Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

When Spring is getting close and the days are lengthening, I start craving fresh fruity flavors. The beauty of freeze dried fruit is the flavor is intensified, because it is concentrated. So, it is easy to make a fruit forward ice cream or cookie off season. I really like Karen’s Naturals freeze dried fruit. They are organic and contain just fruit, no additives or preservatives. This is a pretty straight forward recipe using just a few quality ingredients to make a smooth and peachy, dairy free, ice cream that tastes fresh, even when peaches are not in season!

Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

This recipe makes enough for four generous servings of ice cream. It is dairy free, gluten free and honey sweetened. The squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the ice cream and gives it the perfect tang.

 

Serving Up Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Serving Up Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

 

Smooth and Peachy Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Full Fat Coconut Milk

1 Bag of Just Organic Freeze Dried Peaches (here)

1/2 Cup of Quality Honey (I use local)

2 Tablespoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: In a high speed blender, puree all the ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Churn in an ice cream maker. I use this one.

Enjoy! You can store leftover ice cream in the freezer. It is easy to scoop straight from the freezer because of the higher vanilla content. Have a blast of peach before peach season to celebrate the coming of Spring!

If you want to make a fresh peach ice cream that is dairy free in peach season, check out my recipe for fresh and simple peach ice cream here!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Dairy and Gluten Free)

I have been joking lately that I have a house full of chimps. I have had a difficult time getting a few black spotted bananas to bake with because my family is eating them so fast. I am not sure what has caused this sudden rise in banana consumption, but I am not going to complain too loudly when bananas are being chosen. I simply have learned to hide some so they get a chance to reach that black spotted stage that makes them perfect for baking!

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I have been craving a chocolate chip banana muffin, and this one fits the bill perfectly. They are simple to whip up in a food processor, have protein from six eggs, healthy fat from olive oil (they make muffins very moist!) are mostly sweetened with bananas and just a touch of honey, and sprinkled with some dairy free chocolate chips. Heavenly! Scroll down for the recipe which makes an even dozen.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – Dairy Free

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (Dairy and Grain Free)

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with non-stick muffin papers and set aside.

Ingredients:

6 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour (here)

2 Black Spotted Bananas

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/2 Cup of Mini Chocolate Chips plus more for sprinkling (I use these dairy and gluten free ones)

Directions: In a food processor with a blade attachment, blend the eggs and banana until the banana is smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend for two minutes. Add in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and pulse six times just until the chocolate chips are incorporated but not broken up. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with some extra chocolate chips. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in your preheated oven until the tops spring back. Remove from the oven, and cool for five minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack.

These keep at room temperature for three days. I only know this because I hid one, otherwise my son would have eaten them all. 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

Moist and Grain Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Moist and Grain Free Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Start Your Day with Positive Thoughts!

Happy Monday! Stay positive this week and see what happens!

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Each time a negative thought comes in your mind, replace it with something you are grateful for. For instance replace “I am so tired, I can’t believe it is Monday” with “I am so grateful I have this whole day to live on this beautiful planet”. Jot down a daily note of what you did each day when you started down the negative thoughts road, and put a positive spin on your day. Then, look back on the week and note the difference it made!
Enjoy your week!
Sandra Shields, Health Coach

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Here’s a delish and dairy free Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! It is dairy free, creamy and “cheesy”. Take it to your next shindig. It is the best ever! Serve it with crudites like carrots, red peppers, and healthy chips for dipping. I made my own baked chips using almond flour grain free tortillas cut into wedges and baked in the oven to crisp them up. Brown rice wraps work well also. Use your favorite or what works for you. You will need to soak some cashews for 2 hours before assembling the dip. This makes it very creamy!

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip - Dairy and Gluten Free

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip – Dairy and Gluten Free

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Grease a 1.25 quart baking dish lightly with olive oil.

Ingredients:

1 – 11 oz. container of Fresh Spinach

1 – 14 oz. can of quartered Artichoke Hearts, drained (I used Native Forest)

1 Cup of Raw Cashews, soaked 2 hours in water at room temperature

1/2 Cup of Quality Mayonnaise (I like Avocado Oil Mayo)

2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast (this makes it cheesy and is a good source of B vitamins too. Read more about the benefits here.

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons of Garlic Olive Oil or 2 cloves of minced garlic and olive oil)

2 Teaspoons of Honey

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

Directions: In a skillet, cook your spinach with the olive oil and a large pinch of sea salt. Set aside. In a food processor with a blade attachment, add the cashews, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, onion powder, sea salt, nutritional yeast, honey, and mayonnaise. Blend until the cashews are very smooth. Add in the cooked spinach and pulse just until it is broken up but not completely mixed in. It takes five or six pulses. You should still see the creamy dip and the spinach should stand out. Think marbled effect.

Spoon the mixture into your prepared baking dish, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and serve with your accompaniments of choice!

Assemble this ahead of time, then just bake on game day!

Happy Eating!

 

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip - Dairy Free

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip – Dairy Free

 

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip - Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip – Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart

You know what I love about February besides having three of my daughter’s birthdays in this month and Valentine’s Day? I start seeing good strawberries in the store again! I also find people are starved for color, and February is full of red and pink and hearts. These Strawberry Granola Tarts are just right!

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart

The crust for the tart is a coconut pecan crust that is grain free. It rolls really well and blind bakes beautifully. The pecans and coconut in the recipe with a touch of honey makes it very tasty!

There is a jammy berry bursting filling that has berries cooked down to intensify the strawberry flavor naturally, and fresh strawberries stirred in afterwards, along with some coconut butter to add creaminess.

The granola on the top of this tart adds a crunchiness that is fun to eat and delicious with the creamy filling. It is crunchy and airy with the freeze dried strawberries, toasted coconut flakes and crunchy chopped pecans. The granola topping stands alone in my opinion, so make extra to snack on!

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart with Coconut Pecan Crust

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart with Coconut Pecan Crust

 

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tarts

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tarts

 

Strawberry Pecan Granola Tarts (makes two small or one pie sized)

Coconut Pecan Crust

For the crust: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F.

In a food processor with a blade attachment add the following ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/3 Cup of Pecan Halves

1/4 Cup of Coconut Butter (I could eat this brand right out of the jar)

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flakes (unsweetened, shredded)

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until it forms a ball. Grease your pan of choice. This is either a full sized pie pan, or like the ones I used which hold 2 Cups each.

Roll out the crust between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap with a rolling pin. If you have two pans, divide the crust in half, one for each pan. Take off the top layer of parchment after rolling the crust out, and carefully transfer it to the pans. It will probably need some patching, so use your fingers to form the crust to your liking. Don’t panic. 🙂

Bake for ten minutes, or until the crust is golden brown on the edges. Remove it from the oven and cool. Now let’s make the filling!

Coconut Pecan Pie Crust

Coconut Pecan Pie Crust

Filling

1 Lb. of Fresh Strawberries for making the jam filling

1 Cup of Fresh Strawberries for stirring in

1/4 Cup of Coconut Butter

3 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

a Pinch of Sea Salt

In a heavy medium saucepan over medium high heat, cook the ingredients. When the jammy filling comes to a simmer, mash the berries using a potato masher to break up the berries. Continue cooking for five to ten minutes at a high simmer until the mixture thickens,stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and fold in one cup of fresh diced strawberries. Set aside to cool.

Strawberry Granola Topping

This is an easy peasy granola, and you are going to love it!

1/4 Cup of Pecan Halves

1/4 Cup of Freeze Dried Strawberries (my favorite here)

1/4 Cup of Dang Lightly Salted, Toasted Coconut Flakes (they are amazing straight out of the bag…here. Easy to find in grocery stores too)

Directions: Break up the strawberries and coconut flakes with your hands or a knife. Coarsely chop the pecans. Mix them all together in a bowl.

Simple Strawberry Granola Ingredients

Simple Strawberry Granola Ingredients

Assemble the Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart.

Pour the Jammy Strawberry filling into the cooled pie crust, and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the delicious, crunchy Strawberry Granola Topping on top. Be artistic! Refrigerate for four hours before serving.

Happy February!

Dishing it Up! Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart

Dishing it Up! Strawberry Pecan Granola Tart

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

 

Chinese Almond Cookies – Gluten Free

Chinese Almond Cookies made with almond flour

Chinese Almond Cookies made with Almond Flour

In celebration of Chinese New Year, which we have celebrated every year since the adoption of my two youngest daughters, I made a grain free almond cookie! Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, this is a delicious Chinese Almond Cookie! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Chinese Almond Cookies made with almond flour

Chinese Almond Cookies – Gluten Free, Paleo

Chinese Almond Cookies, Gluten Free and Paleo

Chinese Almond Cookies, Gluten Free and Paleo

 

Chinese Almond Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Almond Flour

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Almond Extract

12 Whole Almonds for the Top of the Cookies (I used sprouted almonds)

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl with an electric hand-held mixer, beat the egg and honey. Add the almond flour, sea salt, baking soda and almond extract. Beat until fully incorporated for about one minute. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart. Place one almond on top of each cookie, in the center, and press down gently. Bake in your preheated oven for ten minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Cool on the cookie sheet.

Makes one dozen cookies. Low FodMap 1 cookie.

chinese-almond-cookies-ready-to-bake

Grain Free Chinese Almond Cookie

Grain Free Chinese Almond Cookie

Chinese Orange Chicken

Juicy chicken thighs and fresh squeezed orange juice and zest really make this skillet to oven soy free Chinese Orange Chicken shine!

Chinese Orange Chicken

Chinese Orange Chicken

 

Coconut aminos is a fantastic substitute for soy sauce. I was thrilled to discover it several years ago, because it is hard to make some favorite Asian dishes without that distinctive salty umami flavor.

As with so many Chinese dishes, there is chopping and dicing required, but this Orange Chicken comes together very quickly after the prep, which can be done at your convenience, or all at once, and there is no messy deep frying. The total cooking time is about 25 minutes from stove to oven. Feel free to serve this with a steaming hot scoop of Jasmine Rice! There is plenty of sauce to meld into the rice. 🙂

Chinese Orange Chicken

Chinese Orange Chicken

 

Chinese Orange Chicken - Soy Free

Chinese Orange Chicken – Soy Free

 

Chinese Orange Chicken

Ingredients:

2 1/2 pound of boneless chicken thighs, diced into 2 inch pieces

2 Cups of Diced Carrots

1 1/2 Cups of Diced Yellow Onion

1/2 Cup of Sliced Green Scallions

1/4 Cup of Honey

1/3 Cup of a Good Quality Honey or Molasses Sweetened BBQ Sauce (like this or this both gluten free)

Zest and Juice of 1 Large Orange (make sure your microplane grater is sharp to get all the zest like this one)

3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Aminos (find it here)

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (Garlic Infused if you are eating Low FodMap)

3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt, divided

3/4 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375º degrees. Use a large oven-safe, non-stick skillet, or stainless steel pan.

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and warm over medium high heat. Add the diced carrot and onion and a half teaspoon of sea salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the carrots and onions from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan along with the garlic (or garlic infused olive oil) and let it just sizzle. Add the diced chicken. Your pan should still be over medium high heat. Don’t disturb the chicken for about five minutes or until it is browned on the bottom. With a large spatula, flip the chicken pieces to the other side, and brown that side for about five more minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the orange juice, zest, honey, coconut aminos, ginger, cider vinegar, and bbq sauce. When the chicken is browned, add the carrots and onions back in and incorporate. Pour the sauce over the mixture, and let it come to a simmer. Pop the whole pan into the oven and bake for ten minutes. Remove from the oven. The sauce will have thickened just right and the chicken will be cooked through.

 

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