Nutty Carrot Cake Bread

Easter is in four days, and I’ve been going through Pinterest like crazy, and experimenting recipes high and low for Easter themed recipes. Every year, we make a hearty and semi-fancy Easter Sunday brunch, and this year I’ve been slacking a little bit on the whole meal-planning aspect of things. Now, I’m sitting in history class, and instead of doing my classwork, I’m putting together a mini-menu for this weekend. I know, I set my priorities pretty straight ;)

Also, I have a video tutorial at the bottom of this post! It’s not the best quality (I shot it with one of my dad’s very old video cameras) and I’m not going to include on in every post, but I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. I want to do more food videos, but they take so long!

Anyways, since the spring season is in full swing, I’ve noticed that so many people are using carrot in their recipes! As I’m scrolling through Instagram in the morning, I see carrot muffins, cake, even carrot cake themed oatmeal. It was impossible not to make something carrot-themed. So, my carrot cake bread was born! I hope y’all enjoy.

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Nutella-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Guys… I don’t even know where to begin with these. Stuffed with luxurious Nutella and chocolate chips, these cookies are a fun and delicious twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie. Mmm! I don’t know about y’all, but growing up, I’d always have a quick shortbread or Girl-Scout cookie phase, but I’d always end up coming back to the good ol’ chocolate chip. I’ve always loved the warm, chocolatey, chewy-on-the-inside and crunchy-on-the-outside taste/texture of the cookie, and it’s been my favorite for pretty much my whole life. Can you blame me?

And now look how far they’ve come… even more chocolatey, with a hint of nuttiness. NUTELLA.

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DIY Healthy Nutella

First of all, let me just say that I’m not the biggest fan of nutella. Yes, I’m serious. To me, the spread is overly sweet and processed, and makes me sick to my stomach. In fact, my friends look at me like I’m mental when I say I don’t like it!

However, I was scrolling through Pinterest when I saw a recipe for homemade Nutella. Like most foods (cookies, cake, etc.), I wondered if Nutella would taste better if I made it myself. It’s pretty easy – a small matter of blending up some hazelnuts and flavoring it with some cocoa, of course, and some other ingredients, such as honey and vanilla.

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Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

I have been begging on my knees for an ice cream maker for the longest time… almost begging-on-my-knees pleading for one, especially since warmer weather days are not far ahead of us! You can imagine my excitement when this Cuisinart 20-Quart Ice Cream Maker arrived in my mail last Saturday. I immediately took this out and started experimenting recipes with it.

Obviously, the first flavor I set out to try was a classic vanilla ice cream, which is a must-have for everybody. Not only is it delicious, it’s a base recipe that you can add so many different flavors to (chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, etc.). The possibilities are endless! I know that there are a ton of vanilla ice cream recipes out there, but I really just wanted to share my own.

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Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie

Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited because we’re in the last couple days until spring break arrives, and I could not happier that the warmer weather is on it’s way (also, I’m just glad I’ll have a break from school!) Also, y’all can probably tell I’ve been loving blueberries lately, even though they’re not in season, and I’ve been putting them in almost everything I’ve been making.

Smoothies are honestly life savers. I can just pop the ingredients in my NutriBullet and put the container in the fridge, and it’ll be ready for the next day. Or I’ll just save it for when I come home from school and I’ll have a nice, refreshing drink for me to sip on while I watch Netflix (I’ve been loving Grey’s Anatomy) or do my homework.

This one that I’ve thrown together for y’all today is super adjustable – you could substitute coconut milk for any other liquid (orange juice, almond milk, regular milk, etc.), or replace the strawberries with frozen bananas.

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe!

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