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Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge

Sugar-free peanut butter freezer fudge. Could there be anything better? The answer is no. Imagine a fudgy bite, perfectly sweetened with dates and lightly salty from the peanut butter. Then top that with melted chocolate for the most delicious chocolate peanut butter favor combination. It’s the ultimate sweet and salty dessert. While this recipe could be considered healthy (it doesn’t have any added sugar and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats from peanut butter), it is quite high in fat. No, not all fats are bad – some are an important part of a healthy diet – but I did use a small amount of cacao butter in this recipe, which gives it a bit of saturated fats. I’m not one to use cacao or coconut butter/oil, but in this recipe, it just works. The…

Instant Pot Cinnamon Roll Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Instant pot cinnamon roll steel-cut oatmeal. A delicious, holiday-inspired bowl of oatmeal, made easier in the Instant Pot. In one week tomorrow, it’s Christmas day. Also, in one week tomorrow, Shaun and I are leaving for California for 2 weeks. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. We did all the Christmas things already, knowing that we’d be gone for Christmas, but there’s still something special about that day. I’m planning on listening to Christmas music in the car all day, whether Shaun likes it or not. Hah! That’s 9 hours in the car to be exact, from Vernon to Portland, Oregon. It’s still one week away though, and until then, I’m working all week at the hospital and I’ll be working on some blog content for the…

Whole Wheat Vegan Biscuits

Healthier whole wheat vegan biscuits, perfect for holiday entertaining! Biscuits always had their part in all of our big family dinners. More specifically, growing up, my grandmother would always make us homemade biscuits to have as a snack or as a dessert in a strawberry shortcake. Strawberry shortcakes were our favorite, especially served with ice cream. Now I wanted to create a healthier version to our traditional white flour biscuits. My version is made vegan and a little heartier (but still so good) with whole wheat flour. If you’re not into whole wheat flour, don’t worry, you can easily sub the flour for all-purpose white flour! To make this recipe vegan, I used vegan margarine/butter and I replaced buttermilk with my own mix of almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Again, you can substitute…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Pecans

Roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic pecans. The most addictive holiday side dish. I don’t know about you, but brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. In my opinion, they’re seriously underrated. Steamed they’re okay, but roasted? I could eat the whole pan. I think that’s the key if you don’t like vegetables. Try them roasted and it will change your mind. These brussels sprouts aren’t only roasted, but they’re also topped with toasted salty and garlicky pecans. Those pecans are what takes these brussels sprouts to the next level. It’s what makes them even better for your holiday feast. Trust me. I first used these toasted pecans in this savory sweet potato casserole last year. I loved it so much that this year…

Healthy Holiday Treats (New Ebook!)

I wrote an Ebook. An Ebook filled with healthy holiday treats. I still can’t believe it’s real! What will you find in this Ebook? 10 recipes, including 5 new recipes and 5 old favorites from the blog (with some new photos). 8 recipes being desserts and 2 being delicious sweet drinks. All recipes are vegan and sugar-free. Allergy information is included with each recipe. Many recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, oil-free and nut-free. All recipes are simple and delicious. Sugar in found in abundance during the holidays and I created this book in hopes of helping others find balance this time of year. While there’s nothing wrong with having an occasional treat, especially during the holidays, it’s always a good idea to have some healthier alternatives…