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So Berry Good!

Though it is still early for these yummy red berries in my part of the world, strawberries from more temperate parts of the world are starting to make an appearance in my local stores.

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and potassium, and regular intake has been linked to a reduction in body inflammation, which is involved arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis and cancer. Though nothing beats locally grown strawberries that you’ve picked yourself, getting four quarts for five dollars at the store comes pretty close.

My almost hubby (2 months to go!) knows me well… despite my insistence that I could go to the store and come back with the one single item I went for he gave me a knowing ‘I told you so’ look when I saw the near mountain of strawberries before me.

When we got home I managed to find a spot in my fridge for the delicious red morsels. Finding a spot in my tummy or freezer before they all started to turn was another matter however. I let almost hubby know I could take care of ‘the problem’ – and today I did just that!

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chocolate fruit and nut cookies

Fruit and Nut - Chocolate Inspiration

These lower sugar, vegan, gluten free cookies are inspired by my obsession with fruit and nut chocolate bars. Something about the mix of sweet fruit with bittersweet chocolate and toasted nuts has always been pure joy for my taste buds. These cookies have all the flavour of my favourite chocolately treat with the additional of actual nutrients!

These cookies are great with coffee or tea, and I’ve been told they aren’t too shabby as dessert with ice cream. Even my mom asked for the recipe, which is saying a lot!

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pumpkin pie square

Spicy Pumpkin Pie Squares

Most traditional pumpkin pie recipes have nearly a cup of brown sugar in them. Though I can’t claim that this version is completely sugar free (uses fancy molasses), I am confident that the sugar content has been greatly reduced without sacrificing a traditional flavour. The use of coconut milk creates a smooth, creamy custard. Couple this with the crispy, gluten free crust and a delicious dessert or on the run snack is born!

Though I chose to make more portable bars, this recipe will also work for a smaller pie – a great way to end any festive meal.

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crisp

Apple crisp for breakfast anyone?

Last night we made a fancy feast. While it was cooking, we realized that a lovely meal is made even lovelier when eaten with good friends. Thus, the texting began!

20 minutes later people were on their way when I realized that though we were well stocked with supper, wine, and even a baguette for our grain eating peers, this event was still missing a key ingredient… dessert!

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