Category Archives: grain free desserts

Monday, May 5, 2014

Grain Free Cashew Thumb Print Cookies

917939a40a4e964d82bda81a16633005Okay, these aren’t really thumb prints I guess, more like heel prints (ha ha).  I like lots of filling in my cookies so I make the dips bigger than your typical thumb print width. So these cookies were inspired by a new paleo cookie that has arrived at my local natural foods coop (created by a local bakery called Sugar Plum Vegan).  The ingredients: super simple.  The price: OUCH! One cookie costs $4 – I’m not kidding. That’s a bit outrageous, especially since these cookies are very easy to make with some very basic paleo ingredients.  I bought one to taste test (and I really liked it) so took note of the ingredients and made my own batch the next day. My recipe contains an egg because I like to use egg as a binder and like the way it tastes with the cashews (vegan option in notes).  The flavor is truly spot on.  I could not justify buying another $4 cookie when I literally had everything at home to make a big batch. These are my family’s new favorite treat.  I try to make 2 or 3 homemade snacks each week for the kiddos to decrease my dependence on packaged food (especially packaged snacks).  And these are super easy to make and low in the sugar department (which is always a plus).    Continue reading

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Raw Pepperminty Nutty-Roons

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I shared this recipe last month with Ricki on her blog: Ricki Heller.  I found Ricki’s blog shorty after I started blogging (about 2 1/2 years ago). I distinctly remember visiting Wellness Weekend for the first time to share a recipe and instantly fell in love with Ricki, her writing style, and (of course) her recipes (of which I’ve made many)! Personally, I suffer from candida, so her blog is of great interest and value to me. I reference it constantly and refer friends and family to her site. Ricki’s cookbook Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free is one of my favorite cookbooks with so many healthy treats for my family.  For the guest post I wanted to share a recipe for Ricki’s readers reminiscent of her cooking style with common ingredients used by Ricki herself.  I call these “Nutty-Roons” because they are like a macaroon, but with a nice nutty bite to them.  Made with only a few simple ingredients, these raw little bites of coconut bliss are sure to please.  I made about 10 batches of these as Holidays gifts last year (I kid you not) and they were well received by all.  I hope you enjoy them too.  You can view my guest post here.

Nutty-Roons

Raw Pepperminty Nutty-Roons
 
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Recipe type: Raw, Paleo, Grain Free
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a food processor fitted with the S blade, add in the walnuts and cashews and blend for 20 seconds.
  2. Next add in the shredded coconut and blend with the nuts for another 20 seconds.
  3. In a small cup, mix together the maple syrup, stevia, vanilla extract, and peppermint oil.
  4. With the food processor running, pour in the coconut oil and the maple syrup mixture.
  5. Blend for 10 seconds.
  6. Scoop out mounds of the mixture and create little macaroon shapes (I use a small ice cream scooper).
  7. The mixture makes about 15 nutty-roons. Place them in freezer for ½ hour.
  8. While the nutty-roons are in the freezer, melt some chocolate*. I like to use a 1 cup glass Pyrex, placed in a pot of boiling water. This keeps the chocolate raw and melts nicely.
  9. Remove the nutty-roons from the freezer and dip each into the chocolate.
  10. Store the nutty-roons in the fridge. They hold up well at room temperature too, but I like how they taste cold.
Notes
1. You can replace maple syrup with coconut nectar (or honey if not vegan).
2. You could also make your own chocolate (see recipe below).

Raw Chocolate Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Raw, Paleo
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw ground cacao
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract -Optional: a few drops of stevia
Instructions
  1. Place the above ingredients into a 1 cup glass Pyrex.
  2. Place the glass Pyrex into a pan of very hot water and mix around until everything is melted. Do not heat over 110 degree

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Raw Freezer Fudge

Well a Happy New Year to you!  
With the New Year upon us today I reflect on some of my most notable challenges and successes from 2013 and from those challenges/successes I created goals for the New Year.  No I’m not going to run a marathon, or lose weight, or not cuss, or go to bed early.  I know what’s realistic for me.  Wait, I do have a goal regarding bedtime which includes getting my bony butt in bed earlier than 11:00 pm (and that, my friends, is something).  I’m a very goal oriented person (yes, I make daily goals for myself) and so here are my general goals for the Year (in order by category).
 
1.  Family – marriage.  Continue a strong partnership with Scott, use kind/constructive communication, and be mindful of my mood and behavior.
 
2.  Family – kids.  Continue to learn and explore alternative methods to deal with sibling bickering (rivalry). 
Use effective behavioral interventions, reflective speech, and empathetic language.  Continue reading the book “Siblings Without Rivalry” which is proving to be a great resource.  Be okay with the chaos that is childhood, laugh about it, embrace it, pick my battles, let things go, don’t be so ridged.  Keep it light, fun, structured, and safe. Don’t be overly annoyed and angry.  
 
3.  Health – body.  Continue eating foods that make me feel good and avoid foods that make me feel bad.  Start doing more Yoga, or just stretch every morning.  Try to walk everyday, or ride bikes to school.  Try and get IN bed before 11:00 pm.  
 
4.  Health – mind. Continue using positive coping to decrease stress.  Introduce more effective coping with sibling bickering. Use more positive visual imagery.  Read a few enjoyable books.  
 
5. Professional.  Use meditative/relaxation techniques at work when things get stressful.  Take time off when I need it.  Work on my L.C.S.W. CEUs.  Attend at least one new conference or therapy-related talk this year.  Meet with my other therapist friends to process and reflect on work and trouble shoot challenges.  
 
6.  Hobbies.  Blog when I have time, take time away when I need it – blogging will always be there.  Continue learning Spanish guitar, and continue playing guitar (it’s very calming and centering). Continue work on my scrapbooking and creating videos of the kids. Plan my spring/summer garden.  Break out my jewelry making stuff as a calming, therapeutic activity.  Visit a few of my favorite thrift stores when I get the urge to buy something new.  
 
7.  Home.  Continue to purge what’s not used, continue organizing and cleaning as a method to feel productive and calm.  De-clutter as needed. Slowly work on getting the garage more organized.  Wash dishes as I cook so I’m not totally overwhelmed by insane kitchen messes.  
 
8.  Personal.  Go out to dinner with girlfriends.  Carve out some alone time each week.  It’s okay to not be doing something – be more comfortable doing nothing.  Be more in nature.  Slow down. Appreciate the pain-free days and treat my body with kindness and respect.  Be the change I want to see, speak how I want to feel, and smile at others as often as possible.  
 
9.  Be okay with eating an entire batch of raw freezer fudge.  
I deserve it! 
Happy New Year Raw Freezer Fudge 
(click the links below for where to purchase the ingredients)
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup soaked medjool dates (about 7)
-1/4 cup raw local honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-Chopped walnuts for garnish
 
How To:
1.  Soak the dates in water for 3 to 4 hours.  Drain the dates and add dates to a food processor fitted with the S blade.  To the food processor add in the almond butter.  Pulse the dates and almond butter until the dates are broken down.
2.  With the food processor running, drizzle in the melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla.  Blend until everything is smooth and creamy.  Open the lid and add in the cacao powder.  Blend again until the mixture is thick and creamy.
3.  Spread mixture out on a silicone mat or wax paper – make it as thick or as thin as you like.  Top with chopped walnuts.  Place in freezer.  The fudge will stay soft from the dates and honey.  You could also store in the fridge, but I prefer the freezer.  These do well at room temperature for a while.  They don’t melt all over the place.
 
Notes:
*For nut free, use homemade sunflower seed butter.  
*For vegan, use coconut nectar or maple syrup (using maple syrup will make the recipe a little softer, as it’s not as viscous).  
*For sugar free, use 3/4 teaspoon chocolate or vanilla liquid stevia (or to taste). 
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