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Chocolate Almond Flour Oat Muffins {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Decadent (but healthy!) chocolate almond flour oat muffins that are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, fast & easy to make, & perfect for breakfast, snack-time, or dessert. January was my birthday month (I observe the whole month :)). So, while testing recipes for the website, I was making sweet treats behind the scenes, too. That’s what one …

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Vegan Coconut Almond Flour Cake {grain-free, oil-free}

A dessert worth celebrating: vegan coconut almond flour cake, studded with chunks of chocolate! It is grain-free, gluten-free, & oil-free. An Almond Joy of  Cake I enjoy a jumble of random weekend baking rituals that feel exactly and effortlessly right—that inspire, especially when I’m in a mood (good or bad)–a feeling of “this is why …

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5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Brownies {grain-free, oil-free}

My healthy (but decadent) 5-ingredient vegan banana brownies are flourless, egg-free, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, oil-free, and 100% perfection. Hooray! The Brownies You Need to Make You need brownies. I need brownies. We all need brownies right about now. Some laughter, puppy pictures, and sunshine would be excellent,  too. But first, brownies. I have the brownies …

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3-Ingredient Chocolate Date Truffles {vegan, paleo, nut-free}

Easy, no-cook, 3-ingredient chocolate date truffles! They are vegan, Paleo, nut-free, added sugar-free and only 49 calories each. The holidays demand chocolate decadence. They also require ease. And a dose (make that several doses) of energy throughout. My 3-ingredient chocolate truffles cover all the bases! They are also incredibly easy to prepare, easily accesorized with …

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Vegan Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies {paleo, keto option}

Healthy almond flour chocolate chip cookies that are vegan (egg-free and dairy-free), grain-free, gluten-free and keto (with 2 simple substitutions). I have been off of my cookie-baking game this December. I am usually up to my elbows in cookie dough by this point in the season, but I have been busy cooking up other dishes …

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Cassava Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, grain-free}

Tender and slightly chewy cassava flour chocolate chip cookies that taste 100% traditional! They are grain-free, vegan, and easy-to-make, too. It’s officially cookie baking season, huzzah! To begin the cookie festivities, I’ve got an exciting addition to your repertoire: Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Cassava Flour. What is Cassava Flour? Have you tried cassava flour? …

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Oat Cookies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Minimalist, yet magnificent, healthy chocolate banana oat cookies! Vegan, gluten-free and oil-free, they are also low in sugar and only 56 calories each. Do you remember chocolate no-bake cookies? I did not have them in childhood, but in graduate school. There, at Indiana University, they were (and still are) a favorite offering at the Sugar …

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100% Flax Chocolate Cookies {vegan, oil-free, keto option}

Healthfully decadent 100% flax chocolate cookies ! Made in a muffin tin with only 5 ingredients, they are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, paleo and keto (with an ingredient swap). Flax Breakfast Cookies get a Double Chocolate Boost When I did a re-shoot of my popular 100% flax breakfast cookies last week, I realized I had made …

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Clean 70-Calorie Fudge Brownies {vegan, oil-free, GF}

Introducing my clean 70-calorie fudge brownies! They are fudgy, chocolate chipp-y, oil-free, vegan, gluten-free, super-easy to make, and DELECTABLE! Make them with oats and coconut flour. Make Nutritious Low-Calorie Brownies It’s almost time to start thinking about back-to-school lunches, including healthy options that travel well and please all. And it is always time to think …

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Keto Vegan Coconut Flour Cookies {grain-free, gluten-free}

Easy, 1-bowl, keto vegan coconut flour cookies, made with almond butter. They are also grain-free & gluten-free. Coconut Flour Cookies that are Vegan & Keto Last month I shared an easy recipe for vegan coconut flour chocolate chip cookies. The results were delicious, surprising (used dates to help sweeten them, as well as add structure …

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Soft Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies {vegan, grain-free, oil-free}

Vegan coconut flour chocolate chip cookies that are equally healthy and scrumptious! They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and Paleo-friendly. The world always has room for another chocolate chip cookie recipe. Especially one that is easy to make, utterly delectable, and, in many respects, unlike any other. Introducing my Soft Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip …

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Vegan Keto Chocolate Truffle Tart {No-Bake, Grain-Free}

Decadent, no-bake, and so-easy vegan keto chocolate truffle tart! It is grain-free, sugar-free, and super easy to make–perfect for celebrating and sharing with friends! If you are looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve dessert, look no further!  I have a showstopper dessert that can be shared with almost everyone on your guest list–no matter …

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Quinoa Muffins {Vegan, Oil-Fee, GF}

4-ingredient chocolate quinoa muffins make on-the-go breakfasts & snacks grand! They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, added sugar free,  91 calories each, and 100% delicious and satisfying. If I have learned anything from writing a food blog, it is how often I am wrong. It is true for issues big and small, but especially for predicting …

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies {Grainfree, Vegan, Paleo, Oil-Free}

4-ingredient chocolate almond flour cookies that are rich, decadent, and good for you! They are vegan, oil-free, grain-free, Paleo, & only 61 calories per cookie Oh. My. Chocolate. I can hardly contain my excitement for these cookies, they are so luscious, fudgy, and decadent! And easy. EASY. As in mix-the-dough-in-under-1-minute easy. They require no more …

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Healthy Brownie Batter Breakfast Oats {Vegan, GF}

Have a very good morning with my healthy brownie batter breakfast oats! Made with 5 humble ingredients & a few minutes of advance prep, these oats are vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with fiber, potassium & antioxidants. Only 136 calories per serving, too! Happy Tuesday, everyone! It is a cold and wet morning in my neck …

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Chocolate Coconut Flour Cookies {Vegan, Keto Option}

Tender, brownie-like chocolate coconut flour cookies, made with no other flours or starches! They are naturally grain-free, vegan, keto (with one simple substitution), nut-free & gluten-free. Chocolate Coconut Flour Cookies that are Egg-Free & Nut-Free Because I care so much about all of you, dear readers, I ate many–many–chocolate cookies this past week. A few …

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Vegan Chickpea Flour Chocolate Cake {Grain-Free, 1-bowl}

The recipe you need for upcoming spring and summer celebrations: my vegan chickpea flour chocolate cake! Made in one bowl, it is grain-free, gluten-free and vegan. It’s not a miracle, but it is most definitely marvelous! Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope this post finds you well and (wishful thinking for all) enjoying the first glimpses …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding Cups {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Chocolate pumpkin pudding cups are a superfood reinvention of a childhood classic! They are naturally vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and just 117 calories per serving. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Pudding Cups I know the exact moment that the idea for these breakfast pudding cups began to brew. It was when I ran into a friend at …

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Vegan Breakfast Blender Brownies {Oil-Free, Gluten-free}

Healthy vegan breakfast blender brownies for breakfast on the go! Made with oats and carrots, fudgy brownies are oil-free, gluten-free, and just 132 calories per big brownie. Begin Your Healthy Day with a Brownie Your mornings are about to be amazing. From this day forth, you can begin the day feeling virtuous, satisfied, and amped …

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Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars {5 ingredients, Vegan}

With 11 grams of protein, and a rich, fudge-y flavor and texture, these homemade chocolate coconut protein bars will keep you powered up and primed to accomplish all of your New Year’s resolutions! The switch from a season full of treats to January asceticism can feel enlightening one moment, cruel the next; especially when cravings …

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Healthy Brownie Batter Hummus {vegan, oil-free}

Have you got 3 minutes? Then you have enough time to whip up a batch of healthy brownie batter hummus! It tastes like indulgence, but is a super nutritious treat! It is vegan, oil-free, & only 38 calories a serving. Brownie Batter Dip Made with Chickpeas! Hooray, the weekend is upon us! Whether your plans …

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Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake {Gluten-Free}

Celebrate anytime with decedent vegan chocolate Bundt cake! It is a breeze to prepare and so delicious, you will want to make one asap. Good Monday morning, readers! I hope that your weekend was a restorative one. It was at our house. The decorations are up, some initial holiday baking took place, and, best of …

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Vegan Tigernut Flour Brownies {grain-free, nut-free, GF}

Healthy and fudgy vegan tigernut flour brownies! They are naturally grain-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegan & paleo. What is Tigernut Flour? Tigernut flour. Have you heard of it? It’s a delicious, nutritious, multipurpose flour that can be used in all manner of baking and cooking, including today’s dark chocolate brownie recipe. But before returning to the …

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Chocolate Chickpea Flour Banana Bread {vegan, grain-free}

Easy-to-make, nutrient-packed, double chocolate chickpea flour banana bread tastes so decadent! No one will believe that it is vegan, grain-free and gluten-free. Make Chocolate Chickpea Flour Banana Bread ASAP We keep buying bananas. And eating them. But regardless of our family’s affection for the fruit, we always end up with plenty of brown ones, too. …

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Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Balls {grain-free, gluten-free}

Easy vegan chocolate pumpkin protein balls that are grain-free (made w/ coconut flour), gluten-free, no-bake, Paleo & only 45 calories each! Healthy Protein Chocolate Treats The season of candy is upon us, with bowls of wrapped treats placed on every vacant surface at work, the dry cleaners, school, and even the gym (yes, the gym–sheesh, …

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Vegan Chocolate Oat Mini Muffins {oil-free, gluten-free}

Delectable vegan chocolate oat mini muffins are the treat you need! Easy to make, they are oil-free, gluten-free & only 39 calories each. I think we all need some good news right about now, so how about this: Eat more chocolate–it’s good for you. You can start with my double chocolate mini muffins. They are ready, …

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle {grain-free, gluten-free}

Vegan chocolate chip cookie brittle that is a healthy snack as much as it is a dessert! It is naturally grain-free & gluten-free. Fall! It’s finally here! Or so the calendar indicates. It’s still muggy and hovering around 90 degrees in my corner of the world, but I don’t care; I’m ready for baking season, …

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One-Bowl Chickpea Flour Brownies {vegan, grain-free}

Incredible, one-bowl chickpea flour brownies that are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free. They are a cinch to make and a joy to eat! Vegan Brownies Made with Chickpea Flour I am, quite possibly, the only person on the planet with a Google alert for chickpea flour. Admittedly, I have my obsessions 🙂 I am so …

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3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies {grainfree, oil-free, vegan}

Decadent, yet healthy, 3-ingredient banana fudge brownies that are grain-free, oil-free, vegan and Paleo! Made with almond butter, cocoa powder and a banana. Allow me to propose a pivot. Brownies. For breakfast. Moreover, a healthy breakfast. It gets even better. The brownies in question have only three ingredients. Three. You likely have the ingredients in your …

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Chocolate Chip Banana Quinoa Muffins {vegan, GF, flourless}

Start your action-packed day with chocolate chip banana quinoa muffins! They use cooked quinoa (no flour) and are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. Muffins, The Perfect Portable Breakfast (or Snack) I am not sure who “invented” muffins, but I am grateful for the inspiration. Whether running out the door, heading off for a bike trek to …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Zucchini Brownies {oil-free, grain-free}

Fudgy vegan coconut flour zucchini brownies made with almond butter! They taste decadent but are oil-free, grain-free, and packed with energizing ingredients.   Too Much Zucchini? Make Zucchini Brownies! Got an excess of summer zucchini? Then you have the perfect reason to make brownies. Zucchini makes great muffins and loaves, but when it comes to perfect …

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Chocolate & Sunflower Seed Energy Bars {4 ingredients, no-bake, vegan}

  It’s Tuesday. Following a 3-day weekend. With visitors. Thus, chocolate.     These energy-bars-in-the-round are humble in both ingredients (four) and preparation (no-baking, roughly 5 to 10 minutes total), but not flavor (luscious) or texture (rich and candy-like). This is a new variation of my DIY LaraBars recipe from 8 years ago (still going strong …

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Chocolate Mint Protein Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}

  When I want chocolate that’s all comfort–the familiar flavor of childhood–a chunk of candy just won’t cut it. I get out the bowls, measuring cups and spoons and start to bake. Even when it’s 90 (humid!) degrees outside and I recently returned from my Sunday long run. But if the results were brownie-rich, double-chocolate …

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Vegan Black Bean Brownies {gluten-free}

Decadent, yet nutritious, vegan brownies, made with black beans and oats! They are  gluten-free, and extra-easy to make in a muffin pan (no cutting required!). Make Fitness Food with Real Ingredients The market for fitness “food” is swamped with a catchall of powders, goops, bars, and countless other processed, packaged wonder-eats, all promising ultimate performance for everyone …

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Double Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies {Vegan, Grain-Free}

Chocolate lovers, you have a new favorite cookie recipe: Double Chocolate Chickpea Flour Cookies! They are vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and a cinch to make. It’s day 7 of the 7 days of Chickpea Flour Cookies! Chickpeas in chocolate cookies? Oh yes! What better way to top off a week of chickpea cookie ideas than with …

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Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffins {vegan, grain-free}

Rich and delicious (yet healthy!) chocolate chickpea flour muffins, perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. They are vegan, grain-free & gluten-free. I’ll cut to the chase: chocolate. Chocolate muffins, to be precise. Moist, rich, and delicious, they are just what your December mornings need.  Chocolate Chickpea Flour Muffin Benefits These muffins taste decadent, but they …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Brownies (grain-free, oil-free)

Vegan coconut flour brownies made with nut butter and coconut flour! Healthy, scrumptious, grain-free and oil-free, they are easy to make in 1 bowl. Healthy (vegan & gluten-free) Cookies for the Holidays Apparently I have too much time on my hands (oops, busted a button laughing at that one), because I’ve been baking cookies, of …

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Vegan Double Chocolate Oat Cookies {gluten-free}

Vegan double chocolate oat cookies that taste like pure decadence, but are healthy and gluten-free! Make them in minutes with what you have on hand. Cookies! And not just any cookies, but double chocolate cookies!  Caramel and butterscotch  flavors are definitely my number one flavor jam, but chocolate is a close second. And when a …

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Vegan Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake {gluten-free, grain-free}

Easy, amazing, vegan coconut flour chocolate cake made with coconut flour, coconut oil, and chickpea flour eggs (in place of regular eggs; a Paleo version with real eggs is also included). The cake is grain-free and gluten-free, too. Coconut Flour Cake without Eggs Coconut flour is such a delicious and versatile flour to bake with …

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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding {no cook, easy}

Creamy and decadent-tasting vegan chocolate avocado pudding, made in minutes with no cooking! It is date-sweetened, healthy, Paleo and gluten-free. Calling all hedonists! It’s chocolate pudding time. That’s right, chocolate. Uh-huh, pudding. Yup, it’s the New Year, time to revamp your diet for improved health and vitality. May this chocolate pudding be the first step …

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{2-Minute} Chocolate Chip Oat Bran Mug Muffin

Dear Diary, It’s been a stressful week of deadlines and demonstrations, culminating in a funeral. Thank goodness for wonderful family and friends. And jellybeans. Now it’s Monday, and my to-do list is miles long. My first order of business: change the numbers on my list into bullet points. Who needs an exact count of to-dos, …

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High Protein Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding {vegan, no cook}

A chocolate dessert that doubles as a healthy snack or breakfast: my High-Protein Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding! It is vegan, gluten-free, and 8.5 g protein per serving! I love undulaterated chocolate much of the time. For example, a slice of my Mom’s very chocolate Bundt cake, a mug of hot cocoa on a chilly day, or …

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark {4-Ingredients, Vegan, Paleo}

Healthy yet indulgent-tasting coconut oil chocolate bark, made with 4 ingredients! It is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and includes a keto option, too! An Easy, Healthy, Delicious Chocolate Bark Recipe Valentines Day is almost here, and I have a perfect recipe for gifting and celebrating. It is go-soft-in-the-knees delicious, super-simple to make, and relatively frugal, …

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Cardamom-Cashew Thumbprints with Chocolate-Lime Ganache {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Merry Christmas everyone! To commemorate the day in delicious style, I offer you my latest cookie creation, an Indian-inspired thumbprint cookie. I developed this cookie for a recipe contest, but despite being utterly fabulous (all humility aside), it did not capture a prize. But all the better, because the recipe remains my own and I …

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1-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo)

Sometimes you need chocolate in a hurry. For example, for an impromptu celebration. Or to revive your spirits . Or because it is Wednesday. Umm, today is Wednesday. I’m here to tell you that choclate any day is a wonderful thing. Chocolate and cocoa powder are rich in cell-protecting antioxidants–natural compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains and …

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No-Bake Chocolate Black Bean Protein Bars (vegan+glutenfree)

Meet your new favorite homemade chocolate power bars! Here’s why you will want to make these: *Real cocoa powder *Cheap! *Yummy! *High protein *No added sugar *No nuts or soy *Extremely fast to make *Extremely easy to make *Vegan *Super-Nutritious (omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, high fiber, good source of protein) *Allergy-free/Gluten-free option! Do …

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Spelt Scones with Chocolate Chunks & Dried Cherries (vegan)

I like to consider myself a reasonable person in most matters, but I am a bonafide snob when it comes to scones. I blame it all on my mother. She made scones–namely buttery, currant scones, from the Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery–on a regular basis, whipping them up in minutes (sans food processor or even …

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Hazelnut Flour Muffins with Chocolate Chips

I am hoping my intermittent blogging this past year will be explained in one fell swoop when you see the cover of my new cookbook. I wouldn’t have thought 750 muffins were possible before this project landed in my lap, but it was more than possible, and a lot of delicious eats along the way. …

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No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Brownies (Bars)

Whether you call them brownies or energy bars, you will definitely call these dark chocolate treats pure bliss! We go through a lot of power bars/granola bars/ energy bars in this house, and I’m at the point where I no longer want to buy another, especially when homemade ones are profoundly more delicious, nutritious, and …

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Oil-Free Chocolate Granola {vegan, gluten-free}

Oil-free chocolate granola is exactly what your morning (and snacking) routine needs! It is also naturally vegan and gluten-free. East More Chocolate for Breakfast Chocolate for breakfast. It’s so right. Beyond chocolate croissants, Nutella on toast, and Count Chocula, we simply need more options, right? The reason extends (far) beyond the heavenly taste of chocolate: …

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Vegan Almond Flour Brownies {grain-free, gluten-free}

One-bowl, vegan almond flour brownies (yum!). They are fudgy, grain-free, gluten-free, & only 146 calories each. Happy Friday everyone! Let’s talk chocolate. I’m dating myself, but does anyone else remember the commercials for Betty Crocker Snackin’ Cake from the 1970s? They worked on my pee-wee brain like magic: I wanted chocolate snackin’ cake, and I …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream {vegan, no-churn, 3-ingredients}

Healthy chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream made with 3 ingredients! No ice cream maker required, it is chocolate-peanut butter heaven. It is also naturally vegan and ready in minutes. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Hi all!  I’d like to say that I’m well-rested after taking several days off from posting. But this …

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt (High Protein!)

I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m obsessed. A fellow running friend, who shares my love/infatuation with all things yogurt, told me about her favorite power snack: Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter. I went home and made it within 30 minutes of her telling me, and oh my goodness, I am smitten. It …

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Vegan Cashew Chocolate Pudding {no cook, easy}

Silky smooth, protein-rich, vegan cashew chocolate pudding, made without cooking! Simply blend, chill and eat.   No-Cook Chocolate Pudding, Made with Cashews My grumpy inner child (I think her name’s Myrtle; she doesn’t come out often) longs to dismiss Valentine’s Day as the Madison Avenue-produced frenzy of fluff I know it to be.   But …

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles {Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free}

  A bittersweet chocolate truffle with a healthy profile? It sounds too good to be true. But it isn’t. Here’s how it all began. Over a one-month period last summer, I (willingly) slipped into an ice cream-making mania. If you’re wondering why I don’t weigh 500 pounds as a result of my frozen adventures, it’s …

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Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding (vegan)

Decadent, but healthy, overnight chocolate chia pudding, made without cooking! It is vegan, grain-free, high in fiber, and can be eaten for breakfast, snacks, or dessert February is finally here, and I’m glad of it.   In February, you do not need to charm or entertain, nor announce resolutions. All you have to do is …

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Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies (oil-free, grain-free)

Fudgy vegan sweet potato brownies that are equal parts decadent & healthy! They are vegan, oil-free, grain-free, gluten-free & Paleo. Healthy Brownies for a New Year While I am still enthusiastic about New Year’s focus on vegetables, I nevertheless must call a spade a spade: it’s late January, the days are short, the weather chilly …

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Chocolate-Coconut Protein Balls {vegan}

Sometimes home organization is swiftly re-categorized from cheerful resolution to dire emergency, such as when the toilet overflows all the way down the hall into the basket of important papers waiting to be filed, or when the rod in the closet finally crashes to the floor—on top of the wedding china that’s been waiting to …

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