Chocolatey Peanut Butter Bars (GF, DF)

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Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven. A little bit of sweet, and a little bit of salty – does it get any better than that?

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that pops into my head when thinking about this combination is a peanut butter cup. However, my cravings quickly dissipate when I remember just how many artificial ingredients are added to them, which wreak havoc on the human body.

Although these bars aren’t quite a peanut butter cup, they come in close taste wise. And guess what? They don’t contain any ingredients that aren’t good for you! How’s that for a healthy snack that also boosts your energy and your mood?

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Mocha Pistachio Poundcake for Mom (not anything free!)

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For Mothers’ Day I decided to bake something just for my Mom. Her FAVORITE flavor in the world for desserts is coffee – coffee ice cream, coffee cake, you name it. She doesn’t have any dietary restrictions and can pretty much eat anything and stay her tiny 5 foot size 2, so no gluten-free flour mixes or dairy/egg replacers for this cake. Just pure everything that Mom loves. She also doesn’t eat fruits, so my idea of whipping some strawberry preserves into the frosting for a lovely pink color had to go out the window too. I opted for real vanilla beans instead. Hope it’s delicious because I couldn’t taste any of it (given my gluten-free and dairy-free tummy). Happy Mothers’ Day Mom!

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Bambara Peanut Butter Rice Pudding (GF, DF, V, SF)

bambarapuddingAKWe found this amazing recipe for a rice-based porridge from Central Africa that can be eaten as a dessert or a slightly decadent breakfast! The original recipe was published in Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World by Allyson Kramer, and is so simple yet exotic at the same time. Plus you don’t have to travel to Africa (or find an African store) for any of the ingredients – they’re all available in US grocery stores!

The coconut milk in this recipe provides healthy fats and energy, while the peanut butter provides a protein boost and more healthy fats. Not a bad way to start off your day! Try topping with some dates, apples or Barnana snacks for a little variety! You could also make your own nut butter with our recipe for mixed nut/seed butter!


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