Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Snacks (Dairy Free & Paleo)

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I’ve been playing around with grass-fed gelatin in some of my recipes over the past few months and loving the results!

In the past, I used powdered agar to thicken most of my recipes and keep them vegan. But as the months went on, I kept hearing more and more about the benefits of gelatin and realized I just had to try it in my recipes in place of agar and see the results for myself. Why? The #1 reason that I personally wanted to try gelatin is that I  always want to make sure my kids are getting enough protein in their diets. Kids’ brains need lots of healthy fats and proteins. Plus, I’ve got two active, nonstop kiddos who need all the fuel they can get!

My kids love fruit and would eat it all day if I would let them. Fortunately, they also like green smoothies and super nutritious cookies too! When it comes down to it, my kids love to snack. They love to graze and I saw the immediate benefit of adding gelatin to my snacks because 1 Tbsp. of gelatin contains 6 grams of protein. Pretty impressive! And I don’t get just any gelatin. I get this grass-fed gelatin.

The most noticeable health benefit I have seen since incorporating this gelatin into my diet is better sleep, but most importantly good healthy deep sleep. The first time my son and I had this gelatin in a recipe one evening, we slept-in the following Saturday morning until 10:30 am! This alone is amazing as my son is normally up at 7am ready to go. I don’t remember the last time I woke up that refreshed and rejuvenated!

To read more on the benefits of gelatin and why it is often called a superfood, check out this fantastic post!

Lately I’ve been mixing organic berries, pure juice and gelatin to make homemade fruit snacks. Below is my latest fruit snack recipe made with fresh local strawberries. My daughter chose to cut the shapes into stars. You could put these into molds for smaller shaped fruit snacks. Use your imagination and have fun!

This is linked to Whole Food FridaysFrugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Healthy 2 Day Wednesdays, Wildcrafting WednesdayReal Food WednesdayAllergy-Free Wednesdays, Traditional TuesdaysFat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent TuesdayMelt in Your Mouth Monday and Homestead Barn Hop.

Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Snacks (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo)
Recipe type: Kids, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Paleo, Grain Free
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Serves: 14
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups organic strawberries, tops removed
  • 2 cups organic lemonade (100% pure)
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup Great Lakes grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Blend strawberries, lemonade and honey in Vitamix or Blender. Pour in gelatin and blend again on high. Pour mixture into glass dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour to let mixture set.
  2. Cut into desired shapes!

 

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Chocolate Tapioca Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)

My best friend Nichole turned me on to Tapioca Pudding about 6 years ago. She is an amazing cook and I love everything she makes, but I really love her incredible homemade desserts!

I’ve been wanting to make a good Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding with coconut milk for quite some time. I’m so glad I finally did and I love the addition of chocolate to the original recipe.

This is linked to Allergy Free WednesdaysTasty Traditions, Cast Party Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Hearth & Soul HopSlightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat TuesdayCreative Corner, Better Mom MondaysThank Your Body Thursday, Whole Food FridaysInspiration GalleryPennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday and Live Laugh Linky.

 

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup small Pearl Tapioca
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened chocolate powder
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a medium size saucepan. After 30 minutes, add to the tapioca, coconut milk, almond milk, salt, ¼ cup coconut sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks. Stir over medium heat until boiling. Simmer over low heat for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add in chocolate powder.
  2. Beat egg whites with remaining ¼ cup coconut sugar. Slowly fold mixture back into pan and stir over low heat for 3 more minutes. Cool pudding for 10 minutes and add in the vanilla extract.
  3. Enjoy warm or chilled. Add toppings such as shredded coconut, strawberries and raspberries.

 

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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
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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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Double Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)

 

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Here’s a rich bite size chocolate chip cookie for your sweet tooth. It will satisfy  your tummy at just the right time–late morning snack, afternoon craving, dessert after dinner…you name it. And yet these cookies are not overly, uber sweet. If you’ve got a real sweet tooth, I would recommend adding a pinch more sweetener to the recipe as the cacao powder is simply pure raw chocolate. Cacao is an incredible source of antioxidants and magnesium, but can be bitter tasting by itself.

The good thing is the batter is vegan so taste it before you bake it and if you want to add a touch more sweetener or perhaps vanilla stevia to it, go right ahead!

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Double Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Vegan
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Serves: Approx. 15 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • ½ cup coconut nectar (or raw honey)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seed meal, soaked in 2 Tbsp. water for 5 minutes in small bowl
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan and set aside. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Place two silicone baking mats on two baking sheets. Drop cookie batter by the spoonful onto the baking mats, 1 inch apart.
  2. Bake for approximately 20 minutes depending on your oven. Remove cookies from oven and let cool 10 minutes.

 

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Pistachio Gelato (Dairy Free, Cane Sugar Free & Vegan)

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I remember the first time I discovered gelato. I was on a road trip in college with my best friend and we were headed back to Boulder, CO from Moab, UT. We stopped in Glenwood Springs to hit up the hot springs after a camping and hiking weekend. My friend mentioned we should check out the Gelato store on the corner. I had no idea what gelato was. She said it was better than ice cream. How was that possible I thought?! And indeed it was!

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Years later another friend mentioned how amazing pistachio gelato was. I was pretty skeptical. I loved traditional gelato flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, but hadn’t ventured into more exotic flavors at the time. So I gave it a go a few years back….and it was aaaammmaaazing!

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My kids love pistachios. They truly go nuts for them! And since I wanted to make something green for St. Patty’s Day this weekend, I decided to see if I could recreate my now favorite gelato flavor at home.

As many of you know that follow my blog, I am crazy about homemade dairy-free ice cream. I love all different flavors. But this may be my absolute new favorite. It is insanely good.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Friends!

Pistachio Gelato (Dairy Free, Cane Sugar Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Ice Cream, Frozen Treat, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Paelo, Vegan
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shelled, roasted, salted pistachios
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ cup arrowroot (omit if you want a lighter ice cream texture)
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. lime juice or 4 drops Lime essential oil
Instructions
  1. Place shelled pistachios into a food processor and pulse for 3 minutes. Pour pistachios, coconut milk, arrowroot and lime into a blender or Vitamix container. Blend on high for 2 minutes, pausing to stir several times.
  2. Put Vitamix container in freezer for 30 minutes. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to instructions for 30 minutes.
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