Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

I was enjoying my last piece of pumpkin banana bread the other day, and let me tell you – I was savoring that slice!  I just kept thinking, “wow, I need to bake more of this!”  Of course, going a day without pumpkin spice in October…

Berry Pomegranate Chia Parfait

Berry Pomegranate Chia Parfait

Mornings are so much better when you have a cute and delicious parfait to enjoy – starting your day fresh with a vibrant and healthy jar of goodness just feels so good. With plenty of textures to enjoy, this berry pomegranate chia parfait is so…

The BEST Zucchini Bread

The BEST Zucchini Bread

Who doesn’t love a slice of sweet, flavorful, and moist zucchini bread?  I have had several versions of (very good) zucchini bread, but this one surely tops them all.  I just can’t resist grinning and letting out a huge mmm hmm when I take the first…

Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable Dumplings

I am not exaggerating when I say I eat at least 10 of these in one sitting!  They are just the tiniest bit addicting.  Thank goodness the recipe makes 48 – enough for several days worth of snacking!  With a fusion of Asian flavors mixed…

Plant-Based Peach and Berry Toast

Plant-Based Peach and Berry Toast

This toast is totally loaded and absolutely delicious.  The recipe starts with a simple piece of bread, but you’ll end up with a peachy, nutty, cinnamon-y, and naturally sweet breakfast feast.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!  Chia seeds, granola, and berries make…

Vegetable Egg Bites

Vegetable Egg Bites

There were two good things that came out of a tiring 46 hour travel “day” from Australia:  I adjusted very quickly to the Eastern time zone, and I got inspiration for these egg bites.  After three flights and 36 hours of being in planes and…

Super Food Berry Parfait

Super Food Berry Parfait

My three favorite grab-and-go breakfasts – chia seed pudding, smoothies, and yogurt parfaits – all rolled into one!  Here’s a healthy, balanced meal or snack that could easily be mistaken for dessert any day.  With the texture of pudding and a creamy, fruity flavor, this parfait…

Chocolate Cherry Chia Parfait

Chocolate Cherry Chia Parfait

Cherry season is coming up, and that means it’s time for some cherry creations!  I was inspired by my love of chocolate covered cherries and my regular parfait regimen to create something like this: a parfait complete with loads of cocoa, chia seeds, yogurt, and…

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

Instead of simply raving about the recipe, I thought I would bring in some inspiration.  So, I will be introducing a quote and adding my personal insight before discussing how it relates to your life.  Ultimately, it all ties back to this delightful strawberry banana bread and…

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Parfait

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Parfait

Another day, another parfait!  Seriously though, these things are awesome.  Besides being totally balanced with whole grains, protein, fruit, and flavor, parfaits are one of the easiest things to put together.  It’s like instant dessert for breakfast (you can even leave it in the fridge…

Sweet Curry Roasted Chickpeas

Sweet Curry Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are one of my favorite snacks because they are just so healthy and delicious!  With an abundance of spices to choose from, you can flavor them however you would like.  This particular version is inspired by Indian food, but has a cinnamon kick. …

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Bananas and chocolate – a classic yet decadent combination, especially for breakfast, and especially in banana bread.  However, making a loaf of bread can be a time consuming task because it takes nearly 60 minutes to bake.  But what if you are short on time, or you…

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

Switch up your breakfast or snack with this super easy chia seed pudding parfait! Perfect for a pre/post-workout snack, chia seeds offer many benefits such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. In addition, the chia seed pudding parfait is vegan, dairy free, paleo, and gluten…

Green Smoothie Bowl

Green Smoothie Bowl

Ahhh – the green smoothie.  The first time I saw my health focused coach drinking one several years back, I was appalled.  Why would someone want to drink something green?  I thought green was for vegetables, not a smoothie. When I finally tried one, much…

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

“A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant” The first time I made these, I messed up.  Yup, it happens to everyone.  I wasn’t careful enough when writing out the recipe, and I failed to add enough wet…

Berry Smoothie Bowl

Berry Smoothie Bowl

I’m not sure I have met a smoothie bowl I don’t like, but this one is definitely my favorite.  I eat this after almost every hard workout for recovery, and I never seem to get tired of it.  There is something about berries and banana that…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Are healthy peanut butter cups a thing?  Probably not, but these energy balls come really close.  I mean, memories of Reese’s instantly popped in my mind when I tried the first bite. With only 5 simple ingredients, they come together in a flash.  It’s almost…

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites

One of my favorite things about energy bites is how many flavors you can create… and these coconut chocolate ones certainly do not disappoint.  Thanks to the dates and cocoa powder, they are a healthy snack that tastes like dessert! With only a few ingredients,…

Double Chocolate Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies

Before you make these ooey-gooey, super-chocolatey, “I-think-I-might-eat-seven, delicious cookies… please take three minutes to complete the survey below!  Your responses are greatly appreciated, and will help make Zest & Finesse more of what you want!   Create your own user feedback survey     These…

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

“Be the energy that you want to attract” I came across this quote the other day.  Although it may seem commonplace, it is oh-so true.  Plus, it relates to these cranberry almond energy bites! Energy is contagious, both positive and negative.  How many times have…

Fireproof Hummus

Fireproof Hummus

This post spotlights Aha Pure Foods, a local soup company whose values really resonate with me.  Their mission to bring plant-based, organic ingredients with powerful medicinal properties into peoples’ diets is inspiring, and they have four delightful soup blends.  I can say first hand they…

Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies

I’ve made oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and ones with pumpkin spice.   In this recipe, they all combine to make one ultimate oatmeal cookie!  I mean it’s got all the goodness in one spot, perfect if you can’t decide what to make! With…

Berry Nice Cream Sundae

Berry Nice Cream Sundae

A little story on this healthy treat: Last weekend, I decided to turn my favorite protein smoothie into a nice cream sundae.  I stood on the counter to grab my food processor from the top shelf (short people problems), and took out my ever growing…

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are such a classic cookie.  They are a perfect dessert to bring to a party, gathering, or simply to share with your friends.  I often ask my team, “if I were to bring a treat to the gym today, what should I make?” These,…

Peanut Butter Banana Toast

Peanut Butter Banana Toast

Peanut butter banana toast is such a simple, delicious, and balanced breakfast!  It is definitely one of my go-to dishes when I am pressed for time.  However, this version elevates the flavors and textures past the basic three ingredients by adding chia seeds, cinnamon, granola,…

Toasted Coconut Cookies

Toasted Coconut Cookies

I really don’t think these toasted coconut cookies could be much simpler! With only a few wholesome ingredients in the base, dates, shredded coconut, vanilla and a sprinkle of salt, the flavor is pure and delicious. All it takes is a couple pulses in the food…

Apple Bread

Apple Bread

It’s honestly difficult to describe how amazing this bread is.  Mouthwatering, irresistible, and utterly delicious, it’s the kind of bread you just can’t resist coming back for another slice.  It’s got plenty of apple, shredded to bring out the flavor and moisture in every bite,…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip cookies merge in this decadent recipe.  With a distinct nutty flavor in the base and gooey chocolate goodness all over, these cookies are any PB chocolate lovers dream.   Biting in brings back memories to baking with my mom…

Easy Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

I’m sure a lot of people would agree that granola is a total pantry staple.  It certainly is for me!  As one of my favorite toppings on oatmeal, chia seed pudding, and Greek yogurt parfaits, it is rare I go a day without eating some…

Mint Chocolate Macaroons

Mint Chocolate Macaroons

Every Passover, my mom used to pick up macaroons from the grocery store – something I seriously looked forward too.  She would always get a container of the Manischewitz original coconut ones and a container of the iconic mint chocolate chip ones.  Without fail, I…

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

In the mood for a crunchy snack?  These roasted chickpeas are sure to hit the spot.  Inspired by multiple cuisines, the flavorful spice blend lies between sweet and savory.  With cinnamon, chile powder, paprika, nutmeg, ginger, and a drizzle of maple syrup, this recipe will…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

As mentioned in my oatmeal raisin cookies post, they are my favorite kind of cookie.  However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good chocolate fix!  This recipe combines the best of both worlds – chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips.  It makes a big…

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

My inspiration for this recipe stems for peanut butter banana toast.  It is one of my favorite quick and healthy snacks, and I often add cinnamon and dried cranberries for extra pizzazz.  I was in the mood for baking today (per usual), so I decided…

Orange Cranberry Granola Bark

Orange Cranberry Granola Bark

This healthier side holiday treat will surely waft a wonderful aroma through your home.  With citrus and plenty of spice, the flavor combination delightfully complements the winter season!  Its naturally sweetened with maple syrup and honey, and has plenty of oats and nuts… not to…

Festive Double Chocolate Cookies

Festive Double Chocolate Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate craving with these rich, soft in the middle, and wonderfully indulgent cookies.   They make for the perfect little gift for friends, teammates, or co-workers during the holiday season, as they look quite fancy but are actually super easy to make!  Simply dipping…

Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins

Mini Chocolate Banana Muffins

Delightfully moist, naturally sweet from the bananas, and super chocolatey, these muffins will bring you to breakfast heaven.  With cocoa powder, melted chocolate chips, and un-melted chocolate chips incorporated, these muffins are a chocolate lovers dream.  Plus, you can have these cuties completely ready to…

Gingerdoodle Cookies

Gingerdoodle Cookies

I just finished all my final exams, and it’s time to celebrate – with these cookies to be exact!  Snickerdoodles and gingerbread cookies collide in this delightful holiday recipe!  These scrumptious treats have the best of both worlds… they are perfectly spiced and delightfully soft…

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good oatmeal raisin cookie?  I certainly do!  Actually, oatmeal raisin cookies are my all time favorite… even though chocolate chip and snickerdoodle come really close.  I am also a huge fan of dried cranberries, so using half raisins and half dried…

Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins

I was in the holiday baking spirit the other day, and gingerbread muffins seemed like the perfect thing to make.  The only problem?  I did not have any molasses on hand.  So, I whipped up these cuties using maple syrup instead, and they turned out…

Apple Pie Energy Balls

Apple Pie Energy Balls

These apple pie energy balls are great for a sweet pick me up, and they are super good for you!  Healthy and delicious, this recipe comes together in just five minutes.  A total win-win-win if you ask me!  Simply combine all of the wholesome ingredients in…

Soft Double Chocolate Tahini Cookies

Soft Double Chocolate Tahini Cookies

I kept eyeing my near full jar of tahini sitting around after making edamame hummus.  Naturally, I started brainstorming what I was going to do with the rest, and I decided to try baking with it!  Although ground sesame seeds in cookies may seem a…

Edamame Hummus

Edamame Hummus

My kitchen gadget inventory grew recently when I picked up a mini food processor, and I could not wait to use it!  The next day, while getting distracted at the grocery store (like I often do), I found myself looking at the different types of…

Healthy Hot Cocoa

Healthy Hot Cocoa

Thinking of hot cocoa brings back such fond memories.  My sister and I had quite a tradition of running inside to make hot chocolate once our fingers nearly turned to icicles and we were finally finished playing outside in the snow.  We would recklessly stomp…

Hawaiian Muffins

Hawaiian Muffins

A little bit tropical, a little bit sweet, a little bit plain delicious!  Banana, pineapple, and coconut intermingle in this simple muffin recipe.  Plus, this breakfast treat is on the healthier side 🙂    

Artisan Avocado Toast

Artisan Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is certainly toward the top of my “best breakfasts” lists.  Why?  It’s healthy, delicious, and so simple to prepare!  This version adds goat cheese and black beans for a scrumptious twist on the trendy toast.  A good source of healthy fats and a…

Classic Protein Balls

Classic Protein Balls

Energy bites are a popular homemade snack for a reason – they are super easy to make, delicious, and energizing!  You can find so many variations on the internet, from brownie flavored protein balls to salted caramel, matcha, and even key lime – the possibilities…

Cocoa Quinoa Bowl

Cocoa Quinoa Bowl

This cocoa quinoa bowl is the perfect breakfast to start your day off right and keep you energized!  Plus, it’s vegan and absolutely delicious!  Hunger satisfying and nutritionally dense, it is… Packed with protein from the quinoa and protein powder High in antioxidants thanks to…

Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Granola Bark

Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Granola Bark

I came across pumpkin spice granola bark while strolling through Trader Joe’s the other day, and my first thought was, “YUM!” So, I naturally bought some, tried it, and of course enjoyed it.  Then, I realized I could totally make some myself!  I put my…

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rice Pudding

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rice Pudding

This is another wonderful fall treat that will warm your heart and your taste buds.  It is naturally sweet with the maple syrup and apples, hearty thanks to the brown rice, and has a lovely cinnamon spice twist.  

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin bread and banana bread merge in this delightful fall recipe, and let me tell you – it’s delicious!  With a mouthwatering balance of sweetness and pumpkin spice, good luck eating a single slice!     Wondering what to do with the leftover pumpkin?  Check…