individual banana pudding cups

banana pudding cups 11a while back, chris asked me to make some treats for his coworkers.  since i make a lot of treats for mine, i didn’t hesistate for a second saying “of course!”  now the fun part – what should i make?  my coworkers expect me to bring cupcakes, so making treats for chris is a good opportunity for me to try out different recipes.  i definitely have made cupcakes for him before, but i’ve also made blueberry crumb bars as well as these individual banana pudding cups.
banana pudding cups 12i absolutely love banana pudding and thought it would be a nice, cool treat for chris to share with his coworkers.  but it’s not so portable and would be a mess to serve to a crowd.  so i thought of making them into little individual serving cups.  they worked out perfectly!  chris was able to easily transport them on the metro and he reported back that they were easy to serve and share.  success!

banana pudding cups 13don’t you love those beautiful layers?  i just think they are so pretty.  these individual banana pudding cups would make the perfect summer time treat.  i used my light banana pudding recipe, which is not as heavy and decadent as regular banana pudding.  so they would be nice and refreshing on a warm, sunny day.  i hope you give them a try!

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no-bake mini cheesecakes

remember a couple days ago how i talked about our summer of wellness.  well i had dinner with those same friends and we were planning on doing a potluck.  so i tried to think of a relatively healthy dessert i could bring.  well i ended up not finding anything that i loved that was particularly healthy, but i did come across a recipe for no-bake cheesecake that wasn’t particularly unhealthy.  that’s a step right?

i found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, skinnytaste.  gina made a cheesecake/pie but i wanted to make mine into mini cheesecakes.  as you can tell from my love of cupcakes, i love little, individual servings of dessert.  i used my go to graham cracker crust and scaled it down a little.  i could have just halved the recipe but the graham crust is my favorite part of cheesecake so i wanted a thicker crust.  the crust is topped with a reduced fat cream cheese and cool whip free mixture and garnished with a few slices of fresh strawberry…

and there you have it, no-bake mini cheesecakes!  of course they don’t taste exactly like regular, baked cheesecake and but they are a great, low fat cheesecake option for days when you don’t want to turn on the stove and/or you want to be just a little bit more health conscious.  it allows you to have your cake and eat it too!  perfect!

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red velvet whoopie pies 2.0

i know this is a little belated, but unfortunately due to our snow days last week we had to push our office’s valentine’s day celebrations back a week.  so yesterday the spirit committee brought in a variety of valentine’s day themed treats to celebrate valentine’s day and february birthdays.

i actually made these same heart shaped red velvet whoopie pies a few years ago.  but i wanted to do a new post because i think these look quite a bit better than my first go at it.  i think the big difference was the size of the tip i used.  the first time, the tip was just a medium round tip.  with this batch, i used a large round tip which made it much easier to pipe the batter out and allowed the cookies of the whoopie pie to be fluffier and smoother.

although i love the bright red color of these whoopie pies, i know that the red dye is not good for you.  so i was thinking of trying these out a third time to see if there is a way to decrease or even eliminate the use of artificial food coloring.  i’ll be sure to update the blog if with a new recipe as soon as i figure one out.  until then, pin this recipe for next year’s valentine’s day celebrations. ❤

another reason i wanted to do a new post of these red velvet whoopie pies is because this time i took step by step pictures.  i really think they are helpful – i love looking at them on other blogs so i figured i should include them here.

the first step is to trace hearts onto parchment paper.  this will give you a guideline to follow as you pipe out the batter.  here is a pdf of the Hearts i used.  just space 12 evenly on a piece of parchment paper that fits nicely in your baking sheet.  the flip the parchment paper over so that the side that you wrote on is on the bottom.

on to the batter.  mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.

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no bake granola bites

i am a snack-a-holic. i  love snacks – all the sweet things and all the salty things.  they are the best.  but snacking can quickly add up to lots of unhealthy foods and extra calories i shouldn’t be eating.  therefore, a made a concerted effort to have healthier snacks on hand in my office and at home.

i started off this quest by googling healthy snacks.  i saw lots of people making these granola bites.   they all looked awesome and relatively easy to make.  plus they are no-bake which definitely ups the convenience factor.  these no bake granola bites are full of lots of healthy things like flaxseed,

coconut oil,

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key lime pie

the polar vortex is real.  it has been colder in dc the past few weeks than it’s ever been.  i like the cold but man this is too cold for anyone’s good.  fortunately, it got a little warmer last week.  it’s sad when you get excited for 30 degrees.

chris requested that i make a key lime pie which was perfect to combat some of the winter blues.  i make key lime pie cupcakes often, but i’ve only made key lime pie once before.  i used the recipe my coworker gave me – she made it a while back for the office.  it was divine.  so i used the same recipe this time.

this pie is super easy and only has few ingredients.  wonderful.  i also like that it’s not too tart.  it has the perfect amount of lime flavor while still being nice and creamy.  plus i love graham cracker crust so that is definitely one of my favorite parts of this pie.

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