Recipes


Breakfast


Not-A-Grain Bars (Gluten Free 'Cereal' Breakfast Bars)

Did you know the Nutri-Grain Bar slogan is “Take Care of You”? I guess Kellogs didn't get the memo that soy, corn syrup, corn starch, and “enriched” flours are really hindering your well-being rather than “taking care of you.”

I'm not usually one to bash commercial food items sold in mass amounts at grocery stores, but after making a Paleo and SCD remake of these ever-popular bars, I can't help it! I haven't eaten one myself in over 10 years, but these bars were frequently a component of our school lunches. My mom didn't know any better at the time and bought into the “Nutri” part of the name thinking she was feeding us nutritious food. No wonder I have a digestive disease! Just kidding Mom, it's not your fault. Love you.

Click Against All Grain for the full recipe.

Against All Grain


Blueberry Baked Donuts

Deliciously healthy blueberry baked donuts that are light, soft, and perfect for breakfast!

So about these blueberry donuts…

Due to popular reader demand, I made the donuts refined-sugar-free this time, so you don’t need to use any granulated sugar here. None of the refined sugar, all of the deliciousness.  Vegan and refined-sugar-free donuts that can be whole-grain or even gluten-free.

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Chocolate Covered Katie


Blender Mini Muffins

These easy Blender Mini Muffins are sure to become a new staple in your morning breakfast routine! Made with tasty whole oats and honey, these will win over even the pickiest eater in your house.

Click Instant Loss for the full recipe.

Instantloss

Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars

These chocola
te granola bars are soft, chewy, and as yummy as a candy bar. They’re dangerous, so be careful and watch your portion size! 

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Instantloss

Harvest Breakfast Cookies (Vegan, Paleo)

These cookies taste too good to be healthy.  And yet, they are egg-free, grain-free, nut-free and sweetened with only fresh fruit! They are the kind of cookie you could eat for breakfast, with your morning cup of coffee or tea, or as a sweet afternoon snack.

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Detoxinista

Perfect Paleo Brownies (Fudgy, Crackly Top, Gluten Free)

These paleo brownies are simply perfect: they’re fudgy and dense with a crunchy, crackly top and chewy edges. Not only that, they’re quick and easy to make! Made with almond and coconut flour, they’re gluten free, grain free, and dairy free, too. They’re topped with a sprinkle of flake salt for the perfect gourmet complement to these rich, delicious brownies.

Click 40Aprons for the full recipe.

40Aprons


Main Dish
Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

I love quinoa casserole because it is quick. If you are trying to eat less meat this spinach artichoke casserole recipe along with black bean quinoa casserole is for you. It is hearty, filling and full of flavors. I used an entire box of pre-washed baby spinach. I truly love the convenience of washed organic greens. Spinach shrinks a lot, so don’t be scared by the amount this recipe calls for.

And please don’t judge my pot. It is my favorite Lagostina pot which outside goes bonanza in a dishwasher. And who can give up a dishwasher?!

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ifoodreal





Salad


Smashed Chickpea Avocado Salad Sandwich with Cranberries + Lemon

INCREDIBLE vegetarian smashed avocado chickpea salad sandwich. No mayo necessary thanks to the creamy, ripe avocado. Cranberries and lemon give it a nice sweet tang too!

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Ambitious Kitchen

Cafe Rita Salad 

From Brenda Wolak’s kitchen

Blanched French cut green beans
1 can of artichokes
1 can of hearts of palm
Sliced roasted red peppers
Black olives
1 can of cannellini beans
2 cans of chunk white tuna on top
Some chopped fresh herbs; parsley, thyme, oregano and basil.

(whatever is fresh & available)

Dressing:

EVOO
Balsamic vinegar
Crushed Garlic
Salt & pepper

This is an outline. Sometimes I add tomatoes, red onion, fresh mozzarella, depends on what I have.

Easter
Vegan 7-Layer Bar
Chances are you’ve probably seen at least one version of this traditional potluck favorite dessert, which goes by many names: Hello Dolly Bars, Coconut Dream Bars, Seven Layer Bars, Magic Cookie Bars, Coconut Magic Squares

Over the years, these bars have been one of the most frequent recipe requests I’ve gotten from readers, and it’s not hard to see why the recipe is so popular! A soft graham cracker crust topped with layers of coconut and chocolate makes the bars truly as magical as their title suggests. And while traditional magic square recipes call for sweetened condensed milk, eggs, and at least a third cup of butter, I’ve cut all of that out in this new healthier and vegan recipe… and absolutely no one I’ve ever served them to has noticed a difference!

With just five main ingredients, the magic bars are ridiculously easy to prepare.

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Homemade Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs

hese homemade Reeses peanut butter eggs can be vegan, keto friendly, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, nut free, raw, corn syrup free, and now there’s also the option to make them paleo… because everyone should get to enjoy making these hard-to-stop-eating chocolate peanut butter eggs.

It’s so crazy how much they taste like the real thing!!!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember the original version of these Reeses eggs, first published all the way back in 2012. In the years since, I’ve gotten so many requests to come up with a refined-sugar-free version, and today I can finally say yes, there is now a version you can make without any granulated sugar or sugar substitutes. I’ve also updated the original version of the recipe to be much more reader-friendly. If you make the chocolate eggs, I hope you love them!

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Desserts

Lemon Cheesecake Bars (Dairy-Free, Keto, Nut-Free)

This recipe is a game changer! Lusciously SMOOTH no-bake “cheesecake” that’s dairy-free and nut-free! A quick and easy recipe that’s a total crowd-pleaser (Keto, Paleo & Vegan)

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Pretty Pies


Sweet Potato Brownies


These sweet potato brownies are soft, gooey, and oh-so-chocolatey. They taste like pure bliss and are pretty much impossible to stop eating… until suddenly you look up and the whole tray is gone.

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Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Covered Katie
Mini Powdered Sugar Snowball Donuts

The donuts take just about 5 minutes of prep work.

You simply whisk everything together, pour into a donut pan or even a mini muffin pan, and wait for the donuts to rise in the oven – no yeast, and no frying required for these wholesomely delicious baked donuts.

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Homemade Entenmann’s Mini Chocolate Donuts

Just 35 calories each… including the frosting!

Entenmann’s Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts have been on my “healthy makeover” list for a long time. Growing up, they were always one of my favorite junk foods, and on more than one occasion I tried to sneak them into my mother’s grocery cart when she wasn’t looking.

Sadly, those store-bought chocolate donuts are far from healthy with their 42 ingredients (forty-two?!), the first of which is partially-hydrogenated shortening.

Additionally, each Entenmann’s mini donut includes high fructose corn syrup, polysorbate 60, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Not exactly a healthy breakfast…

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