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Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganA friend of mine posted this recipe and I immediately knew I was going to make it in the very near future. Well, today was that day. I was craving something sweet but healthy. This totally did it for me. I just changed a couple of ingredients but I’m sure the original recipe is just as fantastic.

This sweet filling treat is also dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegan and has loads of protein. Hullo!! Next variation will be made with cocoa powder so it resembles coco wheats!! Add some strawberries to that and whoa nelly, you’ve got a chocolate covered strawberry superstar!! Sorry, I’m usually one recipe ahead of myself. Back to this delicious recipe….

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo veganLets run down the ingredient line up here and you’ll see why I’m so jacked up about this treat.

  • The 1/2 cup of pumpkin has 3.5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of protein
  • The quinoa has 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. 12!!
  • The 2 tablespoons of flax seed has almost 6 grams of fiber and almost 4 grams of protein

Getting excited yet? That’s not even the best part. It’s DUH-LICIOUS!

Plus it’s super easy. You are heating stuff up and stirring it. So exercise your stirring hand and make this deliciously filling healthy treat!

pumpkin pie quinoa coconut milk dessert breakfast healthy protein dairy free gluten free paleo vegan

Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Coconut Milk Dessert
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • **USE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS WHENEVER POSSIBLE**
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed and drained (I use the pre-rinsed brand)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (in addition to the 1½ cups listed above)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or more if you prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sea salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. You want your mixture to thicken up like oatmeal.
  4. Once mixture is thickened up, remove from heat and stir in flax seed.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. I topped mine with coconut milk, sweetened shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

 

Next up is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Quinoa Dessert. I’m so excited 🙂 Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies – Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

chocolate chip peanut butter cookie paleo gluten free dairy free grain free garbanzo beansPaleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, 6 ingredient Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies! BOOM! Yeah, you read that right. The best part? They are DEE-LICIOUS!!! I’m not even exaggerating, these are THE BEST “healthy” cookie I’ve made thus far.

deliciousBecki, my awesome friend/yoga instructor’s awesome best friend Amber gave me this awesome recipe. Amber Lynch is the Owner and Founder at Urban Herbals and Wellness. She makes real products for real people with real ingredients like herbal mists, teas, body butters, just to name a few. Amber is a certified herbalist and holistic nutrition consultant so I had faith in her recipe even though I couldn’t picture it yet. Now all I want to do is hug her 🙂

victory

 

I cook for a wonderful family that have 2 awesome kids. One of them is an adorable little girl with a BIG sweet tooth. She can spot a healthy cookie a mile away and she came to sneak another one of THESE cookies!! Victory is mine – muahahhaha!!!

 

The ONLY thing wrong with this recipe is that it only yielded about 12 – 14 cookies so next time I make these (which will probably be this weekend), I’ll be doubling or tripling this recipe.

chocolate chip peanut butter cookie paleo gluten free dairy free grain free garbanzo beans

These taste exactly like moist, soft peanut butter cookies topped with a few chocolate chips. They are super soft when they come out of the oven so as hard as it is to do, you have to wait for them to cool for a few minutes off of the cookie sheet before diggin’ in so they set up a little.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies - Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free
Serves: 12 - 14 cookies
Ingredients
  • *** I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ORGANICS WHENEVER AVAILABLE ***
  • 1¼ cup organic chickpeas (its a little less than a can)
  • ½ cup + 2 Tablespoons organic creamy peanut butter (could probably use any nut butter)
  • ⅓ to ¼ cup of organic honey or maple syrup (I used a ¼ cup of honey and they were plenty sweet. For a vegan cookie, use maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chips (can use regular chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor (I used a vitamix), put in all ingredients except for chocolate chips and blend until you have a nice sticky dough.
  4. Since it will be so sticky, put the dough in the fridge for about 15 - 20 minutes so it's easier to handle.
  5. Using a tablespoon or melon baller, form into balls and flatten with the back side of the spoon placing them on the cookie sheet. Since there are no eggs, they will not flatten like regular cookies so how you put them in the sheet is how they will turn out.
  6. TIP: I used a tablespoon to make the balls but sprayed it with coconut oil first. That way the dough didn't stick to the spoon.
  7. Place 4 or 5 chocolate chips on each cookie and push them down slightly so they stick to the cookie. I chose not to stir the chips into the batter because it is so thick and sticky. Putting them on top saved me clean up and frustration.
  8. Bake for 14 - 17 minutes. (I baked mine for 16 minutes).
  9. Remove from cookie sheet to cool.
  10. These cookies are super soft and moist so let them cool for at least 5 minutes so they can firm up a bit.

 

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!!

 

Baked Jicama Tater Tots

Baked Jicama Tater Tots

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianWe have recently discovered the joys of jicama. I made seasoned jicama hash browns and spicy faux french fries with much delight. Jicama is a great source of fiber along with a host of other nutrients and it’s gluten-free.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianJicama is a genius alternative to white potatoes. Since we don’t eat potatoes, I don’t get many opportunities to use ketchup on anything. If you’ve read any of my other recipes that involve ketchup you know I’m slightly obsessed with the best condiment ever invented in the whole history of the world. So when I found this recipe at TheNakedKitchen.com I had to try it because it just might lead me to my beloved ketchup. Honestly, that was my main motive lol.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianI found that using my silicone mini muffin molds worked perfectly. If you use a metal pan, make sure to grease it heavily. I used a spray coconut oil to coat the inside of my silicone pan and it worked great but if I was to use metal, I would definitely use a little more. The key to getting them out of the muffin pans in one piece was letting them cool for 5 minutes before removing. That way they firm up and are easier to extract.

jicama hashbrown tater tot fiber potato bake healthy gluten free vegetarianThese turned out REALLY good. When first made, the jicama is crunchier which I don’t mind but after I put the leftovers in the fridge and reheated later, the jicama was a lot softer, almost mushy but not gross mushy, just much softer of which I don’t mind either. They were good warm, cold or reheated. And the best part? You guessed it, KETCHUP!!!!!!!

Baked Jicama Tater Tots
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups shredded jicama (about 1 large jicama)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (using both the white and green parts)
  • ½ – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (amount will depend on how ‘cheesy’ you want your tater tots)
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Shred your jicama. I used a large cheese grater. Once you have your shredded jicama, using paper towels or a dish towel, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. I did 2 rounds of squeezing.
  3. Coat your mini muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and set aside. You can use a 12 count muffin tin but you may need to increase cooking time by a couple minutes at a time.
  4. In large bowl combine shredded jicama, onions, cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix with a fork.
  5. Drizzle mixture with olive oil and combine.
  6. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin tins. Press to pack mixture down into each cup.
  7. I sprayed mine with coconut oil spray on the top before popping in the oven but it's not necessary if you don't have a spray oil.
  8. Bake 50 minutes for mini muffins, 60 minutes for full size.
  9. Let the tater tots rest for 5 - 7 minutes before running a small knife or spatula around the edge of each cup to loosen the edges.
  10. Remove all tots and eat.
  11. They reheat great and I've eaten them warm and cold, both were delicious.

 

Simple Baked Pita Chips

Simple Baked Pita Chips

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

Now that we are home, I can stock us up on healthier snack options. We do ok with snacking when traveling because I always make sure to have nuts and granola on hand but that gets old after a while.

We don’t eat bread on a regular basis but when we do, we buy these awesome pita’s from Papa Filin’s. They are made locally and always fresh. They are organic, whole wheat and only have 5 ingredients. Think that’s not a big deal? Go look at the list of ingredients in the loaf of bread you have sitting on your counter. Can you pronounce all of the ingredients?

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

By the same token that we don’t eat bread regularly, we also don’t eat “chips”. To satisfy that urge to have a “chippy” snack, we make our own pita chips and customize them to our tastes. 

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

AND…these pita’s are only 2 WW points if you are keeping track. Since they don’t contain all of the nasty chemicals for preserving, they will mold faster than processed bread so just keep that in mind. If you don’t think you’ll be eating them as bread, whip up some pita chips with the rest so they will last longer.

If you were to make a whole package of pitas into chips, you would have A LOT of chips and at only around $3.00 a package, that makes a cheap, low ingredient, organic snacky treat.

pita chip baked organic easy simple snack

We like them plain, with salt and pepper, sprinkled with parmesan or with a little Neufchâtel cheese and some homemade jam. You could even make a sweeter version of the pita chip and use some organic honey with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Simple Baked Pita Chips
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: A group
Ingredients
  • 1 package low ingredient whole wheat pita bread (can use white flour kind if you choose)
  • Coconut oil spray
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (the kind in a shaker)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cut up your pita bread into little triangles. They don't shrink up when baked so you can make them as small as you want, even crouton size.
  3. Spray coconut oil lightly on one side, flip over and spray the other side.
  4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and parmesan cheese over sprayed pitas.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes (13 minutes if using the white flour kind)
  6. They will crisp up the more they cool.