Bacon Wrapped Fresh Figs with Honey and Almond Butter
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.
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.
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 Fresh Figs with Honey and Almond Butter
Chocolate Peanut (Almond) Butter and Jelly Cups – Paleo and Vegan and Gluten Free
Update: My stash is gone already. Hubby really liked these and requested a second batch. Said they remind him of frozen strawberry bon bons.
We love dessert in our house, especially my husband. I love when I can make something delicious and healthy for him. I especially love when he asks me to make it over and over because its so good.
We both have different sweet preferences. I like my chocolate with straight up or with almond butter, coconut or nuts. My hubby on the hand is a lover of chocolate and fruit. This satisfies BOTH of our cravings.
5 ingredients that taste like a chocolate covered peanut (almond) butter and jelly sammich. I found this recipe at one of my all time favorite blogs MindBodyGreen.com and modified it slightly. Do yourself a favor and head over to their blog, there are so many great articles about all things healthy.
These little peanut (almond) butter and jelly cups don’t require any baking at all, only a few seconds in the microwave. No fancy skills required either. You could make any number of varieties. Use a different kind of berry or omit the fruit all together, mix in some unsweetened coconut flakes and have yourself a chocolate coconut peanut (almond) butter cup.
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups - Paleo and Vegan
I used a silicone mini muffin pan sprayed with coconut oil but you could use a metal mini muffin tin with paper cups.
Make the chocolate first. Mix the first 4 ingredients and put in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt everything slightly, stir until everything is combined.
Spoon about a teaspoon or so in each mini muffin cup and put in the freezer for 13 - 15 minutes or until solid.
While the chocolate is in the freezer, make the filling. Combine the mashed strawberries and melted coconut oil. I pulsed mine through my Nutribullet to get any lumps out and combine better.
Spoon about a teaspoon of the strawberry on top of the chocolate and put back in the freezer for 13 - 15 minutes or until solid.
Top each muffin cup with the remaining chocolate and freeze for another 13 - 15 minutes or until solid.
Pop out of the silicone molds or muffin cups out of the tin and eat.
Because of the coconut oil, these melt fairly easy so I store leftovers in the freezer in a covered bowl. Take them out and let sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes and eat if there is any left.
If 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).
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.
These 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).
I cannot tell you how happy I am to be back in my kitchen after traveling for the past few weeks. While traveling, I was reminded at just how challenging it is to eat clean and healthy on the road. We tried our best to eat as healthy as we could but there are so many hidden ingredients in the simplest of foods.
For example I would have 1 scrambled egg and 2 turkey links for breakfast at Perkins but I’m sure the egg wasn’t just cracked, free range or organic and they may have used non-organic whole milk and salt to mix it in. I can guarantee that the turkey sausage wasn’t organic and was loaded with sodium. That’s just one meal.
First order of business, get our digestive systems back on track. I literally said “I need quinoa in my life right now”. So I whipped up a yummy protein packed creamy vegan thai quinoa salad. Ahhh, life is getting back to normal.
I found this recipe and made a couple adjustments based on what I had in the kitchen and it turned out great. Hearty, filling and VERY dense salad that can be eaten warm or cold.
This salad is super filling and protein filled. 7 grams of protein from the almond butter and 6 grams from the quinoa. 13 grams of protein per 1/4 cup serving + fiber. Yay!!
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo
Blueberries are such a glorious fruit. Of all the fruits, berries are my favorite. They are full of antioxidants, fiber and are just so darn pretty. Combine with flax seed for a fiber rich, filling, delicious smoothie.
Dairy-free, vegan and paleo. A healthy way to start the day or a delicious dessert treat. I was in the mood for a super sweet smoothie so I added 1 packet of organic stevia, stirred it in and it was perfect. That being said, this smoothie was already pretty sweet made without it.
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie - Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo