Well, hello friends!! Sorry I’ve been away for so long! I’ve missed you!
I won’t go into details, but I’ve been dealing with health issues recently that have required me to focus on de-stressing and getting my health back to where it should me, which means that everything else in life (A&A included) has taken a back seat. Fortunately, I’m feeling much better and I have my fingers crossed that it’ll stay that way.
On to the food! I’ve been on a bit of a peppermint and chocolate kick lately (if you hadn’t already noticed from the Peppermint Pattie Cups I posted earlier). I’ve also been on a huge dessert kick. Ok, so the dessert “kick” is actually pretty limitless for me, but I’ve been making a lot of quick and easy desserts lately like this one. This raw no-bake Peppermint Pie comes together in a flash and is so delicious that it’ll be devoured in a flash too. If you’re feeling really kind, share with a loved one. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to hoard it all to yourself. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to lick the pie plate
Individual No-Bake Peppermint Pie
This pie is easy to make, absolutely delicious, and made from healthy, whole ingredients. I dare you to share.
1-2 Tbs. liquid sweetener of choice (adjust to suit the sweetness you prefer), or sub with stevia
1 tsp. coconut oil (optional)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Blend the crust ingredients together in a food processor or blender (I like to use a mini food processor for this). Press firmly into the bottom of a mini pie dish or small rounded tupperware.
Blend the crust ingredients in a food processor or blender, or whisk together by hand until smooth and fully incorporated. Taste and adjust to the sweetness you prefer. Pour the filling into the pie crust and smooth the top.
Top with cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional).
Place the pie in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
I’m having a hard time believing that it’s that time of year already! That’s right, it’s my favorite time of year. Today marks the first official day of Spring!
It’s the time when the weather finally begins warming up, the earth comes alive after the long and frosty winter, and vibrant fruits and veggies are in abundance! Honestly, what’s not to love?!? Ok, if I’m going to nitpick, my allergies tend to take a beating in the Spring, but otherwise I have a hard time finding anything to complain about.
This is also the time of year when I absolutely crave smoothies! So light and refreshing, they just seem to hit the spot. I’ve already begun cramming my fridge and my kitchen counters full of every kind of beautiful fruit and veggie that graces the grocery aisles. Lately, I’ve had a huge hankering for papaya. Continue reading →
February 21 is a special day in our family: it’s the birthday of my mom, my stepson Kaden, and Kaden’s stepdad! Since this special day happened to fall on a Friday this year, we decided to turn the entire weekend into one long celebration, complete with tons of food, family time, and even paintball.
I firmly believe that such a special day also deserves an equally fantastic dessert, but then, I usually go out of my way to come up with excuses to make dessert. As much as I love birthday cake, I wanted to prepare something a little different. It didn’t take me long to come up with these amazing No-Bake Nutella Pies. Now, I honestly can’t imagine life without them!!
With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I can’t seem to think about anything but chocolate!!
I won’t lie, the way to my heart is most certainly through my stomach. I’ve been dropping some not-so-subtle hints to my husband for a week now about where we should go out to dinner. Since we both have crazy schedules, we decided it would be best if we do our Valentine’s dinner tonight rather than on the big day–and you better believe I’ll be getting something chocolatey at the end of the meal to satisfy my craving. Even though we’re celebrating early, I’ve also made up my mind to celebrate on Friday with another special dessert–this time homemade. Two Valentine’s Day desserts in one week….yes, please!!!
While looking through some older recipes and thinking about what to make (which only made my chocolate cravings worse), I quickly realized that there are far too many to choose from! I also realized that I should share some of my absolute favorite guilt-free and easy-to-make indulgences (and one Valentine’s Day-appropriate salad) with you.
Don’t be fooled by these deliciously fudgy little treats. Even though the recipe for these Raw Brownie Bites is extremely simple with only a few ingredients involved, they definitely pack a chocolatey-sweet punch! Continue reading →