Un-bee-lievable Protein Bars

March 14th, 2019 | no comments

Like peanut butter fudge with a kick!

Made with either plant-based or bone broth-based vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, bee pollen and a handful of other simple ingredients, these bars store well in the freezer and can get quite soft if left out too long (i.e. you may need to eat it with a fork!). 

Bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing foods, housing nearly all nutrients required by humans to thrive. It’s rich in protein, folate, B-vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes.

You can buy bee pollen in either granule or ground form, but whatever you do, make sure it is 100% raw and free from pesticides and chemicals. Both Beekeeper’s Naturals (granules) and Bareorganics (ground) are trusted and reputable options. For this recipe I would recommend using ground bee pollen.

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Un-bee-lievable Protein Bars
Made with either plant-based or bone broth-based vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, nutrient-rich bee pollen and a handful of other simple ingredients, these bars store well in the freezer and can get quite soft if left out too long (i.e. you may need to eat it with a fork!). 2 Earthfoods per serving ♥♥
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter (only ingredient should be peanuts/almonds; salt is OK too)
  • 2/3 cup (or 2 packets) vanilla protein powder Vanilla Bone Broth Protein or Garden of Life Smooth Vanilla both work well
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. ground bee pollen
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp all work well
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter (only ingredient should be peanuts/almonds; salt is OK too)
  • 2/3 cup (or 2 packets) vanilla protein powder Vanilla Bone Broth Protein or Garden of Life Smooth Vanilla both work well
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. ground bee pollen
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened plant-based milk almond, coconut, cashew, flax, hemp all work well
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. It should be thick and tough to mix. If too runny, add a little more protein powder or almond flour. If too thick (can't mix at all), add a splash more milk.
  2. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap. Using clean hands, press mixture into a large rectangle shape. Freeze for one hour then cut into 8 bars. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Bars soften at room temperature. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per servingCalories: 230Total Fat: 18 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 300 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 7 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 3 grams;  Sugar: 1 g (0 grams added sugar); Protein: 14 g

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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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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 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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