Pumpkin Truffles

Pumpkin Truffles

It’s still 90º in Texas, but I’m already making all kinds of fall-themed, pumpkin snacks and treats. These whole food pumpkin truffles are perfect for fall and so easy to make. With added protein they’re a fantastic mid-day treat or post dinner dessert!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup Georgia Grinders Maple Caramel Almond Butter**

3 Tbsp coconut flour

1/8 cup maple syrup

10 g vanilla protein (I used Quest brand & it was about 1/4 scoop)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 scoops Vital Proteins unflavored collagen peptides (optional)

chocolate chips

coconut oil

**could use regular almond butter if needed

 

Instructions:

Add everything except chocolate chips and coconut oil in a large bowl and mix until combined. Use a cookie dough scoop or your hands to make uniform balls and place on a tray with parchment paper. Refrigerate for an hour. Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil in the microwave, stopping to stir in 30 second increments (took 1:30 for mine). Coat each truffle in chocolate and top with sea salt. Store in the fridge or freezer.IMG_6466

Strawberry Almond Milk

Strawberry Almond Milk

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Coming atcha with a recipe for creamy strawberry almond milk from scratch that’s SO EASY! I have loved making the switch to dairy free milk and have been drinking only dairy free milk for about 6 years now. Dairy products often make me feel sick and bloated (I have a self-diagnosed lactose intolerance) but dairy free milks have allowed me to keep eating so many of my favorite foods and still feel great!

Strawberry almond milk:

1/2 cup almonds (soaked for at least 2 hours)

2 cups water

1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only)

3 large strawberries (can add more to make the strawberry flavor stronger)

Optional: Pinch of cinnamon & 1 packet of stevia

Blend for 2-3 minutes in a high speed blender and strain through a nut milk bag (I’ve linked the one I use below) or a cheese cloth. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and shake well before drinking!

All-Natural Nut Milk Bag

Basic Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Basic Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Chia pudding is the perfect low sugar sweet treat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert! You can top it with fresh fruit like blueberries and mango then add other fun toppings like granola, yogurt, coconut whip, honey to make it your own.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

Put ingredients in container or bowl and mix together. Place covered in the refrigerator for at least two hours. and mix every 1-2 hours until set. Keep refrigerated. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and mix well.

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!

 

Easy Cinnamon Homemade Granola

Easy Cinnamon Homemade Granola

When you buy granola from the grocery store it’s usually filled with way too much sugar and although it might be labeled as a “healthy” snack its actually a bunch of rubbish. Making your own granola is fun, super easy, it’s lower in sugar, and you can totally customize it with your own mix-ins and spices. The other day I made a cinnamon granola filled with nuts, chia seeds and oats and it turned out so lovely and made my kitchen smell incredible. The best part about this recipe is that there are really no meaurements and you can change out any of the nuts you would like. You could also add in coconut flakes or dried fruit after the granola has cooked (don’t add it before because they will burn in the oven.

Ingredients:

Oats

Raw pecans

Raw cashews

Pumpkin seeds

Chia seeds

Honey

Coconut oil

Cinnamon

salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Then in a bowl combine your oats, nuts and seeds then drizzle over just enough melted coconut oil to lightly coat them. Add in honey to sweeten to your taste then mix until everything is well combined. Spread over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and as much cinnamon as you prefer. Cook for 20-25 min or until nuts and oats have started to brown and crisp up. Remove from oven, cool completely and store in a glass jar.

 

*Note: if your granola does not cool completely before you put it in the jar it will not stay crunchy!*

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Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Can’t go wrong adding cinnamon to your pancakes… and you also can’t go wrong adding turmeric for extra color and anti-inflamatory and antioxident properties. These pancakes are healthy, beautiful, and delicious!

Ingredients:
1 banana
2 eggs
1 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp agave
3/4 c oat flour (or blended oats)
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:
Blend all of the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then add dry ingredients and mix or blend until fully incorporated. Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat and pour or scoop the batter onto the pan and brown on both sides

**I topped mine with pecans, chopped nectarine, warm berries, and honey**

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