Chocolate Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies (No Added Sugar, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free)



Chocolate Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies without the gluten, dairy OR sugar!


I posted this recipe on Instagram over the weekend & it seemed to intrigue you all. Chocolate… Fudge… Cream Cheese… Brownies made without added sugar or eggs or dairy-based cream cheese! Sounds a little impossible, a bit improbable, but I live in the land of proving the impossible probable.


Nikki’s Coconut Butter sent me 3 of their coconut butter flavors to try. I’d never had their coconut butter before but the flavors had waiting anxiously for the package to arrive: Chocolate Fudge (cocoa, thinner than regular coconut butter), Vanilla Cake Batter (vanilla with a touch of coconut sugar sweetness), and Cashew Coconut (haven’t tried it yet!)


The Chocolate Fudge Coconut Butter was runnier than traditional coconut butter, so my mind immediately went to making brownies and using it to replace melted chocolate. The brownies contain gluten-free rice flour, coconut flour and tapioca starch. They’re cake-y (not dense cake-y though) and rich but without any added sweeteners!


I swirled the Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese into the batter because I knew it would need a flavor contrast to break up the richness of the dark cocoa. It stays creamy but bakes into the brownies, so you get the perfect bite of creaminess & cakey-ness. It’s Monday, I’m inventing too many words for one blog post.





    • Brown Rice Flour: I suspect you could replace it with an equal amount of almond flour or tigernut flour but since I’ve never tried that, don’t hold me to it. Experiment & let us know below.
    • Chocolate Fudge Coconut Butter: You can replace it with melted plain coconut butter, but I would add some chocolate chips to the batter for sweetness and to make up for the lost chocolate flavor.
    • Tapioca Starch: You can replace it with arrowroot starch.
    • Coconut Flour: I don’t recommend replacing coconut flour in my recipes.


Have fun with these low-sugar, gluten-free Chocolate Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies!


Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt with Grain-Free Granola

dairy free frozen yogurt


Dairy-free almond milk frozen yogurt topped with the best grain-free granola that you don’t have to make! It’s even vegan, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly!


I posted this recipe to my Instagram over the weekend after lugging out my stainless steel electronic ice cream maker! It was in hibernation since early fall & we are in the 70s from here on out in Florida now!


I had a container of Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt (plain, no sugar added!) in my fridge as well as an open can of coconut cream that needed to be used up! Thankfully, I also had some Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Banana Nut Granola in my pantry because I couldn’t think of a better topping for this dairy-free frozen yogurt!


This dairy-free frozen yogurt is tart, minimally sweetened and topped with crunchy, flavorful grain-free granola! It even uses sweet potato to make it extra creamy!


The reason why you see me using white sweet potato in my frozen treat recipes is because almond milk and coconut milk have a much higher water content than cream or whole milk usually used in ice cream!


All that fat helps it emulsify and prevent ice crystal formation which causes hardness. The sweet potato helps bind up some of those ice crystals so you get smoother, creamier ice cream without dairy or eggs!


You can flavor your dairy-free frozen yogurt however you’d like! You can blend in strawberries (or top it with cooked strawberries – yum!) or replace the sweet potato with avocado and a handful of spinach for a green smoothie type of frozen yogurt!


Get creative with your add-ins & toppings! I like when you use my recipes as base for your own kitchen experimentations because it helps YOU learn how combine flavors and textures too!


Looking for more healthy dairy-free frozen treats? You have to try my Macadamia Cinnamon Cookie Ice Cream & Apple Pie Ice Cream!








AIP Pizza – free of grains, dairy & nightshades!

aip paleo pizza gluten free


AIP Pizza made with chewy, foldable crust, nightshade-free sauce & dairy-free cheese!


Pizza is a hot button issue for me. After going gluten-free 6 years ago after a girl’s trip to NYC where I dove throat-first into many-a-slice-a-pizza-pie, I still mis it terribly! Pizza is my favorite food… and many of my fellow AIPers favorite food. I’m here to help fulfill your AIP Pizza dreams in anyway I can.


I’ve made Pesto Chicken Pizza, Garlic Lovers Spinach Pizza, Ham & Pineapple Pizza & Prosciutto and Fig Bistro Pizza for The Healing Kitchen. I’ve made Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza and Meat Sauce Pizza for Enthused! Right now if you look at the homepage of my website, it’s half pizza recipes. Living life over here. 


What I hadn’t yet made is your traditional thin crust, bendy, foldable, drunk college style, tomato-y, cheesy pie… um without gluten, dairy, nightshades or eggs.


aip paleo pizza


It kind of freaks me out to even put a recipe on the Internet for pizza that doesn’t include A SINGLE component of true NY-Style pizza. But hey – there’s millions and millions of people in America with autoimmune disease. And we can’t all eat gluten, dairy & nightshades!

Let’s be real – most gluten-free crusts leave a lot to be desired – they’re flavorless, crunchy and ruin the whole pizza experience. This crust however is based very closely on my original thin crust that you guys love so much! I’ve just added gelatin to make it more bendable but it still holds up GREAT!


The toppings, in my humble but accurate opinion, are necessary. Having just the “cheese” and “sauce” wasn’t enough to give me a full-on pizza vibe but adding the sliced kalamata olives, spinach and red onion took it to that level.








Yes. That was easy. No you can’t use cassava. Nothing replaces coconut flour. No you can’t use ground unicorn balls. 


Of course! You can use any homemade sauce but make sure it tastes closer to tomato sauce than not! In fact, make this recipe super easy by using KC Naturals Nomato Sauce instead of the one in the recipe!



Because I used carrots instead of tomatoes combined with some other tasty ingredients. If you want red sauce, add no more than 1/4 cup chopped red beets in step 1. It’ll change the flavor slightly but you should get your redder sauce. 



Yes you can replace the pumpkin with either butternut squash puree or sweet potato puree (for a sweeter sauce).

Yes you can use whatever dried Italian herbs you have on hand – basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram. I just didn’t want to go crazy on the number of ingredients since it’s a 3-part recipe. 

Yes you can use 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in place of the cream of tartar.

Yes you can leave out the probiotic but it helps give it a cheesy flavor. Not all probiotics will be acceptable here – just the one in my recipe because it is yeast based. (See nutritional yeast suggestion below).

Yes you can add 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast to the cheese. I personally don’t tolerate it, so that’s why I used this probiotic. 

No you cannot replace the coconut flour with anything else. It is very absorbent and needed in this crust recipe.

No I don’t know how to make this low FODMAP.

And I DEFINITELY don’t know how to make this low carb. 



Yes you can double & triple this recipe for a pizza night! You can either double the crust & cheese recipe and make 1 large pie (still rolled out just as thin) OR you can make 2 separate regular-size pies. If you follow the recipe as written, NO need to double the sauce recipe. There’s enough for 2 pizzas. You will have to double the crust & cheese though!



Yes you can make this ahead. You can make the crust ahead, pre-bake it & freeze it. You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Same with the cheese (store in fridge, not freezer). 



Okay, guys! Get your pizza on – get creative if you want to switch up the toppings. Make it your own! Use this recipe as a base for your AIP pizza dreams & let me know what you do!


+ yes it’s a bit of a time-consuming pizza (that’s what happens when you even have to make your own cheese!) but just make it a fun family or weeknight activity!




Curry Sweet Potatoes & Fennel


Nightshade-free Curry Sweet Potatoes & Fennel even your kids will enjoy! The perfect comforting Whole30 side dish!


Good day, friends! Well today is not such a good day because I am incredibly sleep-deprived with a migraine and a molar-teething toddler, but I’ll fake til I make it… if I ever make it to the end of the day.


We’ve been struggling big time with our sweet little monster for the last couple months as she gains more independence & “NO!” is her most used word after “Mommy”, “Dora” and “I want that”. We’re in the thick of parenting when you question your sanity, resilience & whether or not wine at 11 am is acceptable.


My body is clearly telling me it needs sleep and rest. I talk about the highs & lows of motherhood a lot on Instagram (where you can get to know me a lot better) and how difficult it is to take care of yourself as a mother. Add a chronic autoimmune disease that flares during times of stress, and life just got a bit more complicated.


Today I’m sharing the little doses of self-care I sprinkle throughout my day to manage motherhood & autoimmunity.


ASK FOR HELP. I asked my husband to get up at 4 am so I can try to sleep off this migraine. I asked him to give me a neck rub to help with the neck pain. I asked my mom to drive 3 hours next week to come help out for a few days. The days are over when I think I can do everything on my own. I am no longer resistant to asking for help. It’s how I keep my head above water & it’s allowed my husband to become equally involved in parenting rather than it just being “my thing as the stay-at-home mom”.


GO OUTSIDE. This is a big one for me. I can feel the tension and stress release from my body when I get outside. This morning I took my dog for a 30 minute walk while my husband took care of getting her dressed and ready for the day. I came back a bit more refreshed & our messed up circadian rhythm benefit greatly from early morning sunlight.


FUTURE FUN. I make sure to have something to look forward to the in the near-ish future that is all my own. For example, I have a Napa trip planned with my sister and a good friend for March. I’ll also be taking a couple more trips this year for my Beautycounter business.

Heck, even planning my February safer beauty gifts is a fun outlet for me that gives back to others while also doing something for myself. Other days, I plan a fun workout for later in the evening once my husband gets home, and I truly look forward to that time all day. I need an “out” – knowing that every week I am able to focus on myself and let the anxieties and difficulties of parenthood drift to the back of my mind.


EAT WHAT MY BODY IS ASKING FOR. There’s a reason I don’t do nutrition challenges (although this recipe is Whole30 compliant since I know many of you gain benefit from those) or restrict my food choices any further than I need to to maintain my health and autoimmune disease status.


Each day I wake up needing something different. For example, this morning I had an early breakfast (since I’d been up since 5 am) of kale, rice, chicken and asparagus. It held me over for a few hours but by 10 am I was hungry enough for another mini meal, so I had chicken, sweet potatoes and kale.

In Paleo culture, eating mini-meals and snacks and carbs at every meal is frowned upon. I 100% do not care or follow anyone else’s advice on when or what I should eat besides my own internal cues. This has allowed me to maintain variety in my diet, not feel restricted or guilty if I don’t ‘follow a plan perfectly’ and to eat truly intuitively.


Now, I may not be hungry again until dinner in another 7 hours – who knows! Don’t beat yourself up over how you’re fueling yourself during these difficult early years of motherhood. And on a side note, I also do not strive to be fat-adapted. I’ve been fat-adapted before and I’ve been sugar-adapted, and I personally find a very minimal difference between the two. In fact, I am able to maintain and lose weight better when I’m eating carbs, recover better from workouts, and am less likely to feel the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Everyone’s body won’t react that way, but according to my genetic testing, I do well with both a high fat and high carb diet, and I would agree with that based on my own experiences. That makes eating intuitively a whole lot easier when I’m not restricting an entire macronutrient or feeling “bad” that I ate rice and sweet potatoes in the same day.



I hope the above tips help in some way – at least in giving you comfort knowing you’re not alone in the feeling of overwhelm that comes along with motherhood. It’s not easy to take care of yourself when your heart is much more invested in your baby, but implementing just a few doses of “me time” each day can be the difference between losing our patience & keeping steady and calm for our children.


Oh and about this side dish! It is incredibly easy, flavorful & nutrient dense and tastes delicious cold the next day, if you’re like me & eat lunch out of the serving dish standing at the kitchen counter while your kid has 10 minutes left of their nap 😉 If you’re AIP, simply omit the cumin!


Smoked Salmon Flatbread

smoked salmon flatbread paleo grain-free aip


Have you been craving a salmon-capers-dill-bagel situation on your healing diet? Then you HAVE to try this grain-free, dairy-free Smoked Salmon Flatbread!


Friends! I’m back with another ENTHUSED ebook preview recipe for you! This will likely be the last one I’m sharing (really, Autoimmune Wellness is sharing) but it’s a good one! You can also find two other preview recipes for Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza and Harvest Chicken Hash on my blog!


I am so blown away by the response this ebook & can’t thank those of you enough who have ordered the ebook & shared your creations with me!


The most popular recipes so far are the Beef & Plantain Casserole (Pastelon), Indian Butter Chicken, Hot Gingerbread Cereal, Salted Gingerbread Cookies, Spiced Custard, Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza and the Italian Sausage & Roasted Vegetable Soup with Dairy-free “Parmesan”!


I love how you all are choosing some out of the box ethnic recipes mixed in with family favorites! This is exactly why I created this book for our community – so you have a one-stop-shop for certified delicious recipes that will either take you out of your usual comfort zone OR bring back a ton of memories!


This Smoked Salmon Flatbread reminds me of a girls trip to NYC I took several years ago (my last hoorah with gluten, in fact!) We grabbed bagels & lox and ate them while walking down the street chatting about our fun evening prior. Now when I make this flatbread pizza, I’m reminded of that awesome trip & those equally awesome friends.







Oil Cleansing Methods for All Skin Types

What is Oil Cleansing?


If you survived the 90s, you’re all too familiar with harsh cleansing methods like Noxzema Pads and Clean & Clear. Those products do the exact opposite of what oil cleansing does. They strip away necessary barrier oils that keep skin plump, hydrated and free of breakouts. Contrary to what we believe, stripping away oil from our skin with harsh astringents and acids can lead to MORE breakouts, redness and fine lines.


When you’re making the switch to safer products, choosing a face cleanser can be tricky. You want one that removes dirt, oil and makeup but doesn’t leave skin irritated. It helps if it feels luxurious, smells amazing & leaves skin looking vibrant. Well, I finally found the cleansing method that works best for me & many other women: OIL CLEANSING!



  • Your skin is very oily & you have to use powder & oil blotting sheets throughout the day

  • Your skin is prone to redness, irritation or eczema

  • Your skin is acne-prone and seems to over-produce oil in certain areas

  • Your skin is dry, lacking in plumpness and seems lifeless


What are the benefits of oil cleansing methods for my skin?

  • Heal skin’s barrier so it is less prone to irritation, eczema and breakouts

  • Balance skin’s oil products so it is less prone to dryness, acne, large pores and blackheads or milia

  • Remove makeup, dirt and oil without the use of harsh abrasives & acids

  • Restore hydration to skin so it is firmer, fuller & less prone to fine lines and wrinkles


My history with oil-cleansing began many years ago. I would use coconut oil to remove my makeup. Yes, it did the trick, but my skin was rough and red and my pores were always clogged. It works for some people, but for those of us with specific skincare concerns, there are better oil cleansing options.


I came to find out coconut oil is MAJORLY COMODOGENIC (it clogs pores!)


Instead of using the standard coconut oil cleansing method you’ve seen a million times, I’m giving you my top oil picks for all skin types! You can use any of these 3 methods in place of your AM or PM cleansing routine!


Primally Pure’s Cleansing Oils


Primally Pure has a collection of 3 oil cleansing blends designed for Normal, Oily or Dry Skin. I personally use the blend for Oily skin since my T-zone gets shiny by lunchtime & I tend to get breakouts around my nose and chin. Primally Pure’s products are not only gorgeous, come in glass bottles and are fairly affordable ($18 for 2 ounces which lasts me 3 months), but are made with really simple ingredients.

WHO’S IT GOOD FOR: All skin types including normal, oily and dry skin! 

HOW TO USE IT: Massage a quarter-size amount of oil into your skin, avoiding your eye area, for 60 seconds. Steam away with a warm cloth until dissolved. Follow with toner and moisturizer of choice. I love Primally Pure’s Beauty Cream. At first, it caused me breakouts but I’ve reintroduced it during dry winter months & I’m doing great with it! I use it in combination with the ACTIVE ingredient products in my routine below!

NOTE: Primally Pure explains on their website that you should allow 2 weeks for your skin to adjust to their oil cleansing method to allow for detoxification. Our skin is our largest detoxification organ & if we’ve been clogging up those pathways with harsh abrasives, comodogenic products and chemicals, we need to allow some extra time for it to adjust. 


Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm


Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm is the Cadillac of oil cleansing. It contains not just a few plant oils but over 10! In an independent study, 100% of women using this Cleansing Balm reported more hydrated skin within 8 hours.

Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm contains apricot, sunflower, jojoba, avocado, raspberry seed, davana, chamomile, sweet almond, grape seed & joy tree perfume oils.

This high potency mix of plant compounds is blended into a smooth balm with mango and shea butters. It’s thick, rich and decadent and removes heavy makeup like a CHAMP.



HOW TO USE: A little goes a long way with the Cleansing Balm! A jar lasts me at least 6 months! Massage a pea size amount into skin (avoiding eyes if you are prone to irritation, but I personally use this to remove eye makeup). Steam off with a warm wash cloth several times. Apply Toner & Moisturizer of choice.

OTHER USES: Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm can be used for multiple skin concerns including: sunburns, dry knuckles, elbows, knees and soles, as an overnight mask for very dry skin, as a cuticle balm, and a deeply hydrating hand cream. For an at-home foot softening treatment, rub a quarter-size amount of Cleansing Balm on feet and cover with cotton socks overnight.

NOTE: Beautycounter has an amazing 60-day 100% refund policy on new and used products! You can try these products for a couple weeks to see how your skin does, and then decide whether or not you want to add them to your skincare routine!


Store-bought oils like jojoba & emu oil


Coconut oil can be comodogenic for some people, meaning it is likely to clog pores and make breakouts worse. I do not recommend coconut oil for most people with acne-prone skin. In fact, coconut oil ranks FOUR out of FIVE on the comodogenic rating scale (highly likely to clog pores). It can also disrupt the skin barrier, making it more prone to dryness. Yes, even oils can make your skin dry!

If doing a basic cleansing method at home that does not target specific skin conditions, I recommend choosing Emu Oil which will not clog pores.


WHO’S IT FOR: If you’re looking to clean up your skincare routine & don’t have any major skincare concerns like severe dryness, eczema or acne, play around with store-bought single oils. My skin doesn’t look “WOW!” with this method but it’s certainly a budget-friendly way to cleanse skin and remove dirt, oil and makeup. 

HOW TO USE: In the AM & PM, apply a quarter-size amount of Emu Oil to your face. Massage into skin for 30 to 60 seconds. Steam off with a warm wash cloth. Follow with moisturizer of choice (my current favorites are below).



My Current Cleansing & Moisturizing Routine

Most of my skincare products come from brands I trust like Beautycounter whom I am a Consultant with and Primally Pure. I also use a couple products from Skin Actives & Skin Obsessions (two online skin retailers). I love the transparency of both of these companies and how HEALTH is the forefront of their business model and product development. 




Cleanse with Primally Pure Cleansing Oil for Oily Skin – I find it doesn’t remove face makeup as well as Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm, but I love how it’s made such a difference in my pore size and breakouts.

Moisturize with Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion – this lightweight, all-day moisturizing lotion adapts to your skin’s cell structure to match its optimal level of hydration throughout the day. If you tend to get oily by 12 pm, this lotion counterbalances that tendency to keep skin hydrated but not shiny.

If your skin tends to be dry in some areas and oily in others, Countermatch adjusts itself in each of those areas to provide the optimal level of moisture! IT IS INCREDIBLE! I also apply the Countermatch Eye Cream to increase hydration around my eyes and help with puffiness.




Cleanse with Beautycounter Cleansing Balm – This balm is a nice, thick paste that doesn’t absorb too quickly into your skin, so you can really give your skin a good lymphatic massage without it drying up or absorbing! It removes all my face & eye makeup by steaming away with a wash cloth. 


Moisturize with Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum then Adaptive Moisture Lotion & Eye Cream – this serum is even lighter than the moisturizer (didn’t think that was possible!) yet provides SO much hydration! Since using this combination, my skin has been free of redness and breakouts and my pore size has decreased noticeably! 






Sugar-Free Veggie Ketchup

veggie beet ketchup

If you’re following a nightshade-free diet or want to get more veggies in your kids without using sugary store-bought ketchup, this is a fun & easy make-at-home Veggie Ketchup option!


Will someone please explain to me why my Archie comic books from the 70’s called ketchup catsup? And is that pronounced “cats-up” or “cas-up”? Archie comics taught me how to read but it also taught me some really antiquated words for a 90’s child. Like “going steady” and “bee’s knees”.

Well, this catsup-ketchup is my recipe of the week! Not only is it AIP-friendly but I also made sure to make it sweetener-free… including natural sweeteners like honey and maple sugar! While I include those in moderation, I’d rather not pair my daughter’s vegetables with even a little sugar.

veggie beet ketchup

Thankfully, beets are crazy sweet on their own, especially when combined with carrots and butternut squash. The veggies are cooked in bone broth, coconut aminos and two different vinegars. I made sure to not make this recipe too vinegar-y though. You can easily adjust the recipe for your palate though!

If you’re looking for more kid-friendly healthy meals & lunches, I’ve been trying to post more of those on Instagram! Here’s an example of what I pack for portable, finger-friendly school lunches & snacks.



US Wellness Plain Shredded Beef that I seasoned with Primal Palate Garlic & Herb seasoning in the cast iron + roasted sweet potato + roasted broccoli. Snacks were fruit-based with some protein: clementines, collagen + coconut bars, freeze-dried blueberries & bananas & a chopped up That’s It Bar! I LOVE those fruit bars!


You may be wondering what those yummy looking chicken nuggets are in the photo? They are a recipe by my friend Michelle Hoover of Unbound Wellness! They’re so popular & I’ve made her other popper recipes which Grace has enjoyed! They need to be served with a little something-something and this Veggie Ketchup is perfect!


If you make the poppers, your babe (or you) will be getting 4 different vegetables in one sitting: sweet potato, butternut, carrots & beets… AND bone broth! That’s what they call a win-win-win-win! Get Michelle’s Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers recipe on her site!


aip ketchup



Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Rutabaga


Let me know below what you think about my twist on Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie with pine nuts, warming spices & a mashed rutabaga topping!


For some reason, I find Shepherd’s Pie SO much fun to make! I love anything with layers. In fact, I started the double tank top layer trend at my middle school in 2002. The second and last trend I started was the following year when I would use my father’s ties as belts for my jean shorts and skorts.


These days I prefer layers I can eat and do not cause future embarrassment. I wanted to post a traditional Shepherd’s Pie recipe but with my spin on it! A little more nutrient dense than the already healthy, hearty original spiced with some of my most cherished Lebanese additions as well as bone broth & aminos for extra flavor.


The meat mixture could be served on its own. It features a combination of beef, pork or lamb, toasted pine nuts, onions, cinnamon, cumin, allspice and gut-nourishing bone broth. Traditional peas & carrots next… if you don’t eat peas you can use diced zucchini or asparagus.



Finally, I topped it with a creamy, smooth, buttery (well, ghee-y) mashed rutabaga topping. If you don’t love rutabaga roasted or boiled, definitely try it mashed with some Fourth & Heart Himalayan Pink Salt Ghee & fresh cracked pepper!


Please let me know if you like my take on Shepherd’s Pie below by leaving a review! Do you have any other casserole-style dishes you’d like me to health-ify for you? Also let me know below!



If you love casserole-style meals for your family (they make the best leftovers!), you’ll really, really love my take on AIP Pastelon de Platano Maudro in Enthused!






Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza (from Enthused: 80+ allergy-friendly recipes you want to eat!)




Dairy-free, grain-free Caramelized Onion & “Ricotta” Pizza – from my new ebook Enthused!


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve posted about this new AIP-friendly pizza recipe MANY times this month! It is STELLAR. One of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created (I say that a lot, but I swear I mean it every time!)


The combination of a thin, chewy & crispy-edged pizza crust, sweet caramelized onions, dairy-free “ricotta”, garlic, truffle salt & thyme… hello flavor explosion! We eat a lot of nourishing meals on our healing diets, but sometimes (hmmm, once a week at least) I need a “special” meal that falls outside my daily norm.


If you’ve been eating AIP for sometime, I’m sure you’ve tried my pizza crust recipe. If not, GET ON IT. I wasn’t going to reinvent the wheel with my crust recipe… it’s the same one you’ll find in my Pesto Chicken Pizza but the toppings make all the difference.


You’ve probably hard of “ricotta” made from cashews for a vegan cheese alternative, but have you tried one made from coconut? It’s shockingly convincing when you combine coconut butter, coconut milk and some extra-flavorful truffle salt and then broil it.


The “ricotta” gets melty and bubbly-brown and adds a rich, salty taste to the naturally sweet caramelized onions. Finished with fresh garlic and thyme to round out this classic restaurant-style pizza.






Look at that ooey gooey deliciousness! But don’t just look – try it for yourself below!



What else will you get in Enthused?

Some of my best recipes including Southern Style Biscuits, Italian Sausage & Roasted Veggie Soup with Dairy-Free Parmesan, Smoked Salmon Flatbread, Teriyaki Turkey Poppers, Real Caesar Dressing, Apple Butter Banana Bread & MUCH MORE!

I made sure to produce a high-quality ebook that I am proud to share with all of you! A follow-up to The Healing Kitchen that includes more unique, ethnically diverse & interesting recipes spanning Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian & Latin American cuisine!







Almond Butter Pumpkin Pistachio Fudge (Paleo, Vegan, Sweetener-Free)


Sweetener-free & no bake fudge made with almond butter & pumpkin then topped with flaked sea salt… fudgin’ amazing.


Hi healthy treat lovers! This will be my last blog recipe before Christmas, and it’s a gooooood one. I have 14 million fudge recipes on this website & I’ve thought long and hard about doing a healthy fudge ebook. Mostly for my own pleasure.


Real food fudge is just so much fun to make! You can combine fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and always flaked sea salt into something healthy, satisfying & decadent enough to take to parties.

I dubbed this fudge “hoarder-worthy” because you may not want to share. I recommend hiding your fudge in the vegetable drawer under something like Brussels sprouts. No one will find it.


No one looks in the vegetable drawer but you. I developed this handy trick once I met my husband who has never met a tray of cookies he can’t eat in one sitting.


This fudge is…

Sweetener-free – just a few softened Mejdool dates in this recipe!

Made with creamy, protein-rich almond butter. You can use any nut or seed butter though – even coconut butter!

Flavored with pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, pistachios and flaked sea salt!

Extra addicting because it’s drizzled with a sugar-free homemade chocolate made from cacao & coconut oil!






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Almond Butter Pumpkin Pistachio Fudge

Prep Time :10 Inactive Time 2:00 Serves 9 to 12 pieces


  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, softened, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Spice
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • flaked sea salt


Place dates in a small bowl covered with water. Microwave for 30 seconds then drain.

In a food processor, combine dates, almond butter, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons coconut oil and spices until smooth.

Spoon mixture out onto a parchment-lined plate. Smooth and spread mixture with a rubber spatula until 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle with pistachios and a generous amount of flaked sea salt.

Transfer to freezer and freeze for 2 hours until very firm.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in microwave. Stir in cacao powder. Drizzle over the fudge and watch it harden within a minute. Slice fudge into desired pieces. Store in freezer and let rest on countertop 10 minutes before serving. Fudge will be too soft if stored in fridge.

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