Halloween Candy and Treats

Halloween is just around the corner and that usually means buckets of refined sugars, chemicals and artificial dyes.  This year, instead of reaching your hand in the candy bowl, reach instead for some healthy homemade candy that won’t fill your body with unwanted and unnatural ingredients.  Here are some of our favorite candies… Homemade Candy Bars   Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites   Homemade Reese’s Peanut...

 

Snickerdoodle Truffles

Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies.  I actually like them better than chocolate chip!  I’ve tried countless ways to make a healthy snickerdoodle and never was able to come up with a winner.  Considering that snickerdoodles are mostly sugared butter that is baked into a puffy cookie I pretty much have zero hope of finding a vegan snickerdoodle that I can eat.  That’s when my brilliant hubby suggested that I make a snickerdoodle...

 

All Fruit Gummy Bears

You know as a grandmother I must provide my grandchildren with treats. I think it’s in the contract somewhere. Providing no sugar vegan treats must have been in the fine print cause I’m not sure how that slipped past me. But, I love my grandchildren and I’ll go to any length to find ways to put smiles on their faces with sweet and fun treats. Have you heard the Gummy Bear song or watched the video? It’s a lunch time You...

 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Truffles

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…another truffle recipe.  Do we really need another one?  Yes, yes we do.  If there is room in the world for 4 seasons of Jersey Shore then there is more than enough room for another truffle recipe.  Especially this one!  Hidden underneath it’s fluffy white exterior is a rich chocolatey brownie  and a ripe juicy cherry.  I love chocolate covered cherries and haven’t had one in years and...

 

Caramel Delites (Samoas)

  Each year OVER 200 MILLION boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold in the U.S.  Have you ever looked at the ingredients in the cookies?  There are 6 different kinds of sugar listed for Caramel Delites - the second most popular cookie.  The truly sad thing - the bakers of Girl Scout cookies indicate that high fructose corn syrup is a necessary ingredient in ensuring the quality of the cookie.  Never fear!  Now you have a wholesome,...

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Truffles

One of my all time favorite meals as a kid was peanut butter and jelly.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I’m always trying to come up with new and interesting desserts for my family to have and after making a couple of different ‘truffles’ the idea to make a PB&J one sounded perfect.  It took about 4 different tries to come up with the right ratio of peanut to dried fruit but finally I got it right.  These...

 

Peanut Butter Fudge

Those that know me know that procrastinate is my middle name.  I’ve honed this skill over many years and I can even procrastinate procrastinating.  Yes, it can be done, come over for an afternoon and watch as I procrastinate procrastinating the laundry.  Yet just thinking about chocolate and peanut butter makes we want to sprint to the kitchen and whip up a super yummy dessert.  Maybe if my husband covered the laundry in chocolate peanut...

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Everyone in my family eats healthy including my 2 little kiddos.  While they don’t understand the fine details about our way of eating they do know that we don’t eat things with the ’bad sugar’.  Whenever we are out shopping my daughter Keegan will ask if something has the ‘bad sugar’ or not.  On a recent trip she asked about a bag of chocolate covered pretzels with a peanut butter center.  Of course there...

 

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

I read in a national health magazine once that if something tastes good then it’s probably not good for you.  What????  Is this really the message we want to convey to people - healthy eating = bad tasting food?  I wish I could have invited that author to my house for dinner one night!  Give me ‘clean’, natural, wholesome ingredients and I will give you a dish that will have you asking for more.  Case in point -...

 

Peanutty Brussel Slaw

Wait, stop, come back. Don’t stop reading because this recipe has Brussel Sprouts. Really, they are just like mini cabbages. Everyone likes mini things. Like those mini corn on the cob, or mini patty pan squash, or baby carrots. Besides, this peanutty dressing is so good that, as my sister would say, she would eat…..maybe I better not repeat what my sister would say. Anyway, you have got to try this and see for yourself how good this...