Homemade Monkey Bread from Scratch

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Homemade Monkey Bread from Scratch

I love monkey bread, but I don't love bread dough from a can.  After many attempts, I finally managed to nail down a homemade monkey bread that is made entirely from scratch  - no tubes or cans!  This is easy and the kids love to help make it. I really enjoy a good monkey bread, but I really don't like my bread products to come from a tube.  So homemade monkey bread was on my "to make" list for years.  The problem I ran in to was that most of the homemade monkey bread recipes I found required yeast and thus rising time. I wanted a recipe that was as quick and easy as using tubed biscuit dough.  After many failed attempts, I finally got it right! A note about the buttermilk - you can use yogurt in lieu of the buttermilk.  Just thin it out a bit by adding some milk.  I used about a cup of vanilla yogurt once and added a 1/4 cup of milk to thin it a tad and worked great!   Homemade Monkey Bread from Scratch Save Print Ingredients ¾ cup butter 1½ ... [read more]

Easy Chocolate Fondue (Dairy Free and Gluten Free)

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chocoalte fondue

An easy chocolate fondue recipe is made dairy free using dairy free chocolate and coconut milk! This kid friendly, gluten free dessert is easy and quick to make, too. Since we began eating healthier this year we've made a lot of changes to our diet. We started our transition by doing a 10 day detox where we cut out all wheat, dairy, sugar and caffeine. After the detox we did add back limited amounts of caffeine and sugar, but we've opted not to eat wheat or dairy. Needles to say, this has been quite a challenge and finding alternatives to old foods we ate has been both adventurous and frustrating. I knew that there are several alternatives to dairy milk available and we tried almond, soy and coconut milk. I can tell you that not all brands are created equal and after tying several we didn't like, a friend recommended Silk brand. We loved the Silk brand products! I found that I really like Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk the best and it's now a regular in my fridge. I love the ... [read more]

Flourless Chocolate Cake {Gluten Free}

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Chocolate Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made with Ghirardelli chocolate will having everyone begging for more! A combination of chocolate, cinnamon, coconut and coffee makes this gluten free chocolate cake perfect for Valentine's Day. My family has made some pretty drastic changes to our diet this year.  One of the most significant changes has been to cut wheat out of our diet.  We have officially gone "gluten-free."  So when Ghirardelli asked me to make a Valentine's Day treat with their chocolate, I wanted to avoid wheat so I decided to try a flourless chocolate cake. I've mentioned before that I'm a bit of chocolate snob.  Ghirardelli happens to be one of my favorite brands of chocolate.  I also really love dark chocolate so I chose to use Ghirardelli's 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate baking chips for the chocolate cake and ganache topping.  I love the larger size of the 60% cacao chips for more flavor impact.  You don't have to use the dark chocolate, though.  Ghirardelling ... [read more]

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dipped Spoons

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Chocolate Dipped Spoons

A fun Valentine's Day gift, these chocolate spoons are easy to make and fun to give.  All you need are plastic spoons, chocolate chips, and any other fun stir ins!   I originally posted this fun Valentine's Day idea on my friend Kimberly's blog, A Night Owl Blog, last year.  But I wanted to make sure you saw it, too!  I love making these spoons as Valentine's Day gifts and everyone just loves them!  Chocolate dipped spoons are a simple food craft that make adorable Valentine's Day gifts because (almost) everyone loves chocolate.  My kids love to use these spoons in hot chocolate and I love them in my coffee. What You'll Need: 1/2 cup chocolate chips 6 plastic spoons Assorted candies or other toppings And The Steps: First, set out your spoons on some wax or parchment paper.  Put your candy and toppings in small bowls for easy access. It's best to get this all set up so you can use your chocolate as soon as it's melted.   Next, melt the ... [read more]

Old Fashion Gingerbread

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gingerbread

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray. Gingerbread is an old fashion treat that is sure to please everyone in your family.   When I was in high school I became infatuated with all things gingerbread.  For some reason I assumed making gingerbread was difficult so I picked up a new pre-made mix.  After about the third box of mix, I got bored with making cookies and decided to try the instructions on the box for making plain old gingerbread.  It was fantastic! I couldn't believe I'd never had gingerbread this way before but I fell in love and have been making it from scratch since. This gingerbread is really more of a cake than a bread.  Like most cakes, I normally butter and flour my cake pan before baking.  But this year I took the Baking for Better Challenge (more info at the end of the post) and swapped out my butter with new Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray.  I haven't purchased cooking spray in many years.  I'm just not a fan ... [read more]