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homemade honey nut granola {with coconut oil}.

A notice: 8 cups of gluten-free oats were unfortunately harmed in the making of this recipe. I extend my most sincere apologies to the families of these oats. It took awhile to figure out the optimal temperature and cook time

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make your own chocolate + vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Last week, Michael and I were out for a stroll with the pup in our fabulous new city. I can’t recall how we got onto the topic, but for some reason, Michael off-handedly said, “My ex-girlfriend used to make the

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raw coconut-pecan cocoa bites.

The only thing I like more than healthified desserts is making healthified desserts and force-feeding them to other people and sharing them with people I like… or people I would like to coerce into liking me. Just kidding. Most recently, I

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gluten-free coconut cocoa macaroons.

When I was a kid, my favorite dessert was my mom’s Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies. If you’re familiar with Haystacks, they’re kind of like those, but made with some kind of Momma P magic and a whole pile of coconut

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vegan love bean drop cookies.

It’s been a dessert-y month over here in the From the Ground Up kitchen! Surprising, and also so so so good. I’ve been experimenting with some gentle sweeteners like maple syrup and coconut sugar to see how we can work

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nourishing nutbars.

I’ve  been experimenting with easy breakfast and workout refuel options in the kitchen this week, testing out some new ideas that will be included in the cookbook… (coming soon, stay tuned!). I’m a fan of anything in bar form –

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roasted mushroom quinoa risotto with baby beets.

This spring, I conquered my fear of risotto [read about it here]. This is a continuation of my adventures in overcoming kitchen-terror… I’ve been teaching classes for the last few weeks at Suite ThreeOhSix, a vegan supperclub and cooking academy in

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quinoa “fried rice” with bok choy + tempeh.

It’s Wednesday night. You’re seriously craving Chinese takeout. Something about that greasy, saucy fried rice calls your name. You order it. You wait 45 minutes. It arrives. You eat it. All of it. You feel good for about 10 minutes,

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DIY exfoliator with coffee and coconut!

About a year ago, I wrote a post on Getting to Know Your Personal Care Products Personally, an info piece on identifying and understanding the ingredients in common products we use everyday. The average woman uses twelve products daily – from

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coconut squash macaroons.

It’s a [very] untraditional looking little Easter egg, no? I’m not much of an Easter chocolate or Easter baking kind of gal. Hot cross buns and Cadbury Creme Egg cupcakes aren’t really on my radar these days.  Coconut, however, absolutely

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curried coconut lentils {video cooking class}.

Join me in the kitchen as we learn how to make a quick + easy vegan lentil dish, great served on its own, on a salad, or in baked squash medallions (like in this recipe).  The sauce might be the

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delightfully detoxifying salad.

Woohoo!! Spring is almost here!  This calls for a good old-fashioned salad celebration {that’s a thing, right?}. Well, it is now. And it’s delicious.  Spring affords us a beautiful opportunity to start anew, much like the planet. Just as snow

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garlicky chard with leeks.

I love chard. Sometimes even more than I love kale. I know. Blasphemy.  There is something about the unique flavor (and seriously beautiful stalks of the rainbow variety) that make it a lot of fun to cook with. And look

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coconut curry lentils with squash medallions.

Recently, we had the privilege of having a group of some of my most favorite humans over for dinner. I love cooking for a group – regardless of the size – and there is something really satisfying about pulling off a

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simply sweet DIY face + body scrub.

 It’s estimated that the average woman applies over 500 chemicals to her body each day (between soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, fragrance, etc.). Because many of the ingredients in these products don’t have to be disclosed on product labels (thanks to patent-protecting

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green rocketfuel smoothie.

This is pure rocket fuel. Pre-workout, post-workout, or just to fuel your busy day, this smoothie is a quick, portable breakfast, packed with all kinds of great-for-the-body goodness: healthy saturated fat from coconut oil and avocado – these help promote

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