Flourless Almond Nutella Cookies (only 4 ingredients!)

I have been trying a ton of different flourless recipes for desserts and I must say, these cookies are one of my favorites.  I actually combined a few recipes that I had tried and modified my own version.  I decided to add Nutella because what would the world be without Nutella?  Also, in honor of Michele Ferrero, owner and creator of Nutella who died on Valentine’s Day.

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Ingredients

    • 2 cups almond butter
    • 2 cups sugar (I used coconut palm sugar)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. To Make The Cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine almond, butter, sugar, eggs and Nutella in a medium mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.
  3. Use a 1 oz cookie scoop to make balls of dough.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes. Remove sheets and set aside to cool. Enjoy!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I have been consistently  craving spicy food during this pregnancy.  Since a lot of spicy food translates into deep-fried or high-fat, I decided I wanted something healthy yet spicy to snack on. My first thought of  was that cauliflower was not going to satisfy my craving, however I was pleasantly surprised. Hope you enjoy (guilt-free) as well!

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Ingredients 
6 cups of fresh cauliflower florets
2 teaspoons garlic powder
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
1 tablespoon butter, melted
¾ cup Frank’s RedHot hot sauce

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place cauliflower on a baking sheet greased with cooking oil or olive oil.
2.Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, and pepper over the cauliflower florets.
3.Bake for 20 minutes.
4.Combine the melted butter and hot sauce into a small bowl and pour over the cauliflower.
5. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
6 .Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing along with carrots and celery sticks.

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6 Month Update

Today marks 24 weeks of pregnancy for me.  It has been such a roller-coaster ride and I am feeling great after 20 weeks of not-so-fun morning all-day sickness.  Now, my main feeling is HUNGER! :)

I try to stay healthy by constantly keeping my tummy full on healthy snacks so I can maintain a healthy pregnancy.  Unfortunately, my energy level has not been great, especially with all this snow, to work out much but I am so looking forward to the spring and waddling around outside and being somewhat active!

I cannot wait to meet this little guy (it’s a boy!) and am looking forward to enjoying the rest of my pregnancy. I am really starting to feel kicks and movement and those moments are so precious to me.

New moms, I want to hear all your advice and tips for a mom-to-be.  Please share any and all helpful tips and thank you for reading! XXO

Also, stay tuned for my upcoming collab with Serene Sky Boutqiue, 5-Diamond Photography, and Beauty Entourage.  Below is a snapshot from in-between look book shots.

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Suit up!

Although I very rarely dress in “traditional” business attire at the office, sometimes a crisp suit speaks volume. I am usually in dresses and mix & match blazers and skirts or pants, however when I decided to collaborate with Metrostyle, their classic attire suited me!

I loved the wide-leg pant on this suit, as well as the light and fresh gray color and one of my favorite things about this suit… it’s only $49.99!  You can shop the look here.

Also, while we are on the topic, I have shared my picks for office supplies.  An adorable mug, travel perfume, and cute items to carry around your electronics add a little more sparkle to the work day! What are your office essentials?

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Almond Coconut (no bake) Protein Balls

Here in CT, we are expecting a good ole’ nor’easter. One of my favorite things to do while snowed in, is try some recipes that I normally have no time for and snack while watching movies. These almond butter protein bars are so filling and make the perfect snack or breakfast. I had no chocolate chips so this version is sans chocolate but you can always add in some yummy dark chocolate chips for a little extra sweet flavor. Best part is, they are also no bake!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats ( I used Bob’s Red Mill  gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Mix until ingredients are well combined.
You can use your hands to form the mixture into balls. Should make between 10-14 balls.
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, until balls are firm.
Eat immediately or store in a air tight container in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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