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cacao-coconut-pistachio bark.

Giving up sugar can be a big shift for your body, your mind and your habits, especially if you’re a big dessert eater. Whatever motivates your decision to reduce or cut out sugar – for me, it was to reduce

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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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cinnamon raisin almond butter bites.

 Another goodie for you today that has been featured on Plate Joy, one heck of a fabulous online meal delivery service!  Simple, nourishing, delicious: kind of everything FTGU is, just with better photos (and more of a guarantee these things

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valentine’s day menu: done.

Stay in for V-Day this year and make a healthy body, happy heart menu for your loved one(s). I LOVE this menu because it combines some of my favorite things: lentils, vegan aioli, roasted mushrooms, quinoa, garlic, and cocoa. (Not

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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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i quit sugar: dino cookie bites.

A new year calls for new snacks, and this one is a great (simple!) little treat: low in sugar, high in fiber, packed with healthy fats and protein…. and makes a convenient use for leftover cooked quinoa!  These Dino Cookie

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{nearly} paleo peanut-almond energy bars.

It’s Day 4 of the Healthified Holiday Baking Extravaganza… and while this recipe is great for a table of goodies, it’ll also be great in January when you’re looking for an easy breakfast or midday refuel.  Let me ask: Are

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raw vegan thin mint cookies.

If you’re heading to a holiday party this year, there’s a good chance someone will bring along the box of Thin Mints they felt obligated to purchase from a colleague’s little Girl Scout, or that they perhaps had to buy

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grandma’s peanut butter cookies, veganized.

I’ve been on a mission this month to create some deliciously holiday baking that is actually nutritious, especially for anyone who’s heading off to family dinners but chooses not to partake in the butter/sugar/gluten extravaganza of a typical holiday dessert

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no-bake gluten-free apricot granola bars.

photo credit: Plate Joy. Hurray! It’s the start of this week’s Healthified Holiday Recipes Extravaganza! Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a series of great gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free recipes to makeover your holiday baking plans. Everything is super

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savory vegan pumpkin pie with almond meal crust.

I know what you’re thinking. Pie? Savory pie?! What kind of a health and nutrition blog is this?!  And I am here to tell you, sweet whole-food connoisseur/connoisseuse, that in fact, this pie is good for you. And it’s delicious. And

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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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carrot pumpkin bites.

Happy Halloween, all! I love any excuse to celebrate, especially when it involves dressing up, and particularly when there are goodies involved. While today’s festivities tend not to be the most conducive to reducing sugar – or dairy – there

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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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making raw foods part of the way you live.

 I am a sucker for a good cookbook with gorgeous photography, simple inspiring dishes and lots of intriguing narrative backstory. Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat, the newly released {almost-but-not-entirely} raw cookbook from Gena Hamshaw

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almond butter muffins: remixed.

Recently, I reworked the Almond Butter Muffin recipe from the Eat Deliciously, Live Vibrantly eCookbook. In preparation for a week of meal deliveries and the Beauty Food Brunch at the Brooklyn Wellness Sanctuary with wellness maven Maria Marlowe, I decided

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vegan sugar-free truffles, two ways.

At the beginning of August, my sweet husband turned 31. Obviously dessert was in order.  This Perry the Platypus is not the cake I made.  Well, this was the cake I made, two years ago. (It’s entirely vegan and gluten-free, in

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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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baked plantain fritters.

For those times when you just need a little treat – but don’t want to dive back into old habits, old foods, foods that make you feel icky, or things that don’t support your new habits – it’s nice to

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after-dinner sugar craving remedy.

More in this week’s adventure in kicking sugar cravings… Do you ever finish a meal and feel like you need something a little sweet, perhaps chocolate or a sweetened coffee? You’re not alone. Often, if the body hasn’t received the

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raw chocolate chip cookie batter balls.

Post #2 in this week’s adventure into kicking sugar cravings. How are you holding up? :) I like to have a few handy go-to’s at the ready for those moments when a sweet craving strikes. The great thing about being

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vanilla almond chia pudding.

When it comes to treats, they can do one of two things to the body: make us feel great for a short period, and then brutal for a long period (guilt, regret, shame, discomfort anyone?)or make us feel great for

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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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vegan dark chocolate soup.

Chocolate? On this blog? Really? I know. I was surprised, too.  But here’s what happened (and how this gloriously refined-sugar-free dessert ended up in my kitchen)… just in time for Valentine’s Day!  I recently received a text from a friend

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superbowl food, by the numbers.

Some fun facts for you this fine Superbowl weekend!  Here’s how the Superbowl shakes out, snack-wise: 1,200: Average number of calories consumed during the Super Bowl. It’s the second largest day for U.S. food consumption. Only Thanksgiving tackles the big game

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vegan gluten-free carrot cupcakes.

It must be holiday party season: the basket of baking supplies is coming out in the FTGU kitchen (and I’m rather excited)!  We have a number of gatherings coming in the next week or two, so I’m putting together the

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cinnamon plantain bread.

Making gluten-free vegan baked goods is always a little complicated, right? There’s swapping in grains for wheat and oats; flax, egg replacer, or chia for eggs; a plethora of milks to consider (and much confusion over which non-dairy milk acts

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