Pistachio Almond Cookie Brittle {Gluten Free} | Swirls and Spice

Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle

Christmastime is near.  And that often calls for trays of something sweet to munch on, for which blondie brittle is perfect.  Neither ridiculously sweet nor tricky to pick up, this Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle is an ideal party guest. And it would make great company for my Hot Chocolate Cookie Brittle and Double Chocolate Cookie Brittle with peanuts.  All of three them can also be … Continue reading Pistachio Almond Blondie Brittle

Chocolate Dipped Banana Bar with Toppings

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pop Bar

When I saw this super idea at Hidden Ponies to make marshmallows pops with melted chocolate and assorted toppings, I knew we had to try it with bananas.  Because I’m just not that into corn syrup. As much as we like sprinkles, to avoid artificial colours this time, I rummaged through my cupboards and the refrigerator and found a healthier array of coatings–pretzels, pomegranate fruit, … Continue reading Chocolate Dipped Banana Pop Bar

Peanut Butter Cookie & Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites

What could be better than a homemade peanut butter cookie or a rich chocolate brownie? Both, fused together in one sweet bite!  No one else will notice the healthy ingredient hidden in the dark side of these tempting treats. Brown sugar, honey, and (spoiler alert) carrots lend sweetness to the two-in-one bites you see here.  The results are healthier than your typical candy, yet still delicious–and, I would … Continue reading Peanut Butter Cookie ‘n’ Brownie Bites

Sticky Rice Cakes with Banana and Sesame Seeds

Sesame Sticky Rice Cakes with Banana

Inspired by my favourite Chinese and Vietnamese desserts, these rice cakes feature sticky rice coated in sesame seeds with sweet banana tucked inside. Frosted birthday cakes in Asia were always a dicey proposition.  They almost never tasted quite right to me.  But anything sweet that involved sticky rice was usually excellent.   So I have come to the conclusion that it is best to seek out ethnic food that … Continue reading Sesame Sticky Rice Cakes with Banana

Blueberry Lime Fruit Gummies

Blueberry Lime Fruit Gummies

Tangy, sweet, and chewy, a touch of lime transports these healthy treats into the ultimate snack realm.  Elderberry and blueberries give added boosts of antioxidants and immune support.  But once these gems are ready to pick up, everyone will be too busy biting into the flavours to notice the hidden benefits. This recipe is linked to Allergy Free Wednesdays and here. Continue reading Blueberry Lime Fruit Gummies

Blueberry Lime Applesauce with Ginger

Simple, zingy, and astonishingly delicious–this homemade blueberry applesauce with ginger tastes sublime!  Another batch needs to be made soon, because we can’t get enough! A friend called me up last Friday and asked if I could go with her to gather some surplus apples in the neighbourhood.  The funny thing is, I had been hoping to score some free apples in the coming weeks.  I … Continue reading Blueberry Lime Applesauce with Ginger