Snacks

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Orange Biscotti


Biscotti is my all time favorite cookie! They just go so well with coffee. I like to munch on biscotti when I play cards with friends. What’s your favorite card game? Mine is Euchre. I hope you still take time to play cards if you enjoy it! It seems harder to find the time anymore, but always leaves me feeling happy and connected. Here’s a great recipe for a cookie with holiday flavors, but you can enjoy it anytime of year.

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Orange Biscotti On a Plate with a Pug Mug - Grain Free

It is made grain free with coconut flour and has heart healthy olive oil in it.

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Orange Biscotti

Note: If you are eating strict SCD Low FodMap, substitute chopped pecans or walnuts for the chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour, scooped and leveled

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Honey

1/3 Cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips (here is the link for Amazon, but they are available at many grocery stores as well)

1/4 Cup of Apple Juice Sweetened Dried Cranberries (I use these)

Zest of one Organic Orange

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the eggs, honey, vanilla, orange zest and olive oil. Beat with a hand held mixer for one minute. Sift together the coconut flour, baking soda and salt, then add it to the wet mixture. Beat for two minutes until the batter begins to thicken. Then, fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips, distributing evenly.

Scoop the cookie batter onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, and using the sides of the parchment. Shape it into a rectangle measuring approximately 12″ x 4″ x 1″ high. Alternatively, you can shape it with slightly damp hands. This keeps the dough from sticking to your hands.

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Orange Biscotti Dough

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Orange Biscotti Dough Log

Bake in your preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown.

Baked Biscotti Log

Remove from the oven and cool on the sheet for one hour. Reduce your oven’s heat to 325° degrees. Place the cooled cookie log onto a cutting board, and with a serrated knife, carefully slice the log on a diagonal, cutting the cookies into long rectangles about 1 inch thick each.

Biscotti Ready For Second BakePlace the cut side down back onto the parchment paper, and bake 5 minutes per side. After the first 5 minutes, take the cookies out of the oven and flip them over to the other cut side. Take care not to over brown, as all ovens are slightly different. Remove the biscotti from the oven and cool completely.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Orange Biscotti Paleo

Store in an airtight container after cooling. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Orange Biscotti - Grain Free and Paleo

 

 

Raspberry, Blackberry, Mango Smoothie


Raspberry Blackberry Mango Smoothie

Are you ready for a super delicious, berry infused, smoothie to jump start your day?

This smoothie has your daily allowance of selenium with the addition of just two Brazil nuts! Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium. Selenium is one of the nutrients that helps regulate thyroid function, as well as boost immunity, and so much more. Learn  more here from Dr. Axe on the benefits of selenium. Other good food sources of selenium are liver, eggs, grass fed beef, yellowfin tuna, cooked halibut, sardines, turkey, and spinach.

The berries in this smoothie are fantastic sources of Vitamin C, Magnesium and Fiber. Mango is great for the skin and digestion, as well as a good source of Vitamin C and Fiber. I added almond butter for healthy fat and some protein, and ground flax. There is an option to add in Grass Fed Collagen (I have it every day in my smoothies no matter what kind I make for my hair, skin, nails and gut health. It is tasteless, and also is a source of protein.) The lime juice gives the smoothie an extra zip like a sweet tart, and coconut water is very hydrating. I just love the flavor and color of this health promoting smoothie!

Raspberry, Blackberry, Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Coconut Water

1/2 Cup of Frozen Raspberries

1/2 Cup of Frozen Blackberries

1/2 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Mango

2 Brazil Nuts (I use this gluten free brand)

1 Tablespoon of Almond Butter

1 Rounded Tablespoon of Grass Fed Collagen (optional)

1 Tablespoon of Lime Juice

1 Rounded Teaspoon of Ground Flax

1/2 Cup of Crushed Ice

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and add a straw. Enjoy!

Sam

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins – (Toddler Approved!)


Happy Fall Y’all! It’s officially here, and I have a new Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe for you with Chocolate Chips and Raisins that is grain free and Toddler Approved! My Grandson, Theodore, was here yesterday when I was testing them, and he LOVES them! Look at the pictures of him enjoying one below! 🙂 These muffins are sweetened with maple syrup, have healthy olive oil in them, pumpkin, raisins, spices, and my favorite allergen free dark chocolate chips!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins - Grain Free

Here is my little grandson who is 13 months old eating one. He was saying “Mmmmmm!” as he ate it!

Toddler Grandson Enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffin baked by Mimi

Yup, he totally loved them!

Toddler Approved Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins

Healthy muffins are great to have on hand, so I like that this recipe makes a larger batch. You can also freeze half of them.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins Toddler Approved!

Pumpkin Spice Muffin - halved

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins (Toddler Approved!)

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Lay out two muffin pans with muffin wrappers. I like these unbleached natural baking cups. They never stick and there are no dyes in them. This recipe makes 17 muffins.

Ingredients For The Batter:

6 Pastured Eggs

1 Can of Pumpkin (I use this organic brand)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup

1/2 Cup of Raisins

1/2 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips (I use this allergen free brand that is delicious!)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves

a pinch of Nutmeg or Mace

Ingredients for the Topping:

1/3 Cup of Raisins

1/3 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, pumpkin, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat with a hand held electric mixer until combined. Add the coconut flour, salt, spices and baking soda, and blend for two minutes. Fold in 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips.

Scoop the batter with a muffin scoop into your prepared muffin pan. In a small bowl, mix together the raisins and chocolate chips. Then, sprinkle evenly on top of the muffins. tap very gently into the batter.

Bake in your preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the tops spring bake when touched.

Remove from the oven, and cool for five minutes, then remove from the muffin tins and cool completely on a wire rack.

Enjoy these delicious pumpkin spice treats, and share them with those you love! 🙂

Sam

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Raisins - Gluten Free

 

 

 

 

 

Peach Mango Sorbet


Peach Mango Sorbet - Paleo

The peaches are so good this year, and I have been finding ways to enjoy them almost every day while they are fresh and in season. One of the ways I have been eating them is by making a fresh sorbet with peaches and mango in my blender for instant sorbet. I peel and dice the fresh fruit and freeze it first. Find the full recipe below.

Peaches are packed with nutrition and soluable fiber and aid digestion. Here’s a great article on 18 Amazing Benefits of Peaches including skin health, vision, immune system and anti-aging properties. I added just 1 1/2 tablespoons of low glycemic coconut sugar to the recipe that serves three. It is important to buy organic peaches, because they are on the dirty dozen list.

Here’s the simple and delicious recipe for you to enjoy!

Peach Mango Sorbet

Ingredients:

2 Organic Peaches, Washed, Peeled, Diced and Frozen

1 Mango, Washed, Peeled, Diced and Frozen

1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 1/2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar

Directions: Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender with a plunger (I used a Vitamix) and blend until thick and creamy. Serve immediately, or place the sorbet in a glass freezer dish and freeze for later. If you save it for later, remove the sorbet from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for ten to fifteen minutes to soften.

Enjoy your day!

Sandra

Lemon Fig Cake


Lemon Fig Cake on a Plate

Lemon Fig Cake

Lemon Fig Cake (Coconut Flour)

Date Sweetened Lemon Fig Cake Using Coconut Flour

Yes, I love cake, and I am a healthy eater and consider myself vegetable forward. I don’t eat refined sugar anymore. I ditched it several years ago in favor of natural sweeteners like dates, honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar. After some practice and experimentation in the kitchen, and reading a lot of cookbooks on baking with alternative sweeteners, (You should see my library, seriously. Does anyone else read cookbooks like novels?) I find I prefer the natural sweetener’s flavors over the white stuff. I like options! Dates give substance to baking, are a whole food, and have a rich flavor similar to brown sugar. Honey is distinct, light, and good for neutral baking. It does have a tendency to over brown at too high of a heat. Maple syrup is very distinctive. I think everyone can picture that flavor on their tongue. It is delicious in chocolate breads and with pecans for example, and coconut sugar has an earthy flavor and is closest in texture and application to refined white sugar.

Lemon Fig Cake Grain Free

Lemon Fig Cake

So, tada………introducing Lemon Fig Cake! Don’t worry if you think you don’t like dates, they are not predominant in the cake. They just add moistness and structure to the cake and contain a ton of trace minerals, calcium and fiber. Dates are a fruit and a whole food sweetener.

Lemon Fig Cake

Ingredients:

6 Eggs (I used local)

1 Cup of Medjool Dates (Soaked and Pitted)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour (here)

1/2 Cup of Apple Sauce

1/2 Cup of Dried Figs, halved

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Zest of 1 Lemon (organic)

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda (Gluten Free here)

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract (I use this kind)

1/4 Teaspoon of Fine Sea Salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the dates in a bowl, and cover with very hot filtered tap water, and soak for five minutes. Halve your dried figs from stem to base and set aside. If they are extremely dry, you should soak them as well. In a food processor with a blade attachment, crack six eggs. Pit the dates after soaking and add them to the eggs. Then, process the eggs and dates until you have just little flecks of date in your batter. Add the remaining ingredients, except the figs, and process for about one minute until the batter is a smooth creamy yellow and a thick cake batter. Scrape the batter into your prepared parchment lined pan. Now, add your figs decoratively on the top, cut side up and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched with your finger. Cool on a wire rack, then remove the cake from the pan using the parchment paper as handles.

Lemon Fig Cake Batter (Grain Free)

Batter ready to bake shown above.

Servings 9

 

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins


I am crazy about coconut flour baking! Coconut Flour is low carb, gluten free, contains protein, iron, fiber, and healthy fats, and scores low on the glycemic index. Of course all these attributes are fine, but who cares if the finished product isn’t very palatable. But coconut flour makes a fantastic muffin! Scroll down to see the photos of the one I have split open. I wish you could smell them, but you can see the texture! This particular recipe is bursting with blueberries! So, if you are a true blue classic blueberry muffin fan, this is for you!

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

Are you a ship that is staying safe in your harbor? Branch out! Take a plunge and follow a dream. Try something new you have been dying to try but aren’t sure about. Step out of your comfort zone and blossom into the greatness you deserve and are capable of!

Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

Gluten Free Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

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 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Pint of Fresh Blueberries

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 blueberries, and blend for two minutes. Fold in the blueberries, reserving 1/4 cup for the tops. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups, and sprinkle with the reserved blueberries. Let sit for 5 minutes on the counter to allow the coconut flour to soak up the liquid in your batter. Then, 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. I give you permission to eat one hot! :-)))

Makes a dozen muffins

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Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins Hot From the Oven

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls


Dates are a great addition to your diet! I like to throw a couple in a smoothie to add natural sweetness in whole food form or use them to make energy bites with things like nuts and berries in them. These balls are made up of raw cacao, peanut butter (or a nut or seed butter of your choice) and dates. They are healthy and satisfying! I like to pop in these super quick and easy sweet treats when I have a craving for something chewy and chocolate. The raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants and magnesium and is a natural mood elevator. Dates are full of fiber, vitamins and essential minerals and are a whole food, natural sweetener eaten for centuries. The fat in the peanut butter or nut butter of your choice is satiating, and nuts contain protein. Use a peanut butter or nut butter with no added sugar, just salt.

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - Yummy!

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – Yummy!

 

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Soft Medjool Dates (pits removed, if they are not soft between your fingers, soak them for five minutes in warm water)

1/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder (like this)

6 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter (no sugar added)

Directions: Place the dates in a food processor with a blade attachment, and puree. Add in 1/3 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder and the Peanut Butter or nut butter. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed with a rubber spatula. Place the remaining two tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder in a bowl. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into balls, roll them between your hands to form a round globe, and roll in cocoa powder. The balls can be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or freezer depending on your preference. Pop these in when you need a healthy chocolate fix or a energy boost!

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

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