guilt-free dark chocolate chip cookie bites

Marin Mama after school snacks, Cookies, Desserts, healthy snacks 6 Comments

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Just try and keep your hands out of the cookie jar with these bad boys. These little cookie bites, even though they’re on the healthier side, are super addicting.  I shouldn’t really be calling them a cookie, as they are a take on the classic Cliff Kid’s ZBAR, so they’re more of an energy bar in cookie form. Maybe I should just call them cute little energy cookie bites! These cookie bites are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), have no refined sugar, are flourless, eggless and dairy free, and they still taste great!  That’s a winner recipe in my book!  The texture is soft and a bit chewy, sort of like a ZBAR. So you’re probably wondering what my kiddo’s think of …

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Marin Mama Cookies, Desserts 6 Comments

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

So, I’m being a bit naughty and giving you all a sugary treat today! I’m posting a new cookie recipe that has been happily tested on at least 40 kids and adults, ranging in age from 6 to 44 (yes, you guessed it, I’m the 44-year-old)!  These cookies got the double thumbs up, and there were even some kids that gave me the feet thumbs up as well! Crazy kids! These cookies are chock-full of flavor from the cinnamon, allspice and the turbinado sugar. The turbinado sugar helps gives the cookies a nice crunchy texture. You can also tastes bits of salt in each cookie bite, and those bittersweet chocolate chips, wow, they just make anything better in my opinion. Give me a cookie with some …

almond butter brownies

Marin Mama brownies, brownies and bars, Desserts 30 Comments

almond butter brownies

ALMOND BUTTER BROWNIES!!!  Yes, you heard me right, almond butter brownies, not chocolate fudge brownies, so I apologize for those of you that were looking for something chocolately, next time!  These are a bit of a healthier brownie, if there is such a thing as a healthy brownie. These brownies are made with 6 simple ingredients, almond butter, honey, an egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda.  Yep, there’s no flour or sugar in these brownies and you honestly won’t miss the sugar or flour, as these brownies are gooey on the inside and a bit crusty on the outside. They’re super simple to whip up, (only takes 1/2 hour) super tasty, kid and co-worker approved (yes, my kids and co-workers …

pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

Marin Mama cakes and cupcakes, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 18 Comments

pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

Thanks to everyone for voting this week on which recipe you wanted to see posted next.  As you can see from the comments, this pumpkin cake won hands down.  I’m totally not surprised because it’s fall and everyone has pumpkin and cake on their minds. It really wasn’t a fair competition, was it?  I mean salad vs cake?  I knew who the winner was before I finished the post, but I just wanted to double-check and make sure that’s what you all wanted.  So thanks

homemade almond joy and mounds bars

Marin Mama candy, chocolate, Desserts, most popular recipes 64 Comments

homemade almond joy and mounds bars

I teased some of you late this summer on Instagram and Facebook with photos of these homemade Almond Joy and Mounds bars.  Many of you were asking for the recipe like NOW, but I couldn’t give it out just then because I was photographing and getting it ready for Marin Magazine.  Well, the magazine called me this afternoon and told me that the issue is out digitally and going to be in stores tomorrow!  Yippee!  So that means that I can finally share this recipe with you all.  Double Yippee!  How cool is it that Marin Mama is in the Marin Magazine?  I think it’s pretty cool!  You can check out the article here or pick up a magazine at your local …

chocolate Oreo ice cream

Marin Mama chocolate, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, ice cream, most popular recipes 25 Comments

chocolate Oreo ice cream

This chocolate Oreo ice cream tastes like my favorite ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s in Minneapolis. It’s pure, creamy, full of big chunks of Oreo cookie, and it’s oh so chocolaty.  It’s not too rich tasting nor too bland, it’s just perfect.  I know some of you are intimated by the thought of making homemade ice cream, but please don’t be, it’s seriously one of the easiest desserts to make. You just stir a few simple ingredients together over the stove top, let it come to a boil and then whisk in the rest, throw it in a blender for 30 seconds, let it chill for a bit and then let your ice cream maker churn it into ice cream. …

frozen s’mores

Marin Mama chocolate, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 40 Comments

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I was going to post these bad boys next week, but I received so many emails and comments from friends wanting the recipe for these, that I decided to post the recipe a bit early. See, I really do listen to you all!  Here’s the perfect summer s’more for those hot summer nights. These s’mores are a twist from the traditional s’mores because the chocolate is on the outside and they’re frozen. Yes, they’re frozen, am I tempting you yet? The best part is that they can be made year round, as they are cooked under a broiler instead of roasted over a campfire. So for those of you that don’t have a backyard fire pit, you’re in luck. These …

the best chocolate chip skillet cookie

Marin Mama Cookies, Desserts, family favorite desserts, most popular recipes 56 Comments

the best chocolate chip skillet cookie

Why am I calling this the best chocolate chip skillet cookie? I mean thats a pretty bold statement, right? Well, I have tested this cookie out on my family and friends and we think this cookie rocks. I took my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, threw it in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, topped it with a bit of sea salt, and oh my,  it turned into this delicious PARTY cookie. Yes, you heard me right, party cookie, because you will want to throw a party when you make this cookie. The chips are all gooey and melty and you feel like you’re eating a slice of the best cookie pie. Top it off with a scoop of ice-cream and some …

peanut butter and chocolate rice crispy bars

Marin Mama brownies and bars, Desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 26 Comments

peanut butter and chocolate rice crispy bars

I know, don’t these look amazing? I’ve never been a huge rice crispy bar fan, as I’m more of a cake or cupcake sort of gal, but this particular recipe caught my eye. I just love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and to throw it together in a crispy and crunchy treat, yum! These bars were a total hit in my house, and I was sort of surprised because as I said before, rice crispy bars are not our go-to choice for dessert. John and I kept sneaking back in the kitchen for seconds and even attempted to share a third. I even think we liked these more than the kids, which is funny because I usually associate …

salted caramel brownies

Marin Mama brownies and bars, chocolate, Desserts, family favorites 25 Comments

salted caramel brownies

What do you get when you take your absolute favorite brownie recipe and add caramel and sea salt to it? You get a masterpiece, I’m saying a brownie lovers dream. These brownies are not your typical cake-like brownies, they’re more fudge-like in consistency, but fudge-like in a good way, like mouthwatering lick your fingers and plate sort of way.  I absolutely love these brownies, hence the name, Robert’s absolute best brownies.  Zoe and I have been talking about making caramel and sea salt brownies for sometime, so I decided to surprise her one day after school. I didn’t research another brownie recipe because these are our family’s favorite recipe, so why re-invent the wheel, right? I’m so glad that I …

chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt

Marin Mama Cookies, Desserts 30 Comments

chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt

I saw this recipe in the most recent issue of bon appetit and knew I had to make it. When I opened up the magazine and saw these cookies and the words salty and chocolate in the title, they had me. I’m one of those gals that loves salty and sweet combinations. Chocolate covered pretzels are my weakness.  I will admit that I was a bit hesitant to try a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, because I have my absolute FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe already on this blog.  If you haven’t tried those chocolate chip cookies, you must! OK, so lets move onto these cookies. I quickly made up a batch of these cookies one Sunday afternoon and posted …

chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Marin Mama cakes and cupcakes, chocolate, Desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 39 Comments

chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

I sincerely apologize for all of those crazy emails you received yesterday. I did an update on word press (still getting use to word press) and at the same time I was working on the draft to this post. For some strange reason the post then got published and thus the emails instantly went out to you all. I’m glad that my email notification is so efficient, but at the same time, it’s a bit too efficient.  The post was obviously not fit to be published, as it was in total draft form, but now at last it’s all ready, so here it is. So, lets move away from the hassles of computers and technology and onto these cupcakes or …

chocolate chip pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate ganache

Marin Mama after school snacks, cakes and cupcakes, chocolate, Desserts 13 Comments

chocolate chip pumpkin bundt cake with ganache

Happy Holidays everyone! I’m not doing my normal weekly menu post this week because it’s a holiday week, so I’m taking a holiday.  I’m actually going to take an extended 2 week blogging holiday so I can just “be” and enjoy time with my family and friends.  I plan on hiking, skiing, reading and cooking tons with the kids. I didn’t want to leave you all high and dry so I’m finally posting this recipe from my friend Averie, that I have made at least 5 times.  Averie did an amazing update on the chocolate chip pumpkin bunt bread.  She took the bundt bread recipe and turned it into a bunt cake. This is dessert guys, no longer an afterschool …

chocolate coconut pie

Marin Mama chocolate, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, pies and tarts 34 Comments

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Ok, if you like coconut and dark chocolate, then this is the pie for you.  It’s seriously like eating a chocolate covered macaroon.  This is my new Thanksgiving pie. I’ve been making it each year for Thanksgiving, and honestly it’s the first pie to get devoured, so move over pumpkin and apple pie, because there’s a new pie in town and it’s rich and oh so chocolatey! This is a great Holiday or party pie because it serves a crowd and looks fancy with the shiny gnache filling and the crispy coconut crust.  People will be impressed thinking you spent hours slaving over this pie, when in reality you didn’t. It’s an easy pie to throw together and requires only …

pumpkin muffin poppers

Marin Mama after school snacks, breads and muffins, breakfast, most popular recipes, muffins 11 Comments

pumpkin muffin poppers

Pinterest is one of my new favorite places to find fun recipes.  I found my favorite heirloom tomato soup there and now these pumpkin poppers!  Pinterest rocks!  When I saw the photo of these muffins, I just had to make them.  They reminded me of my sugar-crusted popovers, and I knew if they tasted anything like those, then they would be a winner. I have made these 3 times so far and they are gone, like gone, in a heartbeat.  The muffins are unbelievably moist and when you cover them all over with the sugar and cinnamon mixture, you have yourself a killer snack.  They’re crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  We’ve been eating them for breakfast, after school with some warm chai tea and even after …