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).
If you’ve read any of my other dessert articles you know of my hubby’s wicked sweet tooth. He likes all sweets, healthy and processed unfortunately. So it makes me feel good to keep healthy sweets in the house.
One of his favorite treats is Outshine Bars but I don’t like the list of ingredients in them. The list below is for the coconut pineapple coconut water version.
COCONUT WATER FROM CONCENTRATE (WATER, COCONUT WATER CONCENTRATE), SUGAR, PINEAPPLE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVOR.
See what I mean? Modified corn starch in a Popsicle? And the ever ambiguous “natural flavor”. When I was out shopping a few weeks ago I came across a cute little Popsicle mold set for like $6.99 so it was my mission to make some yummy healthy low-ingredient frozen treats for my man. Plus, I love kitchen gadget things.
This recipe only has 5 ingredients and I can pronounce every single one.
UPDATE: I made this tropical version and before I knew it, hubby ate them all. He just asked “hey, you got any more of those Popsicles?”. I told him we didn’t have any more pineapple but I had some frozen black berries. He said to go for it. I used all of the other same ingredients but swapped pineapple for blackberries. These are now my new favorite. I’m a little peaved that I have to share them.
I had some frozen tilapia filets in the freezer and really wanted fish tacos (in lettuce cups of course). This is probably the best tilapia dish I’ve ever made. I wish I had made more because It was so tender and delicious. The hubby is eating it right now and is very happy.
The breading was super easy to make and worked like a charm. I promise, super easy. The easiest paleo, gluten-free breading I’ve made so far. Of course it’s no “kentucky-fried-extra-crispy-fat-laden-grease-filled-heart-attack-waiting-to-happen” breading. It’s the perfect amount of breading. Plus it’s light, paleo and gluten free.
We ate ours in butter lettuce cups sprinkled with sweetened shredded coconut and squirted a lime over the whole thing. Happy mouth, so good.
Once again I am posting from beautiful South Dakota while sitting in a Perkins because they seem to have the best wifi connection in town. Yesterday we did a 10K hike (3.5 miles each way) to the top of Harney Peak in Custer State Park.
I was overcome with gratitude that my husband and I were able to do this challenging 5 hour hike because 100 pounds ago, it may have killed me. So when people ask “why would you want to hike to the top of a mountain?”, my response now is always, “because I can”.
While vacation is always great, I do miss home cooking and creating healthy recipes. Eating out can be challenging, especially in an area that doesn’t really make organic, preservative free meals a priority. That being said, try cooking this Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken in my honor while I’m out West.
This recipe is so easy and simple. Very few ingredients and full of protein and flavor. Seriously, anybody can make this. You cannot screw it up. That might be going too far because I’ve been known to mess up the simplest of things but you know what I mean.
While this was cooking in the slow cooker, my house smelled like Hawaii. We rent homes when we vacation there so we can cook our food and play like we live there so using mango and coconut in anything automatically brings my senses back there.
You can also serve this as a chunky stew or top some cauliflower rice with it. I do recommend the topping of sweetened coconut flakes, it really adds a lot to the flavor.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries – Better Than French Fries
What the mutha-love is JICAMA? Pronounced “HEE-kah-ma”. Apparently I have been blind to this vegetable. Here is few jicama facts I learned:
Technically a legume, grows on vines
Texture resembles potato, turnips and water chestnuts
Low in calories and carbs
Great for diabetic menus because it ranks low on the glycemic index
Lots of fiber. Not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body into sugar the way potatoes do.
Promotes good bacteria in the gut
Excellent source of vitamin C
Healthy amounts of potassium
Contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
When purchasing, choose one that is firm with no soft spots or splits.
The skin is not edible so use a knife to cut away the skin and the tough fibrous outer layer.
Ok now that we know the A – Z ‘s of jicama we can get down to the most important piece of information – no-guilt fries and I can use my beloved ketchup!
I HEART KETCHUP SOOOO MUCH
Eating healthy can have it’s sacrifices but there ARE alternatives. Use jicama instead of potatoes and you have healthy french fries. And a reason to use that red sweet nectar called ketchup 🙂
You can use whatever spice suits your taste too. I love a seasoned fry with heat but you could try lime juice and paprika OR a little salt and pepper OR even try some cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and use organic maple syrup as your condiment for dipping. Just coat your “fries” in melted coconut oil first so that your flavoring sticks.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries - Better Than French Fries