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My Favorite Recipes

Hey everyone!

I know I’ve been MIA lately, life has been crazy busy (I know you all feel that!). But I thought now, around the holiday season, would be a GREAT time to share some of my favorite recipes!!

Baking is one of my FAVORITE things to do, and I end up making a lot of my own things (like muffins, breads, energy balls, cookies) instead of buying them or getting them from elsewhere. Therefore, I have a LOT of recipes I’ve used from over the years that I wanted to share with you all!!

I’m NOT sponsored by any of these websites or anything; I truly just love them with all of my heart and they have the stamp of approval from me!! 🙂


Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread

I LOVE this one because it’s got zucchini in it! I love banana & zucchini bread separately, so this one together was magical. I used to eat it over the summer all the time, it’s great with greek yogurt on top! You can also use greek yogurt instead of sour cream in the recipe!


Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

Rachel’s recipes are honestly some of my favorite, and this one is the original that stole my heart! You can even leave out the topping if you want it to be just a simpler bread!


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A simpler version of banana bread but still just as yummy! I use peanut butter instead of SunButter since I don’t have an allergy (and I love peanut butter!)


Almond Butter Date Balls

I use peanut butter instead of almond butter, and almonds instead of pecans! My whole family loves these- great iron and fiber nutrients, and I told my little brother they were chocolate balls, and he believed me!

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Again, peanut butter instead of SunButter, and we usually add in chocolate protein powder to the mix just to add a little extra protein. My family goes through these in DAYS, they’re so good!

Brownie Batter Truffles

These are *technically* truffles, but I never cover them in chocolate (too much work for me) and then I just eat them as energy balls! They’re soo good and I love that they’re made with chickpeas.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

I never got around to actually making these, but I keep meaning to. They look delicious and probably taste like fall in a ball, honestly.

Peanut Butter Banana Energy Balls

Dorm-friendly! I used these all from food in my room or from the dining hall.



Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These are my FAVORITE muffins and everyone I’ve shared them with loves them too. I make a huge batch and bring them to school with me (I keep them frozen) and they unfreeze super well and keep well too! I tend to use less brown sugar so they aren’t as sweet.


Pumpkin Muffins

This is technically bread, but I just break it up into muffin tins and it makes about 12 muffins instead. I’ve grown up eating my mom’s pumpkin bread, but this healthy version from Caroline comes super close and probably exceeds even that. It’s so, SO good.


Super Doughy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the cookies that originally got me hooked on Rachel’s site! They’re so soft and nobody can tell they’re vegan 🙂

Oat Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have anyone in your family who likes the taste of oats/oat flour, these are perfect. They don’t have oats in them so they’re not as chewy, but the oat flour gives it such a good taste! They can be a little dry, so just make sure to watch them when baking.

Chai Tea Sugar Cookies

Not exactly healthy, but these cookies are SO good. I make them in my house and they’re gone in less than a week. The kids I babysit always request them, and they’re Taylor Swift’s recipe! I use Trader Joe’s Chai Latte mix in it instead of chai tea, and it works well. I usually just add more cinnamon and cloves.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My psych professor made these for us once and they were amazing. You can also exchange the butter for vegan butter to make them vegan and they’re even more delicious!

Assorted Desserts:

Peppermint Bark Puppy Chow

TOTALLY addicting. My whole family went through the bag in a day… and I made a LOT. I used Ghirardelli peppermint white chocolate pieces because I couldn’t find the Hershey’s kisses.


Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies

These are SO good and even better the next day! They get fudgy and soft and perfect.

Healthy Buckeyes (Chocolate Cookie Dough Truffles)

I use peanut butter for this recipe instead of SunButter and they come out JUST like Buckeyes! My family makes these every Christmas, so it’s a staple and I love that they’re healthier.

Peanut Butter Skillet Brownie

This thing is SO good. You don’t have to make it in a skillet, but it’s such a good brownie recipe and so fudgy!


There ya go, my friends!! I tend to make a lot of these recipes over and over again… they’re just THAT good! But I also love trying new things, so every time I make a dessert, it’s usually something I’ve never tried before! You can never go wrong with any of the bloggers I used above!

Hope you all enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Laura ♥

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