Marbled Peppermint Bark

I have your new Christmas time addiction: peppermint bark. It’s dangerously simple, nothing is more Christmasy than cool peppermint, and nothing is more luxurious than dark chocolate and white chocolate swirled together in melty, delicious harmony. Now, these are not my usual refined sugar free treats because white chocolate has a lot of sugar, but making a few batches this holiday season won’t hurt! Eating “cheat” foods you enjoy without guilt, to me, makes living a healthy lifestyle honestly enjoyable! I love healthy food, and I love how I feel when I eat intuitively, and sometimes my intuition (especially when pregnant during the holidays) says to eat peppermint bark. No need to feel deprived this holiday season – enjoy your sugary treats if it feels good for your body! I hope this quick and delicious “recipe” (can’t even really call it that) hits the spot and brings holiday cheer!

Marbled Peppermint Bark


Ingredients

  • 8 oz of dark baking chocolate
  • 8 oz of white baking chocolate
  • 6-8 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 4 candy canes, crushed or roughly chopped

Directions

  1. Melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; heating for 30 seconds and stirring after each interval.
  2. Once melted, add peppermint oil and stir to combine.
  3. Spread dark chocolate thinly on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  4. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring after each 30 second interval of heating.
  5. Spoon globs (technical term) of white chocolate on top of dark chocolate, then create the “marbling” by running your spoon vertically then horizontally through both layers.
  6. Top the bark with crushed candy canes.
  7. Chill until solid (5ish hours in the fridge and 2ish hours in the freezer), then break into pieces using a knife. Enjoy the scraps before sharing with your kids 😉
  8. Store in the refrigerator.

 

This Marbled Peppermint Bark, along with my Molasses Cookies, have been made every Christmas since my husband and I were married; it’s a sweet (literally and emotionally) holiday tradition. If you are looking for refined sugar free Christmas desserts, please try the cookies linked above, as well as Two Layer Paleo Fudge, and for Christmas sweet drinks, look no further than my Death by Hot ChocolateSlow Cooker Apple Cider, and Dairy Free Eggnog. Whatever you end up making, I hope it brings some holiday cheer to you and yours! Spend time with your loved ones, indulge this holiday season…and enjoy your Pinch of Crazy!

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Apple Pie Parfaits

It is officially fall! The first day of fall was four days ago and the high today is…95. So while it may not quite feel like fall, we can still celebrate by busting out the decorations and using all the warm, spiced flavors! These Apple Pie Parfaits are full of all the fall flavors: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and coziness. 🙂 Warm, spiced apples are “cozy” between layers of dairy free whipped cream and nutty, crunchy granola crumble. Delicious! I knew this recipe was a keeper when my picky nephew kept asking for more. *praise hands* I hope you and your family enjoy this vegan, refined sugar free fall treat as much as mine did!

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Apple Pie Parfaits


Ingredients

    For the apple filling:
  • 4 medium sized apples, thinly sliced (I used two Gala and two Granny Smith. I also left the skin on for looks + extra fiber, but you can peel them if desired.)
  • 1 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the granola crumble:
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp of whole flax seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • For the whipped cream layer:
  • Generous spoonfuls of dairy free whipped cream (there is also a coconut cream whipped cream made by Reddi Whip)

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Drop apple slices in the boiling water and boil for about 5-7 minutes, until tender crisp.
  3. While the apples are boiling, make your granola crumble by combining all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined, but with texture – you don’t want granola dust!
  4. Once apples are cooked, drain and return to pot. Stir in remaining apple filling ingredients until all slices are coated in “coziness” 😉
  5. In a glass of your choice, layer whipped cream, granola crumble, and apple slices. Repeat layers until you reach the top, ending with whipped cream!
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Keep leftovers separate – apples in the fridge and crumble at room temperature. Simply reheat the apples when you want more and layer away!

For more recipes to celebrate fall (or “hotumn” as I saw on Facebook), check out my Cinnamon ApplesauceSlow Cooker Apple CiderPumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping, or Pumpkin Spice Cake. And to make your home smell like a fall-themed bakery, use my “recipe” for Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Scent! I certainly wish it were cooler, but it’s my favorite season, so I will still celebrate! Enjoy this marginally cooler weather, celebrate anyway…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Berry Watermelon Jigglers

Okay so I admit, I don’t know if “jigglers” is a word, but that’s what my mom always called the Jell-o squares she made us, and it’s just fun to say! We are still hanging out in the triple digits here in Texas, and I basically wish I could live in the refrigerator next to these refreshingly cool jigglers. These tasty little gelatin squares are made from fresh fruit, water, honey, and unflavored gelatin. That’s it! They are cool, fresh, and healthy! You get plenty of hydration from the fruit juice, antioxidants from the berries, and collagen from the gelatin. Not to mention, your kids will love them, and you can offer dessert without dripping sweat into a bowl of brownie batter. I hope these yummy fruit treats hit the spot for your family and keep you nice and cool!

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Berry Watermelon Jigglers

  • Servings: 16 squares
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh berries of your choice, or thawed from frozen.
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh watermelon
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 oz of unflavored gelatin

Directions


1. In a blender or food processor, combine fruit, water, and honey.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Strain juice through a nut milk bag
4. Follow the directions for your gelatin on how much juice to boil, but for the Knox brand (linked above), I boiled 3 cups of juice and sprinkled the gelatin over 1 cup of cold juice.
5. Pour boiling water over soft gelatin, and stir until all gelatin is dissolved.
6. Pour gelatin into a 9×9 pan or these cute silicone molds
7. Refrigerate for 2+ hours, until firm.
8. Slice (or use cookie cutters for fun!) into individual jigglers!
9. Keep leftovers refrigerated.

If you, like me, are not a fan of unnecessary sweating, check out some of my other no bake treats like Dairy Free Chocolate MilkshakesNo Bake Chocolate Date Cake, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. And for more berry treats, try my Berry Lemonade or No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust – which is divine topped with fresh strawberries. Whatever you end up making, I hope you enjoy! Stay cool…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes

We had our first triple digit days this week in good ol’ Dallas, Texas, and I have to tell you…it wasn’t that bad  I thought my face was going to melt off! Now you know I’ve had a long standing affair with chocolate (sorry, honey 😉 ), but when it feels like the oven might actually make my eyelashes meld into my eyelids, I am not about to bake – no matter how delicious a chocolate chip cookie might be. Thankfully I’ve discovered a lot of delicious, dairy free, no bake desserts where I can literally have my cake and eat it, too. One of those delicious desserts is, of course, “nice cream” – a creamy, sweet creation made with frozen bananas. This “milk”shake is a version of nice cream: a thick, creamy dark chocolate shake sweetened with honey and maple syrup, and thinned with coconut water for an extra burst of hydration + electrolytes. If you are melting in this heat wave, a big pitcher of Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes is just what you need to hydrate, cool you off, and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Dairy Free Chocolate Milkshakes


Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor
  2. Pulse/blend until smooth
  3. Serve immediately – chilled

For more no bake treats, check out my Chocolate Banana “Nice” CreamNo Bake Chocolate Date CakeNo Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate CrustMicrowave Molten Lava Cake, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Do you think I have a thing for chocolate?! 😉 Whichever no bake treat you whip up, I hope you enjoy! Stay cool…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Have you ever met a couple who had a perfect marriage? I have. They are both rich, and their sweetness and bitterness compliment each other in a decadent way. Peanut butter and chocolate. PB&chocolate4eva ❤

I'll stop with the corny mom jokes…even though it's true. Peanut butter and chocolate go together so deliciously perfect, and everyone knows it! And do you know what's better than a fudgy dark chocolate brownie? A fudgy dark chocolate brownie marbled with streaks of peanut butter and honey. *drool emoji* Add in that these brownies are also gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free and you've got a jaw-dropping healthier dessert! Even my picky nephew devoured one of these Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies and was an adorable chocolate-y mess. These brownies are delicious on their own, or topped with a scoop of nice cream for a spectacular sundae! Whip up a batch for all your summer celebrations!

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies


Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar free peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  3. Whisk together all dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Add melted coconut oil, almond milk, and the egg - stirring until well combined.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and honey.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the peanut butter/honey mixture on the brownie batter.
  8. Swirl with a knife to make a pretty marbled pattern.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the brownies bounce back when touched.
  10. Let cool completely before slicing.
  11. Keep leftovers covered at room temperature.


For more PB&chocolate recipes, check out my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie BarsDark Chocolate Peanut Butter CupsWholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats (AKA dessert for breakfast) I hope you find a scrumptious, healthier treat for you and your family! Have a treat, not a cheat, eat dessert…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I am sure you know by now that I’m a die hard chocolate fan. Or some may say chocoholic, addict, but whatever. The point is, I love chocolate! And if I were going to pick a cookie, it would 100% be my Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies, but sometimes people just need a little space…even from good things. So even though these cookies may not be chocolate, they are light, sweet, chewy, and tasty! They are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and make the perfect companion to your afternoon cup of coffee or can keep you company during your late night binge of reality TV. I hope you don’t discriminate against non-chocolate desserts – give these a try!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Makes 18 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup of raisins

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Line a baking sheet with a baking mat
  • Combine all dry ingredients (coconut flour through salt) in a mixing bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients (coconut oil through egg)
  • Stir until well combined
  • Add in the oats and raisins
  • Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on prepared baking sheet
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes, until the top springs back when touched and the bottom is lightly browned
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature

For more cookie recipes, check out my favorite Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies or my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars. I also have browniescheesecake, and mug cake if you want something in a different direction. I am here to be open minded to all kinds of delicious desserts! When I bake with healthier ingredients, I can truly enjoy my dessert without any stomach aches, blood sugar spikes, or mental guilt – and let’s be honest, dessert feeds the soul. Find something on my site to enjoy for yourself, or share if you want 😉 Either way, feed your soul…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

 

No Regrets Cheesecake

Recently, my husband and I shared a piece of cheesecake from that place with the 300 page menu. I’m sure you know where I’m talking about. It was delicious and extremely sweet…and I couldn’t even finish my half because I felt so sick. My husband selflessly sacrificed ( 😉 ) himself by finishing off the slice, yet I still suffered by listening to him burp all night. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a no regrets (no burp-inducing) cheesecake? Well I have it! A vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free, no bake cheesecake!

Read this in your best announcer voice: creamy, slightly tangy yet sweet whipped cream filling; atop a crunchy chocolate crust; all bathed in juicy, fresh strawberries. Are you drooling yet? Let’s get to this recipe!

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No Bake Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust

Makes one standard 9-inch pie pan.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of raw, unsalted nuts (I used 1/2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup of 100% cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • Pinch of cinnamon

For the filling:

  • 2 cans of coconut cream (my favorite brand because it doesn’t taste coconut-y!)
  • 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • Juice from a quarter of a lime

Topping ideas:

Directions:

  • In a food processor (this Cuisinart one is on sale!), combine all ingredients for the crust
  • Pulse until it comes together in a ball
  • Press out crust into a 9 inch pie pan or 9×9 square pan
  • Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling
  • Combine filling ingredients in a mixing bowl
    • Try and not get all the liquid from the coconut cream into the bowl, or it may thin out the mixture
  • Whisk together until combined
  • Pour filling over crust
  • Freeze for about two hours
  • Once solid, slice with a sharp knife and serve with desired toppings
  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge for a week

For more no bake desserts, check out my Chocolate Banana “Nice” CreamNo Bake Chocolate Date CakeNo Bake Pumpkin PieTwo Layer Paleo Fudge, or Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I have a strong love for all things dessert, and truly enjoy making classics healthier! I hope you enjoy them, too! Stay healthy while indulging a little…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie

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Tradition!

Thinking of the title for this first section, all I could think/sing was “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof…which then brought back a flood of old choreography from my college production and memories of my hot college boyfriend (now husband) playing Perchick. But that’s beside the point. The actual point is that at this time of year there are so many wonderful family traditions, and, unfortunately, some unhealthy food traditions.

One of the big Thanksgiving traditions is, of course, pumpkin pie, and it is honestly one of my favorites, but, wow, it is packed with sugar! I did a little research on a certain chain grocery store’s website and found that their bakery’s pumpkin pie contains 29 grams of sugar for a 4 ounce slice! Not only that, but the ingredients list was a cornucopia (see what I did there?) of artificial flavorings, science-y words I can’t pronounce, and, everyone’s favorite, high fructose corn syrup. Pumpkin pie may be tradition, but that tradition shouldn’t include mood swings and anxiety brought on by imbalanced blood sugar.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have your *pie* and eat it, too, because I have the solution! What I have is a vegan, no bake (can it get any easier?!), refined sugar free, and gluten free pumpkin pie. It is simple, sweet, spiced, and the main ingredient is *surprise* pumpkin, so it’s basically a vegetable side 😉 I hope you shake up the tradition of sugar crashes and bring this delicious pie to the Thanksgiving table!

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie

Makes one standard 9 inch pie.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

For the filling:

Directions:

For the crust:

  • Grease a 9 inch pie pan
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor (psst…great Christmas gift 😉 ) or blender
  • Pulse until combined, mixture should be balled up and sticky
  • Press out in prepared pan, it will be thin
  • Place in freezer while you prepare the filling

For the filling:

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
  • Beat together until smooth
  • Spread filling into chilled pie crust
  • Cover and let chill overnight
  • Slice and serve cold with whipped cream, if desired
    • I should mention here that I attempted whipped cream with coconut milk (probably would have been better with coconut cream), but it did not turn out, so it was more of a delicious drizzle!

For more pumpkin goodness, check out my Pumpkin Bread with Crumb ToppingPumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer, and Pumpkin Spice Cake!

If no bake desserts are your thing, I also have No Bake Chocolate Date Cake and Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream!

And if you need some ideas for healthy side dishes this Thanksgiving, I’ve got you covered with Roasted PotatoesCreamy Whole30 Mashed Potatoes, and Crispy Brussels Sprouts! I wish I could have done a turkey recipe this year, but due to our move to Texas, I just didn’t have the time; however, you can use the same recipe from my Roasted Chicken with Carrots and simply adjust the time and temperature for your turkey (about 15 minutes per pound at 325 F).

Turn traditional pumpkin pie healthier, have a happy Thanksgiving…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

 

Dark Chocolate Paleo Brownies

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Chocoholics Unite!

I think it’s about time I come clean… I’m a chocoholic. I mean, really. Not just like, “why, yes, I do enjoy a cookie from time to time” more like frantically shouting, “babe, you need to hide all of our child’s Halloween candy somewhere or it will be gone by tomorrow and I’ll be miserable!” I have to keep treats out of the house or I’ll go chocoholic crazy and eat them all without even blinking, but sometimes you just need a chocolate fix.

So what do you do when those chocolate cravings just won’t quit? Binge on less than satisfactory, high sugar candy bars that you stole out of your child’s Halloween bucket? (that’s not just me, right?) No! You whip up a quick batch of Dark Chocolate Paleo Brownies! Gluten free and sweetened with coconut sugar, these cake-like brownies are every chocolate lover’s dream! 100% cacao powder leads to a rich chocolate flavor, made even chocolatey-er (yeah, it’s a word…) by the dark chocolate chips studded throughout. Follow a fresh brownie with a glass of cold almond milk, and you have a delicious treat that satisfies the chocolate craving…without all the guilt!

Dark Chocolate Paleo Brownies

Makes one 8×8 pan. 

Ingredients:

  • One cup of gluten free flour (this 3 lb bag is 20% off until 11/16!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease 8×8 pan
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour through salt)
  • Add wet ingredients (eggs through vanilla), stir until well combined
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Spread batter into prepared pan
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let cool 10-15 minutes before slicing
  • Store covered at room temperature for 5 days

If you like healthier baked goods, you may like my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie BarsWholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and breads: Pumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping and Banana Bread with Granola Crumble; these wholesome treats are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth! If no-bake is more your style, I also have Chocolate Banana “Nice” Cream and No Bake Chocolate Date Cake; both are deliciously simple and sweet! No matter if you bake or blend up a batch of nice cream, I hope your sweet tooth is satisfied and your chocolate cravings silenced in a healthier way. Happy dessert-eating…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!

 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

 

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Oh Baby, Baby

Oops, I did it again! *Sing it with me ’90s babies!* I played with your heart, made another dessert! Okay, those aren’t Britney’s original lyrics, but it’s still a factual, fun song about ANOTHER DESSERT!!!

I’ll cool it with the exclamation points, now. But you have to admit, the thought of eating a warm peanut butter cookie studded with gooey chocolate chips fresh out of the oven is pretty exciting. What’s even more exciting is that these are gluten free, refined sugar free, could easily be paleo using almond butter, and could be vegan with a flax egg substitute (read how on this post). Another exciting fact is that these are super quick and easy to bake, and only dirties one bowl and spoon! Less dish washing needs an exclamation point, but I’m done now for real. Let’s get to the serious stuff. The recipe.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Makes 16 cookie bars, or one 8×8 pan you can eat throughout the week 😉 

Ingredients:

  • One cup almond flour
  • One cup coconut flour
  • One cup coconut sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of no sugar added peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease an 8×8 pan and set aside
  • Combine dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients
  • Add wet ingredients
  • Stir until well combined
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Spread batter into prepared pan
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are starting to brown
  • Let cool for about 20 minutes before slicing
  • Store covered at room temperature for a week

If you like cookies (and if you don’t, we probably can’t be friends), you should also check out my Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe and give them a try. Both of these cookie recipes are quick, simple, decadent, and guilt free! I hope you make some; tag me on Instagram (@mrsmollymills) and let me know how you like them. Good luck getting Britney Spears out of your head, have a dance party, bake some cookies…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!