This Banana Bread With Sour Cream Melts in Your Mouth (With Vegan, GF, Paleo Option)

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There’s nothing quite like freshly baked banana bread. It’s probably the only tangible thing in this world that tastes like love. There’s something about the rich flavor of bananas with the hint of cinnamon or the pockets of melted chocolate chips all baked into the dense hearty cake that we pretend is bread so we…

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Lindt To Launch Vegan Chocolate Range Made With Oat Milk This Year

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Vegans and the dairy intolerant rejoice: Lindt is set to release a line of vegan chocolates made with oat milk this year. To make it even better, the chocolates will come in more environmentally friendly packaging. This is what you need to know. Lindt To Release Line of Vegan Sustainable Chocolates Lindt is one of…

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Easy Chocolate Pie with Gluten-free, Vegan, and Paleo Options

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When people think of pie, their minds tend to veer to the fruit variety, but this Chocolate Pie will end that. This recipe is luscious, rich, and completely foolproof. Unlike French Silk Pie or Chocolate Chiffon Pie, this variation is simple, basic, and a classic that everyone loves. Best of all, the decadent chocolate filling…

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Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe With Cheesecake Fillings (GF, Vegan, Paleo Option)

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Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting is a true match made in heaven, especially when baked into a delicious morning treat. After all, what are muffins but cupcakes we eat for breakfast? These carrot cake muffins are moist and fluffy, rich in carrot-cinnamon goodness, and filled with sweet and creamy cheesecake. It’s enough of an incentive…

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Lavender Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting (Gluten-free and Vegan Options)

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Lavender are beautiful purple flowers with a sweet fragrance, but they are also delicious to eat. Lavender honey and lavender goat cheese have already become beloved products, but the possibilities shouldn’t end there. When paired with the yumminess of cupcakes, lavender gives a subtly sweet, citrus flavor. Add the heavenly taste of honey and the creaminess of…

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting (Vegan and Gluten-free Options)

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Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and sandwich cookies are among the best desserts out there. They are sweet and, for many people, nostalgic. This recipe brings these two sweets together for one mega dessert. These carrot cake cookies have the softness and creaminess of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting combined with the fun…

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The protein-filled coconut cookies you can eat for breakfast

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Desserts, eat, Evidence Based, Snacks + Sides

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I don’t need an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast, and I’m sure not many people do. Truth be told, it’s best not to eat something too unhealthy in the morning since it can cause sugar spikes and low energy later. However, these low carb coconut cookies are packed with coconut, sunflower seeds, protein powder,…

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No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups, Great Vegan Snack

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Granola is an iconic breakfast food and it’s the main feature in this recipe, but its health value is debatable. The core ingredients of granola consist of oats, nuts, and a sweetener like honey or sugar. Depending on the variety, these foods are joined by puffed rice or other grains, dried fruit, spices, seeds, and…

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Coconut Flour Lemon Pound Cake

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Want a luscious Paleo dessert that’s a take on a beloved classic? Try this fluffy and soft lemon pound cake bursting with lemon flavor!When I was younger, my relatives flew from across the country to visit. My grandma would bring her famous lemon pound cake. We called it “lemon loaf” (to make it sound less like a dessert,…

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Mouthwatering Chocolate Avocado Cake (Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free)

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Don’t worry! The taste of avocado will be masked by the sweet and chocolatey goodness of the cake. In this recipe, avocado works as a sort of substitute for butter with its rich and creamy texture. For those who hate avocados but want to eat them because they are healthy, this is the perfect cake…

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Sweet Potato Brownies Recipe

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Total Time: 40 minutesServes: 9Meal Type: Desserts, Gluten-Free Diet Type: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian Ingredients: 1 avocado 1 cup cooked sweet potato purée ½ cup applesauce ¼–½ cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 eggs ¼ cup coconut flour 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder ½ cup cacao powder ½ teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Frosting…

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Cinnamon Spice Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pierre Van Zylcake, Cakes, cinnamon, Desserts, Gluten-free, holiday, Holidays, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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This vegan cinnamon spice sheet cake with cream cheese frosting is my answer to the many recipe flops I’ve had lately: a delicious, fragrant, festive cake that isn’t overly complex or difficult to make/decorate. When I first thought about making this cake, I thought it would be a gingerbread cake, modeled after this beloved recipe….

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No-Bake Coconut Cookies Recipe

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What’s better than cookies? Cookies that don’t require an oven! That’s why these No-Bake Coconut Cookies are the best. They’re super-fast to make, there’s no baking involved and they’re so good for you, with things like almond butter and coconut oil in every bite. Best of all, there are no unpronounceable, unnatural ingredients like store-bought cookies. These no-bake babies…

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Immune Supporting & Throat Soothing Popsicles

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The sensation of a cold popsicle is such a relieving treat to a sore and achy throat. However, the potentially artificial and nutrient-lacking ingredients, which make up a majority of store-bought popsicles — are not so beneficial for our immunity, recovery and daily well-being.  Thankfully these frozen treats are simple to make at home, only…

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White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies (Gluten-free, Vegan)

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Since the chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1939, the recipe has been changed many times to incorporate peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, spices, caramel, or whatever flavor people preferred. [1] Nowadays, as health conscientiousness grows, along with gluten allergies, there’s a lot of guilt associated with the classic treat. As the holiday season begins, along…

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Banana Split Kebabs

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Dip your fruit in dark chocolate and crunchy almonds for these bite-sized Banana Split Kebabs! If you’re a fan of banana splits, you’re going to love this recipe! Large chunks of fruit are coated in liquid chocolate and sprinkled with chopped nuts. They make a perfect dessert for entertaining and only take 20 minutes to prep! Cubed…

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Massive ‘Long-Neck’ Avocados are a Thing, and They aren’t Cheap

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In 2017, Tim Gurner, an Australian real estate mogul, accidentally sparked a torrent of memes with his famous quote that millennials should “stop buying avocado toast if they want to afford a house.” “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more… How…

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No-bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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These cookies have three things going for them: They have chocolate. They have peanut butter. They require no oven or baking. Oh yeah, and they’re healthy to boot—gluten-free, high in fiber, and low in sugar. Some people may not consider the perks of a no-bake recipe. Just think of all the times a person is…

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5 Zucchini Desserts That’ll Make Everyone Want to Eat Their Veggies

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When people think of dessert, they think of sumptuous cakes and cookies, sinking their teeth into something decadent and sweet. The last thing they imagine is zucchini, the wannabe cucumbers that are always last be eaten on veggie trays, which is a shame because they are rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, and can improve…

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5 Zucchini Desserts That’ll Make Everyone Want to Eat Their Veggies

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When people think of dessert, they think of sumptuous cakes and cookies, sinking their teeth into something decadent and sweet. The last thing they imagine is zucchini, the wannabe cucumbers that are always last be eaten on veggie trays, which is a shame because they are rich in nutrients, high in antioxidants, and can improve…

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Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites

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Summer means two things: One, every person with a sweet tooth is craving something cold and chocolatey. Two, no one has the time to invest in long, complicated recipes. These banana bites solve both issues while being a healthy snack suitable for almost every dietary lifestyle. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Those who are…

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Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Summer means two things: One, every person with a sweet tooth is craving something cold and chocolatey. Two, no one has the time to invest in long, complicated recipes. These banana bites solve both issues while being a healthy snack suitable for almost every dietary lifestyle. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Those who are…

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Healthy Banana Cream Cheesecake

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There are plenty of delicious reasons why  Banana Cream Cheesecake would circulate its way around the web and social media. After coming across this recipe on Taste of Home, we wondered – can he ‘healthify’ that? While we’re entitled to treats to fill our soul, sometimes it’s nice to attempt a whole-food recreation of a…

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Healthy Banana Cream Cheesecake

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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There are plenty of delicious reasons why  Banana Cream Cheesecake would circulate its way around the web and social media. After coming across this recipe on Taste of Home, we wondered – can he ‘healthify’ that? While we’re entitled to treats to fill our soul, sometimes it’s nice to attempt a whole-food recreation of a…

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20 Anti-Inflammatory Snacks Your Gut Will Thank You For

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Desserts, Digestion, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, Lunch + Dinner, Men’s Health, Snacks + Sides, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Learning how your body responds to inflammatory foods (like carbs and gluten) can play an important role in our health. Although some inflammation can help our bodies ward off infections from bacteria and viruses, excess (or chronic inflammation) can lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and more. Thankfully, one way to help decrease inflammation…

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How to Make Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with 3 Ingredients

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When you were little, was your favorite time of the year Christmas? (We’re sure it still is!) There is something simply magical about the winter holiday season. From wrapping gifts and singing Christmas carols to ice skating and drinking hot cocoa, there is one tradition that lives on in many homes across North America. Baking…

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How to Make Keto Chocolate Cookie Dough Fat Bombs with Coconut Oil

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Staying in ketosis is a breeze with these chocolatey keto cookie dough fat bombs! If you love chocolate chip cookie dough, you’ll go nuts over this recipe for keto-friendly fat bombs. With just 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll have a batch of naturally sweetened treats that won’t kick you out of ketosis. These fat bombs are…

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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge With Chocolate Swirls

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Check out this article, Easy Peanut Butter Fudge With Chocolate Swirls, by Heather from Mommypotamus:

“Spread love as thick as you would peanut butter” <– That’s good advice, I’d say, at least if you love the stuff as much as I do. Creamy, dreamy, and topped in chocolate swirl goodness, this peanut butter fudge is rich in wholesome fats and so seriously delicious. Like my cookie dough fudge and chocolate peppermint fudge recipes, […]

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How to Make Key Lime Pound Cake with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese

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Nothing is more refreshing than a zesty fresh hit of citrus in the summertime! (Or, if you’re like us, any season.) Some people just love the idea of a slightly acidic dessert that isn’t overly sweet while for others, the flavor of key lime triggers waves of childhood memories. Whatever the case, everyone can enjoy…

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Almond Butter Nut and Seed Granola Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)

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Did you think I’ve abandoned my blog?  I’m starting to feel that way but life has been super busy and sadly, free time cooking & playing in the kitchen has suffered.  Last week I got to speak to speak at my husband’s company (three groups of awesome people) about nutrition & exercise. I had the…

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4 Ingredient Strawberry Popsicles

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In my house there are two kinds of quiet: The kind that makes me wonder if my preschooler has figured out how to cut up my sheets with kid-safe scissors The gorgeous silence inspired by these strawberry popsicles, these watermelon ones or this pineapple coconut version You see, my kids love all things frosty and fruit-filled in the […]

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Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

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Memorial Day is almost here, which means it’s time to start planning what to cook and bake for your family get-togethers! Memorial Day is one of my favorites because it’s a time when I can bake my heart away and let others try paleo recipes they wouldn’t have otherwise tried. Most people are surprised by how good paleo or gluten-free desserts…

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Gluten and Dairy-Free Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe

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More and more Americans are adopting gluten and dairy-free diets in a bid to better their health and accommodate food intolerances. But the struggle of finding tasty treats that satisfy those requirements is all too real. Gluten-free diets have become insanely popular over the past couple years and people often adopt this diet to ease…

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Homemade Carrot Cake with Hazelnut Icing Grandma Would Be Proud Of

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With a heavenly taste bursting with cinnamon and spice, the real challenge is to try eat just one slice! This carrot cake is the perfect healthy dessert or as a delicious snack to pair with coffee in the morning. With a dense texture and slightly nutty crunch, this version has a delicious taste that makes it stand apart…

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Key Lime Pie Avocado Smoothie

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Know what you call a key lime pie popsicle when kids are feeling impatient? A smoothie. Specifically, this smoothie. It’s refreshingly cool and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness and tang. Rich in healthy fats and naturally sweetened, it makes a great afternoon snack on warm days, and it’s super easy to make. Print […]

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Chewy Lemon And Coconut Macaroons

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When one of your kids mistakes cumin for cinnamon while baking, it’s not a happy accident. These little pieces of sunshine, on the other hand . . . . very happy. You see, I was trying to make these scrumptious vanilla bean coconut macaroons for guests, but in a flurry of activity I replaced the vanilla […]

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Banana Cream Pie Cups Recipe (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Tip: After you make this recipe don’t throw away the banana peels! They contain magnesium & potassium (which help to relax muscles) and an amino acid that helps make serotonin (a relaxing neurotransmitter) & melatonin (often called the sleep hormone), so use them instead to make banana tea for restful sleep.  Have you ever been […]

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24 Dairy-Free Cheesecake Recipes That Will Make You Drool

Pierre Van ZylDairy-free, Desserts, Food, Hearty Alternatives, Hearty Food, Paleo, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at PaleoHacks. Admit it – there’s almost nothing as alluring as a bite of dense, sweet and creamy cheesecake. These cheesecake recipes will give you all the decadent flavor you crave without any of the sugar or dairy. Luckily, it’s really easy to mimic the flavors and… View Article

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3-Layer Cookie Dough Lasagna with Fluffy Dark Chocolate Mousse, and It’s Healthy!?

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, Food, Gluten-free, Hearty Alternatives, Hearty Food, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Snacks

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This article is shared with permission from our friends at PaleoHacks. With layers of cookie dough, chocolate mousse and strawberry whip, this triple-decker cookie lasagna will please adults and kids alike! What could be more indulgent than three unique desserts combined into one tempting treat? A chewy chocolate chip cookie crust is layered with fluffy dark chocolate mousse, then… View Article

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