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Gluten Free Avocado Fries

Gluten Free Avocado Fries

avocado fruit good fat creamy vegan gluten free panko healthy fries

I love love love avocados and can never find enough ways to incorporate them into my diet. Not only are they rich and creamy but they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking, as a great substitute for mayo in dips, great in pretty much any lettuce wrap, etc.

avocado fruit good fat creamy vegan gluten free panko healthy fries

Let’s not forget the nutritional goodness of the avocado. Did you know that the avocado has nearly 20 beneficial vitamins and nutrients. It is also full of good fats.

I used gluten free panko crumbs but you can make your own by crushing gluten-free corn flakes (a little tip from my good friend Tracy). Plus you can use any spices you prefer in the almond meal/flour mixture. Make em spicy, make em sweeter, it’s up to you.

avocado fruit good fat creamy vegan gluten free panko healthy fries

I dipped mine in a ranch flavored greek yogurt dip but a nice lemon dressing or chipotle would be great too. If you serve these for a party, offer a variety of dips for everyone’s tastes.

avocado fruit good fat creamy vegan gluten free panko healthy fries

{ I always choose organics whenever available }

Gluten Free Avocado Fries
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe (not too ripe) avocados
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup gluten free panko crumbs (can sub with crushed gluten free corn flakes)
  • ½ cup almond meal/flour
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • dash salt/pepper
  • Cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place a wire baking rack on top of a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Set up 3 bowls: 1 bowl for almond flour, paprika, cumin, salt/pepper tossed to combine everything. 1 bowl for 2 whisked eggs. 1 bowl for panko crumbs.
  4. Press avocado slice into flour mixture covering on both sides then dredge through egg and finally press into panko crumbs on both sides.
  5. Transfer breaded slices to wire rack.
  6. Once all slices are prepared and on the wire rack, give your slices a spray with cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes flip over, spray again lightly with cooking spray and bake for an additional 7 minutes.
  8. Enjoy.
  9. Store uneaten fries in the fridge and microwave for 20 seconds to reheat.

 

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Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

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.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

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.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

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.

banana paleo fudge almond butter raw honey vanilla coconut oil

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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Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Quinoa Pizza Snacks – Gluten Free, Vegetarian

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionAdd quinoa to the list of things I love the most. Puppies, unicorns, purple and quinoa. I could eat quinoa every single day (and almost do). It’s so versatile, loaded with protein and adapts to so many different flavors, even sweet things. Some days I’ll make Coconut Vanilla Quinoa for breakfast and Amazing Quinoa Mac and Cheese for lunch.

Even though I eat foods that are nutritionally dense doesn’t mean I don’t crave things like pizza. So now I get to enjoy the flavors of pizza but none of the guilt. These babies have lots of protein from the eggs, quinoa and a little from the cheese. You could replace the cheese with vegan cheese if you so choose.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionJust cook your quinoa and in a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except for topping. Once the quinoa is done, mix it as well.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionSpray muffin tins with non-stick spray. I use coconut oil spray. Fill each cavity to the top and press down lightly with a spoon.

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onionLet cool properly and run a butter knife around the edges if the pizza snacks don’t pop out for you. Top with fire roasted tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a tasty healthy pizza snack. Yay!

quinoa pizza snack gluten free vegetarian protein tomato mozzarella onion

 {use organics whenever possible}

Quinoa Pizza Snacks - Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Protein
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (usually 1 large onion will make a cup)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (can sub with vegan cheese)
  • 1½ cup diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained. (I use the Muir Glen brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • **TOPPING**
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, drained
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of uncooked/rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, stir then reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook quinoa for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
  4. While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium mixing bowl combine the rest of the ingredients except for the 2 pizza sauce ingredients.
  5. Once the quinoa is cooked, fold it into the mixing bowl with everything else and combine everything thoroughly.
  6. Spoon quinoa into a greased muffin tin. You can fill them to the top and press down gently with a spoon. I used an ice cream scooper and it works perfectly.
  7. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  8. Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes as they will firm up once cooled. If not cooled off properly, they will be more crumbly.
  9. The leftovers reheat really good too. Just pop them in microwave for about 25 - 30 seconds.
  10. Top with fire roasted diced tomatoes.

 

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Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

Bread and butter pickles are my most favorite of all pickles except for sweet gherkins. Regardless, I like a sweet pickle. So when I saw mini-cucumbers at the grocery store the other day I wanted to try my hand at making my own bread and butter pickles.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

I never realized how easy it was to make your own pickles or to pickle any vegetable for that matter. The only thing that I wasn’t super thrilled with was that this recipe required a cup of sugar. I hardly ever consume white sugar so considering I wasn’t going to be eating the whole cup at one time and I used organic sugar, I allowed myself to be ok with it this time.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

So I got out my handy dandy little wavy veggie slicer and cut up my teeny tiny cucs into cute little wavey slices. Put them in a dish and sprinkled them with salt, covered them and put them in the fridge for about an hour and a half.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

After an hour and a half or so I rinsed the salt off of the cucumbers with cold water and drained.  Then combined the onions and cucumbers and put aside while I made the hot vinegar mixture to pour over everything.

Luckily my hoarding of big jars with lids came in handy and I didn’t have to purchase a special one just for my pickles. I ended up using 2 jars but that’s cool because now I have a jar of pickles to give to my mom.

BONUS: Chop these little babies up and you’ve got homemade sweet relish.

cucumber vegetable pickle bread butter homemade vinegar salt onion

Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
 
Homemade Mini Bread and Butter Pickles
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Recipe type: Vegan, Snack
Ingredients
  • 3 cups thinly sliced mini cucumbers
  • 1½ tablespoons sea salt
  • ½ of a thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice mini cucumbers thin. I sliced mine about a ½ of an inch thick.
  2. Place cucs in a shallow pan and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands to get the cucs and salt combined well.
  3. Cover and place in fridge for an hour and a half.
  4. Remove from fridge, in a colander rinse cucs with cold water and drain.
  5. In a bowl, toss sliced onions and cucs, set aside.
  6. In a medium saucepan combine white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, tumeric and bring to a simmer. Stirring until sugar is dissolved completely.
  7. Place cucs/onions in jar of choice and pour hot vinegar mixture over them.
  8. Let sit on the counter for an hour.
  9. Cover and place in fridge for 24 hours.
  10. Ta-da, you made bread and butter mini pickles.

 

 

 

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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
 
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Paleo Fudgy Fudge Bites
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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.
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