Fluffy Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best wintertime treat, no question.  Well, aside from say, chocolate mousse.  Chocolate chip cookies are one of those much loved, classic, quintessential desserts on every table with a truly inclusive spread of sweet treats. Personally, they are one of my favorites.  Especially when freshly baked out of the oven, and the chocolate is still just a tad melty.  Oh boy.

I was skeptical on making these coconut flour (aka gluten/grain free) chocolate chip cookies, worrying they would be dry, or weirdly textured.  They weren’t.  Tasted just like the real deal.  A fluffy, cakey textured chocolate chip cookie.  Yum.  These are the new much obsessed over dessert in our home at the moment.  Try them yourself and see.  You wont be disappointed.

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Most Delicious, Healthy Desserts

Hi all you fellow dessert devotees,

Get excited!  A round-up of my own personal favorite healthy(ier) dessert recipes, for your viewing and sampling pleasure.  These are the ones I personally find the most satisfying and scrumptious, the treats I typically crave.

Hoping many others will find their next, new, much adored sweet treat on here 😀

Enjoy!

And please, whomever does take the time to try a recipe, would love to hear feedback on how it came out!

Better yet, snap a photo of your creation and send it my way.  I will post the best photos received!

(Click the name of the dish to get the recipe and start eating!)

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Blackberry Poppyseed Cheesecake (sweetened with only honey, and gluten free)
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Matcha cheesecake (sweetened with only honey, and can be gluten free)
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Country Livin Sweet Potato Pie (lower in sugar)
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Greek yogurt chocolate mousse pie (gluten free and low in sugar)
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Pumpkin Pie Paleo Pancakes (gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free)
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Pumpkin cinnamon chia oatmeal (gluten free, dairy free, and sweetened with honey)

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Throwback: Top 5 Recipes in every category.

Hi all you fabulous fellow foodies,

In tune with the New Year and all the resolutions swirling about in peoples minds and intention towards their healthiest, best selves in 2019, here are some personal top 5 most loved recipes in each Sweet. Raw. Free. category!

Note: Click the name of any recipe to be taken to its corresponding recipe page!

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Easy and Healthier Chocolate Cheesecake

Happy New Year with this succulent sweet!  Chocolate cheesecake continues to rein over all the desserts I have sampled, making it a stedfast favorite.  I dont eat it often, for the caloric and sugar bomb it is, but man oh man, is this a tasty treat and one that when I do indulge, I revel over.

This particular version, while not sugar free, is considerably lower in sugar than usual cheesecake versions.  Though there is already sugar in the Oreos and bittersweet chocolate, there is no further added sugar in the cake (which most recipes do).  Though the crust contains wheat, you can easily make it without.

If you would like an equally enticing though gluten/grain free dessert, eliminate the crust.  I promise, it will be just as scrumptious without.

Enjoy this decadent, sinfully sweet dessert, without so much guilt.

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Lose the wheat, lose the weight

Hi all!  Happy Holidays!  Just in time for New Years and all those health-related resolutions…

For a slightly different posting, I am going to offer a review of an excellent, health-oriented book I read recently.  “Wheat Belly: lose the wheat, lose the weight, and find your path back to health” by Dr. William Davis.

With the arrival of the new year and everyone vowing to overhaul their diet and health, this article seemed an ideal topic.

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A book on my perpetually growing, never-ending, “to read” list for years that I just now got around to reading.  And wow, was this an eye-opening, sobering read indeed.

I used to tout the belief that, while bread wasn’t great for you, it was sugar that was the ultimate evil.  Sugar is horrible for your health, that truth still holds, but on reading this, I learned that wheat is the food to avoid at all costs.  At least, if you wish to remain disease free, age well, not gain tons of weight over the years (and no, exercise will not keep wheat related weight gain off), nor have neurological issues, diabetes, or heart disease.

I was absolutely flabbergasted to read just how awful wheat is for both our physical and mental well being.  It was a bit depressing (because who doesn’t love pasta?), though a mind-blowing, and thus, incredibly important read to say the least.

And further, wheat isn’t one of those things you can just “enjoy in moderation.”  Wheat is a food that, anytime even a bit of it enters your system, it wreaks havoc and sets in motion all the damage I will now describe below.

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Kale, Egg, Tomato, and Pesto Bowl

Hi all,

With the downturn in temperatures and thus, increase of incidence towards hustling indoors, this quinoa bowl hits the spot.  Comforting, homey, and oh so yum.  Tasting subtly nutty and grainy, though of course, its made without grains at all (as quinoa is actually a seed).  The combination of egg and pesto, causing an explosion of umami like flavor in ones mouth.  The tomatoes adding a bright, juicy pop to the entrée.

Its super easy to make, one of the best parts.  So less time in the kitchen spent on these long since dark nights on returning home from work.  Leaving more space for tea, reading, or watching something and cozying up.

This dish is gluten free, lactose free (save for the negligible amount in the pesto), and sugar free.  Cooked quinoa and eggs aside, its raw.

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Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I cannot imagine autumnal and winter holidays without the accompaniment of pumpkin pie.  To me, the two go hand in hand.  Cool weather celebrations, and pie.  Pecan, apple, chocolate cream, though for me the most preferred is pumpkin.  Light, subtly spiced, homey, humble, yet delightfully delicious.  This particular pumpkin pie though, is better than the rest.  Thats because, while it tastes like the best bakery made or store bought among them, its grain/gluten free, and low in sugar.  This is a pie in the sky thats actually legit 😉

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Walnut Cardamom Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Talk about a fantastic fall time cake.  Though its delicious and delectable anytime, this one is especially autumn appropriate in terms of the flavors and spices.  Walnuts.  Cinnamon.  Cardamom.  Ginger.  Buttercream frosting.  Get excited for this cozy cake.

The best parts?  Gluten/grain free, and low in sugar.

This is a cake you can feel much better about eating than the usual flour and sugar laden recipes one finds in bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, and widely served up at celebrations.

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Cranberry Curd Tart

And just in time for Thanksgiving!  This tart has the slightest bite, the twang from the cranberries pairing beautifully (both literally, as you can see, as well as figuratively) with the nutty, crumbled crust.

This adapted version is gluten free and without any refined sugar.  Woo hoo!

Though its a slightly time consuming one to make, the end result is gorgeous, as well as divinely delicious.  In fact, one of the best desserts I’ve ever had the pleasure of sampling, and its made by none other than Master Chef Maxx.  Yes, this is his recipe :-).

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Sugar Free, Grain Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Hi all,

To me, autumn is synonymous with the explosion of all things pumpkin flavored.  This recipe has subtle spice, is creamy, easy to make, lightly sweet, and the best part?  Its free of any refined sugar (just honey), and with zero gluten/grains.  Yet, it tastes exactly like a slice you would sample at the Olive Garden or Cheesecake Factory.  Dont believe me?  Try it yourself.  You may never go back to the mass produced, processed stuff after.

Enjoy!

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