Apple Chicory Salad with Fennel, Walnuts, and Grana

This pretty in pink chicory salad gets bright pops of color and flavor from salty-sweet cheese, crisp apples, mild fennel and radish, and toasty walnuts, all wrapped up in a shallot vinaigrette. 

Apple Chicory Salad with Fennel, Walnuts, and Grana

I was thrilled to see that Bon Appétit dubbed chicories 2017’s Vegetable of the Year. I started out 2017 with a chicory salad – they always seem like the perfect antidote to holiday decadence. Even though it’s a new year and a new vegetable will be knighted this summer (any guesses?!), I’m still on a chicory kick.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free}

With a grain-free press-in crust, vegan cashew cream filling, and maple sweetened coconut whip, this no-bake chocolate cream tart is as nourishing as it is delicious. 

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free}

This past weekend, I found myself wanting a bit of a change from all the sweet, boozy richness of the holidays so I decided to do something I call Bojon7. It’s a week-long little mini cleanse of sorts I came up with a few years ago during a bout of neck pain where I casually avoid a handful of foods known to cause inflammation: caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, refined grains and flours, and dairy in excess. Today I’m sharing a grain- and refined sugar-free variation of the chocolate cream tart I posted yesterday that happens to neatly check all the Bojon7 boxes.

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Chocolate Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free}

No one will ever suspect this chocolate cream tart of being gluten-free and vegan thanks to a buttery almond flour crust, silky cashew chocolate pudding, and fluffy coconut whipped topping. Crust adapted from Alternative Baker: Reinventing Dessert with Gluten-Free Grains and Flours. {For a no-bake, grain-free, refined sugar-free version of this tart, see this post.}

Chocolate Cream Tart {vegan, gluten-free}

I’ve been dreaming of a vegan version of the chocolate truffle tart in Alternative Baker since I turned in the manuscript nearly 2 years ago, and I’m excited to (finally!) be sharing it today! So why did it take me so long to make this creamy, chocolatey dream a reality?

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Creamy Cashew Gingersnap Lattes {vegan}

Gingersnap spices, dark brown sugar, and whole cashews blended with hot coffee make the creamiest vegan gingersnap lattes in minutes. 

Creamy Cashew Gingersnap Lattes {vegan}

Who else scored a tin (or four) of holiday cookies over the weekend? We’ve been washing ours down with these cozy gingersnap lattes. These easy peasy drinks are made with the genius method of blending whole raw cashews with hot coffee, plus a touch of sugar and spice, into frothy deliciousness.

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Chestnut Cranberry Blondies {gluten-free}

Tart cranberries, white and dark chocolate chunks, and toasty pecans all wrapped up in a chewy chestnut flour cookie dough make these gluten-free chestnut cranberry blondies a festive wintertime (or anytime) treat. 

Chestnut Cranberry Blondies {gluten-free}

Remember when the winter holidays used to mean time off from school, trips to the snow, presents upon presents, and extra helpings of dessert? As a grown-up, the holidays make me more stressed out and anxious than any other time of the year. It’s as though every task I’ve been procrastinating over the previous year has finally come home to roost. I feel like I’ve been bouncing from project to project without getting much of anything done. I’m a poor multi-tasker and much more happy and productive when I have a little time and space for deep breaths, self-care, and hikes in the woods, i.e. NOT around the holidaze. When December comes knocking, I’d just as soon hide under the duvet stress-eating cookies until January.

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