Grilled Peaches & Sweet Cream with Crunchy Bits

Grilled Peaches & Sweet Cream… with crunchy bits. Oh yes, the sweet cream is amazing, but these Crunchy Bits completely steal the show. I always am flooded with ideas and inspiration from peaches during the summer months, we have our favorite peach providers (a.k.a. the Peach Truck) here in Nashville during the summer and I utilize every day I can get my hands on those peaches! Today I’m sharing a recipe that can be enjoyed for both a breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Grilled Peaches with Sweet Cream & Crunchy Bits

As much as I’m a fan of the Crunchy Bits in this recipe, the Sweet Cream is incredibly delicious as well and dense with healthy fats, protein, fiber, and is completely dairy-free and refined sugar free. I use both macadamia nuts and cashews with coconut milk, dates, vanilla, and a touch of sea salt to create a delicious cream. Both the Sweet Cream and Crunchy Bits are rich, therefore pairing it with an untouched fresh peach, warmed through on the grill, is the perfect balance between sweet, creamy, light, and rich.

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Watermelon Slice Popsicles

Since it’s not only a couple of holidays this week, my birthday and July 4th, I wanted to pop in and share a super simple recipe with you all; by simple I mean it takes less than 5 minutes! Watermelon Slice Popsicles are literally slices of watermelon cut into triangles, frozen, and held by a wooden stick. These are to be enjoyed by poolside, at the BBQ this weekend, or anytime you need a cool treat for the warmer months of the year. Cheers to healthy desserts!

Watermelon Slice Popsicles, watermelon

You can easily make several batches of these at a time since most watermelons are large enough to produce a lot of these, or just share with hungry neighbors and friends (a.k.a. my best recipe testers!). Watermelon is perfect for summer, it’s slightly sweet, portable, affordable, and incredibly hydrating. Read more why I love watermelon and the health benefits of it here. In a nutshell, watermelon has vitamin C, A, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants taboot.

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Flourless Blackberry Chocolate Cake

Is it lame to bake myself a cake for my birthday? Well, I totally am because today is my BIRTHDAY! Eeeek. I’m actually writing this blog post a bit in advance to give myself a week off the blog to take some much needed rest and relaxation time- perfect timing with my birthday, the holiday this weekend, and celebrating the big news I shared yesterday- the NUTRITION STRIPPED COOKBOOK!

Flourless blackberry Chocolate Cake, blackberries, cherries, peaches, fruit, dessert, chocolate

Flourless Blackberry Chocolate Cake is the answer to everything I want this birthday. It’s gluten free, vegan friendly, healthy, but completely decadent and delicious tasting at the same time. You all know I’m a chocolate lover so this recipe came naturally when I was brainstorming what type of cake I wanted to make and share this birthday. I already have the popular Chocolate Coconut Flour Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting, but wanted to make a vegan friendly chocolate cake for you all to enjoy as well, plus this one has secret ingredients that none of my friends were able to pinpoint when tasting at our Nutrition Stripped Supper Club on Sunday.

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Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

The creation for Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble was inspired by gorgeous stalks of rhubarb I saw at the farmers market this past weekend, I knew I immediately had to photograph it…which always leads to eating, which leads to making an awesome recipe to share with you all. The presentation of this pie/crumble may look beautiful and somewhat intimidating, but I promise it’s far from that and encompasses the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle so well- it’s delicious, nutrient dense, and incredibly simple to make (vegan/gluten free friendly taboot!).

Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble main

Whenever I hear rhubarb, my mind immediately goes to strawberry rhubarb pie– even though the times I’ve had the pie didn’t blow my taste buds away. I wanted to challenge myself by using rhubarb in this classic way with a Nutrition Stripped spin on it, making it gluten free, full of nutrients, delicious, and simple to make. I also use non-traditional ingredients and deconstruct the “pie” style for a simple crumble made from walnuts, quinoa flakes, and brown rice flour. The filling is hands down my favorite part of this crumble, the pears, strawberries, and of course rhubarb used in the filing give it a sticky, sweet, and thick mouth feel that hits the essence of strawberry rhubarb pie on the nose.

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Raw Zucchini Bread Truffles

You heard correctly, Raw Zucchini Bread Truffles. Last weekend I was baking one of my favorites from the blog, gluten free Zucchini Bread with Sweet Cashew Cream, but as I was enjoying warm slices right out of the oven, I noticed it really wasn’t as satisfying as if it were cool or cold. The hot sun that afternoon and my craving for something cold inspired me to turn this recipe into a summer sweet treat, all raw and chilled. These truffles have all the flavors of zucchini bread without any of the fuss of baking, I use only a handful of easy to find ingredients in your pantry with the added bonus of the end result being incredibly nutrient dense and über tasty.

Raw Zucchini Bread Truffles bowl with zucchini There’s nothing like baking zucchini bread with warming spices of cinnamon and nutmeg filling the air in your home, or spreading creamy cashew butter on top so it melts just enough to drizzle over the edge– yum. There is one exception though…when it’s too hot to enjoy warm food! It’s important to hone in on our body awareness and truly listen to our bodies are telling us what it wants for nourishment; my cravings and “callings” for food definitely change with the season. In the spring and summer my body gravitates towards things that are loaded with water, raw, easy to digest, sweet, and cool/cold in temperature to create balance from the warm weather; in comparison to winter and fall months enjoying something warm, hearty, and grounding suffices any cravings I may have (think yin and yang balance).

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