Category Archives: Healthy Desserts

Mini Carrot Cakes – Healthy Ones, Obvii

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A littleeeeee late on this post. Just a lil.

But these are great. So great.

I especially loved the ones I didn’t frost as leftovers, toasted. So yum! And the best lil pre-gym snack!

I made these for Easter Sunday with the fam. Everyone just loved them and they were also really fun to decorate.

We are big carrot cakers in my family so I’m sure I will be making these fairly often.

I highly suggest making these and only frost about half of them. Unless you’re a big frosting lover, then frost away.

I am not a frosting lover. It’s just way too sweet for me and IMO, totally ruins what’s underneath.

Butttttt this frosting was pretty good! Not too sweet!

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Mini Carrot Cakes:

 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup shredded carrots, packed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners into muffin tin. Combine all dry ingredients (including pecans) and mix well. In another bowl, combine all liquid ingredients (including carrots). Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix well and spoon into cupcake liners. Bake for about 17 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Frosting: <<<Vegans, skip this step (they taste amazing w/o the frosting!>>>

 4 oz cream cheese

8 tsp pure maple syrup (if you need it sweeter, add more)

3 tsp pure vanilla

 dash of pink himalayan salt

Combine all ingredients in your mixer and blend until well mixed. Frost cupcakes once cool.

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These are a great alternative to regular carrot cake and totally guilt-free so all of your guests can enjoy dessert!

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Almond Cups

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I am HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Reese’s PB Cups because what’s better than chocolate and PB?! Not much.

I used to eat these all of the time but now it’s a rare occasion that I will actually indulge in one.

Refined sugar is just SO bad for you and lately, sugar has been messing me up a little more than normal. Hello zits and fatigue!

About a year ago is when I really started to become aware of all of the refined sugar that I was consuming and put a halt to it. I don’t stay away 100% because that’s not realistic but I do try and look for healthier alternatives when I can.

And guess what? I haven’t been sick since! I used to get a lot of colds throughout the year but now my immune system is kickin’ strong.

My PB and chocolate addiction is serious and these hit the spot. They are clean and have NO refined sugar in them! They are the PERF replacement to Reese’s PB Cups! DIE.

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For the base:

3/4 cup almond meal

1/4 oat flour

2 TBSP raw almond butter

1 1/2 TBSP coconut oil

1 1/2 TBSP maple syrup

1/4 TSP cinnamon

1/4 TSP vanilla

pinch of pink himalayan salt

For the topping:

3 TBSP coconut oil

3 TBSP maple syrup

2 TBSP cacao powder

pinch of pink himalayan salt

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Combine base ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined. It should be a cookie dough like consistency. Press mixture into the bottom of your muffin tin pans. You can use mini or regular size. I don’t own a mini muffin tin so I used the regular size and it made about 7. Next, combine your topping ingredients and whisk until well combined. Spoon chocolate sauce evenly onto the tops. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and add an almond for garnish. Pop these into the freezer for about 45 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer!

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These are super addicting so be careful! When you’re ready to serve them, you’ll need to pop them out with a knife. I start to go around the edges with the knife and it pops out pretty easily.

143% boyfran and dad approved. My guys LOVE these! It’s hard to even get your hands on one when they are around.

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Valentine’s Day Treats: Almond flour sugar cookies

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Who else is a major fan of Valentine’s Day?! I know it’s more of a girl thang + I definitely make sure to send sweet Valentines to my best girls! I also make it a point to get my mom + sis a small gift + some beautiful flowers.

I’ve always been obsessed with this holiday. It’s such a happy holiday! Who doesn’t loveee love?!

Growing up, I’ve always celebrated. I’m def not one to mourn about not having a date or a boyfran. I don’t throw pity parties for myself because they are a complete waste of my happiness. Who wants to waste any time being unhappy + hating life?! NOT ME.

If you’re single, VDay is a great time to get your ladies together for a fun night! I love decorating + putting together a fun dinner + drink menu! We posted some tips over on Bowed Arrows this week if you’re looking for some more ideas.

JorBabe + I are headed to a fun little resort down in San Diego this year. We are just going to go relax and enjoy being away from all the hustle + bustle. We will definitely be getting dressed up, heading to dinner + enjoy some champs. I cannot wait to get away!

This year I wanted to spread more love than normal + make some delicious, semi-healthy cookies for neighbors, friends + JorBabe’s uhmayzingg grandparents because they are just the sweetest people.

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Almond Flour Sugar Cookies:

1/2 cup butter or ghee

1/4 cup coconut oil, softened

3/4 cup sugar ( I used coconut sugar – it works but makes the cookies a little softer than normal)

2 eggs

2 TSP pure vanilla

1/4 TSP almond extract

1/2 TSP baking soda

1/2 TSP himalayan salt

2 1/4 cups blanched almond flour (slightly pack it down when you measure it)

1/2 cup coconut flour

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In your stand mixer, cream butter, coconut oil + sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla + almond extract. Mix well.

In another bowl, combine baking soda, salt, almond flour + coconut flour. Mix well.

Add flour mixture cup by cup into creamed mixture. Mix until well incorporated.

Form dough into a ball + set on plastic wrap. Make into a disc + cover with the plastic wrap. Place this in the fridge for 30 minutes – overnight.

Heat over to 350• + line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sprinkle clean surface with coconut flour + roll out to 1/4 inch thick. If it’s sticking, cover rolling pin in coconut flour.

Work quickly to cut out cookies because the dough will get too soft and very sticky.

Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then move to a cooling rack.

Let cookies cool completely before icing them.

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For the icing, I used 1 cup organic powdered sugar with 1/4 scant TSP of vanilla then added almond milk in TSP by TSP until I got the consistency I wanted. If it’s too thick, add more milk. It it’s too liquid-y, add more powdered sugar. If you want to color the icing, add in food coloring.

Here is a recipe for sugar-free powdered sugar if you want to be supes healthy!

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These turned out super cute + everyone just loved them! They have an amazing taste if you love almond flavor + they aren’t the worst for you. I’d rather feed these cookies to JorBabe, friends + family than any other cookies loaded with sugar and regular flour.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend + a super fun Valentine’s Day! I know I cannot wait to celebrate with friends, fam + the amazing boyfran!

♥♥♥XX

No Bake PB Delites

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A couple of weeks ago, JorBabe + I were nearing the end of Sober/Sugar Free January + the cravings were getting UNREAL. We were sooo tempted to just give in + down a margarita + some ice cream. We probably would have just blended the two together + been so happy. That’s how intense those cravings had gotten.

Thankfully, we made it all the way to Feb. 1st! + then we celebrated with a few too many margs + blonde brownies + had never felt SO GROSS. It’s amazing how your body gets used to the good stuff + as soon as you put some bad stuff into it, you feel so sick! Needless to say, we will not be doing that again:)

Back to the intense cravings…It was January 30th + JorBabe + I were going crazy. We needed a quick fix + these were the perfect things to whip up because they were ready in no time! It literally took me about 5 minutes to gather everything, mix + shove into the fridge.

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No Bake PB Ballz:

1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup organic creamy PB

2 TBSP + 2 TSP maple syrup

1/4 TSP pink himalayan salt

2 TBSP almond meal/flour

cacao nibs

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Combine all ingredients + mix until well combined. Roll into balls + refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes. + then try not to eat them all in one sitting because they are superrrr addicting!

I had to grab the plate away from JorBabe after his fourth ball + take them back to the refrigerator because it’s so hard to stop with these guys!

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They make a great dessert or a great anytime snack! They’re the perfect pick-me-up because the PB + cacao give you a little energy. I popped one the next morning before our hike + it held me over really well!

I like to workout super early before my body realizes that it’s hungry but sometimes we sleep in or I wake up starving + need something light.

These were AMAZEBALLS

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Vegan Cacao-nut Cookies sans refined sugar

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Soo my roomies + I used to make these quite often whenever we had those intense sweets cravings. We were all fitness junkies living in Solana Beach, CA + super into healthy eats + healthy sweets. One in particular had some amazing self control + helped me fight off those flaming hot cheeto + froyo cravings. Oftentimes, we would sit at the dinner table together scrolling through Pinterest to see what other “healthy” dessert we could make. Such a blast we all had. I was so lucky to end up with such great roomies after my previous experience with a male roommate named Rufio (what my gfs + I called him). The story of that fiasco needs to be saved for a whole other post because it is drama. Total creepo, ew.

Anyway, back to happy things like these amazeballs cookies. This recipe is super simple to follow + can be whipped up in 5 minutes.

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Cacao-Nut Cookie:

♥ 1 cup almond meal

♥ 1/4-1/2 TSP of salt (I use pink himalayan salt + it’s a little stronger so I stick to about 1/4 TSP)

♥ 1/8 TSP baking soda

♥ 1/4 TSP cinnamon

♥ 3 TBSP coconut oil, melted

♥ 2 TBSP pure organic maple syrup

♥  1 1/2 TSP pure organic vanilla

♥ 1-3 TSP water (if needed)

♥ 1/4 cup cacao nibs

♥ 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

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Preheat oven to 350•. Combine almond meal, salt, baking soda + cinnamon in medium bowl. Stir in melted coconut oil, maple syrup + vanilla. Add in water as needed to bring everything together. Stir in cacao nibs + coconut flakes. Line baking sheet with parchment paper + spoon onto sheet (I like to kinda ball them up). Bake 10-11 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove from oven + let sit of 5-10 minutes. <<- this part is important because they need to firm up!

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So OBVI you don’t want to eat all of these in one sitting. They are healthy but not thattt healthy. Share with your friends + family! They store well for a short period of time. They do get a little soft after awhile so you can always pop them in your toaster oven for a few minutes!

Enjoy!

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SUPER HEALTHY Raw Coconut Snickers-ish

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Sooo I pretty much cut out processed/refined sugar about a year ago. But I am definitely not hardcore about it. ESP when the holidays roll around. There are just way too many people shoving goodies in my face + yea I cave a few times. I’m human so sue meee.

BUT because I fall off every once in awhile, I try to get right back on track by doing a little 30 day of absolutely NO refined sugar. Sugar is addicting (more here) + once you have a little bit, you just want more. You’ve got to have some great self control when it comes to going cold turkey.

Anyways, the point of this no sugar story is that everyone has got to find a way to satisfy their sweet tooth craving when it hits + this recipe is purrrrrrfect (meOWW!). Like, JorBabe died + went to heaven purrrfect. + he’s got a KILLER refined sugar sweet tooth.

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If you don’t follow Sarah Hargo of Southern Blonde Vegan yet, get on it. She lives a plant based diet + comes up with the most INSANE (in a good way!) recipes. These Raw Coconut Snickers are not only refined sugar free, but they are also dairy free, gluten free and egg free. Like, holy cow. + I totally bet if I had given you one of these delectable delights sans recipe, you never would have believed me. They are that good.

Raw Coconut Snickers:

For the chocolate:

 1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil (<<<we LOVE)

2-3 TBSP organic raw cacao

splash of pure organic vanilla

Melt the coconut oil + stir in cacao and vanilla. Pour into muffin tins (about 1/8 inch in each) + pop into the freezer for 30 min or until solid.

For the caramel sauce:

10 large pitted medjool dates

1/3 cup raw almond milk

1/2 TSP pure organic vanilla

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Soak the dates in the almond milk + vanilla for 20 minutes then blend together until completely smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mix a spoonful of the caramel sauce with some peanuts + dollop onto your chocolate disks. Sprinkle some unsweetened coconut flakes on top + enjoy!

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I used macadamia nuts here but almonds would be great too. + of course peanuts (duh) because that’s a real snickers;)

I still haven’t decided if this is cheating or not. We gave up “sweets” for 30 days but does it count if it’s healthy + good for you? I’m not sure I will be able to resist having one of these at my aunt’s birthday din tomorrow. What is it they say? Cheat clean? DONE.

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