Christmas Cookie Roundup

Christmas Cookie Roundup

OREO TRUFFLES

1 pkg Oreos

1 8 oz block cream cheese (softened)

Baking chocolate

Things to decorate/chocolate to drizzle on top (i.e. white chocolate drizzle

Truffle Instructions:

1. Add Oreos to high speed blender or food processor and pulse until finely ground.

2. Add crushed Oreos and cream cheese to a large bowl and use your hands to mix until well combined.

3. Use your hands or a small cookie scoop to shape the truffle filling into balls and place them on a lined cookie sheet

4. Set in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set.

5. Remove the balls from the fridge and melt the baking chocolate in a microwave safe bowl by microwaving in 15-30 second intervals.

6. Coat each truffle ball in the melted chocolate and decorate to your liking with sprinkles or melted colored candy melts.

7. Allow the truffles to set on a baking sheet in the fridge for another 30 minutes then transfer to a container and store in the fridge.

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CAKE COOKIES

Box of chocolate cake mix (any kind will work)

1/2 c Oil

2 eggs

1 bag white chocolate peppermint chips (Andes brand or Ghirardelli peppermint chunks)

Sprinkles (optional)

Cake Cookie Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, oil and eggs and whisk together until thick dough forms.

3. Add in peppermint chips (and sprinkles if desired) and mix well.

4. Spoon onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

***this recipe works with any flavor cake mix and any sort of sprinkles or flavored chocolate chips***

ITALIAN SESAME COOKIES

3 c flour

3/4 c sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp shortening

2 large eggs, beaten

1/4 c milk

2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sesame seeds

Italian Sesame Cookie Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl blend the butter and shortening.

4. Add in eggs, milk and vanilla and mix until combined.

5. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until it forms a soft dough.

6. Divide into four pieces and roll out each piece (like a snake) until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.

7. Cut into two inch pieces and roll each piece in sesame seeds until well coated.

8. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.

SUGAR COOKIES

3 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

Salt

1 c unsalted butter

1 c sugar

1 large egg

Vanilla

Cookie cutter(s)

Rolling pin

ROYAL ICING

3 c powdered sugar (sifted)

2 tbsp Meringue powder

1 tsp Vanilla extract

4-6 tbsp Water

Gel food coloring

Piping bags

Cookie Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Sift dry cookie ingredients into a bowl and set aside.

3. Place butter and sugar in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until mostly combined (stop right before the butter and sugar are creamed together ~3 min).

4. Add in the egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until combined.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with hand mixer until combined, but still crumbly.

6. Continue to mix with your hands until the dough comes together in a ball.

7. Transfer to a flat, floured surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.

8. Use cookie cutters to create your desired shapes and transfer to a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes (should be lightly browned at the edges)

Icing Instructions:

1. Sift powdered sugar and meringue powder into a bowl.

2. Add the vanilla and water and mix until desired consistency.

4. Divide the icing into small bowls and add food coloring if desired.

***Allow the cookies to cool COMPLETELY before icing***

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Tahini Drizzle

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Tahini Drizzle

Treat yourself! You’ve made it halfway to the weekend. Celebrating hump day with dark chocolate brownies with tahini drizzle.

Brownies:

1/2 cup cocoa

1/3 cup shredded coconut (blended in a food processor until super fine)

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2 sq melted dark chocolate

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of salt

Tahini drizzle:

3 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

Add almond milk, eggs, coconut sugar, melted chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and coconut oil to a bowl and mix well. In another bowl mix together coconut, cocoa, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring as you go. Transfer to a greased 8×8 brownie pan and bake at 350 for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

Flourless Chickpea Blender Blondies

These only take 30 minutes to make including bake time and they are so so yummy! Could be made vegan if you sub the egg for a flax seed egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed and 2 tbsp water)

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Dark chocolate chips

Chopped pecans

Instructions:

Blend chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, egg, baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon & salt in a blender or food processor until it forms a thick batter. Stir in chocolate and chopped pecans and spread evenly into a greased brownie pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

Paleo/Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Coconut Icing

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I Last fall my roommate and I consistently made and ate a whole loaf of pumpkin bread a week for 6 weeks. No, I’m not kidding. I stocked up on wayyyyyyy too many boxes of Trader Joes pumpkin bread mix and made one after the other. Although the TJ’s pumpkin bread IS the bomb.com I wanted to switch it out for something with super clean ingredients. This recipe is one of my favorites and gives you soft, moist pumpkin muffins that make your kitchen smell like a pumpkin spice latte.

Ingredients

For the muffins:

1 c almond flour

3/4 c coconut sugar

1/2 c canned pumpkin

1/4 c coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ginger

1-2 tbsp water (if needed)

1/4 c pecans optional

For the coconut icing:

2 cans of full-fat coconut milk (chilled overnight)

2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl & all wet ingredients in a separate bowl, excluding the water. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients mixing as you go. If the batter is still too dry add 1-2 tbsp of water. Spoon into a lined muffin pan pan & bake 15-20 min.

While the muffins are baking, open the canned coconut milk and spoon the coconut cream solids into a cold mixing bowl. Add honey and cinnamon and beat with an electric mixer for about 7-10 minutes or until desired consistency (I did about 5 minutes to achieve more of a glaze).

Once the muffins have baked and cooled, spoon on coconut icing and top with cinnamon and pecans!

 

Collagen Donuts

Collagen Donuts

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Donuts are yummy, fun and super cute for the ‘gram… AND they can be made with whole food ingredients baked to fluffy perfection that won’t ruin your hard work in the gym. These donuts are low in sugar and have collagen to add a little bit of protein and keep your hair, skin, nails, and joints super healthy!

Ingredients:

1 cup almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 scoops collagen

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp almond extract

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk until it forms a batter. Spoon the batter into a greased donut pan (only fill it about half way so it has room to rise!) and bake for 8-12 minutes.

Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

IMG_6552.JPGI LOVE banana bread. Pumpkin bread is good, I even have a special place in my heart for zucchini bread, but banana bread always takes the cake. Now typically I would add something basic like walnuts to my banana bread, but I didn’t have walnuts… what I did have was dried figs and let me tell you I’m so glad that I did. This combo is so yummy and different and the dried figs add a caramel-y flavor that’s perfect with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

3 over ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods Dairy Free Chocolate Chips)

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and the coconut sugar. Mix the wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Dump in your chocolate chips and dried figs and mix them in (pro tip: lightly coat your chocolate chips with a little bit of flour to avoid them all sinking to the bottom of the batter). Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Easter Treats

Easter Treats

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Happy Easter everyone! Thought I would post a few fun and sweet recipes today and what better than some “healthified” muffins with pastel colored whipped coconut cream and copycat Reese’s peanut butter eggs with a twist! Everything is easy to make and super cute for an Easter themed treat! I used beets as a natural food dye for the coconut cream which gave it a perfect  pastel color!

Base:
1 cup oat flour
2-3 tbsp honey (you can adjust to your preferred sweetness)
1 egg
3 tbsp plain, unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Lemon chia seed:
Zest from one medium lemon
Juice from one medium lemon
1 tbsp chia seeds

Dark Chocolate:
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla
(If batter gets too dry after adding cacao powder just add a tiny splash of almond milk

Coconut whipped cream icing:
2 cans coconut milk chilled overnight (this is important! You need the fat to separate from the liquid!)
2 1/2 tbsp honey
1 beet (red or yellow for pink or light yellow color)

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly then add in dry ingredients and stir until it reaches the consistency of a batter (shouldn’t be too thick nor too runny). Then after you’ve mixed the base you can add in the extra ingredients for either the lemon chia seed flavor or the fudgy dark chocolate flavors. Spoon into a muffin tin with muffin liners about 3/4 full and bake for about 12 minutes (you’ll have to watch them because my lemon chia seed flavor took a little longer to bake).

For the whipped coconut cream:
After you have chilled the coconut cream overnight, open the cans and spoon out the solid portion from the top. Place in a chilled bowl (or if you have a stand mixer chill your mixing bowl). Add your honey and mix on the 2nd speed for about 2 minutes. If you want to dye the cream with beets just grate a red or yellow beet and squeeze out the juice through a cloth or paper towel (BE CAREFUL THIS WILL STAIN) and add a few drops of the juice to your cream. You won’t need much the color is really strong!

The peanut butter caramel copycat Reese’s eggs are a recipe from Rachel Mansfield and I’ll link it below!

Rachel Mansfield Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Eggs

The carrot cake muffins are from Taline Gabrielen’s cook book Hippie Lane linked below! (I topped these with the cashew cream I use in my Mini Raw Vegan Cheesecakes

Hippie Lane Cookbook

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