Kim Lutz

Kim Lutz is a vegan mom to two boys, and lives with her rocker husband, dog and cat. She is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, welcomingkitchen.com. Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of two other cookbooks.

Resolution-Friendly Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Sunbutter Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding. source: Kim Lutz

It’s not easy transitioning from the indulgence-heavy holiday season to the austerity of new year’s resolutions.

I’m all in favor of healthy eating and getting back on track.

I just think its easier to do if those resolution-friendly foods are creamy and sweet! This Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Chia Pudding is a welcome addition to your new year’s table. It’s loaded with protein from the sunflower seed butter and chia to fuel your new workout routine.¬† The sweetness comes from coconut-milk yogurt, without the need for any other sweetener. A little cocoa adds chocolatey goodness.

With treats this yummy, healthy eating is definitely on the menu all year long!
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Giving the Gift of Chocolate

pepita chocolates

Pepita Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz

The holidays present a quandry. There’s the desire to give gifts from the heart and the absolute time crunch of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and of course partying that dominate this time of year.

What can a well-meaning gift giver do?

Make your own candies! Homemade chocolates are delicious, and because they come from your own hands they are definitely a personal gift. Best of all, homemade chocolates look impressive, but are actually pretty easy to pull off. Keeping the ingredients simple ensures that you can give a tasty gift that even friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy.

These Peppermint Chocolates have a minty ganache filling inside a crisp chocolate exterior.

peppermint chocolates

Peppermint Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz


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Cranberry Sauce with Apples and Pears

Coconut Palm Sugar Cranberry Sauce

source: Kim Lutz

Oh how I love the side dishes of Thanksgiving. As soon as November comes around, I start fantasizing about glazed sweet potatoes, mushroom-y stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

Sure, Thanksgiving foods are notoriously heavy and rich and not-so-good for you. Does it need to be so?

Definitely not. Take cranberry sauce, for example. Traditional cranberry sauce is loaded with white sugar. This cranberry sauce, however, uses the better-for-you sweetener, coconut palm sugar, and mixes apples and pears in with those jewel-toned berries.

If that’s not enough reason to whip up some cranberry sauce a few weeks before the big holiday, how about looking at some of the nutrition benefits of cranberries. Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants, and loaded with fiber, Vitamin C and manganese.

Not only that, but if you mix a dollop of cranberry sauce in your morning oatmeal or vanilla yogurt, you have a breakfast that feels a little extra special!
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Apple Pie Muffins for Autumn

Apples

source: Kim Lutz

School has started. That means fall is here.

In my family, fall means apples. We start looking forward to apple picking in the middle of winter. It is the one thing that will make my kids think that autumn might just be ok. (Even if it means leaving the pool for a classroom!)

Every year, we pack up our family, including cousins and grandparents, and head out to a you-pick orchard. You can find one near you by visiting youpick.org. We get so into the fun of trying and picking different varieties of apples that we end up with almost too many.

Almost too many. There are so many things you can do with apples, that they never go to waste. If nothing else, we cook up huge vats of applesauce to freeze and enjoy all through the year.

Another apple favorite are the Apple Pie Muffins from my book, Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.

Apple Pie Muffins

source: Kim Lutz

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