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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).

 

Tangy Three Bean Salad

Tangy Three Bean Salad

tangy three bean salad gluten free vegan fiber protein side dish legumeAfter being on vacation for the past few days, I was really anxious to get back in the kitchen. Seriously, who am I? If you knew me a couple of years ago, the last room you would find me in was the kitchen. At least not for the purpose of cooking. Eating yes, cooking no.

These days are different though. During my journey to lose 100 pounds, one of the top 5 things that contributed to my success was eating whole foods. No preservatives or artificial anything.

Simple recipes like this provide loads of protein and fiber which keeps you fuller longer. This particular recipe has 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup. Those are awesome stats for only a 1/2 cup.

tangy three bean salad gluten free vegan fiber protein side dish legume

We ate this as a healthy bean relish with homemade pita chips and triscuits to scoop it up for a little snack.

Tangy Three Bean Salad
 
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten Free, Salad, Protein
Serves: A group
Ingredients
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can organic dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • 4 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (can sub with raw honey if not making vegan)
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine all cans of drained and rinsed beans, diced onion and parsley.
  2. In a separate small bowl whisk dressing ingredients until combined.
  3. Pour dressing over bean mixture, mix until everything is covered.
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  5. Stir before serving.

 

Blue Cheese and Honey Figs

Blue Cheese and Honey Figs

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Fresh figs make me all kinds of giddy and happy. Since they are seasonal, I don’t get to eat them as often as I would like. I usually have to wait well into Summer to enjoy my favorite fruit so imagine my surprise and delight when my grocery store had figs already, in late April. I may have squealed aloud in the store – whoops.

I love figs for their sweetness, the quick shot of fiber, high potassium levels, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, skin healing properties, etc. Read this little post about all the awesome goodness of the fig. I knew they were healthy but didn’t realize how healthy until I read up on them. 

My favorite fig treat is simple but oh so decadent. Just wash gently, slice into quarters, sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and drizzle with some organic honey.

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Blue Cheese and Honey Figs
 
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Blue Cheese and Honey Figs
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 fresh figs
  • 1½ tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
Instructions
  1. Gently wash and dry figs.
  2. Quarter figs.
  3. Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Prepare to make your mouth happy.

 

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