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Homemade Coconut Almond Hazelnut Nut Butter

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Making my own nut butters brings me great enjoyment. Think about it – a jar of almond butter is sooo expensive.  When I walk through my natural foods store, I’m always looking for a sale since these decadent-type butters are in such small jars and they barely last a couple of weeks.

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Dark Chocolate & Walnut Coconut Flour Banana Bread

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Happy belated New Year! I am so looking forward to 2016.  The past year had a few bumps along the way. I actually fell asleep at 9:30 pm on New Year’s Eve – what a way to ring in the new year right?  And, hope it’s not a sign of what 2016 has in order as I have so many desires for this year.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whiskey Cherries – Gluten & Dairy Free

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The only time that you’ll find me in the kitchen making desert is when I have company coming over. Sooooo, we had company over!

My friend Chanel is flying off to Italy later this month as she got accepted into an art school.  She’s an amazing artist so I was thrilled to hear the news.

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Easy Sweet & Salty Coconut Chips

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I just finished a wicked awesome weekend with three of my gal pals. We stayed in a hotel, invited a psychic over to give us readings, sipped on champagne, and stayed up way too late.  But, it was so much fun and so needed.

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No Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Oatmeal Bars – Vegan // Gluten Free

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I’m putting together this post as I sit and have my last morning coffee in Newport Beach, California.  James and I took some time off to jet off to Palm Springs and Newport Beach for about five days – it was heaven.  I ended up catching my yearly “head cold” on route but thankfully, it wasn’t anything major.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Holy crap these muffins are sooo good!

Don’t like zucchini?  I promise you that you won’t even notice that they are in the muffin.  I swear, I promise!

Sometimes, with super healthy muffins, they can be dry or heavy but not these babies.  These muffins are moist, not too sweet and full of healthy goodness – zucchini! The zucchini is what makes these muffins so moist.  Just be sure that you squeeze as much water out of them so that they cook properly.

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Grain Free Granola Clusters (Paleo // Vegan)

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Are you on Periscope yet? If you’re not, get the app and link to @eatlifebalance.  It is a real time app and once uploaded, followers only have about 24 hours to watch it.  I’ve been posting how-to recipes, lifestyle advice and general silly musings from my kitchen!  It’s a whole ‘lotta fun and an awesome way to connect with all of you.

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Toasted Coconut Butter

Toasted Coconut Butter

 

This is my new addiction.

As is, coconut butter is delicious and super easy to make.

But, then I decided to toast the coconut first and see what happened.

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{GIVE-AWAY} Kale & Hazelnut Pasta with Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains

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Earlier in the year, I saw this recipe posted by Christal from NUTRITIONISTintheKITCH featuring Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta.

I just had to get my hands on it.

In the time of grain free, paleo lifestyles (which I do like by the way), I still have to have myself a good bowl ‘o pasta.

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Strawberry Bliss Bars (gluten free, vegan)

Strawberry Bliss Bars

These are “berry-berry awesome!”. No, they really are.

These Strawberry Bliss Bars are:

– creamy
– slightly sweet
– dairy free
– vegan
– gluten free

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