Nutella Peanut Butter Bites! NO Bake ♡

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_MG_0681Ok this took no time!  Only 5 ingredients and no baking. The peanut butter will provide a little bit of protein and the oatmeal will add some fiber.  And who doesn’t love nutella, right?  Let’s get stated!!  

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nutella 
  • 1 Tb honey

Directions 

Mix dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients.  Use a little bit of coconut oil to grease your mixture and hands. Pull apart to form balls.  Place on baking sheet and place in freezer for 10 minutes until firm.  Keep stored in refrigerator. Enjoy!! 

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Buttermilk Blueberry Sorbet!! With Organic Coconut Sugar!

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_MG_0668Just 5 ingredients, this sorbet is a perfect summer treat to cool you off.  I found this Martha Stewart recipe to be a surprise success after having some leftover buttermilk from a scone recipe earlier in the week.  I substituted regular sugar for Organic Coconut Sugar.  I like organic coconut sugar because it has less of a crash then regular sugar.  I also do not have an ice cream maker so I had to make this the old fashion way, by stirring.  Let get started!    _MG_0667

All the Fixings 

  • 1 1/2 pints fresh blueberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup organic coconut sugar – Trader Joe’s has this – (or regular sugar is fine too) 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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  1. Combine 3 cups of blueberries, and 1 cup of Organic Coconut Sugar in food processor or blender and blend.  _MG_0626
  2. Pour puree into sifter on top a mixing bowl and sift out seeds and stems.  You will have to stir and press the mixture to force it out of the sifter, also don’t forget to scoop the outside of the sifter basket:)   _MG_0640
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  5. Whisk ingredients vigorously.  
  • If you have an ice cream maker then simply add mixture to the ice cream maker and follow the suggested directions.  
  • If you do not, then add mixture to a deep dish baking pan and place in freezer.   _MG_0661
  • Every 30 minutes take out sorbet and stir vigorously.  A hand held blender might do the trick too.  The purpose is to keep the sorbet from forming ice crystals and to have it as smooth and creamy as possible.  Keep stirring every 30 minutes for 2 hours or until sorbet is frozen.   

That’s it!  Scoop into serving dishes and enjoy!

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Throw some chickpeas in your cookie recipe next time.  This recipe has actually been around for a while.  I got it from Jessica Seinfeld’s cook book on pureed vegetables in everyday cooking and baking.  If you notice the recipe calls for egg whites, omitting the yolks.  This is a great way to cut down on unwanted cholesterol.  Then adding chickpeas is the best part of this recipe, adding fiber and protein.  Hmmm! Yes Please!

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  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light margarine (If you’re naughty like me I used real butter, there’s still a debate weather process fake butter is better for you than real butter, I tend to go for real foods, you decide 🙂
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with baking spray.
  2. Beat sugar and margarine until smooth.
  3. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add flour, oats, nuts, baking soda and salt.
  4. Drop by tablespoonful onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake 11 to 13 min, until golden brown.

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Happy Baking!!

 

Vegan Peanut Butter Balls!

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I usually have no defense when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate.  This delicious combo always wins, and I’m okay with that♡  The only tricky (vegan) part was finding REAL CHOCOLATE chips.  You will see a lot of Carob (chocolate substitute not real chocolate) which is fine I guess… but I wanted real chocolate.  I would suggest looking at Whole Foods.  These chocolate peanut butter balls are so amazing lets get right to it!

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  • Ingredients
  • 3 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • 2 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 (10 oz) bag semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup whole peanuts
  • sea salt

Directions

– Place crispy brown rice cereal in a food processor and pulse until no large crispy chunks remain.

– In a small saucepan combine peanut butter, syrup and sea salt, mix well over low heat until well combined.Image– In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter syrup and crispy brown rice cereal.  Mix well.  Form mixture into 1″ balls, placing on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. *tip* coat your hands in coconut oil to prevent mixture from sticking to your hands ☺Image

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– Place chocolate and almond milk in a double boiler (bowl sitting on top of smaller sauce pan) over low heat, whisk slowly until combined.  You might have to keep adding almond milk to keep this mixture runny. ImageImage

– Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate, covering completely, and return to baking sheet.Image– Sprinkle with salt and finely chopped peanuts.

– Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to set.   ImageImageImageEnjoy! Happy Baking!!

 

 

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

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OK, these cookie dough bites are the most amazing thing I have ever had!  The sunflower seeds pair so well with the chocolate and it’s good for you!  Sunflower seeds have anti-inflammatory benefits and are high in Vitamin E.  Did you know the magnesium in sunflower seeds can help calm nerves?

No baking involved, these delicious snacks are ready in about 45 minutes with refrigerator time.  You will need a coffee grinder to grind your raw sunflower seeds and your oatmeal.  I highly recommend the raw sunflower seeds, but you can also use cashews or any other nut flavor you like.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of ground raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter – softened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add remaining ingredients mix all together.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes you can also drizzle chocolate over top!
  5. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!!!
  6. Store in refrigerator.

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Healthy Hazelnut Spread With Ground Sunflower Seeds

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ImageDid you know ground raw sunflower seeds are extremely healthy and pair great with chocolate?!  They are good for women’s health, they have anti-inflammatory benefits and are high in Vitamin E.  Also, the magnesium in sunflower seeds can help calm your nerves.

Directions:

  • Spread Nutella on a sleeve of graham crackers (about 9 grahams per sleeve).
  • Grind 2 Tbs of raw sunflower seeds in coffee grinder.  (Rinse between grinding of course)
  • Sprinkle ground sunflower seeds over graham crackers.  Eat immediately or keep in freezer-tight container for a longer period of time.

*Women’s Health* When taken at the certain times of the month ground sunflower seeds along with flax seed, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds can help regulate hormones naturally.  I learned this from my naturopath last time I was complaining of cramps and general PMS.  Type “seed cycling” in your internet search engine and read all about it.  ALWAYS consult your doctor/naturopath first!

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CINNAMON BAKED APPLE CHIPS

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Healthy snacking week continues  with this easy apple chip recipe.

Yeah, it’s as easy as it sounds,  and the smell is amazing! Happy Baking!

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples sliced thin
  • Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Line baking tray with parchment paper, lay out your apple slices.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon.
  4. Bake for about 45 minutes, flip, then check every 15 minutes till lightly crisp.
  5. Let cool and serve.