Swedish Chocolate Oat Balls (IKEA Copycat)

Swedish Chocolate Oat Balls (IKEA Copycat) | Truffle bites, flavored with coffee and chocolate dipped. | shardsoflavender.com

Swedish Chocolate Oat Balls, copy cat recipe of IKEA’s sweet oat pastry with coconut sprinkles.  These truffle bites, flavored with coffee and chocolate dipped, are sure to please just about everyone! If you’ve ever visited IKEA, you may be familiar with the Swedish oat pastry called SÖTSAK KAKAOBOLL.  I just discovered these delicacies last week, hanging out where else, but  in the [Continue Reading…]

Healthier Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Healthier Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup | Freezer friendly, reduced sodium healthy Crock Pot recipe! | shardsoflavender.com

Extra flavorful healthy Tortilla Soup recipe, made easy in the Crock Pot! Freezer friendly, reduced sodium,  with a spicy kick from my Homemade Taco Seasoning.  We eat this soup year-round, but it’s especially perfect for those colder days when you just want to feel warm all over. I’ve also included stove top directions for those of [Continue Reading…]

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix | Easy DIY recipe, low sodium, preservative free, and ready in minutes! | shardsoflavender.com

DIY Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix, ready in minutes & less expensive than store-bought. Make tacos tonight with my easy, low sodium, preservative free recipe!  I like to make multiple batches at one time and store the dry mix in a sealed Mason jar with the rest of my spices. Friends, I’m having the hardest time [Continue Reading…]

No Churn Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream | Easy recipe for no churn homemade vanilla ice cream | shardsoflavender.com

Decadent and creamy no churn Peanut Butter Buckeye Ice Cream!  This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe with fudge ribbons and candy Buckeyes is easy to make.  My family loves ice cream and this was my son’s request for his 13th birthday this year… Photos, post, and recipe updated November 7, 2014. I’m sure all of you know that [Continue Reading…]

Coconut Oil and Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Coconut Oil and Honey Peanut Butter Cookies | Soft, puffy, & thick Reese's Pieces cookie recipe. No mixer or butter! | shardsoflavender.com

Soft, puffy, & thick Coconut Oil and Honey Peanut Butter Cookies recipe!  Loaded with Reese’s Pieces, peanuts, & coconut, and no mixer or butter required.  AKA Double Coconut, Double Honey, Triple Peanut Cookies, the perfect peanut butter cookies for dunking in a glass of cold milk… Welcome back again!  If you follow me on Instagram, [Continue Reading…]

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins | 30 minute low-fat muffin recipe with applesauce, Greek yogurt, & whole wheat flour | shardsoflavender.com

Healthy Skinny Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, ready in 30 minutes! A low-fat moist muffin recipe with applesauce, Greek yogurt, & whole wheat flour.  I’ve been making these chocolate chip banana bread muffins for years and no one has ever guessed that they have no oil or butter in them or that they have only [Continue Reading…]

Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownie Bars

Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownie Bars | Fudgy Brownies with peanut butter layer and chocolate ganache| shardsoflavender.com

Starting with your favorite brownie mix, my fudgy Buckeye Brownies are sandwiched with a creamy peanut butter layer and finished with a chocolate ganache. If you’re feeling particularly crazy, add the peanut butter drizzle for an over-the-top sweet treat! Can we talk a bit about perfectionism today? Does anyone else struggle with this, or is [Continue Reading…]

Coffee Cinnamon Roll Muffins with Espresso Glaze

Coffee Cinnamon Roll Muffins with Espresso Glaze | Fluffy, tender triple coffee cinnamon rolls| shardsoflavender.com

Fluffy & tender, these homemade Coffee Cinnamon Rolls are baked in muffin pans and topped with a buttery, coffee-infused crumble & a creamy espresso glaze.  Celebrate National Coffee Day with triple the coffee taste! Happy Monday!  How was your weekend? Did you spend your time relaxing or going somewhere special? We did a little bit [Continue Reading…]

Drumstick Muddy Buddies

Drumstick Muddy Buddies | Puppy chow made with vanilla & chocolate Chex, sugar cones, & peanuts | shardsoflavender.com

Homemade Muddy Buddies that taste like a Drumstick Ice Cream Cone!  A mix of Vanilla & Chocolate Chex, sugar cones, and peanuts come together in this fun Puppy Chow.  Makes a large batch, so you can choose to share with friends or keep it all to yourself! I like to think of myself as a fairly inquisitive individual. [Continue Reading…]

Coconut Almond Chia Energy Bites

Coconut Almond Chia Energy Bites | Nutritious & healthy balls of oats, dried fruit, chocolate & honey | www.shardsoflavender.com

Healthy No-bake Coconut Almond Chia Energy Bites, packed with nutritious ingredients. Almonds, coconut oil, oats, honey, cranberries, & a touch of chocolate create the perfect snack for after school or workouts! I lost most of you at chia, didn’t I? Just give me a chance to explain and maybe I’ll convince you to give these little [Continue Reading…]

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | Healthier with no added oil or butter + apples, butterscotch, cinnamon, & nutmeg | www.shardsoflavender.com

Healthier Apple Spice Cupcakes with no added oil or butter, flavored with apples, butterscotch, cinnamon, & nutmeg, and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting!  I just love the little pockets of flavor hidden inside my version of Apple Irish Cake. Please tell me you’re not tired of my apple recipes… Sorry for three in a row, but I [Continue Reading…]

Cheddar, Ham, and Caramelized Apple Stromboli

Cheddar, Ham, and Caramelized Apple Stromboli | Homemade Rolled Pizza | www.shardsoflavender.com

A Stromboli recipe with a twist!  Homemade pizza dough with layers of apples, sautéed with butter, cinnamon, & brown sugar, cheddar cheese, mustard, and ham. Can I take just a minute of your time and brag on my husband?  My birthday was a couple of weeks ago  and he’s always given the most thoughtful gifts. Well, [Continue Reading…]

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Apple Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits | Greek yogurt bowls, granola, & cinnamon apples. Healthy & protein rich! | www.shardsoflavender.com

Easy to make in 5 minutes, my healthy Apple Pie Parfaits are packed with protein rich Greek yogurt and layered with crunchy granola clusters & cinnamon apples. If you love apple pie, these parfaits are perfect way to have the taste without all the calories!     Hello, friends! So, it’s been a few days [Continue Reading…]

Pumpkin Pie Brownies With Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Brownies with Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream| Chocolate & Pumpkin Layered Dessert Bars| www.shardsoflavender.com

Chocolate Pumpkin Love! Fudgy layered dessert bars, spiced with cloves, nutmeg, ginger, & cinnamon and finished with a dollop of Dulce de Leche whipped cream. Celebrate the upcoming arrival of fall by baking a batch for your loved ones! What is it about the upcoming arrival of fall that seems to appeal to so many of [Continue Reading…]

Brown Butter Cashew Butterscotch Blondies

Brown Butter Cashew Butterscotch Blondies|Browned butter & white chocolate adaptation of Cooks Illustrated blondies|http://www.shardsoflavender.com/

No mixer needed to bake this blondie recipe from Cooks Illustrated! Chewy & rich with brown butter, cashews, butterscotch chips, & white chocolate morsels.  These blondies even receive compliments from die-hard brownie fans! You guys, I think one of my worst fears is coming true…  I am going bald! Okay, I know it’s super vain to be [Continue Reading…]

How to Make Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter | Easy step-by-step tutorial for browning butter| http://www.shardsoflavender.com/

Brown butter is easy to make with my simple step-by-step tutorial. Its nutty aroma and browned flavorful bits add intense flavors when cooking or baking.  Happy Labor Day, friends! How are you spending your day?  We’re keeping things really low key here… Ed’s dad is coming over this morning and we’re going to help him [Continue Reading…]