Swirled Nutella Banana Bread

THE SECRET TO MY POPULAR MOIST BANANA BREAD IS REVEALED TODAY. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS SWEET INFORMATION.   In a perfect Nutella world we’d all love Nutella but for now you either love it or you hate it. I’m going to Nutella bomb your kitchen today with a Nutella banana bread recipe like you’ve never tasted before. Creating recipes with Nutella seems pretty easy and it is because chocolate practically goes with everything, especially bananas. I may be biased but this is one of the best and moist Swirled Nutella Banana Bread recipes that has a bit of ooey-gooey at the top. I promise you’ll either be licking your lips or your fingers when no one is looking or grabbing another piece to mask those sticky fingers.   Breakfast Nutella   All you need is a spoon…and maybe a slice of bread. Nutella has gotten a bad rap after consumer complaints about their nutritious breakfast advertising over the years but production is still going strong. Someone has to be buying it! This is chocolate folks and probably not the best breakfast but heck, everyone needs a little chocolate boost in the mornings some times. Years ago when […]

Winter White Chocolate Coconut Macaroons (Low Carb) (Sugar-Free)

INEXPENSIVE LOW CARB SWEETS TO HAVE ON HAND IN THE FREEZER.   Mrs.CBB and I were working on low carb baking ideas that we could make for the holidays when we decided to create one of my favourites, coconut macaroons. Many moons ago when Mrs. CBB was working at Tim Hortons she remembers making coconut macaroons and dipping them in milk chocolate. That was part of her role when she worked the night shift with the baker back when they used to make donuts, cookies and muffins fresh in the restaurant. Chocolate coconut macaroons were an everyday cookie on the popular coffee shop menu and were sweet, chewy and had a crunchy exterior. Mrs. CBB said it was also hard to resist just eating one. My challenge was to recreate coconut macaroons but a sugar-free and low carb version. When I lived in the UK I used to make the sweet version of coconut macaroons because they were delicious and inexpensive to make. I didn’t have fancy scoops though and would just roll them and pat them down but I like this version better. You can buy a bag of coconut in Canada for $1.00 which would be about 2 […]

Cranberry Orange Biscotti Dipped In White Chocolate Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

BAKING SHOULD BE FUN AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’LL HAVE WHEN YOU MAKE THESE TWICE-BAKED CRUNCHY BISCOTTI DRIZZLED WITH LEMON ICING.   I’m in the kitchen again getting ready to bake more Christmas cookies for gifts and friends who pass by for a visit over the holidays. It’s always nice to send company home with a little care package and I like to do that sometimes with baked goods I’ve made. The aroma in the air today will be from Cranberry Orange Biscotti dipped in white chocolate then finished with a drizzle of lemon icing. You’re already brewing the coffee aren’t you? Biscotti are Italian biscuits that are twice-baked so they are delicious and hard with a bit of chew. You enjoy biscotti along with coffee or tea whenever you get the urge for something sweet. When you’re visiting Italy you may learn that the Italians also enjoy their biscotti with sweet wine. I love the Christmas holidays and so does my family because it’s a time of year where we feel closer than ever before. The kids know that as soon as they come in from school something sweet will be baking in the oven. Once the smell hits their […]

Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares

EASY CHRISTMAS BAKING TO CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST   If you’re super busy for the Christmas holidays like we are you will appreciate our signature family Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares that take 15 minutes to prepare. We’re feeling excited as it’s coming closer and closer to Christmas which means I’ve been busy baking up a storm in the Don kitchen. You will LOVE what these fudgy no bake squares look and taste like especially since they are unique to our family. This is one less holiday recipe that you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen for so you can get on with other tasks. These fabulous Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares take 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator and you’re ready to serve to your guests. What you end up with is a lovely dense graham cracker crumb on the bottom, fudgy chocolate coconut center topped with a buttercream vanilla milk icing that is sure to hit all those sweet notes. I love adding candied orange peel to the crumb as it gives a bit more to the taste and flavour. We’ve had our snow storms out west and now […]

Lazy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO MAKE DECADENT COOKIES MAKE THESE EASY LAZY BARS INSTEAD.   The day these Lazy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars were created it was raining outside and all I wanted to do was relax after a long day of work. Instead I divided my time between the couch and the kitchen because I wasn’t going down without a sweet-tooth fix that night. What happens when you take homemade oatmeal cookies and the best chocolate chip cookies and mix them together? You get an amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. But, you’re not in the mood to scoop, roll and press cookies because you want to spend your evening in front of the television watching your favourite movie cuddled with a blanket, glass of milk and something sweet. Time to get lazy in the kitchen and I don’t mean open a bag of Oreos and retire to the couch. In a round-a-bout way this is how my Lazy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars came together without mentioning the disaster our son made. Having a toddler in the house means there is little time to be making cookies when all he wants is my attention. I combined […]

British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars

THE DELICIOUS TASTE OF APPLE PIE WITHOUT FUSS   Apple pie is one of my all-time favourite desserts that my mum used to make when I was a little boy. Now that I’m in charge of the kitchen when I’m in the mood for apple pie I whip up a pan of these snack-size British Cinnamon Apple Pie Bars which are perfect on the run or packed in a lunch. Don’t get me wrong I love a nice slice of apple pie but I don’t always have the time to roll out the dough to make pie crust which is why I decided to experiment with apple pie bars instead. You get the same classic Apple Pie taste but in squares that you can carry along with you. Try putting a slice of apple pie in your hand and you’ll know exactly what I mean. These apple pie bars have a traditional British shortbread crust followed by a thick homemade apple pie filling and topped with brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and flour. You can clearly see by the photo how lovely these apple pie bars turn out but the key is to wait until they are cooled […]

Spooky Halloween Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

IT’S HALLOWEEN PARTY TIME FOR THE KIDS AND I’VE GOT A PLATTER OF BAT-FILLED SPOOKY RICE KRISPIES TREATS.   Three cheers for Spooky Halloween Oreo Rice Krispies Treats! You can see the scary bats in between the layers of marshmallows and cereal… I can! Tasty little buggers they are and I’m sure the kids will agree. Halloween is tomorrow but the last-minute party invites were coming in from parents as if they forgot they were hosting a party. No problem but when we go to a party we like to bring something along with us. My wife who is not a fan of baking asked me to make something child-friendly that was easy to eat for the Halloween party this weekend that I won’t be attending. Related: A guide to food colourings and how to use them Since we live with a picky two-year old eater I thought I’d make some Oreo Rice Krispies Treats and colour them orange with Wilton Icing Colour. If you have kids who are allergic to synthetic dyes you can opt for all-natural dyes although they may be tough to find. I honestly wasn’t sure if our son would like the Oreo Rice Krispies Treats […]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies With Only 3 Ingredients!

TODDLER TESTED AND APPROVED…OH AND I APPROVE TOO, DELICIOUS COOKIES.   All you have to do is…Mash, Mix, Scoop and Bake to create delicious Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies when you want something sweet but not too sweet. These Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies truly are the easiest cookies to make in the world because there’s only three ingredients. Yes, you can make delicious cookies with three ingredients all of which most people stock in their pantry especially if they have kids. Since Halloween is next weekend we thought it would be a cool idea to add a bit of premium orange food colouring to convey a pumpkin cookie. I had to laugh because once our son devoured the first one he was already on his tippy-toes reaching for another from the plate on the counter. He had chocolate all over his little face. I don’t know how he does it sometimes. Our son is only two-years old and loves to eat cookies although he doesn’t get them every day. I haven’t met any kids who aren’t fans of cookies and to keep them healthy I wanted to make something that he could enjoy but without all the dad guilt. […]