Pumpkin Cream Tarts

Possibly one of my most favorite pastries is the tart. The tart shell…is called Pâté Sucrée…this is actually the reason it’s my most favorite pastry. That light, buttery crust is just perfect. Not quite pie crust…like pie crust 2.0 with bonus goodness.

Pâté Sucrée also happens to be our round 2 base while competing on the Netflix show Sugar Rush. Considering the underwhelming honey flavor in that round…I think it’s safe to say Chef Ben’s Pâté Sucrée saved us!

So here it is…with a pumpkin cream cheese filling!

Pâté Sucrée


7 ounces butter -

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

(If you are baking with Einkorn flour, use 2 1/4 cups Einkorn flour and 3 tbsp tapioca flour)


  1. Beat salt, sugar and butter until smooth

  2. Add eggs and beat until combined

  3. Add flour 1/3 add a time, mixing until incorporated each time

    *If dough isn’t holding together, add a few drops of water

  4. Scrape dough from bowl and loosely wrap with plastic and chill

  5. Once chilled (about 45 minutes) remove from plastic and onto lightly floured surface. Knead lightly and roll to 1/8” thickness.

  6. Cut 1” larger than tart pans *if you do not have tart pans, you can use cupcake pans for mini tarts!

  7. Place dough in tart pan, lightly press into pan and trim excess.

  8. Poke holes with a fork or docker into bottom of dough

  9. Place pie weights in center of tart *if you do not have pie weights you can use parchment paper filled with uncooked beans and twisted shut

  10. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes

  11. Remove from heat and cool

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling


8oz cream cheese - softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree

2 tsp Apple Pie Spice Mix

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2 drops of each vitality essential oil: cinnamon bark, clove, nutmeg, and ginger

4oz heavy whipping cream, chilled

1 Tbs powdered sugar


  1. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, soften the cream cheese on low, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally until there are no lumps.

  2. Slowly add the sugar and mix on medium speed until it is incorporated.

  3. Add Organic Pumpkin puree, Vanilla Extract, Spice, Ginger and YL Essential Vitality Oils and mix on low-med until incorporated.

  4. Set bowl aside.

  5. In a bowl with a whisk attachment, whip Whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks. (best if bowl and attachment is chilled)

  6. Add whipped cream on top of pumpkin cream cheese mixture and fold just until incorporated.

  7. Chill in refrigerator.

Whipped Cream Topping

Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream in chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Add 1 tbsp powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form Refrigerate until ready to assemble


Once your tart shells are completely cooled, fill with pumpkin cream and top with whipped cream! If you have piping bags and tips, have fun! No right or wrong way…as you can see, we each did something a little different!


Sweetest Sweet Potatoes

I’ve always been a sweet potato fries kinda gal…but this dish brings a whole new love of sweet potatoes! Is it a side or a dessert?? No one knows for sure. I say add it as a side or appetizer, or dessert to your next gathering. Your friends with enjoy it with delightful curiosity!


2 Large sweet potatoes

4 Small bananas - sliced to about 1/2 inch thick (organic are best for sweeter taste)

2 Tbs butter (use Earth Balance for non-dairy substitute)

1/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbs apple pie spice (equal parts clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon…keep a container of this on hand!)

1 Tbs almond butter

3 Large eggs - whites and yolks separated

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1 Tbs pure maple syrup

Young Living Vitality Essential oils:

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Orange

1 Drop Nutmeg

1 Drop Ginger

2 Drop Cinnamon

*1/2 Cup candied pecans optional


  • Bake potatoes in large baking dish at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once done, peel, chop and set aside to cool.

  • While potatoes are baking - heat sautee pan over medium. Melt butter and add chopped bananas. Once they are browning on one side, flip over and top with brown sugar. Once they brown on the other side, flip again and add vanilla and apple pie spice mix. Stir, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  • Once potatoes and bananas are cooled, add bananas and egg yolks to potatoes in large baking dish and stir. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

  • While dish is baking, make your meringue! Beat egg whites with hand mixer on high until frothy. Add granulated sugar and continue to beat on high until stiff.

  • Top potato/banana dish with meringue and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly golden.

  • Add vitality essential oils to maple syrup and drizzle over dish.

  • lightly stir in syrup and serve warm!

  • Sprinkle with candied pecans or nuts of your choice if desired.


Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette


1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp dijon mustard

Pinch of salt

2 drops lime vitality essential oil

2 drops black pepper vitality essential oil

Add to a glass oil bottle…shake shake shake and enjoy!

Keep refrigerated after combining.

*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Citrus Mascarpone Spread

Citrus Mascarpone Spread

With Dried Turkish Apricots

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup diced dried apricots

3-4 drops lemon or orange vitality essential oil

1/4 cup pistachios - toasted and crushed


Fold all ingredients together to make a zesty delicious spread. Great on toast, crackers or with fresh fruit.

*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Orange Goat Cheese and Honey Spread

Orange Goat Cheese Spread


1/4 cup goat cheese

2 tbs hazelnuts - toasted and crushed

1 tsp vanilla bean honey

2-3 drops orange vitality essential oil


Fold all ingredients together and enjoy with bread, crackers or poultry!

*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Oils Are Manly Black Bean Dip

Oils Are Manly Black Bean Dip

Alright, when I say black bean dip, that sounds a little basic and typical…but let me tell you!… Chef Ben doesn’t make anything basic or typical…and if you’re wondering what’s with the essential oils…#oilsaremanly

Take your guests to flavor town with this easy to make recipe.



15.5 oz black beans – cooked and drained

1 small yellow (Spanish) onion – diced

1 oz extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 jalapeno – chopped

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cumin

1 lime – squeezed

1 oz water

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup toasted macadamia nuts (optional)

1 small avocado - diced (optional)

2 drop lime vitality essential oil

2 drop black pepper vitality essential oil



Heat medium sized stock pot on medium heat. Add oil, garlic, onion and jalapeno. Cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat to cool.

Blend black beans, salt cumin, water, cilantro, and vitality oils in blender.

Add cooled onion, garlic and jalapeno to blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into bowl! Top with optional diced avocado and macadamia nuts.




*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Lemon Poppy Seed

Zesty, mildly sweet, and oh so delicious! Perfect for spring and summer...and fall and winter! Who says you can't enjoy lemon year round?


You may have seen us posting about our arrival of Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) and how excited we've been to cook and bake with them! The first recipe...Lemon Poppy Seed using Lemon Vitality! This was a fun endeavor because Chef Ben and I made the same recipe side by side. His was made with 2% cow's milk, butter, AP flour and granulated cane sugar; while mine was made with coconut milk, vegan butter, gluten free flour and monk fruit sugar! Let me tell you...he tried both and said the 'ingredient free' version was as good as the traditional. All I know is that I had a bite, and then somehow both of my loaves were gone. I don't know where they went??? ::shrugg:: little ol' me couldn't have eaten all that by myself (but even if I had eaten both loaves...they weren't THAT big)...I made a half batch.

Before you read the recipe, remember that you can substitute equal amounts of standard ingredients for any of the specialty ingredients if you don't have the same dietary needs. The recipe is written with sugar, milk, butter and flour substitutes. *We purchased our ingredients at Wegmans.   

Lemon Poppy Seed 

(loaves or muffins)



  • 1/2 cup Monk fruit sugar (Lakanto's monk fruit sweetener is amazing!

  • 1 cup Gluten free flour ( for this one we used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1)

  • 1/3 cup Poppy seed

  • 1 1⁄2 tsp baking powder

  • 1⁄2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk (we use So Delicious)

  • 1/4 cup non-dairy butter - melted (Earth Balance is always our recommendation)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3 tbs Lemon Juice

  • 3 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

  • 1 tsp FRESH lemon zest

  • 1 Egg beaten

  • 2 tbs powdered sugar (optional to sprinkle on top after cooled)

Combine Dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Stir together and set aside.

x4 mini loaf pans/x1 standard loaf pan/ x12 muffins

x4 mini loaf pans/x1 standard loaf pan/ x12 muffins

Combine liquids: milk, vanilla and Lemon Vitality and set aside.

Combine butter and sugar in mixing bowl and cream together. 

Add egg and mix until incorporated

Alternate adding dry ingredients and liquids, mixing on low in between, just until incorporated. 

Fill loaf or muffin pan and bake on 350 for approx. 25-30 minutes. 

Allow to cool and Enjoy!

*You can sprinkle with powder sugar if you'd like to add a little extra sweetness!