Looking Back: Favorite Sweet Recipes of 2012

With the new year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to do a recipe “roundup” of my favorites in the year of 2012. Below you’ll find a few of my favorite sweet recipes, broken up by season, from some of my favorite bloggers in the healthy food community.


Cappuccino Cupcakes from All Day I Dream About Food:  Although Carolyn created this recipe in the spirit of Valentine’s Day (well, sorta), I would gladly eat these cupcakes any time of year. Not only is this recipe low in carbs and gluten-free, but look how cute the cupcakes fit into the little cups!!!! Coffee lovers, I believe this would be deemed your version of dessert perfection.
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I’ve actually never made these according to Angela’s recipe, but this recipe has provided the inspiration for a few of my own tasty breakfast creations. Fluffy pancakes that are bursting with the ripeness of berries in springtime. Layer on the strawberry-banana soft serve and you’ll see what you’ve been missing out on all these years!




Strawberry, White Peach, & Basil Sorbet from FoodBabbles:  Although classics are typically hard to beat, I’m always up for trying new flavor combinations. Back in July, I came across this wonderful recipe while perusing the blog of my Foodie Penpal, Kate. Refreshing flavors harmoniously integrated as a summertime sorbet…forget the fact that it’s nearly snowing outside, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Whole Wheat Coconut Tiramisu from Esculent Dreams:  After a year of blogging, this still stands as my favorite dessert recipe creations to date. Because of all the intricacies tiramisu requires, this recipe is a bit more complex than most others. Nevertheless, I can personally guarantee that you’ll forget about all of the work the instant you take your first bite….and second…and fifth… ;)




Cherry Crumble Bars from Chocolate Covered Katie:  This September, I learned that “prime” cherry season typically lasts from August – October and nearly flew to the supermarket so I could throw cherries into every edible thing in my kitchen. I’ve been inspired by plenty of Katie’s recipes, but this is probably one of the only desserts I’ve made verbatim. If you’re an avid cherry lover, you’ll flip head over heels for these bars!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Choosing Raw via Food52:  Last year, I made my first pumpkin pie ever for Thanksgiving, and thankfully it turned out to be a huge hit! This year however, I wanted to go lighter on the dairy (since the memories of digesting last year’s feast still haunt me to this day). I came across this vegan pumpkin pie recipe last month, and it soon became my impetus for this year’s Thanksgiving (pumpkin) creation.



Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Biscotti @carascravings
Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Biscotti from Cara’s Cravings:  I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Cara is a genius. Not only does she create the most wonderful savory dishes, but I am always so impressed with the precision behind her sweet recipes as well! What’s more, she’s managed to develop a biscotti recipe that’s gluten-free, an admirable trait sure to hold the envy of any modern-day baker. [Dear friends of mine, don't be surprised if these end up in your gift baskets next month!]
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Ultra Creamy Mocha Hot Cocoa from Oh She Glows:  I’m not a huge fan of chestnuts, so when Jack Frost is nipping at my nose, there’s nothing I want more than a nice cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately none of the cafes (or even the ever-sacred Starbucks *gasp*!) can seem to get it right, so thankfully Angela has created a mix suitable for just about anyone, regardless of dietary need. [My sister actually gave me a can of light coconut milk a few months ago...I'm thinking I've finally found the perfect occasion to use it!]
Don’t see your favorite healthy sweets on this list? Share them below! I personally think this list should be endless…but had to cap it off before things got out of hand hehe~ Up next, (you guessed it) my favorite SAVORY recipes of 2012. Stay tuned! :)
  • http://www.carascravings.com Cara

    For some reason this pingback just popped into my email this morning :) Thanks for the link love! Hope all is well!

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      Hi Cara! So sorry this took so long..I’ve been trying to migrate everything to WordPress, which is (probably) why the pingback just went through. Thanks and hope all is well with you also!