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Strawberry Apple Tart

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This scrumptious summer tart combines fresh strawberries and Granny Smith apples in a lovely pistachio and poppy seed crust.

Adzuki Pudding & Tart Filling

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You'd never know by the look and taste of this delicious pudding that it is made from—you guessed it—beans! This gluten-free, sugar-free, fiber-rich dessert is also incredibly versatile. It can be used as a filling for tarts, a cream centre for cupcakes, or even eaten on its own as a pudding parfait!

Banana Bread Cookies

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I consider these little gems to be a hybrid between a crunchy oatmeal cookie and moist banana bread. Combining ripe bananas, rolled oats, cinnamon and nuts, they're proof that cookies can taste incredible and still be good for you. And they're cruelty-free, to boot!

Flourless Almond Ginger Cookies

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These cookies were inspired by the vast array of complex, wholesome flavors and chewy textures of unexpected flour options. The homemade almond meal and flax meal give them a wonderfully dense and nutty charm and pair nicely with the cinnamon and hefty dose of ginger root.

St. Lucia Muffins

St. Lucia Muffins

These muffins were made in honour of the tropical paradise of St. Lucia. Combining bananas and coconut with a subtle kick of Caribbean rum, this otherwise healthy snack will surely take you to a faraway heaven on earth with clear blue water, endless sunshine, and tropical drinks garnished with umbrellas and fruit.

Recipe: St. Lucia Muffins

Vegan Nutty Bars

Vegan Nutty Bars

Forming healthy habits in the new year should start with healthy snacking. Natalie's energy snack bars are a great example. She says, "all that protein and fiber is why they are so filling and can hold over an appetite longer than a bag of Skittles or chips."

Recipe: Vegan Nutty Bars

Apple Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Topping

Apple Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Topping

Celine was determined to find the perfect vegan whipped cream, and when she came across Healthy Top, she was thrilled. She says it rivals the real dairy stuff she ate back in the day. It also makes for a perfect cake topper, as seen on this deliciously moist and fluffy apple spice cake she whipped-up to celebrate her new find.

Recipe: Apple Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Topping

Easy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Easy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Here are some of those super simple, no-bake cereal bars that we all know and love. Endless variations abound, but these particular bars provide an easy way to use up the last of your corn flakes and a few scoops of that bottomless peanut butter jar. You'll have a sweet, crunchy, protein-rich snack in no time.

Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Not Nutter Butters

Not Nutter Butters

Need someone to translate that title for you? Me, too. Or we can just take a hint from this drool-worthy photo and guess that it involves something that will make our bellies sing with delight. (Peanut butter and oats may also be involved.)

Recipe: Not Nutter Butters 

Mint-Infused Cream Tarts

Mint-Infused Cream Tarts

This unique tart recipe started with the creation of a veganized version of panna cotta, a traditional Italian gelatin and cream based dessert. Then I got ambitious. The delicious result: a mint-infused panna cotta filling for cocoa-enhanced almond tart crusts, with the addition of a pretty swirl of strawberry cream.

Recipe: Mint-Infused Cream Tarts