Food Photo Roundup 1: Desserts

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I’ve been busy spring cleaning my food photo collection (haven’t gotten to the house yet)…

I am guilty of accumulating pictures with the good intention of writing blog posts about them–  but then life gets too overwhelming, the photos get lost in the virtual world shuffle or I think “what was so interesting about this anyway” and nothing gets done.  Until now.   Round one here will include photos from my favorite thing to make in the kitchen– delicious desserts!

Enjoy these ten mouth-watering images and if something calls to you– print out the recipe, gather the ingredients and get creating something delicious for yourself….

  1.  Peanut Butter Chocolate “Cheesecakes” with Hazelnut Crust

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These were the Chocolate Cheesecakes from Abel James’ The Wild Diet.  They are the first thing I made from his book which details the benefits of eating REAL food and includes recipes.

Read the book if you’re interested in hearing more from the “Fat-Burning Man” or click on the link above for the recipe.

 

 

2.  Gluten-Free Tagalong Cookies

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Mmmmm, if you love Girl Scout Tagalong Cookies (aka Peanut Butter Patties), you will love these knockoffs from the Detoxinista even more.

Check out the step-by-step photos below…

 

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You make 3 layers:

an almond flour cookie base that you bake in the oven…

 

 

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a sweet peanut butter middle layer….

 

 

 

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…and finally a chocolate coating.

 

 

 

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Better than the real thing!! (…which, by the way, includes partially hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors in the ingredients.)

 

 

 

3.  Flourless Carrot Cake with Nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cakeCarrot Cake!  This one was tested for a client who wanted a healthier carrot cake recipe.   One with a real cream cheese frosting.  Who am I to disappoint?  Once I had the thought of a cream cheese frosting on my brain, I couldn’t rest until I made it.  What a refreshing break from my usual chocolatey desserts!

 

4.  No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie (Vegan)

1018152031bThis one has been made in my kitchen so many times I am actually shocked that I haven’t mentioned it until now.  It’s a favorite with several members of my family so when we get together I have a perfect excuse to make it again.  This pie is so  decadent and honestly does taste like a peanut butter cup.

Thanks again to the Detoxinista–  who has amazing recipes AND using the real food ingredients you all know I love and encourage you to use too.  She has a similar recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars that are equally as awesome.

 

 

5.  Paleo-Friendly Coconut Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

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This I first made to bring to a friend’s house when she invited me for tea.  We loved it!  I’ve made it at least 2 other times.

Thanks Real Food Liz!– author of the awesome must-read book Eat the Yolks.

 

 

 

6.  Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones

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These were first made for me by a friend who invited me for tea!  She introduced me to  Nom Nom Paleo where you can find creative recipes.

Using almond flour instead of regular flour, these are ideal for anyone who is gluten-free or who is simply looking to avoid wheat.  They are lightly sweetened with honey and combine the delectable flavors of cherry and chocolate.  Enjoy with a friend, good conversation, laughs and some tea!

 

 

7.  Coconut-Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Coconut flour is an ideal flour alternative for anyone with gluten or nut allergies/sensitivities.

Bonus:  It’s a terrific source of fiber!

 

 

 

I used Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips on some cookies and a square from a 70% cocoa Green and Blacks chocolate bar on others.

 

 

 

 

8.  Peanut Butter and Honey Chewy Granola Bars

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Wow, I am glad I came across this photo because I had completely forgotten about these.  With only three ingredients and no baking required there is no excuse to not whip these up and have them on hand for a nutritious snack.  Now that I remember, I want to make them again!

 

 

 

 

9.  Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

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Three main ingredients:  peanut butter, honey and an egg.  Oh yeah– and the chocolate chips!

I’ve made these into cookies as well.

Definitely a regular in my house.

 

 

10.  No-Bake Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

0720150846aIf you’re avoiding dairy but miss cheesecake, try these!  I’m apparently swirl-challenged so my strawberry sauce came out more like a layer– but that’s ok!

You need a high-powered blender to make the cashew-based cheesecake layer nice and smooth.

 

Have fun in your kitchen!  I hope you were inspired to make something new and please give yourself permission to eat things you love (if you don’t already do this).  We all need pleasure in our lives to thrive!

While making sweet things in my kitchen may be my idea of a good time, I also make plenty of meal-type foods.   My second round of food photos will be of the non-sweet/ real-food variety and typically don’t involve any recipes.  You’ll see more of a combo of foods and concoctions that I eat, but it might motivate you to think outside of your current food box.  Or could this just be my way of further procrastinating about spring cleaning the house?  Ewwww, Febreze, really?  See you soon for Photo Roundup Two…

 

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