Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

These rich little powerhouses of goodness are a great treat to have on hand! Just one of these is enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. You can offer these decadent cups to those who are gluten free, dairy free, health conscious or vegan.

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups - Raw Chocolate, Dairy and Gluten Free

As a chocolate lover, as most girls are, these are chocolate fudge creamy goodness! With raw cacao, cashew butter, pecans and coconut oil at the top of the list, there is a lot of healthy ingredients you can feel good about, and no refined sugar!

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups Healthier Snacking

Keep these in the freezer or refrigerator. I like the firmness the freezer gives them, you choose.

Nut Butter Cups No Refined Sugar Raw Cacao

Prep Time

30 minutes

Prep Notes

These are a lower sugar treat that has healthy fats and Superfood Raw Cacao Powder in them. They are a good choice when you want something sweet.

Cooking Time

60 minutes

Yields

Makes 24

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Portion:

1 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder

6 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk

5 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup of Almond or Cashew Butter

2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Raw Honey

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

3/4 Teaspoon of fine Sea Salt

For the Filling:

1 Cup of Raw Pecans

3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Raw Honey

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

a pinch of Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Place Mini Muffin Cup liners in a 24 count Mini Muffin pan
  2. In a Medium bowl with an electric mixer, mix together all the chocolate ingredients, and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, grind the raw pecans until they are a fine crumb consistency. Add in the honey, vanilla and salt, and pulse until it holds together when you squeeze it.
  4. Place 1 teaspoon of chocolate mixture in the bottom of each muffin cup, and press flat and evenly with your fingers.
  5. Scoop a scant teaspoon of pecan filling onto each muffin cup and press flat and evenly to cover the chocolate bottom.
  6. Finely, add the remaining chocolate mixture to the tops of each chocolate butter cup and press evenly. It will be a scant teaspoon for each. It’s okay if they are not perfectly covered. They are pretty that way.
  7. Freeze for 30 minutes.

Notes

Store in the Freezer or Refrigerator in a sealed container.

Chocolate Nut Butter Cups! These are creamy and delicious with ingredients you can feel good about. Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan

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Scrumptious Strawberry Mango Fruit Roll Ups

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Make some of these Scrumptious Strawberry, Mango fruit roll ups and store them in an airtight container for a quick, sweet and chewy, all natural snack.

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I make these in a food dehydrator and slice them into strips that are then rolled up in parchment paper and tied with a string. They are sweet and a little tart.

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My kids love these packed in their lunches or as a grab and go snack. Clean and simple deliciousness!

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Scrumptious Strawberry Mango Fruit Roll Ups

Ingredients:

2 Pints of Fresh Organic Strawberries

2 Ripe Mangoes

2 Tablespoons of Raw Honey

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Gelatin

2 Tablespoons of Hot Water

A Pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:

Clean and hull the strawberries and place them in a high speed blender. Clean, peel and pit the mangoes and add them to the blender with the strawberries. Add the honey, lemon juice and salt. Blend until pureed. Now you will add the gelatin. Heat 2 tablespoons of water in your microwave until very hot. Whisk in the gelatin until it is foamy. Pour this into the blender with the strawberry mango mixture and blend until smooth and incorporated.

Set out six dehydrator trays (my dehydrator is an Excalibur) and line them with non-stick drying sheets (like these). Pour the fruit roll up mixture evenly onto six sheets. Pick up the sheets and swirl by tipping them to spread then out into 8″ circles.

Dehydrate at 135° degrees for approximately 18 hours, or until they are no longer tacky in the center but not crispy. They should still be pliable.

Remove the fruit roll ups from the dehydrator and cool. After they are cool, using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, slice each roll up into strips. Cut parchment the same width as the fruit strips and roll them up with the parchment. Tie with a string. Place them in a sealed container and store at room temperature.

\Scrumptious Strawberry Mango Fruit Roll Ups

 

 

DIY Whipped Honey & Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

Whipped Honey and Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

You can make a gentle cleansing wash for your face that even removes makeup and is good for the most sensitive of skin with just a few ingredients in your kitchen.

Coconut oil is antibacterial, contains vitamin E and nourishing fatty acids and melts away dirt and makeup.

Manuka Honey is used in hospitals for wound care, is naturally healing for the skin and reduces inflammation, redness and irritation.

Avocado Oil also has beneficial properties for the skin including Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamins . It also has sterolins which can boost collagen production and keep your skin supple and soft.

Optional beneficial additions to this face wash recipe is:

Lavender Essential Oil – Acne, Dry Skin, Wrinkles

Frankincense Essential Oil – Large Pores, Lifts and Tightens

Ylang, Ylang Essential Oil – If your skin is irritated or red

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons of Manuka Honey (I used this K-16 Factor)

1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil

Optional Essential Oils:

1 drop of Lavender

1 drop of Ylang Ylang

1 drop of Frankincense

You can use the oils interchangeably or 3 drops of just one kind.

Directions:

Whip the Coconut Oil with a hand held mixer in a bowl for one minute. Then, add in the Manuka Honey and Avocado Oil. Beat until nice and creamy. Finally add in the essential oils if you choose and blend.

Store the face wash in a glass jar.

To Use: Scoop out about a half tablespoon of the face wash and massage it into your face in circular motions to cleanse. Rinse with warm water. Pat your face dry gently. Follow with Serum and Moisturizer.

I recommend this natural serum and facial moisturizer as part of your skin care routine that is full of vitamins and has no artificial fragrances

Never Grow Up Serum and Moisturizer

Never Grwo Up Serum

Never Grow Up Face Creme

Enjoy this wash recipe!

 

Honey Lavender Macaroons

Spring always gets me thinking of the lavender fields!

Honey Lavender Macaroons Gluten Free

I have to say that lavender is one of my favorite perennials and scents. Have you ever walked through a lavender field? I visit a lavender farm at least once a year, and the smell of the lavender is heady! It is also lovely in baking when used subtly to enhance other flavors like honey or lemon.

Here is a picture I snapped last Summer when I was visiting a lavender farm in Northern Michigan! Heady! This is where I get my culinary lavender, but you can also find it on Amazon.

lavendar-fields

Honey Lavender Macaroons Gluten, Dairy and Egg Free

Today I am making a cookie that is just lovely for Springtime, and it has local honey and culinary lavender in the recipe!

Honey Lavender Spring Macaroons

When using lavender for baking, choose culinary lavender. While almost all lavender can be used in cooking, culinary lavender is the sweetest.

Honey Lavender Macaroons Egg Free

Honey Lavender Macaroons

Preheat your oven to 325° Degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Finely Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened like this)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Butter (softened a few seconds in the microwave)

1/3 Cup of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons of Gelatin

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk

1 Teaspoon of Culinary Lavender, Crushed (I used a mortar and pestle)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

A pinch of Vanilla Bean Powder (or 1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract if not making AIP)

Directions:

With an electric hand held mixer, beat together the coconut butter and honey until creamy. Add the coconut milk and beat. Beat in the shredded coconut. Sift together the crushed lavender, coconut flour, gelatin, baking soda and salt. Beat into the macaroon dough until completely incorporated. The dough will be stiff.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the macaroons and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake in your preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the tips of the coconut are turning a golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool completely. Enjoy!

Makes 16

Honey Lavender Macaroons are so light and delicious for Spring! These are Gluten, Grain, Dairy and Egg Free and AIP Paleo!

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Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways! Chocolate Raspberry, Toasted Coconut and Pecan!

Banana Pops on a tray and napkinsBanana Pops are a delicious healthy treat that you can make at home! They are beautiful and perfect for cravings! Seriously good!

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops on a stick

Kids love these too. Roll them in their favorite toppings, and if they are picky, make them plain dipped chocolate.

Yummy Yummy Banana Pops

There is a vast amount of toppings that you can roll these in, so go with your favorites. But I have to say, these three varieties are Very, Very delicious.

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops on a cookie sheet

The raspberry has that tart flavor that contrasts beautifully with the dark chocolate cashew butter coating.

Raspberry Banana Pop

The toasted coconut is crunchy and delightful on the outside. Yum!

Chocolate Banana Pop with Toasted Coconut

If you love nuts on your hot fudge sundaes or in your ice cream, then the pecan version is yours!

I also combined the pecans and raspberries and pecans and coconut in some of the banana pops!

Yummy Yummy Banana Pops

Why not make a variety batch to please everyone?

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Super simple, fun and easy to make, you can definitely include the kids in making these!

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways

Ingredients:

5 yellow bananas (not too ripe, yellow with no brown spots)

9 oz. of Dark Chocolate Chips (I used this allergy free kind)

1/3 Cup of Cashew Butter (I used this Maple Sweetened brand)

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

2/3 Cup of Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (like these)

2/3 Cup of Crushed Freeze Dried Raspberries (I used this organic brand)

2/3 Cup of Chopped Pecans

Popsicle Sticks

Directions:

Slice your bananas into equal thirds, and insert a Popsicle stick halfway into one end. Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet or two.

If you bought pre-toasted coconut flakes, crush them slightly with your hands, and place them onto a salad sized plate. If you would like to toast your own. Place unsweetened coconut flakes onto a cookie sheet, and toast them in a 350° oven for ten minutes, stirring once. Cool then crush.

Blitz your freeze dried raspberries in a mini food processor, or put them in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Chop your pecans. Put all your toppings on individual salad plates in a row.

Melt the Chocolate Chips, Cashew Butter and Vanilla Extract together in a double broiler, stirring to combine.

After the chocolate mixture has melted and is stirred until creamy, set the pan in a row like this: bananas, melted chocolate, toppings, parchment lined cookie sheet.

Dip your bananas 3/4 of the way into the melted chocolate. Let the excess drip off. Then, roll in the topping of your choice. Set the dipped and rolled bananas on the parchment lined cookie sheet.

When all your bananas are dipped, place them into the freezer for one hour. They are ready to eat. Store the bananas in an airtight container in the freezer.

Makes 15 Banana Pops

Chocolate Covered Banana Pops 3 Ways! A healthy frozen treat with melted dark chocolate and cashew butter. These are dipped and rolled in toppings. Dairy and Gluten Free!

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Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways!

Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways

You can make a Large Batch of Sweet Potato Toast for dinner, tapas or appetizers with three different themes! What a way to pack in nutrients in a super delicious and gorgeous, eye appealing way! It’s like appetizers for dinner!!! Who wouldn’t love that?

Theses are quite simple to make. You don’t have to get your toaster out and stand there watching it batch after batch! I don’t really have time for that, and I’m sure you don’t either. You toast these in the oven! It works like a dream!

This recipe uses two medium sweet potatoes and toppings that add crunch, sweet and savory! Deliciousness!!!!

Sweet Potato Toast Three Ways, Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free for Tapas, Appetizers and a Fun Dinner

Sweet Potato Toast 3 Ways

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes (skin on)

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1 Ripe Mango

1 Avocado

Mayo (I used Avocado Oil Mayo)

Ranch Dressing (I used my Won’t Miss a Thing Dairy Free Ranch)

Apple Butter

1 Roasted Salmon Filet

Pumpkin Seeds (I used sprouted)

Fresh Basil

Green Olives, Sliced

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400° degrees F. Scrub the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise 1/2 inch thick leaving the skin on (the skin is very nutritious and holds the sweet potato toast together).

Lay the sweet potato toasts onto a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet and brush with olive oil front and back. Sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper to taste. Roast the sweet potatoes for 40 minutes total, flipping them half way through.

In the same oven, roast a salmon filet brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper for 15 minutes, or until done.

Remove the sweet potatoes and salmon from the oven, and place on a cooling rack to cool. Now prepare your toppings.

Avocado Sweet Potato Toast – Spread mayo on first, then top with sliced avocado, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and fresh torn basil.

Avocado Sweet Potato Toast

Mango Sweet Potato Toast – Spread apple butter on the sweet potato toast, then top with sliced mango and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Mango Sweet Potato Toast

Salmon Sweet Potato Toast – Spread ranch dressing on the sweet potato toast, top with flaked salmon, sliced olive and scallions and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Salmon Sweet Potato Toast

I like to put these on a big cutting board in the middle of the table and let people choose!

Makes about 12 toasts – 4 of each kind

Have fun!

Make Sweet Potato Toast easily in your oven with three different toppings! Delicious for Tapas, Appetizers and a Fun Dinner!

 

Never Grow Up, Well Your Face Anyway!

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What is there to love about Never Grow Up Hydrating Face Creme? Let me tell you why I like it and what’s in it.

Never Grow Up is made up of a hydrating blend of coconut water, shea butter and olive oil (a beauty secret known about by Italian women for years).

That is the base. Into this lovely, nourishing skin creme is added tons of botanical extracts and vitamins that benefit your skin and are anti-aging, brightening and evening of skin tone.
There are no fillers, no petroleum, and no parabens. You won’t find these in Posh products.

This cream has a light natural coconut and vanilla scent! It is a delicious treat for your face, and is part of the Look Natural line! There is also a Never Grow Up Serum!

Here’s to a lovely Monday!

You can find Never Grow Up here where I am a consultant:

https://sandrashields.po.sh

I appreciate you! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or need any help choosing the right products for You.

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Sandra Shields, Health Coach

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