Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares | Swirls and Spice

Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares

Lightly sweetened oats spiced with cinnamon and cardamom surround the naturally sweet date filling in these squares, creating layers of warmth and richness.Cardamom has the power to transform a standard recipe into something remarkable.  Rice pilaf?  Better with cardamom.  Swedish tea ring?  Adding cranberries and cardamom elevates it into a fragrant, beribboned wreath.  And there’s chai, like the mix I use in Chai Chokadbollar, which is simply incomplete without cardamom. I had a strong inkling that … Continue reading Flourless Cardamom Coconut Date Squares

Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

This is the season for all things orange, and lately my seasonal ingredients have incorporated that warm and wonderful color.  Butternut squash went into a savory soup and pumpkin got tossed into a stick-to-your ribs fried rice.  But for the next installment I bring you something sweet from the oven: tender pecan cookies made with sweet potato.  Let baking season begin! These healthier treats make an ideal grab-and-go breakfast for cookie lovers like me.  Inspired by … Continue reading Sweet Potato Pecan Cookies

Banana Coconut Spice Cookies with Turmeric

Just four simple ingredients and “bam!”–you’ve got cookies!  Coconut and banana need no other sweetener, so these flourless cookies are impossibly healthy too! When I want to make cookies both delicious and healthy, I usually turn to sweet potatoes.  My Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies and Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies are proof of this trend.  But sometimes I would rather skip shredding or cooking sweet potatoes.  … Continue reading Banana Coconut Spice Cookies with Turmeric

Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

If you have sweet potato haters in your midst, make these cookies.  Just don’t tell them what’s inside until after they take a bite.  The joke’s on them, because they’ll want to keep eating these chocolate-dipped coconut cookies with caramel topping no matter what you say. When it comes to boxed cookies, I thought my days of indulging in Girl Scout cookies were over as … Continue reading Healthier Samoa Coconut Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Chocolate Filling | Swirls and Spice

Chocolate Buttercream Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches {GF}

Truly, truly, homemade cookies are the best.  And peanut butter makes them too good to resist. These little cookie sandwiches are my Mardi Gras indulgence.  And they are held together with my Chocolate Peanut Butter Lentil Frosting.  Because leftover frosting prompted me to make cookies–specifically peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter and coconut are go-to items that I eat all the time.  I spread peanut butter … Continue reading Chocolate Buttercream Filled Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches {GF}

Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter and Lentil Frosting

Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Lentil Buttercream Frosting

Tender coconut cupcakes topped with fluffy chocolate peanut butter frosting are the home-baked version of candy aisle bliss.  However, unlike candy, these treats have a hidden healthy twist! Chocolate and peanut butter are an inspired match.  So are chocolate and coconut.  These cupcakes fuse all those crave-worthy flavours together in each tender bite.  And the frosting is both sweet and healthy!  How can anyone resist … Continue reading Coconut Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Lentil Buttercream Frosting