Pecan Praline Cheesecake

Here we go y’all.

I’m back and I’m motivated.

The reason I started this blog was out of sure passion.

Passion for food, passion for writing, passion for story-telling, passion for life, passion for family…I guess you could say I’m a passionate person 😉

This past year has been kind of crazy/interesting/a roller coaster ride is how I would describe it.

Earlier in the year, I had my heart ripped out of my chest, stomped on, and broken by a guy whose name doesn’t even matter to me now.

Typical.

I started dating someone a few weeks ago.

This past Sunday wasn’t the best day if ya know what I mean.

I’m not going to go into details.

I really, really, really like this guy.

I mean, EXTREMELY.

See those all caps? Mhhhhm I don’t mess around 😉

And no, I don’t fall fast and hard for every guy I meet.

In fact, it was super hard for me to open up to anyone for the longest time.

This time though…this time was different.

I’ve never felt so comfortable with someone in my life…dating wise.

I know, i know, dating can be scary, nerve-wrecking, especially when you start to really like someone.

But not for me. I get super excited.

I truly have to say, I am sooooooooo proud of the woman that I have become.

I have a huge heart.

Especially when it comes to respecting another person’s life situation/feelings/what they have been or are going through.

I’ve learned that sometimes someone may be going through something in their life that they are struggling with.

So, I don’t judge. I’ve been through my hell.

Not to say it doesn’t hurt when things crumble, I mean…I’m human.

Butttttttttttt I can’t fault that person.

Unfortunately, I spent my time chasing the wrong guy last time and now I don’t have the energy left to chase the absolutely, without a doubt, right one. It’s also my turn for someone to come after me.

I deserve it. I’m worth it. I can also make a killer cheesecake 😉

Anyway, y’all know I’m a dessert person and one date night, we shared this amazing pecan praline cheesecake.

Y’all…pralines are my fave and let me tell you…there were chunks of sweet pecans inside of this cheesecake.

I died.

Project!

Y’all know I’m a crust type of gal.

Y’all…this crust. Well…this crust is 100!

I just can’t even begin to tell you.

And then there is this perfect creamy cheesecake filling.

 Now, I didn’t put pecans inside this cheesecake but….the topping.

Oh my TEXAS!

It’s over the top…basically everything you love about a chewy pecan praline.

I mean, I have absolutely no words.

I believe this is what dreams are made of.

I’m also pretty sure this is what heaven tastes like.

I think I really channeled all of my emotions into this damn cheesecake.

I don’t have any regrets about this cheesecake…none at all.

I think I’m in love.

I’m also 100% positive that if someone were to marry me based on my ability to make cheesecake…I’m a shoe in. 😉

Pecan Praline Cheesecake
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Recipe type: cheesecake
Cuisine: dessert, sweets
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Serves: 8
 
A perfectly crispy honey graham cracker crust with a sweet, smooth cream cheese filling, topped with a pecan praline sauce that is out of this world!
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 2 c. honey graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • For the filling:
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ c. coconut milk (or regular milk, coconut milk is all I had on hand)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 T. mexican vanilla extract
  • For the pecan praline topping:
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 c. light brown sugar
  • ½ c. heavy whipping cream
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1¼ c. pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 2 t. mexican vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large pie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the crust ingredients together until full moistened and combined.
  3. Press the crust mixture into the pie plate.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until set and golden brown around the edges.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool. Lower the temperature to 300 degrees F.
  6. For the filling, beat together the brown sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
  7. Add in the milk, eggs, and vanilla and mix well. Spread the filling evenly into the baked crust.
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the middle is no long jiggly. Let the cheesecake cool completely.
  9. For the pecan praline topping, combine the butter, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
  10. Bring the mixture to a slow boil and cook for 3 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and a smooth caramel sauce forms.
  11. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the toasted pecans and vanilla.
  12. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then pour the warm pecan praline mixture over the cooled cheesecake.
  13. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight if preferred before cutting slices with a sharp knife.
  14. Enjoy!

 MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter Pound Cake

Yo.

It’s February.

A.K.A. the best month ever.

Not just because it’s my birthday month either.

February Secret Recipe Club time.

This months recipe comes from Kirstin, the wife, mother, and blogger behind Loving Life.

I really enjoyed Kristin’s recipe index and wanted to try just about everything, but let’s be real…the peanut butter spoke to me…again.

Peanut Butter Pound Cake 

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Y’all…this stuff is no joke.

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Look at all that thickness.

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Hello peanut butter cream frosting!

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Of course I made it gluten-free.

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So sue me why dontcha!

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If you eat this for breakfast with coffee…you might just have magical powers 😉

Peanut Butter Pound Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Thick, buttery pound cake with all the flavor of peanut butter topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting. Gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 1 c. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ c. coconut sugar
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • For the frosting:
  • ½ c. full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. smooth peanut butter, all-natural
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, eggs, and coconut sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in the milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and coconut flour until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Let the cake cool.
  7. For the frosting, combine the coconut cream, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl, mixing until smooth.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly onto the cake.
  9. Slice the cake and serve!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Happy Secret Recipe Club Monday!

I have been super busy with school and life lately.

Yesterday I was finally able to relax with family and enjoy endless amounts of pasta over great conversation.

Even though life is busy right now, I still make time for baking and cooking.

It calms me down.

For realz.

So, I was super excited to find out that my secret recipe blogger this month was from Jenna, the creative voice behind the The Painted Apron. I loved reading about Jenna’s love for all things family and design. With her amazing recipe list, it was difficult to not want to make everything!

But then…I saw it…Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake.

I put my own spin on things.

Y’all…

this cake.

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I’m not sure I even want to share it with you.

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It’s just that good.

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I mean, it’s chocolate on chocolate…

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enough said.

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🙂

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Servings: 8

A rich, cocoa based gluten-free/paleo chocolate cake topped with a creamy chocolate cream cheese frosting for double the chocolate fun!

Ingredients:

For the cake:

2 large eggs

1/2 c. coconut sugar

1/2 c. full-fat coconut milk

1/4 c. walnut butter (or any other nut/seed butter)

1/4 c. unsweetened, cocoa powder

1/4 c. coconut flour

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

For the chocolate frosting:

8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature

2 T. unsweetened cocoa, powder

1/4 c. pure maple syrup

1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a round cake pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, coconut sugar, coconut milk, and walnut butter until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely.

For the frosting, beat all of the ingredients on high using a stand mixer until smooth.

Top the cake evenly with the frosting and slice.

MANGIA!!!

Coconut Tres Leches

Y’all.

It’s time for Secret Recipe Club.

This month I actually noticed my secret food blogger, because ya know…she’s only a current contestant on Master Chef!

I know, get excited.

If you frequently watch Master Chef like me (and secretly wish to get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay), you would have recognized this lady right off the bat.

Yep, it’s Hetal, the food blogger behind Pretty Polymath.

I have been pretty glued to the television as I see Hetal, week after week, rock out dishes in the kitchen.

Oh ya, not to mention, she’s a vegetarian and can cook a tasty piece of meat.

That’s talent.

I was ecstatic to learn that Hetal is a food blogger, just like all of us.

Plus, her recipe index is an absolute dream, with  both sweet and savory dishes, as well as traditional Indian dishes representative of Hetal’s cultural background.

Of course, I chose a dish that spoke to my heart.

I’m sure that I’ve mentioned that I’m absolutely crazy over coconut.

Enter my all-time favorite dessert to make…Coconut Tres Leches.

I love how the cake has this “melt in your mouth” texture after it has been left to seep up the flavors of the three milk combination.

I make this all of the time for my older cousin and I who share a love of coconut.

He’s a model, but we don’t eat on the model diet.

However, for his birthday last year, I made a paleo version.

It was the best paleo thing I have ever made…he had no idea!

Then I told him and he was amazed.

So, here we go y’all.

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This cake is absolutely sinful.

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In all the right ways.

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The cake is tender and soaks up the flavors of the three milks, vanilla, and maple syrup evenly.

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Not to mention, because the cake if refrigerated, it is almost like an ice cream cake, perfect for these hot summer days.

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The coconut whipped cream is cool and creamy.

The cinnamon, well…you can’t have tres leches without cinnamon.

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Plus, trust me on the toasted coconut…it adds the perfect little crunchy to all of those creamy, cool factors.

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Do the macarena, say ole, and dive in.

Coconut Tres Leches
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Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 9
 
A fluffy coconut flour cake soaked in "3 milks" and topped with a coconut whipped cream. Gluten-free, paleo, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
  • 1 T. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. coconut flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • For the "3 milk" mixture:
  • ¼ c. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
  • ¼ c. fat-free evaporated milk (I used more full-fat coconut milk for paleo)
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • For the coconut whipped cream:
  • 11 oz. carton full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T. Truvia or granulated stevia
  • For topping:
  • ground cinnamon, as needed
  • toasted unsweetened flaked coconut, as needed
Instructions
  1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg white, eggs, coconut milk maple syrup, and vanilla until frothy.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Let the cake cool and use a fork to prick the top of the cake, making tiny holes for the 3 milk soak.
  6. For the 3 milks mixture, combine all ingredients until smooth.
  7. Pour the mixture over the cake and let the mixture seep through the cake.
  8. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
  9. For the coconut whipped cream, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  10. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and top with the coconut whipped cream.
  11. Slice into 9 even squares and dust with cinnamon and top with toasted coconut if desired.

MANGIA!!!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Coffeecake

It’s Friday.

Fist pump.

We’ve got breakfast.

Kicked up a notch.

My favorite sandwich as a child (and now) was of the peanut butter and jelly variety.

I loved me some toasted bread, crunchy spread, and smuckers grape jelly.

Oh yes.

I would even get creative and as a snack, I would toast a tortilla on the gas stove, then spread on some peanut butter, butter, and shake on a little cinnamon.

Double yes.

We just made peanut butter and jelly breakfast-style.

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PB & J Coffee Cake

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Y’all.

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I’m pretty sure this is what heaven tastes like.

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Well, at least in my peanut butter and jelly heaven.

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Mhhhhm.

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This is the ultimate

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breakfast treat.

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I’m doing the peanut butter and jelly dance for sure.

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P.S. It’s also great for dessert with a drizzle of melted chocolate on top.

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But I wouldn’t know anything about that.

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😉

Peanut Butter & Jelly Coffee Cake
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
The classic peanut butter and jelly comes together in the perfect breakfast treat! It's sweetened with dates and topped with a streusel topping. Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free.
Ingredients
  • For the cake:
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water overnight
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter, all-natural, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ¼ c. peach marmalade, or any other preserves or jam that you prefer, plus extra for drizzling
  • For the streusel topping:
  • 3 T. coconut flour
  • 3 T. crunchy peanut butter, all-natural
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • 2 T. melted coconut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Drain the dates and place them in a large food processor.
  3. Process on high until a smooth date paste forms.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the date paste, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, and stevia until smooth.
  5. Stir in the coconut flour, baking soda, and stevia until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Place the jam evenly over the batter and use a toothpick or knife to run the jam throughout the cake batter in a swirl-like pattern.
  8. For the topping, combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until a semi-crumbly mixture forms.
  9. Drop the mixture evenly over the top of the batter.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden.
  11. Let cool slightly, cut into even squares and serve topped with an extra drizzle of peanut butter and jam.

MANGIA!!!