, walnuts, and lots of apples.  It’s all about balance, right?  And these little guys freeze well too.  So you can totally hoard more of them for yourself and not have to share them for fear that they’ll go bad before you can inhale them.  In fact, I’ve got a nice stash on hand for my love’s on-the-go weekday breakfasts. Aren’t I a good little wife, now? Continue reading

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