Dessert

Three Ingredient Ambrosia Salad

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Have you tried Ambrosia Salad? I feel like it is one of those classic dishes that everyone must try at least once! This recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare, is great for a potluck or quick side dish, and is super budget-friendly!

Three Ingredient Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients
•30 oz fruit cocktail
•2 cups mini marshmallows
•1 tbsp sour cream


Instructions
•Drain the fruit cocktail
•Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl
•Gently fold together
•Refrigerate at least 2 hours, until cold
•Gently stir and serve chilled


Servings: 4 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Blended Chia Seed Pudding

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I have been wanting to hop on the Chia Seed Pudding trend for so long! I was concerned about the texture and whether or not that would be an issue, but with the way that this recipe is blended together it is so creamy and delicious! Chia Seeds are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber and protein, and are so good for you!

This Blended Chia Seed Pudding could not be easier to make, and you can really customize it with different toppings like fruits, nuts, shredded coconut, etc…. I am excited to whip together a Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding for fall!

Blended Chia Seed Pudding (serves 1) 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

Pinch of Cinnamon

2 Tbsp. of Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

Sweetener of your Choice (I used 2 packets of Truvia)

Instructions:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Place in a mason jar and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or until the pudding has set. (I have found that it is best if you leave it overnight.)

Serve with your favorite toppings. I used the Coconut Milk Redi-Wip on the top of mine and it was so good! I am going to add fresh fruit and shredded coconut the next time!

Enjoy! Please let me know if you try it!

Easy Carrot Cake Cookies

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Need a quick dessert idea? These Carrot Cake Cookies couldn’t be easier to prepare, as they are made from a cake mix!

Ingredients:  

  • 15oz Box Carrot Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
  • 1/2 Crushed Walnuts
  • Sprinkles 

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8oz Whipped Cream cheese
  • 1 TBS Vanilla 
  • 2 Tsp Milk 
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Empty Carrot Cake Mix into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add Walnuts.
  3. Pour in melted butter. 
  4. Crack two eggs and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for 1hr.
  6. Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls.
  7. Place on non-stick baking sheet or lay out a piece of parchment paper and place on top of that.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are set at 350 degrees.
  9. While cookies are baking, pour powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla & butter into a bowl to make your frosting. Mix well.
  10. Take cookies out of the oven and frost and sprinkle away.
  11. Serve & enjoy!!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

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Many of us are being forced to cook and bake with items that we have right in our own pantry. Times are tough for many people so we are having to become creative with the items that we have on hand. This recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread is sure to cure any sweet tooth that you have and combines chocolate and peanut butter all in one delicious bite!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, plus 1 tbsp for drizzle
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

 

Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, egg, peanut butter, and vegetable oil until smooth.
  3. Slowly combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine until batter forms.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 28-30 minutes until center is cooked and toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before taking out of pan.
  7. Optional microwave 1 tbsp peanut butter until melted and drizzle over loaf.
  8. Let cool completely before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Lucky Charms Treats

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Do you need a fun and easy treat to make with the kiddos for St. Patrick’s Day? These 3 Ingredient Lucky Charms Treats are sure to be a winner! We make these quite often since they are gluten free!

Lucky Charms Treats 

Ingredients:

  • 10oz Bag Marshmallows 
  • 5 Cups Lucky Charms 
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter 

Instructions:

  1. In large pan melt butter over low heat. 
  2. Pour in the marshmallows & stir until completely melted. 
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add Lucky Charms.
  5. Stir until all Lucky Charms are coated in the marshmallow/butter mixture. 
  6. Pour into a greased baking pan or my favorite, silicone pan.
  7. Cool.
  8. Cut into 2 inch squares.
  9. Serve & enjoy! 

 

Valentine’s Day M&M Cake Mix Bars

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Valentine’s Day is this week! If you need an easy and fun dessert idea for your kids or sweetie, these Valentine’s Day M&M Cake Mix Bars couldn’t be quicker to whip up! This recipe can also be made Gluten Free by using a GF cake mix. 

Ingredients:

15oz Yellow Cake Mix

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Valentine’s M&M

3.4oz Vanilla Pudding 

1/3 Cup Melted Butter

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour yellow cake mix and pudding into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Crack two eggs.
  4. Add melted butter.
  5. Mix well. 
  6. Let sit for a minute to let the mixed butter cool down. 
  7. Add M&M’s. If you do not wait until the butter has cooled down, the chocolate will melt.
  8. Add to nonstick pan and cook for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  9. Serve & enjoy! 

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! I love this day as it is such a fun time to share our love for all of our family and friends. Who can resist sharing their love and affection with sweet treats and baked goods? You will especially be loved after you serve these adorable Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls! They are not only super easy to make, but you will be a rockstar with your kiddos if you serve these on Valentine’s Day morning!

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients: 

2 Cans Cinnamon Rolls. (Be sure to buy the ones that can be rolled out. Most store brands and the large Pillsbury Grands should work)

​Valentine Sprinkles (there are some great options HERE)

Additional colored icings- this is optional

Instructions: 

Pre-Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Unroll the Cinnamon Rolls.

Take both corners of the Cinnamon Rolls and start rolling them to the middle. Once you reach the middle, pinch the bottom to make a point. Make sure to pinch together really good so that the dough will stay together when baking. 

Cook for 8-10 minutes. The Cinnamon Rolls cook rather quickly when rolled like a heart, so keep an eye out for them!

Once the Cinnamon Rolls have finished baking and have fully cooled, you can start frosting and decorating. Use various kinds of sprinkles and other colored frosting if wanted to decorate as you wish. 

Serve and Enjoy!

Easy Pound Cake Recipe

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Are you a pound cake lover? This recipe is super versatile and you can do so much with it! Substitute the Vanilla Extract for Almond or another flavor to give it a special flavor! You can also top it with Strawberries or a yummy glaze. You will not be disappointed I promise!

Recipe adapted from Julie Blanner

Ingredients:

2 Sticks Softened Butter

1 1/2 Cups Sugar

3 Eggs

2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Milk

2 Tsp. Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Grease a 1 lb. bread pan and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until it is light in color (around 3 minutes). Gradually incorporate sugar and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and blend on low.
  4. Alternate adding flour and milk, add vanilla until smooth.
  5. Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (It may take longer. I actually went for around 1 hour 30 minutes.)
  6. Allow to cool and top with glaze or fresh fruit.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Tis’ the season for delicious treats! If you or someone that you love is Gluten Free, these Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect holiday treat!

Ingredients:

¾ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups gluten free baking flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup red and green chocolate candies

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add the gluten free baking flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Top the batter with red and green chocolate candies.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for at least two hours, then remove from pan by pulling the edges of the parchment paper out of the pan. Cut into squares before serving.

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

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This Gluten Free Cranberry Cake recipe continues to be a family favorite! I am definitely make some in the next few weeks! The flavors of cranberry and orange together with the delicious buttery cake are a perfect combination! I originally posted this recipe over at the Mommy Spot Tampa Bay back in 2016.

Gluten Free Cranberry Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

12oz. fresh cranberries

¾ cup softened butter

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour (I find this is the best Gluten-Free flour on the market in my opinion and it can be used 1 to 1 for regular flour)

For Orange Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons of Orange Juice

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream together the sugar and eggs. Beat for about 5 minutes until the batter almost doubles in size. The eggs are working as your leavening agent. Be sure that you do not skip this step! Add the softened butter, vanilla and pinch of cinnamon. Beat for another 2 minutes. Stir in the flour just until combined. Add in the fresh cranberries and stir to mix throughout.

Spread in buttered 9×13 pan and bake for around 40-45 minutes. I baked mine exactly 44 minutes and it came out of the oven perfectly lightly browned and gorgeous! You can use a toothpick to insert in the middle of the cake. When it comes out clean you will know that your cake is done.

Set cake aside and let cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, whisk together 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of orange juice to form a nice glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cake and enjoy. I also like to sprinkle some extra sugar on the top for a nice touch.

The orange with the cranberry has such a wonderful flavor! I love to enjoy this with my favorite cup of coffee! Delish!