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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Fruit Dip

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Fruit Dip

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupRight now my house is being torn apart because we are in the process of moving from Illinois to Arizona. As you can imagine, any comforts at all are welcome. I was in the mood for some comforting earlier but it had to meet my current criteria. Easy (super easy), Simple (same as easy but I can’t stress it enough) and CHOCOLATE!

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupImagine my joy when I found this recipe at TheNourishingGourmet.com. If you haven’t been there, go. Go today! I frequently find myself browsing Kimi’s simple delicious recipes.

I did add 2 steps to this recipe. 1. I placed the can of organic full fat coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours. I do that because when the can is chilled it creates a thick creamy coconut “cream” at the top of the can. I figured it would help thicken up the whipped dip.
2. I put the whipped dip in the freezer for 1 hour after running it through my Nutribullet (or blender) to let it thicken up even more. Then I whisked it in a frenzy for a minute and served it with fresh cut fruit.

But if you have one of those whipped cream canister maker things, you can use that and the dip will whip up much thicker but my husband and I loved this just as it is.

dairy free chocolate milk fruit dip coconut cocoa vanilla maple syrupI chose to use maple syrup as opposed to the other options of honey or stevia drops but it’s nice that there is an option depending on what you have in your kitchen. The honey would make the recipe non-vegan though.

I’m so excited about this stuff. I’ve got my strawberries ready and waiting. I’m thinking of seeing if fudgesicles might be in my future. Ooo with some strawberry pieces, yes yes!!!

p.s. Hubby tried it and said “you’ve done it again”. That means he liked it in hubby language 🙂

Dairy Free Chocolate Milk Whipped Dip
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
Ingredients
  • 1 - 14 oz can of full fat, unsweetened coconut milk. Keep the can in the fridge for at least a few hours prior to making so that some coconut milk gets thick at the top of the can.
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup OR ¼ cup raw honey OR around 5 to 10 drops of stevia extract - to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (gluten-free, if needed)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. I used a Nutribullet. Blend for 2 - 3 minutes or until blended very well and almost fluffy.
  2. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Whisk quickly for about a minute.
  4. Serve with your favorite dipping fruits. Strawberries, sliced bananas, raspberries, apple slices, pears, etc.

 

 

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding – Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla “Rice” Pudding

Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberGot a sweet tooth, love rice pudding? Oh my gawd have I got a treat for you. My hubby’s favorite sweet indulgence is rice pudding for sure. But we don’t eat rice, bread or pasta so he rarely gets to indulge. Til now!!!

The skies opened up and birds starting signing when I found this recipe at healthyfoodforliving.com. 5 ingredients and gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan. I felt like I found a $20 bill in my pocket or something. But could it be true? Oh it’s true. Instead of rice, it calls for STEEL CUT OATS.

creamy dreamy vanilla rice pudding steel cut oats gluten free paleo vegan dessert protein fiberThis recipe is deliciously sweet, thick, creamy, dreamy, amaze-balls, totally rice pudding-like. It’s hard to believe something so good is gluten free, paleo, dairy free and vegan.

If you aren’t willing to try things, you’ll never know how good they are. Not only good tasting but good for you.

Steel cut oats are gluten free naturally. The difference between steel cut oats and “gluten free” steel cut oats is the plant in which they are handled. The gluten free version certifies that is handled in a fully gluten free environment whereas the other regular kind is handled at a plant that also handles things that contain gluten so there may be some cross over. So if you are gluten “sensitive”, the regular kind should be fine but if you are gluten “intolerant”, go for the gluten free. I personally use the gluten free version and I am not sensitive nor intolerant, I just choose gluten free.

I wanted to add that this recipe has 10 grams of protein (from the almond milk and steel cut oats) and 4 grams of fiber but I didn’t want you to think I was making stuff up because it all sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?

5 ingredients, protein and fiber. You’ve got nothing to lose, try it!

Creamy Dreamy Vanilla "Rice" Pudding - Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Breakfast, Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1½ cups full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, coconut milk, almond milk, and coconut sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Slice down the length of the vanilla bean and carefully scrape out the vanilla bean seeds and add them and the remaining vanilla bean to the saucepan.
  3. Bring ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to VERY low and simmer, stirring often so not to scorch it, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
  4. The mixture was very watery at first but started to thicken up slowly and then very quickly towards the end of the 30 minutes so make sure you are watching the pot and stirring constantly at this point because it can scorch very easily.
  5. Remove pudding from heat and let sit for 3 - 5 minutes, it will thicken up even more.
  6. Discard vanilla beans and serve warm.
  7. I've eaten it cold. It was just as delicious, just thicker. You can reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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  • 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).

 

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

Almond Butter Banana Healthy Paleo Fudge

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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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