Top 5 Recipes of 2013

Best of 2013 - Chez CateyLou

Happy New Year everybody! 2013 was a great year for TheBetterHalf and me. In addition to taking some amazing trips, we launched ChezCateyLou.com! It has been so much fun to master new recipes, learn about photography, and get to know the blogging world – and to share it all with you, my amazing readers! Blogging sure is a lot of work, but we have loved every second of it. The past few weeks have been exciting for us – we are now self-hosted and I’m looking forward to making some improvements to the blog in the upcoming weeks. I predict good things in 2014 :)

Before we get settled into 2014, I want to take a look back at my top 5 favorite recipes of 2013. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to pick only five. It is like picking your favorite child!   I’m still debating if I picked the right ones (let me know yours in the comments!), but here goes:… 

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Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins

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I am so excited to post this recipe today. Why you ask?  Because this delicious, decadent chocolate muffin is made with no fat! No oil, no butter – nothing!  And they taste delicious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of fat in baked goods…butter makes everything better!  But when I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction , I knew that I had to give it a shot. I love baking with yogurt, like my chocolate zucchini bread or lemon blueberry yogurt loaf, but I usually add in a little oil or butter to keep things rich and moist.  This recipe, on the other hand, uses only nonfat yogurt and applesauce (there is a bit of fat from the 1 egg and the chocolate chips), and the results are amazing! The muffins are so moist.  They are light and fluffy, and so chocolatey tasting.  Even TheBetterHalf liked them, which means they really must be good.  I will eat anything that has chocolate in it, but he is a bit more discerning.  The only problem with these is that they aren’t so skinny when you eat three… … 

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