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9 Paleo Oatmeal Alternatives

Letting go of oatmeal was a painful break-up. I had a special closeness to my morning oatmeal. That bowl of comfort I’d lean onto for support to begin my day. As I transitioned to a mostly grain-free diet I developed recipes that tricked my brain into thinking it was enjoying oatmeal. Sweets define breakfast in our modern diet. Cereal, muffins, croissants, bagels, granola, protein bars and oatmeal are all just excuses to eat sugar for breakfast. Breakfast should be a complete meal just like lunch and dinner. It needs protein, fat, and carbs to fuel your morning. I am 100% guilty of succumbing to eating dessert for breakfast. Back in my lacking nutrition years, I’d start my day with a vegan cinnamon scone and a decaf soy latte. Then I graduated to oatmeal. And I made it fancy, adding cocoa powder, raisins, peanut butter and lots of honey. No wonder Read More

Breakfast / Dairy-free / Dessert / Export / Gluten-free / Grain-free / Holiday Favorites / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish / Vegetarian

Christmas Chocolate Fruit Cake

Three more days until Christmas! Joy is officially in the air. I can even smell it. It’s a combination of pine, bonfire, cold air, cloves and fresh baked sugar cookies. Christmas has a distinctive scent that can’t be bottled into a candle. I did try to replicate it in this cake though. Fruit cake is the butt of every holiday joke. Typically weighing almost ten pounds, filled with every fruit and nut imaginable and said to last forever, they are loathed by most. This cake is my attempt to change that. How can dried fruits and chocolate in a cake not be delicious? I was inspired by watching Nigella Lawson bake her famous Christmas Cake. She makes the holiday magical and it’s easy to fall under her cooking spell. The tiny, twinkle lights covering her kitchen will entrance you. Nigella calls her cake a trifecta of aromas, with fruits, cinnamon Read More

Dairy-free / Dessert / Gluten-free / Grain-free / Nut-Free / Paleo

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

After a savory meal, I need a little treat to get my sweet fix. One small piece is all I need but it has to be the right flavor combo to satisfy my insatiable sweet tooth. Chocolate and mint seem to send the right signals to my brain. I created this chocolate peppermint fudge recipe and it’s exactly what I need after a big meal. Chocolate gives my body the sweet satisfaction and mint sends the signal that the meal is complete. If you’re an Andes Mints lover, that’s exactly what these fudge bites taste like. You’ll absolutely love this recipe! I think it’s the mint that is so satisfying and stops you from eating more than one or two. These are very dark chocolate so if you’re more of a milk chocolate fan, add more coconut milk to tone down the intensity. Makes 24 pieces. Coconut butter – ½ cup – Read More

Breakfast / Dairy-free / Dessert / Egg Free / Gluten-free / Grain-free / Holiday Favorites / Nut-Free / Paleo / Side Dish / Vegetarian

Dark Chocolate Mousse (Dairy-Free!)

My chocolate cravings are insatiable. I have a hard time keeping them at bay so I must have healthy chocolate options available at all times. At home I keep raw cacao powder and honey on hand to whip up a quick chocolate sauce and I try to have a dark chocolate bar stashed in my purse for emergencies. You never know when you’ll get stuck on an airport runway for two hours. Chocolate helps during these frustrating times. Sweet potatoes have become one of my staple breakfast items. Back when I began my days with a heaping bowl of oatmeal, I often added cacao powder to get my chocolate fix. So of course I experimented with cacao in sweet potatoes and created the most amazing chocolate mousse ever! Ever. I’m obsessed with it and eat it several times a week now. The sweet potato’s texture is perfectly creamy, reminding me Read More

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Nutella is too good to be true. Fact. Perfect straight out of the jar. Fact. Entire jar does not equal one serving. Fact. (Unfortunately.) Highly addictive. Fact. It is for all these reasons that I had to create a healthy version of this delectable treat. Makes one small jar. 1 cup roasted hazelnuts – thin casing removed. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder 1/8 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt 2 tbsp raw honey Dash of ground cloves (optional) 4 tbsp boiling water 1/2 tsp coconut oil ►Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly spread nuts on a cookie sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until skins crack away from the nuts. Let rest out of the oven for 10 minutes. Place in center of a dish towel, pull the corners to the middle so the nuts are covered. Rub vigorously until the casings are removed. ►Place nuts in food processor and grind for Read More

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Cayenne Dark Chocolate Truffles

Sometimes we just need to get our fix, our daily dose of chocolate. I try my best to keep homemade healthy options near-by in these emergency situations. When the hormone alarm sounds, all I have to do is reach for the secret stash. It removes the internal conflict over fighting my craving or saying, screw it, I’m eating that brownie. Then feeling the guilt of consuming something I know is bad for my body. The brownie is never the solution. So I created these delicious melt-in-your-mouth truffles that can be whipped up in a couple of minutes. Warning though, these babies have a powerful kick so you only need one! 12 Dried Dates 3 1/2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 1/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder 1-2 Teaspoons Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (optional) ►Place all ingredients in your food processor. Turn on and keep Read More