Nutmeal Cookies without the processed white sugars

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OK I worship chocolate. I am very particular about what chocolate I like and I only like the good stuff. I have worked out a fabulous homemade chocolate recipe eliminated processed sugar. I worked hard on this and boy let me tell you there were a lot of disappointing trials. Now I had to tackle the beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am really trying to only eat natural sugars. Honey and maple syrup have minerals and antimicrobial properties. Honey especially is soothing to the throat and nervous system. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index which supports a healthy blood sugar regulation. I also use ingredients that are high in fiber and protein. In summation- have your treat without the guilt.

White sugar free Nutmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3- 3 1/2 cups almond or hazelnut meal ( I get mine at Trader Joe)
2 sticks (or 1 c or 8 oz) Earth Balance (I avoid the soy and use olive oil or canola margarine) You can sub 2 oz out for melted coconut oil if you want
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbl Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 4 Tbl warm water, stirred and mixed thoroughly or 2 eggs
1 tsp Real salt
1/2 recipe Make your Own CHOCOLATE, chopped

1 c of oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill), dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,.(optional)

1 tsp cinnamon, optional
Cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla and egg replacer (or eggs). Mix thoroughly.  Next, add the combined dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips, oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,. So the next step is something I learned in my pastry chef days. I pre-scoop the cookies and freeze them for at least 2 hours. This way the center stays gooey and the outside crisp after baking. I always disliked a dry crumbly cookie.  You can then bake them to order. That way you don’t overeat. The cookies are always fresh and warm (the house smells like fresh cookies more often).   They can stay in the freezer for months. I use this technique with all cookies.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-15 minutes or until golden and set.


Peach with Cashew Cream and Granola

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Peaches, peaches, peaches…..YUM!!! I have enjoyed this breakfast every morning this week. I add a splash of lemon juice because cashews are so high in iron. The citrus has acid and vitamin C which helps increase absorption of the iron. This cream is so easy, versatile and nutrient dense. Enjoy.

Cashew Cream:

1 cup raw, whole cashew

1/3 c water

1/4 vanilla bean, scrapped

1/8 tsp almond extract

1 Tbl maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

Splash of lemon juice

Peaches

Candida’s Granola or Raw Granola 

Directions:

1) Cove the cashews with water. Let soak fro 3-24 hours.

2) Strain water. Add the 1/3 c water and remaining ingredients into a blender or even better a vita-mix until silky smooth. NOTE: The vita-mix will make a better product. If using a Cuisinart or blender, scrap the edges down and strain if you want it to be perfectly smooth.

3) Wash and slice the peach. Add a spoonful of the cashew cream. Top with the granola of your choosing.

 

 


Lemon Coconut Kefir Ice Cream/Popsicles

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Quick, clean, fast and easy. This is an extremely versatile recipe. The Coconut Kefir is a vegan version of a tart, creamy drink that is fermented. This process of fermentation creates high amounts of probiotics, supporting digestive and immune health. Making your own Kefir is always the best option but there are products available at the store. I sweetened with maple syrup. It’s 4 ingredients that you blend and spin. That’s it! It makes a great soft serve after chilling for an hour. It will get hard though in the freezer so I made some into popsicles which was fun. Play with the flavors by infusing herbs (rosemary, basil for example) or add spices like ginger, anise, almond, hazelnut. Some serving suggestions are berries, purees, over a crisps or cobblers.

Lemon Coconut Kefir Ice Cream/Popsicles:

1 lemon, zest of chopped finely and juice of

1 2/3 c Coconut Kefir

1/3- 1/2 c maple syrup (depends on how sweet you want it)

1/8 tsp real salt

1 tsp vanilla (almond, hazelnut, mint)

2 tsp Amaretto (I used this one and loved it), Limoncello, Maker’s Mark, Frangelico…whatever flavor you like, double check if gluten free. They would all be great!

(celiac.com)

 

Directions:

1) Put it all in a blender and puree.

2) Chill for an hour (optional).

3) Spin it. Chill for an hour as a soft serve and or place in popsicle trays. See introduction for variations.

 

 

 

 

 


Cauliflower with a Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette

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I went to the market and picked up some beautiful veggies. I love whole roasted cauliflower. It picks up a texture that is so rich, hearty and inviting. I was going to just make the vinaigrette but decided to incorporate more of my lovely, fresh from the garden beauties. Voila! A meal all on its own.

Cauliflower with Roasted Veggie Vinaigrette:

1 head of Cauliflower

3-4 Tbl olive oil, divided

salt and pepper

1 lemon squeezed and zested

1 Tbl vinegar of choice (apple cider, balsamic, sherry all work really well)

parsley, basil, cilantro,dill (whatever fresh herbs you have handy, many are in season)

4-5 shiitake mushrooms (the are $10/pound at the market…great price and adds protein)

1 zucchini, sliced

1/2 onion , chopped

1 small garlic clove, minced

Kernels from 1 ear of corn, cooked by grilling, roasting, steaming

4 Kale leaves, chiffonade (so thinly sliced) Make sure these are dry and lightly oiled.

Capers (optional)

 

Directions:

1) Drizzle the cauliflower head with at least a Tbl of the oil, sat and pepper. Roast at 375 degrees in the oven for about 30-60 minutes (depending on the size of the head). It should be golden brown and very fork tender.

2) While that is cooking, get 1 tsp of oil hot in a saute pan, throw in the onions and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, mushrooms and zucchini and saute for another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with lemon juice. Add the capers.

3) In the last 15 minutes of cooking the cauliflower (so when it’s close to being done), add the lightly sauteed veggies. Let them cook for 7-10 minutes. Then drizzle the kale over the dish. Bake for 5-7 more minutes. You are essentially making crispy kale over the dish.

4) When it’s all cooked, golden and fork tender, take it our of the oven, drizzle with 2 Tbl of oil, vinegar, lemon zest and fresh herbs.

5) Serve with brown rice tortilla, a favorite grilled meat or fish, some whole grains. Add some Pesto, Romesco or Love your Liver Artichoke Dip.

 

 


Make your own CHOCOLATE

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Make your own CHOCOLATE…what!!! I love chocolate but I know that white processed sugar is the devil. So delightfully delicious and addictive (we refer to it as “the other white powder”). I can let it go except with chocolate and chocolate chips. You can buy the bars but WOAH expensive. So I have been working on making my own. This is a great recipe that everyone testing it loves (and there have been some real flops). It is also so versatile and easy. Enjoy your antioxidants!

Chocolate:

1/4 c EACH coconut oil, as a solid, not pre-melted and cocoa butter, as a solid, not pre-melted (I promise it’s worth it to invest in the cocoa butter)

1/2 c cocoa powder (raw like Holy Kakow is best or the highest quality brand, I have used the Trader Joes though and YUM)

3 Tbl of maple syrup or any other natural sweetener. Play with this amount and adjust the sweetness to your liking. This amount was I would say equivalent to a 70% cocoa content bar.

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

 

Directions:

1) Melt the oils.

2) Add the remaining ingredients and spread on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

3) Let it set in the fridge. Store in an airtight container in fridge. Lasts for weeks.

 

 

 

 


Raw Granola

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Hello energy maker! Full of protein, fiber, omegas, vitamins, minerals and yumminess! This raw recipe is a great snack  to add protein powders and herbs to which increases the nutritional value (see note). I sprinkle sea salt on top because I like me some salty with my sweet. :)

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats

1 3/4 cup gluten-free rice cereal or Perky’s Crunchy Flax

1/3 cup each almond and pecans, chopped (toasted is optional) You can play with these obviously (nuts, seeds, coconut…)

1/4 cup ground chia seeds

1/4 c protein powder (I used Amazing Meal which) You can use whatever though (hemp, rice…)

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp of chunky sea salt

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)

1/4 c almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or dried fruit (optional)

1/8 tsp each cinnamon, ginger and cardamon with 1/4 tsp added sea salt to sprinkle on top (optional)

***NOTE!!! You can sneak in herbs like Hawthorne extract (Excellent for heart health) from Wise Woman Herbals or Alma Paste (A fruit that is incredibly high in Vitamin C and has several medicinal uses  from Ayush herbs (to list a couple of examples). Check with your health care provider for ideas and amounts. For instance the Hawthorne has honey so you might want to sub 1 Tbl from the honey and replace with Hawthorne. It won’t be the full dose in the bars but will be a bit of a lovely herb to support your heart on all aspects. Play with this and let me know.

Directions: 1) Line a  9×13 inch pan with parchment or wax paper (or plastic wrap that has been sprayed with a non stick spray). Mix it all up and pour in the pan. Let set for 2 hours. Store in fridge or freezer for the quick grab and go.