• chocolate banana bread
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    I have always thought chocolate and bananas are a delicious match. The silky dark slightly bitter chocolate with the sweet ripened banana creates a mouthful of flavors that are quite addicting. Now imagine that in a decadent cake. This chocolate banana bread is not only gluten-free but dairy-free and has no refined sugars either! Trust me this cake doesn’t lack chocolate or banana flavor. Its texture is moist, cake-like, and chocolatey. The cassava flour from Hearthy Foods made for a fabulous alternative to all-purpose flour. It is subtle in taste and adds a nutty note as well which enhances the loaf flavor. Highly recommend for any person following a gluten-free…

  • Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake
    Dessert,  Gluten Free

    Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake

    Move over pineapple upside-down cake, you got some competition! I would choose this sticky apple upside-down cake any day of the week. It’s decadent but not too sweet; it’s full of apple flavor & gluten-free thanks to Hearthy Foods Apple Flour. We all know the best part of an upside-down cake is that gooey bottom. This super simple caramel sauce seeps into the cake and creates a pudding-like moist cake while still caramelizing the bottom too. That is where the sticky component comes through and it is pure perfection. Hearthy Foods Apple Flour The versatility of Hearthy 100% Apple Flour is nothing short of amazing. If you have not tasted fresh…

  • Panna Cotta
    Dessert

    Panna Cotta with Berry sauce

    Where it all Started: I worked in an Italian bakery for 10 years where my true passion for desserts blossomed. Although, we didn’t serve panna cotta; I have always wanted to try it myself. Panna cotta is a delectable Italian custard-like dessert that comes together in just a few minutes. It is served chilled and often with a berry or chocolate sauce. Hearthy Foods Halal Gelatin: To make panna cotta with berry sauce, gelatin is required and it wasn’t until recently that I came across Halal certified unflavored gelatin by Hearthy foods. I was elated, to say the least, to try the Gelatin and I have come to love it.…

  • Chai Spiced Almond Cookies
    Dessert

    Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

    Hey friends! Happy Sunday 🙂 Do you love a good Snickerdoodle? Ever thought of using Chai instead of solely cinnamon? It works and it works really well! If you don’t know, chai is a blend of spices often used in South East Asian cuisine. It is a blend of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Now, I have a GF almond cookie on my blog which is super delicious. When I realized that I was out of vanilla to make this cookie but had almond flavor; a lightbulb went off in my head. So, I combined the flavor and texture of almonds with the chai; the result were these…

  • mabrousheh
    Dessert

    Mabrousheh

    Last week, I was over my family’s house in New Jersey visiting as I often do this time of year. My mom who is an excellent cook and even better baker introduced me to this delicious Middle Eastern dessert while I was over known as mabrousheh. It gets its name from the dough grated on top to resemble a crumb effect and texture. Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still enjoy a sweet bite here and there. Let me tell you something, these jam centered crumb bars were addictive. They were so light and had just the right…

  • peanut butter cookie with pink Himalayan salt
    Dessert

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Pink Himalayan salt

    There is something about a sweet and salty duo that is so satisfying. You literally get the best of both worlds in one bite. This Peanut butter cookie with Shan foods pink Himalayan salt hits the spot. Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Both children and adults rave over this nutritious snack. Peanut butter naturally has sweet and salty components in it making it the perfect foundation for this cookie. Top it off with some white chocolate and pink Himalayan salt and the flavor profile goes to the next level. You will see what I am talking about once you try this super easy 20-minute cookie recipe. There are a few…

  • cranberry orange cookies
    Dessert

    Cranberry Orange Cookies

    I have always loved this time of year. The weather is crisp, people are cheerful, and I have an awesome excuse to bake all the time whether for co-workers, friends, or neighbors. These cranberry orange cookies are a go-to for me; they are sweet but tart and full of citrus flavor. They are so easy to make as well; just a few ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and you will have a delicious batch of cranberry orange cookies. I personally love using fresh ingredients rather than extracts and flavorings. Those always seem to have an after taste. So, instead of orange essence; I use fresh orange juice and…

  • the best snickerdoodle cookie
    Dessert

    The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

    This is a Holiday cookie classic. The warm flavors of cinnamon just scream fall and comfort. I asked my audience what their favorite cookie was to eat this time of year and these cookies were the number one answer so I knew that I had to share the best snickerdoodle recipe with you all! If you have never heard of this cookie, just imagine a cinnamon sugar cookie that is chewy and buttery! All the things a good cookie should be. They are so simple and quick to make. I promise you that these cookies will be gone in an instant once they come out of the oven! There has…

  • Hareeseh Mahshi Bil tamer (Semolina cake stuffed with dates)
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hareeseh Mahshi Bil Tamer (Semolina Cake stuffed with dates)

    A traditional Middle Eastern Hareeseh is a semolina cake oftentimes drenched in a simple syrup and topped with almonds. This dessert has multiple names all dependent on the region its made in the Middle East. You may know it as Namoura, or even basbousa. They all refer to this delicious semolina cake. It is an extremely popular sweet treat; you can find it always everywhere and anywhere overseas. Semolina is used predominantly in the Arabic culture especially in desserts. In this baked good, coarse semolina is used as opposed to fine semolina. The two cannot be switched for this recipe. The semolina adds great flavor and texture to this cake;…

  • no bake lotus cake
    Dessert

    No-Bake Lotus Cake

    Hey friends! Happy Monday! I received so much love over this cake after demonstrating how to make it yesterday on my Instagram page. I knew I had to write the recipe right away because many of you are eager to make it, which makes me so happy! If you know me, you know I love making desserts for friends and family especially no-bake desserts. They are easy and oh so delicious! My Nescafe cake was such a big hit with you guys that I wanted to share another dessert very similar but this time with Lotus Cookie Butter which seems to be the craze lately. I understand why. It is…