Healthy Hummus

H is for an Easy and Classic Dip

Healthy Hummus

Healthy Hummus Recipe |

Veggies and dip are a staple. They're great for parties, lunches, after school snacks and potlucks. You can't go wrong with veggies and dip! Or can you?

Well of course you can! If you choose a dip that is full of fat, sugar, or oil. The easiest solution is hummus. It's made of chickpeas, which are full of protein and low in fat. You COULD buy it at the store, but beware. Lots of store-bought hummus can contain oil or ingredients you can't pronounce. Plus it's dead easy to make at home. Seriously. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor and wait a minute.

This is my tried and true recipe. I've kept it a secret for way too long. It's time I shared because sharing is caring...or something like that.


1 540ml can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (a.k.a. garbanzo're welcome)
1/4 cup tahini (a.k.a. sesame seed paste-you can find this in the international section of your grocery store)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic
4-8 tbsp water



 Put all ingredients in a food processor, except the water.

 Pulse until combined.

 While running (the machine, not you) add the water, 1 tbsp at a time, until it reaches a consistency you like.

 Let the processor do its thing for about a minute until light and creamy. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 3 cups. If you want to be fancy, you can add chopped spinach and artichokes, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers or an entire head of roasted garlic. Fancy!

This will stay excellent for about a week in the fridge.

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No-Bake Secret Ingredient Cookie Dough Bites

Not your ordinary out-of-the-tube dough...

No-Bake Secret Ingredient Cookie Dough Bites

My oven is working over time right now. It's constantly on. I honestly put oven mitts on my hands to go outside because I thought they were my actual mittens. Time to get out of the kitchen, don't you think?

Things that have been in my oven in the last week:

Granola, a turkey, squash, random vegetables, muffins, date squares, garlic, pie, cookies, fish, cupcakes, play-doh (don't ask), get my drift. My oven needs a break.

Screw the oven-I don't want to sweat anymore while I'm standing in the kitchen.

Enter NO-BAKE cookie dough bites. That's right. The joy of cookie dough without the raw egg or the effort of baking sheet after sheet. Just shove-it-in-my-mouth goodness. Covered in chocolate. Stress eating, here I come!

Oh-and you can eat these if you're vegan or gluten-free, and a quick switch these can be made dairy-free as well. Happy cookie dough scarfing!


2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter (Just the nuts!)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup almond flour (or ground almonds)
1/2 cup oat flour (ground oats)
1 cup dark chocolate (swap for dairy-free chocolate chips if need be)



 In a food processor, place all ingredients except chocolate

 Buzz that up. Scrape the sides. Let it whirl until creamy

 Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to set up

 Melt chocolate in the microwave (SLOWLY!) or in a double boiler over the stove

 Using a teaspoon, make balls out of dough and roll in melted chocolate

 Place on a wax paper covered baking sheet

 Place in fridge for 30-45 minutes, until hardened

 Assume superhero pose because you're awesome and so are these bites

This will make somewhere between 25-50 balls depending on the size. You can also freeze half of this dough so it's ready anytime. You know, for company, or a really sad Christmas movie-anything that requires cookie dough.

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Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

G is for... Guiltless

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

This healthy Gingerbread cookie  is made without butter, white flour or refined sugar​. And you'll never guess the secret ingredient. | Christmas | YMCFood |

I'm all for baking over the holidays. Christmas just isn't the same without my Mom's shortbread or flour covered children. I love how the house smells but I do not like how my pants fit.

So I decided to lighten up at least ONE of my recipes this year: Gingerbread. And I'm sharing because that's what the holiday season is all about (Insert eye roll here). Why only one? Because BALANCE. That's why. Besides I can only hear my husband tell me I'm "ruining" one recipe per holiday.

Gingerbread is typically made with butter, white flour and white, refined sugar. Delicious? Yes. TERRIBLE FOR YOU? Yes.

Solution? This version without butter, white flour or refined sugar. YUM. You won't even guess what's in it. YOU WON'T. Plus I made this deliciously sweet glaze to brush on top.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies



1/2 cup avocado (1 medium) I KNOW RIGHT? CRAZY!
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour + more for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp each nutmeg and cinnamon
pinch salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2-3 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla


 Preheat oven to 350.

 Make glaze. Mix coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Set aside.

 Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.

 Cream together avocado and coconut sugar.

 Add molasses, egg and vinegar. Blend.

 Add more flour if it's really sticky.

 Roll out dough to about 1cm thickness (if you like a crisper cookie, go thinner) and cut out shapes.

 Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes depending on thickness. Bottoms should be starting to brown.

 Let cool for five minutes and transfer to a drying rack. Brush with glaze and let set.

This healthy Gingerbread cookie  is made without butter, white flour or refined sugar​. And you'll never guess the secret ingredient. | Christmas | YMCFood |

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!

This recipe has been adapted from The Nutritionnaire.

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