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32 No Sugar Added Desserts

Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid. Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day? I didn’t. My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar. Well ALL sweeteners, even the “pure” ones are sugar. And sugar impairs the immune system by suppressing white blood cells. Just one teaspoon impairs the immune system for up to four hours. Then there’s the blood sugar spikes and extra calories negatively impacting your body too. What are the options? Option A: Shun dessert and never eat ice cream again. Option B: Make 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

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Halloween Treat Honey Marshmallows

As a kid Halloween was the highlight of my year. I got to wear a ridiculous costume, run around the neighborhood with my friends, and get a bag full of candy. Could it get any better than that?! It was fun overload. Once home, I’d pour my candy onto the floor and meticulously sort each piece. Gobstoppers, Nerds, Lemonheads and Starbursts were at the top of the pile. I was the rare kid who hated chocolate so all the mini candy bars were quickly discarded. My mom loved this of course. In college my sweet tooth finally matured to include it. Now dark chocolate is really the only candy I eat. I’m convinced it’s good for me and have a piece everyday. With the exception of chocolate, I try to exhibit self-control around sweets. But I feel that Halloween has to be an exception. It’s important not to deprive yourself. Read More

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

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Bread

Nope, still not burned out on pumpkin. All this pumpkin spice obsession is okay by me. Starbucks created a trend worth buying into and I’m glad it’s branched out to inspire other creations. Like my Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Bread! I baked this up and brought it to a brunch party. When I revealed it was gluten-free, I watched as everyone turned to me in surprise.  They loved it and could not believe something so delicious was healthy. I walked around beaming with pride the rest of the day. This recipe is going in the “win” pile and will be featured on my Thanksgiving dessert list. Since gluten-free baking is a mad science I thought I would explain the ingredients I use to obtain the right consistency. Coconut Flour Coconut Flour is essentially dried coconut that’s been ground into a fine powder. It is made from 100% coconut with no 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