To view some easy-to-follow video recipes, simply visit my Instagram profile on your smartphone and tap on either one of my Story Highlights that feature the recipe you want to watch:
I focus on making healthy AND delicious sugar-free treats and yummy meals. You’ll see they’re all so scrumptious and perfect for those who who need to avoid certain ingredients.
In those Stories I teach you how to make:
(NOTE: This list is constantly getting updated.)
Sugar-free pumpkin banana bread
Made with coconut flour and honey, this is great and so rich if you want all the goodness of healthy ingredients minus the boringness that they imply.
Plus, it turns out I’m allergic to almonds and similar nuts, soooo it benefits me to use coconut flour. BUT if you want to stay away from the typical enriched flour, you cal also use almond flour.
Sugar-free banana cream pie cheesecake
No words besides “Why haven’t you made this yet?!” Compliments.ALL.around.
SO simple but SO good! I always get compliments on it, too! This is perfect if you suddenly have a potluck event and you’re strapped for time. These take 30-40 minutes to prepare (incl. the time it takes for the potatoes to cook!).
Sugar-free pumpkin custard
This is the first dessert my now-husband made my family and me. It’s really good and simple, and it brings back great memories, and I’m so happy I learned to make it!
Instant Pot Mexican Soup
Husband-approved! I used chicken that had been cooked before but we didn’t know what to do with it so we froze it. Days later I thawed it and incorporated it in this recipe. I can’t wait to try it with ground beef and less tomato-ey stuff.
REAL Flan (Our Instant Pot helped)
This one has a cute story! Growing up in Colombia, I knew of two kinds of plans–the soft (for lack of a better word) kind… and the rich, dense, decadent, firm custard kind. Here I make the latter.
It’s NOT sugar-free, so I eat it only once a year around the holidays.
Before I learned how to make it, my dad was the flan king. But after I got married, I wondered WHEN I’d get the chance to make it, and what better time than my husband and I’s first Christmas season together?
It was so good that I made some in ramekins for us both, and some in a bigger tin foil container for my parents. My dad couldn’t get enough!
Instant Pot Apple Cider
My husband drank a whole pitcher of this in days (>> love that!) and it I have to admit it was quite good! When warmed up, it’s the perfect “sit by the fire” treat. Made with just fruit, honey, and cinnamon sticks, this is also a very simple treat (maybe for another potluck?!) to make. Thank God for Instant Pots!
White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Bread Pudding
Another fun story!
The week before my Christmas vacation I got sick (a cold + strep + who-knows-what-else) and one morning I was watching Aisha Curry on Rachel Ray making this recipe.
“I’M GONNA MAKE THAT!” I thought. In fact, I had such big aspirations for this recipe that I envisioned it as my go-to for our future kids. Like when they’re grown up, I’d love it for our kids to lovingly recall their mom’s bread pudding and flan that I’d make at Christmas and they’d look forward to coming back home to get a bite of their favorite treats :).
So on my first day of vacation during our first Christmas season together after my husband and I got married, I suddenly got the baking bug. So much so, that I was done with this recipe before lunch (and I even slept in that morning!).
My husband had decided to work from home that day (his vacation hadn’t yet started) and at some point the house smelled so good, but he didn’t know why. I then offered him some bread pudding and he was SO surprised, “You made bread pudding?!”
Needless to say, we LOVED it. And it’s incredible with ice cream!
It’s so easy and fun and scrumptious and rich, that I made another one for our Priest as our Christmas “gift” that he could enjoy whenever.