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you need this easy no carb snack in your life

  You need this easy no carb snack in your life if you: want to satisfy your snack cravings with something healthy that has zero carbs prefer making healthy snacks but need something that quick and easy to put together love snacks that also make great gifts and party food are on the keto diet are on a sugar detox and need something to crush your sweet tooth craving love nuts (if you don’t this recipe definitely isn’t for you #wink) This is one of my new favorite recipes because it takes little effort to make, is completely addictive and …

no bake chocolate mint squares (vegan, no added sugar, paleo, gluten free)

.   There are three things I have to do before I start writing a blog post: get my pictures purdied up, make sure my nails are clipped short and fix my hair in a ponytail. The pictures are essential. The other two? Just a couple quirks that minimize distractions for me. LOL Now that those are out of the way, let’s chat about these no bake chocolate mint squares.     They are a minty take on a couple of recipes I frequently use for desserts and are fast and simple to whip up. The only downside, perhaps, is …

vegan nanaimo bars (no added sugar, no bake, paleo, gluten free)

  Last week I shared with you a no-added sugar brownie recipe that is a certified crowd please. Today I’m sharing one of my childhood favorites at Christmas time – naniamo bars. They are a Canadian thing that should take the world by storm and are named after Nanaimo, British Columbia which is on Vancouver Island. BTW…Vancouver and Vancouver Island are two must see destinations if you like to travel. But I digress… These vegan nanaimo bars almost brought me to tears. The first time because I nailed the recipe which doesn’t always happen. The second time because I rushed …

rockier road vegan brownies (no added sugar)

  Sometimes getting a recipe just right takes awhile. Sometimes the results are only good for the garbage (yeah, that bad). And sometimes they are an unexpected blessing. This last result is exactly what happened here. I can’t remember exactly what I was going for when I first mixed this rockier road vegan brownies recipe up. I think it might have been chocolate cookies. Anyway, whatever it was, it just didn’t happen. Except the results were exactly what I was going for in an chocolately fudgey vegan brownie recipe. Whooop, whooop! Then inspired by another recipe I saw in a …

snack to school week: apples + date caramel (vegan, no added sugar)

(Subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss a Snack to School Week – or any – recipe!)   The other week I shared this recipe for date caramel. This week, I’m sharing it again; this time with the quintessential back to school fruit: apples. My personal favorites are granny smiths because their tartness is a perfect complement to the natural sweetness of the date caramel. Organic apples are best since conventional apples rank #4 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list. (Hint: to have quick access to this list, download their Dirty Dozen app to your phone!) And on that …

snack to school week: trail mix

(Subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss a Snack to School Week – or any – recipe!) Today my children started back to school; it’s a day I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. Not just because we’re (okay, I’m) ready to get back on a more structured schedule, but because I’ve been dreaming up recipes and planning posts to share for “Snack to School Week” here on Wildberry Press! Yipee! Before we jump into today’s recipe, a little disclaimer…while I hope these recipes will please those little palettes – and your too! – I won’t use the …

date caramel (vegan, gluten free, no added sugar)

One of the hardest things I ever did was take on a three-month sugar detox several years ago. It took me more than a year to work up the courage to see it through, but once I finished it, I knew I never wanted to go back to my sugar-seeking ways. Except the thought of not enjoying desserts again, especially for special occasions, was a bit of downer. Thankfully, I’ve learned that kicking the added sugar habit does not mean you can never treat yo’self. In fact, it’s the opposite with recipes like this date caramel! This no-added sugar alternative …

chocolate mousse cake (vegan, sugar free, gluten free, paleo)

I’m not really sure if “cake” is the right work to describe this dessert. Pie doesn’t really fit either, although this does have a crust. But after doing some research to see if there was a more fitting name for this confection and turning up nada, I’m running with cake. Food people, if I’ve missed named this dessert, please let me know. I’m all ears. Ever since radically reducing my sugar intake a couple of years (and more on this to come next week), I’ve tried to stick to desserts that use mostly fruit to sweeten them. After seeing similar …

raisins & almonds

Little did I know when I learning to play “Raisins and Almonds” on the piano as a child, that it would become one of my favorite snacks. Mostly I was puzzled by the title and the lyrics and wondered why a child was comforted by their mother singing about raisins and almonds. Now I understand. Trying to eat a mainly whole foods, plant-based diet that is low on carbs and sugars rules out a lot of mainstream snack options. Raisins + almonds to the rescue. If I was into superheros they would be my Batman + Robin… a dynamic duo …