Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Oat Muffins | Gluten Free

Zucchini’s mild flavor makes it a prime candidate for including it (or for some, hiding it) in cakes, muffins and sweet breads. It takes on the other flavors that it’s paired with beautifully and in turn shares its juicy qualities to make a rich, moist and soft texture. These healthy zucchini chocolate oat muffins wrap up good-for-you ingredients like oat flour, yogurt, cocoa and zucchini into a … Continue reading Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Oat Muffins | Gluten Free

Chocolate Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake | Gluten and Dairy Free

The moment I received a carton full of fresh, juicy oranges straight from the orchards of Nagpur, I knew exactly what I was going to use the first few fruits for – this chocolate orange almond olive oil cake (phew!). Orange and chocolate together make a classic combination, but that flavor is even more nuanced when paired with almonds and olive oil in this moist, delicious … Continue reading Chocolate Orange Almond Olive Oil Cake | Gluten and Dairy Free

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Chocolate Mousse Shots | Eggless, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Quick!

This recipe is one of my new favorite when it comes to chocolate desserts – it’s easy, completely fuss free, eggless, gluten free, grain free, low carb and quick! Does it get better than this? Not really, if you ask me. As long as you stick to these exact proportions and use the best quality chocolate you have available, you’re set to make these perfectly … Continue reading Chocolate Mousse Shots | Eggless, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb, Quick!

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Lemon Cupcakes | A Springtime Classic

In a departure from my usual style, this recipe is not vegan, gluten free, whole grain or healthy. Instead, it’s a celebration of spring! The bougainvillea plants are blooming on our terrace and I couldn’t resist the beauty and brightness they add to the scene; the lemons these days are spotless, smooth and fragrant. These lemon cupcakes that are so good they don’t need any kind … Continue reading Lemon Cupcakes | A Springtime Classic

Chocolate Sauce | Quick, Easy, Vegan, Multi-Purpose!

Two-ish years ago, I remembered the decadent dessert that is brandy snaps: the buttery, sugary caramelized casing with a hint of brandy and ginger. We have a source who home-makes these treats, which are best accompanied by creamy vanilla ice cream and a fudgy chocolate sauce. But somehow, that afternoon we realized that we had no chocolate sauce. I whipped up something with a couple of ingredients … Continue reading Chocolate Sauce | Quick, Easy, Vegan, Multi-Purpose!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse | Vegan + Guilt-free

A quick, simple, super healthy chocolatey treat sounds a little too good to be true but this vegan avocado chocolate mousse is exactly that. I first tried avocado chocolate mousse at Ellary’s Greens in New York’s West Village. It was one of my favorite healthy brunch spots. This mousse is inspired by their version; it’s just a simple treat. I’m not one of those people … Continue reading Avocado Chocolate Mousse | Vegan + Guilt-free

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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | Christmas

While I would love to make or eat an elaborate dessert for Christmas (yule logs or gingerbread houses, to be specific), for now I’m happy with these quick and easy whole wheat cinnamon sugar cookies. They’re just a classic, crumbly cinnamon sugar cookie. I made these post-dinner a few evenings ago – sometimes that’s the best time to get some baking in. It is quiet, clean … Continue reading Whole Wheat Cinnamon Sugar Cookies | Christmas

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Guilt-free Fudgy Chocolate Almond Cookies

If you ask me, small-batch desserts are perfect. They satiate the need for sweet and you aren’t left with dozens of cookies or too many slices of cake staring at you waiting to be eaten every time you stop by the kitchen. This batch of guilt-free fudgy chocolate almond cookies was gone in an evening and deservedly so! It’s acceptable that they were gone so quick: this … Continue reading Guilt-free Fudgy Chocolate Almond Cookies

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Healthier Pumpkin Bread | Whole Wheat & No Butter

Pumpkin bread brings back many memories for me – most of all, sitting at my desk at work in downtown Manhattan, enjoying a super strong cappuccino and my colleague’s freshly-home-baked pumpkin bread while tapping away at my keyboard and getting things done.  Fall for me is a time for new: new goals, crisp cool air, making travel plans, eating hearty vegetables. You wake up from the … Continue reading Healthier Pumpkin Bread | Whole Wheat & No Butter

Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Millet Cookies

In keeping with my love for experimenting with alternative grains, I created these hazelnut and dark chocolate millet cookies. They’re perfect with tea or coffee or even to as a crispy addition to ice cream. I used finger millet flour (nachani or ragi flour) along with a little whole wheat flour. I’m sure these would work oat flour as well but I haven’t tried that. Do let … Continue reading Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Millet Cookies