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Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my absolute favorite treats!  Not only for Valentine’s Day but really any time of the year.  And I have a pretty good idea that you may also love a deliciously dipped strawberry into sweet dark chocolate with fun different toppings sprinkled on top!  So, of course, I wanted to share How to Easily Make Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries with the Prettiest Toppings just in time for this love-inspired holiday. Not only are they delicious, they are simple to make and much healthier than the chocolate strawberries you buy at the store or bakery. 

Chocolate strawberry with cashews Chocolate covered strawberries with dried rose petals Chocolate covered strawberry with candied ginger

I have two different recipes for you to choose from, both are vegan, dairy-free and great options.  One is a bit easier I would say than the other, and the other one you’re making your own superfood chocolate!  The choice is yours – you can’t go wrong with either one!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries with toppings

Recipe One

(easier option in my opinion; plus the chocolate remains smoother)

Ingredients:

Toppings:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Crushed raw cashews
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips
  • Organic pastel sprinkles (purchased at Whole Foods)
  • Pomegranate powder
  • Dried culinary + edible rose petals (you can find at a local spice shop or order online)
  • Peanut Butter (sugar and oil free)
  • Candied ginger pieces

Directions:

  1. Wash strawberries and allow to thoroughly dry before dipping.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate over the stove until it becomes a smooth consistency.
  3. Stir often.
  4. Add in sea salt and cinnamon and stir well.
  5. Remove pot to another burner, and begin dipping your strawberries.
  6. Make sure to add your toppings quickly as the chocolate will begin to harden.
  7. I listed all the different toppings I used, but feel free to use any that sound fun to you!
  8. Place dipped strawberries on a cutting board (make sure will fit nicely in the fridge) with parchment paper on top and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!  And share with your loved one or sweet friends and family!
Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries Chocolate Covered Strawberry with Pomegranate Powder

Recipe Two

(instead of melting chocolate chips, you’re making your own superfood chocolate!)
Homemade and Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Toppings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • optional: 1 tbsp Madagascar Vanilla Bean ghee butter (from Fourth & Heart)

Toppings:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Crushed raw cashews
  • Mini vegan chocolate chips
  • Organic pastel sprinkles (purchased at Whole Foods)
  • Pomegranate powder
  • Dried culinary + edible rose petals (you can find at a local spice shop or order online)
  • Peanut Butter (sugar and oil free)
  • Candied ginger pieces

Directions:

  1. Wash strawberries and allow to thoroughly dry before dipping.
  2. Over medium heat, melt coconut oil.
  3. Stir in the cacao powder, syrup, vanilla, sea salt and ghee.
  4. Continue stirring until all combined into a nice chocolate consistency.
  5. Remove pot to another burner, and begin dipping your strawberries.
  6. Add a variety of your favorite toppings.
  7. Place dipped strawberries on a cutting board (make sure will fit nicely in the fridge) with parchment paper on top and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!  And share with your loved one or sweet friends and family!
Hope you have the sweetest Valentine’s Day! Lots of love!
xoxo signature-silver
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Pumpkin flavored everything all day, every day.  It’s one of the best things about fall!  Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin pies, and now Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts! Who doesn’t love pumpkin, donuts and anything mini?  

These donuts are not only cute, delicious and full of fall flavor, they are also gluten-free and dairy-free making them allergy-friendly.  Not to mention they are made with healthier ingredients and are refined sugar free.  No post-donut guilt here!  Plus, we can’t forget about the dark chocolate drizzle on top!  So yum! 

Detail photo of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts

They are super easy to make, we promise you can make them in a snap! (must see video for reference;) These are perfect to make on a fall Sunday morning to enjoy with a cup of coffee, bring to a holiday dinner or party, or to make as a sweet surprise for a sweet friend. Also, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, making them a fun Thanksgiving breakfast option or a tasty treat to enjoy over the long holiday weekend! I collaborated with an oh-so-talented friend of mine, Peyton Frank, to create a video for this recipe.  Here’s our fun video on how to make these Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts!  (Make sure to watch until the end!  It’s the best part!)

Gluten-free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with Kara Stout from Peyton Anne Frank.

Makes 42 mini donuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 15oz can organic pumpkin
  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2½ tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts Cinnamon and pumpkin for Mini Pumpkin Donuts Almond flour with gold measuring spoon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt, and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs.
  4. Add almond milk, whisked eggs, melted coconut oil, and pumpkin to dry ingredients, and mix well until completely combined.
  5. Grease each mold in mini donut pan with coconut oil.
  6. Add dough to each donut mold.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Oven times may vary.  Do the clean toothpick test to make sure they are done.
  8. While donuts are cooling, melt chocolate chips using a double boiler or a makeshift double boiler (just a small saucepan filled about halfway with water and a heat-safe glass bowl on top.) First, bring water to a boil, turn down to a simmer, place glass bowl on top, add chocolate chips to bowl and stir while chips are melting so it becomes a smooth consistency.
  9. Drizzle melted chocolate on donuts.
  10. Enjoy right away or place in the fridge to harden chocolate.
  11. Store in airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. They taste awesome right out of the fridge too with the hardened chocolate!
Baked Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts in baking pan
Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts in baking pan with orange and white pumpins Closeup of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with chocolate Detail of Gluten-Free Mini Pumpkin Donuts with chocolate drizzle
Video by: Peyton Frank
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I’ve been obsessed with making homemade, healthier ice cream the past several summers, and now with the addition of my new ice cream maker (it’s only $59 too!), it has been even more fun creating unique ice cream flavors. Plus, these hot summer Texas days have me craving ice cream on the regular! What inspired this Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream was a beautiful photo on the cover of Food & Wine Magazine, the June edition. It looked absolutely delicious. I adapted the recipe to be dairy-free, refined sugar free, less ingredients, plus added in the unique flavor of rose water with dried rose petals sprinkled on top. 

Cherries and Roses

If you’re not familiar with rose water, it’s a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking, but we really should include it more in our recipes as it adds such a beautiful, floral flavor. Now, I must warn you to not use a lot. A little goes a long way! You really just want a delicate hint. You can find rose water at your local Mediterranean/Middle Eastern markets (I love the one in Plano for those of you who live in the Texas area. It’s called Shandiz Mediterranean Grill & Market, located at Coit & Parker.) You can also try health food stores or natural grocers, and if you don’t find it right away, ask someone to help you locate it if they carry it. Rose water is usually stocked in the “ethnic food” section. You can order online as well.

Cortas Rose Water

I also want to encourage you to still make this recipe regardless if you have an ice cream maker or not. You definitely don’t need one! I explain what to do in the directions if you don’t have one. It does make it a lot faster (and more fun!) with an ice cream maker, but it is not a necessity.

Cherry rose ice cream in glass bowls

Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipe

Makes 5 scoops

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup unsweetened organic coconut cream (1 to 2 cans)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 – 1½ tsp rose water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ – ¾ cup fresh organic pitted & halved cherries
  • 3 tbsp shelled raw pistachios
  • Optional: sprinkle dried edible rose petals on top

Detail photo of Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Directions:

  1. For the coconut cream, you want to choose an organic, full-fat unsweetened coconut milk in the can. Place the can in the fridge and leave for at least 24 hours. One can of coconut milk may provide enough cream for 1 cup. If not, use a second can.
  2. The cream and water will separate in the can, so be sure not to shake the can because you just want the cream that is on top.
  3. Open can gently and scoop out the cream into a measuring cup. Stop when you begin to see the watery liquid.
  4. Blend coconut cream, maple syrup, rose water, vanilla and cinnamon in blender. Blend well.
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl and whisk.
  6. Fold in cherry halves and pistachios.
  7. Scoop mix into ice cream maker and churn for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, that’s fine. You can simply place in the freezer for at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight, and it should still give you a good ice cream consistency. You may have to let it thaw a bit if you leave it in overnight.
  9. Scoop ice cream into bowl or ice cream cone, and enjoy!
  10. Fun option alert: Sprinkle dried edible rose petals on top!
Cherry Rose Ice Cream Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Cherry Rose Dairy-Free Ice Cream with flowers and cherries in bowl


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Here’s to delicious homemade cherry rose ice cream and to savoring every last moment of summer! xoxo signature-silver
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I have to admit, I looked in my fridge and threw this smoothie bowl concoction together on a whim! I didn’t know how it would turn out with the addition of the lemon juice. I love lemon and add lemon juice to the majority of my juices, however, I’m not sure why I wasn’t adding it to my smoothies. Well, I did, and I love how it turned out. There’s just a hint of that fresh, citrus taste and then with the sweet cherries and acai, this bowl has quickly become a favorite of mine and my hubs! He actually said, “who needs ice cream when you have that?!” It was so cute he said that and said it with such enthusiasm. That means a lot especially because he does love ice cream! With that kind of encouragement, I knew I had to share on the blog! 

I posted my Cherry & Fig Acai Bowl recipe last summer and included some great info on what acai actually is and why it’s beneficial. Here’s what I shared: Pronounced ah-sigh-ee, this berry is a powerful superfood, packed with antioxidants {10 times more antioxidants than red grapes}, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, B vitamins, omega fats, and electrolytes. These low-glycemic, dark purple berries look similar to blueberries.  You might be wondering why we don’t eat them as berries and instead consume them in a powder form. Acai berries grow on palm trees found in Central and South America, around the Amazon River regions. Once they are picked, they quickly start to lose their nutritional potency, therefore, they must be freeze-dried or frozen in order to maintain their exceptional nutritional profile and be available for us to enjoy. I love the Navitas 100% pure freeze-dried acai powder that is organic and non-gmo. This Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats. It also provides plant-based protein from the hemp seeds. The ingredients can help boost your immune system and are anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. The natural melatonin found in cherries can also be beneficial to your sleep. It’s dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free. What I love too is that it can obviously be a wonderful, energy-boosting breakfast, but it can also replace ice cream;) and provide a much healthier dessert.

Acai bowl with granola photo

Cherry & Lemon Acai Bowl Recipe

  Servings: 1-2 {makes plenty if you want to share!}

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seed

Optional toppings:

Directions:

  1. Pour almond milk into high-powered blender.
  2. Add frozen banana and frozen cherries and blend well. You may need to use a tamper to help you blend as the smoothie will be thick due to frozen fruit.
  3. Add in the juice of ½ a lemon, acai powder and hemp seeds and blend well.
  4. Pour into your favorite bowl.
  5. Top with fresh raspberries, blueberries, granola and dark chocolate chips.  Note: You can add any fun toppings you’d like, such as coconut flakes, raw nuts, almond butter, bee pollen, and other fresh fruit.
Cherry and Lemon Acai Smoothie Bowl Photo Enjoy!!
xoxo signature-silver
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If you’ve been reading along for a bit or following me on instagram, it’s probably pretty clear that: 1. I love breakfast foods + desserts. 2. I love chia seed pudding {which can be either a breakfast or a dessert!}. 3. I love blood oranges. I play around a lot with different flavors of chia pudding and different fun toppings, and I encourage you to do the same! It’s a great way to experiment and figure out your favorite combos. I have several favorites, like my Blackberry Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding and now this pretty Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding. 

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding with coconut and pomegranate seeds

Adding blood oranges to anything brings your dish to a whole other level, and adding them to a chia pudding makes this treat beautiful, classy and sophisticated. Aside from being pretty, it’s also healthy! Yay for healthy and beautiful foods! Blood oranges are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Eating these boosts your immune system, reduces cancer risk, and assists your body in absorbing iron. Not to mention how great vitamin C is for our skin, keeping it clear, young and glowing.

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding with pomegranate seeds

Okay, so here’s the not so great news – blood oranges can be difficult to find. I usually find them at Whole Foods. So, make sure to keep an eye out for these and snag them when you can! Here’s the good news though – they are still in season until May! If it’s too difficult to find them, you can use regular oranges to still get that sweet, citrus taste. This chia pudding is full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber.  It’s a perfect breakfast to keep you full and give you plenty of energy!  It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Blood Oranges with flowers on Chia Seed Pudding

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk {Here is my favorite brand!}
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup grade B
  • 1 blood orange

Toppings:

  • Extra fresh blood orange juice
  • Blood orange slices
  • Coconut flakes
  • Pomegranate seeds
* * You may not be able to find pomegranates now, so top with any of your favorite berries or fruit.

Blood Orange Chia Seed Pudding Detail photo

Directions:

  1. Combine almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup into a mixing bowl and stir well.
  2. Juice blood orange in juicer or use a handheld juicer.
  3. Stir in orange juice.
  4. Cover the bowl with Saran Wrap.
  5. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. In the morning, take out your chia pudding and top with a little extra fresh blood orange juice (I just hand squeezed several drops), orange slices, coconut flakes and pomegranate seeds.
Blood Orange, Pomegranate, coconut flakes on  Chia Seed Pudding xoxo signature-silver
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Raspberry Lemon Superfood Muffins Yay, it’s officially spring! Which means time to share lots of fresh spring recipes! Starting with these favorites I made for Easter last year. These Raspberry Lemon Superfood Muffins were a huge hit so I decided I must share them on my blog this year. The berry-citrus combination of raspberries and lemon makes these beyond delicious and taste just like spring in a muffin.  keep reading
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Chocolate Chip Cake Pops with Roses So, I have to admit I am a chocolate lover! Dark chocolate lover to be exact. And I love creating recipes with chocolate…if you haven’t noticed by now. Luckily, chocolate can be a healthier treat! Depending on the quality, ingredients, amount and source of sugar used in the chocolate, it can definitely be nutritionist-approved. For this recipe, I used my favorite high-quality brand of dark chocolate chips.  keep reading
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Pumpkin spiced popcorn Excited to share this post with you for two main reasons!  One, it’s National Popcorn Popping Month, did you know?!  Haha, I’m guessing probably not!  I recently found out myself.  And two, because like everyone else, I love pumpkin spiced everything!  So, I thought why not create a fun, simple Halloween treat that is, of course, healthier than most caramelized or sugar popcorn snacks.  keep reading
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Apple Fauxnuts Yes, I’m back with another apple post!  Two posts in a row!  I just can’t help it, apples are just too good in the fall.  If you missed last week’s Apple Pie Smoothie, make sure to check it out! It’s a great seasonal breakfast.   Plus, I included a little info on apples you might find interesting. I’ve been slicing apples and topping with almond butter and dark chocolate chips for some time now, but it wasn’t until I came across the Lorna Jane blog post on apple fauxnuts that I was inspired to make my snack look like donuts and to get even more creative with my toppings! These fauxnuts are a perfect snack, breakfast or dessert.  Plus, they are super fun to make since they look like donuts and you can add all kinds of fun toppings!  Unlike donuts, however, there is no guilt with enjoying these treats plus they are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, basically all kinds of free.  Plus, all the goodness from the apples and protein and healthy fats from the almond butter.  I prefer the freshly ground almond butter from Whole Foods that you grind yourself.  keep reading
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Watermelon Pizza Summer is not over yet, so let’s savor these last summer days and fresh, seasonal fruit! Watermelon is the epitome of summer, and we just can’t get enough of this sweet hydrating fruit.  We can enjoy this summertime favorite by making fresh watermelon juice, adding it to salads and smoothies, making watermelon ice cream, and now watermelon pizza! This is the perfect summer treat to share with friends, bring to a BBQ {perfect for Labor Day!}, enjoy on warm summer nights, eat poolside, and is a fun unique way to eat a variety of your nutrients.  It’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, and magnesium.  It’s delicious, healthy, and so simple to make!  keep reading
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