Lemon Coconut Cookies (Vegan!)

I am so happy I discovered these lemon coconut cookies. They are so healthy and so delicious. The perfect treat! They are 100% vegan, gluten, and sugar free. What could be better? Here's the quick story of how I discovered them. I see a Naturopathic Doctor and she told me that my candida levels were a bit high, so I went on the candida diet for a month where I had to be completely sugar free (I only lasted 3 weeks!). It's a really tough diet, let me tell you, but I happened to find some really yummy recipes while…

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Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet (Dairy Free & Vegan!)

I'm squeezing in a summer dessert before the summer is over and it is a super delicious, easy to make, vegan Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet! There are very few ingredients and if you wanted to, you could just make one flavor or the other. This recipe really is a two for one.It's fruity and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day. My husband and I gobbled it up the minute I finished photographing it for this post! Strawberry Mango Swirl Sorbet A Note on Equipment: The strawberry sorbet does require an ice cream churner. If you don't have one, I…

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Foodie Gifts to Give this Christmas

This Christmas my husband and I are on a budget. We're saving for a house (woo hoo!), so we're trying to keep a tight ship. We were trying to think of budget friendly Christmas gifts and of course, the first thing that pops into my head is foodie gifts! Who doesn't love some yummy homemade goodies around the holidays? Maybe the Grinch, but I think I can turn even him to the sugar filled dark side. So without further ado, here's some tips and ideas for making homemade foodie gifts for your loved ones for Christmas this year.  Foodie Gifts:…

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Holiday Sugar Cookies — Vegan & Gluten Free!

Vegan Holiday Sugar Cookies anyone?! If you are subscribed to my newsletter, I recently told you I just found out that I'm allergic to eggs and sensitive to gluten. What I mean is, I should not eat eggs at all anymore, but eating some gluten every once in a while is fine.  So from now on all my bakes will be dairy and egg free, and I'll be coming out with gluten free bakes as well! My traditional sugar cookie recipe was full of ingredients I now cannot have, so I made up a new one.  My new holiday sugar…

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars — Vegan & Gluten Free

These quick and easy no bake peanut butter bars are bound to be a real crowd pleaser. This recipe comes together in no time at all and all you have to do is pop it in the fridge until you're ready to eat it.  Plus they are vegan and gluten free! Perfect for anyone with dietary preferences or food allergies.  I get a real craving for peanut butter sometimes and these really hit the spot for me. Soft, sweet, peanut buttery and topped with chocolate. I made these for the first time in a baking class I'm taking to learn…

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Easy Peach Cobbler (Vegan!)

This easy buttery delicious peach cobbler recipe actually came from one of my pen pals. She sent me a recipe card for it and I loved it so much, I had to share. I think what makes it extra yummy, is the crispy bruleéd top.  With the layer of buttery peaches on the bottom and the sweet cakey layer on top, this easy peach cobbler will satisfy all your tastebuds.  I love sending recipes out to my pen pals. I hope they enjoy receiving them as much as I do. If you don't about my lovely pen paling hobby, check…

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Blueberry Crumble (Gluten & Dairy Free)

While I was home on vacation, I wanted to make a blueberry crumble with fresh bluberries. My husband and I went to pick the berries fresh at a cute farm stand and it turns out a very windy storm we just had ruined the blackberry crop and there weren't any blueberries left to pick. Sad face! So I bought a couple pints of fresh already picked blueberries from the farm stand and contemplated what fruity dessert I could make with them. I did some experimenting with almond flour and almond butter and created a gluten and dairy free blueberry crumble.…

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Harry Potter’s Pumpkin Pasties

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Fall is Harry Potter season in my eyes and I am so here for it. I made these lovely sweet pumpkin pasties for the first time this season and I can tell you it won't be the last.  Don't know what a pumpkin pastie is? Think pumpkin pie in hand held form. Sweet pumpkin spiced goodness encased in a golden flakey shortcrust pastry, ohhhh yea.  I plan on making these again when I do a Harry Potter themed feast and have a movie marathon. Imagine some roast chicken, pumpkin pasties, butterbeer and Harry's birthday cake…

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Easy Homemade Applesauce

I. Love. Applesauce. So of course the first thing I did after I went apple picking was go home and make applesauce! It's so ridiculously easy to make too.  You can eat it for breakfast, snack, dessert...heck eat it for lunch or dinner too if you want.  For my birthday in September, I decided I wanted to go apple picking. The only variety they had that day since it was early in the season was Jonamacs. I've never had them before, but they're supposed to be good for baking.  They sure made a really yummy applesauce.  Applesauce Time! Prep Apples…

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Autumn Apple Hand Pies (With Vegan Option!)

Apple anything is always on my list of favorites and these apple hand pies are a must have for the autumn season. I love apple pie, but I think I might love these even more because they remind me of the little hand pies that I used to get at the convenience store when I was a kid. I think my husband and I ate these in approximately 2 days. It would have been less, but I had him ration them so we didn't make ourselves sick. It's so easy to just pop one in your mouth, then eat another and…

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