Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Saturday Seven.

Saturday Seven on 7 healthier recipes including peanut butter blondies, quinoa chicken salad, chunky mango guacamole, brownie cookies and more!

I took a little hiatus from my beloved Saturday series. Let’s see… the holidays, mind-clearing weekend vacations, cookbook, cookbook, and more cookbook have all gotten in the way. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this, but writing a cookbook is exactly like having a second blog. A monster size blog that requires more than 24 hour days, seven days a week. Writing this cookbook is 1,000,000x harder than the first. I thought it would be easier since I’m familiar with the process! No, no. Not at all.

But hey. There is a silver chocolate lining. Taste testing has been fun. It’s helping me get the most out of my gym membership. Chocolate, anyone?

(This candy bar recipe is in the book.)

Sally's Candy Addiction Chocolate Candy

Enough about me. The real reason you’re here: a round-up of 7 favorite recipes. We’re nearing the end of January… already!?!… so, this is the perfect time to remind you about some of my healthier recipes that might fit in with your New Years resolutions. I’ve made quite a few of these recipes in the past few weeks like the peanut butter blondies (I love eating them cold for dessert), the quinoa salad, and the Nutella granola.

Because clearly I haven’t had enough chocolate lately.

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Blondies— hearts! for Valentine’s Day or because you love peanut butter as much as I do.

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Blondie Hearts. So soft, so chewy, so full of peanut butter flavor. You won't even realize these are lightened-up!

It’s slightly embarrassing how often Kevin and I eat this Mango Guacamole. One of our first dates was out for Mexican and we instantly bonded over the power of really good guacamole and cheap margaritas.

Plus, Super Bowl food.

Simple Mango Guacamole - try this tangy, sweet, and spicy guacamole the next time you're craving the creamy dip. Perfect accompaniment to your favorite tortilla chips!

I’m sure you think these are weird, but Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are almost always on hand. I especially love them on salads. They’re great for snacking and you can make a ton of them at a time. Cinnamon sugar roasted is my favorite. Have you tried these yet??

Crunchy Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Speaking of weird. Somehow the following flourless chocolate cookies taste like fudgy peanut butter brownies. They’re phenomenal and do not stand a chance in this house.

Flourless Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies

Favorite gluten free, protein and veggie packed meal: Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad.

Citrus Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola is the crunchiest, most flavorful granola in my collection of granola recipes. I posted this recipe when I had about 9 readers.


Cheesecake with only 128 calories! It doesn’t make any sense how good these low cal Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - you won't even know they're light! Only 128 calories each!

And one extra for good luck… it might not be pumpkin season anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from these 130 calorie Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. The pumpkin flavor is light, but its moisture is all there. They’re like little fudgy brownie muffins.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins-2

Q: Have you tried any of these recipes? Thoughts?

Q: What are some healthier recipes you love?

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I love fruit in my guacamole so that looks insane! And I too, am addicted to roasted chickpeas!

  2. Wow, those coconut truffles (I think?) look AMAZING…so creamy! Awesome teaser for your new book 😉 This post does a great job capturing the variety of your site…cheesecake bars (!!!!) and quinoa salad (it looks so summery, sigh). You seem to be the queen of moderation, and I admire people like you so much! 🙂

  3. Having tried your flourless chocolate cookies, I can vouch for the fact that they’re phenomenal. They may or may not have all been gone within 24 hours.
    I’ll have to get going on those other recipes as well, they look delicious, too!

  4. I love your “healthier” recipes, Sally! I just had to pin some of these! They make me feel better about eating sweets without the guilt!

  5. Wait–how is this the first time I’m finding out about that granola? Dark chocolate, cherries, and Nutella are some of my favorite sweets!! And granola is the perfect ‘vessel’ for them 🙂

  6. I made your flourless chocolate cookies last year… SUPER good, and I felt good about myself for being healthy! Also, I made you Chocolate peanut butter Banana muffins last week for a party and frosted them with your peanut butter greek yogurt frosting…. they were gone in minutes. And it was a double batch. 🙂

  7. I have made the peanut butter blondes and the pumpkin chocolate muffins . The blondes were my favorite because of well of course the peanut butter. So exited for more healthy recipies . Oh and I must try that granola next!

  8. Hi Sally-
    The chocolate coconut candies look amazing. What’s the name of them??

    • Still thinking of a name, Janet– that recipe is in my candy cookbook out this fall.

      • CAN’T WAIT!!!!!
        I received your 1st cookbook for Christmas..

      • SOLD!

        As soon as I saw those candies, I frantically scrolled through the rest of the post looking for the link to the recipe.

        You mean to tell me I have to wait until FALL?!?!? What am I supposed to do until then???? (Probably make some of those other yummy things that you’ve posted, huh?)

  9. Hi Sally, I love your fabulous recipes and recipe style – so much helpful instruction to avoid mysterious recipe fails.
    I made your chocolate pumpkin muffins and gave one to my super picky 3-year-old nephew. My mom: “Oh he’s never going to eat that.” Nephew: “Mmm, can I have more muffin, Auntie Chelsea?” Boom. Win. 🙂

  10. I’ve tried almost all of these! My favorite was the whole wheat peanut butter blondies…but then again, I love everything chocolate/peanut butter 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed your healthy recipes, especially because they don’t even taste healthy!

  11. Sally, I feel your not-enough-hours-in-the-day pain of cookbook writing as I’m finishing another round of revisions on my novel and it’s consuming all of my waking hours (and some of my sleeping ones, too!) I will finish late today (squeeeeeeee!) and it’ll be so marvelous. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen.

    I think I’ll make those heart-shaped pb blondies for my family to show my love for living with a madwoman for the past couple weeks.

    I might make a batch of that guacamole for good measure. I’ve made that before and, lordy, it’s good.

    Those coconut candies look DIVINE. God, I love coconut. Ok, that’s enough distraction. I must get back to work.

    You are awesome. Have a wonderful day.

    • You are awesome. Good luck as you finish up today Natalie! You’re such an inspiration. I don’t know how you do it all– and you have two young girls! Supermom. Your whole family will love those blondies!

  12. Sally!
    Please help me! I am addicted to Sally’s Baking Addiction.. Where is the rehab I need to get myself checked into ??? Your cookbook arrived yday and I make Double chocolate muffins (from the book) and Pineapple Upside Down cake (from your blog) just now!
    So the tally so far is:
    1. Homemade Chewy Fudge Brownies
    2. Homemade Pizza crust
    3. Brown Butter chocolate chip cookies
    4. Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
    5. Ultimate Magic Cookie Bars
    6. Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread
    7. Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
    8.Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
    9. Triple Layer Chocolate Cake
    10. Triple chocolate scones supreme
    11. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    12. Double chocolate muffins (from the cookbook!)

    Is there a way for us to post our pictures to you?! I am not on Pinterest or Twitter. I am on Facebook but that becomes a public post when I post on your wall and I have this weird principle that I won’t post anything public..
    Oh well .. Thanks again for inspiring me to start baking at the age of 37! Never thought all that effort was worth it.. Now I stand corrected 🙂

  13. Hi Sally

    I have tried your skinny cheesecake and the flourless cookies, which I made last week.

    Do you know that I am so freakin excited about your new cookbook. When can we preorder it? Are you completely finished writing it or are you still doing some touch ups?

    i hope you are enjoying your newly wedded life.

    Lots of love, Iram

    • Still writing! I’m a little over halfway done, so the end is in sight. I’ll be sure to announce its pre-order on my blog, so stay tuned. Thank you Iram!

  14. I count anything which is “whole wheat” as a healthy recipe, so those peanut butter blondies are at the top of my list 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Another healthy recipe I love is your lighter banana bread recipe. SO good, Sally.

    And uhm… I’ll be a recipe tester. Right now, some positivity is something I definitely need with all of these doctor’s appointments. I swear this knee is the most stubborn one in the world ><

  15. I am drooling over these delicious recipes! Awesome recipe ideas for the Super Bowl and Valentines Day!

  16. Sally, your guacamole is SO dang good. I like mixing in a little pineapple, too! Tropical fruit during this crappy winter weather for the win!

  17. Don’t like healthy. Ha ha. Love your recipes though. xoxox

  18. Oh my goodness I love the cheesecake you posted. Cheesecake is surprisingly simple to make lighter but so many don’t. It is just a matter of swapping out fatty ingredients for healthier ones.

  19. I love that you’re writing a new cookbook Sally! You did such a good job with the first one. Congrats, this is really exciting 🙂 I bet it’s a lot of work, and not easy, but there’s definitely a chocolate lining!

  20. I am really excited to try your Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Blondies. I even have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, so that is happening for my coworkers for Valentine’s Day! And I am so looking forward to your candy cookbook. I have your original cookbook and it’s easily the most beautiful cookbook I own. Looking forward to adding another delicious book to my collection!

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