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Bacon Wrapped Fresh Figs with Honey and Almond Butter – Paleo and Gluten Free

Bacon Wrapped Fresh Figs with Honey and Almond Butter

bacon wrapped fig almond butter gluten free appetizer dessert My local store RARELY has fresh figs available so when I see them I squeal like a little girl. No seriously, it’s totally audible and people stare lol.

Fig season is so short and scarce. They are a fragile fruit and spoil quickly so when I can get my hands on them I use them immediately. But if you’ve ever had a fresh fig, you understand the joy of stumbling upon them.

bacon wrapped fig almond butter gluten free appetizer dessert

I’ve made blue cheese and honey figs and that’s usually my go to fig recipe because it’s so simple and quick but…..I stumbled on THIS RECIPE at taylormadeitpaleo.com and must bow down to Taylor because the combination of flavors in this recipe is totally mind blowing. But as she puts it “your paleo mind will be blown”. With a description like that, I had to try it. Turns out, Taylor was right.

bacon wrapped fig almond butter gluten free appetizer dessert

These decadent figs would make a beautiful appetizer for a dinner party or a special treat for a night in. Either way, you haven’t had figs until you’ve tried this recipe.

bacon wrapped fig almond butter gluten free appetizer dessert

Bacon Wrapped Fresh Figs with Honey and Almond Butter
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free
Ingredients
  • 5 fresh figs (I used black mission), cut in half lengthwise and stems removed
  • 5 pieces of bacon, cut in half
  • Honey
  • Creamy almond butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Slice bacon in half making 10 pieces.
  4. Stem and halve your figs making 10 pieces all together.
  5. Lay each piece of bacon on parchment paper and a fig on top of each piece, sliced side up.
  6. Drizzle a little less than a ¼ teaspoon of honey on top of each fig, wrap bacon around fig and turn over so that the fig is now face down and the bacon halves are secured under the fig.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and browned.
  8. Remove from oven and serve topped with a small dollop of almond butter.
  9. Unbelievably delicious!!

 

Baked Jicama Tater Tots

Baked Jicama Tater Tots

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianWe have recently discovered the joys of jicama. I made seasoned jicama hash browns and spicy faux french fries with much delight. Jicama is a great source of fiber along with a host of other nutrients and it’s gluten-free.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianJicama is a genius alternative to white potatoes. Since we don’t eat potatoes, I don’t get many opportunities to use ketchup on anything. If you’ve read any of my other recipes that involve ketchup you know I’m slightly obsessed with the best condiment ever invented in the whole history of the world. So when I found this recipe at TheNakedKitchen.com I had to try it because it just might lead me to my beloved ketchup. Honestly, that was my main motive lol.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianI found that using my silicone mini muffin molds worked perfectly. If you use a metal pan, make sure to grease it heavily. I used a spray coconut oil to coat the inside of my silicone pan and it worked great but if I was to use metal, I would definitely use a little more. The key to getting them out of the muffin pans in one piece was letting them cool for 5 minutes before removing. That way they firm up and are easier to extract.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianThese turned out REALLY good. When first made, the jicama is crunchier which I don’t mind but after I put the leftovers in the fridge and reheated later, the jicama was a lot softer, almost mushy but not gross mushy, just much softer of which I don’t mind either. They were good warm, cold or reheated. And the best part? You guessed it, KETCHUP!!!!!!!

Baked Jicama Tater Tots
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups shredded jicama (about 1 large jicama)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (using both the white and green parts)
  • ½ – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (amount will depend on how ‘cheesy’ you want your tater tots)
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Shred your jicama. I used a large cheese grater. Once you have your shredded jicama, using paper towels or a dish towel, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. I did 2 rounds of squeezing.
  3. Coat your mini muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and set aside. You can use a 12 count muffin tin but you may need to increase cooking time by a couple minutes at a time.
  4. In large bowl combine shredded jicama, onions, cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix with a fork.
  5. Drizzle mixture with olive oil and combine.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin tins. Press to pack mixture down into each cup.
  7. I sprayed mine with coconut oil spray on the top before popping in the oven but it's not necessary if you don't have a spray oil.
  8. Bake 50 minutes for mini muffins, 60 minutes for full size.
  9. Let the tater tots rest for 5 - 7 minutes before running a small knife or spatula around the edge of each cup to loosen the edges.
  10. Remove all tots and eat.
  11. They reheat great and I've eaten them warm and cold, both were delicious.

 

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding – Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding

Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberGot a sweet tooth, love rice pudding? Oh my gawd have I got a treat for you. My hubby’s favorite sweet indulgence is rice pudding for sure. But we don’t eat rice, bread or pasta so he rarely gets to indulge. Til now!!!

The skies opened up and birds starting signing when I found this recipe at healthyfoodforliving.com. 5 ingredients and gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan. I felt like I found a $20 bill in my pocket or something. But could it be true? Oh it’s true. Instead of rice, it calls for STEEL CUT OATS.

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberThis recipe is deliciously sweet, thick, creamy, dreamy, amaze-balls, totally rice pudding-like. It’s hard to believe something so good is gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan.

If you aren’t willing to try things, you’ll never know how good they are. Not only good tasting but good for you.

Steel cut oats are gluten free naturally. The difference between steel cut oats and “gluten free” steel cut oats is the plant in which they are handled. The gluten free version certifies that is handled in a fully gluten free environment whereas the other regular kind is handled at a plant that also handles things that contain gluten so there may be some cross over. So if you are gluten “sensitive”, the regular kind should be fine but if you are gluten “intolerant”, go for the gluten free. I personally use the gluten free version and I am not sensitive nor intolerant, I just choose gluten free.

I wanted to add that this recipe has 10 grams of protein (from the almond milk and steel cut oats) and 4 grams of fiber but I didn’t want you to think I was making stuff up because it all sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?

5 ingredients, protein and fiber. You’ve got nothing to lose, try it!

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla "Rice" Pudding - Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Breakfast, Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1½ cups full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, coconut milk, almond milk, and coconut sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Slice down the length of the vanilla bean and carefully scrape out the vanilla bean seeds and add them and the remaining vanilla bean to the saucepan.
  3. Bring ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to VERY low and simmer, stirring often so not to scorch it, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. The mixture was very watery at first but started to thicken up slowly and then very quickly towards the end of the 30 minutes so make sure you are watching the pot and stirring constantly at this point because it can scorch very easily.
  5. Remove pudding from heat and let sit for 3 - 5 minutes, it will thicken up even more.
  6. Discard vanilla beans and serve warm.
  7. I've eaten it cold. It was just as delicious, just thicker. You can reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher – Super Hydration and Detox

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI take A LOT of hot yoga classes. If you don’t what that is, it’s a yoga class set in a room that is approximately 102 degrees with 50% humidity. I sweat buckets! As much as I try, I struggle with dehydration.

I find that plain water doesn’t go down fast for me, I don’t find it enjoyable. I drink a lot of green tea or chamomile tea, hot or cold and that seems to help me get my daily requirement of water but I just hit PAY DIRT with this Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher.

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI love coconut water to begin with because it is so hydrating but pair it with watermelon and a little lime juice and I turn into a drinking machine! Watermelon on it’s own is super hydrating too. Not only does this hydrate you like nothing else but it is delicious.

I sucked down a huge glass in a matter of minutes and I was still wanting more. The combination of the two has the electrolytes I need and the super hydration I require. Not only did I detoxify from all the sweating but now I’m re-hydrating AND detoxifying from this drink. It is the most refreshing drink I’ve ever had, no lie.

Best drink EVER! If you are so inclined you could add some vodka and or even make them into popsicles.

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher - Super Hydration and Detox
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 4 - 5 ice cubes
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • Optional: 1 small sprig of mint
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a blender until all is liquid and combined.
  2. Put a straw in that bad boy and drink up!!!
  3. *I've made this without the lime and mint and it's just as refreshing.

 

Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls

Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackIf you’ve seen any of my other sweet treat recipes, you know that my motivation is my wonderful husbands sweet tooth. He is a self-admitted sugar addict. But there is no reason for him to go cold turkey on sweet things, I just make sure to have healthy treats in the house for him. No processed sugars, preservatives or chemicals. That makes me feel like a good wife. These babies are dairy free, gluten free, vegan and paleo (if you omit the almonds). WARNING: These balls are highly addictive (don’t say you weren’t warned).

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackI’ve made no sugar added fruit popsicles, healthy chocolate frosty-ish shakes, no-bake coconut drops, just to name a few. All with great success but I like to change it up for some variety. Especially in the summer, I love a great no-bake cookie.

When I found this recipe, I could not wait to try them for myself. I made a couple of tweaks and tada ~ Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls. They whip up really fast too. After combining everything on the stove, I put the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes so it firms up and easier to form into balls. These are one of my favorites when I’m craving chocolate.

chocolate coconut balls almond butter vegan paleo dairy free gluten cocoa vanilla easy snackThese are so easy and dee-licious!!! I added a smidge of almond butter and some sliced almond at the end but it’s not necessary. If you are making a true paleo treat, just omit the almond butter and almonds. They are really just add-in’s after the fact and have no effect on the original recipe. So go nuts (or don’t).

Easy Choco-Coconut No Bake Balls
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Serves: Many
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweeteded coconut milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ cups coconut sugar
  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup big flake unsweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional:
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
  • ¼ - ½ cup almond butter (crunchy or creamy)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute while consistently stirring, you don't want it to burn.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in the coconut flakes and vanilla. Combine well.
  3. If you are adding optional ingredients, you can do that now. I added sliced almonds and a ¼ cup of creamy almond butter.
  4. Place mixture in the fridge for 10 - 20 minutes so it firms up a little bit.
  5. Once firm enough, roll into 1 inch balls.
  6. You can keep your balls in a bowl in the fridge but they won't last long, they are addicting (don't say you weren't warned).