Healthy Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Cake

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chocolate zucchini cake

Each piece of this chocolate zucchini cake has 1/2 serving of veggies/fruit! The zucchini seemingly disappears into this moist, chocolatey cake. We were away on vacation this spring during planting season, which is an extra challenge for me as a gardener. Let’s just say I don’t have much of a green thumb to begin with. When we got home I figured it would be best to buy some plants instead of planting seeds. The plants have a head start, so that way we’d have a better chance at a¬†harvest during¬†our shortened growing season. But, because everybody had already picked through … Read More

DIY vegan chocolate syrup

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DIY vegan chocolate syrup

With this rich, fudgey recipe your search for the perfect vegan chocolate sauce is over! Perfect for chocolate “milk” and frozen desserts. I received a reader request to post a recipe for a vegan chocolate syrup for making chocolate “milk.” I was only too happy to oblige and experiment with CHOCOLATE! When I came up with a winning recipe I (obviously) had to experiment with the different ways you could use it. I tried it… in a dairy milk substitute to make chocolate “milk” over ice cream (I had dairy ice cream but I’m sure it would be equally delicious … Read More

espresso dark chocolate torte (gluten-free)

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Take a look at the ingredient list in this recipe. You might see words such as chocolate, whipping cream, or butter but all I see is: indulgent indulgent indulgent You might be surprised though, to hear that I am all about this recipe! I made it to mark a special occasion: Valentine’s Day.  Special occasions call for some indulgent treats.   When a person gets too preoccupied with healthy eating, it can actually turn into orthorexia nervosa, a newly recognized eating disorder. People who develop orthorexia become obsessed with maintaining a perfect diet. If they slip up and eat something “unhealthy” it can … Read More

chocolate peanut butter pudding

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chocolate peanut butter pudding

I made this the other day and while we were enjoying the luscious, fudge, smooth pudding I told my husband that I should probably post the recipe since I hardly have any sweet recipes. He laughed in response. While he was laughing I was formulating my response… Hey! Dietitians enjoy dessert, too! This dessert has redeeming qualities: cocoa! eggs! peanut butter! milk!  But instead of turning on the defences, I just asked what he thought was so funny.  His response? “I’d hardly call this a recipe…” At this point I couldn’t hold back. I was about to burst out in … Read More

gluten free snickerdoodle

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gluten free snickerdoodle

This is not your Mom’s snickerdoodle recipe. Snickerdoodle. What an awesome name for a cookie. An awesome name for an awesome, delicious treat! I remember going to school with a lunchbag in hand, filled with a healthy lunch and a homemade dessert.  Snickerdoodles, granola bars, fruit leather… my mom showered us with food love. But I didn’t realize how good I had it.  At lunch time I would look around and see all the other kids pull out their Oreos, their Chewy Quaker Chocolate Dipped Bars, and their Fruit-Roll-Ups.   Why did I so desperately want those?  They all taste like cardboard … Read More

low in sugar blueberry sauce

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blueberry sauce

Why It’s A Smart Choice Blueberries are brain food! Individuals with mild cognitive decline showed an improvement in memory recall when given blueberry juice! In studies conducted on rats, blueberries were shown to prevent cognitive decline and help the neurons in the brain communicate better. It’s thought that oxidative damage is partly to blame for cognitive decline and blueberries are high in antioxidants.  Blueberries are also high in fibre and lower in sugar, compared to other fruits. They also score low on the Glycemic Index, which is an estimation of how much a food will cause your blood sugar to spike. … Read More