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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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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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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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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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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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peanut butter carrot cake (for pups)!

Last week, Michael and I celebrated the second annual Brixton Height Appreciation Day to commemorate the day our sweet little terrier mutt adopted us in 2012. We totally lucked out with this dog. Not only is he super cuddly and

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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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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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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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the food-as-reward conundrum.

How we think about food starts at a very young age. When we reward behavior with food – any food – we teach kids to eat for the wrong reasons, at the wrong times, and in the wrong amounts.  And

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frozen hazelnut butter fudge [a luscious dessert].

I will admit: I often feel like I need a little something-something after dinner. A little cap, if you will, to signal “thanks, I’m done”. This helps me move along with my night and avoid the [far-too-familiar] descent into snack-land.

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