Cinnamon-Swirl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread... The ultimate banana bread - moist, studded with plenty of chocolate, and swirled with a hefty dose of cinnamon-sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

FRIDAYS! – They either call for a drink or chocolate-on-chocolate-on-chocolate, am I right? Actually, let’s be real; they call for both. Pull out your cocktail shaker and the chocolate chips and let’s get the weekend going! Now, I assume that if you’re here you already know this much too well, but it’s worth saying anyhow: you can never have […]

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Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

THIS is what you call a combine-all-your-favorite-things-into-one kinda recipe. Coffee + brown sugar + scones ➝ tell me these are your favorite things too, right?! Real talk though — as much as I love scones any which way you make them (so long as they’re made well), these are without a doubt one of my favorite […]

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Goose in Spring {Cocktail}

April 20, 2015
Goose in Spring - Lavender-infused vodka mingles with lemon, raspberry, and elderflower to create this refreshing spring cocktail.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

SO, today I have something a little different for you. The D.W. Alexander Lounge in Toronto asked if they could share a cocktail recipe with you all, and the recipe they had in mind was so intriguing that I couldn’t say no! I tested it out myself over the weekend and – all credit to […]

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Raspberry-Almond Salted Chocolate Bark

April 18, 2015
Raspberry-Almond Salted Chocolate Bark - extra-dark chocolate sprinkled generously with freeze-dried raspberries, honey-roasted almonds, sea salt, and Demerara sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Chocolate bark is officially my life-saver dessert. It’s that one thing you can reach for when plain ol’ chocolate just isn’t gonna cut it but anything else would be too indulgent (← my current situation — because it’s when I decide to eat healthy that I crave everything unhealthy more than ever). And even though I’m […]

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Everything Bagel Bread

April 15, 2015
Everything Bagel Bread - Just like a perfectly soft and fluffy Everything Bagel, but in loaf form! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Tell me you’re prepared for something mind-blowing right now. Because this bread?? Mind-BLOWING. I swear I’m not a huge exaggerator, but when your whole perspective on bagels gets flipped upside-down by a single loaf of bread, you’ve gotta know that you’ve just stumbled upon something pretty dang special. My original feeling about bagels?… not bad, but definitley […]

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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

April 13, 2015
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie:  A giant brown butter chocolate chip cookie complete with crunchy edges and a gooey center - perfect for feeding a crowd! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

All Mondays should begin with a giant chocolate chip cookie staring you in the face, am I right? Bonus if said cookie is: 1) easier, and 2) faster, to make than a batch of normal-sized cookies, because if there’s ever a day that calls for a give-it-to-me-quick-and-easy giant cookie, it’s gotta be Monday. Chocolate therapy […]

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Healthy Snacking with Pistachios {Fool Yourself Full}

April 10, 2015
Healthy Snacking with Pistachios - Snacking ideas and tricks to help you eat healthier and still feel satisfied.  #FoolYourselfFull | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m currently trying to do this thing called “eating healthier” – partly because there’s no denying that swimsuit season is right around the corner, and partly because it really does make me feel better about myself – but man! The biggest struggle isn’t even about avoiding certain foods as much as it’s about getting creative with […]

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Apple and Almond Galette with Honey Whipped Cream

April 8, 2015
Apple and Almond Galette with Honey Whipped Cream - a light, rustic, fruity dessert. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It baffles me a little bit that some people don’t like pie crust. If you ask me, half the point of eating pie, or quiche, or anything with a flaky butter crust is to eat said crust. Evidently there will be some of you out there who disagree with me wholeheartedly, but before you write […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

April 6, 2015
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins {dairy-free} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Currently, meaning Easter Sunday night when my brain doesn’t feel like functioning at all, I’m sitting at my computer trying to come up with something revolutionary to say about these peanut butter chocolate chip muffins. But the fact is, these just aren’t meant to be revolutionary (which I know is a bit of an extreme word, but […]

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Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns

April 3, 2015
Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Buns - a classic bread turned into super-soft sweet rolls, loaded with gooey swirls of cinnamon-sugar and juicy raisins.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Every year when Easter rolls around I remember that hot cross buns exist and that I’ve been meaning to try making them for a while now, but every year I also realize this way too late, and I promise myself that next year I’ll get on it. Granted, it’s not like I’m restricted from making them for any […]

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