Cheat of The Week

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Freya’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Freyas Cookies

Its nice to have friends who bake. Considering I cannot control myself when we bake, we hardly bake. Its also nice to have friends who share their baking bounty with you!

Our friend Freya created this fantastic recipe that is our Cheat of the Week! We were the lucky recipients of a few of these delicious cookies! They had a slightly cakey consistency, but we love our cookies soft. The pumpkin was perfect, not overwhelming.  Freya, critical of her own baking, wanted to add more chocolate chips in the next batch – so feel free to up the chip count in the recipe below!


¼ cup softened unsalted butter
2 tsp softened coconut oil
3 tbsp stevia
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1½ cup almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Serving: 1 dozen cookies

Preheat the oven to 350F.


Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix butter, coconut oil, and stevia until well blended. Then add pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla. Once all wet ingredients are blended, add all dry ingredients to the mixture. Blend well and stir in chocolate chips last. Use a spoon and scoop out the dough to the sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Once done, cool for 5 minutes before devouring them!!

Apple Spice Crumble Pie (With Butter Free Crust!)

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Self Magazine was the jackpot for recipe’s this week!  The cheat also comes from this fabulous publication!  Apple Spice Crumble Pie with a butter free crust.  Its a simple recipe that should be easy enough for first-time pie makers and bakers!

I (Lisa) personally LOVE anything apple + pie so this might be hitting our Thanksgiving table as well!

Happy baking!

Diabetes + Dessert = Totally Tasty

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Just because you have Diabetes doesn’t mean you’re not still having dessert.


At they have an amazing list of diabetes friendly desserts and specifically we liked the Black Forest Trifle, photo above.

Jeannine also brought us a whole bunch of great treats from Perelandra, a natural health food store located in Brooklyn all diabetes friendly! The Erythritol is a sugar substitute, as well as Truvia that you can see in the photo. Also, the chocolate bars are gluten free and along with the cookies all tasted fantastic!

Perelandra Goodies


Feed Your Inner Dinosaur – You Won’t Regret It!

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Tonight we had Tea Green, creator of Tea-Rex Paleo Cookies on the show! We met Tea when we decided to explore the world of CrossFit at CrossFit Dynamix!

We always saw recipes for baked paleo goods but never ventured to actually bake them ourselves. One night at the box (a term for CrossFit gym) we saw a sign up that Tea was selling her homemade cookies. No hesitation, we were ordering.

The night the cookies came in I wanted to crack open the package right there at the box but we waited until we got home from our WOD that night to have one after dinner.

It was well worth the wait. These cookies were so amazing, better than any chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had and I’m a HUGE cookie person!

I’ll never forget every time we went to CrossFit from then on, Tea’s order sheet was always full. And its really not a surprise.

Tonight, Tea brought us her classic chocolate chip and a new seasonal flavor, pumpkin coconut cookie!

Chocolate Chip

All the cookies are Paleo friendly! No grains, wheat, gluten, dairy or soy. The pumpkin coconut cookie is actually vegan/vegetarian since she makes it without eggs!

Both cookie types are soft and do not let on to being made with “different” ingredients than your “processed” cookie. The chocolate chip was chock full of non dairy semi sweet chocolate chips. You’d never know it. Tollhouse ain’t got nothin’ on Tea.

The Pumpkin Coconut was a blast of fall flavor fit for any thanksgiving dessert table!

Let’s not forget there is no refined sugar or sugar substitute in either of these cookies! Tea uses maple syrup to replace it! No joke, you cannot tell! Move over Martha Stewart and Tulu’s! Tea-Rex is moving in!

These cookies are made to order so they are always super fresh, practically out of the oven!  The shelf life for these goodies is two weeks refrigerated. We highly, highly, highly (did we say highly?) recommend them!

Tea shared with us that she is pairing up with Kettlebell Kitchen to be the featured dessert on their menu for any of you lucky Kettlebell Kitchen members!

You can order your Tea-Rex Paleo Cookies here! She ships, so don’t be shy! Order yours today!

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip

Pumpkin Party Desserts!

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Okay just one dessert, not multiple, but you can find a TON of pumpkin desserts at where we found this fabulous recipe!

Now this is our cheat of the week for our “Celebrations” episode so understand there will be some “bad” stuff in this recipe. But this is all from a low fat recipe website so we’re trying to keep your best interest in mind while we all enjoy a little sweetness!

Its pumpkin, its fun, its quick, its easy, it screams party.

Its Pumpkin Cheesecake Shooters! Make this for your next gathering!

Photo courtesy of Skinnytaste!

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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Who doesn’t love anything salted caramel? And who doesn’t LOVE Rice Krispie Treats!?

Put these two together and you’ve got the perfect combination for the CHEAT OF THE WEEK!

Salted Caramel Rice Krispies – You can use Brown Rice Krispies!
- From Lift Big Eat Big


14 oz bag soft caramels
1 can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup butter
1 – 10½ oz bag mini marshmallows
3 tsp vanilla
3 tsp sea salt
1 large box rice-krispies cereal (about 9-10 cups)


1. Add unwrapped caramels, condensed milk, and ¼ cup butter into a medium
saucepan. Stir over medium heat until smooth and combined. Remove from heat and
set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter and let brown a little. Stir in bag of
marshmallows with butter until melted.

3. Mix in caramel sauce, dash of sea salt, and vanilla until smooth.

4. Remove from heat and stir in rice krispies cereal until fully combined with
marshmallow caramel mixture.

5. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and press krispies mixture into pan.

6. Let cool and cut into squares.

Your own Sundae Night

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- Try a “Make Your own Sundae Night” with your family/dorm to unwind on a Friday night after a long week and have some healthy fun with your kids or roommates!
- Use FroYo, Coconut Milk Ice Cream, Soy Ice Cream or whatever you like, substitute fruit, nuts, gluten free cookies, dark chocolate, fresh whipped cream & healthy toppings! Enjoy!

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