Category Archives : Dessert


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, raisins or prunes so that […]

Gingery Pepita Energy Bars

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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 my site and want to […]


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 as it is, so going […]


Happy Valentines Day

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    


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 the suggestion of Tammie, the […]

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No-Bake Samoa Bites

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 and in this world of […]


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 recipe: WHO would have ever […]

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Decadent Brownie Mila Rum Balls

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 seed that is cold pressed […]


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 Meyer lemon tree. When you […]

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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 weight in liquids so it […]