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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Halloween comes and goes so quickly, along with all the creepy decorations and spooky costumes. But unfortunately those little chocolate bars and mini treats may still haunt your willpower long after the pumpkins are gone. After an evening spent eating the equivalent of my body weight in bite sized chocolate bars, I find that the best way to get back on track is to find a healthy substitute for those afternoon sugar cravings. And what better use for those pre-carved pumpkins then to bake with them? I never liked to waste food and with all the delicious recipes to use pumpkin there is no reason to toss those little jack o lanterns in the compost just yet.

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S'more Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting

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Summer is one of my favorite seasons for so many reasons but camping definitely tops the list. Nothing feels better than jumping in a truck and driving away from town with a warm breeze in my hair and a bag of sunflower seeds by my side. Wait a minute….. I think I just wrote a country song there. I love turning off my phone for several days, sitting by the lake and letting mother nature wash away any unneeded stress. It’s amazing what a Continue reading


Healthy Banana Bread

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Smoothies are a staple in our house, so we always have fresh produce stocking our fridge or adorning our counters. But sometimes we can’t get to all the fruit fast enough, so that’s where baking comes in. When I notice the bananas ripening too fast I resort to making this healthy banana bread recipe or my one ingredient banana ice cream! They are great healthy alternatives and fix that spring sweet tooth that likes to show up so close to bikini season. This recipe is full of flavor but not full of all the extra saturated fat and oils that traditional banana bread is made of. I love using coconut oil in my baking because of all the health benefits it has, and the importance of incorporating enough healthy fats into your food as well. However, you can substitute the oil for applesauce if you prefer it even lighter. Either way this recipe is easy, delicious and sure to keep you away from the processed treats taunting you in the display case at your morning coffee shop. Continue reading


Healthy Easter Snacks

With Easter right around the corner, it’s hard not to sneak in that extra mini egg or chocolate bunny every time you pass that cute little Easter basket sitting on the counter. But just because its a holiday doesn’t mean that all your food options have to be covered in chocolate. There are so many other ways to make Easter fun without emptying your wallet in the seasonal candy aisle. These snacks and appetizers are very festive, healthy, and the kids will love helping to create their own treat! And you won’t be left feeling guilty for consuming your weight in chocolate over the long weekend!

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One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

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Seriously…… this one ingredient ice cream has been a game changer around our house! I tend to have an overabundance of bananas at my home at all times. Between protein shakes, morning smoothies, banana muffins and baking I always stock up. But sometimes I’m just too lazy to bake I cant consume them all in time. Not to mention that as a bribe reward for staying dry all day, my toddler gets an ice cream treat for dessert. However, I’m not a fan of feeding him sugary ice cream with fourteen ingredients I cannot pronounce. Let alone right before bed.

This is where one ingredient banana ice cream has made its debut. It requires practically zero work to make, it tastes amazing and you have to try it for yourself to believe that the texture is EXACTLY like soft serve ice cream. Do you need any more convincing? Just slice up your extra bananas into slices, freeze them on a cookie sheet overnight, and then toss them in the food processor for a few minutes. That’s all. You are only one sleep away from having the best ice cream treat.

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Almond Joy Energy Bites

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Lately I’ve had a big sweet tooth by the time the afternoon rolls around. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep that leaves me needing an afternoon jolt of energy, or the fact that I’m chasing around my busy little boy, but either way this recipe is the solution. So instead of reaching for coffee, chocolate or processed sugar to fuel your body when your energy is low, Continue reading


Banana Coconut Greek Yogurt Muffins

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With the cooler mornings creeping in and the smell of autumn rolling through the valley, my kitchen is starting to look more enticing than the sandy beaches. Baking time! This is by far my favorite banana muffin recipe!! Unlike most muffins, this recipe contains no oil, butter or flour! Regular sugar is also not found in this recipe as coconut sugar takes its place. Coconut sugar is a much healthier option as it contains Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants. Not to mention that it has a lower glycemic index compared to table sugar. The greek yogurt also makes these tasty treats moist and tangy while adding extra protein. So who would say no to these muffins?! No guilt, no problem. But you’d never be able to tell that these are good for you judging by how delicious they are. Need I say more?! Continue reading


Hungarian Crepes

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This meal brings back the most memories for me as a child. My Hungarian grandmother would make these for me and my brother anytime we asked, which was almost every time we went over to visit. We were never entirely sure what she was making at first because, like most grandmothers cooking, it is a recipe they can recreate with their eyes closed in no time. Continue reading


Fresh Cherry Pie

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Just one of the perks of living in the Okanagan is that we are surrounded by delicious fresh fruit all summer long. My sister in law spoiled me this year by dropping off several pounds of fresh cherries from her backyard. After devouring a pound to myself before they even made it into my kitchen, I knew I wanted to make a cherry pie. I have made dozens and dozens of pies before but I had never made a cherry pie! After searching through several different recipes I settled on a mixture of a few. This pie filling is sweet with just the right amount of tang. However, it definitely depends on how sweet your cherries are so it’s always better to add too little sugar at first than too much. As for the pie crust, check out the recipe link below for the best pie crust recipe! This is a easy, no fail recipe that’s sure to impress your taste buds. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the perfect mid summer treat! Enjoy!!

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The Best Flaky Pie Crust

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Living in the Okanagan has it’s perks all year round, but when it comes to enjoying local fresh fruit and produce it is the place to be. Cherries, apricots, raspberries, strawberries and peaches are just a few of the mouth watering fruits adorning orchard branches and farmer fields in the summer months. I was gifted pounds upon pounds of cherries and apricots this year and since I can only consume so many in a day, I had to get creative with ways to preserve them. I made muffins, pies, purees, smoothies, and simply just froze some before they went bad. However, making pies is definitely my favorite way to enjoy fruit…. let’s be honest. Buttery flaky crust enveloping fresh tangy flavors. What’s not to love? It definitely isn’t low in fat or part of a bikini diet, but I don’t care about either of those so I had my cake and ate it too! I love that this recipe uses butter instead of shortening and you could substitute the flour for almond flour, coconut flour or whole wheat depending on your preference too. In my opinion, an old fashioned approach to pie is the way to go. Rich and delicious!

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