Easy No-Bake Lemon Truffles Recipe

The BEST lemon truffles recipe in the history of ever. It’s easy, no-bake, and uses only whole food ingredients.

These aren’t exactly truffles in the traditional sense of a truffle.

Nope. What these are, are an amazingly delicious bite-sized treat made from real food ingredients for people who need a sweet treat but don’t want processed sugar and flour.

Make these for those moments when your sweet tooth is kicking in. This is the kind of treat that will satisfy you, but won’t leave you with regrets later.

I’m willing to bet, if you make these lemon truffles, most of them will disappear before you even have a chance to put them in the fridge.

Easy No-Bake Lemon Truffles are loaded with lemony flavor and are sweet with no refined sugar.

Easy No Bake Lemon Truffles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together dates, walnuts, almond flour, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mixture should form a ball.
  2. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Roll in coconut flakes and refrigerate until serving.
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These video instructions show you just how quickly you can make these:

Lemon is my favorite flavor for a dessert, but this recipe could be tweaked to include cranberries or raisins.

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Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make but tastes better than anything store bought.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

One of my fondest childhood memories involves digging into a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate shell sauce – otherwise known as magic shell.

I loved to crack the topping with my spoon to reveal the creamy vanilla ice cream underneath.

Although we try to eat healthy in our house, we all love a sweet treat. During the summer, ice cream is the top of our cravings list.

One night I decided to experiment with making a homemade chocolate shell sauce.

Why did I wait so long? This recipe is easy and the results are better than anything you can buy in the store.

Ice Cream Hack: Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce takes minutes to make. This ice cream hack will not only impress your kids but it tastes better than anything store bought.

If you are turned off by this recipe because you don’t like coconut oil, it may be that you’ve never bought the right kind of coconut oil.

Try buying refined coconut oil. It has a neutral flavor, so you skip the coconut taste. This is the brand I use.

If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. I don’t advise microwaving the chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Shell Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate.
  2. Once chocolate is melted, stir in coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour over ice cream. Allow to cool and set before serving (a few minutes).
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Truthfully, if I was making this chocolate self to eat by myself (and boy would I love to!), I would probably add some cinnamon or some cayenne pepper. I think both flavors pair so well with a dark, rich chocolate.

This recipe does make a generous portion. We had plenty leftover. I stored it in the fridge, then just reheated in the double boiler.

What flavor ice cream will you choose to top with your homemade chocolate shell sauce?

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Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whip up a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting in a matter of minutes!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

Who’s going to be the star of the next BBQ/Memorial Day/4th of July???

YOU ARE!

Just show up with a watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting and everyone will love you!

As an added bonus, this is really simple to make. Like really simple. I’m talking it can be done in about 15 minutes.

How’s that for easy?

Please use real whipping cream for this recipe. It’s so easy to make and it really does taste different from the frozen stuff.

homemade whipping cream

But if you must use the frozen stuff, I would adjust the amount of powdered sugar you add to the frosting. Start with just a 1/4 cup and add more as needed.

I can’t really tell you how many slices of watermelon the frosting recipe will frost. If your watermelon is sweet, you may need less frosting. If your watermelon turns out a bit tasteless (I’m sorry! Such a bummer, isn’t it?), you may find you want to add a thicker layer of frosting.

Your watermelon may also be wider than the watermelon I purchased. If that is the case, your frosting may not cover two slices.

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

IF you are worried about having enough cream cheese frosting, double the recipe. Any additional cream cheese frosting can be used as a dip for strawberries, or spread on a chocolate wafer, or sandwiched between two graham crackers, or just eaten with a spoon!

Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Berries or other fruit for toppings

Instructions

  1. Cut two one-inch wide slices from the middle of the watermelon.
  2. Beat whipping cream until stiff peak form.
  3. Add sugar, cream cheese and lemon zest. Beat just until smooth and combined.
  4. Frost watermelon slices with cream cheese mixture. Top with your choice of fruit toppings.
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I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to top my pizza – making it perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July. But you could also use peaches, bananas, kiwi…. choose any of your favorite fruit combos!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups From Scratch

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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

On a recent trip to Walmart, I discovered Silk is now making a nut based drink called Nutchello.

Oh. My. Goodness. Let me tell you about the Nutchello flavors! In my store, I found Dark Chocolate & Walnut, Toasted Cashew & Coconut, and Caramel Almond & Cashew.

They sound indulgent, don’t they? But guess what! Nutchello is verified Non-GMO, is free of soy and dairy, and all flavors come in at under 90 calories a serving!

You know I can’t pass up a yummy new treat like this when I see it.

I was going to grab the Dark Chocolate & Walnut flavor when my daughter chimed in that she would like try the Toasted Coconut & Cashew. So that’s what I picked instead.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

I like when I can say yes to my kids when they ask for something at the grocery store.

Once I got the Nutchello home, I started treating myself to an everyday afternoon indulgence by pouring a bit of Nutchello over ice right about 3 o’clock. It’s that bit of sweet treat I crave right about that time.

Since my daughter also likes Nutchello, I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a cookie cup of Nutchello as an after school snack.

These cookies aren’t overly sweet, are made from whole grains, and they contain no dairy.

It’s actually pretty easy to make cookie cups from scratch. The secret is in the construction.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

First, make sure your dough sticks together when you squeeze it. If its too dry, try adding another teaspoon or two of the coconut oil.

Next, add about 1/4 cup of cookie dough to each muffin cup. Work on forming the sides first. I like to use my hands to sort of press the dough into the sides then pinch it flat on the top.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Once your walls are all formed, you’ll add about a tablespoon full of dough and press it into the bottom and blend it into the walls. The shape will then resemble a cup.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Once you’ve baked your cups, you will line them with melted chocolate. The melted chocolate seals up any holes so the Nutchello won’t leak out the bottom.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Here’s your complete recipe for making cookie cups from scratch.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups From Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted to a liquid
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3.5 ounce bar chocolate
  • Any Flavor Nutchello

Instructions

  1. Grease 6 muffin cups.
  2. Add the coconut oil, brown sugar and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until creamy.
  3. Add the almonds, flaxseed meal, whole wheat flour, and egg and continue to mix on low until well combined.
  4. Take one ounce of the chocolate bar and chop it finely. Stir into the dough.
  5. Divide the dough into each of the muffin cups.
  6. Refrigerate.
  7. While the cookie cups are chilling, preheat the oven to 350.
  8. Bake cookie cups in 350 oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool in pan on wire rack.
  10. Use a knife to loosen the cups from the molds. Remove from molds.
  11. In a double boiler, melt the remaining chocolate.
  12. Drop chocolate by teaspoonful into each of the cookie cups and swirl to coat interior.
  13. Allow the chocolate to harden before pouring in Nutchello to serve.
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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

It’s 3 o’clock somewhere! Why not try making your own cookie cups and Nutchello?

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites – Perfectly spiced chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with sweet honey goodness.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Are you looking for something delicious to serve at your next tailgate or football party? Look no further than these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites.

The chicken is coated in a tasty seasoning. I’m talking totally coated.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

Then, you wrap it in a strip of delicious bacon.

wrap in bacon

This is where I tell you that the bacon is optional.

Yes, you can make a perfectly delicious chicken bite without the bacon. Your bite will still be sweet and spicy. So if you are someone who hasn’t subscribed to the bacon-makes-it-better way of thinking, try these without it. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are worried about the extra grease from the bacon, I pop these chicken bites onto a broiling pan so they don’t sit in the grease while they bake.

Once you’ve wrapped chicken in the bacon, you will brush on a sweet and tangy layer of honey. The honey makes it sweet, the apple cider vinegar provides the tang. It’s a delicious combination.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Deliciously seasoned chicken wrapped in bacon and brushed with tangy honey.

That’s all there is to this easy appetizer perfect for serving at any football viewing party.

I’ve made a quick video of the recipe so you can see just how easily this recipe can be made.

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 - 12 strips of bacon
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • dash red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a broiling pan by greasing the top.
  2. Cut chicken into 2-3 inch bite sized pieces.
  3. Cut strips of bacon into thirds.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and red pepper until well coated.
  5. Wrap each chicken bite in a piece of bacon and place cut side down on the broiling pan.
  6. Brush each chicken bite with some of the honey mixture.
  7. Bake chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon gets crispy.
  8. Serve!
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These bacon wrapped chicken bites are also easily transportable if your weekend takes you on a tailgate or picnic. You can serve these at room temperature and they will still be a total hit.

Of course, a party isn’t the only reason to serve these. The day I made this video, I served them for a quick and easy lunch. They were gone in seconds!

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Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Guilt Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Paleo Recipe has no added sugar and no flour

Odds are you already have everything in your pantry needed to make these guilt-free three ingredient peanut butter cookies.

Having all the ingredients on hand, you’ll find it’s so easy to whip up a batch of these cookies, you can have fresh, piping hot cookies whenever a craving strikes.

They are perfect when you need something sweet and satisfying but don’t want the guilt of a sugary, fat-laden and refined flour cookie.

The absence of any flour or sugar makes these a perfect Paleo, Whole30 or Sugar Detox cookie. (Remember when I did the 30 Day Sugar Detox?)

By the way, no flour = naturally gluten-free. Yay!

The key to this recipe is making sure your bananas are the perfect ripeness. Your bananas should be speckled brown all over. This ensures a high level of sweetness for your cookies.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies paleo recipe

If you are truly looking to cut back on sugar and transfats, make sure the peanut butter you use is 100% ground peanuts with no added oils or sugars.

I tend to buy this brand.

three ingredient peanut butter cookies

It’s almost impossible to screw this recipe up. Which makes it a perfect recipe to bake with your kids.

What kid doesn’t want to smash up bananas???

You’ll know your cookies are done when they are evenly browned.

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Guilt-Free Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: Paleo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mash the bananas.
  3. Add egg and peanut butter. Stir well.
  4. Drop by tablespoon onto greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until baked through.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
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To see just how easy it is to make these cookies, you can watch the 30 second video.

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What’s your favorite guilt-free indulgence?

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Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe Made With Just 3 Ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Turtles Recipe

When I first made this healthy chocolate turtles recipe for my daughters, neither one suspected they were made without caramel!

Now turtle lovers, please don’t be discouraged by the lack of caramel. I promise you plenty of sweet chewy goodness. It’s just that this recipe skips the refined sugars and relies on whole food in it’s place.

So what do you use in place of the caramel? Dates.

If you’ve never compared the flavor of dates to caramel, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much dates really do have a caramel flavor.

Using dates instead of caramel also makes this a super simple project in the kitchen.

I enlisted the help of my girls.

Easy to make healthy chocolate turtles recipe

They were responsible for ripping the dates in half (no knife needed) and stuffing each half with a pecan.

I bought the dates in a huge tub from Costco, and they come already pitted.

I also bought my pecans from Costco. (Nuts are definitely one of the 5 Things To Buy From Costco).

Using dark chocolate for this recipe means less refined sugars. I enjoy a deep, dark 85% chocolate, but if you don’t, try going for the 65% instead.

Healthy Chocolate Turtles

16 ounces dark chocolate
Pitted dates
Pecan halves
Optional: Sea Salt

In a double boiler, melt your dark chocolate. Split the date in half. Stuff date with a pecan half. Cover each turtle with a huge spoonful of dark chocolate. If using, sprinkle with just a grain or two of sea salt.

Allow chocolate to cool and set.

That’s it!

This healthy chocolate turtles recipe is easy enough that even little ones can help. Which is quite useful if you want to make these for a large gathering or to give away at the holidays.

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