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Grain-Free Lemon Coconut Cut-out Cookies

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"Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, these sweet lemony cookies are naturally sweetened and lovely. Grain-free and gluten-free, they feature a mix of high protein and high fiber flours.  They are also vegan, featuring coconut oil instead of butter."

If Kim opened a bakery, I'd be there EVERY day. :)

Almond Joy Cheesecake

Almond Joy Cheesecake

This is my dream cheesecake.  A creamy cheesecake filling loaded with toasted almonds and coconut, a coconut graham cracker crust, and a smooth chocolate ganache to top the whole thing off!  This is pure candy bar in cheesecake form.

St. Lucia Muffins

St. Lucia Muffins

These muffins were made in honour of the tropical paradise of St. Lucia. Combining bananas and coconut with a subtle kick of Caribbean rum, this otherwise healthy snack will surely take you to a faraway heaven on earth with clear blue water, endless sunshine, and tropical drinks garnished with umbrellas and fruit.

Recipe: St. Lucia Muffins

Chocolate Cream Cheese Filled Coconut Buttercream Cupcakes

Chocolate Cream Cheese Filled Coconut Buttercream Cupcakes

I love how creative folks are getting with their cupcakes, and this is a perfect example of classic flavors recombined into something deliciously exciting!

"Chocolate cream cheese filled Coconut Buttercream Cupcakes!! How does that grab you? These cupcakes were filled with a cream cheese filling and frosted with a coconut buttercream frosting… The pairing is out of this world delicious."

Recipe: Chocolate Cream Cheese Filled Coconut Buttercream Cupcakes

Candy Cake

Candy Cake

A special first birthday brings a delicate buttermilk and coconut flavorerd cake layered with coconut mousse and topped with a smooth chocolate ganache. Add candy decor and candles - lucky girl indeed!

Recipe: Candy Cake

L'Exotique

L'Exotique

Swee always submits the most beautiful dishes - carefully crafted and full of delicate, balanced flavors. This cake is no exception.

I'll admit that I had to Google "dacquoise," which is a layered cake, usually served chilled and accompanied by fruit. A very fitting definition for this dessert. Swee's layers of coconut-lime cake are intermingled with mango gelee, passionfruit and mango bavarian cream and lemongrass bavarian cream. Then, the whole thing is topped with white chocolate ganache.

You're supposed to chill this beauty for 3-6 hours before serving, but if you're anything like me you're already contemplating how to take a bite!

Recipe: L'Exotique

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

The Nanaimo bar is a popular no-bake dessert created by a housewife in Nanaimo, British Columbia, in the 1950s. It consists of a cookie-crumb base, layered with vanilla-flavored buttercream, and topped with a smooth layer of chocolate. This delicious vegan version puts a new twist on Nanaimo's famous dessert.

Recipe: Nanaimo Bars

Gingerbread Chocolates

Gingerbread Chocolates

If you want to present something special this holiday season, why not learn how to make homemade vegan chocolates? This recipe combines fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves within a chewy base of almonds, dates and coconut to deliver a classic gingerbread taste sensation under a rich, dark chocolate coating.

Recipe: Gingerbread chocolates

Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

I was recently asked to contribute an "Austin" recipe to our company's holiday card, which happens to be an electronic cookbook featuring a recipe from each of the cities where we have an office. (How fun is that?!) 

I wanted to be sure to pick a recipe that is true to Austin and the Texas Hill Country. This cake is perfect because it just so happens that Texas’ state tree is the Pecan Tree. 

The cake batter is made with local, homegrown butternut squash and seasonal spices, but Texas pecans are the real star of this dessert. Both the cake batter and the glaze are chock-full of them. And yes, this is just as good as it looks - my holiday gift to you!

Recipe: Texas Pecan Cake with Butter Pecan Glaze

Banana Crunch Muffins

Banana Crunch Muffins

Joelen proves that one little detail can completely make a recipe, and her homemade granola does just that for these breakfast muffins. "Aside from the true flavor of banana in each bite, the crunchy homemade granola swirled in and sprinkled on top adds such great texture." In fact, the granola pushed this muffin recipe right into Joelen's list of favorites!

Recipe: Banana Crunch Muffins