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The Healthiest Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Everyone is sharing healthy smoothie and salad recipes to start the New Year and I’m just here, sharing a peanut butter hot chocolate… One week into 2018.  This is not just any hot chocolate recipe though. This is the healthiest hot chocolate recipe (just go with it).  Why am I calling it the healthiest hot chocolate recipe? Well, because it doesn’t have any cream or sugar. Instead, it’s made with cashews, peanut butter, dates and cocoa. What could be healthier?!  (Okay, there is probably a “healthier” hot chocolate out there with special expensive ingredients, but I wanted a simple healthy drink that uses everyday ingredients). I made this recipe a few weeks ago, after walking home from work in -34°C weather (we’ve been experiencing very…

Healthy Peanut Butter Crunch Balls

I would have shared these healthy peanut butter crunch balls with you sooner, but the truth is, I didn’t have any photos to go with the recipe. That’s the problem with being a food photographer and working full time at another job. You don’t get enough light to take pictures during the week. I developed the recipe earlier this week and I knew I wanted to share it with you guys for the holidays. I know I’m last minute, but at least I got to share the recipe before Christmas! Just before driving home to see our family. And before the freezing rain starts… We’re expecting two storms over the weekend, including 20-30 cm of snow on Christmas day. I guess we’ll have a white Christmas after all! I know…

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Rosemary Pecan Parmesan

This holiday season, I decided to make us a savory sweet potato casserole with rosemary pecan parmesan.  I can’t really compare it to the traditional sweet version, but guys, this casserole is incredible! Believe it or not, but even Shaun, who dislikes sweet potatoes, loves this recipe. I know, it’s a Christmas miracle.  I tested this recipe over the weekend, along with a few other holiday recipes for the blog. While we had our first snow of the season, I stayed cozy inside, testing new recipes, listening to Christmas music, wrapping presents, binge watching This is Us on Netflix and doing some cleaning. Not to mention going on a hike the day after the snow. There’s nothing better than a walk in nature after having some fresh snow on the ground…

The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha

This may just be the healthiest peppermint mocha you’ll ever see.   I realize that this may be an exaggeration; I have no idea what other peppermint mocha recipes are out there. Nevertheless, this is the healthiest one I’ve ever had. Plus, it’s the perfect holiday drink. Peppermint mochas were always my holiday drink of choice when going to Starbucks. And I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all about making my favorite treats a little healthier. That way, we can enjoy our favorite treats and feel good about it. There’s still place for real treats of course… It’s all about balance.   Are you as excited for the holidays as I am?! Now that my dietetic exam is done, I have more time…

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Cream Cheese Frosting

Today, I’m happy to be sharing a delicious holiday treat:  Pumpkin cupcakes with chai cream cheese frosting. Yes, I said CHAI cream cheese frosting. Here’s the thing. Most of the recipes you’ll find here are vegan/vegetarian, sweetened with fruit and made from unprocessed food. Sometimes though, we need to treat ourselves a bit. For that reason, I decided to make us a little treat for the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, these pumpkin cupcakes are still far healthier than most cupcake recipes you’ll find out there. The cupcake itself is not only made with whole wheat flour, but it’s also sweetened with dates. You’ll also find some healthy fats, pumpkin puree and of course, an abundance of pumpkin spice. This results in a moist…