Homemade Nutella

Nutella is one of those magical foods that makes everything amazing. Waffles, cookies, icing, peanut butter sandwiches, spoons…it’s all up to your imagination really. I was dreading removing the skins from the hazelnuts because it seemed like kind of a tedious task, but once you roast them, they come off very easily. This process takes…

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

This was my first attempt at red velvet anything and I went into it with a blank slate. I honestly had no idea what made something “red velvet” and how it differentiated from any other colourful cookies. Here’s the long and the short of it: it’s not very different at all. Essentially, red velvet is…

Banana Split Hot Chocolate

What are the essentials of a banana split? Chocolate drizzle, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and of course, banana. Turn that into a drink and you’ve got an easy-to-make unique dessert with no major mess that’s addictive. The only thing that’s missing is a cherry on top (which is fine by me—it would have sunk…

Triple Ginger Cookies

Ginger is one of those flavours that I can’t get enough of, and I like it to be strong. Especially since we’re coming up to the winter months, it can be warming, a bit spicy and tastes perfect crammed into a cookie. I adapted this recipe from the November 2013 edition of House & Home…

Nutella-Swirled Banana Bread

Nutella and banana are a pretty unbeatable duo. Pack the two into a loaf pan and you’ve got yourself an impressive-looking marble dessert that’s not long for this world. I’m normally all for substitutions, but I have to admit this banana bread is near perfect for look, taste and texture. I wouldn’t change a thing….

Banana Bread Scones with Brown Sugar Glaze

A few months back, my aunt and uncle got me a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer as a graduation gift. I wanted to make them something as a small thank-you, so I asked for requests. In response, they said either raisin scones or banana bread would do. Now, if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’m…

Mini Mixed Berry Pies in Muffin Tins

Earlier this week as a graduation present, my aunt and uncle got my a KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in an awesome retro blue colour) and I’ve been trying to make as many recipes as possible with it. I’ve never mastered a good pie crust until now, but I went with a really basic base on a…

Gluten-Free Maple Whisky Butter Tarts

Serve these up on a warm, sunny afternoon with some cider and you’re good to go (and by go I mean take a nap). One of my mom’s favourite baked goods are butter tarts, but since she’s been gluten-free for about 10 years they are a rare treat. I know that gluten-free baking can be…

Sweet Potato Walnut Breakfast Cookies

Let your childhood dreams blend with your responsible side with these healthy cookies that you can eat for breakfast. These are truly the definition of healthy cookies. Mashed sweet potato, almond butter, maple syrup, walnuts—these add up to provide tons of nutrients and protein. Need more convincing? They’re paleo and flourless, are super easy to…

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Nothing marks the start of warm weather like frozen goodies. Chocolate and banana is a pretty unbeatable combo. You can get creative and use whatever toppings you want. I did half with sprinkles, half with melted peanut butter chips. That way I still had variation, but if I wanted a small sweet snack I could…