almond meal chocolate chip cookies.

cookies

Im always looking for something gluten free to make for friends who avoid gluten, but i don’t always have the ingredients on hand. But I always have almonds, and for these cookies, you just have to blend some almonds in the vitamix, and you are well on your way. I used coconut palm sugar in replacement of the brown sugar, and halved the amount and these were sweet enough for me. I also used grain-sweetened chocolate chips, to keep the sugar down as much as I can. These will make a good little snack when I get a sweet craving in my day – and overall they are pretty healthy for you, and gluten free, and contain no refined sugars!

you can find the recipe and instructions here. 

  • 1 1/4 cups almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips ( I used grain sweetened, linked above)
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (I used half this amount and used coconut palm sugar)
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba (the brine/liquid in a can of chickpeas); if not vegan, use one egg
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

trail mix cookies.

trailmixcookiesI saw this recipe for trail mix cookies, and they seemed healthy and contained a pretty killer combination: bananas + chocolate + peanut butter.  Couldn’t resist. And bonus: no refined sugar AND gluten free. You would never tell – These cookies are very satisfying, so go ahead, eat one for breakfast and dont feel too guilty about it.

1 extra ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
, melted (but not hot)
1/4 cups pure maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/4 cups oat flour
1 Tablespoon ground flax
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup thick rolled oats

1/4 cup unsweetened banana chip meal (blend banana chips in blender/vitamix)
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
, roughly chopped
2 ounces chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, followed by the almond milk. Add the oat flour, flax, sea salt, and baking soda, and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the oats, banana meal, peanuts, and dark chocolate until evenly distributed.

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Prepare a baking sheet and set aside. Using a 1/4 cup cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared sheet then flatten with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with finely chopped peanuts, if desired. Bake at 325˚F for 14-15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 10-11 cookies
original recipe found here

*healthy* peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

COOKIES

These cookies take no time to make, and are free of processed sugars and junk! They DO have chocolate chips in them, but they needed something fun in them!

i found the recipe here.

Below is my adaptation.

  • 1 cup pitted dates pitted
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • scant 1/4 cup dairy free semisweet chocolate chips

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add dates to a food processor or vitamix and pulse until small bits remain.
  3. Add banana and peanut butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. In a seperate bowl, combine the oats and the almond meal. Add the peanut butter/date/banana mixture to the almond meal and oats.
  5. Add in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch.
  8. Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.
  9. Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.

trail mix cookies.

trailmixCookies

Cookies! and they are full of nutritious yumminess. No refined sugar and no white flour!! Make sure your oats are gluten free, and you’ve got yourself a gluten free cookie as well….Customize them to your liking with whatever you have in your pantry. Most of all, enjoy!

I found the original recipe here.

Here’s what I used in mine…

Dry Ingredients

1 cup oats blended into oat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup thinly sliced almonds
1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut ( I actually used these – have you had it?! were addicted!!)
5 tablespoons chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Wet Ingredients
1 T ground flax + 2 T water, mixed together
1/4 cup drippy nut butter (i used peanut butter – just  make sure its natural!)
1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tspn vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the ground flax and water in a small mug and set aside so it can gel up.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  4. In another medium sized bowl, stir together the wet ingredients, including the flax egg until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the wet mixture on top of the dry mixture and stir well until combined. This will take quite a bit of stirring until all of the dry patches of flour are gone.
  6. Portion small balls of dough (just smaller than golf balls) onto the baking sheet, spacing them a couple inches apart.
  7. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes, until light golden brown on the bottom. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack until completely cool. The cookies will break apart easily until cooled, so be careful.
  8. Wrap up and store leftovers on the counter or in the freezer, if desired.

cheezy, spicy cauliflower bites.

cheezyCauliflower

I’m not even sure how to describe this roasted cauliflower. Its bursting with flavor! Cheesy! Spicy! Delicious!! I forsee this being in the regular rotation at our house in the future. We couldn’t get enough of it.

The original recipe calls for it to be dehydrated, but I roasted it in the oven, and it turned out fantastic.

1 large head cauliflower
2 tsp melted coconut oil

Spice Mix:

4 tsp chili powder
4 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tsp smoked sea salt (or regular)
2 tsp smoked paprika
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tbs sesame seeds

Instructions:

Create your spice mix by tossing all the seasonings together in a small bowl.

Wash and chop your cauliflower into somewhat large pieces (about 1 – 2 square inches). Place the bites in a large bowl and toss with the melted coconut oil, followed by the spice rub. Throughly coat the cauliflower pieces until almost all the rub has coated them. If the spices do not seem to be sticking enough, add about 2 tbs water to move it along.

Roast the cauliflower in the oven at 375F for about 45 minutes.

37. granola bars.

I made these granola bars, thinking they would make a great mid-day snack, as they don’t have any added sugar and are made of high energy ingredients. They are super easy and you can definitely customize to your liking.

Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup whole almonds
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line wide loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a small pot gently heat peanut butter with mashed bananas. Stir until well-combined. Set aside.

In a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds, dates, and cherries. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats. Fold in the peanut butter mixture.

Press the batter into the prepared 8×8 pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.