Vegan and Grain-Free Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven

Today please welcome Davida from The Healthy Maven.


I’m so tickled to welcome Davida to the blog today! I first got to know Davida, who writes at The Healthy Maven, when she began to participate in Wellness Weekend (the healthy food event that ran on my blog for several years). Shortly thereafter, we discovered that we both live in the Toronto area and both love healthy food.

Although Davida isn’t vegan, I knew immediately that I loved her innovative, good-for-you, beautiful recipes that she shared weekly on the event. And every week, I thought, “I’d love to make that!”  For instance, how about Cauliflower TabboulehLemon Raspberry Chia Pudding, Raw Apple Pie Bites, or Rosemary Cashew Bar Nuts? (See–told ya!).

And today’s recipe elicited a “can’t wait to make this,” too! A healthy chocolate lava cake? Let’s get to it!!

Black Bean Lava Cakes from The Healthy Maven |

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Raw Vegan Nutty-Roons from Amber of The Tasty Alternative

Today please welcome Amber of The Tasty Alternative!

Nutty-Roons from Amber of the Tasty Alternative |

I’m delighted to welcome Amber to the blog today! Amber is yet another blogger whom I’ve met online and can’t wait to meet “IRL” (in real life) one day. Amber’s health journey began with some unusual symptoms that ended with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease (you can read more about her story here). As a result, her recipes are grain-free and whole-foods based, in many ways very much in line with my own anti-candida diet (in fact, Amber followed the anti-candida protocol herself when she was first trying to figure out her symptoms).

Apart from her yummy recipes, Amber’s blog also offers a series of posts on holistic healing, tips for green living, posts about different healing diets and gardening tips. I always find something interesting there! Some of my favorite recipes are the Chocolate Pumpkin Hemp Smoothie, Raw Strawberry Chocolate Cereal, Kalamata Olive White Bean Dip and the Radicchio Salad with Warm Fennel and Apple.

As you can see, her recipes are also delectable and healthy. These Nutty-Roons had me drooling! (Thanks for making these candida-friendly, too, Amber!).

Recipe for Nutty-Roons from Amber of The Tasty Alternative |

I’m beyond thrilled to share a recipe while Ricki works her culinary magic to bring us yet another fabulous cookbook (thank you, Ricki).

Recipe for Nutty-Roons from Amber of The Tasty Alternative |

Hi, I’m Amber and run the alternative foods blog The Tasty Alternative.  I found Ricki’s blog shorty after I started blogging (about 2 1/2 years ago). I distinctly remember visiting Wellness Weekend for the first time to share a recipe and instantly fell in love with Ricki, her writing style, and (of course) her recipes (of which I’ve made many)!  Personally, I suffer from candida, so her blog is of great interest and value to me.  I reference it constantly and refer friends and family to her site.  Ricki’s cookbook Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free is one of my favorite cookbooks with so many healthy treats for my family.

Recipe for Nutty-Roons from Amber of The Tasty Alternative |

For this guest post I wanted to share a recipe for Ricki’s readers reminiscent of her cooking style with common ingredients used by Ricki herself.  And I think Ricki will love this recipe!  I call these “Nutty-Roons” because they are like a macaroon, but with a nice nutty bite to them.  Made with only a few simple ingredients, these raw little bites of coconut bliss are sure to please.  I made about 10 batches of these as Holidays gifts last year (I kid you not) and they were well received by all.  I hope you enjoy them too.

Recipe for Nutty-Roons from Amber of The Tasty Alternative |

Amber authors the alternative foods blog, The Tasty Alternative. The Tasty Alternative is a blog dedicated to holistic healing and green living.  Amber was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease (an autoimmune disease) 10 years ago and has been healing herself holistically with food and lifestyle.  She shares recipes specific for healing diets such as SCD, AIP, Paleo, and Gluten/Dairy free.  You will find other fun things on her blog in addition to recipes, such as homemade lotion recipes (great for dry skin and eczema) and homemade non-toxic beauty products.  Amber shares many tips on how to live green in your kitchen with practical, easy tips on how to decrease waste and live with more environmental compassion and mindfulness.  You can connect with Amber on Facebook and Pinterest.


Asparagus and Edamame Salad with Lime-Miso Dressing from Janet of The Taste Space

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Today please welcome Janet of The Taste Space! I’ve known Janet via our blogs for quite some time–in fact, it feels as if I’ve been reading Janet’s blog for about as long as I’ve been writing mine! Originally also Torontonian, Janet and her significant other moved to Texas a while back and it hasn’t impeded […]

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Divine Mango Pie from Tess Challis

Tess Challis

Today please welcome Tess Challis! I’m so excited to have Tess Challis here on the blog today! Tess is a four-time cookbook author, wellness coach, vegan caterer and healthy eating educator. Many of you are already familiar with Tess’s site, Radiant Health, Inner Wealth, where she shares tips about  a healthy vegan diet, cooking techniques, […]

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Wellness Weekend: The Finale (and an Announcement)

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Hi Everyone, Happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. As I write this, I’m deep into the last few days of manuscript madness and scrambling to finish my next book. You might already know it’s one that’s really close to my heart, as within it, I share a lot of […]

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Six Degrees of Angela Liddon

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[This post is part of an ongoing series of interviews with cookbook authors, bloggers, women entrepreneurs and home chefs whose work I enjoy and admire. If you've got someone in mind you'd like me to approach for an interview, please shoot me an email at rickiATrickihellerDOTcom, or leave a comment here and let me know! […]

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Wellness Weekend, March 20-24, 2014

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to spring (okay, so there are still huge piles of snow outside my window. . . but they’re melting. Sort of like the Wicked Witch of the West. I will not be sorry to see them go!). With thoughts of grass, flowers, sunshine and windbreakers dancing in my head, I’m definitely looking […]

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Cream of Spinach Soup from Tess Masters, The Blender Girl

Cream of Spinach Soup

Today please welcome Tess Masters, The Blender Girl! Today I’m thrilled to welcome my dear friend Tess Masters to the blog! You may know Tess through her blog, Healthy Blender Recipes, or by her alter ego, The Blender Girl. I first “met” Tess when she asked me to contribute to her month-long Gluten-Free Baking with […]

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Wellness Weekend, March 13-17, 2014

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Welcome to this week’s Wellness Weekend! I hope everyone’s having a great March so far. Is it spring yet? This is what it looked like outside our window yesterday. Clearly, Toronto has a ways to go. At least the HH is over his late-winter cold, The Girls are getting their regular walks again, and we […]

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Greek Pasta Salad with Roasted Chickpeas from MamaBalance


Today, please welcome Wendy from MamaBalance. I’m thrilled to have Wendy back with us today, representing her other blog, Mama Balance! Wendy’s previous post, a California Quinoa Bowl, was a huge hit with RH readers. I think you’ll love today’s recipe just as much! Wendy has a knack for creating healthy, colorful and appealing recipes […]

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