Category Archives : Dessert


All Natural, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Muffins

These All Natural Chocolate Chip Cookie Mini Muffins are flourless, nut free (made with sunflower seed butter), vegan, and contain only 79 calories! I had to wrestle them out of my 6 year daughter’s hands. These soft, warm, little muffins are a cross between a soft baked chocolate chip cookie and a muffin. Though […]

Mini Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins

Banana Pancake Bread

Gluten Free, Vegan Banana Pancake Bread

This all natural banana pancake bread is warm banana bread and comforting pancakes all rolled into one. And just so happens to be gluten free, vegan, and no one will ever know there’s not an ounce of butter or a gram of refined sugar. My dad used to carefully craft […]


Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Vegan, GF & Sugar Free

My Carrot Bundt Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting is a new and fresh twist on the classic flavors you love. Sweet, creamy and tangy frosting is slathered over spiced, carrot bundt cake that is stuffed with raisins, sunflower seeds and coconut in this easy-to-make recipe (that just so happens to be vegan, gluten free, nut free and refined sugar […]

Vegan Carrot Cake

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe with Four-Ingredient Creamy Cocoa Frosting

My semi-homemade Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with 4-ingredient creamy cocoa frosting is simple enough for even non-bakers (like myself) to make and is absolutely scrumptious!   This post is for any of my last-minute types out there. If you want to make a dessert but they all sound too complicated, run out to your […]


Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake Recipe

My warm Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake is vegan, gluten free, refined sugar and refined oil free ~ perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert when paired with a delicious scoop cashew ice cream. Way back when, in my past life, I made a career choice that may surprise you. After graduating from […]

Caramelized Banana Cookie Cake

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Ultra Gooey Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes

Serve these Ultra Gooey Peppermint Brownie Cupcakes straight from the oven and delight the guests at your next dinner party. (Shh don’t tell them these are from a box and are vegan!) It has been said that the fastest way to win a girl’s heart is through peppermint and chocolate. (Or […]


Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash is full of holiday cheer!

This Sweet and Tangy Walnut Cranberry Acorn Squash recipe is full of holiday cheer and is the perfect side dish. This recipe was born from the boat load of fabulous, organic acorn squash I got with my CSA at KyV Farm. Though they do make a superb Christmas-y centerpiece, I decided to […]

Cranberry Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Basic Vegan & Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Buttery Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe

You will love this light, buttery, vegan and gluten free sugar cookie recipe made without butter!  They are cute, yes? It is the holidays and we all want to spend time with family and want our comfort foods.  After talking with my mother in law about her yearly cookie ritual and […]


Drool-Worthy, No-Bake Passionate Pumpkin Pie ~ Vegan and Gluten Free

 Drool-Worthy, No-Bake Passionate Pumpkin Pie ~ Vegan and Gluten Free…..it’s what I’m making for Thanksgiving dinner (along with a chickpea, quinoa loaf with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.) What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you make the same thing every year or try new dishes? As I was scrambling […]

Passionate Pumpkin Pie

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Simply Sophisticated Dessert – Strawberries, Agave and Crystallized Ginger

Gently sweet, a little salty and a little spicy. Is your mouth watering yet? Anyone that follows my blog knows that I tend to keep things simple. As soon as I the ingredient list climbs above 7 items I know the likelyhood of people making it goes way down.  We […]


Coconut Berry Crisp – On The Grill!

 It’s gettin’ hot in here. So heat up the grill instead of the oven! (Although feel free to use the oven too – I tried both ways and they both work well.) This was the dessert I made TWICE over the memorial day weekend.  Fruit crumbles and crisps are probably my […]

Coconut Berry Crumble

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet and only around 150 calories!

Gingery Pepita Bars – a little spicy, a little salty and a little sweet. 100% delicious. These are so satisfying and EASY to make – you’ll never spend money on pre-made bars again.  I’ve been making tons of variations of these with whatever is on sale.  I simply add enough dates, […]


Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge

Surprise and delight your friends with this Decadent Black Bean and Quinoa Brownie Fudge!  Over a week ago I had this post read to print when the unthinkable happened.  In an effort to get back to some normalcy and keep my mind off things I am up and looking at […]

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Blissful Blueberry Bake and Six Disney Food Survival Tips

Six Disney Food Survival Tips Disney World. Is it one of your life’s dreams to get there? Or are you not into the lines and crowds? I would definitely put myself into the latter category.  Camping is one of my favorite pastimes.  Nature. Solitude. Calm.  My life is crazy enough […]


Six Sweet Recipes for Your Valentine

  Just a few sweet recipes for your Valentine! Coconut Banana Ice Cake with Chocolate Pecan Crust Chocolate with Sea Salt Toast Baked Monkey Oats Peanut Butter Cup Toast Sunday Morning Banana Lovecakes Oatmeal Cheesecake Bars   Happy Valentines Day! Love, Dawn    

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Vegan and Gluten Free Orange Almond Pound Cake made with Orange Almond Coconut Oil from Ziggy Marley Organics

 Naomi and Tammie – this one is for you! My friend Naomi, General Manager at Native Sun Natural Food Stores, asked me if I could create something delicious with a Ziggy Marley Organics coconut oil and I chose to make a pound cake made with the orange almond version at […]


Samoa No-Bake Energy Bites

Happy Holidays!  Before I get to the last of my rolled cookie recipes…..(this one posted because of MANY requests)….Samoa No-Bake Energy Bites ….I want to show some love to an amazing lady I met through my business – Andrea Peltier.  This is my second post in my “inspirational women” series […]

No-Bake Samoa Bites

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Mini Chocolate Chip Oat Bites and a Giveaway!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZANNE HIGBY! You are the winner of the FIVE FREE smoothies, juices, wraps or sandwiches at Native Sun Natural Foods Stores. Please go to the Baymeadows location to pick up your gift cards and mention that you are the winner of the Florida Coastal Cooking Giveaway. Pin this […]


Decadent Brownie Mila Rum Balls (Super Easy and Only 100 Calories and 3 Grams Fat!)

Brought to you by popular demand…..  Looking for the perfect dessert to bring to a party this holiday season?  Try these decadent brownie Mila Rum balls!  If you are short on time, these are just perfect! _________________________________ What is Mila? Mila is an organically grown, non-genetically modified blend of chia […]

Decadent Brownie Mila Rum Balls

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Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios

Living in Florida is such a blessing.  Not only was I able to take my cream colored Labrador, Tally for a walk yesterday without a jacket on (a fact I can really appreciate from growing up in Massachusetts), but the citrus trees are all heavy with fruit – including my […]