Paleo, Sugar-Free Strawberry Shortcake

So many people hate Valentine’s Day, but I adore it. I love any excuse to dress up, eat a fancy meal, and indulge in an epic dessert. Not like I need an excuse, but I really just love any reason to celebrate. Each year, I try to do something special. I usually take a friend on a “date” – a movie, a nice dinner, cute outfits, a smokey eye… you know the drill. I’m not sure exactly why I love Valentine’s Day so much. I think it’s because I love love. Love makes me happy. Being around it, seeing other people in it… it’s just…

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Eggnog Spice Cake (Paleo / Vegan)

Growing up, I really hated eggnog. Every year my uncle would try to convince me to drink it, and I’d turn up my nose. I’d always try a sip, though, hoping I would like it. Eggnog is so Christmassy, and I wanted to join in on the Christmas fun. I liked the ritual of going to the grocery store the day before Christmas Eve specifically to get some holiday nog. As much as I wanted to love it, the taste just didn’t do it for me. Then, magically, a few years ago I tasted eggnog again and became completely obsessed.…

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake (Gluten-Free / Vegan)

I was almost ready to tap out and officially take a break until after Christmas, but then I realized that one of you might want to make this glorious cake for your holiday festivities! I’m definitely a planner, so I’ve been planning out my Christmas recipes all week long. So many decisions to make! Do I want chocolate? Do I want something fruity? Do I want a pudding? A cake? Cookies? Brownies? I’m excited to show you guys what I end up making. We’ll see if it works out. In the meantime, though, I would highly suggest baking this dark chocolate…

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Paleo Chocolate Chai Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Before I left L.A. to go back to the Bay Area for winter break, I ran around like a madwoman trying to visit all of my favorite dessert places one last time. The dessert options for a high-maintenance health nut like me in the Bay Area are horrendous. Obviously, I had to go to Yoga-Urt before departing. Guess what their December special was? ICE CREAM SUNDAES. One of the sundae options was froyo on top of a chocolate chai cookie (topped with fudge, coconut whipped cream, the works). As soon as I heard about the chocolate chai cookie, I basically sprinted to the…

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Healthy, Rich Spiced Hot Chocolate (Paleo / Vegan / GF)

Is it really Christmas without hot chocolate? I don’t think so. Hot chocolate is an absolute staple during the holiday season. Thinking about all of the pre-made hot chocolate packets I used to guzzle down year after year for most of my life makes my stomach flip. I don’t even know what’s in those packets, but I know it’s not good. Definitely not real food. Probably gave me gut bugs. Hot chocolate tastes best when it’s healthy. I promise. Aaaaand this recipe has a few little twists, because you know I couldn’t just post about your average hot chocolate. First of all,…

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