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Desserts

Chocolate Chunk Protein Bars

Celebrating the first day of spring with these chocolate chunk protein bars. I know these don’t necessarily scream spring, but I would honestly eat them every day of the year. That, and the salad I wanted to share with you guys today needed a bit more work, so I’m sharing these instead. The thing is, granola bars are my favorite thing to create. For some reason, when I feel uninspired in the kitchen and when every other recipe I make seem to fail, granola bars are always a success. They’re so easy and versatile, I can’t help but create a new recipe every season. These chocolate chunk protein bars in particular are inspired by my all-time favorite seriously addictive granola bars. If you haven’t made those, you’re…

Sugar-Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Sugar-free peanut butter & jelly muffins, my new favorite snack. Also, welcome to March! How are we 3 months into 2018 already?! It seems like just a few weeks ago we were celebrating New Year… Without me noticing, March arrived and with it came nutrition month. I wish I could say I prepared something for the occasion, but that didn’t happen. It was March 2nd when I realized nutrition month had started already and I didn’t have anything planned. I started brainstorming some ideas on my walk to work and instantly felt overwhelmed, so I decided to keep it easy. The theme for nutrition month this year is “unlock the potential of food”, including the potential to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. The potential to discover encourages fostering healthy eating habits in children by…

Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

These chocolate coconut oat bars are my idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Trust me, your weekend needs these bars, Valentine’s Day or not. Speaking of the weekend, I am so happy it’s Friday! It’s been a long week and I’m excited to finally get some time in the kitchen. Our last weekend was spent in Moncton as we were dog-sitting for my parents who were off to Montreal. My brother was competing in a track and field event, so all of my family was gone. For that reason, Shaun and I had the house to ourselves with Lola (our family dog). It felt so good to be back to our hometown for the weekend. We went to the Farmers’ Market, I went on a few walks with Lola and I…

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…

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 and…