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In the process of making cakes, this one has two processes. The first by steaming and the second by roasting. Here we will describe one pumpkin cake after another and the first Roasted Yellow Pumpkin Cake. Before discussing the manufacturing process we will first review the basic ingredients used. As we know that this pumpkin is very rich in carbohydrates that are good for the body. Usually this pumpkin is made into a compote that is often encountered during the month of Ramadan.

To make sweet yellow pumpkin cakes is quite easy and simple. So you can also practice it at home. Only with a few steps you can present this cake with your family. For a complete description please refer to How to Make Baked Yellow Pumpkin Cake below.

This simple pumpkin, spinach and walnut spaghetti makes an ideal mid-week dinner. It's light, quick to prepare and tastes delicious. It's vegan and can be made gluten-free too.

This simple pumpkin, spinach and walnut spaghetti makes an ideal mid-week dinner. It’s light, quick to prepare and tastes delicious. It’s vegan and can be made gluten-free too.


  • 200 g spaghetti (use gluten-free if you are gluten-intolerant)
  • 3 tbsp / 45 ml olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash / pumpkin*
  • about 100 g spinach
  • ½-1 tsp chilli flakes (depending on level of heat and your preference)
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 30 g walnuts, finely chopped


  1. Coat cubed butternut squash in 1 tbsp of olive oil and season with salt. Bake in a hot oven (225º C / 435º F) for about 40-50 minutes, until butternut squash turns soft and gets lightly caramelised.
  2. Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan. Fry off garlic gently on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. Add chilli flakes and cook for another minute or two stirring frequently.
  3. Cook spaghetti for a minute shorter than you would normally.

Mind Blowing Vegan Tiramisu

You won't believe it's vegan. Creamy, dreamy, and delicious. You can indulge in this classic fave free from eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.

You won’t believe it’s vegan. Creamy, dreamy, and delicious. You can indulge in this classic fave free from eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or any flour you’d like
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan rock salt (or sea salt)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/8 cup vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup espresso or coffee, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup organic Florida Crystals
  • 1 tsp agar flakes
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 (14 ounce) block of organic firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of espresso or regular coffee
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it with coconut oil spray or non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, water, vanilla, and vinegar.

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups ,

Need a quick and healthy snack? No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups are easy and healthy snack for kids and adults and perfect breakfast to grab and go

Total Time: 10 Minutes,
Servings: 12 Servings

Ingredients :

  • 2 ½ cups granola
  • 1 cup peanuts-chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey (or more if needed)
  • Filling:

  • 1 cup peanut butter-melted
  • Topping:
  • 12 oz. dark chocolate-finally chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions :

  • To make Peanut Butter Granola Cups, in a bowl combine granola, chopped peanuts, peanut butter and honey. If the mixture is too dry add more honey to get sticky consistency of the mixture.
  • Grease cupcake pan and divide the mixture in 12 cups. Press the mixture well to hold together and make a dent in the center of each cup. Freeze for 5-10 minutes, until the cups are firm.
  • Then, melt peanut butter and pour int the center of each granola cup. Now, freeze for another 5-10 minutes, until firm.
  • Finally, melt dark chocolate and coconut oil and spoon melted chocolate on top of peanut butter. Chill until chocolate has set.
  • Store in the fridge in air-tight container., or freeze for longer storage.


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This Sugar Free Angel Food Cake recipe is a pretty standard recipe.

Angel Food Cake that is sugar free! This is such a classic cake to make too. #sugarfree #cake #angel #dessert #birthday #food

This Sugar Free Angel Food Cake recipe is a pretty standard recipe.


  • Egg whites- 12 
  • Cream of Tarter- 1 1/2 teaspoons.
  • Water- 1 tablespoon.
  • Vanilla Extract- 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar Alternative- Equivalent to 1 3/4 cups of sugar. Please use granular alternative. 
  • Salt- 1/2 teaspoon. Cake Flour- 1 cup sifted. 

Instructions :

  • How to make Sugar Free Angel Food Cake 
  • Start by prepping your pan well for nonstick. 
  • On a mixing bowl use a whisk attachment to whip together the egg whites until some peaks begin to form. Then add the cream of tarter, water and vanilla extract. 
  • While your ingredients are mixing,you can sift together your flour, sugar alternative, and salt. You will need to sift this very well so I would suggest sifting several times or even using a food processor. 
  • Set your oven to 325 at this point and then mix together your ingredients by adding the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl with the wet ingredients. We do not want the oven to be too-preheated which is why we are doing a ‘lazy’ preheat. 
  • Now pour the batter into your prepped pan and bake for 60-65 minutes or until golden. 
  • To cool, invert this cake and allow to sit for about an hour until cool. Recipe Notes Please see post for details

Recipe Notes : Please see post for details

These Deviled Strawberries won’t last more than 5 minutes! They’re a hit at any party

If you like strawberry cheesecake, then you are going to go bonkers over these darling deviled strawberries stuffed with an irresistible sweet cream cheese filling, and then topped with crushed graham crackers. They make for a delightful party food display, and trust me, they’ll be the first thing to disappear.

These Deviled Strawberries wont last more than 5 minutes They’re a hit at any party

They are a fabulous treat for Valentine’s Day! You could even make the strawberries heart shaped by cutting a triangle out of the stem.

Deviled Strawberries (made with a sweet cream cheese filling) – The BEST finger food, sweet snack and party idea for a crowd! This quick, easy and fun appetizer idea is also perfect for Valentine’s Day! Kids and adults love them.

Easy sweet finger food everyone will love!

Deviled Strawberries (made with a sweet cream cheese filling) – The BEST finger food, sweet snack and party idea for a crowd! This quick, easy and fun appetizer idea is also perfect for Valentine’s Day! Kids and adults love them.

Strawberries are usually available all year round, but the spring and early summer months are when you will find the juiciest, most delicious strawberries.

Bowl of Strawberries – Deviled Strawberries 

Honestly, the hardest part about these deviled strawberries is prepping the strawberries to be “stuffed”, but it’s also the fun part!

Don’t worry about your strawberries being uniform in size, it’s actually kinda nice to have a variety. After a few simple cuts, and a little scoop out of the middle for the cream cheese filling, they’re ready to go. If you are rushed for time, you can do all of the prep work the night before.

5 Simple Exercises That Will Transform Your Body in Just 4 Weeks

While many people choose to go down the road of gym membership, special equipment and supplements, there are also those who like to keep it simple – eat less, but healthy and perform bodyweight exercises at the comfort of their home.

By doing these 5 exercises daily, you’ll start seeing improvements in your waistline size and overall body composition in less than a month! And while you won’t get the body of your dreams in such a short period, we guarantee you that you’ll feel like you’re one huge step closer to that goal.

1. Plank

Planks are a perfect exercise for the abdominal muscles because they engage every major core muscle group, including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominus, the external oblique muscle, and the glutes.

It’s essentially a one-move static exercise that will help you build a core of steel, ripped abs and strong shoulders. Just get into push-up position on the floor, bend your elbows 90 degrees and prop yourself on the elbows, forearms and forefeet, forming a straight line from head to feet, then hold it for as long as you can without moving your waist or butt.

2. Push-ups

The push-up is the ultimate bodyweight exercise that utilizes literally every major muscle in your body. It helps to develop strength and endurance, build upper body muscle, strengthen the joints and even help coordinate work between the muscles of the mid-section and the lower body muscles.

Get into a plank position, placing your hands directly under the shoulders and push your whole body up, maintaining a straight line with the legs, back and butt. Lower your body down on the same way and repeat. Whether you are beginner or a pro, check our 10 level push-up guide for the best push-up based exercises.

3. Squats

They’re sometimes referred to as the queen of all exercises, and with good reason. Squats are a full-body fitness staple that work the hips, glutes, quads, and hamstrings, and cunningly strengthens the core. It works 75% of your muscles in a single movement and it should be one of the mainstays in any leg workout.

For the standard squat, your feet should be shoulder-width apart or slightly wider. Extend your hands out in front of you and sit back and down, keeping your head facing forward. Make sure that your back doesn’t round. Keep lowering yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor (if possible). Press back up through your heels.

4. Bird-dog

Starting from a plank position, support yourself on your knees and hands and simultaneously stretch one leg and the opposite arm, maintaining both perfectly straight.

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Hold for a moment, then lower them down and repeat with the other leg and arm. This exercise increases core strength in both abs and lower back.

5. Lying hip raises

The lying hip raise is the perfect bodyweight exercise for building powerful glutes and hamstrings while also strengthening your abs, back and thighs. It will make your hips shapely and reaching for the sky!

Lie on your back with bent knees and flat feet, extending your arms out to your sides at a 45-degree angle. Squeeze your glutes and lift your hips toward the ceiling, making sure to tilt your pelvis. Lift them up as high as possible, squeezing your glutes. Slowly lower yourself down and repeat.

The 4-week plan

This program consists of two separate basic workouts:

Workout #1

1 minute  Plank;

1 minute  Push-ups;

2 minutes  Squats;

1 minute  Bird-dog;

1 minute  Lying hip raises;

1 minute  Plank;

1 minute  Push-ups;

2 minutes  Squats;

Rest for 10 seconds between exercises.

Workout #2

3 minutes  Plank;

3 minutes  Bird-dog;

3 minutes  Lying hip raises;

1 minute  Push-ups;

Rest for 15 seconds between exercises.

The workouts are performed 6 times per week, followed by one rest day:


Day 1 – Workout #1

Day 2 – Workout #2

Day 3 – Workout #1

Day 4 – Workout #2

Day 5 – Workout #1

Day 6 – Workout #2

Day 7 – rest


Day 1 – Workout #2

Day 2 – Workout #1

Day 3 – Workout #2

Day 4 – Workout #1

Day 5 – Workout #2

Day 6 – Workout #1

Day 7 – rest

Switch back to week 1 after you complete week 2.

If you do everything correctly, you will achieve amazing results in just a month and, as a bonus, develop a habit of doing this simple 10-minute set of exercises every day. And if you want to improve your body even more, then doubling the effort is all you need to do! So why not give it a try and see for yourself!

Healthy Beef and Broccoli

I’ll always have a soft spot for something that takes a bit more time and effort (like slow-simmered soups or stews, or a fancy dessert), but most days we’re eating meals that are fairly straight-forward and simple. That never (EVER!) means we sacrifice flavor, and this healthy beef and broccoli is one of those dynamite recipes that hits all my favorite criteria–fast, healthy, easy, and delicious.

Healthy Beef and Broccoli

Takeout made lighter at home – Healthy Beef and Broccoli! This one is gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 approved! 

Thinly sliced beef gets dredged in a little bit of arrowroot (or cornstarch, if you’re not paleo/don’t have it), and a super-quick sear in the pan. Paired with tender, delicious broccolini (or broccoli), and a three-ingredient sauce, the flavor combination is magic. I love when I can coax as much flavor as possible out of a short ingredient list.

The beef stays tender, the broccolini is cooked just enough, and the savory sauce ties everything together. Serve this with a side of fresh pineapple, and some rice or cauliflower rice, and dinner is done!

Healthy Beef and Broccoli is a fast, easy dinner idea you’ll all LOVE. Plus, it’s gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 approved!


***THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN UPDATED*** Right when I released it, the proportions were a bit different and several of you mentioned that it was too salty. I re-tested it and adjusted the amounts this summer. I haven’t had any “too salty” complaints since. That said…

Go low sodium. Whether you use soy sauce, tamari, etc. I always suggest using low sodium sauce. If you use regular soy sauce/tamari, it can get too salty. If you can’t find low-sodium sauce, you can add less soy/tamari, or add a little more water to dilute it a bit. (I haven’t found this to be a problem with coconut aminos.) Also note that for this to be Whole30 compliant, you will want to stick with coconut aminos.

What kind of steak? The big thing here is something fairly lean. I tend to buy either top sirloin steak or loin tip steak. The thinner you slice it, the faster it cooks and the better the dish. Also, do keep an eye on it, since it really only takes 60-90 seconds per side to cook through.

Why broccolini? I’ve been on a broccolini kick because it’s so tender–even the stems! I don’t have any waste, and the flavor is a little bit more mild. I’ve also made it with broccoli with great results. Use whatever you can find!

Change it up! Not digging broccoli? No problem! Try snow peas, snap peas, bell pepper strips, or mushrooms. It’s all good.

Arrowroot vs. cornstarch. Arrowroot is a grain-free starch that’s often used as a thickener and is common in paleo cooking. If you don’t have it, feel free to use cornstarch. It lends a bit of crispiness to the beef and helps thicken the sauce. One thing that can make arrowroot a bit trickier to work with is that if you boil something too long with arrowroot in it, it actually loosens back up and thins out again. If you’re an absolute beginner cook, you may find cornstarch easier to work with, but if you’re fairly comfortable in the kitchen, it’ll be no problem if you follow the directions.

Cinnamon Bananas Recipe

The next time you’re jonesing for a sweet, healthy treat, try this easy Cinnamon Bananas recipe. It’s made with sweet bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of honey. A lower-calorie riff on bananas flambe — hold the alcohol, butter, and several tablespoons of sugar — this version enhances the already-sweet nature of ripe bananas through caramelization.

Cinnamon Bananas Recipe

Caramelizing draws out the sugars in a food; the lightly sweet crust on the bananas and a few teaspoons of raw honey are all you need.

In addition to being a simple and healthy dessert or snack, this recipe is also a tasty way to get rid of those squishy, slightly overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter!

Pro tip: Save this treat for the older kids; it’s not recommended to feed raw honey to babies, due to the (rare) risk of botulism poisoning.

Cinnamon Bananas 

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Cinnamon Bananas

 Prep Time 15 mins

 Cook Time 6 mins

 Total Time 21 mins

 Servings 4 servings, 1/3 cup each

 Calories 73 kcal


2 tsp raw honey

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Nonstick cooking spray

2 large ripe bananas cut into ½-inch slices


Combine honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

Heat medium nonstick skillet, lightly coated with spray, over medium-high heat.

Add bananas; cook, gently stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add honey mixture; cook, gently stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bananas are well coated and soft.

Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Cinnamon Bananas

Amount Per Serving (1 serving)

Calories 73

% Daily Value*

Sodium 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%

Dietary Fiber 2g 8%

Sugars 11g

Protein 1g 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

P90X/P90X2 Portions

½ Fruit

½ Condiment

P90X3 Portions

1 Carb

Body Beast Portions

1 Fruit

Portion Fix Containers

1 Purple

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Makes a great FFC as part of breakfast.

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Vodka Limeade Punch is perfect for any party

Vodka Limeade Punch is perfect for any party! It’s an easy punch recipe made with limeade concentrate and vodka. This is the BEST limeade recipe and the perfect party punch!

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Recently I was in Los Angeles for a blogging conference (BlogHer Health, so it’s a bit ironic I’m posting a cocktail). Anyway, I learned a few things on that trip:

DTLA is a thing. Like, I’d never heard of it before watching Good Trouble and then all of a sudden it’s everywhere and Downtown LA is a THING.

Hotel Indigo is super cool, at least in DTLA. I’ll be looking them up in other cities too!

Lime cocktails are sooooo good.

On our last day we were hanging out in the hotel lobby having drinks while killing time before heading to the airport. On the menu they had one made with gin, lime juice, and mint. Now, I’m not a gin girl but it sounded like a mojito, so I went for it…and then had a second.

Now, upon first taste, I realized the menu left something out of the list of ingredients: sugar. The cocktail was SO sweet it didn’t taste like a mojito, it tasted like I was drinking limeade…and then this party punch recipe was born.

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I decided that, instead of remaking this cocktail with simple syrup or super fine sugar, that I’d just use limeade concentrate. With it’s extra tart flavor, I like limeade almost more than lemonade, and mixed with alcohol…well it’s the perfect party punch.


Basically, using limeade concentrate in this punch recipe takes out the middle man: simple syrup. Limeade concentrate is a mixture of lime juice and simple syrup (or sugar). It comes frozen with the other frozen canned juices and you reconstitute it by adding water.


Instead of using gin, as the original cocktail called for, I made my limeade punch with vodka. I prefer vodka to gin, plus I always have it in my liquor cabinet. (If you have gin, go ahead and use it.)

I also decided to add a little triple sec to this punch recipe, so it would have a little more depth of flavor. Triple Sec is orange liqueur, so it goes with the citrus of the lime.

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Now, normally you just mix the limeade concentrate with water, but in addition to the alcohol I made this a sparkling limeade punch.


You can turn limeade into sparkling limeade by adding club soda in place of the water called for on the can. Of course you can use sprite or 7up, but I feel like that adds a lot of sweetness and limeade is already very sweet. Club soda adds the bubbles without the sugar.


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This party punch is going to be the hit of all of my parties this spring and summer. It’s got that perfect fresh and summery flavor, and will be great for any party. I’ll be serving it for Super Bowl and the 4th of July and so many more parties!

You can also make this cocktail into a non-alcoholic mocktail by omitting the alcohol and adding more club soda. Then the kids can enjoy it too!

No-Bake Cake Batter

No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles a decadent dessert treat that won't heat up your kitchen.

No-Bake Cake Batter Truffles a decadent dessert treat that won’t heat up your kitchen.


  • For the Truffles:
  • 1-1/2 c. flour
  • 1 c. yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. sprinkles
  • For the Coating:
  • 16 oz. (8 squares) almond bark or vanilla flavored coating
  • Sprinkles
  • Pop sticks (for dipping)


  1. For the truffles: Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 3–4 tbsp. of milk (I used 3) if needed to make a dough consistency. Mix in sprinkles by hand.
  2. Roll dough into one-inch balls and place on parchment or wax paper on a cookie sheet. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
  3. For the coating: While dough balls are chilling, melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals.