Coconut Java Cookie Dough Balls (and what to do with leftover almond pulp) – gluten free, vegan option

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It’s probably too soon to be sharing another cookie dough ball recipe. I thought long and hard about whether I should just tuck this recipe away for a rainy day. But the last couple of weeks, aside from being overwhelmingly busy and exhausting, have seen a lot of unsuccessful recipe testing and unfortunate photo taking. It happens. Some weekends it seems like everything I touch in the kitchen turns to gold, and others… well, let’s just say I ate a lot of waffles yesterday and enjoyed very few of them.

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Peppermint Pattie Smoothie (gluten free, vegan)

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Happy day-before St. Patrick’s Day!

Whoever first thought to combine chocolate and mint deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award, at least in my books. It’s one of my all-time favourite sweet pairings, so much so that I was rarely found without a box of Junior Mints in my purse during my high school years. These days, I eschew those high-fructose corn syrup droplets of yum in favour of more natural alternatives. I have found some pretty fantastic organic dark chocolate + mint bars over the last few years that satisfy the craving and taste infinitely better, but today I wanted to give a nod to the Irish side of my heritage and celebrate the holiday in a healthful way.

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (gluten free, vegan)

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Sometimes you just really need a quick sugar fix, and sometimes, you don’t want to wait 50 minutes and wash 10 dishes just to satisfy that craving. Yet the alternative  – a manufactured, chemical-laden, and nutritionally void candy bar – is equally unappealing.

What’s a girl to do?

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Chai Tea Infused Chocolate Avocado Pudding (gluten free, vegan)

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I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate… and avocado? These things do not go together! Well, let me tell you, there is a party in my mouth right now and you’re all invited! This pudding is amazing. It has a wonderful depth of flavour, and offers such a thick and creamy chocolatey explosion in your mouth, you’ll want to eat it all in one sitting. I nearly did, believe me. It is best served cold, but if you’re anything like me (ie. impatient) you will want to eat a least a little right away. I literally scraped down the sides of my blender with my fingers so as not to waste even a drop. For this reason, I will have to be slightly vague on how many people this serves – you might not want to share! Continue reading

Chocolate Almond Java Shake (gluten free, vegan)

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This is literally going to knock your socks off! I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination – mid-morning, however, I’m all about (no matter how hard people laugh when I tell them so) – but I am 100% a morning gym person. I absolutely hate working out in the evening, especially after I’ve worked all day.  I have less energy, I’m probably still digesting lunch, and I just want to be at home in my jammies. I’ll still do it, since I never skip a workout unless I’m basically at death’s door, but I won’t be happy about it. All of which brings us to this magic in a glass. Tell me I have to wake up at 6am for work and I’m all sighs and groans, but tell me I have time to go to the gym before work/class/life if I wake up at 6? Score! However, a reward for waking up that early of your own accord is nice, no? Continue reading