Wild Orange Chocolate Balls (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Alrighty folks, here it is…these chocolate power balls are  one of the best snacks around! They are naturally energizing, taste fabulous and are jam packed with fiber, protein and all the good yumminess your body needs and naturally craves. My daughter just ate 5 of these babies. I had to cut her off from any more until I make a new batch tomorrow. Because I will be…they are just too good not to when I still have the ingredients on hand!

 

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Wild Orange Chocolate Balls (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 5 dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • ⅓ cup organic maple syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 drops wild orange oil
Instructions
  1. Soak the dates in a small bowl of water for 10 minutes. Discard the water and remove the pits from the dates. Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process for 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl if needed.
  2. Turn off food processor and roll mix into small balls. Eat up friends!
  3. Want to switch it up? Additional ideas: substitute cacao powder for carob powder. Instead of wild orange oil, try cassia, cinnamon or peppermint oils or extracts.

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Banana Coconut Cream Pie! (Raw, Cane Sugar Free & Vegan)

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I’ve wanted to share this recipe with you folks for a few weeks now. I’ve made it 3 times, yep 3 times in the last 3 weeks! We had 5 guests over a period of 3 weeks in our home and then when I would finally try to take a picture before the pie was gone, it would be too late. My kids and hubby would dig into it faster than I could press click on my camera. Ahh life with a family ,eh?!

Anyways…back to the PIE. It’s delicious! And such a healthy alternative to the store bought Banana Cream Pie I used to love in my childhood. Indeed Chocolate Banana Cream Pie was my absolute favorite pie. I used to beg my mom for a slice of it when we would go out to eat on occasion. And my Mom would comply as long as I ate my veggies first. So while I would like my kids to eat their veggies first before digging into this dessert, there is no guilt to be had with eating it all in its lonesome. It’s got some fruit, healthy fats and fiber. Oh and guests that are not gluten free in the least, love it!

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No-Bake Banana Coconut Cream Pie! (Raw, Cane Sugar Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Grain Free, Raw & Vegan
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/ 2 cup dates
  • 1 can chilled Natural Value coconut milk (or other brand with just the cream)
  • 2 Bananas
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup agar powder
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Optional: Soak pecans for 8 hours (I do it the night before I make the recipe) in 4 cups of water. Rinse pecans and discard water. Set aside.
  2. Soak the dates in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Discard the water and remove the pits from the dates.
  3. Place pecans in the food processor and pulse until ground for 2 minutes. Add in the dates and pulse for another 3 minutes. Take the pecan and date mixture and press it down into a glass pie dish to make a crust. Make sure the crust is evenly spread out to fill out the entire pie dish.
  4. Place the coconut milk, bananas, sugar, agar, vanilla and sea salt into a high speed blender or Vitamix. Press ingredients down prior to starting the blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Carefully pour the "cream" on top of the raw pie crust. Use a spatula to spread the topping out evenly. Place the pie in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Remove from freezer and serve!
  6. Note: I like to add a chocolate drizzle to the pie. I do this by slowly melting dairy-free chocolate chips in a saucepan over the stove. Once the chocolate has melted, let it cool and then drizzle over the pie.

 

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Chocolate Peppermint Candy (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

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You gotta love a healthy indulgence that can be ready in a few minutes. My 5 year old knows all too well what candy is as she just participated in her class Valentine’s Day Party last week and received a big bag of sweets.

I love creating recipes with my daughter as she learns that what we make at home can be not only healthier, but better tasting than sweets with ingredients I can’t even pronounce. Today we had a special moment in the kitchen: combining ingredients, listening to music and giggling. Ahh a priceless moment!

I hope these treats will curb any sweet tooth you may have. These candies can be stored in your freezer and pulled out and eaten anytime. I’ll be doing that tomorrow for my 2pm afternoon treat 🙂

You can get the peppermint essential oil I use in this recipe and many other recipes here. I am never without peppermint essential oil!

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Chocolate Peppermint Candy (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo & Vegan
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup melted coconut oil (melt in pan over low heat if oil is hard)
  • ¼ cup raw coconut nectar (raw honey will also work)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops Peppermint essential oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into Vitamix or blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Pour batter into a baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula. Place dish in freezer for 15 minutes. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

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Luscious Lime “Cream” Bars, (Raw & Vegan)

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It’s been crazy hot here. It was 95 yesterday and it’s only early June! I think we will be headed to the local outdoor swimming pool quite a bit in the coming days.

I got many wonderful comments on Facebook about my Raw Lemon “Cream” Bars. Since I equally love lemons and limes, I decided to try out that recipe with fresh pressed lime juice instead. The recipe took a little tweaking. For some reason I didn’t like the stevia mixed with lime juice so I increased the amount of coconut nectar I used. The results were sweet and yet slightly tart bars which were equally a hit with my family. Thank goodness both bars are a breeze to make because I love them both! (As a reminder the bars appear white as no added coloring has been used. Feel free to experiment with a little avocado to add in a touch of green if you would like!)

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Add to Vitamix or Blender:

4 cups cashews

1 1/2 cup coconut nectar

1 cup water

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 8 limes) or 20 drops Lime essential oil

Place 2 cups of cashews and the other ingredients into the Vitamix and blend on high for 1 minute. Add in the remaining 2 cups of cashews and blend for another minute. Use a spatula to scoop the mixture into a pie pan. Freeze for 2 hours. Use a large knife to cut into individual bars. Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings.

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