Pumpkin Pie Pudding (gluten-free, dairy-free)

I absolutely love pumpkin pie, but I don’t enjoy how sugary it can be (one slice has around 25 grams of sugar). 100% pumpkin puree is such a wonderful ingredient to use in recipes because it’s chock-full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. This simple recipe combines pumpkin and coconut cream, plus a small amount of

Blueberry Buckle

Preheat oven to 350. Butter an 8×8 square cake pan. In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter, egg and lemon zest. 3. Add Greek yogurt and mix until combined. 4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the creamed sugar mixture and mix until combined. 5. Combine blueberries and 1

Bourbon Apple Cider Pound Cake with Caramelized Apples

West Michigan has some amazing apple orchards – including Crane’s in Fennville. Beyond selling the fruit itself, they also sell a variety of ciders and wines. This past weekend I was able to sample some  of their products at their tasting room in Saugatuck and one of my favorites was their bourbon barrel aged sparkling

Raspberry Kiwi Tart with Raw Nut Crust and Lemon Curd

When summer finally gets here and the temperatures rise, the last place you want to be is a hot kitchen. This dessert comes together so quickly and it tastes amazing. You can always skip the lemon curd and simply use whipped cream or coconut cream (if you want to this to be vegan). If you aren’t

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries

I love lemon desserts – cakes, pies, bars, you name it. There’s something about the sweet and sour aspect of them that I adore, and when lemon zest is added, it always adds an extra layer of brightness. This cake is super simple and comes together quickly if you need a last minute dessert. I

Grain-Free Cookie Bars

I was introduced to tiger nuts a few years ago by my friend who sells the flour and other tiger nut products through her business ( So what exactly is a tiger nut? Well, it isn’t a nut, which can be confusing. It is actually a small root vegetable that grows in Northern Africa and

Raw Chocolate Espresso Truffles

Chocolate and coffee are one of my favorite combos. I’ve been known to need a cup of coffee (or two) in the morning to get myself motivated. These truffles are chock-full of good-for-you ingredients like almonds, oats and hemp seed, but they taste like a decadent dessert. And because they’re vegan, gluten-free (if you use

Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert that consists of a crisp meringue layer (which has a soft, marshmallow-like center), whipped cream and fresh fruit. That sounds like a great way to end a summer meal if you ask me! Because rhubarb has started to pop up at the farmer’s markets now, it’s a great time to pick

Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus

Dessert hummus is a recent trend that I was a bit skeptical to try. However, now I totally understand the hype. This hummus is so incredibly delicious and really does have the same taste and texture as brownie batter (without any added flour or sugar). I recommend serving this as a pool or lake-side snack,

German Dark Chocolate Cake

I’m almost at a loss for words at how good this cake is. My grandma made her own version for us when we would come visit her in Michigan every year and she would always keep some in the freezer for me because I liked it really cold (it is amazing – try it!). This