Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butta and chocolate have always had a special place in my heart.  This recipe is super simple and a much healthier take on the typical peanut butter cup that is filled with chemicals and junk! You can easily modify this with any nut butter of choice or even coconut butter:)

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What you need:

  • 1/2 c organic peanut or sunflower seed butter
  • 3 T coconut oil-divided
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 package chocolate chips (I like to use Lillys stevia chips or Enjoy Life dark chocolate chunks)
  • mini muffin papers

How you do it:

  1. Combine nut butter, 2 T coconut oil, coconut flour, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a food processor or mixer

  2. Melt roughly 12-15 oz of dairy free chocolate chips with 1 T coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl or one the stove top in a double boiler

  3. Line mini muffin pan with mini muffin cups (can do regular muffin size instead) and pour about a teaspoon of chocolate into bottom of cup

  4. Top with ~1 T almond butter mixture.  Cover with more chocolate ~1-2 tsp

  5. Freeze and serve!

Recipe modified from www.livingwellmom

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Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip

Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip

This is the best gluten free & dairy free dip of all time!  I love that this fulfills all of my friends and I in our diet specifications while also being super clean.  You can easily make this completely grainless as well if you omit any crackers and just serve veggies on the side.  Regular greek yogurt can be subbed in if dairy can be tolerated:)

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What you need:

  • 1 container of hummus-you can either use store bought or make your own
  • 1 5.3 oz container of plain dairy free yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 T chopped dill
  • 1/3 cup chopped cucumber
  • squeeze of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • dairy free yogurt-I like Kite hill plain or greek plain
  • 1/2-3/4 cup walnut haves
  • a few T chopped parsley

How you do it:

  1. Pour walnuts into a large pan and toast over low heat-this is a quick process so keep a watchful eye!  Roughly chop once cooled
  2. Make the tzatziki: combine yogurt, minced garlic, dill, cucumber and lemon juice
  3. Spread hummus all over the bottom of a round or square dish
  4. Layer the tzatziki over the hummus layer, then top with the tomatoes
  5. Add the scallions over the top of that and then the artichoke hearts
  6. Next sprinkle over the chopped olives and then the walnuts.
  7. Garnish with parsley overtop.
  8. Serve with carrots, radishes, endives, peppers and crackers of choiceGFG Enjoy! Signature

Quick 7 layer guide- Layer the dip in the following order: hummus, tzatziki, tomatoes, scallions, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, toasted walnuts

Adapted from thefeedfeed.com

 

Cacao Mint Chip Balls

Cacao Mint Chip Balls

If you have a crazy sweet tooth but like to find tasty treats with health benefits-this recipe is yours to savor!  Super simple and easily interchangeable ingredients is the name of the game here. You can use any type of raw nuts and seeds and sub the coconut butter for coconut oil or another fat of choice.  These are loaded with healthy plant based fats, antioxidants from the cacao, and naturally sweetened with a small portion of dates.  For those of you who deal with regular gas, distention and bloating the fresh mint is a natural stomach soother and digestive relief aid.

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What you need:

  • 1.5 cup raw nuts/seeds (I used a mix of organic walnuts, cashews and sunflower seeds)
  • 2 dates (soaked for 5-10 min in hot water to soften, depitted)
  • 2 T cacao powder
  • 1 T each flax seed, chia seed, maca powder
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides
  • 3-4 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 handful of fresh mint or 1-2 tsp peppermint extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup cacao nibs or mini dark chocolate chips

How you do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except cacao nibs/chips) into a food processor and mix to combine all into a thick tough
  2. Fold in cacao nibs or chips
  3. Roll into balls and freeze; Can store up to a week in the fridge or much longer frozen!

Makes about 10-12 balls

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Creamy Ginger Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

Creamy Ginger Sweet Potato Smoothie Bowl

Why do I love a smoothie in a bowl this time of the year?!  It’s far more digestion-friendly than slurping your smoothie down out of a cup through a straw.  In the teachings of Ayurveda: cold, mixed foods like smoothies can be harsher on the digestive tract-especially during the Vata (late fall-winter) season AND especially for those of us who identify with a Vata dosha-for more on Ayurveda visit this site for some quick info or I recommend this book: Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda 

While Ayurveda preaches somewhat against smoothies in general I find that they are an easy way to pack in a lot of nutrition and are convenient for a busy morning.  If you’re like me and you find that you smoothies just don’t “sit” as well in the winter months as they do they rest of the year then scroll down to my “belly-proof” smoothie tips below the recipe!

PS: this smoothie is fruitless, refined sugar free, belly de-bloating and filled with skin food! (walnuts, sweet potato, flax, collagen are especially skin-nourishing!)  A whole lotta functional nutrition going on here 🙂

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What you need:

  • 1/2  steamed/roasted sweet potato (~1/3 cup mashed)- can use fresh or frozen
  • ~1 cup dairy free unsweetened milk
  • 2 T ground flax or chia seeds
  • 3-4 raw walnut halves
  • 2 scoops collagen protein (I used Vital Proteins collagen peptides, Vanilla Bulletproof collagen would work well here too!)
  • 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower rice
  • ~ an inch of fresh ginger root
  • 1 date (ideally soaked in hot water to soften)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • optional: dash of turmeric, pinch of black pepper
  • optional toppings: bee pollen, unsweetened shredded coconut, sunflower seed butter, fresh fruit

How you do it:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until desired thickness is reached.  I added ~1/4 cup hot water to warm up my smoothie a bit. Use less water for thicker; pour into bowl and add toppings!

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Belly-Proof your Smoothie:

What to do to help your body tolerate smoothies better during the winter (Vata) season and/OR all year long:

  1. Eat out of a bowl with a spoon:
    • this slows down your consumption of the smoothie and encourages some chewing action-all of which will better up-regulate digestive juices and bile flow to more efficiently break down and absorb food + reduce bloat
  2. Eat at room temp or warm it up
    • warm foods soothe the digestive tract during the colder months of the year
  3. Make & blend the day before
    • this allows the nuts/seeds to soak and partially breakdown allowing for easier absorption of micronutrients
  4. Add potent spices (ie turmeric, ginger, cinnamon)
    • these help to amplify the metabolism and soothe the gut lining
  5. Add seasonal produce
    • add fresh fruit/veggies that are in season->sweet potato, root vegetables, cooked apple for natural sweetness during this time of the year vs. berries in the summer; choose fresh vs. frozen if you can

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Mine is topped with coconut flakes, bee pollen, sunbutter and chopped organic pear

Sugar Detox Breakfast Brownies

Sugar Detox Breakfast Brownies

These brownies are my go-to for satisfying a chocolate-y dessert craving without any added sugars or sweeteners!  They are great for busy weeks to grab on the go for breakfast; I also love crumbling them over smoothies as a replacement for granola. I generally like to keep a batch of these on tap in my freezer for when a chocolate craving strikes.  These are very versatile in terms of changing up the toppings-I recommend adding a few sweetened chocolate chips to the mix if serving kids or people who are used to sweeter palates-these are just barely sweet! 

Makes 9 squares

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Bar Ingredients
1 large sweet potato
½ cup cacao powder (can sub carob powder)
2 large eggs
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup melted coconut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix ins/Toppings (recommend about a 1/3 cup total toppings):

  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • walnuts
  • cacao nibs
  • unsweetened chocolate chips (I recommend Pascha organic 100% cacao chips) or Eating Evolved midnight coconut bar (chopped) or Lilys brand stevia baking chips; if wanting sweetened chocolate then I recommend chopping Eating Evolved 70% or higher bars or Enjoy Life mini chips

How you do it:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Wash/dry sweet potato and pierce with a fork a few times- bake for 35-45 minutes (make sure you can easily poke a fork through, should be very soft)
3. Once baked, let cool and remove skin (if short on time you can try cooking in the
microwave instead)
4. Grease 9×9 dish with coconut oil or ghee
5. Add cooled sweet potato and all other bar ingredients to food processor and mix until well combined, fold in chocolate/walnuts (save some for topping)- you can also just mix everything in a bowl if looking for a light arm workout 🙂
6. Scoop batter into greased baking dish and sprinkle with reserved nuts/toppings
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean
8. Cool before cutting; store in the fridge for a few days or freeze!

Makes 9 squares

**updates:

-Add 2-3 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen peptides to boost protein content (mix right into the batter after other ingredients are blended)

-I have tried half coconut oil/half coconut butter and they came out great-super fudgy!

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Served as a ‘heathified’ dessert! Topped with fresh organic raspberries, chopped hazelnuts and a scoop of So Delicious No Sugar Added icecream

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