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Mocha Brownie Cake (Reduced Sugar)

Mocha Brownie Cake. There are plenty of reasons to cut down on sugar other than the obvious one of high calories.  Sugar accelerates the aging process, is bad for your heart and causes tooth decay.   While you don’t have to give up sugar entirely, consuming it in moderation is ok.

The ingredients to make this recipe are:

For the cake
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 -1/2 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (you can also use a combination of  both chocolates.  Remember that bittersweet has less sugar than semi-sweet)
2 -1/2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 ounces Earth Balance Vegan Buttery sticks (or unsalted butter
5 large eggs
1 cup Truvia Cup for Cup Stevia blend
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons fat free plain Greek yogurt

For the Ganache
1 -1/4 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Earth Vegan Buttery sticks (or unsalted butter)
3 tablespoons Truvia Cup for Cup Stevia blend
12 ounces bittersweet, semi-sweet, or a combination of both, chocolate chopped
1/4 cup hot strong brewed coffee

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Cinnamon Spritz Cookies

The “secret” ingredient in this Cinnamon Spritz Cookie is a spice called Cardamon.  Most grocery stores do sell this but it is on the pricey side.

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks, Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (or you may use unsalted butter), softened at room temperature
3/4 cup organic sweetener or any natural sugar substitute such as a stevia blend
1 large egg

Filling: 1 container of Ricemellow Creme


Winter Gingerbread House Cookies

This weeks gingerbread house cookies were made using the same template as last weeks cookies.  Just a different way of decorating them.  Be sure to check them out.

Gingerbread House 2017

This years gingerbread house is a new design.  I used a basic gingerbread house pattern that you can find anywhere and made the gingerbread from scratch using my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Chefast Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

From time to time a company will ask me to review one of their products. If you’ve watched any of my previous videos, I give an honest opinion.  A family owned company called Chefast sent me these stainless steel drinking straws for free.  While they are not paying me to do this review, I do make a little bit of money should you purchase the product using this link.

I hope you enjoy these straws as much as I do.

Gingerbread House Cookies 2017

A few years ago my Postage Stamp Gingerbread House cookies were a hit.

The idea came from this US Postage Stamp.

Using the same templates that I made from the postage stamp above, I created this years Gingerbread House Cookies in the video.  And of course I used my Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Need a loaf of bread quick? This bread doesn’t have yeast and therefore it won’t take you all day to make it. In fact, it only has 4 ingredients!  What I loved the most about it, the crust is crisp.  This bread is best served with your favorite jam or preserves.

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk (I used reduced fat)


Santa Gingerbread Cookies

It was six years ago that I debuted these Santa Gingerbread Cookies on this blog.  You can find it at Santa Baby and here is the picture from back then.  These cookies have evolved slightly with the holly on the hat.

To make the hats, I used the below picture to make the template

Buttermilk Scones

If you watched old episodes of the TV show Baking With Julia on PBS, you may recognize this recipe.  It’s from Julia Childs cookbook titled, Baking With Julia.

3 cups Whole Wheat Pastry flour
1/3 cup Organic Sugar
2 -1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
3/4 tsp Salt
6 ounces cold Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, cut into small pieces (can use unsalted butter too)
1 cup (approximately) buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

(2 ounces) Earth Balance Vegan buttery Sticks or unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
Sugar for dusting

Optional: ground cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit

Star Gingerbread Cookies

Star Gingerbread Cookies
What a beautiful and easy way to make holiday cookies.

Made with Best Gingerbread Cookie Recipe