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I can’t stop smiling.


My face is starting to hurt.

And if my grandma were here, she’d tell me it was going to freeze this way from lack of movement. (I miss my grandma.)


Yesterday, a message in my inbox informed me that I was one of the nominees for a foodbuzz award in the “best baking blog” category. I think I fell off my chair. (Actually, I did fall off my chair. I’m clumsy like that.)

Stuff like this never happens to me!

I’m grateful to everyone who nominated me, and so amazed by your kindness in taking the time to do so. I really don’t know how I can ever thank you or even explain how much your kindness means to me. In high school, I was the girl who said she didn’t care about things like those senior superlatives. But of course I secretly always wanted to win one! And even now, whenever other bloggers are featured in places like Saveur or The Kitchn, I get excited for them, but I’ve also always wondered how it must feel to be in their shoes.

It was a pretty big shock to see my name up there among such talented bloggers, especially when I hadn’t even asked anyone to nominate me; I figured I had no chance! And with the amazing other bloggers up for the running, I think my chances of winning this award are about .0001 in a zillion. But really, just being nominated made my year.


Although… how cool would it be if a healthy dessert blog won?!

I’d be forever grateful if you vote for me. But if you want to vote for someone else, I honestly don’t blame you! My competition is incredible, and I’m honored to just be mentioned among them.

You can vote (for anyone lol) here: Click here to vote.

(P.S. Anyone know what movie the title of this post comes from?)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. EFL!!! And congrats!!!! You got my vote :)

    1. Love your site! says:

      I am voting for you for this reason:

      Most baking blogs are just copycats of other baking blogs. Really, ANYthing will taste good if you put enough butter and sugar into it. But what you do is unique. You actually have to work to be creative and make recipes that taste good WITHOUT all the stuff that would be the easy way to make something yummy. I am sure I speak for many others when I say THANK YOU for your hard work every day. It truly shows, and it makes my life so much easier because I can be healthy and still eat yummy things!!! :)

      1. bitt says:

        agreed! could not have said it better! voted for you.

        1. Thank you all so much. Really and truly, thank you!!!

  2. Lori says:

    Elf! One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. And congrats, Katie! I love your blog and will be voting for you!

  3. Congratulations!! I’ve already voted for you 😀 Good luck! It would be amazing if a healthy dessert blog won! :)

  4. Sarahishealthy says:

    Oh Katie, do you know why you’re so awesome? (Aside from the delicious recipes and beautiful photos you post?) It’s because you CARE about your readers. I can’t tell you how many bloggers don’t even give me the time of day, because I’m not a big blogger :(. But every time I have a recipe question or send you an email, you always are there to help. You are amazing, and you definitely have my vote. In fact, I’m off to vote right now :).

    1. Lisa C says:

      Oh goodness, plus one to this!

  5. Gen says:

    Aww how awesome! I’m definitely voting for your blog! 😀

  6. YAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!! I am so happy for you! I voted you for he “Best Vegan Blog,” but I’m so happy you are nominated for this award! Off to vote!

    1. A reader says:

      Me too! So really, you got even more people nominating you than you thought, because even though I nominated you, I didn’t help you get this nomination because I voted for you in a different category.
      How cool would it be if a healthy blog won the dessert category? Well, it would say a lot about where we’re hopefully headed as a society, what with people like Michelle Obama and others vying for kids to get healthier and eat healthier. It would be awesome!

  7. Bill says:


  8. Jess says:

    Voted! 😉
    Also, I made your chocolate tofu pie today and omg, deeeelicious!
    I actually forgot to melt the chocolate buttons first :S but they added awesome tiny chocolatey chunks to the pie wich was sooo good..

  9. Dixie says:

    Definitely got my vote…. I say after finishing off some Banana Pancakes … for the third time (not today though). Yummy yummy!!

  10. Congrats Katie; you’ve got my vote!

  11. Is your title from Elf? I dont remember the quote, but it sounds like it came from that movie 😀 And super huge CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  12. Savannah says:

    so happy for you! just voted :) definitely Elf, I’ve seen the movie like 1727391739127392498269 times, and that’s one of my favorite parts :)

  13. Jen says:

    Elf! I love that movie, and I love smiling!

    Congrats – you definitely deserve it :) I would love to see a healthy dessert blog win!

  14. Katherine says:

    You really deserve to win this Katie! Even as a non-vegan, you’ve helped me experiment with new ways to bake tasty treats. Because my dad’s diabetic, it’s really important to me that I can make something healthy that doesn’t compromise on taste, and you’ve definitely shown me great ways to do that!

  15. w says:

    Just voted for you!!!!! Hope you win in that category! :)

  16. Natasha says:

    ELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told you that the movie reminded me of YOU! – and yeah – like Savannah above I’ve seen it 99999999999999999999999999999999999 times.

    You deserve it Missy. I’m off to the Dominican Rep. tomorrow morning – :) I will taste some yummy sweet stuff for you…

  17. hil says:

    Congrats and you have my vote! I completely agree with the other comments about the uniqueness of your blog and also how much you care about your readers!

  18. OF COURSE I coted for you IMMEDIATELY!!!!
    You deserve this nomination more than anyone,so I really hope you’ll win in the end. :)

  19. Congrats and good luck!!!!

  20. Moni'sMeals says:

    I am so happy for you! Congrats! good luck. :)

  21. Dalai Lina says:

    Congratulations! I just went over and voted for you!

  22. Caitlin says:

    Just voted for you :)

  23. Patricia says:

    Another vote for you and let me tell you why. I like food, a lot. So much that I had become unhealthy. Last year I decided to get “healthy”. I’ve been, might I say, wildly successful in this endeavor. I found your blog a few months ago and was delighted to find easy, healthy recipes that I could incorporate in to my everyday life! I enjoy your writing style, your recipes, and look forward to your blog everyday. The crowning moment occurred when I made your chocolate pie and my husband actually ate some, with TOFU and everything! While he is not a total convert to my healthy lifestyle, he’s been great about trying new things. And you, dear lady, have helped me to include him with delicious foods we can both enjoy. Thank you for the fabulous blog!

    1. Aww thank you so much! Haha I got my boyfriend to try tofu in that pie, too. Finally, he admitted he liked it :).

  24. Congrats! I already voted for you :)

    Whenever I say ‘smiling’s my favorite’, nobody ever catches it. So I was super excited when I saw your title. Smiling IS my favorite 😀

    1. Jen says:

      Me too! People always go: “Your favorite what?”

  25. Colleen says:

    Katie, you deserve this award. Congrats!

  26. congrats Katie!!! you totally deserve it….you know we will be voting :)


  27. Barb says:

    Elf is one of my favorite movies! The title of this post made me smile when I saw it! As I make more food from your blog than any others that I read, you totally deserve to win!

  28. I will definitely vote for you! Your kind of creativity needs to be recognized and rewarded! You go girl! And yes…it’s Elf, no?

  29. You rightfully deserve the nomination (and the win!) in my eyes! You are so passionate about healthy baking and your blog and it is so apparent in every post!

  30. Congratulations! What’s your favorite color? haha. LOVE Elf quotes. (We named our Elf on the Shelf “Francisco” because he has brown skin. That’s a fun name to say!)

    Seriously though, congratulations! It would be awesome for you to win. Especially since you promote health. :) Gonna go vote now.

  31. Josh says:

    Elf quotes are my favorite. And you have my vote!

  32. Renee Allen says:

    Make work your favorite! (We love saying that to our kids).

    Just voted for you! I also voted for Damaris’s “Kitchen Corners” blog. She’s a friend of mine. If anyone doesn’t know about her blog, check it out and give her a vote too.

    1. Jen says:

      I voted for her too, lol even though I don’t know her. Just cause you told me to, and I didn’t know anyone else! :)

  33. L. says:

    Voted 😉 I voted for your blog in your category, I didn’t touch any of the others bc I don’t read any of those blogs (as if! like i have the time of day and I find some of those just plain boring).

    Toodaloo dahlin! :)

  34. Christine says:

    Love Elf and love your blog! I definitely voted for you! :-)

  35. Of course you got nominated- your recipes are amazing!!
    I went and voted for you- hope you win! :)

  36. Amber K says:

    Congratulations on the nomination! And even if you don’t win, you certainly have a lot of fans who really appreciate your blog every day!

  37. Kaity says:

    elf lol! and i voted for you earlier i was voting for another blog for something else and i saw you on that list and then went to ur site n saw u didnt post anythin yet i knew you would be so excited you deserve it! hope you win!!

  38. Jennyb says:

    Voted with pleasure! fingers crossed for you. xx

  39. Jennifer says:

    I totally voted for you!!! I love your blog and your recipes and your enthusiasm and, and, and….I hope you win!! I’d go vote again, but I don’t think I’m allowed.

  40. I saw that and was so excited for you!!!
    You deserve this big time.
    I voted for you!

  41. Congrats, Katie! You totally deserve to win this! Making healthy delicious!!!!!

  42. Love the Elf reference! Congratulations, this is so exciting and you absolutely deserve it.

    Already voted (for you)!

  43. Ashley says:

    Congrats on your nomination! That’s wonderful!

  44. Anja says:

    I love your blog!! I definitely voted for you… good luck & keep up the good work…you make so many people happy with it!! <3

  45. Jaclyn says:

    Voted!!! (for you… obviously!)

  46. ELF! <3 Congrats! & I want that pie…

  47. Yay congratulations on your nomination! I am so excited for you! And I just voted for you :) I hope you win!!

  48. Alyssa says:

    Yay!!!! Congratulations!
    And I just voted for you.

  49. How awesome – I just voted for you – good luck! :)

  50. Congratulations!!!! You totally deserve it! I’ll be voting for you for sure!

  51. Sarah says:

    Oh KATIE!!! I say this a lot but, yet ANOTHER step in the life of my big girl role model :) ! I am so happy and excited for you!! Now my face hurts from smiling so much. That wouldn’t be a problem if my smile was as nice as yours… but it’s not. And is it against the rules to vote for one person more than once, or twice, or thrice, or quadrice (huh?) ? If it is, oh well- there aint no stoppin me! Off to make my votes for ya… err, vote.

    1. Jen says:

      I bet if you made up an email address, you could vote twice… hahaha ok, no I’m just kidding!

      1. Sarah says:

        LOL !!! idea so taken * evil smirk * just kidding y’all… sorta :)

  52. Lindsey says:

    already voted for you!! :)

  53. Michaela says:

    I was SOOOO excited when I was voting for several other blogs and saw your name on the list! I sure voted for you, it would be outstanding if you would win. Not only, because your desserts are healthy, but because they are absolutely delicious (just can´t get enough ;))!
    Fingers crossed!

  54. ellen says:

    congratulations on your nomination, katie! i voted for you and hope that you win!!

  55. When I saw your name on that list, I was SO Happy for you! I think it’s pretty awesome that a vegan baker (you!) were nominated in that category, too. And the fact that your baking isn’t necessarily ‘traditional’ baking with heavy cream and eggs and pastry flour…it just goes to show how many fans you have out there. Keep doing what you’re doing…and congrats!!!!!!!!

  56. Kristie says:

    Already voted! But of course. You TOTALLY deserve to be up there, and even moreso deserve to win. Fingers crossed for you. I adore ALL of your recipes 😀

  57. Ellen says:

    Congratulations, you deserve this! You get my vote:)

  58. Rachel says:

    Been a stalker of your blog for a long time but never commented. Congrats! I’ve always eaten super healthy besides my huge sweet tooth so I was thrilled to find a blog that has creative and HEALTHY sweets! Keep up the good work! :)

    1. Aww Rachel, thank you so much!

  59. Jeanna says:

    Congratulations on your nomination! You’ve got my vote!! Your the only blog I read EVERYDAY. Wishing you luck!

  60. Brittany says:

    I saw your blog and absolutely voted for you already ;D
    Congrats on the nomination and good luck!!! You deserve it.

  61. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations, and best of luck!

  62. Lauren says:

    I already saw your name listed & voted for you!

  63. SO PROUD OF YOU! just finished voting for you, and i definitely had a smile come upon my face in doing so :) And because the universe will give you what you put out there, i’m visualizing you winning… and i’m visualizing that maybe one day Snacking Squirrel will be nominated for an award too.

    fingers and toes are crossed for you love! xoxoxoxo <3

  64. Kerry says:

    Congratulations on your nomination! You definitely have my vote!

  65. Of coruse- ELF! I cant wait to watch that movie with my Chocolate COvered kaite inspired dessert this year. :) Congrats on the nomination! I will definitely be voting for you! :)

  66. Oh my goodness girl! I’m SO SO excited for you!!!!! You deserve it all the way!! 😀

    Oh and sorry I haven’t commented in a while… I know you said I don’t need to be sorry, but I feel bad anyway because I love your blog (and you of course!) SO MUCH!! Just looking through your last few posts was making my mouth water with all you amazing pictures/recipes! I can’t wait to try some of them! I recently made you chocolate chip cookies and they were (to put it short and sweet) the BEST chocolate chips ever (I left a comment on the post)!!!

    <3 <3

  67. Kara says:

    Voted for you!!! You rock!

  68. Leslie says:

    I don’t normally vote in these types of things, ever. But you are so talented and so caring and so all-around awesome that I’m breaking my rule today and voting for you. You deserve it so much, for how much time you put into helping others.

  69. Jen says:

    Katie!!! I LOVE your blog! Obvi, I voted for you :). I do not believe you have no chance of winning. Half the people I tell about your blog have already heard of it lol!

  70. Elf!!! Congrats on the nomination! You deserve it!

  71. Char says:

    Voted for you! You definitely have the best dessert blog. I’ve pointed so many friends your way, and they all love your recipes 😉 Good luck, darlin!

    1. Thank you!! I saw your tweet on twitter, sending someone a link. I am so grateful!

  72. michelle says:

    Totally voted…….you have great recipes….you answer questions. Love your blog! Hope you win

  73. You totally had my vote…how could you NOT win!? I mean…LAUREN CONRAD reads your blog! You’re famous! 😀

  74. BroccoliHut says:

    I already voted for you, even before seeing this post :) Hope you win!!
    I made a modified version of your Pumpkin Cereal this morning. Twas delish.

    1. Aww Caroline, you really are a true friend. I only hope we get to meet in person some day. I still need to try your coconut version of the cereal!

  75. Dawn W. says:

    I just got back from voting for you! Good luck!

  76. Kalese says:

    I voted for you Katie…best of luck:)

  77. jessica says:

    i voted for your page!

  78. Robin says:

    Congratulations! I’m really happy for you. You absolutely deserve to be nominated, and you deserve to win.

  79. Just keep smiling and you will make it :)

  80. Alison says:

    I didn’t waste a second voting for you! You’re recipes are unique and so thoughtful, and you are such a positive person. I love reading your blog and you really deserve to win !

  81. Hooray! you so deserve it, congratulations! On my way to vote :-)

  82. Lou says:

    The nomination could not go to a more deserving candidate – you dedication and creativity just blow me away – HUGE congratulations. I have put in my vote for you already!

  83. Linda Shea says:

    First off, I have to say that I don’t vote on web polls…EVER…..but today that changed. I would have voted for you a million timed over if I could have. I absolutely ADORE your blog and talk about it so much that even my moderately oblivious husband knows who Katie is! Congrats on the nomination and here’s wishing you the best of luck for the win!

    1. Wow, Linda, thank you SO much! That really means a lot to me :).

  84. Shelley says:


    I <3 that movie.

    And I <3 your blog! Congrats on the nomination, I will definitely vote for you b/c your blog is MY favorite :)

    Good luck!

  85. Congrats!! You deserve this Katie! I’m off to give you my vote.

  86. Ashley says:

    haha elf!! I love that movie :) I cant believe you were shocked you got nominated!! If you dont win Ill be shocked!! Im voting for you and i know im not the only one. Your blog is one of the first I started reading and its so original. Your pics are gorgeous and your sweet personality makes your blog fun to read too!! GOOD LUCK!!!

    1. Awww Ashley, thank you SO much!!

  87. Dawn says:

    VOTED! For you of course :) Great luck to you!

  88. I voted for you! Your blog is fantastic! :-)

  89. I’m pretty new to your blog but I love it! I’ve already made a couple of things, and you got my vote :)

  90. Danielle says:

    Congratulations! Very well deserved :) I hope you don’t mind that I “shared” this on my Facebook Page, and I “pinned” it to my Pinterest. Oh, and I also hope you don’t mind that I voted for you! 😉 I LOVE your blog! Good luck :)

  91. amy says:

    so cute that made me smile to and I miss my Grandma so much too. Have a great day!