Tag Archives: Maple syrup

Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites – Vegan Optional

Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites

Vegan optional too

paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

I found this recipe a while ago but kept putting off making it for some reason.  I’m seriously ticked that I have missed out on eating these for so long. They are so super fudgy, chocolatey, soft, creamy and melt in your mouth.

I was a little skeptical when I found this recipe which is probably why I put it off for so long but I figured since I had all of the ingredients in my kitchen already and the fact that a 10 year old could make them, why not just finally go for it. These are a close second to boiling water as far as being easy. Ready in 30 minutes too!

Did I mention there are only 5 ingredients? The only ingredient not included in the picture below is the vanilla. These are little fudgy fudge bites from heaven and bonus – they can be made vegan just by using maple syrup instead of raw honey.

paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

I know, I know, it all sounds too good to be true. After you make them you’ll see why I was ticked off at not making them sooner.

If the little ones are going to be enjoying these (cause they will enjoy them), I recommend making the pieces bite size because they do melt in your hands pretty fast and it might get a little messy if you give them a big piece at one time. You’ll thank me for this little tip 🙂

 paleo chocolate fudge coconut oil raw honey almond butter vanilla creamy dessert healthy vegan maple syrup

Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo,Vegan Optional
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup high quality cocoa powder
  • ½ cup smooth almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and combine everything into a food processor.
  2. Pulse until smooth and pour into silicone molds sprayed with coconut oil or paper lined muffin tins.
  3. Put in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Keep leftovers (if any) in the fridge.

 

We have a couple of names for these little mouth-gasms. Fudgy Fudgingtons, Fudgy Fudgerrific Bites, Fudgy Choco-Bites, etc. I’m sure you’ll come up with some creative names for them too.
 Enhanced by Zemanta

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy

I’m sure you are trying to wrap your head around the idea of red and orange bell peppers being candy. They aren’t EXACTLY candy but they are very candy-like.

Only 2 ingredients, sweet, crunchy, healthy, full of nutrients, paleo and gluten-free. Holla!

I use red and orange bell peppers because they are naturally sweeter than the green ones. I hardly ever eat the green ones, I just prefer the flavor of the red, yellow or orange peppers better.

bell pepper red orange candy maple syrup organic vegetable fiber antioxidant dehydrate crunchy snack

Once again I used my most favorite of all kitchen appliances, my trusty dehydrator. I love this thing. I not only like it because I can make all natural snacks like my dried citrus slices, but if you are a “prepper” in any capacity, the opportunity to dry and store food is there too.

This tasty snack is not only easy but is:

  • Paleo
  • Gluten-Free
  • High in vitamin C and vitamin A
  • Contains a significant amount of vitamin B6
  • Good source of fiber
  • Low Calorie
  • Good source of lycopene (has been shown to lower risk of certain cancers)
  • Has antioxidants
  • Contain lutein (a phytonutrient that has been proven to have a protective benefit against macular degeneration)

Those are pretty impressive stats for a simple snack. That’s the way good food should be.

Because dehydrating is done at such a low temperature, the foods dried retain most of their nutrients whereas food heated at high temperatures tend to lose a lot of nutrients.

bell pepper red orange candy maple syrup organic vegetable fiber antioxidant dehydrate crunchy snack

Such a simple recipe packed with nutritional value. I can easily eat 2 bell peppers in one snacking episode. That’s a lot of nutrition in a crunchy sweet treat. Now that’s MY kind of snack.

I only had 2 bell peppers to use but my dehydrator could have easily dried 6 which would have given me a lot more snack inventory. You can adjust the recipe very easily to make as much as you would like.

If you have a lot of little hands in the house, make as many as you can because they are addicting and they will go fast.

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy
Author:
Recipe type: Snack, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 organic red bell pepper
  • 1 organic orange bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Wash bell peppers and slice into strips about ⅓ to ¼ inch.
  2. Place sliced peppers in a dish and pour maple syrup over it. Massage syrup into pepper strips.
  3. Cover and marinate in fridge for a couple of hours.
  4. Place strips on dehydrator trays without them touching each other and set temperature to 125 degrees for 24 hours.
  5. Check on them after about 20 hours by taking one out and letting it cool to see how dry it is. They should be crunchy and brittle, enough that someone else can hear it when you eat it. If they are not dried enough, the moisture trapped inside can go rancid so you want to make sure they are good and dried.
  6. If they aren't all the way dried, continue drying for as long as necessary. Mine took the whole 24 hours.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

I, much like little kiddie hands enjoy a good fruity gummy snack but unlike kiddie hands, I care about the food coloring, preservatives, sugar and nutritional value in the foods I put in my body.  Pretty exciting.  I know, I live on the edge.

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks

Lucky for me, I found this great recipe for Real Fruit Gummy Snacks at Don’t Mess with Mama.  I tweaked it a little bit and created my own awesome version.

There are only 4 all natural ingredients: organic pure fruit juice, organic blueberries, organic maple syrup and grass fed gelatin.

What makes me giddy (or kiddie as it were) about these is that there are no preservatives, no food coloring, no high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, and use grass fed gelatin.  They are also gluten-free and paleo!

I read about the health benefits from grass fed gelatin and was really surprised. According to Thank Your Body, these are just some of the benefits associated with grass fed gelatin.  You can go to their site for more a more in-depth explanation.

  • Gelatin can help with overall joint and bone health (and reduce arthritis pain).
  • Gelatin improves hair quality, growth, and texture. (Want shiny, strong hair naturally? Take your gelatin!)
  • Gelatin can help with the aging process. As we age our bodies make less collagen and gelatin provides more elasticity!
  • Gelatin has been shown to improve nail strength and growth.
  • Gelatin has been shown to help digestion and even heal digestive disorders.
  • Gelatin is a cost-effective and nutritious way to get more protein in your diet. (Note: It is not a complete protein so it shouldn’t be your only source for protein.)
  • Gelatin has also been shown to help you sleep better.
  • It’s also been associated with improved metabolism, reduced cellulite, and as a treatment for non-seasonal allergies.
real fruit gummy snack treat candy organic natural gelatin grass fed berry honey orange juice

Real Fruit Gummy Snack

Real Fruit Gummy Snacks
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Real Fruit Chews completely satisfy my need for something sweet, chewy and fruity. These all natural chews are also nutritious.
Author:
Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic pure cranberry or pomegranate juice (I used a mixture of both)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 3 tbsp organic pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 4 tbsp grass fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan combine the berries and a ½ cup of juice.
  2. Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until the fruit is tender and softened
  3. Add maple syrup
  4. Use an immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree mixture
  5. Transfer mixture to a glass bowl
  6. Very gradually whisk in the gelatin. I whisked constantly and sprinkled the gelatin in the bowl a little at a time until gone and there were no lumps. (If you do end up with some lumps, use your immersion blender or Nutribullet to puree it smooth)
  7. Add the last ½ cup of juice after everything is smooth and there are no clumps.
  8. Pour into a glass pan (I used a 8.5 x 6.5 pyrex dish) or cute little silicon molds.
  9. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  10. Cut into squares and eat.
  11. ***Word of caution if using a Nutribullet - let the mixture cool for a minute or 2 before putting in the Nutribullet. I put the mixture in while it was still hot and when I unscrewed the top after blending, it exploded all over the place. Blueberry juice on the ceiling. So let it cool before using a Nutribullet***

 

I know there are 2 sides of the coin when it comes to consuming animal proteins.  Having been vegan for years, I recognize the beliefs/benefits of the health and morality of that lifestyle.  For me personally, I was sicker than I ever being vegan and am the healthiest I’ve ever been now consuming animal protein. I am in no way endorsing or condemning the consumption of animal proteins, just sharing a recipe for those that do consume it. 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

Homemade Vanilla Cinnamon Coconut Granola

1546269_10152123885844318_419957406_n

I LOVE me some granola but buying it in the store is sketchy for me.  There are either ingredients I’m not too keen on or there are additives that I’d rather not put in our bodies.  The solution?  Make it yourself!

I had wanted to make my own granola for a while now and finally did it last night.  I don’t know what I was waiting for.  It was so fast and easy!  Let’s not forget nutritious and delicious and I used organic ingredients as much as I could.   This recipe yields about 6 cups of granola.  Prep time: 5 minutes.  Cook time:  25 – 30 minutes.  Cool time: 20 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 ½ cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats)

3/4 cup almond slivers

1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

3/4 shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup of raisins

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tbsp. coconut oil (I used refined), melted

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup of honey*

2 tsp. vanilla extract

*this recipe can easily be made vegan by substituting honey for more maple syrup.

Preheat the oven for 325.  Prepare a large cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.  You will be spreading this mixture on the cookie or baking sheet so if its on the small side, you might want to use 2. securedownload

In a large bowl toss the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sweetened coconut and raisins. 

In a separate microwave safe medium bowl, mix the dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey and vanilla extract together.  If your coconut oil is not already melted, put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time just to melt the coconut oil.  Take it out, stir it up.  If the coconut is still not melted, pop it in for another 10 or 15 seconds. 

Once your liquid ingredients are melted, pour over the dry mixture in the big bowl.  Stir everything together until the dry ingredients are wet with the liquid mixture.

If you find that the liquid isn’t getting the dry ingredients wet enough, either add more honey or maple syrup but only one tablespoon at a time so not to use too much.  If by chance you used too much liquid, just add some more nuts or oats, easy fix.

Once you’ve got everything mixed the way it should be, spread the mixture evenly over your baking sheet or cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes your kitchen should be smelling pretty darn awesome. 

  • Put in for 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 10 minutes, stir
  • Put in for another 7 – 10 minutes but this time when you stir, notice how brown the underside is getting.  If it’s a dark caramel color, you are done – give it one last stir and let it cool.  You don’t want to burn your latest snacksecuredownload-1 creation.

Let the granola sit out and cool for about 20 minutes then sit back and bask in all the compliments you’ll be getting.  You can take some on-the-go for a quick energy boost/snack or pour some milk over it for a delicious healthy cereal everyone will love.

You can create your own variations with your favorite nuts, dried fruits or some dark chocolate chips as my husband suggested.  Get creative!  Let me know how yours turned out and if you used any other ingredients.  I love the concoctions people come up with.