Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies | Swirls and Spice

Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies {GF}

Even though it’s January and I’m on a salad kick, no way am I going to give up cookies.  They are my favourite.  And what about some chocolatey cookies that taste amazing?  Sign me up!  Oh, and they’re healthy too!  Morning, noon, or night, you won’t find me hesitating to take a bite. What’s in these cookies that counts as healthy?  Almost everything.  Starting with superfood … Continue reading Cocoa Nut Breakfast Cookies {GF}

Chocolate Dipped Banana Bar with Toppings

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pop Bar

When I saw this super idea at Hidden Ponies to make marshmallows pops with melted chocolate and assorted toppings, I knew we had to try it with bananas.  Because I’m just not that into corn syrup. As much as we like sprinkles, to avoid artificial colours this time, I rummaged through my cupboards and the refrigerator and found a healthier array of coatings–pretzels, pomegranate fruit, … Continue reading Chocolate Dipped Banana Pop Bar

Instant Banana Coconut Grain-Free “Oatmeal”

So easy to make you won’t believe it, this paleo “oatmeal” is the best!  And the minimum number of ingredients?  Two.  Coconut and banana.  I sat amazed after the first bite! This ultra simple recipe came about because starting every day with eggs was getting boring.  Furthermore, eating nothing but protein in the morning seemed to result in a headache.  In my quest for variety in the grain free … Continue reading Instant Banana Coconut Grain-Free “Oatmeal”

Cherry Coconut Banana Ice Cream {Dairy-Free, No Added Sweetener}

Creamy coconut milk, naturally sweet bananas, and fresh B.C. cherries swirl together in this cool treat that offers guilt-free indulgence.  Kissing sugar goodbye is a lot easier with ice cream like this! I’ve seen so many tempting ice cream recipes this summer, and I would love to try them all.  Last week, however, I decided I needed to eat healthier so that I can keep … Continue reading Cherry Coconut Banana Ice Cream {Dairy-Free, No Added Sweetener}

Cherry Coconut Cream Sodas

When sweet cherries, creamy coconut billows, and sparkling soda come together, you can’t help but have a good time.   It’s not hard to imagine yourself stepping up to an old-time soda fountain as you sip a nostalgic glass of Cherry Coconut Cream Soda.  The blend of cherries and coconut cream, with a bit of frozen banana and almond extract, can stand on its own as … Continue reading Cherry Coconut Cream Sodas

Marmalade-swirled lemon cookie squares on a glass serving platter

Citrus Swirl Lemon Bars

Over the last decade I have experienced life in places with radically different weather and have had to learn to cope.  I went from enjoying mild, snowless “winters” in subtropical Vietnam to frigid temperatures and heaps of snow Chicago, before moving on to Nebraska, and now further north to Canada.  Last winter we wore snow boots every day from October to April up here, I … Continue reading Citrus Swirl Lemon Bars