Healthy Raw Cookie Dough Bars

Love cookie dough?  Though majorly bummed about all the flour, calories, sugar, and dairy its chock full of?  Have no fear, Ive got ya covered.  These bars are perfect to take as a healthy sweet treat to work or elsewhere.  They take 5 minutes to throw together, are dairy free, sugar free, and grain/gluten free.  Most importantly, they taste awesome.  This is a dessert you can truly feel good about eating, no guilt included.

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Grain Free Decadent Chocolate Cake

Who doesnt love chocolate cake?  Well, certainly a few people 😉 but not many.  For a majority, chocolate cake is a quintessential classic yet routinely craved dessert.  Get excited for this decadent version, topped with a whipped chocolate cream.  Super easy to make, and the best part?  Grain/gluten free, and low in sugar!

Why should I care about not eating grains, you ask?  You can read about that in brief here.

So, this chocolate cake is sweet, satisfying, fudgy and delish, though without the grains and with way less sugar than usual.  To me, if you can eat something that’s far better for you yet tastes just as good as they significantly less healthy original, why not go with the version that’s better for your body?  This one is exactly that.  A sweet treat that’s better for you than the original version, though just as tasty.

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Vanilla Bean and Lavender Rice Pudding

Hello Friendly Foodies,

Though I realize the words “comfort food” and summer do not tend to go hand in hand, skipping down the street with one another (winter being more synonymous and close companions with all things comfort foody), for this dish, I guarantee you will gladly make an exception 😉

This dish can be a breakfast, snack, or dessert.  Its dairy free, with no refined sugar, yet filling, sweet, deliciously lovely.

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The Life Changing Power of Prehistoric Eating: Sugar

Hi all,

To segue off my last post under this umbrella titling (the topic of which was “wheat/grains”), the life changing (as well as health changing, and figure changing) power of eating akin to how humans were originally designed to eat…

Why are so many of us (a vast majority of citizens, with the number continuing to climb) overweight? Perpetually lethargic?  Why nowadays do our citizens have a laundry list of diseases and health problems, from cancer, to diabetes, health disease, high blood pressure, and more.  When back during the early days of humans, diseases were rare to nonexistent.  Why, especially Americans, are we all about fitness, getting “ripped” and perpetually dieting, yet as a collective whole our weight continues to climb and climb?  Why, most of the time when people lose weight, do they eventually gain it all back and then some?  Why do we eat huge meals and then find ourselves starving again just a few hours later?

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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

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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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