Mint Chocolate Chip Dessert Bars Recipe

Mint Chocolate Chip Dessert Bars

Mint Chocolate Chip smoothies are one of my favorite breakfasts because they’re like starting the day off with a milkshake. I originally got the recipe from the Going Raw cookbook, but now I wing it when I make them–a little bit of mint, some banana, almond milk, a small handful of cacao nibs and maybe… 

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Granola

It’s true … I’m a granola fiend. Ever since I discovered how to make my own granola at home (and just how unbelievably easy it is), I’ve been a bit crazy for it. Every week or two, you can usually find me in my kitchen whipping up a new batch, almost always doing something to… 

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Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Build a Perfect Smoothie (+ a Chocolate Mint Green Smoothie Recipe!)

Photos by Rikki Snyder Hi there everyone and Happy New Year! My name is McKel–some of you may know me from Nutrition Stripped, my plant-based, gluten-free food and nutrition blog. I’m a Registered Dietitian, Health & Wellness Coach and food blogger who absolutely loves green smoothies; in fact I drink my Stripped Green Smoothie daily… 

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Vegan Frango Mints Recipe

Recipe | Faux-rango Mints (Homemade Vegan Frango Mints!)

I am originally from Chicago and Frango mints were always a big deal around the holidays. Marshall Field’s sold boxes in various sizes, so they always made a good Christmas gift–small boxes for co-workers, big boxes as hostess gifts. I loved those minty little chocolate squares, although, like so many other things, they don’t taste… 

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Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Recipe | Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge

This is the time of year when Chris and I fight about Halloween candy. I want to buy Sour Patch Kids and Skittles for trick-or-treaters because I hate Sour Patch Kids and Skittles. Chris wants to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers bars because he loves Reese’s and Snickers. So basically, I don’t want… 

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Tempeh and Hummus Pita Pizzas

What I Ate This Week | Greek Pizzas with Cauliflower Hummus and (Healthy!) Fudge

Did I mention that I got Invisalign a few weeks ago? I don’t think I did. And really, I wouldn’t mention it here (because do you care? probably not), except for the fact that it seriously messes with my eating habits because you have to take the aligners out in order to eat. I can… 

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Vegetable Lo Mein

What I Ate This Week | Vegetable Lo Mein, Crispy Cauliflower Cakes & Other Things That Make Me Happy

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I’m going to risk it: in 5 more weeks, I’ll be done with recipe development for my book! You can’t see it right now, but I’m doing a happy dance at my desk. (It’s probably best that you don’t see it. It involves a lot of erratic arm… 

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Samosa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

What I Ate This Week | Samosa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes & A Whole Mess of Strawberries

I’m on my way to Nashville today for a 3-day weekend, with a stop in Asheville, NC on the way back. Nashville is one of those cities that I’ve driven through many times, but haven’t actually visited. Recommendations for things to do (and places to eat) are definitely welcome because I’m probably going to be… 

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Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Recipe | Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

The most challenging thing about working on my cookbook so far has been the photography. I love taking and editing pictures, but I am the worst when it comes to staging them. My biggest issue is that I don’t plan on my props in advance, so when my food is finished, I’m frantically rifling through… 

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Super Duper Raw Power Salad

What I Ate This Week | Raw Salad, Raw Brownies and Cooked Cabbage Rolls

One of the things I got out of my failed juice cleanse experiment was the push I needed to add more raw foods to my diet. I have no desire to eat 100% raw, but when it comes to vegetables, I definitely prefer cooked, which means that my eating habits are not as well-rounded as… 

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Grasshopper Brownie Cookies Recipe

Recipe | Grasshopper Brownie Cookies

I always make a few batches of cookies for the holidays, but it’s been several years since I did a lot of holiday baking. You know, the three-day baking marathons that leave you with flour in your hair and flecks of buttery sugar stuck to your face–that kind of holiday baking. But I am doing… 

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe + 99 More DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe + 99 More DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

I think it is safe to say we have officially entered last minute territory when it comes to Christmas gifts. If you still have shopping to do, you better do it soon! And oh, it will be awful. There will be lines. Screaming children. The things you need to buy will be sold out. But… 

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Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions & Mustard Greens

What I Ate This Week | Pasta with Mustard Greens & Other Kitchen Experiments

The time change has really messed with my cooking and photography schedule. I keep forgetting that I have to start working on dinner an hour earlier than I did last week. The upside of this is that I’m getting some good practice with low light photography. It’s hard to resist the urge to go into… 

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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

What I Ate This Week + Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

After the massive amount of cooking last week, I wanted this week to be easy. Sometimes you want fancy pasta with artichokes and white wine. And other times, you want to eat nachos while wearing sweatpants and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Oh, guess what? I have a nachos recipe for you on Monday! Here’s what… 

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Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

I had been obsessed with the Instructables eggless mug brownie for a few weeks, but with two tablespoons of oil in each serving, I just had to break up with it. After seeing a recipe for 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies on Cookies & Cups, I wondered if maybe I could shave some calories off the Instructables… 

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Pumpkin Walnut Butter Cups

What I Ate This Week | Make These Immediately: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

Yes, that’s right, immediately. Get in the kitchen, now! Pumpkin Peanut Walnut Butter Cups from Domestic Fits // These were my indulgence for the week. Instead of making mini cups, I made big ones and instead of using peanut butter, I used homemade walnut butter (see below!). I also sprinkled a little fleur de sel… 

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Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats

Recipe | Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats

For a long time, I didn’t know that pomegranates were edible. I thought they were for decoration. My mom used to have a jar filled with little dried pomegranates underneath the coffee table in the living room and when I was little, I liked to empty them out onto the carpet and shake them to… 

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Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos

What I Ate This Week | Butternut Squash Tacos (with Corn!)

Early September is a pretty good time for fresh produce. Most summer fruits and veggies are still in season. But! Fall produce is also starting to be in season. It’s like when The Real Housewives of Atlanta is wrapping up and the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is just starting and… 

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Recipe | Orange Cardamom Chocolate Mousse (Dairy-Free!)

Sometimes I think I have a touch of synesthesia. Example? Whenever I cook or bake with cardamom, I think of fuzzy argyle sweaters. I was quite sure this was another symptom of that pesky synesthesia. Next thing you know, I’ll start tasting numbers, right? Or hearing rainbows. (I bet they sound like ABBA!) But then… 

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Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Recipe | Mexican Chocolate Breakfast Shake

When I was in college, I often started my day with a weight loss shake. I’m not gonna name names, but they rhymed with GrimFast. They were pretty disgusting (and kind of tasted like the can they came in–because really, who doesn’t like a gritty metallic chocolate flavored shake first thing in the morning?), but… 

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