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In Blog, Dairy Free, Food, Healthier sweets, Recipes, Vegan on
March 21, 2018

Healthier Almond Joy Treats

Wow, it’s been a hot second since I last blogged. I had this crazy thing growing in my abdomen and had to have surgery and oh wait, it turned out it was cancer. Dang. A lot can happen in a month, but hey i’ll dedicate a whole post to that here soon and you will want to grab all the snacks to sit and read it because I am sure it will be a novel.

I wanted my first post back to blogging to be something fun and light hearted- cue these delicious and decadent healthy(er) Almond Joy treats! If you know me at all you know one of my biggest life issues is battling my desire for healthy living and my ridiculous sweet tooth. Those two things often contradict each other so I have found some win win recipes and even made some of my own over the years and this sweet treat is a go to that I made up.

If you LOVE coconut and dark chocolate then this recipe is for you. You will learn to keep a small arsenal of these in your freezer for sweet tooth emergencies. These little babies are full of healthy coconut fat and sweetened by maple syrup or honey. While I wouldn’t recommend shoving a whole pan of these into your mouth, I would at least say this is a healthier choice for when you need something sweet and sometimes we absolutely NEED something sweet.

Ingredients:

coconut layer-

1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds

1/4 cup liquid coconut oil

1/4 cup coconut butter **you will need 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes. Recipe at the bottom**

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

chocolate layer-

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup liquid coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

to top-

almond slivers

sea salt

Instructions:

1) for the coconut layer combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread in the bottom of a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2) combine all of the chocolate layer ingredients in a bowl and mix well. pour into an even layer on top of the coconut layer.

3) top with a sprinkle of sea salt and slivered almonds.

4) put into the freezer to harden for 30 minutes.

5) place in a freezer bag and keep in the freezer until they are all eaten! The coconut oil melts quickly and that is why these little guys need to live in the freezer unless they are being eaten.

**Coconut butter: place 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes into a food processor or magic bullet. It will take 5-10 minutes of blitzing and stirring but be patient and wait until it turns into an easily spreadable texture. This will save you so much money doing it yourself! 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes will yield about 1/4 cup of coconut butter.

I hope you enjoy this delicious treat!

 

In Food, Healthier sweets, Recipes, Vegetarian on
December 18, 2017

Oatmeal Banana Bread Cookies

There are two types of people in this world: those who always have super ripe bananas in the freezer and those who do not. Which one are you? I am definitely a bananas in the freezer kind of gal. This is a great trait if you are one who likes to make banana bread. Well, I’ve discovered something I like even more than banana bread..drumroll please… BANANA BREAD COOKIES! Y’all, it’s the same delicious comforting taste of banana bread but like a quarter of the time in the oven, no slicing and dicing and fighting over who got the bigger piece out of the pan because it is banana bread in individual cookie forms.

While I would definitely not call this health food, I would say this is slightly healthier than your average cookie/average banana bread because it is made with coconut sugar instead of refined cane sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index and gives you nutrients found in coconut palm which is why some people might consider this a slightly better option than your average cane sugar.

Let’s get to the more fun stuff though- these Oatmeal Banana Bread Cookies are fluffy yet moist, satisfying for a sweet tooth, a fun twist on regular ole banana bread, uses up the bananas you have laying around, and would be great at any holiday cookie swap.

I hope y’all enjoy and OMG one week until Christmas day!


Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 cookies


Ingredients

·         3 ripe bananas (could be yellow with brown spots or super brown and in your freezer for months)

·         1 cup coconut sugar

·         1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)

·         2 eggs

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·         2 cups all-purpose flour

·         1 cup old fashioned oats

·         1 tsp cinnamon

·         1 tsp baking soda

·         ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

1.       Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.       Beat together the butter and sugar for 30 seconds, then add in eggs, vanilla and bananas.

3.       One cup at a time, mix in the flour and oats, then cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, until just combined. Don’t overmix or they will not be as fluffy as you’d like. 

4.       Drop a spoonful onto your lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Don’t expect dough balls, batter will be wet and will just plop down on your sheet.

5.       Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges begin to turn a light golden brown.

6.       Cool on a cookie rack for 5 minutes and then enjoy!

 

In Blog, Food, Healthier sweets, Recipes on
November 17, 2017

Apple Pie Granola

Do y’all remember “it’s Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Friday” that horrrrrrible song that came out a few years ago and was stuck in your head constantly (and now it is probably stuck in your head again, so sorry). WELL not as many know but my husband informed me that the same producer who produced the Friday song produced another one and the lyrics include “oh oh oh it’s thanksgiving! We we we we gonna have a good time.” If you haven’t heard that little gem you should check out “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook- or don’t because it will be stuck in your head FOR DAYS, not trying to be mean, it’s just “too catchy” if ya know what I mean… Anyway, this song was brought to my attention again a few days ago and it has been really getting me in the thanksgiving spirit (jokes) and annoying me all in one.

One of the first things I think about when I think of Thanksgiving is apple pie. There are probably thousands upon thousands of apple pie recipes out there but how many apple pie granola recipes are out there?? Hmm? I don’t know, I actually did not check but I’m gonna guess not many. Well, today I have for you, Apple Pie Granola- healthful, modestly sweet, a great snack or a great way to start your day in a bowl with almond milk or on top of yogurt. I hope you enjoy! It isn’t your grandma’s apple pie recipe, that’s for sure- but it also doesn’t include 8 lbs of butter and sugar and instead has nutrient dense superfoods like chia seeds and flax meal.


Time: 10 mins prep

20 mins in the oven

Ingredients:

3 C rolled oats

1 TBS flax meal (ground flax seeds)

3 TBS coconut sugar

1 TBS chia seeds

1 TBS cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp salt

½ C walnut pieces

½ C finely chopped granny smith apple

¼ C melted coconut oil

½ C unsweetened applesauce

¼ C maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl  (oats, flax meal, coconut sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, walnut pieces, and apple pieces) and mix well.
  • Combine wet ingredients (melted coconut oil, unsweetened apple sauce, maple syrup, and vanilla) in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Add liquids to dry ingredient bowl and stir well.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dump the mixture on, spread evenly
  • Bake 20 minutes total but take out after  10 minutes to stir (this helps prevent burning) and then add back into the oven for 10 minutes. You want your granola to look golden brown but not burnt brown. I’ve learned many ovens are different so you get to be the judge!
  • Let cool for 15 minutes
  • Enjoy plain, put on top of yogurt, or throw in a bowl with some almond milk!