Chocolate Chip Avocado Mini Muffins

fullsizerender-3   After my Chocolate Avocado cake disappeared into the bellies of my boys in ONE day, I just had to bake something more with this creamy combo. I love how an avocado acts as the perfect fat once smoothed out, I didn’t need any oil for this recipe. I decided to use my Vitamix for this recipe because it’s my favourite kitchen toy and it gets the avocado to a pureed state without any little pieces. Here’s the recipe:  Chocolate Chip Avocado Mini Muffins Makes 24 mini muffins Ingredients:  1 ripe avocado 1 ripe banana 1/4 cup raw honey 7…

Gluten-Free Chocolate Avocado Cake

This cake speaks for itself.  Creamy chocolate, creamy avocado. Not much more to say but YUM. From a nutritional perspective, it’s a heart healthy cake. I used avocado and olive oil in this recipe which contain a significant amount of monounsaturated fat which help to support and strengthen the cardiovascular system. Raw cacao is rich in the mineral magnesium which helps to relax your heart and you in general. I gave it to the boys for dessert tonight and after doing 20 laps around the house they slipped into dream land faster than usual. I’m going to thank the magnesium…

Memories of a Chocolate Covered Cereal Bar

  cereal bar   An old friend from elementary school came to visit me with her two adorable kids a few weeks back. Growing up we spent many days together listening to Smashing Pumpkins, talking about boys while snacking on her mom’s amazing cereal bars. It’s pretty special what you can experience when you indulge in enjoyable recollections of past events. I could almost taste those delicious bars when we were catching up. So I had to try my own version with a nutrition focus for my kids…and well, me too. So here they are with protein, minerals and healthy fats….did I…

Chocolate Crispy Cups with Maple Coconut Tops

IMG_9227     We can’t get enough chocolate cups in our home. There are endless reasons why I love them and the list gets longer every time I make a batch. Here are a few: They take 10 minutes to make It is the easiest recipe EVER. My 6 year old can make it without supervision. They look like you’ve slaved over them for hours. They contain simple, real ingredients that provide benefit to the body. You can get creative with so many flavour variations. They are a perfect dessert for when company is unexpected. They keep for a long time…

Coconut Kiwi Chia Pudding Recipe

Chia pudding is a energy-boosting, velvety tasting, good-for-everyone snack/dessert or even meal (if you make it with the right ingredients) I make at least one batch every week and change up the flavours. Chocolate is usually my favourite, but I decided to change it up this week. I’m SO SICK OF THIS BONE CHILLING WEATHER, so I made a tropical-tasting chia pudding to add some sunshine to our food. Watch this video for the recipe! <3 Miranda…

4-Ingredient Non-Dairy Cashew ‘Whipped Cream’

  Having cashews around the house is a great idea due to their versatility – you can have them raw as a snack, sprinkle them on salads or use them in baking. Cashews are packed with essential minerals and contain 5 grams of protein per ¼ of a cup. This cashew cream recipe is delicious! The “cream” is sweetened naturally with medjool dates, which provide a good source of minerals and fibre. It is so rich and creamy, you will think you are eating dairy.       Ingredients: 1 cup raw organic cashews (soaked in 1 cup filtered water…

Natural Delights Medjool Dates Contest!

  Check out The Polka Dot Plate Blog ~ Nature’s Sour Skittles & Caramels for a chance to WIN a selection of Natural Delights Medjool Dates!…

Nature’s Sour Skittles & Caramels

Kids love sweet foods! Obviously this is not ground-breaking news of any kind. But what is ground-breaking is that kids can enjoy sweet treats in a healthy way. Their first taste of sweet begins in utero with amniotic fluid, which contains fructose, glucose, fatty acids and amino acids. As a result babies are born with a preference for the sweet taste of mother’s milk. This initial stage of nurturing creates a safe and comforting feeling that is associated with the sweet flavour. This soothing feeling from sweet foods lives with us into our adult years. You might find yourself digging…