Category Archives: Sweets

Salted Caramel Mocha Cheesecake Squares

Before we dive into these amazing Salted Caramel Mocha Cheesecake Squares I want you to know I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Salted Caramel Mocha Cheesecake Bars SUPER easy and SO good! Perfect for gift giving! www.maebells.com I am about to blow your mind. Are you ready?

There are only five more Fridays between now and Thanksgiving, only 8 between now and Hanukkah, and 9 between now and Christmas!

Holy cow! I know. I had to count twice. Where has the time gone?!

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Carrot Cake Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

One year ago today, you could have found me on the sandy shores of Jamaica. It was warm, it was sunny, and it was my wedding day.

Carrot Cake Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

We made the decision to have a destination wedding pretty quickly after we got engaged. We are both really practical people. So, it was hard for us to imagine spending a ton of money on a wedding when we knew there were real, more practical, bigger expenses we were saving for. And it was even harder to imagine asking our parents to pay for a big wedding neither one of us really wanted. So, we opted for Jamaica instead.

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After the trip was booked I had a little twinge of regret. We wouldn’t have all of our friends there to watch us get married. I wouldn’t have bridesmaids. People we loved wouldn’t be there. I really wondered if I had made a mistake.

In the end, we had ten wonderful, fantastic guests at our wedding. My brother and my Dad walked me down the aisle, Mr. Maebell and I said our own vows, and Gimme Three Steps could be heard from a mile away as we walked out. There was an awful lot of love on that little beach.

Carrot Cake Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

As I sit here today, and think back, I absolutely couldn’t have asked for it to happen any other way. I know we live in this world that makes you believe that a wedding is a once in a life time event, so you should spend big. While I do think it deserves celebrating, the good stuff, the really really good stuff comes after the wedding. The actual marriage is what you should put your effort and energy into planning, not just the party.

Carrot Cake Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing

Since we got married in another country bringing the top of the cake back was totally unrealistic. So, today we are celebrating our anniversary with these wonderful Carrot Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Icing. Hey, I know it may not be the most traditional way to celebrate your anniversary but neither was our wedding!

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Happy Thursday!

Carrot Cake Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing
Recipe type: Dessert, Sweets, Baking
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Serves: 8+
 
Ingredients
  • For the Carrot Cake Bars
  • 1½ cup Gluten Free Bisquick
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats, I used gluten free
  • 1 package dry vanilla pudding mix (5 ounces)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrot, packed
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, 8 ounces and undrained
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • For the Cream Cheese Icing
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of milk (if needed to thin, this is up to your personal preference)
  • For the Topping
  • ⅛ cup shredded coconut, toasted*
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the ingredients in the following order:
  3. Mix flour, oats, baking powder, salt, vanilla pudding mix, sugar, and cinnamon, combine well.
  4. Add the vanilla extract, carrots, undrained can of pineapple, oil, buttermilk, and eggs.
  5. Fold in the pecans.
  6. Pour into greased 12x8 pan, bake 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove bars from oven when a tooth pick comes out clean.
  8. Turn bars out onto a cooling rack.
  9. For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  10. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk (if you are using) until smooth and creamy.
  11. Frost bars with cream cheese icing when completely cool.
  12. Top the bars with the toasted coconut and the pecans
  13. *To toast the coconut place coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet. Turn the broiler on medium and place coconut directly under the broiler. Watch carefully and remove when golden.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola

In my never ending quest to cram as much caffeine as possible into my granola I have created a gem of a recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in a crunchy, healthy snack!

World, meet Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola. You will wonder how you ever lived without it!

To be fair, this was sort of an accident. I have been feeling rather uninspired lately and was having a hard time thinking of things to share with you. I needed to create some recipes for the blog, but since my creative juices were not yet flowing I opted for our trusty, Mocha Granola recipe. I turned the oven on, got out a mixing bowl, the coconut oil, the honey, the oats, and as a I reached into the cabinet to grab the espresso powder I saw a can of untouched pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavors of your Starbucks favorite in an easy, HEALTHY granola!!

And just like that, plans were changed. Dare I add pumpkin to my trusty recipe?!

When in doubt always, always add pumpkin, I say ;)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavors of your Starbucks favorite in an easy, HEALTHY snack!!

The rest is history my friends. We devoured this in less than two days. TWO days! It does not have an overwhelming pumpkin or coffee flavor, rather a perfect blend of the two. It really does taste very close to an actual Pumpkin Spice Latte, but of course in a more convenient, less expensive form!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, your Starbucks favorite in a crunchy, healthy snack!

This is seriously the most perfect, healthy, fall snack! You will absolutely love it if you try it!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola
Recipe type: Snack, Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (one to go packet)
  • 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ⅓ cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl.
  3. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted.
  4. Add pumpkin, spices and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  5. Add oats and pecans, stir mixture until all oats are completely covered
  6. Grab a large baking sheet, line with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  7. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  8. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, bake 10 more minutes.
  9. Remove oats from oven, let them cool.
  10. Store in an air tight container

Check out these other awesome granola recipes!

Mocha Granola

Mocha Granola

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

 

 

 

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

 Salted Caramel Mocha Granola has all of the flavor of a Starbucks favorite! Just a few simple ingredients for this delicious sweet and salty snack!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I am kind of the queen of granola in case you haven’t noticed. It is quickly becoming my favorite thing to play around with in the kitchen. I love how quickly it comes together and the endless variations of add ins and flavor combinations, but most of all I like having easy, delicious snacks around the house.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

My Mocha Granola recipe is our go to, but I decided to try putting a new spin on it. Last year around the Holidays I tried a Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks and was totally hooked. I rarely go for a super rich, chocolatey coffee drink, but this was basically heaven in a cup. All of my Starbucks gift cards from Christmas were gone in like a week, and my skinny jeans were feeling a little too tight. Luckily, it is not offered year round!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Once the idea for Salted Caramel Mocha Granola got in my head it was pretty much all I could think about. I thought of a couple different ways to approach it like adding a caramel sauce or making granola clusters with caramel in the center, but eventually simplicity won out and I settled on adding chunks of caramel in the granola and topping it with course sea salt.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Yum. Just yum.

This is the perfect afternoon pick me up or great over ice cream and yogurt! Give this a try, you won’t be sorry!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup caramel squares, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  3. Add oats and stir mixture until all oats are completely covered in the chocolate coffee mixture.
  4. Grab a large baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, and add half of the chopped caramel squares, bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove oats from oven, let them cool about 10 minutes, and while still warm sprinkle the rest of the caramel over the granola mixture.
  8. When the granola is completely cool add the sea salt over the top
  9. Store in an air tight container

 

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans

These no bake Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans are packed with oats, puffed rice, fruit, nuts, protein powder and chocolate! They are a cinch to make and give you a boost to get through the day!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

I go through fazes.

I can go from ninety to nothing in a day. I can be so totally all into one thing, then totally uninterested the next day. Urgh. I really hate that about myself. I am trying very hard to change. To be a finish what you start-always do what you say you will do-make it happen kind of person. I feel like I am about 75% of the way there, but not quite where I want to be.

Two years ago we started revamping our house. Yes, two years. We tackled the floors, tiling, painting the walls and cabinets, new furniture, and new lighting, and then I hit a wall. I didn’t want to look at paint colors, carpets, cabinets, tile, light fixtures…no, just no. I was over it.

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So our little remodel never made it past the front rooms of our house. Leaving the bedrooms and bathrooms untouched. You know what? I didn’t care. Not one bit. I just kind of thought..okay if we have house guest I will just close the doors or something. For two years my I don’t care attitude stayed. We had bedrooms with bare white walls and all was right with the world.

Until last week.

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I woke up and on my way to the kitchen glanced into one of the guest rooms. Urgh…I hate you, I thought. White walls, plain carpet, cheap blinds. I walked to the front of the house, made a cup of coffee and looked at my pretty kitchen. Everything was in its place. Everything was exactly how I wanted because I had done it. Then I remembered I had once hated this kitchen. The cheap, stained laminate flooring, the ugly cabinets, the plain light fixtures. I peeked around the corner into the living room. My nice living room with pretty barnwood floors and lovely drapes. The living room that once had dingy carpets and an Ikea coffee table. It was a nice living room because I had made it nice.

A seed had been planted.

I stood in the door way of the plain, untouched guest room, coffee in hand and the wheels started turning. Suddenly, paint colors and light fixtures seemed interesting again! The humble little room in front of me had so much more potential than I had ever thought!

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So, as I mentioned on Monday, I spent an entire weekend covered in paint. The room is far from finished. There is still a lot I want to do, but this morning I woke up, walked to the front of the house and glanced into the guest room. The pretty, freshly painted room with new furniture, new curtains, and new picture frames and I smiled.

It is pretty because I made it pretty. It is just how I want it, because I did it.

Sometimes we need to be reminded the only thing standing in our way is ourselves. Sometimes you just need to make it happen.

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

Of course a little help is never a bad thing! I made these Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans to give me something to snack on during the weekend. They take all of five minutes to make and require no baking. They are the perfect little pick me up that is totally guilt free!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Prep time: 
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil, measured solid
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the honey and coconut oil. Microwave for 45 seconds until the oil has melted.
  2. Add the protein powder and cocoa, stir well.
  3. Add the oats, rice, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips until well combined.
  4. Line an 8x8 pan with foil, spray with cooking oil.
  5. Add the granola mixture to the pan and spread it evenly. Using your spatula press the mixture down into the pan. (the tighter the mixture is the less likely your bars are to fall apart)
  6. Place bars in the freezer to set, 15-20 minutes.
  7. Turn bars out onto cutting board, carefully removing foil, and slice into bars.
  8. Keep cold.