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Presenting the Winners from Our Healthy Your Way Contest

Our readers sent in their very best recipes that meet their special diet needs. From gluten-free and vegan to low-carb and light, you’d never know these healthy your way contest winners anything but delicious.

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Gluten-Free Brownie BarsTaste of Home

Gluten-Free Brownie Bars

I can’t eat dairy or gluten, but these gluten-free brownie bars are a satisfying substitute. The brownies will still seem soft when you pull them from the oven. They are done when the edges look very lightly browned. —Linda Speranza, Buckeye, Arizona
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Sheet Pan Jambalaya With Cauliflower Rice Exps Rc20 253947 E09 09 5b 2

1st Place: Sheet-Pan Jambalaya with Cauliflower Rice

Sheet-pan dinners are a busy cook's dream with quick prep and easy cleanup. This sheet-pan jambalaya is a healthy twist on a classic that uses cauliflower rice for a lower-carb supper. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Breakfast Blt Waffles Exps Rc20 255044 B09 09 11b 7

2nd Place:Breakfast BLT Waffles

I'm not a big fan of sweets for breakfast, but I love a crisp waffle. My son and I tried these BLT waffles, and they were a huge success! We used gluten-free, dairy-free waffles with fantastic results. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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3rd Place: Garlic Mozzarella Bread BitesTaste of Home

3rd Place: Garlic Mozzarella Bread Bites

These garlic bread bites are ridiculously easy to make and insanely tasty! To make them extra cheesy, sprinkle the tops with more mozzarella cheese after taking them out of the oven the second time. Return them to the oven until the cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. —Anna Bowden, Littleton, Colorado

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Runner-Up: Red Lentil Hummus with Brussels Sprout HashTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Red Lentil Hummus with Brussels Sprout Hash

This spicy red lentil hummus is a new take on the classic dip. The Brussels sprout topping adds a special touch, but you can serve it without the topping, too. —Carolyn Manning, Seattle, Washington

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Runner-Up: Mean Green Smoothie Bowls

This delicious bright green smoothie bowl recipe contains powerful antioxidants. Top with cucumber slices and fresh parsley sprigs for a pretty presentation. —Laura Wilhelm, West Hollywood, California

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Runner-Up: Chocolate Date Energy Balls

Runner-Up: Chocolate Date Energy Balls

Eating just one of these healthy chocolate date energy balls satisfies my sweet tooth without added refined sugar. My recipe is a spinoff of an energy ball my daughter made for me when I was testing for my taekwondo black belt. —Barbara Estabrook, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Peanut Butter And Jelly Overnight Oats  Exps Rc20 253830 E09 09 2b 8

Runner-Up: Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

These strawberry overnight oats will be ready and waiting for you in the morning. This PB&J-inspired breakfast is both gluten-free and dairy-free. Use more or less sugar depending on the sweetness of your strawberries. —Jolene Martinelli, Fremont, New Hampshire

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Best Ever Cashew Cheese Sauce Exps Rc20 253757 E09 09 8b 3

Runner-Up: Best Ever Cashew Cheese Sauce

This is a versatile cashew cheese sauce that's totally plant-based. I use it as a pasta sauce, as a pizza topping, over roasted veggies, on tacos and for grilled cheese. It doesn't reheat well, so I don't suggest making a double batch to use throughout the week. —Max Gregor, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Runner-Up: Pear Quinoa Breakfast BakeTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Pear Quinoa Breakfast Bake

My husband and I enjoy quinoa, so I created this pear breakfast bake for our Sunday brunch. The quinoa is a nice change of pace from oatmeal. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Runner-Up: Gluten-Free Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

Runner-Up: Gluten-Free Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins

I have a family member with special dietary needs, so I came up with these gluten-free sweet potato muffins that we could all enjoy. These are just as good as any traditional recipe, maybe better! If you don't have sweet potato on hand, canned pumpkin may be used instead. —Kallee Krong-Mccreery, Escondido, California

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse Exps Rc20 255149 E09 09 11b 3

Most Innovative: Vegan Chocolate Mousse

My son is allergic to dairy and eggs, so I created this silky vegan chocolate mousse recipe that he could enjoy. It's also gluten free and grain free. If you're having company over, it can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator. —Sarah Meuser, New Milford, Connecticut

Peggy Woodward, RDN
Peggy is a Senior Food Editor for Taste of Home. In addition to curating recipes, she writes articles, develops recipes and is our in-house nutrition expert. She studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and completed post-graduate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Peggy has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. She’s a mom, a foodie and enjoys being active in her rural Wisconsin community.

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