Chocolate Walnut Twist Bread

Well hello there everyone! It feels so good to be back! Though I am not REALLY back yet, just popping in to say hello, I'm alive and well! I'm officially a married woman and living in the Midwest now! It's definitely going to take some time adjusting, not to mention unpacking. So, I have a few friends guest posting for me in the meantime. Take it away Nancy!

Hi everyone, I’m Nancy from gotta get baked and I’ve been a very bad blogger. I haven’t baked or posted anything in what feels like forever. So what’s brought me out of my self-imposed solitary? When a friend needs help, I spring into action!

The lovely Meriem is caught up in a whirlwind of activities right now and she asked if I could guest post while she’s getting married and moving. Phew! I mean, only one of those activities would be crazy stressful but two at the same time! Meriem, you’re super woman.

I wanted to make something rich, decadent and beautiful but also comforting and easy to make. I wracked my brain for a loooooong time before I decided on this chocolate walnut twist bread.


Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

And just like that, Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner! How is it almost the end of May already? I feel like May just started. Before I know it, I'm going to be packing up my bags and saying goodbye to New Jersey!

But before that day comes, I have been enjoying some quality time with my family and doing what I do best-- making them all their favorite desserts! With Memorial Day coming up, I figured I would make something both them and you guys would love! PIE!

I can't even remember when is the last time I made a pie. Probably around the time that I started watching my diet and making healthier desserts. Now a days, you'll find me drinking peanut butter banana protein shakes--which by the way, are equally as delicious...kind of.

Nothing can really beat a cold, creamy pie made with the best Oreo crust ever. Golden Oreos are where it's at y'all. Stop using regular Oreos. I added a pinch of salt to the crushed Oreos as well and it seriously took things to the next level for me.

I was so excited to make the pie that I didn't crush my Oreos as finely as they needed to be crushed, but honestly, since when has a pie not tasted good because it didn't look good? Even deconstructed, this was totally a party in my mouth.


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!