Sweet Recipes

Sweet recipes are listed in alphabetical order

3-Layer Caramel and Chocolate-Marshamllow Bars by Real Food by Dad

3-Layer Caramel and Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

Posted on Jul 14th, 2014

I know Mondays are a drag for many people, and in my home it’s always peppered with morning madness. Why is it that no matter what I do to get…

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4th of July Brownie Bites via Real Food by Dad

4th of July Brownie Bites

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014

Calling all procrastinators (or those out of time)! Here's a last-minute 4th of July dessert idea you can throw together in just 10…

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4th of July Fruit Sticks by Real Food by Dad

4th of July Fruit Sticks

Posted on Jun 26th, 2014

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do I understand and appreciate the meaning of it to our great country, there's something…

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Mixed Berry Popsicles _ Real Food by Dad

4th of July Mixed Berry Swirl Popsicles

Posted on Jul 1st, 2015

Okay, so the title is a bit long in description, but these were meant to be more striped red, white and blue, but they came out more swirled than I…

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Baileys Chocolate Mint Chip Pudding Pops via Real Food by Dad

Baileys Chocolate Mint Chip Pudding Pops

Posted on Jun 19th, 2014

As you can see, I am still on my pudding pop roll. Sorry, but I can't help myself. School is almost out, the weather is absolutely perfect as always…

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Breakfast Cookies via Real Food by Dad

Breakfast Cookies

Posted on Aug 7th, 2014

I figured while I was on a breakfast roll, why not throw in some breakfast cookies? Some healthy sweets to go with your morning smoothie is always an…

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Brownie Pudding Pops from Real Food by Dad

Brownie Bite Pudding Pops with Salted Caramel

Posted on May 27th, 2014

If you are a regular reader of this blog, than you can probably tell that I love summer. I love everything about it – the beach several days a…

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Butterfinger Pudding Pop from Real Food by Dad

Butterfinger Pudding Pops

Posted on May 18th, 2014

Every time I bring up weather as a topic of conversation, I immediately feel old. But when you are sticking to your leather chair, it’s hard to…

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Butterfinger Truffles

Posted on Dec 14th, 2014

You read that right, Butterfinger Truffles. This is going to be a new holiday tradition in my home. I never quite realized how easy truffles were to…

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Caramel Popcorn Smores Krispie Squares with Real Food by Dad

Caramel Popcorn S’mores Krispie Squares

Posted on Jun 1st, 2014

As I've mentioned, this is a house of picky eaters, but there are a few things that are always guaranteed hits, caramel popcorn being one of them.…

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups via Real Food by Dad

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cups

Posted on Aug 10th, 2014

You know you want some of these. Lucky for you, these chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cups are super easy to make. To add to how effortless this…

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Chocolate-Dipped Apricots Real Food by Dad

Chocolate and Coconut Apricot Bites

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

If my son Cole could, he would simply live on fruit. We joke that he will someday become a fruitarian. So when it comes to after school snack time,…

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pie

Posted on Jan 8th, 2015

I'm not all that big on dessert, and even less on making dessert, but this chocolate and peanut butter pie is a no-bake that you can whip up in a…

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1 Chocolate Chip & Toffee Crumb Cake from Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Chip & Toffee Crumb Cake

Posted on May 4th, 2014

I am not a baker. Heck, I am a totally novice chef too. But sometimes, if something or someone inspires me, nothing will stop me from working on an…

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins | Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Posted on May 17th, 2015

It's little league playoff season and things are getting crazy! The little guy's team is one game away from playing in the championship…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Tart by Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Tart

Posted on Sep 4th, 2014

Yesterday was the first day of school for both my boys. Honestly, I think I had a harder time with it then they did. As I mentioned before, I'll miss…

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Banana Bites via Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Posted on May 12th, 2014

My youngest son Cole goes bananas over the Trader Joe's Gone Banana bites. Who am I kidding? So do his mom and I. They always sounded like such a…

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Chocolate Mousse from Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Mousse

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2014

It's not the holidays without some chocolate, so this year, I'm making one that even those that are lactose intolerant can partake in. That's right,…

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Chocolate Pot de Creme _ Real Food by Dad

Chocolate Orange Pot de Creme and a Giveaway!

Posted on Oct 6th, 2015

Everyone needs an easy to make holiday showstopper, preferably one that you can make ahead of time and bring to room temperature prior to serving.…

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Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake | Real Food by Dad

Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

Posted on Sep 17th, 2015

Admittedly, I'm not a baker, nor do I attempt to be (ok, once in a while). So when Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes sent me her newly released book, I was…

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Coffee Cake Waffles by Real Food by Dad

Coffee Cake Waffles

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

It had to happen—cake waffled. If you read Naomi's blog, you know cake is her favorite food. So when she challenged me to waffle a cake, naturally…

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Deep Dish Monster Cookies via Real Food by Dad

Deep Dish Monster Cookies

Posted on Jun 28th, 2015

I was craving cookies. It's not often that I want sweets, but when I do, it usually comes in the form of cookies. And since my little guy Cole is the…

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1 Doughnut Crunch Candy Bark from RealFoodbyDad

Doughnut Crunch Candy Bark

Posted on Jun 5th, 2014

Let's face it, we don't need an excuse to eat doughnuts, do we? I know we don't. Though we don't eat them often, sometimes, we just can't help…

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30-Minute Apple Strudel with Real Food by Dad

Easy 30-Minute Apple Strudel

Posted on Nov 30th, 2014

If your pores are sweating gravy from all the Thanksgiving leftovers, I've got you covered with this 30-minute, easy-to-make apple strudel—a little…

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Easy Brownie Pop Recipe by Real Food by Dad

Easy Brownie Pop Recipe

Posted on Jul 27th, 2014

Here's an easy brownie pop recipe that is dad-friendly, kid-friendly and time-friendly. As you can imagine, I'm not one to get elbow deep in cake…

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30-Minute Cinnamon Rolls via Real Food by Dad

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on Feb 16th, 2015

Thirty-minute cinnamon rolls? Yep, 30-minutes. It's fast, easy and made with Pillsbury Grand Biscuits, so they are tender, flaky and just slightly…

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Easy Raspberry Cake

Posted on Apr 26th, 2015

Mother's Day is around the corner, so I'm baking some cake. I know, not in my wheelhouse at all, but it's Naomi's favorite food, so I had…

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Epic Sundae from real Food by Dad

Epic Sundae

Posted on Jul 1st, 2014

How do you cheer up a 7 year old boy whose all star baseball team got whooped in their tournament this weekend? Well, in addition to the usual "dad"…

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Fruit Pops via Real Food by Dad

Fruit Popsicles

Posted on Feb 26th, 2015

Popsicles never get old in my house. Nope—not even during winter. In fact, if you open our freezer, it's pretty much 60% full of popsicles and ice…

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Fruit Granitas with Real Food by Dad

Fruity Granitas

Posted on May 7th, 2015

Summer may not be here just yet, but don't wait for those hot, sweaty days to enjoy these fruity granitas. They are easy to make and made easier with…

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Halloween Jello Shots

Posted on Oct 28th, 2014

The countdown to Halloween is on, only a couple days to go, so I thought it's now or never for a Halloween post. And hey, I even switched up the…

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Holiday Citrus Sparkler with Real Food by Dad

Holiday Citrus Sparkler

Posted on Dec 7th, 2014

*This is a sponsored campaign on behalf of Halos. Who is ready for the holidays? I've been ready since the beginning of November. In fact, if it…

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Homemade Pretzels | Real Food by Dad

Homemade “Mall-Style” Pretzels

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2015

I did it, I finally succumbed to working with yeast for these homemade, mall-style pretzels. You know, those soft chewy kinds from Auntie Anne's…

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Homemade Peach Fruit Roll Up via Real Food by Dad

Homemade Peach Fruit Roll-up Recipe

Posted on Sep 8th, 2015

Time to tap into your inner child and get down with some homemade fruit leathers, or as my son so lovingly calls them, fruit roll-ups. You…

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Honeydew Rum Chiller Popsicle from Real Food by Dad

Honeydew & Raspberry Rum Chiller Popsicles

Posted on Jul 10th, 2014

By now you all know I love summer for all its glory and activities, so I thought I’d share the funny things that summer brings on. Here’s…

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Klondike Kandy Bars 2 Real Food by Dad

Klondike Kandy Ice Cream Bars

Posted on Jul 14th, 2014

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media and Klondike, but all my opinions are my own.…

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Layered Tropical Smoothies | Real Food by Dad

Layered Tropical Smoothies + Move more. Get Fit.

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

Yup,  you read that right—Move more. Get Fit. It's summer so it seems apropos to pair these tropical layered smoothies and Jawbone's little…

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Granita with Real Food by Dad

Melon Granitas

Posted on Apr 24th, 2014

It's late April and I've already have Summer on my mind. Not really surprising, since we live in Orange County. All I can think about is spending day…

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Mixed Berry Baby Bomb voa Real Food by Dad

Mixed Berry Cobbler Juice

Posted on Oct 30th, 2014

I made you dessert—healthy style—mixed berry cobbler, juiced. Crazy, huh? But trust me, you won't object once you taste it and when you realize…

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Mixed Berry Crumble | Real Food by Dad

Mixed Berry Crumble + Move More. Get Fit.

Posted on Jun 10th, 2015

See that mixed berry crumble beneath that giant scoop of vanilla ice cream - I've earned it. According to the Jawbone device and app, more on that…

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Mudslide Popsicles | Real Food by Dad

Mudslide Popsicles

Posted on Apr 21st, 2015

I know spring has only just begun, but I'm already craving summer. I'm ready for the beach, popsicles and a whole lot of granitas. All things that…

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Oreo Pudding Pops via Real Food by Dad

Oreo Pudding Pops

Posted on Apr 29th, 2014

In Cole’s little 7-year old world, he's had a tough couple of weeks. First, the Easter Bunny brought him some really cool high socks, which are the…

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Peach and Blackberry Margarita Popsicles from Real Food by Dad

Peach and Blackberry Margarita Popsicles

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2014

I'm sure everyone has those things that reminds them of those hot summer days as a kid. For me, most of the time it's seeing my boys out in front of…

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Pecan Coconut Shortbread Cookie via Bakersroyale

Pecan, Coconut and Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Posted on Jul 19th, 2015

Cookies are where it's at when it comes to dessert for me and Cole. Nothing complicated, nothing over the top, just straight up, flavor-filled treats…

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Pineapple Serrano Margarita Popsicles

Posted on Apr 30th, 2015

I totally set you guys up in the last taco post by mentioning that you should finish those slow cooker tacos off with some pineapple serrano…

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Sorbet Floats via Real Food by Dad

Sorbet Floats

Posted on Jun 7th, 2015

You know what's better than scoops of sorbet? Sorbet floats. I'm not a calorie counter, but these floats—they are low cal and basically…

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Strawberry Banana Nutella Bites with Real Food by Dad

Strawberry Banana Nutella Bites

Posted on Feb 5th, 2015

I figured we might as well cover Valentine's Day easy-style. By easy-style I mean—20-minute dessert. Not only is this a five ingredient…

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Strawberry Ice Cream Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches _ Real Food by Dad

Strawberry Ice Cream Brownie Sandwiches

Posted on May 31st, 2015

Summer is three weeks a way, but I'm preparing in advance with these strawberry ice cream brownie sandwiches. You know how the heat can make little…

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Strawberry Rum Chillers | Real Food by Dad

Strawberry Rum Chillers

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2015

We are pretty much at peak strawberry season and in the midst of hot humid summer days, so naturally I'm all about popsicles lately. And not just any…

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Summer Fruit Smoothie Bowl | Real Food by Dad

Summer Fruit Smoothie Bowls

Posted on Jun 17th, 2015

Smoothie bowls and HP Instant Ink are time saving options that also turn out to be sanity savers! This is what happens when life gets…

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Sweet and Savory Crostinis

Posted on Jan 26th, 2015

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, I figured we should start planning. Let's start with some light bites and incorporate some super foods,…

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Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles via Real Food by Dad

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

Posted on Jun 12th, 2014

Up until a couple of summers ago, I was regularly treated to some really amazing cocktail popsicles, or poptails, by Naomi. Her poptail creations…

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Ultimate Rice Krispie Treat via Real Food by Dad

Ultimate Rice Krispie Treats

Posted on Apr 20th, 2014

I tell my wife the same thing every Easter - boy are our boys lucky. Easter has somehow morphed into a little mini-Christmas here, and we wouldn't…

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Watermelon and Kiwi Popsicles from Real Food by Dad

Watermelon and Kiwi Pops

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014

This weekend was the last hoorah before the boys go back to school. Can you hear me quietly crying? I'm sure somewhere at the end of July I might…

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