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Chocolate Banana Pops

chocolate banana pops, nut free

Chocolate Banana Pops A healthy treat for kids or adults that incorporates hemp seeds, sunflower butter and bananas . . . dipped in chocolate. Delicious. This simple snack sneaks in protein, essential fatty acids and vitamin E (plus an array of minerals and vitamins such as vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, etc). Ingredients 2 bananas sliced 1/3 inch thick 1/2 cup sunflower butter such as Organic Sunbutter (or natural peanut butter if you have no allergies to nuts) 1 cup enjoy life chocolate chips 2 tbsp coconut oil hemp seeds (optional) Shiskabob skewers cut in half, or popsicle sticks   Method Slice banana. Place 1 teaspoon of sunflower butter (or peanut butter) and stack a slice of banana on top. Spear the skewer slowly through banana…

Chocolate Fudge Cake Pops

Renee Altman

Chocolate Fudge Cake Pops Indulge in these decadent chocolate fudge cake pops to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping it healthy. Makes 12 balls Ingredients 1 cup tapioca flour (aka tapioca starch), sifted 2 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder 4 tablespoons sunflower seed butter 3 tablespoons raw unpasteurized honey 1/3 cup hemp seeds, for rolling 4-5 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (add more if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time) Method 1. Add all ingredients in a bowl. 2. Mix by hand (easiest way) to form a large dough ball. If dough is too dry to form a ball, add more coconut milk. 3. Roll dough into one inch balls. 4. Roll with hemp seeds and spear with lollipop stick. 5. Store…

Vegan Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies

Vegan Gluten Free Brownies

Vegan Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies Indulge in this rich vegan, fudgy brownie as a well deserved treat or share with that special someone. It’s an delectable dessert for all to enjoy as these brownies are nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free. Recipe   Yields 12 brownies | Prep time 10 minutes | Bake time 20 minutes   Ingredients 1 ½ cups gluten free oat flour ½ cup Dutch cocoa powder (the dark stuff) ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon ground flax seed ½ teaspoon xanthan gum ½ cup coconut sugar dash of salt ½ cup avocado oil or grape seed oil 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips 1 cup raspberries   Method Set oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 inch pan. In a medium…

Turkey Quinoa Soup

turkey quinoa soup

  I love one pot meals that intertwine protein, with healthy carbs plus a mixture of vegetables. Here’s a great ‘go to’ soup recipe. Turkey Quinoa Soup Yields 6 servings Ingredients ⦁ 8 cups turkey broth ⦁ 1 cup carrots, shredded ⦁ 1 cup onions, shredded ⦁ 1 cup celery, shredded ⦁ 2 cups cooked turkey meat, diced ⦁ 1 tablespoon coconut oil ⦁ 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt or more to taste ⦁ 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa ⦁ 1 teaspoon oregano ⦁ cracked pepper Method 1. Shred vegetables and sauté on medium heat in a large sauce pot with oil until soft. 2. Add turkey, broth, salt, oregano, pepper and quinoa. 3. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy.  

Chocolate banana protein pancakes

chocolate banana protein pancakes

Chocolate banana protein pancakes Start your day out right with a healthy, protein-packed, decadent breakfast. What do you get when you combine cocoa powder, banana, coconut oil and oat flour . . . the most fabulous morning treat. Ingredients ⦁ 1 cup oat flour ⦁ 1/4 cup cocoa powder ⦁ 1 teaspoon baking powder ⦁ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda ⦁ 2 scoops vanilla vegan protein powder (I used Genuine Health fermented vanilla) ⦁ 1/2 cup banana, mashed ⦁ 1 1/2 cups milk or milk alternative ⦁ 1 tablespoon chia seeds ⦁ 1 tablespoon avocado oil or melted coconut oil Method 1. Combine oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, protein powder together in a medium sized bowl. 2. In another bowl, mash banana and…

Chocolate Cheesecake Balls

Chocolate Cheesecake Balls

Who loves cheesecake?! Now we all know cheesecake isn’t the healthiest dessert so I’ve changed the typical ingredients with a healthier Greek yogurt option. So why plain yogurt? The main culprit that turns yogurt from a healthy food into an unhealthy one is the added sugar. Although yogurt already contains some natural sugar in the form of lactose (milk sugar), most companies often add large amounts of simple sugars to make yogurt taste sweeter. Typically the healthiest choice is plain, unflavored yogurt. But if you don’t like plain yogurt, there are a few things you can do instead. One option is to sweeten it yourself with your favorite fresh fruit or add your own natural sweeteners, like raw honey, coconut sugar or stevia. Greek yogurt…

Refreshing Edamame Parsley Pasta

Edamame and Parsley Pasta

Refreshing Edamame and Parsley Pasta Serves 3-4 | Cook time: 10 minutes | Prep time: 15 minutes Recipe Ingredients: 3 servings whole wheat radiatori Kaslo Sourdough Pasta 1 cup organic non-gmo edamame, shelled and thawed 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup raw cashews (or sub with sunflower seeds, silken tofu, hemp seeds or the flesh of young coconuts for a nut-free alternative) 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Instructions: Boil water with salt. Add pasta and cook to desired firmness (5-8 minutes). Meanwhile, add cashews (or nut-free alternative) to a high speed blender or food processor, add nutritional yeast, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pulse until parmesan consistency. Once…

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates

Valentine's Day at Crystal Hills Farm

Valentine’s Raspberry Chocolates Recipe Yields 12 chocolates You will need a chocolate silicone mold. Servings may vary depending on the size of the molds.  Ingredients 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life foods brand) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 cup raspberries 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder* mixed with 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of choice   Instructions 1. In a small pot, heat and mash raspberries until puree forms, add maple syrup. 2. Combine arrowroot powder with water (make sure the powder is fully dissolved). 3. Pour arrowroot powder mixture into the raspberry puree, stirring constantly until combined. 4. Turn stove to high heat until the puree thickens, remove from heat, pour into a glass bowl and place in the fridge…

Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie

Chocolate Maca Smoothie

Who loves chocolate? This smoothie contains more than just chocolate, it has hormone supporting maca powder and antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries! Benefits of maca powder include: ⦁ Increase libido and fertility in men and women ⦁ Support hormones ⦁ Boost immune system ⦁ Improve memory and focus ⦁ Increase energy Chocolate Maca Berry Smoothie Recipe Serves 1 Ingredients ⦁ 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries ⦁ 4 medium organic strawberries ⦁ 1 frozen banana ⦁ 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder ⦁ 1 teaspoon maca powder ⦁ 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, hemp milk or almond milk (for those who do not have nut allergies). Add more if you do not like it too thick. ⦁ 1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder (optional) Method 1. Blend all ingredients together and serve. Enjoy!    

2 Bite Brownies

vegan, nut free brownies

  2 Bite Brownies Everybody deserves a treat. These two bite brownies are extra special in that they are gluten free, nut free, vegan and low in sugar . . . so you won’t feel guilty having more than one. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups certified gluten free oat flour 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder (the really dark stuff) 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup avocado oil 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon baking soda Dash of salt 1/4 cup Enjoy Life (vegan and nut-free) mini chocolate chips   Method: Set oven to 350F. Grease mini brownie silicone mold with oil. Combine coconut milk, coconut sugar and oil in a medium sized bowl. Stir, and allow sugar to…

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