Frozen Hot Chocolate

This Frozen Hot Chocolate is the perfect treat in the winter, with a twist. Whether you live in hot or cold climates, this chilly chocolate-y drink is fun to sip on, and so delicious. Made optionally dairy-free without any refined sweeteners.

Frozen hot chocolate with whipped cream on topFrozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

When I was young, my dad would take us to Serendipity in New York City. They are known for their frozen hot chocolate and it’s what we always ordered! A drink was double the size of my head and so delicious. I have such fond memories of this that I wanted to recreate it, with options for making it dairy-free.  If you’ve never had it, think of it as a chocolate slushy. 

This fun seasonal winter drink is a twist on the classic hot chocolate drink, made frozen!

Whipped cream with chocolate shavings

Ingredients Needed

  • Dark Chocolate (either a chopped bar of chocolate or chocolate chips)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Maple Syrup
  • Milk (use regular dairy or dairy-free such as almond milk or oat milk)
  • Ice
  • For Serving: Whipped cream or coconut cream, chocolate shavings and sea salt)

How to Make Frozen Hot Chocolate

Our frozen chocolate recipe uses a combination of real chocolate that is melted and cocoa powder. The chocolate has to be melted first, and then whisked together with the cocoa powder and maple syrup. Then whisk in the milk, gradually. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to cool.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy, adding more ice if needed.

Serve it with whipped coconut cream or whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, if desired. 

frozen chocolate drink made dairy free.

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Sea Salt Frozen Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 10 min Total Time 0:10


For the Whipped Cream


  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Coarse sea salt


  • Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth
  • Place whipped cream ingredients in your stand mixer and whip until creamy and thick
  • Garnish and enjoy!
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    Healthy Holiday Recipes

    The holidays are here which means it’s time to start planning! We’ve got a great list of our favorite Healthy Holiday Recipes starting with brunch and ending with dessert. These healthy but super delicious recipes will be loved by all!

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    Healthy Holiday Recipes

    The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite brunch recipes to serve a crowd and ending with all of those holiday treats. Scroll through to see our favorite LCK Holiday Recipes that everyone is going to love!

    Healthy Holiday Brunch Recipes

    If you are hosting family from out of town for the holiday, sometimes it isn’t just the big meal you have to think about. However, not everyone has the (space) or time to create a massive brunch. We’ve compiled a list of some easy breakfast recipes to feed a crowd!

    Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake: This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is the the absolute best holiday brunch. It literally taste just like a cinnamon roll, without all the work of making cinnamon rolls. Plus, it’s great to prepare the night before and either bake up for guests at home, or to bring along to a pot luck brunch. Trust me, you are going to love this one.

    Gingerbread Muffins: Nothing says December and a comforting holiday breakfast like a warm gingerbread muffin. These gluten free muffins are easy to make and so delicious.

    Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast Bake  This Sheet Pan Classic Breakfast is made up of Eggs, Bacon, & Home Fries and comes together in a pinch and made using only ONE PAN. It’s a great one pan breakfast bake that is perfect for a brunch to feed a crowd with little to no mess!

    Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats This Orange Cranberry Overnight Oats recipe is the best make-ahead breakfast, and you can make a big batch of it, if you need. It’s creamy (without any dairy) and bursting with seasonal orange, cranberry and pecan flavor. It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free.

    Breakfast Prep Baked Egg Cups These healthy baked egg cups make the perfect breakfast meal prep. Make the night before, and heat up as needed throughout the morning.

    Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal This oatmeal bake is a perfect make-ahead breakfast to feed a brunch crowd, and it’s easy to make. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. 

    Everything Bagel Hummus Breakfast Toast Try this non-recipe recipe for an easy breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to to get a quick breakfast on the table that is full of protein and fiber and tastes SO GOOD.

    Healthy holiday appetizer recipes

    Healthy Holiday Appetizers

    Appetizers for everyone to love!

    How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie: A charcuterie board is a quick, delicious and beautiful appetizer idea to feed a crowd. Fill a big board (or platter) with all of your favorite meats, cheeses, and crudités, and follow my tips to make it gorgeous, for the most festive spread this holiday season!

    Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket: These Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!

    Crudité Platter This Crudité Platter with Dairy-Free Tzatziki Sauce makes for such a light and refreshing snack, appetizer, or side-dish! The perfect bright and colorful dish to make with any seasonal veggies you have on hand! Dairy-free, egg-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant! This will be the most gorgeous appetizer on the table, for sure!

    Deviled Eggs with Bacon: These are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level!

    Potato Latkes: These Gluten Free Classic Potato Latkes are just like grandma makes them, only made without any refined white flour! They have the classic delicious flavors you want, and I guarantee that nobody will know they are gluten-free!

    Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip: This 5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip is the perfect lightened-up appetizer to serve for game-day or for any gathering! It is simple to prepare, made with minimal ingredients, has all of the buffalo chicken flavors you love, and it’s made with a healthy, creamy alternative: hummus

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. This paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly appetizer is simple to put together and nobody will know this isn’t the classic version.

    Thai Meatballs: These Thai Meatballs are paleo, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor. They are a healthy meatball recipe that everybody will love. This thai meatball recipe is loaded with veggies and infused with the perfect flavor combination of ginger, chili, garlic, and more. A total crowd pleaser that gets rave reviews!

    Healthy Holiday Mains

    Pick that main dish before you choose what you are going to serve with it!

    How to Roast a Turkey:  If you’ve never roasted a turkey before, this for a Citrus Herb Turkey explains it all!

    Maple Glazed Ham: Looking for a turkey alternative, or an extra protein to pair with the turkey for a large crowd? This sweet and salty Maple Glazed Hame would be perfect.

    Kale and Sweet Potato Stuffed Turkey Breast: This is perfect for a dinner party or small Thanksgiving feast. A boneless turkey breast is stuffed with quick caramelized onions, kale, sweet potato and herbs, then baked in the oven in just about an hour. Double the recipe to feed a crowd! It’s also gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30 friendly.

    Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce : This Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce recipe makes for a decadent meal done in under 20 minutes! It’s elegant, super flavorful, and comes together quickly and works equally as well for a romantic dinner for two, or a weeknight easy meal.

    Pork Chops with Apples: This skillet Pork Chops with Apples recipe is the quintessential fall meal. The pork chops are perfectly cooked and paired with sweet and savory fall flavors like sage, apple cider and apples.

    Bone-in Pork Chops with Cherries: Perfectly cooked pork chops topped with Tart Cherry Compote is the perfect festive holiday meal that will make you feel fancy in no time!

    Turkey Roast with Pear Chutney: This turkey breast roast is perfect for smaller holiday gatherings and was a staple at my family holiday dinners! 

    Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Looking for a great vegetarian main that doesn’t involve tofu? This is it! All the classic flavors of spinach and artichoke dip made healthy and stuffed into a low-carb and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash! You can optionally add-in chicken to make it heartier, or leave it as a vegetarian main dish. Make it dairy-free using cashew cream, or not.

    Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

    Side dishes are for some the BEST part about a holiday dinner, and we’ve got quite the list for you!

    Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: This classic casserole makes the absolute perfect side dish at your Thanksgiving dinner or at your December holiday party. Do you want to know the best part? It’s lighter than your typical sweet potato casserole and free of refined sugar! Plus it’s easy to make-ahead of time and the perfect side to bring along

    Classic Mashed Potatoes These Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes taste just like the classic version. They are everything you want in that comforting and warm side dish, but lightened up to include chicken broth and olive oil. They’re soft and creamy and a cinch to make. Plus they’re Whole30, paleo, and vegan friendly.

    Garlic and Herb Mushrooms: This mushroom recipe is the last one you’ll ever need to look up for a side dish idea. These Ultimate Herb and Garlic Mushrooms are packed with umami flavor, are quick to make and topped with fresh herbs. Serve these at your next Thanksgiving or dinner party and everyone will rave about them!

    Honey Glazed Carrots These are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free.

    Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon These addictive brussels sir outs with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!

    Herb and Garlic Quinoa: This easy and delicious Herb and Garlic Quinoa is the perfect side dish to accompany just about anything. What’s even better is the recipe uses pantry staples so you can throw it together whenever you are looking for an easy side dish to pair with dinner.

    Healthy Creamed Spinach (Made Without Cream!) This Creamed Spinach is a lightened up version of your favorite holiday classic and is made without cream for the perfect healthy and veggie-packed side for Thanksgiving! Creamy, flavorful and so simple to make!

    Green Bean Casserole This lightened up, healthier version of a Green Bean Casserole is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s dairy-free, made without any soup mix, and EASY to make. 

    Scalloped Potatoes Creamy with just the right amount of cheese, lightened up, and baked to perfection, this au gratin scalloped potato recipe will be a favorite.

    Dairy Free Creme Brulee

    Healthy Holiday Desserts:

    Even sweet treats can be lightened up, and nobody will know the difference!

    Cut Out Cookies: These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids. We’ve included tips and tricks for decorating using an easy powdered sugar icing so you can get your holiday bake on now!

    Peppermint Bark: Using only 5 ingredients, this Peppermint Bark is simple to prepare and perfect for giving away to friends and family as holiday gifts. It’s as easy as melting and spreading chocolate, but truly looks fancy. Top it with candy canes for that super festive look (and taste)!

    Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: These Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are the perfect gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookie that everyone will love! Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate and macadamia nuts! A household favorite!

    Cookie Truffles: These  Cookie Truffles are the CUTEST gluten-free treat that you can make for any occasion. They’re made using a handful of ingredients, including our favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie, are no bake and are so easy they’d be a great activity to do with the kids! Perfect to serve up for any fun event!

    Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples: These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

    Creme Brûlée: This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.

    Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

    Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has  a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.

    Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!

    Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together! 

    Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! 

    Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups: These Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups are the perfect treat to have in the fridge! They are chocolate-y, peppermint-y, and coconut-y! They are keto-friendly, too! Perfect keto cups!  

    Espresso Candied Pecans: These Espresso Candied Pecans are the perfect DIY gift giving treat! They are easy to make, and you can make large batches to package up for friends and family this holiday season!

    Sparkling Citrus Punch

    Healthy Holiday Drinks:

    We’ve got your covered with both virgin and alcoholic festive drinks for the holiday season!

    Apple Cider Sangria: This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria! Serve it with a caramel rim (or opt out for simplicity), make a large pitcher, and enjoy this easy fall cocktail!

    Pumpkin Coffee: This recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee can be made using your favorite regular coffee or made into a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s refined sugar-free and customizable so you can make it dairy-free if you need to!

    Golden Milk Latte: This Golden Turmeric Latte with Espresso is about to become your new favorite morning pick-me-up! It’s dairy-free, packed with nutrients, and is such a fabulous alternative to your standard cup of coffee or afternoon drink!

    Slow Cooker Mulled Cider: Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor!

    Sparkling Citrus Punch: This Sparkling Citrus Punch is the ultimate holiday and New Year’s Eve lightened up cocktail! It is so delicious, it serves a crowd, and it is made with fresh, good quality ingredients you can feel good about serving!

    Pumpkin Smash Cocktail: This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party

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    Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

    Warm and inviting, these Healthy Gingerbread Muffins are bursting seasonal flavors! These cozy paleo winter muffins come together easily, are made gluten-free with almond flour, and the perfect healthy muffin recipe for a holiday brunch or as a snack!

    Gluten Free Gingerbread Muffins

    Nothing says December like these warm gingerbread muffins.  These grain-free muffins are so simple, moist, and delicious. They have a light and fluffy texture and a spiced gingerbread flavor. Add in some dark chocolate chips or dried cranberry to really make them festive! Serve them for brunch or for a snack. Nobody will know these muffins are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!

    Ingredients for Healthy Gingerbread

    • Almond Flour
    • Baking Soda
    • Cinnamon
    • Ground Ginger
    • Nutmeg
    • Ground Cloves
    • All Spice
    • Eggs
    • Unsweetened Applesauce
    • Honey or Maple Syrup
    • Vanilla

    How to Measure Almond Flour

    If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure almond flour. Almond flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour too since it’s such an absorbent flour. Even a small measuring error with coconut flour can impact a recipe. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces. Since grams are more precise we’re use that. If you don’t have a scale: whisk almond flour until it’s lightened up and lightly scoop the almond flour or coconut flour into the cup measurement and level it off. 

    Healthy Gingerbread Muffins as Gifts

    We are all about giving gifts made with love! These muffins would be great to bring as a hostess gift or to a gluten-free friend! 

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    Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 0:25 Yields 6




      • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
      • 3 eggs
      • 3 tbsp raw honey
      • 1/2 tsp vanilla



      1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
      2. Grease muffin tin or line muffin tin with silicone muffin liners.
      3. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients.
      4. Add in wet ingredients and mix.
      5. Fold in add-ins (chocolate chips).
      6. Pour batter into muffin tins, a little more than halfway to the top.
      7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

      Recipe Notes

      1. This makes 6 large muffins. Keep as is to make 12 mini muffins, or to make 12 large muffins follow as directed:
      • Change almond flour to 2 cups
      • Change applesauce to 1/2 cup
      • Add 2 tablespoons spectrum organic shortening or coconut oil
      • Change honey to 1/3 cup
      • Everything else stays the same!
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      Sea Salt Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

      This sweet and salty holiday treat is simple to make, but looks so elegant. Make this Trail Mix Chocolate Bark in under 15 minutes with just a few simple ingredients to serve at a holiday party or to give away as a gift. It’s customizable and pretty darn delicious.

      Trail Mix Chocolate Bark Recipe

      If you are looking for the easiest holiday gift or dessert to serve, you’ve found it with this Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark! This chocolate bark is not only delicious, but it looks stunning and it is dead-simple to make. Making bark at home requires nothing more than melting and spreading chocolate, then topping it with the different flavor additions. For this Trail Mix Bark, we’ve topped it with nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut and sea salt. The added salt is not to be missed, it makes this bark sweet and savory and just plain addicting.

      Trail mix chocolate bark.How to Make Trail Mix Chocolate Bark

      1. First line a sheet pan with parchment paper so the bark comes off easily.
      2. Then, melt the chocolate. We prefer to use a double-boiler method, but you can use the microwave if you really want to, just make sure not to overheat the chocolate.
      3. Next pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper. Make it as thick or as thin as you want it. We preferred to spread it to a rough 11″ x 16″ rectangle.
      4. Then, add your desired toppings. Go ahead and choose what you either have on hand or what flavor combination you like. For a festive look we made ours with red cranberries, green pistachios and white coconut. After you’ve topped it, let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or place in the freezer for about 5 minutes until bark hardens.
      5. Break into pieces and either wrap up to give away as gifts, or store for serving later.

      Topping Options

      Given that this is a trail mix bark, we topped it with all our favorite trail mix ingredients, including nuts, dried fruit and coconut. Here are some options that will work well for this bark:

      • Dried Blueberries
      • Dried Cranberries
      • Dried Cherries
      • Raisins (Golden or Thompson)
      • Dried Pineapple
      • Almonds (Whole or Sliced)
      • Pistachios
      • Peanuts
      • Shredded Coconut
      • Granola Clusters
      • Pepitas 
      • Sunflower Seeds

      Tips for Working with Chocolate

      • Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable gift option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives to it will shine through negatively in the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured with added ingredients to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for the mid range brands such as Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. We also love Enjoy Life for dairy-free chocolate.
      • Make sure all utensils are clean and dry. Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of chocolate to water can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
      • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it’s fully melted.

      Chocolate bark with coconut and nutsStoring Chocolate Bark

      Bark can be stored at room temperature, just so long as the room temperature isn’t above 70 degrees. If you need to store in the refrigerator make sure it is is in an air-tight container to avoid the chocolate pick up any smells or moisture.

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      1. 3 cups Enjoy Life's Chocolate Chips
      2. 1/3 cup dried cranberries/golden raisins
      3. 1/3 cup raw almonds
      4. 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
      5. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, more as desired
      1. Heat chocolate using a double broiler method (Bring one inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set the heatproof bowl over the mouth of the pot (water should not touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir chocolate as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat and stir to melt the rest)
      2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
      3. Pour out chocolate and lightly spread into a rectangle onto parchment paper
      4. If using a cooking cutter, lightly grease and pour chocolate to desired thickness (1/4 inch or so)
      5. Add toppings and place in fridge until bark hardens
      6. Break into pieces or leave in your cookie cutter
      7. Wrap in cellophane with a bow for the perfect holiday gift!
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      Healthy Spinach & Artichoke Dip

      Bound to be a hit at your next party, this Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip has all that creamy flavor without any dairy. This paleo, vegan and Whole30 friendly appetizer is simple to put together and nobody will know this isn’t the classic version.

      Healthy spinach artichoke dip on a serving plate.Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

      Is there anything better than Spinach and Artichoke Dip? It is such a classic appetizer that everyone loves. We wanted to update it to make it a bit more healthy so we took all the flavors to create a nutrient-dense dip that is so creamy and delicious without any actual cream! We did leave an option to top it with cheese and broil it, but the dip itself is so flavorful it won’t be missed if you need to leave it off for a totally dairy-free dip. 

      This crowd favorite is perfect for parties, or for an appetizer for a night in. It’s simple to make, made with mostly pantry staples and can even be made ahead of time (no more than a day) and reheated.

      Ingredients Needed

      • Olive Oil
      • Frozen Spinach 
      • Canned Artichokes
      • Garlic
      • Salt and Pepper
      • Cashew Cream
      • Cheddar Cheese (optional, omit for dairy-free)

      Preparing healthy spinach and artichoke dip in a blender.How to Make Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip without Dairy

      To make this dish free from any dairy, we turned to cashew cream. Cashew cream is simply soaked cashews that are blended until they are smooth and creamy. It’s a great replacement for heavy cream or in some recipes cream cheese. It can be used for both savory or sweet recipes! We’ve used in so many different dishes, and it’s our number one choice to replace dairy where it fits.

      We left it optional to add a bit of cheese on top of the dish to get that traditional spinach and artichoke dip feel, but you won’t miss it too much if you omit it to make this dish totally dairy-free.

      What to Serve with this Dip

      Serve this dip with crackers (homemade or store-bought), tortilla chips, and cut up veggies.

      Healthy spinach dip with chips and veggies.

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      Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
      Serves 2
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      Prep Time
      5 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      25 min
      Prep Time
      5 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      25 min
      1. 2 cups frozen spinach, thawed
      2. 1 14 oz. can artichokes
      3. 1/2 white onion, chopped
      4. 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
      5. 1/4 cup cashew cream*
      6. 1 tsp garlic powder
      7. 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, more to taste
      8. 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, more to taste
      9. Optional: slices of Kerrygold grass-fed cheddar**
      10. Serve with homemade crackers
      1. In a medium size pot heat oil and garlic
      2. Add in spinach
      3. Mix for 4-5 minutes until spinach is wilted
      4. Add in onions and artichokes and mix for 5-7 minutes
      5. Remove from heat and add in spices and cashew cream
      6. Transfer to a high-speed blender and pulse until the texture is as chunky or creamy as desired
      7. Taste and adjust spices and salt as desired
      8. If adding cheese, transfer dip to a oven-safe baking dish, layer with cheese and broil until cheese begins to bubble
      1. *Make cashew cream by soaking 2 cups in water cashews overnight (about 1 cup water). Drain and place in high-speed blender with 1 tbsp water and blend until creamy.
      2. **Leave off cheese for dairy-free
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      Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

      This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is the the absolute best holiday brunch. It literally taste just like a cinnamon roll, without all the work of making cinnamon rolls. Plus, it’s great to prepare the night before and either bake up for guests at home, or to bring along to a pot luck brunch. Trust me, you are going to love this one. Made in partnership with my friends at Ello Products.

      Cinnamon roll French toastCinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

      Would you believe me if I told you, you could make an easy breakfast to feed a crowd, prepared the night before, that will leave your whole house smelling like legit cinnamon rolls? Based off of these photos, I hope you believe me because this overnight French toast bake is the real deal. It taste just like cinnamon rolls, but it’s so easy to prepare! The hardest part is waiting for this dish to cook long enough before you can dig in. Plus, it can be made gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free. 

      Ingredients for Overnight French Toast Bake

      • White Bread (we used gluten-free, but use what you need to!)
      • Milk (we used almond milk to keep it dairy-free)
      • Eggs
      • Coconut Sugar
      • Cinnamon
      • Butter (or ghee, or coconut oil for dairy-free)

      We also topped this French toast with a dairy-free glaze made from cashew cream and maple syrup. It was heavenly. You could also top it with a standard powdered sugar glaze by mixing together powdered sugar and a place of milk, until it’s reached the consistency you’d like.

      Overnight French toast bake made from bread

      How to Make a French Toast Casserole?

      It couldn’t be easier. You cube up some bread. It’s best if you can either do this ahead of time, and leave the bread out to dry out, or you can toast the bread in the oven beforehand. This step isn’t absolutely essential, but it improves the texture of the final dish, especially if you are using gluten-free bread. 

      Next you place half the cubed bread cubes in a greased 9×13″ baking dish. We love using it in our Ello DuraGlass Bakeware Containers because they have a matching lid that makes this the perfect prep, bake and serve container for an overnight French toast.

      Then you sprinkle a cinnamon roll sugar mixture over the bread crumbs. Top that with the remainder of the bread cubes. Next, pour over a mixture of eggs and milk and push down on the bread cubes to make sure all of it gets in contact with the milk. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar over the bread. Then cover the dish and let rest overnight!

      When you are ready to bake in the morning, preheat the oven and pop the lid off the bakeware. Place in the oven and bake until cooked through. 

      And finally, drizze that cinnamon roll french toast for a more authentic look and taste.

      Pouring custard over a French toast casserole

      Why we Love Ello Bakeware for Making this Dish

      To make this extra portable I love baking this in Ello DuraGlass Bakeware Containers. For this recipe we’re using the 9×13 baking dish. These durable glass baking dishes are perfect for both cooking at home and bringing food along to cook on the go. What makes this line of bakeware special is that they come with a protective silicone sleeve that doubles as a trivet so a dish can go from the freezer or refrigerator, to the oven and then right to the table.

      That makes these Ello DuraGlass Bakeware with matching lids perfect for holiday baking, especially for make-ahead and on-the-go dishes. Each container is perfectly portable and pretty cute too so it works as both bakeware and a serving dish. I love that the lid first on perfectly when I store this overnight French toast bake in the refrigerator.

      I love using glass both for baking and for storage because it’s free of harmful chemicals, can be heated in the oven, and is (top-rack) dishwasher safe. Plus the crystal clear Tritan lid and colorful silicone sleeve let’s me easily see what is in the containers so I can keep my refrigerator more organized. This is especially helpful during the busy holiday season when there is a lot of food being cooked and prepared ahead of time.

      Scoop of cinnamon roll French toast bake

      Do you need to prepare this overnight?

      Casseroles are a perfect make-ahead dish. This French toast casserole tastes better when the bread has a chance to soak up the egg and milk mixture. We did test this baked right after preparing the dish and it still tastes great, but not all of the custard is absorbed at that point, so you will notice some of it baked up in the dish. We do recommend you prepare it the night before, though in a pinch, it can be baked right away. We know this is the perfect holiday brunch dish because there are two ways to prep for it ahead of time.

      1. This dish is obviously prepared the night before. You can either bake the dish at home for guests, or snap on the lid and bake fresh at your destination. This is a good option if you are traveling with this dish, but want to eat it freshly baked.
      2. Or you can fully bake this dish and reheat. This entire dish can be prepared fully, except for the glaze, cooled completely and then stored in the refrigerator, for up to 1 day, until ready to serve. Reheat the dish in a warm oven until heated through. Then drizzle it with the glaze.

      Cinnamon roll French toast casserole

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      Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 45 min Total Time 0:55 Serves 12




    • Make batch of bread following directions on the recipe
    • Once cooled, cut into cubes
    • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk
    • Dip bread into the mixture covering all sides of the bread, repeat until all sticks are coated
    • Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bread is soaked
    • Line a muffin tin with silicone baking liners
    • Place 4-6 pieces of the coated bread, or more until filled
    • Pour any remaining egg mixture into each tin once filled
    • Bake for 20-25 minutes until no longer wet
    • Serve with organic powdered sugar and maple syrup
    • Store remaining in the refrigerator until ready to eat
    • Recipe Notes

    • *Double the recipe and bake in a loaf pan lined with parchment paper
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