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
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no bake granola bars.

makegreat_granolaBars
I’m always looking for something healthy and satisfying to eat as my mid morning snack. This recipe for these granola bars looked healthy and fairly easy, so I gave them a try. They came together in no time and were delicious! Just what I needed!

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)
  • ¼ cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave)
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.
Instructions
  1. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
  2. Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
  4. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  5. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
  6. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  7. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in the freezer to keep them extra fresh, but it isn’t necessary.

 

raw brownie truffles.

truffles

I’m intrigued by raw deserts, but they seem like they can be kind of expensive, considering all the ingredients and time that goes into them. I have been pinning a few here and there lately that have peeked my interest and might start giving them a try….These were a simple treat to make, made with ingredients I had on hand. ( I seem to have alot of almonds on hand currently so I used those!) They are fairly healthy for you too, considering they have no refined sugar! They should satisfy a craving for something sweet and chocolatey. And you can roll them in all kinds of goodness – and make a whole variety of truffles.

Place 1 cup almonds in a food processor ( i used my vitamix) (you can also use any kind of nuts or combination of nuts here) and get them chopped up (not too fine). Add 1 cup pitted dates and mix until it starts to stick to the blade.  Add 4 T shredded coconut and 5 T cocoa powder and mix. Then add 2 T agave and mix until combined.  Roll into walnut size balls and then roll them into your topping. I rolled mine in cocoa powder and cinnamon.

335. rosemary roasted almonds.


pretty much what it sounds! Recipe over at shutterbean’s blog.

279. pumpkin pie almonds.


Fall.

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

These are so easy to make…and so addictive.

2 cups raw almonds
3 tspn cinnamon
2 1/2 tspn pumpkin pie spice
4 T agave
sea salt

mix it all together and spread on a lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

253. shutterbean’s killer granola.

True story: I know first hand that tracy from shutterbean.com does NOT mess around when it comes to granola. I know because once I was cyber-drooling over one of her recipes she posted and SHE SENT ME SOME IN THE MAIL. It was divine. And from that day on, i realized that making granola at home is easy and delicious and MUST be done.

So when she posts a granola recipe…I listen.

Her newest recipe is for killer granola. And although I didn’t have everything she had used on hand, I made some substitutions and it turned out fantastic.

I subbed pecans for the walnuts, and flax seed for the black seasame seeds. I added some dried apricots at the end as well. I will be making this again. and again. and again.  You should too!