Key Lime Ice Cream (Dairy Free & Vegan)

Key Lime Ice Cream (Dairy Free & Vegan) with doTerra lime essential oil

Ahh limes…always so refreshing! I love to drink lime water and homemade Limemade. Limes, like lemons are actually quite alkalizing for the body. But limes in desserts are what I really love.

Honestly, I’m crazy for anything lemon or lime related when it comes to desserts. Especially in this intense Summer heat! This ice cream reminds me of the filling of a Key Lime Pie and is perfect in a bowl or on top of a gluten-free ice cream cone.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Key Lime Ice Cream (Dairy Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Ice Cream, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Vegan
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut nectar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ⅓ c. juice from fresh squeezed key limes (or 20 drops Lime essential oil)
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes until smooth. Place blender container in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then pour mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to directions for 20 minutes.
  2. Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Bars (Grain Free, Dairy Free & Paleo)

 Cranberry Orange Bars (Grain Free, Dairy Free & Paleo)

 Whether you are looking for a morning breakfast bar for on-the-go or a tasty dessert, I’ve got you covered!

I’m a big fan of coconut flour and I realize that a lot of my grain-free recipes lately utilize both almond and coconut flour. Well I don’t want those of you with an almond allergy to miss out on some scrumptious grain-free treats! These bars are perfectly moist, filling and nutritious. They are great for breakfast,  a snack or packed into a lunch box. These bars are hearty and abundant in protein to keep you satisfied and fulfill any sugar or grain cravings you may have.

The combination of orange and cranberry will make your entire kitchen smell wonderful. Double win right?! Hope you get a chance to try these bars and put them in a lunch box or two sometime soon!

Cranberry Orange Bars (Grain Free, Dairy Free & Paleo)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cranberry Orange Bars (Grain Free, Dairy Free & Paleo)
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Grain Free, Paleo
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ⅔ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp. organic orange zest (or 5 drops Wild Orange essential oil)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes on medium speed. Scoop the batter into the greased baking dish, patting down the batter as needed. Bake for 30 minutes. When a knife inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean, the bars are done.
  3. *I recommend checking the bars at 20-25 minutes to see if they are done as I live at a high altitude.
  4. Makes 12 bars.

How to Make a Healthier Cup of Coffee!

A Healthier Cup of Coffee

I never used to be a coffee drinker. I was a tea gal. I used to hangout at coffee shops on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO drinking amazing herbal tea blends. I was crazy about green tea, rooibos tea, fruit tea-you name it. Then I had kids. And everything changed!

A hot cup of coffee on a cold wintry morning started it all. It was my time for ME in the morning. I enjoyed the taste of coffee, the smell…all of it. And then I had toddlers and really didn’t want to give up my coffee 🙂

Over the past few years, I have changed up my morning cup of Joe quite a few times. I’ve made it sugar-free at times with liquid vanilla stevia. I’ve tried various creamers and just had it straight up black like my French hubby loves. But lately I’ve been making it as healthy as possible.

As a nutritionist, I know that coffee is quite acidic. While coffee is full of antioxidants and has many health benefits, it should be consumed in moderation. I now enjoy coconut milk cream in my coffee as a dairy-free alternative to traditional creamer. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a fatty acid, that has antibacterial and antiviral properties helping to build the immune system to fight infections and viruses. Additionally, coconut milk also naturally contains electrolytes including magnesium, chloride, potassium and sodium which helps keep the body hydrated and working at an optimal level.

A touch of cinnamon still makes the coffee an enjoyable drink and helps stabilize blood sugar and helps to lower LDL (or bad cholesterol). Raw honey is a superfood that is full of natural enzymes and immune boosting properties.

Voila! Drink up Friends or add my suggestions to a cup of tea if you prefer 🙂

5.0 from 1 reviews
A Healthier Cup of Coffee
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Dairy Free
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Ingredients
  • 8-10 ounces hot brewed organic coffee
  • 1Tbsp. chilled coconut milk cream
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (use liquid vanilla stevia if avoiding all sugar)
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil (or a dash of cinnamon)
Instructions
  1. I store the canned coconut milk in the fridge and then the cream is on top when the can is opened.
  2. Add coconut milk cream, honey and cinnamon to cup of coffee and stir. Enjoy hot!

 

 

 

 

 

Spiced Roasted Almonds (Vegan)

spiced, almonds, garlic, lime, savory, roasted, gluten free

I love to snack on almonds, as do my kids. When my stomach is on empty, almonds come to the rescue. They satisfy my hunger fast.

I often make  Chocolate Roasted Almonds for an afternoon treat, but lately I’ve been craving more of a savory snack. This new recipe fits the bill.

I am crazy for lime, garlic and anything that has a little kick to it. I am always tempted to buy the store bought brands of mixed nuts at the grocery store, but the ingredients are less than stellar. Who needs modified corn starch, corn syrup and/or  canola oil on their nuts as most brands contain?! By making your own nut mixture snack at home, you can not only save a ton of money but also soak the nuts to help with digestion.

Spiced Roasted Almonds (Vegan)
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups almonds (soaked for 8 hours in water)
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (or 5 drops Lime essential oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut suar
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1½ tsp. red crushed pepper (add additional pepper for more of a kick)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Discard water from almonds and place almonds in large bowl. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with coconut or olive oil. Place almond mixture into dish and spread out evenly. Bake for 1 hour.