Peach Jam (Paleo-Friendly)

I’m just over here savoring all the summer fruit goodness August has to offer. Peaches are my jam for sure. If you’re like me and you tend to overdo it at the farmer’s market this time of year, buying up all the fresh, juicy peaches and stone fruit you can get your hands on, then realizing you can’t possibly eat it all, this Peach Jam recipe is your solution.

I can’t help it, I love peaches. And I’m the only one in my family who eats them, so this causes a bit of an issue when I see how many I actually bought versus how many I can actually eat. Instead of doing the unthinkable, aka throwing out summer’s bounty, I found a way to preserve my ripe peaches in the form of jam. Most importantly, the best part is this peach jam is not loaded with sugar and pectin like so many recipes out there. Besides that, this peach jam is paleo-friendly, has just the right amount of sweetness, and allows me to prolong my love for all things stone fruit for quite a bit longer.

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Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Caramel Buttercream

I’m totally hopping on the salted caramel trend AND the brown butter trend in a big way with these Brown Butter Blondies with Salted Caramel Buttercream. I mean, c’mon, these are amazing! The nuttiness of the brown butter, the salty sweetness of the buttercream, and the chocolatey chunks of the blondies – how could you go wrong?

As you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of desserts that are uncomplicated and satisfy my insatiable sweet tooth. These blondies meet that criteria and more. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are a few components to these bites of deliciousness, but they are worth every bit of extra effort you’ll put in – and each of the components are so uncomplicated.  Believe me. You’ll want to make these again and again. And eat them again and again.

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S’mores Truffles

S’mores. Summer. They just go together. There’s no denying the chemistry. It’s a match made in heaven and one I like to celebrate on the regular. These s’mores truffles take the quintessential combo of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallow and turn them into one helluva bite.

I’m not going to lie, these s’mores truffles are hard to stop eating. They’re like potato chips: it’s hard to just eat one. But why should you be denied another one?! I give you permission to indulge and enjoy as many as you possibly can. And to come back tomorrow for more chocolate and graham cracker and marshmallowy goodness. Yummmmmm-o.

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Fruity Pebbles Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

These take me right back to when I was eight years old. That iconic sugary, fruity crunch of Fruity Pebbles. The milk left behind was one of my favorite parts! Lo and behold, I found a way to use the cereal and the cereal milk to make amazing cookies. Now you can get all the sugary goodness in cookie form – what could be better than that?!

Remember when you used to beg your parents for sugary breakfast cereals like Fruity Pebbles and they’d repeatedly say no because, well, as they explained ‘there’s no nutritional value’ and ‘they’re loaded with sugar’ and ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you need fuel for your day, not a bowl full of sugar.’ Well, now MY kids are begging me for Fruity Pebbles and the like ALL. THE. TIME. I gave in. They each ate one bowl. Then I was left with a mostly full box of Fruity Pebbles. So what did I do, besides tell them I’m never again listening to their whining and complaining for food items in the grocery store? I made them into cookie deliciousness! You must check these bad boys out.

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Kickass BBQ Sauce

Ahhhhh summer… It’s all about the grilling for me this time of year. I just love being outside and cooking. And, this Kickass BBQ Sauce takes grilling to the next level! It’s flavorful, smoky, tangy and has just the right amount of kick to it. You’re gonna love every bite.

What makes this BBQ sauce so awesome:

  • It comes together really quickly
  • You can use it on everything grilled
  • It keeps for a long while in your fridge
  • It has just the right amount of kick

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My Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies from Christina Tossi’s Milk Bar Life

These aren’t your typical oatmeal cookies. To start, there are no raisins. Hallelujah! Even better, these oatmeal cookies are delicious-forward rather than oat-forward, if you catch my drift. Just the right level of sweetness, crackly on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, there will be not a single leftover (except for your full bag of raisins) after baking up a batch. PS This recipe comes from Christina Tossi’s Milk Bar Life cookbook of amazingness. She’s a rockstar and these cookies prove that, hands-down. Bake up a batch and you’ll show the world that you’re an oatmeal cookie rockstar, too.

The other important fact about these oatmeal cookies is that there’s a secret ingredient. And, you don’t even taste the secret ingredient, but it gives this oatmeal cookie the perfect consistency, height, and chew. The secret ingredient is sweetened shredded coconut! Now, believe you me, no one will even know, especially if you have coconut haters in your circle of family and friends, like I do.

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Avocado Corn Salad with White Balsamic Honey Reduction

Looking for the perfect summer salad or side dish for your next BBQ? Look no further! This Avocado Corn salad is the winning dish. With all the flavors of summer, this salad is sure to please any crowd.

In all honesty, you’re going to want to make this all summer long, not just for those Fourth of July BBQs or family picnics or outdoor summer potlucks. This corn salad is easy, fresh, captures the essence of some of the season’s best produce and, of course, tastes delicious. The ingredient list is short, the number of pots and pans needed is minimal and the flavor factor is high – what else could you ask for in a summer salad?!

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Easy Gluten-free, Nut-free Granola

Granola is a breakfast and snacking staple around here. And this version is ideal for paleo-ish folks like me who are looking for a delicious and easy gluten-free, easily customizable alternative to the pre-packaged brands. Bonus: It’s nut-free, too!

This recipe rocks! It combines healthy with sweet, a killer combo in my life, and it’s not one of those recipes you need to follow to the letter, also something that rocks. I’ve tried so many different kinds of granola out there – I find standard granola to be way too processed, sugary and calorie-laden. I find the Paleo versions of granola to also be too calorie-laden. I’m also not a huge fan of nuts or seeds period, let alone in my granola. So, I created my own granola recipe. And let me tell you, this one is awesome!

Here’s why this recipe rocks:

  1. It comes together quickly
  2. It will keep for a long time in your pantry
  3. It’s very customizable and versatile – breakfast, snack, plain, by the handful, over dairy-free yogurt, ice cream, fruit, you name it!
  4. It’s gluten-free, nut-free, and slightly sweet without any added refined sugar

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White chocolate chip chocolate cookies

These cookies are what you’ve been looking for.  Filled to the max with chocolatey goodness, they are substantial in size and in flavor. Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, rich cocoa powder – it all combines in this magically rich, brownie-like piece of heaven.

You will love these cookies. I mean, really love. They are sweet, but not too sweet, they are big enough to share (if you’re into that kind of thing) and they bake up quickly too. If you are the kind of person who likes variety in your cookies, give these a try. With chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and cocoa powder, you’ll get your chocolate fix and then some!

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Classic Easy Homemade Amish White Bread

The smell of homemade bread is reason enough to dive into the world of baking it. And, because this recipe is easy, you just might give up buying store-bought white bread forever.

I mean really, is there a better aroma than freshly baked homemade bread? Nah, I don’t think so. And when it’s coming from your own oven in your own kitchen, made from dough you yourself mixed from scratch, it smells and tastes even better. Homemade bread can be intimidating, I can’t lie. There are definitely homemade bread recipes out there that I can’t even look at because they give me anxiety just thinking about attempting them, but this recipe is certainly not one of them. Go ahead, dive in! The water’s warm over here in the deep end of the bread-making pool. You’ll never look back down that grocery store bread aisle again.

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