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The Ultimate Healthy Monkey Bread

The Ultimate Healthy Monkey Bread

A much healthier recipe for pull-apart bread with a sweet cinnamon-spiced caramely coating. Secretly guilt-free & only 120 calories!     On Christmas mornings throughout my childhood, after about half of the presents had disappeared from underneath the tree, their festive reindeer- and Santa-adorned wrapping paper carelessly strewn about the floor instead of wadded...

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Healthy Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Nov 29, 2016
Healthy Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars

Skip the coffee shop treats and make this guilt-free recipe at home! Sweet cookie bars full of festive cranberries & topped with cream cheese frosting. Only 108 calories!     During the holiday season each year, a few of my high school marching band friends and I try to get together to catch up...

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Cranberry Orange Mini Muffins

Nov 27, 2016
Cranberry Orange Mini Muffins

A guilt-free recipe for sweet orange muffins full of fresh cranberries. Perfectly tender, absolutely irresistible, & secretly healthy with just 36 calories!     Every year, I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to partake in anything Christmas-related. Although stores start stocking winter holiday merchandise before trick-or-treaters even buy their Halloween costumes, I...

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Skinny Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Mug Cake

Nov 20, 2016
Skinny Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Mug Cake

An easy recipe for a gingerbread cake that’s ready in just 10 minutes! Full of cozy flavors & lots of chocolate—but with only 135 calories, it comes with none of the guilt!     For part of college, I lived alone in a spacious one-bedroom apartment, which I absolutely loved. As an introvert, after...

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The Ultimate Healthy Cornbread

Nov 17, 2016
The Ultimate Healthy Cornbread

An easy recipe for classic cornbread with a healthy makeover! Lightly sweetened, perfectly tender & absolutely guilt-free!     Although most of my family looks forward to the side dishes more than the turkey on Thanksgiving (especially this healthy sweet potato casserole—it tastes like pumpkin pie!), the exact opposite scenario occurs with our main...

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Pumpkin Cowboy Cookies

Nov 13, 2016
Pumpkin Cowboy Cookies

An easy recipe for chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies full of pecans, coconut & chocolate chips. Sweet, absolutely irresistible & completely guilt-free!     Throughout my childhood, and even up until a few years ago, my mom’s parents flew out from Arizona to visit us at least once each year. They almost always came in...

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Baked Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

Nov 10, 2016
Baked Spicy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries

A 4-ingredient recipe for homemade sweet potato fries sprinkled with an irresistible spice blend. So easy, completely guilt-free & my all-time favorite fries!     This past September, one of my best friends, my mom, and I drove into the city on a Saturday evening to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the San...

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Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Pecan Pie Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery thumbprint cookies with a sweet filling that tastes exactly like pecan pie! Perfect for Thanksgiving & secretly guilt-free with just 50 calories!     During the four weeks leading up to Thanksgiving last year, I tested my recipe for the ultimate healthy pumpkin pie countless times, tweaking ingredients and instructions and baking times until...

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Practically Flourless Extra Fudgy Brownies

Practically Flourless Extra Fudgy Brownies

An easy recipe for extra rich & fudgy brownies made without traditional flour. So easy & secretly guilt-free with just 74 calories!     After finishing our finals during my senior year of high school, a few of my friends and I celebrated with lunch at the newly-opened Cheesecake Factory, located at our town’s...

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Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

A guilt-free recipe for extra chewy pumpkin cookies with a sweet cinnamon coating. Just 103 calories, but they don’t taste healthy at all!     The Saturday evening before Thanksgiving during my freshman year of college, a few guys from the low-key worship group I attended hosted a potluck-style “Friendsgiving Feast” at their house....

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