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…

Apple Pie With Crumble Topping

Apple Pie With Crumble Topping

Apple pie a la mode is such a classic dessert, and it has always been one of my favorites.  Although it takes quite a bit more time to make from scratch, it is 100% worth the work!  This recipe features a crust that is nothing…

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…

Greek Yogurt Brownies

Greek Yogurt Brownies

Yes, I’m the type of person who always likes to finish off a meal with a bit of dessert.  Whether it’s a square of dark chocolate or a spoonful of ice cream, I always like to leave my taste buds with something sweet.  More often…

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…

Fudgy Brownies

Fudgy Brownies

Brownies… they’re here!  I’ve had a few people request this recipe, so I finally took photos of them before they got gobbled up, and now I’m ready to share them! Before I get into the rich, indulgent nature of these gluten free treats, I wanted…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

These cakes baked in a ramekin are a perfect dessert for two… or one – sometimes they are just too good to share!  Extremely moist, chocolaty, and delicious, this flourless recipe yields an extra fudgy version of rich chocolate cake.  As an added bonus, they…

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…

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…

Berry Crisp

Berry Crisp

Each morning, I begin by writing down three core intentions for the day and three things to be thankful for.  Today, my gratitude list included frozen produce.  Although it is something we do not often think about, freezer technology allows us to enjoy food at…

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…

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies

When you can’t decide if you’re in the mood for cheesecake or brownies, these are the perfect compromise!  With a fudgy brownie layer and a classic vanilla cheesecake layer on top, they are rich, sweet, and absolutely delightful. What’s more, they are lightened up!  Substituting…

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…

Apple Lava Cakes

Apple Lava Cakes

Over the years, my mom has always made my Nana’s apple bundt cake for special occasions.  Let me tell you, it’s absolutely delicious… so moist and full of apple bits.  The cake itself has an unbeatable flavor, but the sweet glaze that covered the cake…

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…

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…

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…

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes

Pumpkin pie is a total Thanksgiving staple, but I have to admit I might make a batch of these instead this year.  Pumpkin pie + cheesecake + a spiced graham cracker crust = this indulgent recipe!  I could go on and on about how great…

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…

Autumn Favorite Cookies

Autumn Favorite Cookies

These are actually pumpkin-spice-oatmeal-cranberry cookies, but that is quite a mouthful, and it only takes one word to describe them: scrumptious.  Plus, they taste like fall and waft an amazing cinnamon spice aroma through your kitchen.  So, I decided to call them “autumn favorite cookies”…

Tropical Rice Pudding Parfait

Tropical Rice Pudding Parfait

This rice pudding parfait is like no other!  Both pudding recipes are great on their own, but combining them creates something absolutely fantastic.  The banana pairs perfectly with the black rice and offers natural sweetness, where the peach delightfully compliments the jasmine rice and vanilla…

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Although these cookies are both vegan and gluten-free, you certainly don’t need to have a special diet to enjoy them.  Chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and chocolaty all over, they are absolutely scrumptious!  Plus, they are better for you than your typical…

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Blueberry Banana Muffins

As an ambitious girl with a busy schedule and a passion for eating a balanced diet, I am always looking for ways to make recipes healthier and more efficient.  On top of being absolutely scrumptious, these blueberry banana muffins accomplish both of those things. By…

Raisin Challah

Raisin Challah

Raisin challah is a braided Jewish bread made with eggs and baked to golden perfection.  It is typically enjoyed during the Jewish high holidays, and can be found at most grocery stores during those times.  However, many places only carry normal challah the rest of…

Mini Muffin Trio

Mini Muffin Trio

This mini muffin trio is not only super cute, but beyond delicious. With vanilla spice, orange blueberry, and cherry chocolate chip flavor variations, these little muffins make for a great snack when craving something sweet and scrumptious! It’s almost impossible not to smile when taking…

Lava Cake

Lava Cake

This lava cake is everything a dessert should be; warm, gooey, and deliciously rich. Paired with vanilla ice cream and garnished with fresh berries, this lava cake will surely impress.  

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These delightful carrot cake cupcakes are based off a recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook with a few modifications.   I absolutely love the flavor and texture the pineapple adds…it certainly sets these apart from other carrot cakes.   Perfectly moist, flavorful, and satisfying, this recipe yields 24…

Nana’s Blueberry Squares

Nana’s Blueberry Squares

This was my Nana’s recipe, and these blueberry squares have been a longtime family favorite.  They make for the perfect treat anytime… breakfast, snack, dessert, you name it!  Bake at your own risk though… they’re addicting!