Coconut Crispy Bars

Crispy cereal reminds me of my childhood.  I have made rice crispy treats so many times as a child.  These Coconut Crispy Bars are a different spin on them.  If you are a lover of all things coconut, you will love these!

If you would rather see a chocolate version, you can check out this recipe.  These would make the perfect treat for school lunchboxes since they are nut free.

Coconut Crispy Bars

I used brown rice crispy cereal with no added sugar for these, but really, any rice crispy cereal will work.  This recipe also may be yummy with a chocolate rice crispy cereal.  This recipe is great because you get a delicious coconut flavor, with hints of vanilla, and the crispy crunch to finish it off.

If you love the coconut vanilla combo, you may also like my coconut vanilla overnight oats.

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Homemade Ding Dongs

3 words for you.  Homemade Ding Dongs. The other day in my Facebook group, a member posted a pic of some store bought Ding Dongs from Whole Foods.  She asked if I could make a homemade version and I gladly accepted the challenge!  I love the challenge of making copycat recipes. Just try my Gluten Free Samoas or my Grain Free Twix Bars for yourself.  Unlike the store bought one, my version is free of refined sugar, gluten, eggs and dairy!

homemade ding dongs

I got a little over-zealous and took the photograph before I added the chocolate coating.  I will definitely make sure to add those instructions in the recipe though.  I hope you enjoy these Homemade Ding Dongs as much as we did! The recipe is a little involved, but totally worth it.

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Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares

Chocolate Rice Crispy SquaresRice crispy treats are one of those iconic recipes from childhood.  Well, I just gave them a major upgrade with these easy Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares.

I love this recipe because it only contains simple ingredients.  It also only takes a few minutes to prepare.

If you love chocolate, you may also want to try my fudgy flourless brownies and my chocolate coffee cheesecake.


chocolate rice crispy squares


These delicious chocolate bars are vegan and gluten free. They can easily be made nut free by using sunflower butter in place of the cashew butter.

I used brown rice cereal in this recipe.  Only ingredient is brown puffed rice. You should be able to find it at any health food store.  I have also seen it at Target on occasion.

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Honey Mustard Roasted Chickpeas

Have you ever roasted chickpeas?  They are seriously good!  This Honey Mustard Roasted Chickpeas recipe is my latest creation, and they are out of this world awesome.  When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I ate an obscene amount of honey mustard pretzels. This was before we started this “whole food life.”  They were really good, but the ingredients are less than desirable.  Well, I think I re-created the flavor in a healthier way with these honey mustard roasted chickpeas.  If you love roasted chickpeas, check out my maple cinnamon roasted chickpeas, or my sriracha roasted chickpeas.

Honey Mustard Roasted Chickpeas - My Whole Food Life

For those of you that can’t get roasted chickpeas crunchy, let me tell you a trick I learned recently.  Before you go to make these, lay the chickpeas on a baking sheet and let them dry out for a few hours.  Once they have dried a bit, then mix in all the ingredients and bake.  It really makes a difference!

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Pea Puree and Caramelized Onion Toast

Whether you just want a snack, or to entertain guests, this Pea Puree and Caramelized Onion Toast will fit the bill.  They are delicious and satisfying – plus also easy to make!  I used a pea puree I made from yellow split peas, but you can also use plain hummus if you like. You can check out my homemade hummus recipe here.  If you love caramelized onions as much as I do, you will also love this recipe. It’s one of my faves!

Pea Puree and Caramelized Onion Toast - My Whole Food Life

I used Dave’s Killer Bread to make the toast.  My kids just love it.  It’s a very seedy bread, and the seeds add a great crunch/texture to this recipe.  If you are gluten free, feel free to use another bread if you like.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins (Vegan)

Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins.  Do you like pumpkin?  We eat it all year round.  My husband likes to take muffins to work and I usually make these muffins, but I only had a small amount of oat flour.

So I decided to tweak the recipe a bit and make these Healthy Pumpkin Muffins.  Not only are these healthy pumpkin muffins gluten free, but they also come with an extra boost of protein and fiber!


Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins


I used 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour to make up for the oat flour I didn’t have.  Did you know that 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour contains about 31 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber?

You can read the complete nutritional facts in this source.  It worked as a great replacement!

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