Archive of ‘Desserts’ category

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats

I am a definitely a dessert-for-breakfast kind of a girl, but I’ve recently discovered that starting the morning off with something sweet doesn’t have to involve tons of sugar. Or any sugar at all, in the case of these overnight oats with chia seeds!

What they do have is fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, and Omega 3 – and they just so happen to taste like banana cream pie! Bonus: you can whip up a week’s worth in 15 minutes, without any cooking, baking, or skill.

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Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake

chocolate caramel layer cake | with lovelyMore often than not, my dessert making is fueled by a serious “must-have-something-sweet-now” sugar craving. Which means I’m usually whipping up something quick and easy (like Nutella strawberry fools or brown butter rice krispie treats). But sometimes I crave the baking process almost as much as the delicious results. And sometimes that just so happens to coincide with a birthday, and a layer cake just begs to be made.

Fair warning: this chocolate caramel layer cake requires patience, some frosting skills (which I’m still working on, as you can see), and a candy thermometer. But you will be rewarded with chocolate cake perfection sandwiched with gooey salted caramel and heavenly brown butter caramel cream cheese frosting, plus the sweet satisfaction of making a layer cake from scratch, more compliments than you can count, and an extremely happy birthday girl. (more…)

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Mayan Butternut Squash Hot Chocolate

Butternut Squash Hot Chocolate | With Lovely,I know what you’re thinking: this sounds weird. But I promise, it doesn’t taste weird. Unless by weird, you mean rich, creamy, chocolatey, and delicious. One thing it doesn’t taste like: squash. Hey, I didn’t lead you astray with my last crazy chocolate + veggie recipe, did I?

Even my nine-year-old neighbor (who just so happens to be the daughter of a chef and a chocolatier) will tell you this is the yummiest hot chocolate ever. Little did she know the main ingredient was a vegetable! (more…)

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Fudgy Brown Butter Zucchini Brownies

Fudgy Brown Butter Zucchini Brownies | With Lovely,I know, brownies + vegetables might sound a little crazy, but you’re going to have to trust me: these zucchini brownies are super fudgy, deeply chocolatey, and crinkly on top. They’re good in a “wow, those are some incredible brownies” sort of way, and not just in an “oh, those taste pretty good for a healthy dessert” sort of way.

Not that I’m claiming that these zucchini brownies are low-fat or vegan or gluten-free or anything…they aren’t. But they do have more zucchini in them than butter, sugar or flour, so that’s something right? Maybe we’ll just call them nutritious.

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Plum Crumble with Almond Pastry Cream

Plum Crumble with Almond Pastry Cream | With Lovely,I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin as much as the next girl, but I’d be perfectly happy with 365 days of sunshine, extra hours of light (SO helpful for blogging!), and summer produce.

I’ve been extra spoiled with summer fruits and veggies from Eatwell lately—tomatoes, strawberriesyellow watermelon, and stone fruits galore (among tons of other wonderful goodies)—so I am trying to make the most of it before it’s gone. Case in point: this simple and delicious plum crumble layered with decadent almond pastry cream. (more…)

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies | With Lovely,Most times I eat a whole basket of strawberries in one sitting (it’s hard not to when they’re fresh from the farm!), but occasionally I try to savor them. This usually ends in half a basket of mushy strawberries – not ideal for snacking and not enough to make jam. So what’s a girl to do? Make strawberry cheesecake cookies, of course!

These soft, creamy cookies are somewhere between strawberry cheesecake and sugar cookies, and they are completely delicious! They have a fluffy cream cheese base, sweet jam-y chunks of strawberry, and a buttery shortbread crust.

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Stone Fruit Sangria Floats + Eatwell Farm

Stone Fruit Sangria FloatsI just got my first farm box from Eatwell Farm and I’m a little bit obsessed. There aren’t many things better than opening up a surprise box of super fresh fruits and veggies grown by local farmers! Except maybe cooking with those super fresh fruits and veggies. Or eating them. Okay, let’s just agree that it will make your whole week better, shall we?

Some of my favorite goodies this week were the peaches and plums. The summer weather (which thankfully has chased away the fog here in SF!) inspired me to mix up some stone fruit sangria floats, and they were even tastier than I could have imagined.   (more…)

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Strawberry Cream Pie

Strawberry Cream Pie | With Lovely,

I’ll be honest: I gobbled up this pie too fast to save a pretty portion for a photo. But some recipes are worth sharing, even when they aren’t picture perfect, and this is definitely one of them!

This summery treat has a silky pastry cream filling that tastes like Häagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream and a yummy-enough-to-eat-by-itself shortbread crust with just a hint of almond flavor. This may just be my favorite way to use a basket of farmer’s market strawberries!
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Dairy-Free Tangerine Curd

Tangerine & Meyer Lemon Curd w/ Vanilla Bean (Dairy Free) | With Lovely,

Citrus fruits may be at their peak in winter, but they just taste like sunshine, don’t they? Turn them into bright, creamy, tangy curd, and you basically have a jar of spring!

This tangerine curd is made with a couple of Meyer lemons for tartness, a vanilla bean because, well, everything is better with vanilla bean, and coconut oil instead of butter, so you can sort of pretend it’s healthy.

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Nutella Brownie Pudding

Nutella Brownie Pudding | With Lovely,

I know it’s been practically forever since I’ve posted something, but I’m back with something sweet and chocolatey! Please accept this Nutella brownie pudding as an apology for my absence (I would if I were you, it’s pretty delicious).

What is brownie pudding you ask? Well, I’ll tell you: it’s everything you’ve ever wished your brownies could be. It’s crispy and crinkly on top and fudgy and gooey and almost brownie-batter-like in the middle (minus the raw eggs), and rich and chocolatey throughout and oh my goodness it’s good.

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