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Vegan Almond Joy Chocolate Bark

I’m not sure that you can imagine my pleasure when I recreated the yummy store-bought Almond Joy candy bar with a dairy-free Almond Joy Chocolate Bark that tastes JUST like (if not BETTER) an Almond Joy.  I was inspired by Pinterest and tried a few recipes, I then tweaked them choosing what I did and didn’t  like …
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Delicious (& Easy) Homemade Granola Bars

I have tried so many homemade granola bar recipes and often have been left dissatisfied.  Seriously, who knew that making homemade granola bars could be so trying?  So many granola bar recipes are hit or miss, they can be too crumbly, crunchy, gooey, sweet, not sweet enough…you get the picture.  I have finally (after MANY …
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Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Muffins

I have been a serious slacker recently when it comes to the foods that I am feeding my family.  You see, a few years ago I decided to ditch processed foods and feed my family healthy homemade real foods.  I became very aware that I had strayed from my real food path recently and decided …
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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

I often serve apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast.  I came across a recipe for apple cinnamon quinoa bites over at They Cooked Happily Ever After and knew it was something that my family would love.   I made a few changes to the original recipe and my family loves these apple cinnamon quinoa bites! I …
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Chocolate Chia Pudding:  EarthMamas World

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the tradition of Easter chocolates, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthier alternatives – sweets and treats featuring real cocoa. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe …
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Carrot Zucchini Bars

I scored a really good deal on organic zucchini this week and wanted to make a new sweet tooth recipe that I could use the zucchini in.  I headed to Pinterest and quickly found a recipe for carrot and zucchini bars.    The original recipe comes from RealMomKitchen (you should definitely check her out, she has lots of …
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Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

My kids love banana bread and banana muffins.  I am always trying out new banana bread recipes (whole wheat banana bread, almond flour banana bread) .  This week I had 6 super ripe bananas on the counter and a tub of greek yogurt in the fridge.  Time to create a new recipe! I have been using …
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I have been trying to create more gluten-free recipes because I know that Ava is very sensitive to gluten.  Ava loves sweets so I decided to create a gluten-free sweet treat.   I asked Alex for his assistance in the kitchen because (1) he loves to help and (2) he is working on fractions.  What better way to learn fractions than …
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Applesauce is a favorite in our home!  I had been buying store-bought organic applesauce for years but recently have begun making my own.  It is super easy and amazingly delicious! This is one of the few recipes that I use organic sugar in.  Typically, I use sucanat or honey when a recipe calls for a sweetener.  For applesauce …
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I have been hearing about how wonderful the chia seed is for your health.  I read about the chia seed and this is what I found out: The chia plant originated in the central valley of Mexico and is a member of the mint family It was the third most important crop for the Aztecs, who recognized it as …
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I recently bought a set of silicone tubes online (I put the link at the bottom of this post) to make squeezeable yogurts with.  They have been a hit with the kids and saved me a ton of money.  I fill them with yogurt, usually homemade, stick them in the fridge.   I also stick them in the freezer to pack …
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I am working on getting back into my ‘real food’ groove.  The holidays really messed us up.  I woke up today wanting apple-cinnamon bars so I ‘tweaked’ an old recipe to make it a little better for us. Apple-Cinnamon Bars What you need:  1/2 cup softened butter, 3/4 cup sucanat, 1/2 cup apple butter, 2 eggs, …
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Homemade Graham Crackers

I am eliminating the processed foods in our house one at a time as we run out.  This week we finished our last box of cinnamon graham crackers.  My task was to create a healthier homemade alternative that the kids would eat and not complain about. I searched the internet and found a few recipes but …
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Granola Bars Topped With Chocolate & Coconut

I have really been wanting to make these so I gave it a shot.  You can really add anything that you desire and top it with a combination of things to suit your families tastes.  So here it is…tweak yours as needed! 2 cups quick cooking oats, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup sucanat …
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