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Superfood Brownie Bars

I’m not much of a sweets eater, but I would definitely have to take a bite or two of these
No bake superfood brownie energy bars, packed with pistachios, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, coconut and dried fruit! Topped with dark chocolate and sea salt. The perfect nutritious healthy dessert!
INGREDIENTS
  • For the bars:
  • 1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup raw walnuts
  • ¼ cup raw pecans halves
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup goji berries (or dried cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon warm water, if necessary
  • For the topping
  • 1.5 ounces 85% dark chocolate (vegan, if desired)
  • To garnish:
  • 1 tablespoon shelled pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling on top
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add dates, walnuts, pecans, only ¼ cup of pistachios to the bowl of a food processor. Process until chunky. Next add in unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Process again until mixture is chunky and slightly clumping. If mixture is dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water.
  2. Next add in remaining ¼ cup pistachios and goji berries and pulse again a few times until pistachios are slightly chunky. Add mixture into a 8×4 inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper, pressing evenly towards the sides of the pan.
  3. Add dark chocolate to a small saucepan and place over low heat until melted. You can also microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between until chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Pour over the bars, tilting pan so that the chocolate covers the bars evenly. Garnish the bars with 1 tablespoon of the following: pistachios, goji berries and crushed pecans.
  4. Place bars in the freezer for 30 minutes-1 hour to harden. Once ready to serve, sprinkle with Maldon sea salt then cut into 8 squares. Store safely covered in the freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy!
NOTES
If you want you can keep the melted dark chocolate of the top. They are still incredibly delicious!
Thank you Monique with Ambitious Kitchen for this yummy recipe!
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Spiced Chickpea Nuts

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Ingredients

1 15 ounce can of Chickpeas

1 T. evoo (extra virgin olive oil) ( I also like to use avocado oil too)

2 tsp. ground Cumin

1 tsp. dried Marjoram

1/4 tsp. ground Allspice

1/2 tsp. Sea or Kosher salt

(Play with your spices to satisfy your taste)

  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Eat them as a snack or toss them in a salad!

Enjoy!

Thank you Eating Well for this idea!

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CARAMEL APPLE PIE BREAD

Holy Moly…This looks amazing!
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This Caramel Apple Pie Bread, is loaded with chunks of apples and crunchy walnuts, all wrapped in a delicious cinnamon-almond flour batter. Each slice is topped with buttery crumbs, coated with a divine homemade caramel and served warm. The texture is soft, moist and fluffy.

Your house will smell like warm apple pie when you bake this bread.

(Thank  you Living Healthy for this amazing recipe!)
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  • 2 cups (228 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 91 grams finely sliced apples (this is equivalent to almost 1 cup full or 1 small apple).*
  • ⅓ cup (79g) full fat coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons (75g) coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons (129g) raw honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
CRUMB TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
HOMEMADE CARAMEL:
  • Ingredients
    • 2 tablespoons (23ml) water
    • ¼ cup (35g) raw coconut palm sugar
    • ½ cup (111.5ml) full fat coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • pinch salt
    Instructions
    1. Bring the water and coconut sugar to a light boil in a medium saucepan, stirring the mixture constantly over medium heat.
    2. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and salt, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t burn. When the mixture start to thicken and turn darker in color it’s ready. Set aside to cool, and store it in a airtight container in the fridge.
Instructions
APPLE PIE BREAD:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 6.4 x 3.8-inch loaf pan with coconut oil, and line it with a piece of parchment paper. Cut paper to fit lengthwise, leaving some excess on the edges. You can also make this bread on 8½ x 4½-inch medium loaf.
  2. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whist together the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, eggs, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, mix dry and wet ingredients together just until combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Gently fold into the batter the apple slices and chopped walnuts (reserve about 1 tablespoon of walnuts for the crumb topping).
  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Mix all the crumb topping ingredients together with your hands, then sprinkle top of bread with the crumbs and reserved walnuts.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover bread with aluminum foil and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 more minutes. Total baking time should be approximately 50 minutes. Set pan on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Carefully remove bread from pan while still warm, and drizzle caramel over the top before serving.Recipe serves 8-10 people. Store in the refrigerator.
Cook’s Notes
Use organic green apples – Granny Smith.
Make sure to slice apples into small pieces of about ⅛-inch thick.
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Create Your Own Snacks!

I am really having fun making my own Power Bites.  I know exactly what’s in them and it’s fun to play.  Today’s experiment may sound a little crazy.  I looked to see what I had on hand and just went for it!

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (yes garbanzo beans, great source of fiber….I had a choice between these, black beans, or peanut butter.  I’ve already done peanut butter, black beans are next on the list! ;))
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • a couple handfuls of walnuts (one for the blender, and one chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (that’s all I had)
  • 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential essential oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • approximately 1/4 tsp. of sea salt

Combine coconut oil, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, honey, 1 handful of the walnuts, and salt in Vitamix (it worked better than my NutriBullet).  Cream together then scrap into a bowl…  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Roll into balls (whatever size you like) and freeze for approx. 1 hour.  Put some in an airtight container in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.  This made about 3 1/2 dozen balls!

Make your own, have fun…play with it.

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

This looks delicious!!!

Thank you #Zija International!

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Pumpkin Power Balls

Yep…These happened yesterday!!  Yummy!  Didn’t even have to heat up the oven.

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Recipe makes: 24-32 balls. (Depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal (I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup all-natural Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup all-natural Peanut butter, or Almond butter
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbsp ground flax seeds (if ‘dough’ seems too wet, then  add more ground flax, if it’s too dry, add less…start with a smaller quantity)
  • 1 cup small chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, chopped peanuts, coconut flakes, or any combination of mix-ins that equal 1 cup total.
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (I used regular size). You could use dark chocolate/cacao pieces, or just skip them altogether.
  • Opt.  1 packet of Chocolate Plant Protein!

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl until very thoroughly mixed.
  2. Roll into balls of about 1″ in diameter (I did different sizes).
  3. Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper & freeze one hour.
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!

Thank you CleanFoodCrush for the recipe!

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Our Diet Impacts our Health & Vitality

Health surveys show that the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is higher than ever before. This can be attributed largely to the state of our diets that are woefully inadequate in nutrient-rich whole foods. The reality is that most of us get too much of the wrong stuff, not enough of the right stuff!

  • 90% of us don’t eat the recommended 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 70% of us admit to eating foods that actually contribute to poor health
  • Less than 1 serving of whole grains are consumed on a daily basis—many don’t even get that
  • Protective lipids and sterols have been stripped from whole grains to increase their shelf life
  • Many don’t eat fish due to concerns about the presence of heavy metals and contaminants
  • A majority of people are below the estimated average requirement for some basic, essential vitamins and minerals
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Avocado-Mango Salsa

A GREAT summer salsa!!  Yummy!

Thank you Cooking Light and myrecipes.com for this recipe!!!

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Ingredients

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups chopped peeled avocado
1 cup chopped peeled mango
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
Combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, avocado, mango, chopped cilantro, and juice, tossing gently. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with chips.
To make chips, read more…
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10 Amazing Summer Popsicle Ideas!

What I love so much about summer is that it brings out my “inner kid”. Playing in playgrounds, running in the sunshine, and exercising myself into an afternoon flop on the couch! Anothe…

Source: 10 Amazing Summer Popsicle Ideas!

Thank you standingstrongwellness for these ideas!!

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