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!!

 

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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!!

 

 

Organic Coconut Sugar Scones with Strawberries!

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_MG_0349Organic Coconut Sugar!  I stumbled upon this at Trader Joe’s by accident, of course I had to try it.  Apparently, Dr Oz endorses it as a healthier sugar substitute, I had no idea.  Check this clip out for the full story.  Coconut sugar causes less of a crash then regular white sugar.  The ratio is the same as regular white sugar.  The taste is delicious!  Try this recipe and see for yourself!

Makes 10-12 Scones small scones or 6 jumbo scones

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour – I used whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

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Knead dough gently on a floured surface two or three times. The more you touch the dough, the more the butter in it melts, causing it to become dense, so remember to apply a light touch!  Roll or pat the dough into one circle for jumbo scones or two circles for smaller scones.

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Then, using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into triangle slices. Place the scones on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper, spacing a few inches apart.  Lastly, sprinkle a little extra sugar on top of scones before you bake them.

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Enjoy!  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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CHOCOLATE COVER BLUEBERRY MUFFINS WITH OATMEAL AND FLAXMEAL

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These hearty muffins are nutritious with the right amount of sweetness.  The flax meal is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and the oatmeal is rich in fiber.  Both can be a great addition to any pancake, bread or muffin recipe.  If you don’t want to make these recipes from scratch try adding a few table spoons to a pre made mix you already have in your pantry!

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS

For the muffins

  •                  1 cup rolled oats or old fashioned oatmeal
  •                   1/2 cup sour cream mixed with 2 table spoons of milk
  •                   3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  •                   2 egg
  •                   2/3 cup brown sugar
  •                   1 teaspoon vanilla
  •                   1 cup + 2 tablespoon flour
  •                   2 heaping tablespoon ground flaxmeal
  •                   1 teaspoon baking powder
  •                   1 teaspoon baking soda
  •                   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •                   1 cup chocolate covered blue berries

For the crumbly topping and glaze

  •                   2 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
  •                   6 tablespoons flour
  •                   2 tablespoon brown sugar
  •                   1/2 cup powdered sugar
  •                   1 tablespoon milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place paper liners in muffin.
  2. Combine the oats and buttermilk in a mixing bowl. Let the oats soak for 15-20 minutes. Add the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir by hand until just combined.
  3. Add the flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir again until evenly moistened.
  4. Gently fold the blueberries into the remaining batter and divide evenly between the muffin tins. Place 2-3 additional blueberries at the very top center of each muffin, just to make ‘em pretty.
  5.  For the crumbly topping, press the butter, flour, and brown sugar together with your fingers until fine crumbs form. Sprinkle one spoonful of crumbs over each muffin before baking.
  6. Bake muffins for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. While the muffins are cooling, stir the powdered sugar and milk together to make a glaze. Drizzle a little glaze over each muffin before serving. Happy Baking!

Lavender Spearmint Bath Salt – Last minute gifts

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From the kitchen last minute gifts!  Thoughtful gifts that your friends and family will use!

  • 1 cup rock/sea salt
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Lavender essential oil ( you can find this in the pharmacy area of Target for a great price!)
  • dried spearmint (you can find this in the Mexican food aisle, which has really cheap dried herbs!)
  • old jelly jars or Kerr jars (“De-solv-it” gets sticky labels off fairly well, then I always use rubbing alcohol for any extra glue)
  • ribbon or stickers for decoration

Directions

Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl, use fork to mix together.  Scope into jars, decorate and you are done!  Feel free to substitute any dried herd or essential oil the combinations are endless.  Happy Holidays!

 

HEALTHY PECAN PIE BITES

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Healthy Pecan Pie Bites (No-Bake, Vegan and Gluten Free)

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This dish is clean, healthy and simple.  No sugar, butter or dairy.  Pecans are a great way to get healthy fats, potassium, fiber and protein into your diet. The dates gives this dish its sweetness as well as a ton of fiber and potassium!

Makes 6-8 rectangle bites/ or cut these in half and get 12-16 bites

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana
  • 2 Tbsp Agave (can substitute stevia if you wish)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp Nutmeg
  • Extra Pecans for Topping

Directions:

  • Using your food processor combine all crust ingredients until dough like consistency with visible chunks of nut.
  • Grease an 5×9 baking pan or glass dish with a healthy oil.  Press crust mixture evenly into baking dish.
  • Using your food processor combine all pie filling ingredients until smooth (except extra pecans).
  • Top the crust with pie filling using a spoon or spatula to make sure the filling is evenly distributed over the crust.
  • Add extra pecans evenly over the top.
  • Cover with saran wrap and freeze overnight.
  • When you’re ready to serve remove from the freezer, cut and serve immediately.