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Chewy Oat Granola Bars

Chewy Oat Granola Bars

Our son, Austin, is almost 2.  His food preferences are changing from liking softer textured fruits and veggies to him preferring crunchier fruits and veggies and more protein, like raw nuts and meat.  I tell you, just when a mom gets her food prep down to a pattern, it switches on her!  I had grown…

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Guest Post: Homemade Oreo Cookies

Guest Post: Homemade Oreo Cookies

Y’all are in for a treat today.  I have more desserts to share today, Thursday, and Friday, so keep coming back for some yummy additions to your fall and Christmas dessert spreads! First, I have to start with a little situation control.  I hate to have to even say this, because so many of you…

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I was craving snickerdoodle cookies a few days ago, badly.  I think it was buildup of seeing bake sales and not-good-for-you-but-taste-so-good treats all weekend at a fall festival.  Do you ever experience those food envy cravings?  I had to get in the kitchen and figure out how to make some snickerdoodles.  This recipe is inspired…

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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

After emails from a few different folks requesting and almond flour chocolate chip cookie that used eggs, I’m finally satisfied with the way this following recipe turned out.  It took a few tries to get it right, so the cookie wasn’t too hard, too soft, too puffy, too crumbly, etc.  To get the same results…

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Cookie Swap Recipes to Revisit

Cookie Swap Recipes to Revisit

Unfortunately there are no new cookie recipes to share this Christmas from my kitchen.  With a newborn in the house, I’m lucky if I make it in there to make dinner every night!  But I’ve been reading your emails and requests for cookie recipes, with cookie swaps holiday parties coming up!  Wanted to send along…

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Cocoa-Nut Bites

Okay, I can finally start sharing my favorite recipes that have gotten me thru some pretty intense pregnancy cravings.. I call these my Advanced Plan “Cocoa-Nut” Bites.  I’ve found certain flavors and foods from my childhood have been creeping back into my mind…  Grilled cheese sandwiches, Oreos, Reese’s peanut butter cups…   These quick and…

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"Candy Cane" Macaroons

Continuing on with my three newest Christmas inspired dessert recipes in honor of my 12 days of Christmas Cookies post… I got the initial idea for these delicious Christmas cookies from a friend’s party, where she served these: Her version of candy cane macaroons.  I had but a small bite, just to experience the taste…

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Christmas Cookie Day!

‘Tis the season to bake (and eat) cookies & sweet treats.  Here are 12 of my all-time holiday favorites, one for every day of Christmas!  Most of these are holiday classics converted into Maximized Living Advanced Plan doables by yours truly.  Some are my own creations fit for this jolly time of year!  I’ve had…

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip CookiesMakes 12 cookies 2 1/2 cups almond flour1/4 tsp sea salt1/4 tsp baking soda1/2 cup raw butter or coconut oil, melted1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract4 tsp spoonable stevia powder1 cup 73%+ dark chocolate chips 1.)  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, leaving out the chocolate chips for now.  With a…

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Almond Cookies

This recipe was perfect for the Holidays this year!  These are a little different than your typical sugar cookies made with white flour, but these taste GREAT and are so much better for you.  These cookies bake up a little more cakey in texture than crispy-crunchy. Almond CookiesMakes 15 Cookies 2 cups fine ground almond…

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