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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!!

 

Chocolate Peanut (Almond) Butter and Jelly Cups – Paleo, Vegan and Gluten Free

Chocolate Peanut (Almond) Butter and Jelly Cups – Paleo and Vegan and Gluten Free

chocolate peanut butter jelly cup vegan paleo gluten free dessert

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.

chocolate peanut butter jelly cup vegan paleo gluten free dessert 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.

chocolate peanut butter jelly cup vegan paleo gluten free dessert

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
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
  • CHOCOLATE:
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp. raw creamy almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • FILLING:
  • 3 mashed strawberries (fresh or frozen thawed)
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • **This recipe made about 12 cups**
Instructions
  1. I used a silicone mini muffin pan sprayed with coconut oil but you could use a metal mini muffin tin with paper cups.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon about a teaspoon or so in each mini muffin cup and put in the freezer for 13 - 15 minutes or until solid.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Top each muffin cup with the remaining chocolate and freeze for another 13 - 15 minutes or until solid.
  7. Pop out of the silicone molds or muffin cups out of the tin and eat.
  8. 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.

 

 

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).

 

Protein Packed Creamy Vegan Thai Quinoa Salad

Protein Packed Creamy Vegan Thai Quinoa Salad

protein vegan paleo thai quinoa salad gluten free creamy dairy

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.

protein vegan paleo thai quinoa salad gluten free creamy dairyFirst 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.

protein vegan paleo thai quinoa salad gluten free creamy dairyI 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!!

Protein Packed Creamy Vegan Thai Quinoa Salad
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Salad, Protein
Serves: Many
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked (1 cup uncooked) quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (to cook quinoa, can use water if you prefer)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup fresh sugar snap peas, sliced into thirds
  • ½ chopped mushrooms
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts (white parts to mix with quinoa, green parts as garnish)
  • DRESSING:
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • 3 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the jarred kind)
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and broth and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover. Set timer for 15 minutes. Stir quinoa every 5 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, chop veggies.
  4. In a medium microwavable bowl combine dressing ingredients and stir. Place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again. It will be thick but will get easier to stir once the hot quinoa meets it.
  5. In a large bowl combine chopped veggies and cooked quinoa.
  6. Pour dressing over the warm quinoa and stir and stir and stir until everything is combined.
  7. Garnish with green parts of the green onions
  8. Can be enjoyed warm or cold.
  9. Leftovers keep in the fridge for 2 - 3 days.

 

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie – Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo

blueberry muffin smoothie dairy-free vegan paleo fiber antioxidant breakfast

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.

blueberry muffin smoothie dairy-free vegan paleo fiber antioxidant breakfast 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
 
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Recipe type: Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¾ cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • Optional: 1 packet stevia
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Nutribullet) and combine until smooth.
  2. If you find that the smoothie is not sweet enough for your taste, just stir in a packet of stevia.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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