Sweet Potato Coconut Waffles (gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free)

My latest obsession has been sweet potato.  People may think of them as only a Thanksgiving type food, but they’re actually quite versatile, and bring the most subtle natural sweetness to any dish.  What better way to celebrate sweet potatoes that make it into a waffle?

These waffles keep you full, satisfied, and are quite the guilt-less morning treat.  I like to refrigerate them, and pop them in the grill during the week.  Yes, you may be thinking that waffles are all around bad for your – and yes, sometimes they can be, especially when they’re gluten free; manufacturer’s might add unnecessary ingredients like natural flavor, or other heavily processed like corn syrup.

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Holiday Card Making Made Easy

Card making can be simple – yes, believe it or not, it can!  Within minutes, you can achieve a Papyrus worthy card (with a more personal touch) just by following this simple dot technique – it’s simple enough for kids too.  Plus, it looks expensive, festive, and creative.  Even better, all you need is a pencil with an eraser, ink, pen and paper!  This is truly holiday card making made easy 🙂

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DIY 3 Ingredient Coffee Body Scrub

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Are you a coffee drinker?  If you are, you probably throw away cups of previously brewed coffee grinds each day.  But whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, you can use coffee grinds to make your own three ingredient coffee body scrub that softens your skin!

There’s no need to spend money on $50 scrubs if you can make it at home in minutes, and with no complicated ingredients.  All you need are coffee grinds, some honey, and oil of your choice (I use argan oil).  My mom, who has thick and dry skin, uses this after doing the laundry, and says that it is extremely good at getting rid of dead skin.  In fact, it’s so good that my brother found it odd that her hands were that soft!

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Cinnamon Spice Steel-cut Overnight Oats

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These past two weeks have been quite packed for me, and I needed a basic, no-fuss breakfast – that’s preferably seasonal too!   Cinnamon spice overnight oats is as simple as it gets, even more than cereal and milk; all you have to do is mix and refrigerate, and you have yourself breakfast for the next 5 days.  And before you discard this recipe because you think it’ll be mushy, I can assure you that with steel-cut oats, it keeps its hearty qualities.  With just a three ingredient base, you can add anything you want – peanut butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree – the options are endless.  Plus, you don’t need an exact recipe 🙂

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Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe (with bonus Pumpkin Spiced Latte & Coconut Yogurt)

Perhaps one of the best food related things about Fall is the beverages: the coffee cups warming your hands on your way to work, the pumpkin spiced latte on your break, the list goes on.  Sometimes, instead of entering out in the cold to get your fix of these beverages, make it at home and make it better health and taste wise!  All you need is a coffee creamer base to transform it into your favorite beverage.

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Homemade Raw Almond Milk

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If you were to guess the ingredients that were in almond milk, you’d probably think just almonds and water.  But if you take a look at the carton of almond milk in your refrigerator, chances are, it has a bunch of ingredients.  That’s why you should make your own homemade raw almond milk!  You won’t believe how easy and delicious it is!  But first, let’s take a look at a popular almond milk pick, Silk’s Original Unsweetened Almond Milk:

Ingredients: Almondmilk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, Natural Flavor.

Although none of their ingredients are considered unsafe by the FDA, (but what even is natural flavor?) why do you need to have more ingredients in your food than you have to?  The truth is, you don’t; just keep it clean and simple, and make your own!

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