No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Torte

This dessert is up there as one of my top 5 favorite desserts of all time.  Not only do I love the taste, but it is such a simple, crowd-pleasing dessert that can be tweaked here and there to your liking.  In other words, the ingredients can easily be swapped and the measurements don’t need to be exact.

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This No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Torte has a crunchy pecan-coconut crust and a thick, rich filling made of chocolate, coconut cream and almond butter.  This recipe doesn’t require any baking, and is both Paleo and Vegan friendly.

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Chocolate Crepes

We tend to go all-out on breakfast during the weekend.  Pancakes, waffles, crepes… all decked out with toppings like coconut butter, chocolate chips, or nut butter.  A little different from our weekday breakfasts.  (Although I do frequently make my son waffles.)

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Sometimes I whip up whatever I want to make, or a recipe I’m interested in trying, but other times I take requests from my boys.  My husband most frequently asks for crepes, while my 3 year old son requests anything chocolate (oh how he takes after his mother 😉 ).

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With these two requests, it only seemed natural to cook up some Paleo- friendly Chocolate Crepes for a decadent, but still some-what healthy treat that would satisfy the cravings of both my husband and son.  And since my 3 year old asked for more after his first crepe, I think it’s safe to say that he enjoyed them!

These Chocolate Crepes are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free and sweetened with coconut sugar.  Even better, they are made with just 6 simple ingredients.

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Chocolate Cassava Muffins

I have a recipe for Cinnamon Cassava Muffins that I love, and they are basically a vanilla cassava muffin…so, I figured it was only appropriate to have a chocolate recipe as well.

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Unlike the vanilla version, these Chocolate Cassava Muffins only require one bowl (no food processor necessary) because they are sweetened with monk fruit, rather than dates.  If you don’t have, or want to use monk fruit sweetener then substituting with coconut sugar is a great alternative.

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This Paleo-friendly chocolate muffin recipe makes 8 fluffy, lightly sweetened muffins using just 8 simple ingredients and they are free of: grains, gluten, dairy and nuts.

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Grain-Free Poppy Seed Bagels

I’ve tried many variations of these poppy seed bagels.  Each variation used the same ingredients, just different quantities.  It’s amazing how changing the amount of one ingredient by even as little as 1/4 tsp (like the baking soda) can make such a huge difference in the taste and texture.

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Admittedly, my favorite texture combination resulted in my least favorite taste (too much baking soda)…BUT, I promise you the final recipe, the one I’m sharing with you today, is both delicious and soft…the perfect Paleo bagel.

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These Grain-Free Poppy Seed Bagels are free of grain, gluten, dairy, soy, corn and added sugar/sweeteners.  They do not have the airy, springy texture of a “regular” wheat flour bagel, but they are still moist, bread-like and fabulous 😉  In fact, I think they are the best gluten-free bagel I’ve ever had (closely follow by my Grain-Free Seedy Bagels).

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Almond Ice Cream Bars

Summer will be here before I know it; the temperatures have already started creeping up and when that happens I tend to use my oven less and less.  I created these Almond Ice Cream Bars as a dessert for my family and I think we all agreed that these are an excellent warm weather treat.

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These bars are no-bake, Paleo friendly and sweetened with honey.  They have an almond shortbread crust, almond butter and coconut cream filling and coconut butter drizzle.

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The coconut butter topping and sprinkle of cinnamon is optional, but gives these bars a more polished, complete look.  (I mean, they look a bit naked without it!)  You could also drizzle with chocolate.

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Our Favorite Story Books (Boy, Age 3)

We read books.  A lot of books.  I read to my son before his nap time and before bed time.  When he was younger, he would look at books in the car and reading was a playtime activity between naps.  Needless to say, my son loves books and reading and we’ve gone through many children’s books.

We have two libraries nearby and I make it a point to go at least once a week (sometimes we’ll make it to both libraries if the weather is crummy).  Many books have been complete duds.  Seriously, some books that I’ve checked out shock me – how do they even get published?!  Haha!  I think if I had 24 more hours during the day then I’d try my hand at writing a few children’s books.  But among all the let-downs, there are many books that shine and we read over and over and over until it’s time to return them to the library.  So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite children’s books, particularly for boys ages 2-3, as that’s my main audience 😉 Read More

Nut-Free Energy Bites

Gotta love energy bites.  They are ridiculously easy to make, convenient, store well in the fridge or freezer, taste amazing and there are millions of different flavor combinations.  Well, I’m adding to the plethora of recipes out there by introducing these Nut-Free Energy Bites.

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They are Paleo, Allergy-Free and even coconut-free for those that can’t have coconut.  You can make them Vegan Friendly by substituting the collagen for a plant based protein powder.

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Best Baby Products (Age 0-1)

My baby boy is almost one and I cannot believe how quickly this first year flew by.  Life with two kids is so different than just having one.  I’m busier than ever, but I can’t imagine life without either one of them.

I want to share some of my “must-haves” for a baby, because there are items that made this past year so much easier for me.  Before I was a mom, I had no idea what I really needed for my new baby.  You walk into a store or search online and there are a million things to choose from.  We all have our own ideas of what is necessary and, let’s face it, different babies like different things!  But after two kids, I have a pretty good idea of what products made my first year with a baby a lot easier.  The products I’m sharing are things that we actually used and I think are worth purchasing.  Whether you are a new mom, grandparent, aunt or just had your 5th child hopefully these will give you some good ideas.  I’d love to hear your must-have products as well!  Here is my list (in no particular order) of: Read More