Happy Birthday to Me! German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Raw Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting

Happy Birthday! German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting

No need to wait for your birthday to enjoy one of these German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raw Coconut Pecan Caramel Frosting, especially since they're gluten-free, vegan, and just a wee bit healthier than the original version! Today is not my birthday. … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013: Chocolate Pecan Love Bites

Dark Chocolate Pecan Love Bites//The Spicy RD #glutenfree #vegan #hearthealthy

Dark Chocolate Pecan Love Bites Be still my beating heart! I'm thrilled to be sharing my own heart healthy recipe for Dark Chocolate Pecan Love Bites with you today, as we continue our Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013 event this week. Big hug to Lexie Croft at Lexie's Kitchen for creating this gorgeous gluten-free heart healthy badge! Before I divulge my recipe, I thought I would share some of my favorite foods for keeping your ticker in tip-top shape! Fruit and veggies, the more the merrier~especially citrus and apples which … [Read more...]

Raw Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Maple Pecan Cookie Dough {Part One}

cinnamon maple pecan cookie dough

Happy Friday! Happy June 1! Somehow I was in a panic earlier today when I started thinking we were already halfway through the year. I even posted it on Facebook... Happy June 1!!! Who else besides me is having a hard time believing we are already half way through 2012??? In honor of the 2012 half-way mark, I think it's time for a sweet celebration! Check back soon for my sweet creation! As my friend, KB, might say, my "thinker" wasn't working very well today :-) Thank goodness Shelly brought me back to my senses when she sweetly … [Read more...]

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday: Pecan Coconut Muffins


I hope you're all having a fabulous week so far! I made these AMAZING Pecan Coconut Muffins {kept all the ingredients the same except used melted virgin coconut oil in place of the butter} by Carrie Vitt of Deliciously Organic yesterday, and I pinned the original recipe image on to my Pinterest Board, {Delicious} Recipe's I've Made.  Check it out for more delicious inspiration! And, for a healthy breakfast idea, try this... Check out this post from Foodtrainers on how to make a poached egg in the microwave. I tried it this week too and it … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemonade Pie {Deconstructed}


It's hard for me to believe, but it's already time for another Recipe Redux Post! August {and the whole summer for that matter!} has flown by! In less than 1 week my kids will be back to school, and hopefully {fingers crossed} I'll find some time to catch up on all my work projects that have gotten put aside for the summer. One thing that you won't want to put aside however, is a slice bowl of {Deconstructed} Luscious Lemonade Pie! I created this recipe after a childhood favorite frozen dessert of mine that my mom used to make-Pink … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies {Regular and Gluten-Free}


Today, Ian, SiSi, Big Tex and I are headed to the "Happiest Place on Earth". Disneyland! We're hoping to beat the crowds before everyone in Southern California gets out of school for summer break. Wish us luck... But, before we go, I wanted to leave you with a luscious recipe for Lemon Curd Thumbprint cookies. JUST in case you are in the cookie baking mood this weekend :-) I first made these cookies this past Christmas.  I was inspired by Wendy Jo's recipe over at her fabulous nutrition and recipe blog, Edible … [Read more...]

Decadent {but healthy} Dark Chocolate Muesli


This decadent dark chocolate muesli tastes like heaven in a bowl! A few weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of a beautiful cookbook entitled "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" by food writer and cooking instructor, Maria Speck.  The giveaway was hosted by Shulie Madnick over at Food Wanderings.  If you've never visited Shulie's lovely blog where she shares both her favorite Mediterranean and Indian inspired recipes, along with mouth watering photographs to boot, I urge you to do so! Back to the book...   Immediately after the UPS … [Read more...]

French Toast with Pecans, Coconut, and Orange Sauce and, a Tale of Two Mornings…


This is a tale of two mornings.  One relaxing, the other, so NOT relaxing, but still fun, nevertheless. Last Saturday morning was the "calm before the storm".  It was time for a slow, leisurely breakfast with my family. With my favorite coffee cup in hand, and a little Dave Brubeck playing in the background, I cooked up a batch of my favorite orange sauce, then made some french toast and topped it all off with toasted pecans and coconut.  I  sat down at the kitchen island with my husband and children to eat and enjoy... One last meal … [Read more...]

Coconut Flour Pancakes with Pecans and Raspberries {Regular or Gluten Free}


Pancakes are a staple in our household at least one morning each weekend.  Usually I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix as my "go to" recipe.  I really like it and my non-gluten free husband and kids like it too.  Sometimes we make the pancakes plain, but often we add pumpkin puree and cinnamon to the mix {Kids love to add chocolate chips too!}. Sometime, though, you need a change of pancakes... Inspired by my gluten free Cinnamon Orange Almond Scones I had made a few weeks ago, I thought about making pancakes with almond … [Read more...]