HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free, ref. sugar free option, vegan, paleo option}

This homemade hot chocolate mix makes the most delicious, decadent, luscious hot chocolate. It’s definitely a go-to on a cold, dreary day – after all, homemade hot chocolate is the ultimate comfort drink.

Luscious, decadent homemade hot chocolate being poured into a white cup from a red saucepan. Bunches of holly and Christmas baubles give a Christmas atmosphere to the photo.

It’s been a long day, friends. A long day in a series of long days. You know what would make this long day a whole lot better? A blanket nest, a good book and, of course, hot chocolate. With some homemade marshmallows. Now doesn’t that just sound… heavenly.

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HEALTHY NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH BITES {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible Christmas gift!)

Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be healthy – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible DIY Christmas gift!)

Today marks precisely one year since I’ve pressed the Publish button on my very first post on The Loopy Whisk. It feels like 5 minutes… and 10 years have passed since then. Time’s a funny thing. I am now a 2nd year PhD student, still making a mess in the lab and an even greater mess in the kitchen. I have tried my hand at more new, exciting recipes than ever before, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

There have been many recipes that made me go WHOATHISISAMAZING, and many that went straight into the trash. I’ve bounced round the kitchen like an over-excited puppy, and I’ve had my share of mini meltdowns when something just wouldn’t work.

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HOW TO MAKE SUPER HEALTHY 3-INGREDIENT PALEO & VEGAN CHOCOLATE FROSTING {gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan & paleo}

This healthy 3-ingredient paleo & vegan chocolate frosting is perfect for when you get hit with that chocolate craving, but still want something healthy and wholesome. Super easy and quick to make, this healthy chocolate ganache is perfect for frosting cakes, brownies or, you know… a spoon. (As it approaches your mouth.)

A bowl full of delicious, luscious healthy vegan avocado frosting, with a white and blue striped spoon in the bowl.

It’s been one of those days that calls for a whole lot of chocolate. You know the kind, don’t you?

The kind that makes writing a super fun and profound post rather difficult… because nothing sounds better right now than making a pillow-and-blanket-nest, and then proceeding to ignore the world until tomorrow morning. Late morning, if possible.

If there’s a chocolate cake that accompanies you into that comfy, warm nest… all the better.

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VEGAN & PALEO NO-BAKE PUMPKIN TRUFFLES {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan & paleo}

A simple and healthy recipe for no-bake pumpkin truffles, which couldn’t be more scrumptious if they tried. Vegan and paleo pumpkin filling meets a coating of dark chocolate, making them the perfect healthy fall dessert.

Vegan & Paleo No-Bake Pumpkin Truffles {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - A simple and healthy recipe for no-bake pumpkin truffles, which couldn’t be more scrumptious if they tried. Vegan and paleo pumpkin filling in the centre with a coating of dark chocolate. The perfect healthy fall dessert.

I’m wearing Christmas socks right now. Just thought you should know. I don’t even have the excuse of grabbing them in the dark and not knowing they were Christmas socks. They were chosen in a state of full awareness… well, as much awareness (and alertness) there is before 8 am.

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