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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Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe. (Includes complete how-to VIDEO) These appetizers satisfy both the sweet and the salty.

These sweet and savory apple prosciutto appetizers are unbelievably quick and easy to make.

In fact, they are so quick to make, you can learn how to make them in just 30 seconds:

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For those of you who may want to print the recipe, here it is:

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers


  • 1 cup grated organic apple
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • baguette thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a bowl mix together apple, cheese, prosciutto, and oregano.
  3. Place baguette slices on a baking tray. Top with apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

The next time you need an appetizer that will satisfy both the sweet and the salty as well as the gooey from the cheese, whip up a batch of these and watch how fast they are devoured.

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This is the Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

The Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best whole grain pumpkin bread recipe.

No one who eats this will believe it is 100% whole grain.

The bread bakes up unbelievably moist. Then it’s topped with a crunchy streusel topping that is so tasty you will want to eat it all on its on.

Make sure you buy white whole wheat flour. It is a whole wheat flour but it bakes like an all purpose flour.

In addition to the whole grains, I’ve replaced some of the refined sugar with honey.

There is still sugar in this recipe, but if you’ll look for organic evaporated cane sugar, it has more minerals than refined sugar.

whole grain pumpkin bread

I got the idea to use pepitas in my streusel topping from a restaurant in Seattle. My niece and nephew ordered squash bread and it came with a pepita topping. I’m not sure why we traditionally use pecans or walnuts in streusels when pepitas + pumpkin bread makes so much sense!

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons organic evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Struesel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x5 bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, oil, honey, milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour batter into bread pan.
  6. For the streusel
  7. In a small bowl combine all streusel ingredients. Butter should be cut it to resemble small peas.
  8. Top bread with streusel. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before attempting to remove from pan.

Happy pumpkin bread baking!

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Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking. 

It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.

This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.

Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.

The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.

Apples cooking for homemade apple cider pie

Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.

After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.

The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.

I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!

For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:

Homemade Apple Cider Pie Recipe



  1. Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  7. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  8. Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
  9. Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.

I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.

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How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Follow this recipe for how to make homemade mango salsa, and you can’t go wrong. Pretty much, if you can chop, you can make this recipe!

This recipe is excellent on it’s own. However, if you have any of the following at home, don’t be shy about adding:

1 diced peach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 diced avocado (or 2 if you have ’em!)
1 diced red pepper

Or perhaps you are the type that wants to add them all? I say go for it!

Now I know that every family has a least one cilantro hater. (Is that you?)

If you want, you can leave out the cilantro and replace it with flat leafed parsley.

Mango Salsa Recipe

I love to serve this salsa with chips. But it’s also tasty on grilled chicken or broiled tilapia. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and viens removed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. Remove seeds from the tomato and finely chop.
  2. Finely chop mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  3. In a small bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  4. Chop cilantro, toss into the salsa, and stir.
  5. Squeeze juice from the lime over the mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!

How will you be serving your homemade mango salsa?

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Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice CreamIs there anything better than cold ice cream on a steamy summer night?

Strawberries are so sweet and juicy this time of year, they are just begging to be made into no churn strawberry ice cream.

This recipe is so simple. There are only 4 ingredients. And the fact that it doesn’t need to be churned means less time and effort in the kitchen.

However, you will need an electric mixer. You can whip the heavy cream by hand, but using an electric mixer will speed up your prep time.

Your ice cream will get fairly hard after 6 hours of freezing. Allowing it to sit on the counter for a few minutes will greatly help with scooping.

easy to make strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream


  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar


  1. In a large bowl, stir together chopped strawberries and sugar. Set aside and let sit for an hour.
  2. Once strawberries have sat for an hour, begin whipping the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the strawberries, including all the juice.
  4. Stir the strawberry and sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream. Make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour ice cream ingredients into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  6. You will need to soften the strawberry ice cream slightly before scooping.
  7. Serve topped with fresh strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!

This is the perfect recipe for red, ripe strawberries.

no churn strawberry ice cream

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Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Homemade Corn Chips from ScratchHomemade corn chips from scratch are crisp, salty, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.

Even better, these chips are made from just 4 ingredients and they take under 30 minutes to bake.

The key to this recipe is to spread the corn chip batter out on a buttered cookie sheet and get it as thin as you can.

The thinner you spread it, the crispier the chips will be.

Homemade corn chips make the perfect addition to a lunch box or side to a bowl of chili, but they are best eaten while warm right after baking.

Warning: once you start eating these, you won’t be able to stop.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Bring the water and butter to boil in a small saucepan.
  4. Quickly stir in the cornmeal and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread the cornmeal batter out onto the pan as thin as you can get it. Try to maintain a rectangular shape. Don't worry if it gets lacey on the edges.
  6. Once spread, use a butter knife to cut chips into 1 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.

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