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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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Say “Merry Christmas” with Homemade Treats

This is a guest post from Sarah from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats:

There may be only a few days left until Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some holiday baking! I’m in the kitchen quite a bit this time of year, doing lots of baking for my family and friends. From cakes, to cookies, to breads. Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite for this season (my most favorite season). All of these recipes are gluten, egg and dairy free. There is something delicious for everyone on your list!

I love to say “Merry Christmas” with homemade sweet treats!

Gluten Free Vegan Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake: This cake is not only beautiful, it’s also so easy to make! I love bundt cakes for their simplicity. This cake is studded with juicy, tart cranberries and gets it’s moisture from freshly shredded apples. A perfect cake for your next holiday party!

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Gluten Free Swedish Cardamon Almond Rusks

My grandmother baked a lot around the holidays, filling the house with the smells of ginger, vanilla, rosettes, and cookies.  While baking gluten free versions of her recipes with my family now, I am drawn back to memories of her kitchen. The scents that are the strongest pull in my mind are almond and cardamon. My grandmother was from a Swedish family, so almond-flavored goodies kissed with cardamon were definitely a high point on the cookie tray. Grandma made the most wonderful cookie we called “Cardamon Toast.” It was a variation of Mandelskorpor, a Swedish almond rusk similar to biscotti. She always added cardamon to the traditional recipe, so I do, too.

Now that my family is gluten and dairy free, I make a different version with my kids. This grain free version is lovely with tea, eggnog, or a strong cup of Swedish coffee just like Grams would have liked. Crisp, and slightly sweet, the almond flavor really shines. I usually keep them plain, but for gifts or for Christmas, I might dress them up with a simple drizzle of vegan white chocolate or a tiny bit of powdered sugar glaze with a touch of almond flavoring.

Gluten Free Swedish Cardamon Almond Rusks are a wonderful snack to keep around during the holidays. They keep well, so they can be made ahead of time. With a stash on hand, you are ready with a treat for last-minute visits from friends and family. These lovely little crisps also travel well, making them perfect for gift giving. Continue reading

Apple Muesli Balls

These easy-to-make treats serve double duty as either a snack or a breakfast option when paired up with a smoothie or some scrambled eggs. If you’re traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season, tuck a few of these Apple Muesli Balls in your bag for a quick snack that will kick your sweet tooth to the curb and fill you up at the same time.

When I bake, I try to pack in extra protein, fat, and fiber to make my baked goods more nutritious and satisfying. I drew inspiration for these treats from the classic concept of muesli, which is really just nothing more than oats, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit served with milk or yogurt. To add a little texture and extra sweetness, I added grated apple to the muesli balls. You could also try grated carrots (or zucchini when it’s in season).

Lord knows the last thing we need this time of year is another baked good recipe, but I think you’ll find that these treats are healthier than most. If you have company coming into town around the holidays, tuck a few muesli balls in the freezer and you’ll have a quick grab-and-go snack at the ready at all times.

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