Individual Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecakes (Raw, Vegan, and Gluten-Free)

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It’s been a while since I last made a truly rich, decadent, and over-the-top dessert. Because I can’t seem to go to bed before having something sweet, my nightly ritual lately has consisted of sliced bananas, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and walnuts or almonds. What can I say, it’s easy and makes for a nice quick fix. Although that usually does the trick and assuages my sweet tooth for the night, I had a hankering for chocolate that I just couldn’t seem to cure with my regular dessert. In desperate need of something über-chocolatey, I turned to my list…
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Chocolate Cherry (Black Forest) Smoothie

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Dark, rich, sumptuous chocolate and sweet, succulent cherries…If just the thought of chocolate and cherries gets you all hot and bothered, you’re certainly not alone. You’re also going to love this smoothie, as it was made just for you.

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Almond Shortbread Cookie Cups with Cherry Almond Ice Cream (vegan & gluten-free)

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Happy early Valentine’s Day!

My hubby and I haven’t made any big plans for the holiday. Instead, we’ve decided to enjoy a relaxing night at home, cook a nice dinner, and watch a movie together. And, of course, eat dessert! No holiday is complete without some form of sweet treat. And because Valentine’s Day is an occasion to show appreciation for our sweeties, what better way to celebrate than with a special, sweet dessert we can both enjoy?!?

OK, in all honesty, I first made this dessert with only myself (and you guys) in mind. Yes, I’m a bit selfish–especially with my desserts. But, after I was done making these Almond Shortbread Cookie Cups with Cherry Almond Ice Cream, I could hardly hold my hubby back! He was standing over my shoulder and begging for a cookie the moment I removed the tray from the oven. I was hoping that I would have leftovers, but that definitely didn’t happen.

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Chocolate Pancakes with Raspberry Cream Sauce (gluten-free, vegan, and a sugar-free option)

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Please correct me if I’m wrong, but chocolate just seems to make everything better. Stressed about work/school/life in general? I bet chocolate will put a smile on your face. Feeling a little down in the dumps? Perhaps some chocolate will perk you up. Wanting to celebrate with something special? Yep, you guessed it: chocolate. I’m almost completely convinced that chocolate is the solution to any problem.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Trifle and Making Better Choices

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As difficult as it will be, I’ve made a pact with myself to cut down on desserts. I generally believe that desserts are wonderful and can actually contribute to a healthy and well-rounded diet when made with healthy, whole ingredients and eaten in moderation. I’ve got the first part of that down: all of my desserts are made from healthy, natural ingredients. So they must be good for me, right? And if they’re good for me, then I can eat them all the time, right? Wrong. That’s been my edict for a while now–my excuse to eat dessert every singe night. Unfortunately, even eating healthy foods in exorbitant amounts can be detrimental for overall health. For example, occasionally eating almonds and dates can contribute to a healthy diet, but eating tons of them every day can wreak havoc on your system (because almonds are high in fats and dates are high in carbs/sugar). So, it’s the second part–the part about eating in moderation–that I struggle with.

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