Friday, March 15, 2019

Almond Butter Cups (Healthy)


 These are a fun healthy snack. They can be enjoyed all day long. They are loaded with protein and low sugar. They taste great too.  A great little pick me up for your day. Have a great weekend. Spring is coming up quick. Love it.


Ingredients

Bottom layer

1/3 Cup almond butter (no sugar added) (Or nut butter of your choosing)
3 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Top layer

1 Cup almond butter (no sugar added)
1/3 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Makes about 9 regular or 16 mini cups

1. In a small bowl mix together the first 3 ingredients with a spoon. If needed put in microwave for 15 seconds to soften. It should be a nice smooth consistency.

2. Then stir in the vanilla and cocoa powder until all combined and smooth.

3. Put a spoonful into each cup greased muffin pan, mini or regular size. You can also use muffin cups. (I have a picture of making them with cups and without)  It should just be enough to cover the bottom.

4. Mix together the first 3 ingredients for the top layer. If needed put in microwave for 15 seconds to soften and get a smooth consistency. Then stir in the vanilla until smooth.

5. Pour the top layer by spoonful on top of the bottom layer. Smooth with spoon to completely cover the bottom layer.

6. Place muffin pan in the freezer for. Should harden in 30 min. Take out of muffin pan and store in air tight container in freezer or fridge for easy access for a healthy snack. Enjoy!!





Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Coconut Seed Clustered Granola (Grain Free)

 Hi, It has been a while since I took the time to put in a recipe. I still love creating recipes. Britney my daughter has been busy creating too. She is expecting her first daughter after 4 boys very soon. We are excited.  She is a busy Mama.  Our family gets three beautiful grandchildren this year. Great things are happening.

I found some coconut clusters at Costco a while ago. They had coconut, seeds and chia in them and I fell in love with them. Well I have a large bucket of shredded coconut, and so I thought it would be fun to try, and make some on my own. My belief is it is always a healthier option to make your own if you are able to.

Well I made this last week for some friends and it was a big hit with my friends and family so I thought it would be fun to share it with you. I love it!
Ingredients

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil                  
1/4 Cup Honey
4 Cups of Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1 Cups Raw Pumpkins Seeds
1 1/3 Cups Raw Sunflower Seeds
6 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

Directions

Stove top method 

In a large pot on the stove. Turn the heat to medium and pour in the oil and honey. Stir together and heat until warm. Then stir in the coconut and turn down the heat to medium low. Stir in the coconut in with the honey mixture until the coconut is all covered. The coconut flakes will start to turn golden. Stir in the seeds and continue to stir until the coconut is a light golden brown. 

Take pot off of the stove and pour the mixture on to a parchment paper or greased pan. Spread out and let cool. Store in an air tight container. 

In oven method Preheat oven to 325

Pour all of the Ingredients into a bowl. Stir it until all ingredients are combined. Pour ingredients on to greased cookie sheet. Spread out the ingredients evenly. Place pan in preheated oven. Bake for 13-20 min. Until the coconut turns light golden brown. You can stir the granola halfway through for even baking. 

Take out of the oven and cool. Store in an air tight container.  Enjoy!




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blender Banana "Muffs"( Healthy &Gluten Free)




One of my daughters and I started calling muffins "Muffs" a long time ago. It is has been a fun name for them. Muffins are a family favorite around here. Yum! You can either make the gluten free version or whole grain. Either way they will be delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas broken up
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup gluten free flour or whole grain
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Directions   (makes 11-12 muffins)

1. Heat oven to 350.  Grease muffin pans.
2. Place in blender banana, honey, vanilla, egg and oil. Blend in blender until smooth. 
3. Pour into the blender the flour, soda, and salt. Just until combined. 
4. Scoop muffin mix into greased pan.
5. Bakes for 20-25 minutes until muffin bounces back when you push on it. 
6. Cool muffins on cooling rack. Enjoy!





Monday, September 25, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (Gluten free & Dairy Free)



It is crazy we already have some snow on our mountains. We will see how long it lasts the weather can shift back and forth. I went on a walk and took in all the beauty. The water was running down the wash. I love the sound of water. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn beautiful colors. They looked so vibrant. The colors on the mountain are starting to change. Some beautiful flowers still. We live in a beautiful world. 

I have a grandson who is all a restricted diet so I try to cater some foods to his needs. He gets so excited when he knows its a green light and he knows he can eat it. If you don't have diet restrictions then you could use the regular oatmeal. Don't be scared away from these. They have great flavor and chewiness. All of my family enjoyed them.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup gluten free old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup gluten free oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs or (2 Tablespoons ground flax + 6 Tablespoons water whisk together. Set aside 15 min.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped up dark chocolate chips (Dairy free if desired)
1 cup gluten free old fashioned oatmeal.

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. In a medium size bowl whisk together oatmeal, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
3. Stir in bowl or blend in blender oil, sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla.
4. Fold in the dry ingredients until all combined.
5. Fold in chips and oatmeal until all combined.
6. Scoop on to cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes. don't over bake.
7. Take out of oven and cool cookies on cooling rack.
8. Store in airtight container and store in fridge or freezer.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Golden Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy free,)


I went on a walk this morning it couldn't have been more beautiful. It was so invigorating. I love going on walks. Hope your week is starting off great too.

It is that wonderful time of year when everyone starts buying pumpkin and baking wonderful bakes goods. These were sooo good. I loved eating two muffins at a time. I love pumpkin! I hope you do too.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 egg or flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together set aside for 15 min.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped up dark chocolate chips (Vegan chips if desired)

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease muffin cups.
2. Blend together in blender pumpkin, oil, egg and vanilla. blend until smooth.
3. Pour in dry ingredients into the blender, flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Pulse until just combined. (You could also stir it in with a spoon.)
4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Scoop into greased muffin pans. Place in preheated oven. Bake for 15 min or until done.
6. Cool on wire rack.
7. Store leftovers in airtight container. Store in fridge or freezer.