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Fruit Parfaits

Every single time I’m in Whole Foods I am forced to walk by the damn fruit parfaits. They’re right by the kombucha so I really can’t avoid it. Those delicious looking, soybean oil and sugar laden fruit parfaits. I’m not big on sweets, but something about fruit parfaits really does it for me. Fresh fruit on top of vanilla pudding? Amazing. I also think it’s hilarious that McDonald’s convinced people that fruit parfaits are an acceptable breakfast meal. I mean, mine is because it’s actually really healthy. But adding fruit to an otherwise unhealthy dessert does not a breakfast make. Unless you’re making my fruit parfait. Then you can get away with it. Ingredients: 1 can coconut milk (I use THIS brand) 1/4 cup raw honey (use raw, organic honey, like THIS one) 1 tsp gelatin (THIS type of gelatin only) 1/4 cup hot water 1 tsp vanilla (I like THIS…

Caramel Brownies

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? Especially brownies that are free of: gluten grains dairy refined sugars vegetable oils Pretty sweet, right? Now I’m not saying this is a health food that you should eat all the time. But sometimes you need a brownie. Sometimes it’s someone’s birthday, a graduation, an anniversary. These are definitely a healthier option than boxed or store bought brownies. And they’re not even difficult to make. You just add all of the ingredients to a blender, blend, bake. You can find the caramel recipe HERE. Ingredients: 1.5 cups almond flour (I use THIS brand) 1/2 cup cacao powder (found HERE) 1/2 cup raw honey (found HERE) 1 tbsp vanilla (I like THIS brand) 3 eggs 1/2 cup chocolate chips (THIS brand is gluten, nut, dairy and soy free) Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Put all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender or food processor. Blend…

Banana Carrot Cake with Coconut Frosting

I recently saw a recipe for a “healthy” banana carrot cake. Unfortunately, the ingredients consisted of wheat, sugar, canola oil and low-fat cream cheese. Somehow this was being classified as healthy. This ain’t the 80s! Low-fat does not equate to health! So I decided to make my own. And thank God I got a picture of it, because immediately after I set it down on my counter, my cat did this: Thanks, Sadie. You’re a pal. Banana Carrot Cake Ingredients: 1 banana 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced 2 eggs 1.5 cups almond flour (I use THIS almond flour) 1/3 cup honey (find organic, raw honey HERE) 1 tbsp vanilla (I like THIS brand) 1 tsp almond flavoring (optional, I like THIS brand) Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or Vitamix until smooth. Bake in a meatloaf pan for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes…

Potato Nachos

I’m kind of in love with the white potato. It’s taken a lock of flack over the years; people said it was unhealthy, it didn’t have a good nutrient profile, that it would spike your blood sugar, that it wasn’t as healthy as a sweet potato. You can read my article on white versus sweet potatoes HERE. But the humble white potater will always be my favorite. For all the guff its taken, most of it is unfounded. The white potato isn’t just delicious, it actually is a healthy food! It’s a vegetable after all. It comes from the earth, it has vitamins and minerals, and it’s pretty damn healthy if you’re not frying it in vegetable oil. So I combined my two loves: the white potato and Mexican food. I don’t love corn, and I don’t eat corn. So corn chips were definitely out. And potatoes worked out beautifully.…

Five Ingredient & Five Minute Chocolate Mousse

Scott loves chocolate mousse. It seemed like a simple enough dessert to make, but it usually involves a double broiler, separating the yolks from the whites, beating the whites, and some recipes even calling for baking it. I suck at baking. This is why I have to come up with the easiest and quickest desserts possible. I love to cook, but I find baking really boring. I didn’t really think the whole double broiler-beating-eggs-maybe-baking was necessary. Turns out, I was right. This was the easiest dessert to make and is seriously fool proof. Even the worst cook can throw this together and it will come out perfectly. Five Ingredient & Five Minute Chocolate Mousse Ingredients: 1 can of coconut milk, only use the hardened cream part (use THIS brand, it’s organic and BPA free) 1/4 cup raw honey (use real, raw honey, like THIS) 1/3 cup raw cacao (I use THIS brand)…

Five Ingredient Eggplant Dip

I love dips. There’s something about setting out dips, homemade bread, olives, raw cheese and cured meats that makes me feel very European, and I’m into that. Even though I’ve only been to Europe once. Also, I’d just like to say that I’m so excited for the farmers market to come back next month. My favorite farmer has amazing, gigantic, organic eggplants. Only one more month until that awesome market is back in my life! And eggplants are super healthy. Eggplants contain: vitamin C beta carotene phosphorous potassium magnesium niacin copper thiamin vitamin B6 This dip is super easy to make and goes over well at parties. Ingredients: 1 eggplant, cubed 1 head of garlic 1/4 cup olive oil (plus a lil’ more for drizzling) 1 tbsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon optional: paprika salt and pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Arrange the cubed eggplant on a…

Vanilla Salted Caramel Cups

I’m not a huge chocolate fan, which I know is nuts but chocolate just doesn’t really do it for me. I much prefer vanilla, and I love vanilla with caramel. These make great candies and are the perfect lil’ treat. Ingredients: 2 cups cashews (I buy THIS brand) 1/2 cup maple syrup (I buy THIS brand) 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (I buy expeller pressed, it has no coconut flavor) 1 tbsp vanilla (I buy THIS brand) Directions: Soak the cashews overnight in filtered water. Drain the cashews and add them to a blender with all of the other ingredients. You will need a strong blender for this, like a Vitamix. Pour the mixture equally into 8  cupcake tins. Add to the fridge and make the caramel while it hardens. Add the caramel and let it cool in the fridge for at least an hour. Add Himalayan salt! Caramel recipe…

Easy Banana Bread (Grain, Dairy & Nut Free)

Not only is this bread gluten and grain free, it doesn’t have any dairy, nuts or added sweeteners. This makes it a safe option for breakfast or great as a quick and filling snack that won’t weigh you down or spike your blood sugar. It took about 5 minutes to throw together and 30 minutes in the oven, making this one of the easiest desserts ever (which I like). Just goes to show you don’t need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to make tasty treats that are also healthy. It really couldn’t be easier, and you can freeze it too! Ingredients: 4 bananas 4 eggs 1/2 cup coconut flour (I use THIS brand) 1 tbsp organic vanilla extract ( I use THIS brand) 1 tbsp cinnamon (I use THIS brand) 1 tsp baking soda (I use THIS brand, it’s aluminum-free) 1 tsp almond extract (optional, but I l-o-v-e…

5 Minute Paleo Chocolate Pudding

I’m not even a huge chocolate fan and I L-O-V-E-D this pudding. And I hate coffee, but it had almost a mocha taste that I thought was really good, most likely because I also added a bit of almond extract. But if you don’t have almond extract, no worries, it still tastes great without it. Another thing I like about this dessert is that it is so easy to make, you can make in bulk, and it require no baking. I am not a good baker. I hate measuring out every single ingredient. I want to do my own thang. Luckily, you can mix it up with this pudding. Add berries, add banana, add whipped cream. GO CRAZY! Ingredients: 1 can coconut milk 1 tbsp vanilla 1/4 cup cacao powder few drops of almond extract (optional) 1 tbsp gelatin 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup honey Directions: Heat the coconut milk…

The Best Fudgy Paleo Brownies

I have a confession: I like vanilla more than chocolate. I know, I’m one of those rare unicorns, because my friends and boyfriend constantly remind me how superior chocolate is to vanilla. I get it, chocolate is delicious. I really, really like it. But I’d take a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting over chocolate any day. Except today. Because I made some seriously delicious brownies. I’m not a fan of most brownie recipes because they just taste like boring old chocolate cake to me. “Why would I eat this, when I could be eating vanilla cake?” I wonder. But gooey, dense, dark chocolate brownies are a different ballpark. These are definitely more dense than the average brownie, and that’s exactly why I like them. It’s almost a cross between fudge and brownie, and I am really into that combo. Plus, like all of my recipes, these are free of wheat,…