No-Bake Chocolate Bliss Balls (Vegan)

No-Bake Chocolate Bliss Balls (Vegan)

Move over store bought treats, there is a new treat in town! These no-bake chocolate morsels are little¬†pieces of heaven. My daughter said this morning, “Can I eat them for breakfast? These are perfect Mom!” Well, I’m not sure they are exactly breakfast food, but they will hit the spot just about anytime of the day that suits your preference ūüôā

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No-Bake Chocolate Bliss Balls (Vegan)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo & Vegan
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Serves: 14
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups pecans, soaked in water for 8 hours
  • ⅓ cup cashew butter
  • 6 dates, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Discard the water from the pecans and dates and remove the pits from the dates. In a food processor with an S blade, add in the pecans, cashew butter, chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Process or pulse for 2 minutes. Add in the dates and pulse for another 2 minutes.
  2. Unplug and remove the container from the food processor. Roll the mix into 14 balls. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top of each ball. You can also add in some of the coconut flakes into the balls when you are mixing the other ingredients if you would like.
  3. Refrigerate balls to set. Store in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grain & Dairy Free)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grain & Dairy Free)

Greetings Friends! I’m baccck! Or back in the kitchen I should say. It’s been a very busy Autumn around here. We’ve had four guests come to visit us in our new home, house projects to work on and my “baby” boy turned three. Sniffle…but oh so proud of him and my six year old that amaze me on a daily basis!

I’m so happy to be back creating recipes and having a spare minute to actually write down my recipe ūüôā

A classic combination no doubt, but I can’t not share pumpkin and chocolate with you this time of year! We just love¬†anything pumpkin and chocolate and¬†these healthy Paleo muffins¬†are¬†delicious and¬†perfectly moist inside. These muffins could easily be turned into cupcakes with homemade vanilla frosting on top too.

This was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Gluten-Free Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays, Simple Meals Friday and Whole Foods Fridays.

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grain & Dairy Free)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the muffin tins in a muffin pan with olive or coconut oil. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for several minutes, scraping down sides with a spatula as needed.
  2. Pour the batter into the muffins tins, filling them ⅔ full. Bake for 30 minutes (check at 25 minutes if you live at a low altitude).

 

 

 

 

Krazy Good Kale Chips!

 

Krazy Good Kale Chips!

It’s no secret we love kale chips around this neck of the woods. It’s my snack of choice, I just don’t usually have them on hand when I really want them. I never have any extra on hand because they are always gone at our house¬†in minutes!

I am trying to make more meals and snacks in bulk these days to have food on hand for school lunches, afternoon snacks, nighttime munchies, you name it!

I’ve been playing around with the standard kale chip recipe and spicing it up over the past few months with different seasonings and toppings. The sauce on top of the kale is delicious and be warned you won’t be able to eat just one¬† or two “chips!” Good thing¬†there’s nothing to worry¬†about¬†ūüôā

This is linked to Whole Food Fridays,¬†Real Food Wednesday,¬†Cast Party Wednesday,¬†Allergy-Free Wednesdays,¬†Traditional Tuesdays, Gluten Free Tuesday,¬†Slightly Indulgent Tuesday,¬†Fat Tuesday,¬†New Recipe Tuesday,¬†Healthy Vegan Friday,¬†Wellness Weekend, Unprocessed Fridays, Pennywise Platter, All Things Pretty,¬†Thursday’s Treasures and¬†Full Plate Thursday.

 

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Krazy Good Kale!
Recipe type: Snack, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
  • Spice Blend:
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. Herbamare (or sea salt)
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cajun spice blend
  • ⅛ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and dry the kale and remove the stems. Tear the leaves into small pieces and set into a glass baking dish. Place all ingredients of the Spice Blend into a small bowl and mix together. Pour the spice/oil blend over the kale and mix together thoroughly. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown and the kale crispy.

 

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 Fridays, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Healthy 2 Day Wednesdays, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Melt 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!

 

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.