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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Jules Shepard's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes

You’ll die for these Red Velvet Cupcakes but you won’t use Red Dye in the process.

These babies are gluten freed and healthified.  I reduced the Sugar and the guilt by using Erythritol and Green Stevia.  Your family doesn’t need to know  that you snuck Veggies in their dessert nor do they care about the benefits of BEETs:  has anti-cancer properties, supports your brain & gut health and reduces chronic inflammation.

Thanks to Jules Shepard for her GF Flour blend and this recipe.

Beet Mixture

Beets and liquid ingredients for Red Velvet Cupcakes


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No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownie

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Remember those “Munch Now, Munch Later” Nestle Crunch Chocolate Bars ?  The Food Network offers a sweet  healthy recipe using dates,  dark chocolate and crispy puffed rice and quinoa.  Pitting and softening the dates is the most time-consuming part but it’s worth the effort.  The No-Bake Chocolate Crunch Brownies recipe calls for Walnuts and Peanut Butter but you could substitute with other nuts and nut butters easily.


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Healthy Balls !

Healthy Balls

Healthy Balls rolled in toasted Coconut

Whose Balls are Better ?!

6 Pack Abs guy, Mike Geary,  referred his readers to Healthy Cookie Dough Balls by Danette May then he came up with a new and improved version, Healthy Balls !   Just reach into the freezer for a chocolatey, chewy treat to tide you over. Mike claims there’s enough to last you a week, NOT !

My Healthy Balls PDF includes theses substitutions:  Kaizen grass-fed chocolate stevia sweetened protein powder, Carob Powder, Hemp Hearts and toasted Coconut.

 


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Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

This Chocolate Pumpkin Tart can be enjoyed any time, not just at Halloween.  Simply press in the crust, bake it, fill it, chill it and dig in.  I didn’t bother decorating the top with a spider web but here’s the original recipe link complete with how-to pictures.  Click here for just the tabular recipe PDF.


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Flax Breakfast Bars

I bought my GF sister some flourless cookies from the Red Square Bakery.     She liked the “Honey I Cheated On You” cookies so much, she knocked it off.

Flax Breakfast Bars has her original recipe plus a few of my healthifying substitutions.

Warning:  Due to rapid, end results…be close to “the facilities”.


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Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies

Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies are a Winner !  Hubby asked, “what did you put in the frosting to make it taste like REAL frosting ?!”  Short answer: Coconut Milk, Cocoa and Lakanto. You chill 2 cans of Full fat Coconut Milk and scoop up the healthy fat solids that rise to the top.  Whip the rich fat with Cocoa and Lakanto, a natural Monk Fruit sweetener. I used the Monk Fruit-Erythritol blend found at the Bulk Barn.

I reduced the suggested baking time from 12-15 to 10-12 minutes.  In my haste, I accidentally put ground Himalayan Sea Salt in the brownie.  Its supposed to be sprinkled on top, but it still turned out great.

My Caramel drizzle didn’t look too appetizing so I put shaved Dark Chocolate all over the top of the Brownie.  What’s a few extra calories at this point, right ?

Note:  Next time I may reduce the Maple Syrup in half by adding 1/4 Cup Lakanto or  1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.


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Pumpkin Crumble Cake

Almond and Coconut Flour gives this Pumpkin Crumble Cake a nice light crumb.  Before I could take a picture, Hubby & I devoured half of it…ignoring the suggestions that it serves 8-10 and that we should let it cool first before slicing !  I used homemade Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon, Ginger and fresh grated Nutmeg; reduced the Sugar by 1/4 Cup by using 1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.