No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

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I really wanted to create a recipe using chocolate that didn’t contain sugar. I asked Sugar Free Mom for her help, and she directed me to her recipe for Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Candy Bars. With that as a base, I was able to add in my raw cashews, and make a nice sugar free bark recipe that can be enjoyed all year long! Many thanks to Brenda for her help with this project of mine. I also want to apologize for not being able to truly capture the beauty of this recipe. I was having a very hard time getting my camera to do what I wanted it to do.

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Healthified Living – No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark (Photo 1)

No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

Stevia Sweetened Chocolate Ingredients:

* 1 – 4oz bar 100% Ghiradelli Unsweetened Chocolate (this can be found in the baking aisle)

* 3 tblsp Coconut Oil

* 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

* 1/4 tsp Salt

* 2 tblsp Milk of choice

* 1 tsp Liquid Vanilla Stevia

* 1 1/2 tbsp Powdered Stevia

Additional Ingredient:

* Raw Cashews

Directions:

Melt all chocolate ingredients in sauce pan over low heat on stove until completely smooth. Remove from heat and stir in raw cashews. Pour onto metal pizza tin and smooth into thin layer. Place in freezer (or deep freezer if you have one) until completely hardened. Use a metal spatula to carefully remove from the pizza tin. Break into the size of pieces that you’d like and enjoy! Be sure to place unused bark in a freezer safe container, and back into the freezer.

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Strawberry Pecan Yogurt – No Sugar Added

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I’m always looking to jazz things up in the food department. I get bored easily with the same ‘ole thing, so I’m constantly trying to find new flavors that satisfy the palate. Combining fruit with nuts and yogurt was exactly what I was looking for in a snack!

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Strawberry Pecan Yogurt – No Sugar Added

Ingredients:

* 1 cup Plain Yogurt

* 6-8 drops regular flavored Liquid Stevia

* 1/4 cup raw Pecans

* 15-20 fresh ripe Strawberries

Directions:

Combine yogurt and liquid stevia in bowl, and mix until well incorporated. Top with raw pecans and strawberries, and mix together if you wish. Eat to your heart’s contentment!

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No Sugar Added Raspberry Coconut Parfait

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When I was a child, my mom used to make this incredibly decadent dessert that was a coconut pudding (molded into a beautiful rosette mold), with a sweet raspberry sauce that she drizzled over the top of it. I have since craved this dessert many times, but have not been able to get her to make it for me again, as it’s quite a labor intensive dish to make.

So the other day when I was craving something raspberry coconut in nature, I decided to give a yogurt base a try, not even really thinking of that long ago enjoyed dessert. Much to my surprise, when I dug in & took my first bite of this, I was shocked to be instantaneously taken back to the flavor & delight of that very same dessert from my youth. It was joy at first bite for me!

It’s for that reason that I know I will be making this dessert for myself over and over again, minus any intensive labor!

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No Sugar Added Raspberry Coconut Parfait

Ingredients:

* 1 cup Plain Yogurt

* 6-8 drops of regular flavored Liquid Stevia

* 1 handful Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

* 1 handful Frozen Raspberries

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Healthified Living – No Sugar Added Raspberry Coconut Parfait (Photo 2)

Directions:

Place yogurt in bowl and add in liquid stevia. Stir until well combined. Mix in both coconut and raspberries until well incorporated. Pour into your favorite parfait glass or eat directly from bowl. Place a few extra raspberries on top if desired for decorative purposes. Enjoy!

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Green Apple Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie – No Sugar Added!

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I had a craving for the apple/cinnamon flavor combination, and instantly thought of how I could incorporate it into a delicious tasting smoothie. The end result was so extremely tasty, that my husband was even stealing sips from me! This is a smoothie recipe that I will definitely come back to again and again.

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Apple Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie – No Sugar Added!

Ingredients:

* 2 cups Almond Milk

* 1 cored Green Apple (I used Granny Smith, skins left on)

* 1/3 cup Raw Pecans

* 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

* 4 generous shakes Cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a  high powered blender and blend until well incorporated. Add ice if you wish. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Broccoli Slaw Salad

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I love love LOVE broccoli slaw because it’s such a versatile food, tastes great & is so good for me (and you)! I enjoy finding different uses for it, and this combination was so delicious, that I’ve actually made it for myself 3 times in the past week. If you happen to try it & like it, please let me know either in the comments section, or on my FB page. There are no exact measurements for this recipe, so please be creative and eat as little or as much as you’d like. Happy feasting!

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Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Broccoli Slaw Salad

Ingredients:

* Broccoli Slaw

* Grilled Chicken

* Fresh picked Strawberries

* Raw Cashews, Raw Pecans, or Raw Almonds

* Raw Pepitos (unsalted)

* Raw Sunflower Seeds (unsalted)

* Mayo

* Ranch Dressing

Directions:

Place a layer of broccoli slaw down on your plate. Cook & chop your grilled chicken breast, then place on top of broccoli slaw. Clean fresh picked strawberries and slice. Place on top of chicken. Sprinkle raw nuts & seeds at will. Drizzle as much mayo & dressing over top as you’d like. Mix all thoroughly until well combined. Eat until your little heart is content.

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Raspberry Chia Smoothie – No Sugar Added!

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As summer rolls along in full swing, this girlie is in full on smoothie mode! I am always looking to make different flavors of the good stuff, and this smoothie didn’t fail to satisfy. The raspberries and chia seeds collaborate nicely to make a belly pleasing smoothie that I know I’ll reach for again. And best of all, it contains no added sugar.

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Raspberry Chia Smoothie – No Sugar Added!

Ingredients:

* 2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk

* 1 handful Chia Seeds

* 3 handfuls Frozen Rasberries

* 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use BodyLogix Vanilla, which is stevia sweetened)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until well incorporated. Enjoy!

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Veggie Unspaghetti

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Veggie Unspaghetti

Our family loved this recipe so much, that I will definitely be making it again. I love that it contains no pasta, and is full of delicious veggie goodness!

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Ingredients:

* 2lbs Hamburger or equivalent amount Quinoa as meat replacement

* 1-2 cups cooked Cauliflower

* 1-2 cups cooked Broccoli

* 2 jars Spaghetti Sauce

* Generous amounts of shredded Colby Jack Cheese

* Garlic Herb Seasoning as desired (optional)

Directions:

Cook hamburger thoroughly & drain or cook quinoa. If using garlic herb seasoning, season your meat or quinoa during the cooking process. Place shredded cheese in with meat or quinoa and mix thoroughly, until cheese is fully combined & melted. Set aside. Boil both cauliflower & broccoli, drain, and add into the meat or quinoa and cheese mixture. Add in both jars of spaghetti sauce and stir until well combined. Enjoy!