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No-Bake Walnut Granola Bars

No-bake walnut granola bars. A new granola bar recipe to my already extensive list of energy bites and bars. I can’t help it, they’re my all-time favorite snack/dessert. These walnut granola bars are simple and require only 6 ingredients (7 if drizzling with chocolate) and less than 15 minutes. There’s really no better granola bar than homemade. Plus, they’re so much healthier than the sugar-laden pre-packaged bars you find at the store. These walnut granola bars in particular are packed with fiber from dates, oats, nuts and seeds. Also, they offer some omega-3s and protein for a balanced snack. It’s been a very long week around here. I’ve been in bed for 3 days fighting a bug that Shaun passed on to…

How I Feel Since I Stopped Eating Added Sugar

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I feel since I stopped eating added sugar. Other questions include: Why did I stop eating added sugar? Is it hard? Does it get easier? Do you still get cravings? And do you cheat sometimes and eat sugar? While I will discuss these topics in this post, you can find the specific answers in my FAQ pages here. Before I get into this post, I just want to specify what sugar-free means to me. I don’t exactly like to use the term sugar-free, because yes, I still eat natural sugar. So since I stopped eating added sugar, this is what I’ve been avoiding: Refined sugars, such as white sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc. Liquid sweeteners, including honey, maple syrup, agave syrup and…

Pecan Pumpkin Spiced Date Bites

Pecan pumpkin spiced date bites. My kind of Halloween candy. And yes, these little energy bites really do taste like candy. They’re perfectly sweetened with dates and flavored with fall spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. These pumpkin spiced date bites are inspired by Nature’s Delight pumpkin spiced date rolls. Shaun and I first tried them while we were on Vancouver Island a few weeks ago. We were trying to find healthy snacks for our road trip and I stumbled onto these. As soon as I took that first bite, I knew I wanted to recreate a cheaper and equally delicious version in my kitchen. Especially considering that they’re a limited edition. This way, I get to enjoy them all year long if I want to. And I must say, they taste very…

Instant Pot Lentil Fricot

I’m going back to my roots today with a traditional Acadian recipe – Instant Pot Lentil fricot. As I said, fricot is a traditional Acadian recipe, which I grew up eating when living in the Maritimes. Traditional fricot is a dish made of chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions and dumplings, but since eating a mostly vegetarian diet, I decided it was time to make a plant-based version of one of my childhood favorites. If you’re not from the Maritimes, then think of fricot as a sort of chicken and dumplings soup. And believe me, it’s an easy and comforting recipe. My version is made chicken-free thanks to lentils. I used red lentils for protein, which also thickens the dish to make it stew-like and comforting. It’s then flavored with vegetable broth (instead of chicken…

Fruit-Sweetened Apple Muffins

Fruit-Sweetened Apple Muffins. Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for those of you who are looking for recipes to make this weekend, I’ve got a great healthy dessert for you. Or snack. Or breakfast. These apple muffins can pass for all three. It may be Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend, but this is an everyday recipe that I hope you’ll love. Healthy whole wheat muffins sweetened with bananas and apples. While I did call them apple muffins, they do have a banana bread flavor to them. Either way, they’re delicious! One bowl and 30 minutes is all you need to get muffins all week. Similarly to my banana bread, I recommend serving these with nut or seed butter. Maybe some apple butter too… I need to try this as soon as possible…