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!

This was shared on Wellness WeekendHealthy Vegan FridayLunchbox LoveTasty TraditionsReal  Food Wednesday, Full Plate ThursdayHealthy 2 Day WednesdaysGluten-Free Wednesdays,  Allergy-Free WednesdaysSlightly Indulgent TuesdayFat Tuesday and Inspire Me Monday.

 

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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.

 

BBQ Cracker Chips (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Paleo)

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I used to loooove BBQ Potato Chips from Kettle Brand Chips. OK, I still do 🙂 They are totally addicting in every way possible! But as I move toward reducing processed vegetable fats in my diet, homemade snacks are my new passion. And this new creation fit the bill. Flavorful, fulfilling and great paired with your favorite topping!

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Mystic Blue Spice Company, located in Buckeye, Arizona, recently sent me two fabulous spice blends to try. I used their Sticky and Sweet BBQ spice blend in this recipe and it is one amazing combination of spices! The recipe below is an alternative option to my Grain-Free “Cheese” Crackers. Mystic Blue Spice Company sells stellar spice blends that are not only tasty, but very creative! It’s nice to spruce things up from time to time right?!

This is linked to Slightly Indulgent TuesdaySunday School and Full Plate Thursday.

BBQ Cracker Chips (Dairy Free, Grain Free & Paleo)
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Paleo
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Serves: Makes about 44 crackers
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Mystic Blue BBQ Spice Blend (or BBQ spice blend of your choice)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • dash of pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients into a medium size bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Lay out a silicone baking mat and dust lightly with almond flour for easier rolling.
  2. Place batter in a ball and roll out with a roller. Using a knife, cut batter into 1 inch squares. Cut into larger triangles for chips. Place cut outs on baking mat. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Spiced Roasted Almonds (Vegan)

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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.

Tasty Grain-Free “Cheese” Crackers (Dairy-Free, Paleo & Vegan Option)

Tasty Grain-Free "Cheese" Crackers (Dairy-Free, Paelo & Vegan)

Are you familiar with the rice and nut based gluten-free crackers found in most grocery stores across the country? They are a great gluten-free cracker good for parties and dips. But for those allergic to rice or dairy (they contain butter), it might not be possible to eat them. I created this grain-free cracker for my kids who love snacks and cheesy crackers. Not only are the crackers great for dipping in hummus or pairing with your favorite topping, they are jam packed with fiber, protein and B Vitamins.

Tasty Grain-Free "Cheese" Crackers (Dairy-Free, Paelo & Vegan Option)
Recipe type: Snacks
Cuisine: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
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Serves: Makes about 40 crackers.
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs (2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal mixed with 2 Tbsp. water, set to firm for 5 minutes)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. Herbs de Provence
  • ½ tsp. Herbamare (or sea salt)
  • dash of black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients into a medium size bowl and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Place batter in ball on wax paper and roll out with a roller. Using a knife, cut into 1 inch thin squares. Place cut outs on baking mat. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes.

 

This recipe is linked to Whole Food FridaysPennywise Platter ThursdayFull Plate ThursdayKeep It Real Thursdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free WednesdaysSlightly Indulgent Tuesday and Fat Tuesday.

Carob Pudding (Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free & Vegan)

 

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My dear friend Amber recently posted a carob recipe on her site which peaked my interest. Amber mentioned that she makes recipes for her kids with carob in place of chocolate frequently to minimize their caffeine consumption (among other reasons.) This got me thinking because well… I love chocolate, my kids love chocolate and my husband most of all. Simply put, I seriously dig chocolate. Have you seen my recipes lately?!

As I continue to find afternoon snacks that both me and my kids will love as well as desserts for after dinner, I decided to try my hand with carob. And oh man, did I hit the jackpot on this one. I did not miss the chocolate at all. And that says a lot coming from me! This treat is delicious, smooth and rocking with antioxidants, fiber and Omega 3’s.

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 Add to Vitamix or Blender:

2 1/2 cups almond milk (homemade or unsweetened)

1/3 cup carob powder

1/3 cup cashews

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup coconut sugar 

1 frozen banana

10 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Blend on high for 2 minutes. Pour into serving cups and chill in the refrigerator 1 hour, allowing the pudding to thicken.

Optional-Top with sliced bananas, berries-you name it! Also great with 1-2 drops of cassia or cinnamon essential oil!

Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy my friends!