Banana Zucchini Muffins with Chocolate Chunks

There are 3 good reasons (besides lemon zucchini muffins and healthy zucchini bread) why you would want to sweat in the kitchen in July’s blasting heat. First of all, your freckling bananas are probably “dying” to be used. You are walking around the fruit basket frantically thinking “What to do with you? What to do?”. Secondly, I can guarantee you have a zucchini in your fridge you have no idea what to do with. Thirdly, you need snacks. More snacks. Who doesn’t need snacks? It is July. You are frantically running…
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Banana Chia Pudding

I posted this banana chia pudding a few years back but pictures and recipe itself could have been better. A radio host said “January is like Monday of the year” while we were returning from a day of skiing a few days ago. So true, because I keep making and craving chia pudding. You definitely won’t find me doing it on a weekend. On a weekend I recover from a crazy week in the kitchen and we survive on Alex’s cooking and organic quick prep Costco finds (I spill…
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Healthy Snickers Bars with Oats

Snickers, Mars, Bounty, Kit Kat and Twix chocolate bars have a special place in my heart. When I was 10, my mom went to England to study for a month. I stayed with grandma in Ukraine and needless to say was crossing out days on a calendar. When mom came back, she brought me a pair of my 1st high heel girl’s shoes (black, lacquer; I wished my feet stopped growing) and a bunch of chocolate bars. Among them was Snickers. It was my first time trying a chocolate bar…
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Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

OMG these healthy no bake peanut butter bars! 6 squares you see was everything we had left in 2 days. That is all I got to photograph. They were so good, we ate them all, even my 4 year old gobbled them up and 8 year old was away camping. That means 3 of us ate a lot of peanut butter oat bars.:) All they contain is almonds, oatmeal, peanut butter, coconut flakes and a bit of maple syrup. You can add maple syrup and chocolate chips as…
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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Light, creamy and full of chocolate, this 3 ingredient Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream is our family’s favourite I have been making all winter long. Just been waiting for hot weather to hit our neck of the woods to share it with you. I find this ice cream easier to make than a traditional dairy one, and I believe it is tastier and healthier. My kids absolutely LOVE ice cream and do not object a slight coconut-y flavour of coconut mango ice cream and vegan vanilla ice cream I make. Because this…
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Chocolate Coconut Protein Bars

I do not hide the fact I’m super picky with protein powders – they gotta be clean! Last month I wrote why I ditched whey protein and what are my favourite good tasting and healthy plant-based protein powders. A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary “GMO OMG” and wrote about what I learnt from it – very sad overall but we can change that! With every organic purchase we make we cast a vote, and define the landscape of our food system – for us and our kids.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Muffins

I had no plans to post these whole wheat chocolate muffins as I was preparing them for kids’ and Alex’s lunch boxes for the week. I guess I was wrong. 12 muffins were gone in 4 hours between 4 of us and in the morning kids were super upset none made to their lunch boxes LOL. There were 3 muffins left before kids went to bed and my oldest one was really upset we ate them. I remade muffins yesterday and 5 muffins were gone still piping hot – my oldest…
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Cranberry Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bites

Not your traditional dessert – filled with superfoods like chia, hemp and buckwheat, these dark chocolate bites will be the star of your Holiday sweets table. Sweet cranberries with a hint of vanilla, paired with roasted salted pistachios and coated in a crunchy chocolate shell – to die for! And they are so easy to make, store and then just pull out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. Perfect for busy Holidays. I first saw Nature’s Path Qi’a at Costco almost a year ago. I have been buying…
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Chocolate Quinoa Granola

For the past few weeks, I have been in a baking mood. Since Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, end November marks Christmas baking for me (absolutely new concept to a Ukrainian immigrant which I happily adopted). After dropping off kids at school and daycare (thank goodness for those establishments), I turn on Frank Sinatra radio, my oven and am having a blast making the biggest mess in my kitchen! Cooking is my therapy and lately I have added Christmas crafting to the list. Wine, cooking and crafting…I know……
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Guilt Free Chocolate Fudge Cake

Decadence and health are the utmost right words for this heavenly dessert! Made entirely with fruit and nut derived products. Yes, it’s rich in calories and should be consumed in moderation, but nothing can beat the nutrition and health benefits of plant based food. So, enjoy your slice and share a few. This chocolate cake was inspired by this video of children working in slavery on African plantations, harvesting cocoa for our first world kids Halloween candy, poisoned with chemicals and in shiny wrappers. Majority of which ends up in garbage on November…
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