Chocolate Chip “Surprise” Muffins

February 12th, 2019 | no comments

I’m a cake and muffin girl. Cookies, I can take or leave them.

I chuckle when I think about my idea of a healthy breakfast in the late nineties: a fat-free raisin bran muffin from the local coffee shop, eaten proudly while sipping a sickeningly sweet, fat-free vanilla cappuccino. Oy vey!

I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you’ve got yourself a quick breakfast!

Check out these ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Pure maple syrup as a sweetener
  • Almond flour
  • Unrefined coconut oil

Next time I’m adding chopped walnuts to the batter. Yum!

This recipe was inspired by: paleoglutenfree.com

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Chocolate Chip "Surprise" Muffins
I just knew I had to try this recipe when I ran across it on Pinterest.  A muffin that actually tastes good, not too sweet, and actually good for me? Smear a little natural peanut butter, almond butter, or NuttZo nut and seed butter on each half and you've got yourself a quick breakfast (plus an extra serving of Earthfood)! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25-30 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup avocado about one and a half large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 large organic free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil or line with parchment cups. In a food processor blend all ingredients until smooth (except chocolate chips).
  2. Fill the muffin pan with batter, then sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per muffinCalories: 285Total Fat: 21 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Sodium: 120 mg; Potassium: 135 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 13 g ; Protein: 6 g

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Better-4-You Rice Crispy Treats

January 1st, 2019 | no comments

I’m a sucker for food photos- especially on Pinterest. The original photo for this recipe caught my eye (and tastebuds) because really…who doesn’t love Rice Crispy Treats?

Hailing directly from medicalmedium.com, the only thing I changed was making my own cashew butter (which is REALLY easy and cheaper than store-bought). 

No marshmallows needed for this version, as the combination of cashew butter and raw honey makes for a beautiful substitute.

These treats are sweet, chewy, and most importantly, lacking in the inflammatory vegetables oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, and monoglycerides (i.e. trans fats) found in the store-bought crap…and yes, it IS crap. 

Make a batch and then transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate. When the mood strikes, pull one out and enjoy with a cup of coffee!

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Better-4-You Rice Crispy Treats
No marshmallows needed for this version, as the combination of cashew butter and raw honey makes for a beautiful substitute. These treats are sweet, chewy, and most importantly, lacking in the inflammatory vegetables oils, corn syrup, artificial flavors, preservatives, and monoglycerides (i.e. trans fats) found in the store-bought junk! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup raw cashew butter Add 2 cups raw cashews to your food processor and blend until it's the consistency of almond butter. Stop to scrap the sides a few times during processing. You will have a bit leftover, so store in a sealed container and use for shakes!
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 4 cups puffed brown rice cereal I used Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal (the only ingredient is puffed whole grain brown rice)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2/3 cup raw cashew butter Add 2 cups raw cashews to your food processor and blend until it's the consistency of almond butter. Stop to scrap the sides a few times during processing. You will have a bit leftover, so store in a sealed container and use for shakes!
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 4 cups puffed brown rice cereal I used Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice Cereal (the only ingredient is puffed whole grain brown rice)
Instructions
  1. Combine raw honey, prepared cashew butter, vanilla and salt in a large bowl. Stir well. Add the puffed rice and mix with a spatula until combined.
  2. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture into the dish. Press down with the spatula to smooth out and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Once the bars are hardened, cut into 16 squares and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 square)Calories: 110Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 73 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 15 g; Dietary fiber: 0 g; Net Carbohydrates: 15 grams; Sugar: 8 g (8 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 2 g

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No-Bake Cinnamon Cashew Cookie Bars

December 12th, 2018 | no comments

 

Would you believe these cookie bars are actually good for your gut and immune health? 

They are made with pure (unflavored) Bone Broth Protein, which happens to offer an abundance of gelatin, a key component to:

  • Restoring the strength of your gut lining
  • Growing good bacteria
  • Fighting food sensitivities
  • Supporting healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract

Using only seven simple ingredients, No-Bake Cinnamon Cashew Cookie Bars are gluten and dairy-free, and the only added sugar is from a tablespoon of raw honey or pure maple syrup. 

This recipe is modified slightly from the Bone Broth Breakthrough cookbook. 

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No-Bake Cinnamon Cashew Cookie Bars
Using only seven simple ingredients, No-Bake Cinnamon Cashew Cookie Bars are gluten and dairy-free, and the only added sugar is from a tablespoon of raw honey or pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups raw cashew, unsalted
  • 1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pitted dates, halved
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil, melted
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups raw cashew, unsalted
  • 1 scoop Pure Bone Broth Protein
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pitted dates, halved
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup, raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil, melted
Instructions
  1. Add cashews to food processor and pulse until chopped into fine pieces. Add bone broth protein, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse again a few times until combined.
  2. Add dates, sweetener, and coconut oil. Process until fully combined and sticky. You will have to stop the processor a few times to scrape the sides of the container.
  3. Once combined, lay dough on a piece of parchment paper. Using clean hands, spread out to form a square with a depth of approximately 1/4". Place in refrigerator for one hour, then remove and cut into twelve squares. Refrigerate in sealed container. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 bar): Calories: 150Total Fat: 8 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Potassium: 200 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 15 grams; Sugar: 12 g (1 gram added sugar from honey/maple syrup); Protein: 4 g

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Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cups

December 5th, 2018 | no comments

Ever have a taste for something chocolatey, but you’re feeling so good about your food choices lately that you don’t want to stray? Fearful you’ll end up in sugar’s tight grip with no escape route in sight, you reach for a cluster of grapes instead. 

But the grapes just aren’t cutting it, are they? 

This recipe is a way out! A simple way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” contains added sugar, so it’s not a “health” food, however it does:

  • Contain less sugar than traditional pudding
  • Boast SEVEN times more fiber than traditional pudding
  • Replace white sugar with raw honey or pure maple syrup (your choice)
  • Contain a fair amount of good fat from fresh avocado and coconut oil, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar like the store-bought junk OR cause rebound hunger. This little thing is super-satisfying, almost like a mini-meal!

Don’t think I’m weird, but last night I didn’t feel like making dinner, so I snacked on a bowl of raw veggies dipped in hummus and afterwards, treated myself to a Chocolate Earthfood “Pudding” Cup. I swear I was as satisfied as if I had eaten an entire plateful of food! 

PS: Don’t like the tropical taste of virgin coconut oil? Use refined coconut oil instead as it has a neutral scent and flavor. 

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Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" Cups
This recipe is a way to have your chocolate and cure your craving, without turning it into a bland, tasteless health food. Because it contains added sugar, Chocolate Earthfood "Pudding" should not be considered a "health" food, however compared to traditional pudding it does: contain less sugar and more fiber; use raw honey or pure maple syrup in place of white sugar; contain a fair amount of good fat. 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tbsp. organic virgin, unrefined coconut oil I like Nutiva brand
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. chia seeds, ground to grind chia seeds, run through a food processor or coffee grinder.
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice walnuts, pecans, peanuts, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine avocado through chia in a food processor and blend until smooth. To make sure ingredients are evenly distributed, you may find it necessary to stop halfway through and scrape the sides. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon or two of unsweetened coconut milk and continue processing until smooth.
  2. Divide pudding into five small containers, secure the lids, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to thicken. Top with chopped nuts of choice and cacao nibs if desired!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 23 g; Saturated Fat: 10 g; Sodium: 10 mg; Potassium: 400 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 g; Dietary fiber: 7 g; Net Carbohydrates: 17 grams; Sugar: 14 g (14 grams added sugar from honey/maple syrup); Protein: 4 g

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls

November 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love it when I try a nutritionally-upgraded recipe that tastes so good, I actually end up preferring it to the real thing.

I like pumpkin pie, but I can take or leave the crust…it’s really the filling I’m after. Thank you London from www.evolvingtable.com for this amazing recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls. I made a batch to take to Thanksgiving dinner because I knew at least one person would appreciate this upgraded version of pumpkin pie. 

The recipe couldn’t be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 

Pure maple syrup and coconut sugar are both lower glycemic sweeteners, meaning they are a tad bit gentler on your blood sugar.

If the balls aren’t eaten right away, London recommends storing them uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator…otherwise you’ll end up with soggy balls. And that’s no fun for anyone! 🙂

PS: I know these totally look like deep fried sauerkraut balls, but trust me, they are the furthest thing! Ha, ha, ha…

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls
The recipe couldn't be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 0 Earthfood servings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour and almond flour. Add pumpkin puree through vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated, using your hands towards the end to ensure even mixing.
  2. In a small bowl combine Coconut Sugar Coating ingredients.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie mixture and roll into a ball. Place in the coconut sugar bowl and roll to completely cover. Place on a large plate and repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. If not eaten right away, store uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 ball): Calories: 100Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 5 g (4 grams added sugar from maple syrup and coconut sugar); Protein: 3 g

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No-Bake Cranberry Coconut Mood-Boosting Bites

November 14th, 2018 | no comments

Don’t let their size fool you; these little bites are rich in antioxidant, mood-boosting ingredients like maca root powder and cacao nibs. Other Earthfoods worth mentioning in this recipe: unsweetened coconut flakes and ground flaxseeds!

Held together with “peanut only” crunchy peanut butter (the oily/drippy kind works best) and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, No-Bake Cranberry Coconut Mood-Boosting Bites are the perfect little treat for when you want something sweet after dinner (which I always do!) and are craving a little nutrition too.

Having that usual cranky family member over for Thanksgiving dinner? Adaptogenic maca root powder is known for boosting both energy and mood! So consider whipping up a batch and offering one to Mr./Mrs. Grumpy Pants for dessert (a glass of wine wouldn’t hurt either…for both you and the grumpster! 🙂 ).  

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No-Bake Cranberry Coconut Mood-Boosting Bites
Held together with "peanut only" crunchy peanut butter (the oily/drippy kind works best) and a drizzle of pure maple syrup, these bites are the perfect little treat for when you want something sweet after dinner and are craving a little nutrition too. 2 Earthfoods per bite: ♥♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bites
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened Let's Do Organic or Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder Navitas brand
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (oily kind works best) "Peanuts" are the only ingredient (salt is OK too)
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bites
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened Let's Do Organic or Bob's Red Mill brand
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder Navitas brand
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (oily kind works best) "Peanuts" are the only ingredient (salt is OK too)
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix coconut through maca powder until combined. In a smaller bowl, whisk together peanut butter and maple syrup.
  2. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and fold together until well incorporated. If mixture is too dry, add a little more peanut butter.
  3. Scoop a little less than a ping pong ball-size amount for each bite and with clean hands, roll into a ball. Store in sealed container in refrigerator. Enjoy! 🙂
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (serving size = 1 bite): Calories: 160Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Sodium: 50 mg; Potassium: 105 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 5 g (3 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 5 g

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge

October 3rd, 2018 | no comments

This fudge is the bomb! It’s filled with chocolaty goodness from raw cacao powder (i.e. REAL chocolate) and sweetened with pitted dates. And—as the name so eloquently conveys—it helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Adaptogens are simply plant-based substances that help your body adapt to stress…even the stress that’s cooking without your awareness. 

Give this no-bake recipe a try this weekend! Slice it into squares, refrigerate in a sealed container, and enjoy a piece every day. I topped mine off with a variety of fun “sprinkles”: bee pollen, hemp hearts, goji berries, and cacao nibs. 

This amazing recipe originated from www.wholeheartedeats.com. Thank you for your brilliance Sophie!

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Chill-the-Hell-Out Fudge
As the name so eloquently conveys, this fudge helps your body chill out, while leaving you with energy and vitality! Two adaptogenic herbs in this recipe, ashwagandha and maca, are responsible for these benefits. Top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, melted (but not hot)
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder I like the Navitas brand!
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. ashwagandha powder I like the BareOrganics brand!
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand!
Instructions
  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until they become a paste. You may have to stop the processor and scrape the sides a couple of times.
  2. Add the almond butter and coconut oil, and pulse until combined. Then add the remaining ingredients and pulse again until combined.
  3. Using wax paper or parchment, form the dough into a bar shape. Wrap well and freeze until firm (about one hour). Once set, slice into 15 squares and top them off with "sprinkles" of your choice: Hemp hearts, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs, shredded unsweetened coconut, and bee pollen are all wonderful options!
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (one square): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 20 mg; Potassium: 95 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 grams; Dietary Fiber: 2 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 4 grams (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 2 grams

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Fruity Tropical Whip

July 19th, 2018 | no comments

It’s really hard to believe this recipe has no added sugar! Just four simple ingredients: mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut milk. In just minutes you will have a cool fruity treat (worth two Earthfood servings ♥♥) to enjoy on a hot summer’s day.

Just a note worth mentioning: If you look at the Nutrition Facts at the bottom of the page, you’ll notice that each serving has 22 grams of sugar. Although this comes from natural fruit sugar, you’ll still want to watch that you don’t overindulge because your blood sugar will rise. The addition of unsweetened canned coconut milk in this recipe, which is very rich in healthy fat, will buffer the effects of the sugar a bit.

I like Native Forest Simple Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk because it contains no additives and just one ingredient: organic coconut milk. 

It’s best to treat your Fruity Tropical Whip as a dessert after a meal and don’t eat it right before bed! Oh…and savor every last bite. 🙂

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Fruity Tropical Whip
It's really hard to believe this recipe has no added sugar! Just four simple ingredients: mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut milk. In just minutes you will have a cool fruity treat to enjoy on a hot summer's day. 2 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen banana (about 1 1/2 large bananas) Peel overripe bananas, break in half and place in freezer bags and freeze!
  • 1 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk, stirred I like Native Forest Simple Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk.
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen banana (about 1 1/2 large bananas) Peel overripe bananas, break in half and place in freezer bags and freeze!
  • 1 cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk, stirred I like Native Forest Simple Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. If using a food processor, you may have to break the recipe into two batches to allow for even blending.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Sodium: 20 mg; Potassium: 365 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 33 g; Dietary fiber: 3 g; Net Carbohydrates: 30 grams; Sugar: 22 g (no added sugar); Protein: 2 g

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars

June 6th, 2018 | no comments

Looking for a sweet and clean treat you can feel good about eating? No, I’m not talking about strawberries and blueberries…although you can feel good about eating those too!

Meet Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars!

I found this recipe while surfing Pinterest and just knew I had to give it a try. Kudos to London Brazil (by the way…how cool is that name?!) from www.evolvingtable.com, for her Healthy No Bake Magic Bars– which I renamed Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars because it just makes my mouth water to say it! These bars are gluten, dairy, and grain-free and loaded with coconut goodness. The “caramel” glaze is made by combining dates, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, water, and sea salt in a food processor. 

Please note: Because these bars have added sugar (in the form of pure maple syrup) and contain natural sugar from dates, they should be treated more like a dessert, not a meal or “nutrition bar”. By the way, if you’re looking to slow the absorption of sugar in your bloodstream, it’s best to eat sweet treats like this after a meal versus an empty stomach and do so at least two to three hours before bed. 

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Coconut Bars
Enjoy one of these bars after dinner with a cup of hot tea and you will be in heaven. They have just enough sweet without going overboard. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
Caramel Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 3 tbsp. shredded coconut, unsweetened
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
Caramel Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 pinch Sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. cacao nibs Navitas brand
  • 3 tbsp. shredded coconut, unsweetened
Instructions
For the Peanut Butter Crust:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all of the peanut butter crust ingredients. Process for 2-3 minutes, or until mixture begins to hold together and form a ball.
  2. Press peanut butter crust into a parchment paper-lined 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Refrigerate while preparing the caramel glaze.
For the Caramel Glaze:
  1. Place oil, dates, water, syrup and salt into the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes, stopping every 20-30 seconds to scrape the sides. You want the dates to be completely smooth and the glaze to have a caramel consistency.
  2. Spread the glaze over the peanut butter bars and sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut.
  3. Refrigerate bars for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 215; Total Fat: 16 grams; Saturated Fat: 7 grams; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 70 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17 grams; Dietary Fiber: 4 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 11 grams (5 grams of added sugar); Protein: 5 grams

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Chocolate Almond Truffles

April 12th, 2018 | no comments

This recipe is courtesy of Carla IaFelice, a Wellness Consultant for Heinen’s Grocery Store. It’s no-bake, uses only six simple ingredients, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

The raw cacao powder-almond butter-sea salt combo means these truffles are a decadent blend of salty, sweet, and creamy. Whip up a quick batch and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to a month.

Oh, and by the way…each truffle contains 4 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of sugar!

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Chocolate Almond Truffles
If you are looking for something quick and sweet...and want to actually feel good about your "indulgence", then this recipe is for you! Free from gluten, grains, and dairy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings (1 truffle = 1 serving)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour I like Bob's Redmill brand
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
Course Sweet Treats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings (1 truffle = 1 serving)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour I like Bob's Redmill brand
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder I like Navitas brand
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and roll into twelve ping-pong sized truffles. Add a tablespoon of water to the dough if too crumbly.
  2. Store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 truffle): Calories: 150Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Sodium: 30 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 7 grams; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 4 g

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