Top 10 Recipes of 2016

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Top 10 Recipes of 2016

I seriously don’t even know where to begin as I write this post! I started JoyFoodSunshine  less than one year ago and it has been an amazing adventure…thanks to  all of you amazingly beautiful readers!

For real, I am not being cliche {ok maybe I am} when I say that I have been blown away by your constant love and support during my short time here on the world wide web. I started this blog as a homeschooling momma of three who just needed something that was my own. You know what I mean? A place where I could share my passions and just be me….hoping that my experiences could help others along the way. So, I thought it was only fitting to end 2016 by sharing the recipes that YOU loved the most!

In staying true to the essence of JoyFoodSunshine, the Top 10 Recipes of 2016 are “{Mostly} Healthy Recipes for Real life!” Lots of nutrition with a few treats thrown in, because what’s life without copious amounts of chocolate and peanut butter?! 😉

Thank you for allowing me to share a little of who I am with whoever you are. For taking the time to read my ramblings and make my recipes. I look forward to many more years with you all and am grateful for each and every person who visits me! So…on to the recipes and quotes from you lovely ladies and gents who made them!

Top 10 Recipes of 2016

10) Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This recipe is my personal favorite ice cream recipe on the planet, so I understand why it rolled in at #10!

“Uhm okay. I just made a batch of this and I should have made double. I have been trying to perfect no dairy ice cream for like eight months. I’ve tried stove methods with coconut cream and eggs, tried corn syrup, tried blending while hot to emulsify fats, you name it. This is the creamiest EVER, no grainyness, delicious and so simple! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I was eating the remainder out if the ice cream maker with my fingers and getting it all over my face because I didn’t want to let any go to waste. Bomb-digitty. Thank you so much.” -Maria 

9) Pretzel Bread

If you read this recipe post, this bread is my husband’s love language! I’ve made it more times than I can count and am always met with pure happiness when I put two hot loves of this stuff on the table!

“I made this bread yesterday and it came out unbelievably delicious! I saved a small piece and am eating it as I write this and just had to write and thank you for posting the recipe. I will make this again and again! Perfect!” -Julie

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8) Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

This was my very first blog post ever. I am not kidding when I say that I have eaten one of these every day for breakfast for 10 years {with very few exceptions}. This is my overall favorite recipe in the history of ever.

“Everyone….these bars are amazing!! I finally have energy that lasts me past 9am (when I used to be ready for second breakfast, pre-bar life).  It is super difficult to mess these bars up. I make a double batch every two weeks. my husband and I love them! Thank you Laura!” -Sandy

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7) Fudgy Paleo Brownies

I make these on a weekly basis. Please give them a try!

“These are the best brownies ever! My husband loves them and so do I, and I’m usually not a big fan of brownies! They are so gooey and delicious!! Not to mention paleo and vegan! Thank you so much 🙂” -Kimberley 

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6) Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bars

This was my first recipe to be pinned like crazy on Pinterest. I honestly can’t say that I’m in love with this photo, BUT….who am I to argue with the Pinners?

““MOM, next year on my birthday I want these instead of cake.” -Bethany (yes, my daughter 😉 )

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5) Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream

A great healthy vanilla ice cream recipe that is creamy and delicious!

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4) Paleo Vanilla Coconut Creamer

This recipe was featured in Prevention Magazine! Ditch the chemical-laden store bought creamers and make an amazingly delicious variety with clean ingredients in your own house! Total win!

“I just made this and I’m not sure if I can wait to put it in my coffee tomorrow!! It is delicious!” -Tami

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3) Peanut Butter Bana Baked Oatmeal

Another quick and easy breakfast recipe…because we all want to save time in the AM {i.e. sleep as long as we can}!

“Thank you for the recipe, I just made it this afternoon and it turned out amazing. They are the best.” -Marianela

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2) Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This is one of our family’s favorite easy dinners!

“I have made many, many reciepe’s from Pinterest, some have been good and some have been not so good. I have to say this is the best reciepe I have made. I have never made any comments on the reciepes that I have made but felt I needed to on this one. My husband and I absolutely loved it! Full of flavor and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.” -Amy

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1) Puppy Chow

Yep. The easiest recipe on my sight is also #1! It’s also loaded with chocolate and peanut butter. You guys get me.

“This recipe super addictive and dangerously easy to make!” -Sadie

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Well that’s it! Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for making my recipes and letting me know how you like them! Here’s to an amazing 2017!

Have you made a recipe from JoyFoodSunshine? If so, which one?

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  1. oh man I was going to try to pick a favorite from this list, but I actually don’t think that I can!!! If forced maybe I’d say the baked oatmeal…but honestly you could make me any of them 🙂 hehe! Happy new year!

  2. Your love for chocolate and peanut butter just pours out through this post; I love how you do things so so excellently Laura; it speaks to a desire to really glorify God in everything! I can’t wait to try more of your amazing recipes.

  3. Wow, I had no idea you started this blog less than a year ago! Congrats on all of your amazing success in such a short time! I can definitely see why these are your Top 10- everything looks awesome but that Peanut Butter Bana Baked Oatmeal is especially calling me name!

  4. Okay, it looks like I have some extra cooking to do in 2017! ALL over that ice cream! Great recipes, can’t wait to see what you put out next year!