Paleo Chocolate Caramel Brownie Cups

Y'all! Where do I even begin with these chocolate caramel brownie cups? I mean, their name alone just makes your taste buds start jumping up and down in excitement. Am I right or am I right?

I've had this recipe bookmarked for ages and I JUST stumbled upon it again--- it was hiding in my iPad's favorites! I remember thinking that I needed to buy coconut flour to make it, which is funny, because now that I have bought coconut flour, it's been in my pantry for months and I'm just like, what do I do with it?

Well, I'll be using it to make these cups over and over again. These babies are a little bit time consuming since there's three layers to them. But one bite, and you'll forget any labor involved. They are just heavenly, and super consoling to this stressed out bridezilla.


Neopolitan Cupcakes

So... I'm back! I would tell you guys wedding planning has overwhelmed me this past month but I'm afraid you'd roll your eyes and be like really?! The stress is real, y'all. I am less than two months away and it's really crunch time now!

And truthfully, I've been uninspired to bake/cook anything lately. When you eat, sleep, and breathe wedding planning, blogging is the last thing on your mind. I've been living off protein shakes and Larabars, so it's rare that I even sit down for a real meal, let alone plan to make one.

I'm hoping things will go back to normal after the wedding, but for now, please excuse the scarce and random posting!

The good news is I've come to make it up to you with my ultimate all-time favorite thing to make...cupcakes! I think it's been almost a year since I last posted a cupcake recipe, which is WAY too long.


Coconut Cream Pie Macarons

So, I'm probably the only person on the face of the Earth who DIDN'T post a pie recipe yesterday. Woops! It seems like every year, Pi Day just comes and goes and I'm never prepared for it! And I literally have this conversation with myself every time it happens, like, Meriem, you HAVE to do something next year. And then my memory loss gets the best of me.

And being in the midst of wedding planning doesn't help since planning basically takes over your brain. You might notice me missing a few more holidays until June.

But one holiday I'm definitely not missing is Easter! I've got so many delicious recipes coming your way for Easter! Today, we're starting things off with my least favorite dessert to make--macarons!

...Brought to you by Bob's Red Mill almond flour. I LOVE Bob's almond flour guys. Bob totally gets me. He understands that my almonds need to be grinded super fine, so my macarons can be super awesome. And super awesome they are. *Knock on wood*

Fun fact: Did you guys know that almonds are super good for you, and that they provide a good amount of manganese and Vitamin E, as well as protein? And they're low in carbs, which totally works with my diet plan right now. I almost consider macarons health food. So, these are kind of like a healthy coconut cream pie!


Homemade Apple Pie Larabars

I can't wait to tell you guys all about this recipe but first, can we talk about the fact that we've had 65+ degree weather for the past week in New Jersey. I mean, what is life, REALLY? I almost feel like all this nice weather is leading up to a terrible snowstorm. Like, Mother Nature is just messing with us right now. This weather is TOO nice for her not to be up to something. #seriouslyworried

But I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and just enjoy this beautiful weather...though yesterday was a little too sticky and hot for my taste....but I'll take it! 

Speaking of sticky and hot, ovens are definitely a no-go in that type of weather. Hence, this no-bake recipe I'm sharing today. It's never too soon to start adding no-bake recipes to your arsenals! Also, summer bodies are made in the winter so homemade larabars are definitely the way you want to go right now.

They're made of six simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, dairy free, gluten-free, paleo, all that good stuff. I'm totally obsessed  with them and I know you will be too!


Paleo No-Bake Samoa Cookies

So, you know how I've been saying that I'm #shreddingforthewedding. Well, that was all talk and no walk. I mean, some effort was being put in but I wasn't giving my full potential.  NOW, I'm really going hard. I am T-minus 3 months away from the big day so it's crunch time! I've decided to take on a 30-day challenge of no bread, pasta, or rice AND I'm doing an hour of cardio 5 times a week at the gym. I even tried Spinning!

And because I successfully made it through one whole week, I am celebrating today with these no-bake cookies that totally meet my challenge's guidelines :-)

Since we're in the middle of Girl Scout Cookie season, I figure this recipe will be beneficial to many of you who are finding it hard to resist those sweet temptations! It's better for your wallet, and better for your belly!