Peppermint Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

“Maine Squeeze” Cookies

Also known as double peppermint crunch chocolate shortbread cookies. But let’s just call them Maine Squeeze cookies because I made a moose cookie (also a hedgehog and a snail) for my main squeeze and posted them on Instagram with the caption For my “Maine” squeeze. Get it?? They also got eaten in Maine. Anyway, these cookies were described as “Thin Mints on crack.” …

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Bubble Tea

Make Your Own Bubble Tea

Without a recipe! Well, sorta. I give you the ingredients and rough ratios in the recipe below, but then you can mess with it as you like. As you can see from the pictures, I like a LOT of boba (those black tapioca pearls). Pretty much half the glass is filled. The other thing I like to do is soak my …

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Crispy Baked Falafel

Crispy Baked Falafel (V + GF)

Halfway through baking these, moments after I opened the oven door to flip the little falafel balls belly up, letting out a hot garlicky waft, there was a knock on my door. Locked out roommate? I thought. But it was a stranger, standing quite a few steps back from the doorway, probably so as not to scare me. “Hi, I live up on …

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Chocolate Banana Muffin

Almond Crunch and Toasted Coconut Jumbo Chocolate Banana Muffins

Muffins so moist and soft they’re like chocolate pillows. Dubbed “wicked good” and not too sweet, these are breakfast babies, especially since I snuck in some whole wheat flour.  I gave out a batch of these to a household of 5 and it was reported back to me that Girl Roommate wolfed one down and Asian Guy Roommate said they were really good… twice. Yay. A jumbo muffin pan will deliver 6 puffy top …

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Red Velvet Beet Cupcake

Healthy Beet Cupcakes

Naturally red cupcakes that smack of orange zest and might be mistaken for carrot cake. Moist, dense, untraditional, and super healthy. Also the coconut cream frosting is dreamy. I was originally going to make more traditional red velvet cupcakes naturally dyed with beet juice but not quite THIS beety. Then my barnacle got sick, and in researching healthiest foods to cure a winter cold, beets came up as …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

These melt-in-your-mouth chocolate & peanut butter energy bars taste light and crispy, but don’t be fooled, they will power you through an intense workout without giving you a sugar rush or feeling heavy in your stomach. Nuts, dates, brown rice krispies, and toasted coconut chips are held together by bittersweet chocolate melted into peanut butter. Super simple and no-bake! So… little old me has started rock …

LuChocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars