Passionfruit Cheesecake Bars

These stunning cheesecake bars feature a coconut and vanilla wafer cookie base, an ultra-creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, topped with a tart layer of passionfruit gelée on top. The richness of cheesecake paired with the vibrant tartness of passionfruit, altogether in one delicious (and downright impressive) dessert. There’s no denying cheesecake is one of the richest […]

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These stunning cheesecake bars feature a coconut and vanilla wafer cookie base, an ultra-creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, topped with a tart layer of passionfruit gelée on top.

The richness of cheesecake paired with the vibrant tartness of passionfruit, altogether in one delicious (and downright impressive) dessert.

Passionfruit Cheesecake Bars cut into squares, on a piece of white parchment with a gray paring knife and bowl of passionfruit seeds in the background.

There’s no denying cheesecake is one of the richest desserts out there. Which is why you often see it topped with a fruit sauce like raspberry: that hint of acidity cuts the richness of the cheesecake, resulting in a perfectly balanced dessert.

These passionfruit cheesecake bars take that concept and turn it up to 11.

The passionfruit layer can only be described as bright. Like really, really bright. Both in color (seriously, I almost had to dial down the saturation in these photos it was practically glowing), and also in flavor. The tartness is almost like a super-lemon, just as mouth-puckering but with a tropical flair.

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10th Anniversary German Chocolate Cake

Friends! Minimalist Baker just turned TEN! Can you believe it? That’s 10 whole years on the internet. This feels big.
An astute reader recently reminded us of our 10th anniversary and suggested we celebrate with a birthday cake (GREAT IDEA, Caroline!)….

10th Anniversary German Chocolate Cake

Friends! Minimalist Baker just turned TEN! Can you believe it? That’s 10 whole years on the internet. This feels big.

An astute reader recently reminded us of our 10th anniversary and suggested we celebrate with a birthday cake (GREAT IDEA, Caroline!). And so we’re doing just that!

This cake is extra special for two reasons:

  1. Not only is this cake sexy (I mean, hubba hubba — have you seen her?).

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Zucchini Carrot Muffins

I love baking and eating muffins. A few of my favorites include: blueberry, banana, pumpkin, zucchini, strawberry, and chocolate muffins. I also love these wholesome Zucchini Carrot Muffins. They are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and packed…

I love baking and eating muffins. A few of my favorites include: blueberry, banana, pumpkin, zucchini, strawberry, and chocolate muffins. I also love these wholesome Zucchini Carrot Muffins. They are naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and packed with zucchini, carrots, coconut, warm spices, and raisins. The muffin tops have a nice sugary crunch thanks…

Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

Who doesn’t love (and dream about) granola?! We’d been dreaming about a chai-spiced version, and today it’s here — and even better than our dreams. It’s perfectly sweet, undeniably chunky, and BURSTING with warming chai spices (we’re ready for you, fal…

Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

Who doesn’t love (and dream about) granola?! We’d been dreaming about a chai-spiced version, and today it’s here — and even better than our dreams. It’s perfectly sweet, undeniably chunky, and BURSTING with warming chai spices (we’re ready for you, fall)! 

Whether you enjoy your granola with milk, yogurt, or by the fistful (who says granola isn’t finger food!?), we hope you love this one!

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Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes

Grilled Pina Colada Sundae

Pina coladas are an indulgent tropical vacation in a glass. I’ll make them at home as a treat any time I’m in the mood, but I really love serving them up for a crowd at a party or cookout. These Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes are a twist on this classic drink that …

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Grilled Pina Colada Sundae

Pina coladas are an indulgent tropical vacation in a glass. I’ll make them at home as a treat any time I’m in the mood, but I really love serving them up for a crowd at a party or cookout. These Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes are a twist on this classic drink that is a great way to finish off any summer barbecue. The sundaes are made with fresh grilled pineapple and creamy coconut ice cream,

You’ll want to start with a whole, fresh pineapple – especially if you’re planning to make enough for a crowd. Cut the pineapple into 1/2-inch thick round slices, then place directly on the grill. Cook at low heat for 2-4 minutes per side, until there are nice grill marks and the pineapple appears juicy. The pineapple will be juicy when you start, of course, but the heat of the grill will draw out even more. If your pineapple is not quite ripe yet, then plan for an extra minute or two to allow some of the sugars in the fruit to caramelize.

Once the pineapple is grilled, transfer it to a cutting board and cut off the outer skin. The reason I cut it off after is that it is so much easier to grill the pineapple in big slices than it is to peel the whole pineapple and move more slippery slices around! Then, cut away the fruit of the pineapple, leaving the core behind. If you have a pineapple corer, feel free to core the pineapple in advance.

To assemble the sundaes, pile grilled fruit in dessert bowls and top with a big scoop of coconut ice cream. I actually used homemade coconut frozen yogurt in this sundae, but your favorite coconut ice cream will do nicely. To give this a real pina colada finish – if you’re an adult who is a fan of the cocktails like I am – drizzle 1/2 ounce of rum over the top of each sundae before serving. Dark rum is great, but I really like Plantation Pineapple Rum for even more pineapple flavor. If you’re not drinking, drizzle a bit of caramel onto the ice cream before serving instead.

Grilled Pina Colada Sundaes
1 whole, fresh pineapple
2 pints coconut ice cream
1/2 oz rum per sundae
caramel sauce

Remove the fronds from the pineapple (save for garnish, if desired).
Cut pineapple into 1/3-1/2 inch rounds, discarding the very top and bottom of the pineapple.
Preheat your grill to medium-low heat. Grill pineapple slices for 2-4 minutes per side, until nice grill marks appear and the pineapple is juicy and slightly caramelized.
Transfer pineapple to a cutting board and remove the outer skin of the pineapple. Cut up the grilled fruit into 1/2-1 inch chunks.
Pile fruit into dessert bowls and top each with a large scoop of coconut ice cream. Drizzle with 1/2-oz of rum, if desired, and a little caramel sauce.
Leftover grilled pineapple can be refrigerated for later use.

Makes 8-10 sundaes, depending on the size of the pineapple

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate zucchini bread is quick, delicious, and the perfect use for the last of your summer zucchini. Enjoy a slice with your morning coffee or serve it up for dessert. I am well aware that tomorrow is September 1st. I know that Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts already launched their pumpkin spice drinks. But I still …

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Chocolate zucchini bread is quick, delicious, and the perfect use for the last of your summer zucchini. Enjoy a slice with your morning coffee or serve it up for dessert.

Sliced loaf of chocolate zucchini bread on a piece of parchment paper.

I am well aware that tomorrow is September 1st. I know that Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts already launched their pumpkin spice drinks.

But I still need a few more days before I can fully let go of summer and enjoy pumpkin bread, butternut squash bread, and even apple fritter bread.

I’m still over here trying to use up the zucchini that keeps appearing on my front porch. So hopefully you can forgive me for still being all in on recipes like zucchini banana bread, classic zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini muffins, and this chocolate zucchini bread.

Trust me – soon enough I’ll be bundled up in flannel scarves, drinking all of the homemade pumpkin spice lattes, and eating all of the pumpkin scones I can get my hands on.

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Coconut Lime Zucchini Loaf

When life gives you zucchini, you make zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini cake…and MORE! I LOVE creating recipes with zucchini and this Lime Coconut Zucchini Loaf is a new favorite. If you like my lemon zucchini …

When life gives you zucchini, you make zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, zucchini cake…and MORE! I LOVE creating recipes with zucchini and this Lime Coconut Zucchini Loaf is a new favorite. If you like my lemon zucchini bread, I think you will love this recipe too. So is this loaf bread or cake?…

1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you kn…

1-Bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

We call them cowgirl cookies. But Google says they’re cowboy cookies. Who says a cowgirl can’t have cookies, too!? We shared these cowperson cookies with many non-gluten-free friends, and they all kept going back for more…that’s when you know they’re good!

Chewy, nutty, and perfectly sweet, these cookies are LOADED with goodies (oats, coconut, chocolate, and walnuts or pecans).

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Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is easy, inexpensive, and endlessly customizable. Use your favorite mix of nuts, seeds, and spices to make it your own.

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Making food at home versus buying premade is always a question of time versus money. But if there’s one thing that is definitely way cheaper to make at home without taking a lot of extra time or energy to make, it’s granola! This homemade granola recipe is SO fast and easy, you can customize it a hundred different ways, and it’s pennies on the dollar compared to store-bought granola.

Overhead view of homemade granola in a glass storage container.

What is Granola Made Of?

Granola, at its most basic, is simply a combination of oats, nuts, seeds, and fruit coated in a mixture of sugar and oil, then baked until deliciously crispy and toasty in flavor. My basic granola formula is:

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 cup nuts & seeds
  • ½ cup dried fruit
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Spices or extracts for extra flavor

To make different varieties of granola, I simply substitute different nuts, seeds, fruit, oils, sugars, and flavorings.

The recipe I have below is a very classic homemade granola recipe that will go with just about anything. I’ll list some other options for add-ins and flavors so you can experiment with making it your own!

What Makes Granola Crunchy?

The combination of oil and sugar gives granola that classic crunchy and clumpy texture. The oil helps the oats, nuts, and seeds toast without developing an overly dry texture, while the melted sugars help bind the ingredients into clumps and gives an extra crunchy finish. While it may be tempting to reduce the oil or sugar, keep in mind that doing so will drastically change the texture of the finished granola.

Overhead view of a bowl of yogurt topped with granola and strawberries.

Can I Use Quick Oats?

Old-fashioned or plain rolled oats are best for granola because they have more texture than quick oats. While it is possible to use quick oats, quick oats tend to be very delicate and thin, which doesn’t provide as much texture to the final granola.

How Long Does Homemade Granola Last?

After baking the granola, make sure to allow the granola to cool to room temperature so any residual moisture will evaporate before placing it in an air-tight food storage container. Granola will stay good in an air-tight container at room temperature for about a month. It will stay edible longer, but the granola will slowly absorb moisture from the air and become stale over time.

What Else Can I Add?

Here’s the fun part. You can add all sorts of ingredients to your granola. You can plug any nut, seed, or dried fruit into the recipe below. Here are some ideas:

  • Nuts: walnuts, pistachios, almonds, peanuts
  • Seeds: flaxseed, chia seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
  • Fruit: dried cherries, raisins, banana chips, dried apples, dried pineapple, chopped dried dates, dried blueberries
  • Other add-ins: wheat germ, wheat bran, chocolate chips, citrus zest, crystalized ginger, nut butters, mashed bananas
  • Spices and Flavors: ground ginger, almond extract, cocoa powder, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric
  • Other sugars: maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar
  • Other oils: coconut oil, ghee or clarified butter
Close up of homemade granola on a baking sheet with a spatula.
Overhead view of homemade granola in a glass storage container.

Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is easy, inexpensive, and endlessly customizable. Use your favorite mix of nuts, seeds, and spices to make it your own.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Total Cost $5.87 recipe / $0.49 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 ½ cup each
Calories 295kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats $0.93
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans $1.18
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut $0.84
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil $0.80
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.16
  • 1/4 cup honey $1.08
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.25
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries $0.53

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, pecans, and coconut.
  • Add the oil, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla in a small saucepot. Stir and cook over medium heat until the brown sugar is melted (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Pour the sugar and oil mixture over the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until everything is very well coated in the oil and sugar.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment, then spread the granola out over the parchment in an even layer.
  • Bake the granola for 20 minutes, or until it is deeply golden brown.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the dried cranberries while the granola is still warm and soft. Spread it out into an even layer again and let it cool completely. The granola will harden as it cools.
  • Once cool, break the granola into chunks and transfer it to an air-tight container for storage.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 102mg | Fiber: 4g

How to Make Granola – Step by Step Photos

Granola dry ingredients in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Combine the dry ingredients (oats, nuts, and seeds) in a large bowl. I used 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, ½ cup chopped pecans, and ½ cup unsweetened coconut. Do not add the dried fruit yet. Stir these ingredients together well.

Sugar, oil, and spices in a saucepot.

Add ½ cup cooking oil (or oil of choice), ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup honey, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp vanilla extract into a small sauce pot. Stir and cook over medium heat until the brown sugar is melted (3-5 minutes).

Oil and sugar mixture being poured over the dry granola.

Pour the sugar and oil mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl.

Granola coated in oil and sugar.

Stir the two mixtures together until everything is very, VERY well coated in the oil and sugar. Make sure no dry spots remain.

Uncooked granola being spread out onto a baking sheet.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the granola out onto the parchment in an even layer.

granola ready to bake.

Transfer the unbaked granola to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until it turns a deep golden brown (photo below is after baking).

Dried cranberries being added to the granola after baking.

Once the granola has baked and turned a deep golden brown color, remove it from the oven. Stir in the dried cranberries while it’s still warm and soft. Spread the granola out into an even layer again to cool.

Finished crispy granola on the baking sheet.

Allow the granola to cool completely to room temperature. It will harden and crisp up as the sugars cool.

Overhead view of homemade granola in a glass storage container.

Once the granola is completely cool, break it into clumps and transfer it to an air-tight food container for storage. Enjoy with yogurt, milk, ice cream, smoothie bowls, and more!

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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.
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German Chocolate Cake Energy Bites

When the craving strikes for German chocolate cake, these chocolaty, coconutty, pecan-filled energy bites come to the rescue fast! They’re rich, decadent, satisfy your sweet tooth, and come together in just 25 minutes with 9 simple ingredients.

They’re a filling snack or treat to enjoy throughout the week or share with friends. Did we mention they’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened?

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