Apple Pie (gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

If you are an Apple Pie person and have been missing it since eliminating gluten and dairy from your world, this is for you! I make this for Thanksgiving every year and no one knows the difference.  The one big difference though is that the dough does not roll out on...

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Ginger Snap Cookies

I have to be honest with you, I feel conflicted about sharing my recipe for Gluten-free, Vegan, Allergen friendly Ginger Snaps (or any recipe that contains sugar of any kind). Anyone who knows me knows that I think sugar (refined sugar, basically any kind of sugar...

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Zucchini Bread

Summer isn't exactly the time we think of baked good but this Zucchini bread is worth turning the oven on for!  Zucchini is a veggie that is enjoyed best when it is in season. Since it contains Vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium I try to get it in as much as...

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse (refined sugar-free too!)

Vegan Chocolate Mousse (refined sugar-free too!) This recipe, like many of my other great recipes, happened purely by accident. I made a delicious vegan, refined sugar-free Hot Chocolate then put the leftovers in the fridge for later. When I went to get it to heat it...

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Mince Crumble

If you are a fan of fall flavors, this Mince Crumble will put a smile on your face and in your tummy. This recipe was birthed out of my desire to have a Mincemeat pie at Christmas, (something I enjoyed many Christmas’ growing up). This year, I didn’t have the time to...

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Salted Chocolate Coconut Bites

Salt, chocolate and coconut….according to my tastebuds, there aren’t many better flavors to combine. What’s Smart about these Salted Chocolate Coconut Bites is that they are free of gluten, dairy and, if you use the Lily’s brand chips they are free of re-fineded...

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Kalamata Olive Hummus

Apart from sweets and pop-corn my mom and I have completely different tastes. She loves bitter foods; I detest them. She likes steamed veggies; I don't touch them if they were steamed. Good thing is there is something for everyone's tastes buds! Here's one of her...

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Coconut Dream Bar

The first time I put one of these Salted Chocolate Caramel Coconut Dream Bar into my mouth I literally almost had a "When Harry Met Sally Moment"--you know the one when Sally was screaming "yes, yes, yes" in the diner.  Just to make sure that this reaction wasn't just...

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Coconut Whipped Cream

If you are dairy sensitive like me than whipped cream has been off your menu…until now. If you haven't heard about Coconut Whipped Cream, be ready to be amazed. I had been missing the white, creamy, fluffiness for years until I learned about this and now my mouth is...

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Lemon Glazed Raspberry Bars

When I was asked to be on The Cooking Channels' Unique Sweets, they wanted a dessert that was reminiscent of childhood. I loved eating raspberry-filled pastries as a kid. So I created these especially for the show. They are different from the boxed kind that I ate...

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Coconut Pomegranate Parfait With Crisp Ginger Cookie

When you look at this dessert you can’t help but think, “That is a Sexy desserts!” I learned to make this when I was going to The Natural Gourmet Institute and have been in love with it since. Serve it at dinner parties and your friends and family will be so impressed...

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Raw Apple “Pie” with Cashew Cream

"It's no secret that I love sweets…but sweets don't exactly love me. So when I can find something sweet that doesn't include any added sugars I'm over the top thrilled. This one is so simple to make and really easy to adapt.  If you can't use walnuts, use whatever...

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Raw Blueberry Lime “CheeseCake”

This Smart Sexy dessert is so easy to make and full of goodness. It's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free & refined sugar-free and not free of deliciousness! With just a few ingredients like nuts, berries and a bit of a gentle sweetener such as brown rice syrup or...

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All-Natural Almond Joy

Are you a chocoholic?  Do you find that you are constantly craving something sweet? I remember when I was changing my eating habits sweets were the hardest thing for me to give up. This simple treat was huge in helping me to get over the hurdle of binging on sweets....

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Overnight, No-Cook Oatmeal (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

Ask any American what they think is one of the best foods for breakfast and a majority of people will answer “Oats”. While I won’t deny that they are high in fiber, therefore great for lowering cholesterol I still have a hard time believing they are beneficial for...

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Salted Chocolate Covered Popcorn

I LOVE popcorn.  Despite the fact that it makes me tired when I eat it, as I confessed on this Dr. Oz episode it is one of the foods I can’t turn down. (I used to eat it almost daily, now, I’m down to maybe 3 times per month…baby steps!). And, like just about any...

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Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars

Peppermint Bark Shortbread Bars If self-control is something you are lacking when it comes to sweet stuff, you may not want to make these (ok, maybe I'm the only one…). These super easy to make bars are great to make for holiday gifts and store well in the freezer so...

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

I really have a thing for Chia Seeds.  And for foods that are easy to make. This pudding is super easy to make--although it’s not quick, you’ll have to wait overnight for the Chia Seeds to do their thing but it will be well worth it.   What’s Smart & Sexy About...

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Pumpkin Cranberry Ginger Parfait

Ok, I’ll admit, this recipe, which is adapted from Rawmazing, seems as though it will take forever, but really, since there is no cooking required, it’s actually really easy….you will just have to wash out your blender a few times and make the “cream” in advance to...

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Baked Kale Chips

I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for Potato Chips.  I love the salty crunch and it’s pretty much one of the only “party” snacks that I can have that I can have that are gluten free. And, honestly, the first time I made Kale Chips, I wasn’t exactly in love. But, eventually...

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Baked Stuffed Apple

When the seasons start to change from warm to cold, there is nothing better than a treat that comes out of the oven. And, when that treat isn’t filled with sugar and other crap it’s even better. I love baked apples because they not only satisfy my desire for something...

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Brown Rice Crispy Treats

When I was transitioning away from sugar these were a life-saver! They are so delicious you’ll wonder how you got through life without them. I gave you a recipe that makes a very large batch (cook once, eat multiple times J), cut them up and freeze them & you’ll...

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Trail Mix Cookies

I love grab and go foods and trail mix is definitely one of the easiest to pack on the go.  But, truthfully, sometimes I get a little bored with shoving a handful of nuts in my mouth (yes, there are so many comments that can be made there, lol, that’s another...

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Blueberry Lemon Chia Pudding

If you were one of the Smart Sexy women who did my Summer Cleanse then you will recognize this recipe.  It has become one of my go-to’s for breakfast, snack & sometimes even dinner. If you didn’t do the summer cleanse…well, you are getting lucky today! (There’s...

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Peach Cashew Cream Pie (Raw)

Always wanting to hold onto summer a little bit longer I bought a bunch of yellow peaches the other day, unsure what I was going to do with them.  Peach “ice-cream” was a strong possibility but then my sister-in-law invited me to dinner with her super-fun family so I...

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Non-Dairy Berry Parfait

I seem to take the slow train to transition into “new” things…is it just me? For instance, I’m not a big t.v. watcher but it took me until this year to start watching Downton Abbey and now I’m a tad bit obsessed.  I am now watching it again, thank you Amazon Prime...

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Mochi Waffle Sundae

Mochi Waffle Sundae Warning--this is not your normal Waffle Sundae And, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s better….but I may be a bit biased. I learned this when I was assisting Christina Pirello's Three-Day Intensive a few weeks back. So, what is exactly...

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Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Loaf

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Loaf Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar Free This recipe is dedicate to Vanessa, of my regulars when I owned the bakery.  She LOVED the Cinnamon Sugar Bread and was so disappointed if we were out of it when she'd come in....

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Key Lime Energy Bites of Goodness

I love having healthy snacks on hand that I can grab-n-go.  And, I love it when they are satisfying without adding in sweeteners. These little bites are so great for many reasons. The almonds support the digestive tract; the cashews are high in magnesium; coconut is...

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Life Lessons from Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching at my good friend Joyce's "The Natural Kitchen Cooking School". It was a blast! The class was supposed to be on Vegan Baking but I think we spent more time talking about business and my crazy journey to health & wellness....

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Dark Chocolate Truffle Love

I don't know about you but there are just some days when I NEED Chocolate.  Honestly, the past few days have been like that for me. When I want to make my treats a bit Smarter & Sexier than just running to the store & getting a dark Chocolate Bar I make these...

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