Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Almond Cream


I am having a new adventure. I just purchased a new Cuisinart ice cream maker. Love it!:) I liked the idea of putting in my own healthy ingredients in it. I recently realized that ice cream doesn't need to have heavy cream in it to work and be good. I tried almond milk this time but you could use coconut milk, rice milk, or cashew milk. (2 C Cashew & 2 C Water blended until creamy in the blender.) Ohh the possibilities that are out there, waiting to be tried! I am excited to experiment. :)

This month for Recipe Redux we were also asked to make something with liquor of some kind. Now, we are not alcohol drinkers, but they told us that extracts count. And since we love some vanilla (or almond, or . . . ), we thought this might hit the spot, especially in these summer months when you want a cool treat.

(You can use this recipe any kind of homemade ice cream maker.)

Almond Cream

5 c. Almond milk (You could replace one of the cups with regular milk too. )
1/2 c. honey or sweetener of your choice.*
1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp. almond extract
5 bananas

1. Blend almond milk, honey, and vanilla together.

2. Blend bananas in the blender (or any fruit you would like--we cut up strawberries last time. Yum!)

3. Mix the bananas in with the milk mixture. Then add 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp. almond extract (if you like almond flavor)

4. Mix in your ice cream maker according to manufacture instructions. Enjoy a cool and refreshing treat with a lot less fat and calories. Yes!

* I would like to cut this amount down next time. I would like to get so I don't need to have things soo sweet. :)



Monday, July 21, 2014

Multi-Grain Protein Bites (Raw)

So my little boy  has grown into a man. He has grown out of sitting on my lap, but he has not grown out of my heart. He is serving a mission for The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am going to miss him a ton. He will be gone for 2 years. I am very grateful for his example, and the things he has taught me, and will teach me. It was really hard to say goodbye. I am glad that is over. A new chapter of my life begins. This says my feelings well...
I made these yummy protein bites. They are loaded with yummy things for you. The cool thing is that it only takes one or two to be very satisfied. They are a great snack to have on hand.
Ingredients

2 C old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 C uncooked quinoa well rinsed
1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1/4 C chia
4 T honey
3 T coconut oil
3 T peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C chopped up dark chocolate chips

Directions makes 24 balls

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a bowl except the chocolate chips until combined. Then stir in the chocolate chip pieces.
2. Put bowl in the fridge for at least 20 min. To let it harden.
3. Take out of the fridge. Form into balls or use a small cookie scooper.
4. Place on parchment or wax paper on top of a cookie sheet.
5. Put bake into fridge and let harden about 30 min. Eat and enjoy.
6 . Store leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Raspberry Banana Sorbet (No added sugar)

I am down to the last couple of days until my youngest son Derek goes to serve a mission for our church. I am soo happy for the growth that he is going to experience serving others. It will bless his whole life. It is not to say that he is not taking a piece of my heart with him. This is hard. I will miss him so very much. He is a great son and friend to me. My husband reminds me parenting is the art of letting go. It is not easy. I knew this day would come when I became a Mom 30 years ago. He has grown up to be a wonderful young man.

It has been really fun to create a lot of frozen fruit treats. A lot of them have no added sugar. Which makes them even better. This is guilt free and refreshing goodness. the tartness of the raspberries is balanced out by the natural sweetness of the bananas. Fast and easy to make which makes it even better.




Ingredients
1 C almond milk
1 C frozen raspberries
2 Frozen bananas chopped in chunks

Directions

1. Pour the milk in first and then the raspberries and bananas into the blender.
2. Pulse and stir until it is all creamy. Serve or put in freezer to harden.
3. Store in airtight container in the freezer. Enjoy!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Banana Cream Dream (Healthy)


So my brother in law last weekend got a banana cream shake that he loved. It made me start dreaming about how I could make a healthy version of that. Here is what I came up. It was creamy and dreamy. My son who claims he hates coconut even liked it. (I think the texture of the coconut is what bothers him the most.) I love bananas. No added sugar and dairy free too. 

This is a wonderful refreshing drink you will love, and so easy to make. 



 Ingredients

2 frozen bananas chopped up
1/2 can of coconut milk full fat (chilled if you have time)
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Pour all the ingredients into the blender and blend until creamy and dreamy.

(If the milk separates when you chill make sure you get the solid pieces and a little liquid.)



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Toasted Quinoa and Fresh Cherries

I have been spoiled this year by my Mom's cherry trees. They have tasted amazing. I love the beautiful vibrant color of cherries too. It is such a wonderful time of year.

I had this brilliant idea last night to add fresh cherries to my quinoa. I got up and made it this morning. It was a great combination. I am going to be having this again soon. Yum! Enjoy some cherries today.

Ingredients

1/2 C washed quinoa
1 T coconut oil
1 C almond milk
1/2 C water
1 T honey or another sweetener of your choice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
fresh cherries cut up
extra milk for on top if desired





Directions serves 2

1. Heat a small sauce pan on medium heat.
2. Pour in quinoa
and oil and stir and toast a couple minutes
3. Pour in milk, water, honey and cinnamon.
4. Let mixture come to a low boil. Turn down the heat to low and let cook about 20 min or until liquid is absorbed.
5. Serve into bowls and place cut up cherries on top. Pour on a little more milk if desired. Serve.
6. Store leftovers in the fridge in air tight container.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blueberry Muffin Top Bars


So I don't know if you are like me but, it is sometimes not fun to clean out muffin pans. So this is a nice way to enjoy the muffin goodness without all the mess. These are low in fat and sugar and a great way to start your day or a healthy snack.

Ingredients

2 C old fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 C spelt flour or whole grain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 C water or almond milk
1/2 C honey
1/4 C coconut oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 C blueberries

Directions Bake at 350

1. In a medium sized bowl mix together oatmeal, spelt, soda, salt and cinnamon. Set the bowl aside.
2. In another bowl. beat together the water, honey, oil, and eggs.
3. Fold wet mixture into dry mixture until all combined.
4. Fold in the blueberries.
5. Grease a jelly roll pan. Spread mixture into the pan.
6. Place in preheated oven bake 25-30 min or till done.
7. Cool and serve.




Monday, July 7, 2014

Magic Bar Bites (Healthier Version)





This recipe was created when I was thinking about how to make magic bars healthier. They are a dessert that is often served at Christmas time especially, but they are eaten all year. These are a healthier version. The flavor is not sacrificed. They are not an exact match, but they come close without all the added calories. Hooray!



 Ingredients

1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1 C nuts chopped (I used cashews, pecans, walnuts, or almonds would be great too.)
1/2 C spelt flour or wholegrain flour
3 T coconut oil
1 T honey
1/4 C dark chocolate chips (chopped small)



 Directions makes about 14

1. In a small bowl blend together coconut, nuts and flour with a fork.
2. Then blend together the remaining ingredients into the nut mixture.
3. Put the mixture in the fridge at least 15 min to let it harden.
4. Take out of the fridge and form into balls with your hands.
5. Place back in air tight container in the fridge to harden.
6. Then enjoy a mouthful of yummy goodness.
7. Store in airtight container in the fridge.

Try these cashew coconut cookie dough bites

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