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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).

 

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyAfter not eating the best on our recent vacation, I was really looking forward to getting back into our healthy clean eating habits again. It’s only been a couple days and thankfully my body is already starting to feel like itself again.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI love what kale does for my body so when I found this recipe at ifoodreal.com, I knew it had to be made STAT! I made my tweaks and chowed down. This is now my new favorite summer salad. Vegan, gluten free and absolutely paleo optional just by omitting the sliced almonds.

kale salad orange ginger dressing almond paleo vegan gluten fruit easyI used baby kale mixed with the mixed greens to cut the bitterness that kale can have at times. Massaging olive oil into the leaves and using sweet fruit completely wiped out any bitterness too. I added a small handful of shredded carrots just because I had some leftover in the fridge so if you have random veggies that you don’t want to go to waste, throw them in too.

Kale Summer Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Salad, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • SALAD:
  • 4 packed cups organic baby kale (rinsed and de-stemmed if necessary)
  • 3 packed cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Orange zest from a whole orange
  • ½ large orange, peeled & diced
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
  • ⅓ cup slivered or sliced almonds (can omit almonds if making paleo)
  • ⅓ cup mushrooms, diced small
  • Pinch of salt
  • DRESSING:
  • 1 orange peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (about a 1 inch piece)
  • Pinch salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix kale, mixed greens and olive oil. Massage olive oil into leaves with your hands. The leaves will shrink up once the oil is massaged into them.
  2. Add the remaining salad ingredients and mix to combine, set aside.
  3. Prepare dressing by placing all dressing ingredients in your blender (I used a Nutribullet) and blend until liquid.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix.
  5. Eat and be happy.

 

 

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

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Quick, creamy, healthy, paleo fudge. Just because I eat clean and healthy and poo-poo refined sugar, food coloring, chemicals, etc. doesn’t mean that I can’t have something sweet and delicious.

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I posted a great chocolate paleo fudge a while ago that turned out amazing but sometimes I’m not in the mood for chocolate. This fudge reminds me of a creamy peanut butter banana. I prefer almond butter to peanut butter any day. While the tastes are similar, peanuts don’t have the nutrition that almonds do.

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This recipe only has 5 ingredients which is another reason I love these. If you read most labels at the store, the list of ingredients is a mile long and most of them I can’t even pronounce. I don’t want that in my body and you don’t have to either.

I made this batch in less than 10 minutes and put them in the freezer overnight. This morning I had delicious creamy almond butter banana fudge. I used my silicone mold but you can use any baking pan that has sides. Just make sure to line it with parchment paper so you can get the fudge out easily.

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Keep them in the freezer because the coconut oil and honey melt very easily and quickly but won’t freeze. No thawing required, soft and creamy right out of the freezer.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup of raw honey
  • ½ of a ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 - 1½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients (make sure your banana is always mashed).
  2. Heat over medium heat until everything is just melted, not super hot. Just melted.
  3. Remove from heat and put everything in a food processor. I used a Nutribullet. Blend for 30 seconds or so.
  4. Pour liquid into your baking pan (with sides and parchment paper lined) or silicone molds.
  5. Put in freezer until solid.
  6. Keep leftovers in the freezer.

 

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Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana

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What immediately came to mind when I took my first bite was “you touch my banana and I will cut you”.  I felt like a kid at a carnival eating this thing because it’s so gooey chocolaty decadent, no one has to know it’s paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free or healthy.

I made a little tinfoil boat for my banana to sit in while in the oven so it didn’t tip over and spill all the friggin yumminess out all over the place.

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If you have a sweet tooth and I know you do (don’t lie), you need this banana concoction in your life and more importantly, in your mouth. I cannot wait to get home from yoga tonight and devour one of these. I have 2 bananas left and if hubby plays his cards right, I might make him one because I’m certainly not going to share 🙂

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{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Almond Butter Coconut Cinnamon Choco-Nana
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dessert, Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy or chunky, it doesn't matter)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Optional: Any type of nut, I used walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Slice a little valley down the center of your banana. I used a butter knife and made 3 long slices and dug out the valley with the knife.
  3. In a small bowl mix the almond butter, cocoa powder and coconut flakes until combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into the banana valley.
  5. Top with the optional nuts.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a little more coconut flakes.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Eat and thank goodness you found this recipe :)

 

 

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10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie – Paleo, GF

10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie 

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My good friend Tracy, who is gluten sensitive, came over to visit me today and I told her she was going to help me test a new gluten-free cookie. She even took notes lol. I ended up having to include “DELICIOUSNESS” in the title of these because that’s all she could say when she tasted them.

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I was initially skeptical about this recipe mainly because the 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda and only 2 tablespoons of coconut flour had me scratching my head. How the heck are these going to turn out cookie-ish? Let me tell you, this recipe is PERFECT!

6 ingredients and 15 minutes later and we had delicious paleo, gluten-free COOKIES!

They turned out so soft and chewy and had so much DELICIOUSNESS in them. We were so excited at how these turned out you would’ve thought we found big foot or something. These were SO good, not to mention easy! Hands down the best paleo, gluten-free cookie I’ve ever made.

I’ve made a couple of batches with both creamy almond butter and chunky almond butter and both came out great. The different brands actually had different consistencies. One was thicker and one was more runny but both turned out delicious.

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10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie - Paleo, GF
 
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10-Minute Almond Butter Deliciousness Cookie - Paleo, GF
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten-Free
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • Optional: ¼ sliced almonds. You can use any nut or even chocolate chips if you want.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a non-stick cooking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl put almond butter, raw honey, egg and baking soda. Mix everything until combined.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the coconut flour and mix well.
  5. Add the other tablespoon of coconut flour and mix well.
  6. Stir in almonds (optional of course).
  7. Drop tablespoon size rounds onto your baking sheet. Flatten the mounds a bit. They will spread a lot so don't place them too close together.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Let sit for 5 or 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheet to let them firm up a little.
  10. Yields: 10 - 15 cookies. I made mine pretty big and I got 10 from the batch.
  11. Lastly, eat and write me a thank you note.