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Chocolate Almond Butter Spread

Chocolate Almond Butter- all natural

For months I was roasting and skinning hazelnuts to keep a constant supply of Homemade Nutella in my house. Scarlett had become addicted to Peanut Butter-Nutella Sandwiches during our diet change. And who was I to stop such a beneficial love affair??

But to be quite honest, I got really sick and tired of the preparation process for skinned hazelnuts. Roasting and skinning, roasting and skinning, roasting and skinning… just about every 2 weeks like clock-work. If you’ve ever done the task yourself, I’m sure you know how tedious slash disastrously messy the whole thing is.

And I know that you can buy blanched hazelnuts online. But buying skinned hazelnuts at a local store was so much cheaper for me… and when your diet consists entirely of health food, you look where ever you can to save a little money. Even if it calls for some extra work.

Chocolate Almond Butter- all natural

So my solution? Chocolate ALMOND butter!!

You don’t need to skin the almonds. Just throw them in, turn on the food processor, and let them do their thing. Granted, almonds do take FOREVER to break down into butter… but at least I don’t have to peel the skin off of them and pick up all the debris.

Chocolate Almond Butter- all natural

And my daughter hasn’t said a word to me about the difference in taste. She is just as happy as she was before. And with a little extra time on my hands, I’m a little bit happier myself :) [click to continue…]

Maple Vanilla Muffins

Maple Vanilla Muffins - Naturally Sweet Vegan Muffins

Once upon a time, muffins were my favorite treat. I used to love going to the grocery store bakery and picking up one of those over-sized muffins to treat myself. Blueberry, specifically. I'm a big fan. I still really like... Read More

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie

Butternut Squash, Black Bean, and Kale Empanada Pie @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I've only ever had Empanadas once. They were little flaky, pastry pockets filled with seasoned ground beef, raisins, and olives. It sounds crazy but they were actually delicious. And I am pretty sure- authentic. Needless to say, now that I... Read More

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust {Raw & No Bake}

Maple-Cider Cream Pie with Pecan-Oat Crust. Naturally sweetened with apple cider and maple syrup only! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I went apple picking for the first time with my kids this past weekend. We made some AMAZING memories. And ate some incredibly delicious, fresh-from-the-tree apples. Boy, sometimes I find it hard to believe that people argue with the wonderful taste... Read More

Pumpkin Nog

Pumpkin Nog! Creamy, HEALTHY, and totally perfect for this Holiday season. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

I imagine that most of you are as SUPER excited about Autumn cooking and baking fun as I am! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and spices... ohhhhhhhh boy :D And to bring in the new season I whipped up a really yummy... Read More

Potato-Kale Gumbo

Potato-Kale Vegan Gumbo. Creamy and chunky. Loaded with nutrients! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

It's been a loooong time since I've made a soup. I used to make soups at least twice a week. When Dave was home it was his 'go-to' meal option for lunch. It's actually been kind of nice having that... Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars! Naturally sweetened and vegan. @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

Can I tell you something? I just made the most delicious, worth-every-single-bite, vegan treat that I have ever eaten! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. That's right- chocolate chip cookie dough topping a cheesecake filling, loaded on a perfect graham... Read More

Vegan Chocolate-Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch fine-grain sea salt, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, 3/4 cup oat flour @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

One day when I was flipping through one of my old recipe notebooks (trying to sort through the vegan/non-vegan recipes) I came across one of my girlfriend's favorite cookies- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bakes. You know the ones. They're those... Read More

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Almond Butter Pasta- SUPER creamy and incredibly low in only healthy fats!! @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I know what you're all probably thinking- "Finally! She's actually sharing a dinner recipe." Most of what I share on my blog are healthy, vegan smoothie and dessert recipes. Not exactly the most helpful things when you are trying to... Read More

Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake

Secretly Green Chocolate Smoothie-Shake. Sneak in those greens in the most delicious of ways! #vegan #healthy

Those of you that are familiar with my site, know how much I love a good smoothie. Smoothie's make up 2/3 of my daily meals. I have a Green Detox Smoothie for breakfast every morning and then for lunch I... Read More

Coconut Pecan Macaroons

Coconut Pecan Macaroons (NATURALLY SWEETENED- pecans, flax seed, coconut, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, & almond butter) @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan

My Mom works in a speciality gift store that has a simple bakery right at the entrance. When I was younger I absolutely ADORED going to visit her at work, if nothing else but to take my time perusing all... Read More