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No-Bake Oat Fudge Bites or Bars (vegan)

Oatmeal has become my thing – savory, sweet, baked, raw, overnight oats, energy bites – I mean really, ALL things oatmeal are my current jam. I can’t get enough!
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These no-bake oat fudge bites are no exception…and it combines two of my all-time favorites — chocolate and peanut butter — along with my new oat obsession for an easy, quick and satisfying treat that’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast! Yes, chocolate for breakfast is way-ok in my book🙂

You can make bars instead of the individual cups if you’d prefer to slice and serve. I tend to lean towards mini versions of everything – if you can’t tell from my Chunky Monkey Frozen “Cupcakes”, No Bake Mini Chocolate Pudding Tarts and Blackberry Banana Coconut Muffin Bites . The bar version is even quicker since you don’t have to divide up the crust/topping and chocolate layer into individual portions.
oat fudge bites2Funny story when I was making these…it was late…like real late at night. (Quick disclaimer: when it’s past midnight, I go on auto-pilot and I don’t always pay attention to little things.) I reached into the cabinet to get my vanilla bean sea salt flakes to crumble and sprinkle over these fudge bites…but I was only paying half attention to what I grabbed. It was a small bag, dark in color and I thought I read “vanilla bean salt” on the bag. Nope. it was Mexican dried oregano…hmmm, so a couple of these little dudes got a savory sprinkle, oopsi! I even tried to use my tweezers to remove the oregano, ha!

The sea salt isn’t required but it certainly adds that “wow factor” in my mind! Just don’t use oregano and I think you’ll love these filling and fudge oat treats!🙂 If you can’t tolerate nuts, feel free to substitute coconut butter for an equally delicious option!

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No-Bake Two-Bite Oat Fudge Bars
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Egg-free, No-Bake, Vegan, Vegetarian, Nut-free option, Refined sugar-free

For the “Crust and Topping”
1 1/4 cup pitted dates
2 cups + 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats
1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder
3 Tbsp (or more) non-dairy milk (or coconut oil for richer option)

For the Fudge layer
3 1/2 oz allergen-friendly dark chocolate chips or chopped bar (Enjoy life chips, homemade chocolate, Lily’s for sugar-free etc)*
3 Tbsp chunky or creamy peanut butter, nut butter or seed butter (for nut free, use coconut butter)
1 tsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp sea salt (I used vanilla bean sea salt flakes)


  1. In a food processor, add dates and process until a ball is formed.
  2. Add in 2 cups of oats and vanilla and process until powdery and combined. It will look dry. Drizzle in milk or oil and process until mixture forms a dough.
  3. Add in remaining 1/2 cup oats and pulse a few times (this will make the dough have a nice texture with the pulverized and whole rolled oats). Remove from food processor and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Remove from fridge and either press all but heaping 1/2 cup of dough into a parchment lined loaf pan OR press roughly 1 1/2 Tbsp (large spoon) of dough into silicone mini muffin pans until forms a little flattened disc or crust.
  5. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips/chopped chocolate bar and coconut oil. Stir often until almost melted then add in peanut/nut/seed butter or coconut butter and stir until completely melted.
  6. For loaf pan/bar preparation, pour chocolate over date mixture. For mini-muffin pan preparation, pour about 1 1/2 Tbsp of chocolate mixture over each crust.
  7. Crumble the remaining 1/2 cup dough over the chocolate mixture evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt (if desired but I love how it brings out the chocolate flavor). Refrigerate until chocolate firms up, slice into bars (with loaf pan variation) or pop out the fudge bites and enjoy!!!

Makes 15-17 bites

If you cannot tolerate chocolate, carob chips or a chopped carob bar can be used as well! Just watch out for added dairy…so homemade carob bark is always a good allergen-friendly option (just omit the mint in my recipe)!

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September 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

Salted Chocolate Turtle Candy (vegan, SRC)

Chocolate turtle candies take me back to my childhood, and they remind me of my parents and most definitely my Papa. These chocolate caramel goodies are packed with buttery pecans and they transport me to family memories and holidays. They are our family go-to for Christmas stockings and are often included in gifts…and when turtles are in a variety chocolate box, they are the first to be picked.

Vegan turtlesThis version of our family favorite is not only free of refined sugars, it’s dairy-free, vegan, paleo-friendly and dare I say even better than the classic? Gasp! My grandpa would roll over in his grave if he heard me say that. Maybe it’s due to the fact that these candies are packed with healthy ingredients (and a short list at that!), but these homemade treats are the perfect ending to a meal or a fabulous afternoon pick-me-up, and they will make my tummy happy as well!

Vegan turtles pecans

I found this recipe at Anne’s delightful blog, Simple and Savory while browsing her site for this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment. Anne is “my type of people”, she’s a holistic health coach, and is a huge advocate for making your own food as a key to health. You can find vegan, dairy free, gluten-free, and Paleo and all sorts of recipes on her site! I had a blast searching through her recipes and though I ultimately  chose her Chocolate Turtle Candy, I have tagged many for future experimentation including Anne’s Roasted Vegetables with Cashew Cheese Dip, Hasselback Pork Tenderloin and her Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread.

Vegan turtles no chocFor the turtles, I swapped out Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) for the peanut butter since that’s what I had on hand, and opted for pecans as my nut choice. I prefer a contrast of bitter and sweet when it comes to chocolate so I used a 90% chocolate bar chopped up and it contrasted beautifully with the sweet dates. Lastly, I sprinkled a little sea salt flakes over the chocolate coating for that extra pow, and goodness these are scrumptious! No doubt that this recipe is a keeper, thanks Anne for the inspiration!

Vegan turtles1Salted Chocolate Turtle Candy (lightly adapted from Simple and Savory)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Vegan, Dairy-free, Peanut-free, Paleo-friendly, Egg-free, Refined sugar-free, Soy-free, No-bake


3/4 cup walnut or pecan halves
12 medjool dates
1/2 Tbsp nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
8 oz dark chocolate, chopped (homemade, or your favorite chocolate bar, or can use unsweetened if you really like the contrast of bitter and sweet with dates)
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
sea salt flakes


  1. Place dates in the food processor and process for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes; until they form a ball (you may have to stop and scrap the sides down).
  2. Add the nut/seed butter to dates and process for 30 seconds until combined.
  3.  Remove date mixture from food processor and refrigerate atleast 30 minutes.
  4. Place pecan of walnut halves in a circle (about 3 pieces) on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  5. Remove date mixture from the fridge and roll into balls about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in diameter and slightly flatten (see photo above). Flatten on top of the nut halves and refrigerate while chocolate is melting.
  6. In a double broiler, heat chocolate and coconut oil over low, stirring until melted.
  7. Remove chocolate from heat and spoon over the date and nut clusters. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back in fridge to harden. Enjoy and devour!!🙂

Vegan turtles biteFor other recipes from this month’s reveal, please click the link below!

August 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm 7 comments

Allergy-Friendly Grain-free Waffles (SRC)

As a child, my mom made these Mickey Mouse waffles that I still remember to this day. The waffle iron was in the shape of Mickey’s face and my favorite part was saving his waffle ears to eat last and filling them up with lots of maple syrup…mmm! A good hearty breakfast is right up with there with pizza and brownies on my “top comfort foods list” and waffles are always included.
Not to mention, the smell of waffles cooking is deliciously intoxicating…how can you go wrong with this bread-like goodness that’s fluffy yet crisp on the edges? Plus, you can pile them with toppings from fruit and chocolate chips to savory options like crumbled bacon, scrambled eggs and/or a smear non-dairy cashew cheese (or shredded cheese). YUM!
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Allergy-friendly Waffles with eggs

I was assigned Traci’s blog Burnt Apple this month for the Secret Recipe Club, and wow what a fun collection of recipes to search through! Not only does her site contain a delicious repertoire, Traci has a knack for “taking any meal and giving it a healthy makeover.”  Her Healthy Pixie Sticks have me intrigued, photos of her gluten-free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls had me salivating and her Dark Chocolate Thin Mints had dreaming if my old favorite Girl Scout cookies with a fun twist.
I ultimately chose these allergy friendly waffles since I’ve been in a bit of a breakfast funk and I was in the mood for comfort food. The fact that you can roll the waffles with a rolling pin to make a “waffle wrap” also caught my attention! These grain-free beauties use half coconut flour and half tapioca starch which boosts the fiber content, making them chock-ful of healthy fats and balanced carbs. 
Grain-free waffles aip1AIP version of Allergy-friendly Waffles without eggs
I opted to make two batches of waffles: I wanted to test each of Traci’s options – trying both the vegan/AIP (auto-immune protocol recipe) version without eggs and the paleo-friendly version with eggs to see what the difference was in the final product. When struggling with my own health and food allergies, I’ve experimented with AIP recipes so I wanted to give them both a shot. I’m so glad I came across this recipe, it’s a winner! I used coconut milk for the non-dairy milk, coconut oil for the fat and I substituted a sprinkle of stevia (to taste) instead of sugar in both recipes but stuck to the original recipe.
The waffles with eggs were delightful! Crisp on the edges, light and fluffy and filling with a touch of sweet🙂 When I made the AIP-version of the waffles, they took much longer to cook in the waffle iron than the batter made with eggs, while delicious the result was more gummy and not fluffy like typical waffles. My bananas has light brown specks on them so I think a greenish yellow banana might be better since it’s more starchy and/or increase the amount of coconut flour by 1-2 Tbsp. I will give these a go again! I might even experiment with plantains instead of bananas since they are more starchy in general. Each batch makes about 8 waffles, so feel free to freeze any extras and just pop them into a toaster oven when you want a quick breakfast!
Grain-free waffles aip2AIP version of Allergy-friendly Waffles without eggs 
Allergy Friendly Waffles  (lightly adapted from Burnt Apple)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Seed-free, Sugar-free, Paleo-friendly, Nightshade-free, Vegetarian, Egg-free option, AIP-option, Yeast-free, Vegan Option

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk of choice (cow’s milk can be used if you tolerate but won’t be dairy-free)
  • 3 eggs (AIP use two bananas in place of the eggs)
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or sugar or a pinch of stevia*
  • 1 tsp alcohol-free pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or neutral oil (can use melted ghee or butter but will not be dairy-free or AIP)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

For serving (optional, ideas)

  • Sliced bananas or fresh berries
  • Carob chips or chocolate chips or cacao nibs (not AIP-friendly unless homemade)
  • Maple syrup, drizzle of honey or your favorite jam or jelly
  • Your favorite nut or seed butter (not AIP-friendly)
  • Shredded coconut or coconut flakes
  • Nitrate-free bacon (not vegetarian) or coconut “bacon”
  • Coconut whipped “cream”


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and butter or oil until smooth. Add in the coconut flour, tapioca or arrowroot flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir just until smooth.
  2. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions. Brush waffle iron with oil or butter. Pour approximately 1/4 cup of batter onto each waffle iron. (You may need to adjust the amount of batter depending on the size of your waffles). Close and cook according to manufacturers instructions.
  3. Remove waffles from iron (if AIP batter is used, you may need a fork to carefully peel the waffles off the iron), serve immediately or allow waffles to cool to room temperature before placing in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
  4. To make waffle rollups: While waffle is warm, roll with a rolling pin until flat. Fill with bacon, scrambled eggs, veggies, fresh fruit or any other combination you like. Place toppings in a thin strip along the waffle. Roll up and serve.

Yield: 8 waffles

For AIP-friendly version notes: If your bananas are sweet and speckled with brown, you might consider eliminating the sweetener altogether if you prefer more savory waffles. As I mentioned above, when I made the AIP-version of the waffles, they took MUCH longer to cook in the waffle iron than the batter made with eggs. My bananas has light brown specks on them so a more green banana might be better since it’s more starchy or increase the amount of coconut flour by 1-2 Tbsp.

Grain-free waffles 2Allergy-friendly Waffles with eggs 

For other recipes in this week’s reveal, click the link below!

February 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm 7 comments

Autumn Spice Butternut Quick Bread (Grain-free)

Although winter is already here in Montana, I am still holding onto fall. I could eat winter squash and pumpkin year-round but this time of year these ingredients particularly shine. This quick bread with warm autumn spices is another way of holding onto my favorite season.

Cant. Get. Enough🙂

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This bread can be a quick breakfast on the go, a sweet snack when you need a pick-me-up or part of a dessert. I’ve enjoyed slices straight from the fridge but have experimented with the following serving options to mix it up!

  • Serve lightly toasted with a pat of Earth Balance (ghee or butter if you do dairy) or a spoonful of coconut butter
  • Smear a generous spoonful of “cream cheese” (I love dairy-free cashew cheese, recipe to come) and drizzle with maple syrup
  • Crumble the bread and layer it with toasted pecans or walnuts with your favorite vanilla yogurt or coconut whipped cream for a parfait
  • Serve toasted or warmed with a scoop of vanilla or toasted coconut ice cream and sprinkle with dairy-free chocolate chips

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I’ve also substituted the butternut squash puree for leftover mashed yams and pumpkin puree with success! I’ve made variations of this bread a couple times already this year…it gets eaten too quickly for me to snap photos…I finally kept my hands off to take a shot (after 1/3 of the loaf was already gone…oops!).

Autumn Spice Butternut Quick Bread
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Nut-free, Vegetarian, Refined-Sugar Free

½ cup sifted coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of cloves
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp maple syrup + 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract (or 1/4 cup of your favorite sweetener)
½ cup melted coconut oil (or ghee or butter if you are ok with dairy)
1 cup butternut squash puree (any winter squash or sweet potato puree can be used)

Add in options: 1/3  cup chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, chocolate or carob chips

  1. Heat your oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease well.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add remaining liquid ingredients (vanilla though puree) and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth (the batter will be thick and thicken as it sits due to the highly absorbent coconut flour).
  5. Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife going into the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven to let cool, then slice and enjoy!

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