Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)

September 19th, 2018 | no comments

If you liked my recipe for Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins from last week, you’ll adore these muffins too! They sport the same fudge-like texture (thanks to the addition of beans) and are also gluten and dairy-free.

This recipe uses gluten-free quick oats vs. quinoa flakes, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) vs. bananas and pecans vs. walnuts. In addition, it uses pumpkin spice, which is essentially a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins pair nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). What a nice change of pace from plain old regular coffee!

Another shout out to Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com), as this recipe is modified from her Pumpkin Blender Muffins. 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)
A bean-based, flourless, and gluten/dairy-free muffin that pairs nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend pumpkin through baking soda until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops with a butter knife. Bake 20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams; Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (9 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 6 grams

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles

August 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love cake. Frosting? Even better! I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too.

You know me- this isn’t some cake out of a box. Actually, it’s just as easy and, although it’s not a “healthy” cake, it’s quite an upgrade from your traditional cake loaded with crappy chemicals (that’s an industry term 🙂 ) and slathered with trans fat-laden frosting. 

The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting…well, I lied a little bit, the frosting is on the healthier side because it’s made with avocado, coconut oil and raw cacao powder, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I swear they won’t know it used to be green. For the sprinkles, I just tossed about a half cup of unsweetened coconut flakes in the food processor with half of a strawberry and processed until the flakes turned pink. Then I let them sit out to dry for a bit. 

Happy birthday to me! 

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Tiny Double Chocolate Birthday Cake + Pink Sprinkles
I felt inspired to make a tiny layered chocolate cake for my birthday and add some fun pink sprinkles too. The cake is made with almond flour and the frosting made with avocado, coconut oil, raw cacao powder and pure maple syrup. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
  • 3 tbsp. grass fed butter Kerrygold
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup super-fine almond flour Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 organic, free-range egg, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder Navitas
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pink Sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup organic, unsweetened coconut flakes Let's Do Organic Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 medium fresh strawberry, stem removed
Instructions
Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2-four ounce ramekins with coconut oil.
  2. Place butter, honey, and chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool completely (you can place in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to speed up the process).
  3. Add almond flour, egg, vanilla, and salt to cooled chocolate mixture and mix until combined. Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place on a baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely and gently remove by turning ramekin upside down on a clean plate.
Chocolate Frosting
  1. Process avocado in food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides with a spatula.
  2. Frost the top of one cake with a thick layer of frosting. Place remaining cake on top and frost the top and sides of entire cake. You will have about half leftover, so just store remaining frosting in refrigerator and have a spoonful here or there for a sweet treat.
Pink Sprinkles
  1. Add coconut flakes and strawberry to a food processor and process until flakes are pink. Sprinkle all over top and sides of frosted cake!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 400; Total Fat: 28 grams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Sodium: 175 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams; Dietary Fiber: 6 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 29 grams; Sugar: 26 grams; Protein: 6 grams

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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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Earthfood Energy Bars

February 5th, 2018 | no comments

Other than a select handful of bars (like the Elemental Superfood Seed Bars!), most of the so called “nutrition” bars on the market are nothing more than big fat sugar bombs disguised as health food. I find it to be much healthier (not to mention more cost-effective) to make my own. This recipe is as simple as it gets! With five Earthfood servings per bar, I found it most appropriate to call them Earthfood Energy Bars!

Point blank, these bars make me happy! Not because they are tasty and filling (which they ARE!)…but due to the addition of a secret ingredient used by the Inca warriors for endurance. The addition of maca powder places this bar in a league of its own. Maca–also know as Peruvian ginseng– is part of a group of plants called “adaptogens”, which means that it can help your body fight fatigue and cope with every day stress in a more peaceful way.

Earthfood Energy Bars are loaded with nuts and seeds…and then more nuts and seeds! Pure maple syrup is the sweetener…but don’t worry, it works out to be just a smidgen over one teaspoon per bar.

I just know you will fall in love with these bars. ♥

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Earthfood Energy Bars
A raw, no-bake bar full of good healthy fat and protein! The extra special ingredient is maca powder. Maca, a root vegetable native to Peru, is considered an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to stress. If you can't find maca powder or would rather leave it out, just replace it with two extra tablespoons of ground flaxseed! Earthfood Energy Bars store well in the freezer...so go ahead and double the batch! 3 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup milled flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp. maca powder I like the Navitas brand
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh ground almond butter
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, grind the almonds until coarse. Add to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, pepitas, chia seeds, cacao nibs, maca powder, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and fresh ground almond butter. Mix until well combined and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Tear a sheet of parchment paper slightly bigger than an 8X8 pan. Line an 8X8 pan with the paper and add the mixture, spreading evenly to cover the pan. Pack down tight with your hands, then place in refrigerator for one hour to set. Slice into squares and store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 195Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 75 mg; Potassium: 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 12 g; Dietary fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 4 g; Protein:6 g
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