Category Archives : Dessert


Chocolate Peppermint Mila Popcorn and Dawn’s Top Ten Reasons to Give Mila as a Holiday Gift!

  Here are my top 10 reasons why Mila is the best gift for the people on your list. ____________________________________ 1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE to shop.  2. Fiber aids in WEIGHT LOSS and BALANCES BLOOD SUGAR:  How many people are struggling with weight loss and never feel full? Mila absorbs ten times its […]

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Coconut Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie – Vegan and No Baking!

Last Thanksgiving was my first plant based Thanksgiving experience.  Before the holiday I was a bit nervous.  No turkey? At Thanksgiving?  That can’t possible. But then I made this walnut loaf with all those comforting poultry seasonings.  And you know what?  I liked it even better.  It was moist, flavorful, made great […]


Curried Pear Crumble and Ziggy Marley

Mildly sweet, a bit salty and aromatic curry….VERY light and satisfying.  Those were the words I jotted down when I was writing up this recipe.  We weren’t especially hungry after dinner but wanted something  sweet.  I opened the pantry door and Ziggy Marley was staring out. That was it! The Ziggy […]

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Warm Cinnamon Skillet Apples

There is nothing like the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven.  It brings me back to my childhood in Massachusetts where apple pie was the dessert of choice at all the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other time of the year. Somehow we never tired of it. […]


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What is Inflammation and How Omega 3s Can Help

Wondering what is inflammation? Omega 3s can help! (Plus a bonus recipe: All Natural Zucchini Muffins with Mila Chia) “I hurt all over but nothing is broken”, a good friend recently said to me. What is all this talk about inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s attempt to defend itself against […]


All Natural Zucchini Muffins – Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and 100% Delicious

Happy Mother’s Day to all those Moms out there. All Natural Zucchini Muffins – Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free With the recent abundance of zucchini from the farm I had one thing in mind-zucchini bread. And then I started searching recipes and everything had about TWO CUPS of sugar.  What?  Is that […]

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Country Apples and Walnuts

My very sweet friend Suzanne is back at work from maternity leave and looks amazing – leaner than before she was pregnant! Everyone was amazed. We all asked, “How did you do it?!!” I was so happy to hear the weight just fell off after she and her husband watched […]


Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes

Oatmeal for breakfast is one of my favorite things – but sometimes plain old oats can be a bit boring.  To make it more exciting I turned it into a cupcake with Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter “frosting”.  If you have kids, this is a fun way to get them to eat their […]


Breakfast Oatmeal Cheesecake Bars

  These breakfast bars were a unplanned weekend creation. Originally they were intended to be a dessert; however, with over 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein and 0mg cholesterol, they are perfect for a filling and satisfying breakfast as well. I sprinkled a bit of coarse finishing sea salt over […]


Maple Walnut Peanut Butter for my Second Bloggiversary

This month I celebrated two milestones; the first being my tenth anniversary, October 6th, and the second  being my (belated) bloggiversary on October 8th . Looking back, I remember coming across a recipe on the blog Closet Cooking; the curried honey Dijon roasted chicken in particular was both where I learned about food blogs and […]


Coconut-Banana Ice Cake with Chocolate Pecan Crust

Did I mention that I made my own birthday cake for my birthday last weekend? I figured eh…why not?  I wanted to try out a new recipe and I could make exactly what I was craving. Coconut, banana and chocolate. I can’t think of a better mix of flavors.  It […]


Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Vanishing Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

If you read my blog you probably know I’m not much of a baker.  When it comes to baking desserts I have a few issues; 1) I can’t get myself to use white flour, sugar or butter so I inevitably try to “healthify” the recipe and it comes out crappy and 2) […]


Upside Down Fresh Berry “Cheesecake”

 Before I get into the recipe I want to mention, first, that I am so thankful for each and every comment on my site, and second, even though I use blogger I continue to have problems commenting on other sites with blogger as well as a few others.  Many times I […]


My Valentine

We had just gotten home from a romantic dinner in St. Augustine at my favorite restaurant, The Floridian.    My heart was racing, my face was flushed, I could barely concentrate….   In the name of love.  I was going to cook with two STICKS of butter and a cup […]


Holiday Chocolate Covered Popcorn

  This Friday is our holiday pot luck that I, personally, planned.  Originally my thought was to have a soup and salad pot luck.  How wonderful to have some fresh and healthy foods with all the holiday parties, Christmas, New Years….basically lots of eating  going on over the holidays.    That […]


Pumpkin Maple Tart

  Pumpkin Maple Tart (**Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut, Soy Free, Vegan) Serves 8 Printable Recipe   Ingredients   Dry: 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats 1/4 Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp Earth Balance   […]