Healthy Carrot Cinnamon Cookies

Love carrot cake?  And/or moist, fluffy, cinnamon-y cookies?  These are your go-to sweet treats then.  Gluten/grain free, without lactose, and no refined sugar, these are cookies you can feel good about eating, and enjoy to the fullest, zero guilt.  The best part?  They taste AWESOME and are a cinch to make.  Ready in mere minutes.  You can satisfy you craving for something sweet and cakey, while eating something you can feel great about chowing down on!  Woo hoo!

Here’s how to make em, so you can start eating them 😉

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Sweet Potato Rhubarb Vegan Ice Cream

Hi all,

Get excited for Maxx and Brookes Culinary Crafting Ice Cream session, part TWO.  (Here is the link to part ONE of our ice cream postings, if you like).  Though Maxx was the sole creator of this particular recipe.  This one is creamy, light, with the slightest tart tang.  The color is inviting and lovely.  Reminds me of cozy autumnal afternoons and evenings.

Personally, as Maxxs only other sampler, I recommend this topped with something like crushed Oreos, chocolate jimmies, or maybe some hot fudge, any of which I think would be a nice accompaniment.

Way cool thing about this recipe (aside from it being dairy free and sugar free): NO ice cream maker needed!!!!

This particular recipe is perfect for any time of year.  Summer, because thats an obvious pairing with regards to ice cream.  Though its also an ideal flavor for autumn or winter, with its homey flavors and texture, along with the warmth of color.

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Blueberry Lavender Vegan Ice Cream

Get ready for a Maxx and Brookes Culinary Craft recipe.  This one, split into two entries. This being the first.

(Here is the link to part TWO of this ice cream entry extravaganza).

While dating this fantastic man, one of the many small but interesting shifts Ive seen occurring within myself has included going from neutral feelings towards ice cream, to full out loving it.  Before dating Maxx, sure, I liked ice cream fine and would enjoy if it was around, but never would I crave nor seek it out for myself.  That has since changed.

Sometimes now, finding myself in the grocery store on which a lightbulb going off overhead says, ice cream aisle!  Just go take a gander, the voice whispers.  And more than once, I have left with a new flavor for sampling.  Clutching my sweet treat with the mischievous wide eyed coupled with the death grip of Gollum from Lord of the Rings, complete with mental whisperings of “my precious.”  Yup, I’m a woman transformed.

However, recently Ive been feeling that, while I love it, all this dairy isnt doing my stomach the most kind of favors.  Hence the recipe below.  Ice cream, minus the dairy.  Talk about a sweet solution 😉

This ice cream recipe is bold, while light and lovely.  Its creamy.  Yet, there is no dairy, nor any refined sugar within.  Its sweet, smooth, so delicious.  Summer days and ice cream are, to me, the quintessential pairing.  What better way to enjoy this sweet treat, but without all the heavy ingredients (boatloads of sugar, dairy, cream) than to make your own??

Here is a fabulous, and pretty easy recipe, so that you can do just that!

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Olive Oil Chocolate Truffles

Who doesnt love a decadent, smooth, rich chocolate truffle??  The perfect serving size, portable, and the timeless taste of this sweet treat, making for a dream worthy dessert.  The best parts?  Obviously gluten/grain free (thats a duh on that one), and with no extra refined sugar added (though, there is sugar in the chocolate bars already of course).

And the combination of chocolate and olive oil?  A longstanding one, with a lengthily line of devotees.  Get ready to hop on in line after sampling these creamy, oh so dreamy, super easy to make treats.  And these Chocolate + Olive Oil truffles in particular?  Bakery quality good.  Dont take my word for it though, try them yourself.  Better yet, serve them to crowd and watch them be wowed.

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Healthy Strawberry Shortcakes In a Jar

Hi all,

With sunshine, way more hours spent outdoors, and activities like beach and camping under way, both healthy as well as easily portable desserts are just the ticket.  Especially those loaded with fruit and cream, eh?  Because when is there ever a bad time for fruit laden, cream filled desserts?  Ill tell you when: never 😀

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(The perfect setting for enjoying tasty treats such as these!)

These shortcakes are light, lovely, and easy to make.  Heaped with any type of berries for which your heart yearns (and stomach craves), and a dollop of cream, these are just the thing.  They are lactose free, very low in sugar, and made with whole grains.

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Matcha Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Love banana bread?  And who doesnt, being one of those quintessential childhood treats, nostalgia inducing and super yummy, even for some who dont generally like bananas.  I have found still, they just might make an exception for banana bread.  This version is laced through with Matcha green tea, which is awesome for your health, boosting all sorts of benefits.  The best news about this banana bread though?  Its gluten free, lactose free, and low in sugar.  So you can enjoy, and without the guilt.

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Vegan Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Nostalgia, a smidge of rebellion, and the most delicious of sweet treats are what’s behind the eating of raw dough, if I say so myself.  Come on, so many of you can recall as a child sneaking spoonful’s of the raw dough (brownies, cookies, you name it) of whatever mom or dad was baking up, just before they slid it into the oven.  “Raw eggs!”  Your alarmed parent would most certainly caution loudly.  To which, as a child, you rolled your eyes and snorted, “who cares?  Ill be fine,” and continued spooning the raw dough into your mouth.  Yes, that was me 😉

Well, with this cookie dough, get excited.  There are: no dairy products, its low in sugar, gluten free, and low in calories.  Doesn’t get much better than that, folks.  Actually wait, it does.  You can whip this up in 5 minutes flat.  And yes, it tastes like actual raw chocolate chip cookie dough.  Dont believe me?  Try it yourself.  You’ve been warned though, this stuff is awesome and thus, quite addictive.

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Blondies

Happy Sunday, all!

Turns out, sometime blondes do have more fun.  At least, in the vein of these particular goodies they do.  This past weekend, I discovered a delightful new baking ingredient that’s changed my life over the last 24 hours.  Replacing flour in baking goods with ground up chickpeas.  I know, sounds somewhat sketchy.  I was hesitant myself.  How could ground up beans possibly result in that cakey, delightful texture I so adore in all things cake, pastry, and cookie?

Shockingly though, they rivaled precisely that.  The texture of these blondies are in fact: cakey, slightly nutty, sweet, decadent, absolutely delicious.  I couldnt stop at just one.  More like just…four 😉

I can assure you, trying this recipe (which is super easy and ready in minutes, might I add) will have you never turning back.  These are SO good.  I already made not one, but two batches of them this weekend alone.  That’s how awesome these babies are.

So, the blondies: gluten/grain free, dairy free, vegan, and low in sugar.

Dont take my word for it though.  Whip up a batch for your own sampling pleasure!

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Healthy Coconut Macaroons

Oh man, are these things addicting.  Lightly sweet, with a chewy texture, melt-in-your-mouth yumminess right here.  These coconut macaroons can pass for Paleo, are grain/gluten free, dairy free, and free of refined sugar.  They are easy to make.  And they are damn good, so get excited 😀

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Peppermint Grain Free Fudgy Brownies

Being die hard dessert adorers and avid swooners over all things saccarine, we decided for our next column post on Brooke and Maxxs Culinary Crafts to do something, surprise, surprise, sweet.  Something comforting, wintery and rich.  And who doesn’t love a good brownie?  Fudgy, chocolatey, sweet, so delicious and satisfying.  However, much to many peoples disheartenment, brownies tend to be calorie bombs laden with grain/flour, dairy and sugar.

I am psyched to report to you eager eaters though, that this recipe has no gluten/grains, is dairy free (save for egg), and has almost no sugar.  How bout that for a sweet treat.  Even better, these take just minutes to mix up.  The one tough part: having to wait for them to cool overnight.  But as someone who sampled them both warm as well as chilled can attest, there is a major difference.  Its well worth the wait.

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