Every time I publish a new recipe, it’s my new favorite recipe. Honestly. I love them all, so it wasn’t easy to pick out my favorite recipes of the year. Below, you’ll find recipes that have made it into my regular meal rotation and deserve a little extra attention. A few of my favorite recipes from the year were already covered in my top 10 reader’s favorite recipes round up, (I’m looking at you, Low Carb Protein Waffles, Best Homemade Taco Seasoning and Copycat Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad) but there were still plenty to choose from. In fact, I busted my top 10 limit and increased it to 16 favorite recipes of 2016. Whoops! Here they are in no particular order.

Kim's 16 Favorite Recipes for 2016

Healthy Cranberry Pear Crisp

So I said this list was in no particular order but I hereby declare this Healthy Cranberry Pear Crisp my #1 favorite recipe from 2016 – there, I said it! Since first making it in November, I’ve already made it multiple times. It’s one of those recipes that can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes and it’s also one of those desserts you can’t stop eating. You know the kind – when you keep going back to the pie plate for just one more bite! MVP of 2016, for sure!

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Vegan gluten-free Healthy Cranberry Pear Crisp that has all of the warmth, spice and sweet flavor of traditional versions. Also, it's ridiculously simple to throw together and will make the perfect addition to your holiday dessert spread!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

I love to make this on Sunday and then portion out servings to enjoy for the rest of the week. That is, if I can hold off from eating a couple of portions when it comes out of the oven. Just as scrumptious and addicting as dessert, and another recipe you just can’t stop eating once you get started.

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The perfect warm breakfast for cool crisp mornings is this Healthy Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal. It's out of this world scrumptious, cozy and best of all- so very easy!

Flourless Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

On low-carb days, these are my go-to. Many times I turn them into waffles to avoid the pancake flip. Either way you make them, one thing’s for sure – they’re delicious!

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Flourless Pumpkin Protein Pancakes are perfect for autumn, so scrumptious, beyond easy to make and they have a great nutrition profile! (gluten-free & dairy-free)

Healthy Curried Chicken Salad

Sweet grapes, juicy Honeycrisp apple and crunchy celery combine with lean chicken and the most flavorful curry seasoned dressing to create what some may say is the BEST Curried Chicken Salad they’ve ever tasted. And, yes, I just might be one of those people. The sweet and savory flavors in this chicken salad are wonderful!

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Sweet grapes, juicy Honeycrisp apple and crunchy celery combine with lean chicken and the most flavorful curry seasoned dressing to create what some may say is the BEST Curried Chicken Salad they've ever tasted. (healthy & gluten-free)

Best Ever Paleo Pan Fried Chicken

Even my picky kiddos devour this chicken! I make it at least once a week and sometimes more. It pairs well with pretty much any side and is also fabulous served in or over salad.

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Best Ever Paleo Pan Fried Chicken- No more boring bird! Thin chicken cutlets breaded in a flavorful coconut flour seasoning mix and pan fried to perfection results in a crowd-pleasing chicken meal even the kiddos will love!

Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad

Another favorite chicken salad! This salad can be very addicting served as a dip, but is equally delicious wrapped up in a tortilla.

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We're shaking things up and joining lean chicken and chopped romaine with zesty Tex-Mex inspired ingredients to create the most incredibly tasty Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad!

Strawberry Apple Chicken Salad

A quick and tasty Strawberry Apple Chicken Salad, filled with plump juicy strawberries, sweet apple slices, crunchy almonds and topped off with the most wonderful poppy seed dressing you’ve ever tasted!

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A quick and tasty Strawberry Apple Chicken Salad, filled with plump juicy strawberries, sweet apple slices, crunchy almonds and topped off with the most wonderful poppy seed dressing you've ever tasted!

Skinny Egg White Omelet

This is my lean, clean go-to when I want something light, yet filling. Not only do I eat this for breakfast at least once a week, I also enjoy it for lunch and dinner frequently.

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Uber healthy, totally delicious and probably the easiest thing you’ll ever make in your kitchen, this Skinny Egg White Omelet with spinach and tomato is where it's at if you're looking to get lean.

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

I usually make my own nut butters and this is my favorite flavor by far. If you have a sweet tooth, like me, you’ll go crazy for this.

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This recipe for an easy homemade Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter just might be the world's BEST almond butter recipe. This stuff is addicting, y'all! I dare you to not eat this yummy stuff by the spoonfuls, straight out of the jar!!

Loaded Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

If you’ve been disappointed by cauliflower crust in the past, you MUST give this recipe a try. I promise there will be no disappointment with this one. The crust cooks up amazingly well and tastes incredible!

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This easy, light cauliflower pizza crust is—dare I say it—the BEST ever and even better than regular pizza crust. Loaded Pizza on Cauliflower Crust will satisfy even the most intense pizza craving. Low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free and vegetarian, this pizza is figure-friendly and an absolute must try!

Low Carb Protein Waffles

Another MVP of 2016! I literally make this waffle sometimes multiple times in one day – for breakfast and then again for dessert.

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Low Carb Protein Waffles- this breakfast recipe is so simple, easy and healthy, but the best part is how out-of-this world delicious it is!

Copycat Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

You may have noticed by now that I LOVE a good chicken salad. This is my all-time favorite salad to order out, so recreating it was a priority. With the help of Panera Bread Fuji Apple Vinaigrette, which is available in the produce department of most grocery stores, this salad tastes exactly like the classic.

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Copycat Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad- a fresh flavorful salad that tastes even more delicious than the original!

The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning

We always have a batch of this made up and ready to go. A good taco seasoning without pesky preservatives or other additives is best made in your own kitchen. You get to control the spice and flavor and everything is all-natural.

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The BEST Homemade Taco Seasoning- free of MSG, additives and loads of sodium. It's also 100% natural, super easy and full of flavor!

Super Simple Stir Fry

This is a favorite quick and easy dinner that I make often. Sometimes I use a different protein, veggies and sauces, but I always keep it simple, easy and tasty.

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My favorite super simple stir-fry meal is packed full of veggies and protein, it's so easy, it's incredibly tasty and it can be thrown together in a flash!

Blueberry Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake… and eat! This one is absolutely perfect with the banana working as a natural sweetener and the almond streusel topping adding a little something extra special.

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Whole grain blueberry banana muffins filled with plump juicy blueberries and covered with a sweet almond streusel topping! These muffins are a MUST make and so perfect for Easter brunch!

Easy Cream Cheese Pie 

This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. The results are always the same when I whip it up – everyone is VERY happy and there’s not a single piece left at the end of the day. Landen REALLY loves this dessert and requests it on the regular. I made it for his birthday this past year and then again at Christmas.

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What dessert dreams are made of- Easy Cream Cheese Pie topped with lightly tart cherries. No baking, only 6 ingredients (if using a prepared pie crust), about 8 minutes (hands-on time) and lots of kisses and hugs from your Valentine!

It sure was a delicious year! What were your favorite recipes from Kim’s Cravings this year? Let me know in the comments which recipes you loved this year! Also, let me know what recipes you are hoping to see in 2017. I’m planning for the year and would love to hear your suggestions!

I wish you all a Happy New Year! Thanks for following along this year. I wouldn’t be here without you, so THANK YOU! I’ll see you in 2017 with more deliciousness! xoxo