Recipe Round-Up

15 of My Favorite Recipes to Start the New Year

You know what’s crazy?  There are mere hours standing between today and 2015.  Hours until 2000 with be as far from present day as 2030.  Just stop and think about that for a second.  Woah.

But, fear not my friends, because I’ve got all of your New Years plans covered.  With the help of this handy-dandy roundup I’ve pulled together, you’re going to be eating nutritious, delicious food until next December rolls around.  Below you’ll find 15 of my all-time favorite recipes.  May they prompt you towards a healthy and happy 2015.

Cakes:

Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Cake Bars –  First and foremost, this cake is for serious chocolate lovers only.  With a fluffy chocolate cake base and a thick layer of chocolate frosting spread on top, I feel obligated to tell you to precede with caution.  But, if you think you can handle it, I promise you won’t be let down.  The rich chocolate taste comes without the calories, as there’s no butter in the entire recipe (that means the cake AND frosting!) and less than a half a cup of refined sugar.

Lavender Honey Cornmeal Cake –  My sister is so picky she refuses to eat pasta if there’s butter on it.  But you know what?  She devoured this cornmeal cake like she hadn’t eaten for days.  Just out of the oven with a drizzle of honey, you won’t be able to stop at just one piece.

Mini Chocolate Cakes for Two –  You know those chocolate cravings that hit you when you least expect it?  Those times when you want chocolate and you want it right then and there?  Well, have I got the recipe for you.  With only 10 minutes of your time and ingredients you already own, you’ll soon have two perfect little cakes waiting for you.  How’s that for kicking chocolate cravings in the butt?

Crustless Lemon Honey Cheesecake – Whether or not you like cheesecake, you’ll probably love this.  It’s the classic cheesecake’s low fat buddy, made with protein packed greek yogurt and without the fatty crust.  Oh, but don’t worry about losing taste, ’cause this guy’s certainly not lacking in that department.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake –  Chocolate and peanut butter just go together.  It’s a fact.  But throwing them together into a beautiful layer cake just takes thing to new level.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this; just look at how much I devoured it before even finishing my photoshoot!

Cookies (And Cookie Related Things):

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies –  These are the kind of cookies you can eat for breakfast, and I mean that in the best way.  Packed with dried cranberries and melty chocolate chips, you’ll be licking the plat when they’re gone.

Double Chocolate Cookie Dough – Posted in May of 2013, this recipes is still one of my favorites.  It’s easy (food processor is optional), delicious (um, it’s chocolate cookie dough), and super versatile (because cookie dough goes with everything).

Healthy Oreo Cookies – I used to be obsessed with Oreos.  And when I mean obsessed, I mean 7 in my lunch everyday and whole containers gone in hours obsessed.  When I gave them up, I knew I’d have to create a healthy option that could fill the gap.  The solution came in the form of these cookies.  I’ll admit they don’t taste exactly like the classic, but they do taste pretty darn good.  My favorite part is the 3 ingredient filling.

Chocolate Banana Cookies – Another recipe for when the chocolate craving strikes, these cookies are the perfect chocolate fix for someone on a healthy diet.  Thought not the prettiest cookies, they’re truly one of the healthiest recipes on this blog, made with oats, banana, cocoa powder, and baking soda ONLY and totally addictive.

Healthier Cookie Cake – I think this is number 5 of the cookie cakes on this blog (honestly, I’ve lost count), but it’s my favorite at the moment.  If I’m being completely honest, it’s not actually that good for you, but it is better than most.  I’d say this is the perfect recipe for a special occasion where you want to indulge without completely overdoing it.

Puddings, Pies, and Bars: 

Yogurt Pie with Berry Compote – For breakfast, a snack, or dessert, this pie is amazing.  A creamy lemon filling perfectly balances out a chunky homemade compote for a light and summary treat.  And did I mention the crust is flour and fat free and the filling is made of uber healthy greek yogurt?

Cookie Crust Mousse Cake – My mouth is watering just thinking about this pie.  It’s kind of everything that’s good in the world.  Creamy chocolate mousse?  Check.  Chocolate chips cookies?  Check.  The perfect sprinkle of salt to bring everything together?  Check.  Amazing dessert?  CHECK.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding – We’re kicking it back to 2012 now, to a time when my photography skills were seriously lacking but my cooking skills were just heating up.  I know it’s a bit after pumpkin season, but this bread pudding will make you rethink normal guidelines.  Please ignore the admittedly off-putting photography and just think about how good a big bowl will taste for breakfast on a cold winter day.  I got you with that one, didn’t I?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – What’s crazy about this recipe is that there’s NO flour, NO refined sugar, and NO butter or oil.  What’s even crazier is that the final product is rich, chocolate-y, and delicious.

Gooey Chocolate Chip Bars – You all are very lucky, because I’m ending this roundup on a very high note.  These bars are essentially extra thick and extra melty chocolate chip cookies, and you’ll want to shove piece after piece into your mouth.  Good thing there’s a secret ingredients hiding inside, right?

So there you have it.  15 ideas to inspire you to start the year off right.  Have a great New Years Eve!

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