Lemon Cream Tartlets

Happy Wednesday y'all! We're taking a break from paleo desserts and using some good old fashioned butter and sugar today. The occasion? Easter! Since it's only a few weeks away, I figured I'd give you guys some dessert inspiration. I've done carrot cake on here before, as well as coconut cake, so this time around, I went in a different flavor direction- lemon!

Before I go any further, let me just address the elephant in the room and say yes, I did in fact overbake these tartlets. First time making tartlets + non-traditional crust recipe does that to you. But the good news is, they still tasted fantastic so if this happens to you, no worries! But I did test the recipe again so I could get down the correct baking time, so hopefully it won't happen to you :)

Now, about that non-traditional crust recipe. It's non-traditional in the sense that it's actually a sugar cookie recipe. And it's paired with this velvety smooth lemon cream filling that is to die for. This is coming from someone who doesn't even like lemon-flavored things. I couldn't stop eating these!


Paleo Brownies

Happy Thursday, y'all! We're back with another episode of #healthybakingforAdam! This week, I had my mind on chocolate and chocolate on mind. But instead of reaching for butter and sugar, I reached for almond butter and honey and made these paleo brownies for me and my not-so-baby brother!

They.were.awesome. He couldn't even tell they were healthy! I was afraid the almond butter might be overpowering since it's the main ingredient, but not at all. The rich, chocolatey goodness shined through in every delightful, chewy bite!

These are definitely going to be a regular in our house from now on. We may have to start making our own almond butter since it can get pricey, but in terms of simplicity, these are ridiculously easy to whip up and satisfy our chocolate cravings!


Paleo Carrot Cake Balls

Houston, we have a problem.

My brother refuses to eat any more of my "unhealthy" baked goods...which is basically all of them. Granted, this is a temporary situation until he can start running again (ACL surgery has him on lockdown), but any time is too long of a time for me because I have zero self-control around sweets.

Thus, I am being forced to change my entire baking regimen. And not just for myself. But because being the great sister that I am, I can't just make unhealthy stuff and give them away to someone else. I want to make things for him to enjoy while he recovers. *Insert awwwwws here*

Yeah, he got lucky with me.

So here's the first installment of healthy baking for Adam. Or healthy no-baking, I should say. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, carrot cake balls. No cake was harmed in the making of these balls. Only nuts, carrots, and dates. And a few classic carrot cake spices.  Oh, and some shredded coconut.


Strawberry Banana Pancakes #OXOCookware

So, who went to IHOP yesterday and got themselves some free pancakes?!

Not me.

I wanted to go and I have went every year since I've heard about said glorious day, but this year, I had to sit it out due to previous obligations. No worries though, because instead of going to IHOP, I brought IHOP to me.

And no, I'm not talking about delivery. Because that amazing service doesn't exist yet. But you know what does exist? OXO's brand new 11-inch square griddle that makes amazing pancakes.

Oh boy, was I excited to get my hands on this pan! My pancake making experiences have been subpar due to my sorry excuse for a non-stick skillet. And as many times as I make pancakes, I don't need any sorry excuses. I need the perfection that is this griddle.

I promise, I'm not being paid to say any of this. I am just truly obsessed with this pan. And let me tell you why. First of all, there was not a single speck of pancake left on the pan when I was done cooking. Not one. So to clean the pan, all I had to do was just wipe it off with a moist towel!

Secondly, do you see the gorgeous even browning on my pancakes? Yes, that's compliments of the heavy gauge anodized aluminum this pan is made of.


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, stop right now and MAKE.THESE.COOKIES. You might not think that you're craving chocolate and peanut butter or that you're even in the mood for cookies but trust me, you're in the mood for these cookies.

They are thick, rich, fudgy, soft, chewy, peanut-buttery, and will basically be one of the most amazing cookies, if not the most amazing cookie, to grace your mouth. I'm so happy that the Mystery Dish ingredient list this month pushed me to use the peanut butter chips I've had in my pantry for forever now.

They make these cookies taste exactly like a Reese's peanut butter cup! I know it sounds like I'm saying that with excitement but deep down I'm crying because my thighs are totally in trouble.