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 […]

Quick Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers (Low Carb)

MOVE OVER WHITE RICE THERE’S A NEW KID IN TOWN TAKING OVER THE HEALTH FOOD INDUSTRY AND YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.   If you’re on the hunt for exciting new low carb recipes or you’re a Paleo food lover I’ve got these gorgeous gluten-free bacon cauliflower rice stuffed peppers that you must add to your meal line-up straight away. First of all what you’re going to love about these Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers besides awesome flavours is the time it takes to make them. If you’ve got a busy schedule you can make these up in the morning before you leave and bake them when you get home. From start to finish they take me 40 minutes provided our son isn’t trying to tackle me every 5 minutes to play with them. If you love your crock-pot as much as we do simply transfer this recipe to your crock-pot and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours and your meal will be ready when you are. Does cauliflower really taste like rice? In my opinion I believe cauliflower rice practically tastes the same as eating white rice although you should probably try it for yourself. […]

Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits In 25 Minutes

DON’T JUST DREAM ABOUT HAVING HOT BASIL PESTO CHEESE BISCUITS FROM THE OVEN, MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.   Baking Christmas morning is not out of the question for me especially for these Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits. I always like to find a balance between sweet and savoury foods to make for holiday celebrations such as Christmas and New Years Eve. This year I’ve decided to add something new to the menu that your guests can enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or used as a dunking vessel. They are also great to GIVE. Related: Cranberry Orange Biscotti Each year I look forward to creating Christmas baskets for the teachers at my children’s school stuffing them with homemade goodies that I work on for months before the holidays. I believe that many people would rather enjoy something to eat than something they will never use. The Christmas baskets this year include perogies, biscotti, chocolate truffles, peppermint melts, canned goods made from my garden and I will be adding my homemade basil pesto cheese biscuits to the basket. The basil pesto cheese biscuit is light and full-flavoured with a crispy cheese topping that pairs well with my sweet and sour red pepper […]

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 […]

Maple Bourbon Pecan Roasted Almonds (Low-Carb) (Sugar-Free)

THE SMELL OF ROASTED ALMONDS AND HEALTH BENEFITS ALONE ARE WORTH THE COSTS.   Almonds are the new Super Food along with just about every other nut on the market according to packaging at the grocery store. Why? Nuts are full of nutrients and come packed with plenty of health benefits. Almonds also known by the Indian name “Badam” and are packed full of nutrients including vitamin E which is great for your hair, skin, digestive track and cholesterol levels. Years ago Mrs. CBB and I went into an Indian store in Brampton and purchased a bottle of Almond oil to use on her hair and skin. It’s amazing how  lovely and soft it made her hair. I suggested that she try almond oil only because I’ve been to India a couple of times and almond oil is used everywhere for beauty and cooking. Consumers are flocking to the coconut oil section for the same reason and more. Every time I read a label in the health and beauty aisle that a product has a nut oil I laugh because they are so expensive. Cut the middle guy out and buy the real deal. We have two large jugs of […]