Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

If you’re celebrating Easter this summer with a breakfast or brunch or want a light lunch or dinner dessert, try this recipe for Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. These muffins also make a scrumptious spring or summer breakfast, mid morning or afternoon snack or dessert. My family members love anything with fresh lemon, so these muffins always win rave reviews with my kids and husband. I lightened up this recipe which I adapted from Browneyed Baker and substituted nonfat plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I love her recipes, and her food blog is totally worthy of checking out! If you’re headed out of town for spring break this week or planning your summer travels, these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins are also perfect for travel snacking. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container, and they should last up to 4 days. Enjoy and happy Easter weekend!

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Cinnamon Apple Cake via @alisonlewis

My sister, Julie, asked me to make an apple cake for this Sunday night for Rosh Hashanah. We are having 18 people so a birthday cake and Mandel Bread just aren’t enough :). Since I am making the main dish too, I decided to make this Apple Cinnamon Cake, a super easy apple cake that is also very simple to slice. No mixer is needed for this recipe, and those most difficult part is is peeling and chopping the apples (luckily my husband is a pro at this). This comes out moist and fabulous (I think the Greek yogurt really helps add to its fluffy texture). Serve this with coffee for dessert or for breakfast or afternoon tea. This recipe is a keeper and wonderful tribute to a sweet new year.

Banana Ice Cream

Banana Pudding Ice Cream via @alisonlewis

Who is ready for Labor Day weekend? My son, Zachary has been excited about this weekend for quite some time. I gave him a surprise gift for his birthday in January-a voucher saying we are headed to the US Open in New York this year for Labor Day weekend 2015. We will be back late Sunday and Monday, my mother-in-law, Rosemary, is having us for a wonderful dinner. Rosemary makes homemade ice cream for every holiday (except Christmas) and most family celebrations. She gave us her core ice cream recipe, so we’ve been making some on our own (see my Oreo Ice Cream here). We recently made this Banana Ice Cream with some overripe bananas we had on hand, and it came out AMAZING! This is a wonderful and easy Labor Day dessert recipe idea. Serve with vanilla wafers or any of your favorite toppings (although it does not need any). Happy Labor Day weekend. Have a fun, relaxing and very safe one!

5 Ingredient Fudge Brownies

5 Ingredient Fudgy Brownies

I have been craving something sweet for about a week now, and my sister, Natalie posted a picture last night of brownies that made me have to go make some too. I went to my pantry and gathered the last of my semisweet chocolate chips, Nutella, eggs, butter and flour, whipped it all up (with no mixer) in a mixing bowl and here you go: 5 Minute Fudge Brownies. These are fantastic with ice cream or a glass of milk, and so easy! My kids are going to love these to take to school on Monday. Have a great week ahead!

Healthy Peach Crisp

Individual Peach Crisp

Alabama peaches are the best right now: so sweet and juicy! If you’re looking for a healthy dessert (under 200 calories) with fresh peaches, read on. I quickly created this individual Healthy Peach Crisp recipe with these fresh jewels which came out spectacular! All you will need is whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, raw sugar and oats for the topping. I used as little butter as possible. You can prepare these ahead of time and warm them up in the microwave when you’re ready to serve them. Enjoy this summertime recipe during the week or for weekend get togethers.

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Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Your family and friends will be so so excited when you share these tasty treats! Beautifully delicious Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic gift, and guests will love them. The maple crunch packs a flavorful punch, and these cookies become a delicious addition to your go-to holiday recipes. For added indulgence, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool. These are made with Nature Path’s Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal (which my kids and I love). These crowed-pleasing treats are so yummy I strongly suggest keeping a few for yourself! Check out how low in calorie there are too!

Calories per serving: 116, Fat 8g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 8mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6.5g, Protein 1.5g

Espresso Tiramisu

Espresso Tiramisu

Since yesterday was National Espresso Day I thought I would share this recipe for Expresso Tiramisu perfect for anytime of the year. This recipe was actually crated by Cooking Channel Stars and mixology duo, Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark, but I made it last week and it’s amazing! This recipe starts with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso pods which makes this recipe even simpler. Enjoy for the holidays this week, Christmas or when ever you are having a tiramisu craving!

Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls

Pistachio Bite Popcorn Balls

Halloween is almost here and you know what that means…spooky fun, costumes, family, friends, and lots of treats! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to share these fabulous treats by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods. They have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls recipe that are easy to make and perfect for Halloween! This recipe is nutritious, gluten free, vegan, and something you will want to make all year long. These popcorn balls use Pistachio Chewy Bites from Setton Farms which have 7 grams of protein per serving and are made with agave nectar. My kids loved these, but these are fabulous for adults too!

 

Easy Peach Crisp

Easy Peach Crisp

Over the weekend, my kids and I bought some amazing peaches and they begged for me to make a Peach Crisp. My son wanted to know the difference between a cobbler and a crisp, and found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. A crisp is typically a crumble topping similar to a streusel or granola that is sprinkled over the top. A cobbler is more of a biscuit-type crust which is typically spooned over the top. My son prepared the entire recipe on his own, so we called it “easy”. Also, my daughter styled and took the photo (pretty great for her first try). Enjoy this peach dessert while peaches are still at their peak. It’s perfect for Labor Day too!

Easy Eclairs Recipe

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My mom used to take me to our local bakery when I was little, and eclairs were always my top dessert pick. Last night, my sister Julie, invited my daughter and I (along with my niece and several other friends) to learn how to make homemade eclairs. Her dear friend, Orli, a French baking expert, taught us how to make these Easy Eclairs Recipe from scratch. The recipe instructions may appear to be a long process, but they truly are easy! Be sure to have a few Ziploc bags on hand for piping. They make piping the dough and filing even easier. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!