almond meal chocolate chip cookies.

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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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maple olive oil banana bread.

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I’ve made banana bread several times on this blog, and this one proved to be a winner. I found the recipe on shutterbean, but changed it up a bit to make it vegan, and a tad bit healthier. It didnt raise as high as it should, but it still turned out pretty tasty!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg replacers (i used neat egg)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup puree)
  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan.

Whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and ugar, breaking up any lumps. Add the maple syrup and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Prepare the egg replacer and add and beat until fully incorporated. With a wooden spoon, stir in the bananas, then yogurt. Add the flour mixture to the liquids, stirring until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared pan, evening out the top if necessary.

Bake until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven, and leave the bread to cool in its pan for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

strawberry rhubarb crisp.

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ts that time of year again where I have rhubarb coming out of my ears and no clue what to do with it besides make pie. So I present to you a crumble. I tried to find something that was refined-sugar free; this was a little tart, but it was pretty good. I think it would be great mixed into some yogurt! The top makes almost like a granola – it was my favorite part.

  • 2 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • zest from one orange (or lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1½ Tablespoons cornstarch
For the crumbles
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ¾ cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put the strawberries and rhubarb in a large mixing bowl with the zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and cornstarch and mix well.
  2. Mix the almonds, flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and maple syrup together in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the coconut oil with your hands or a pastry cutter until the mixture begins to form crumbs.
  3. Grease an oven proof casserole or skillet and spoon in the fruit filling. Crumble the topping evenly over the top. Bake for 25 minutes, checking occasionally. When the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling, remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

date + almond butter cups.

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Right before I stopped eating sugar, I discovered Justin’s Dark Chocolate mini Peanut Butter cups. I was IN HEAVEN. Honestly, they have been one of the hardest things to not get to eat. Just having a little bit of chocolate at the end of a meal has left me feeling kind of incomplete after  meal – not going to lie. But thanks to kittee’s recipe for these homeade chocolates I can eat candy again! Or at least feel like I am!

All of her combinations look and sound so good! I went with dates and almond butter, but I think I definitely want to add something crunchy to them next time. I store them in the freezer and grab one when I need something sweet!

2 parts cacao powder
2 parts melted coconut oil
1 part liquid sweetener
soft dates
almond butter

Line a mini cupcake pan with liners or grease them. If you mix about 1/4 cup of the cacao and 1/4 cup coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, you’ll get enough chocolate for a few cups.

Put the cacao powder, coconut oil and sweetener in a small dish and stir well to combine.

Spoon a little bit of liquid chocolate into each paper, just enough to cover the bottom, and freeze for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, carefully split your dates in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter onto each half. Remove the tray from the freezer and smoosh a date half into each chocolate circle. Spoon more chocolate on top, to cover the date and freeze until ready.

 

go-to granola.

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Granola is something that is so easy to make from scratch – and goes along way. Makes both a hearty breakfast item AND a delicious snack. I was looking for a recipe to make – that didnt require any processed sugar – and I kept finding recipes that would be good, buuuuut I was out of a key ingredient.  Then I came across this on buzzfeed.

Its a really helpful guide as to what goes into making a good granola recipe. By giving you the basics, you design and make your own granola. Genuis! It will be my new go to guide to making granola and I will continue to share any winning combinations that work for me…including this one!

3 cups oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup mixed – seasame seeds, sunflower seeds and chopped almonds
1 cup large coconut flakes
3/4 tspn salt
1/2 tspn cardamom
1 tspn cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Mix everything together and coat it well.
Spread evenly on a flat baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Give it a good stir, and bake for 15 minutes more.

Let cool and add any dried fruit you would like. I added some chopped dates.

 

 

sweet potato chocolate cake.

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I had no idea you could make an unrefined sugar & oil free- chocolate cake taste so good…and with frosting! My friend told me about this cake and I whipped it up saturday night and was suprised at how easy it came together, and how rich and not dense it was. I could only have a little piece at a time, but I guess thats probably a good thing. Milos friend was over and saw me eating some and said “is that chocolate cake?!” I told her there wasnt going to be any sugar in it and it might taste wierd….And she had no problems digging right in!

Original recipe found here.

 

3/4 cup peeled, cooked, and cooled orange sweet potato
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water, divided
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole-grain spelt flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup mini or regular nondairy chocolate chips ( I used these)
1/2 scant teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8” x 8” brownie/cake pan or a 9” round cake pan. In a blender puree the sweet potato, 1/2 cup of the water, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and vanilla extract until completely smooth. In a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut sugar, chocolate chips, and sea salt, then sift in the cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the wet ingredients to the dry (be sure to scrape out all the blended ingredients with a spatula, and use the remaining 1 tablespoon of water to rinse the blender jar and get out any remaining puree). Mix until just well incorporated. Transfer to the prepared pan, bake for 21–23 minutes, remove, and let cool on a cooling rack.

Frosting
1/2 cup packed cup peeled, cooked, and cooled sweet potato (I used a white sweet potoato here)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup almond butter
1/8 rounded teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoons nondairy milk (see tip)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place the sweet potato, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, cashew butter, sea salt, 1–2 tablespoons of the milk, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. I. Taste, and add more sweetener if desired, and also another 1 tablespoon of milk if needed to thin to preferred consistency. Puree until smooth, scraping down the blender/processor bowl as needed. Puree until as smooth as possible. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.

peanut butter mousse pie.

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My easter tradition seems to be to make a pie. Holidays in general make me want to make a pie.

This year I decided to do it on a whim, and quickly found this recipe, which seemed easy enough and I had just enough of everything on hand. I recently bought a can of coconut creme and had it sitting in the fridge, just for a time like this.

This came together in no time – and I’m not gonna lie – I had my doubts after I whipped up the peanut butter mousse. BUT when I served it up, it was delicious, together with the pie crust. Its actually pretty hard to believe there is no refined sugar in this pie, and just 2T of maple syrup as the sweetener. I will, for sure, be making this pie again.

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 18 Dates or 10 Medjool Dates
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (creamy, lightly salted)
  • 2 cups Coconut Cream (chilled)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • ¼ cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (melted) (I used grain free ones)
  1. Line a 7 inch springform or pie form with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare chocolate almond crust by pulsing almonds cocoa powder, dates, and salt in a food processor until a sticky mass forms. Press firmly into base of form and place in freezer.
  3. Mix peanut butter, coconut cream, and maple syrup with an electric mixer. Beat until peanut butter mousse is creamy and soft peaks form.
  4. Remove pie crust from freezer and spread peanut butter mousse on crust using a spatula.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, warm water bath, or double boiler. Drizzle melted chocolate over peanut butter mousse.I also melted some peanut butter and also drizzled this across the top.

whole wheat waffles.

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Vegan waffles seem to be a bit more foolproof for me, than making vegan pancakes – but this recipe really does it – AND they are whole wheat! They come out perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. My kid especially loves sprinkles in his waffles, so add some to the batter to make an ordinary breakfast extra fun!

  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups loose-packed whole wheat pastry flour (or white/wheat mix)
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
  • teeny pinch of sea salt
  • ¼ cup melted coconut or vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, flax meal, cinnamon, sugar, and salt).
  4. To your small bowl (with the almond milk), add  oil and vanilla and whisk together. Then pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t over mix).
  5. Spray your waffle iron with a little cooking spray and scoop in the batter. I let my waffles cook for about a minute after the beep for an ideal crispy-on-the-outside texture. (we spoon a little bit of sprinkles in the batter to make it fun!)
  6. Serve waffles immediately (while they’re piping hot!), with butter, maple syrup and fruit.(or more sprinkles!)
  7. Let leftover waffles cool and freeze for easy weekday waffles later.