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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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Carrot Cake Truffles with Vanilla Bean Icing

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I’m not a huge sweets-eater….but I do love carrot cake!

These easy to make raw carrot cake truffles are vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and most importantly delicious. Be sure to use gluten free oats if you don’t eat gluten. They are no bake and suitable for a raw food diet, maple syrup is heated but contains nutrients so is generally accepted as suitable for raw foodists. Full of healthy fats, fibre and protein – you can have your cake and eat it with this!

If you would rather have a carrot cake than truffles just press the base ingredient into a pan and top with the icing. It’s slightly quicker to make it as a cake. If you don’t have coconut cream you can replace with coconut oil but the icing will not be as firm. The chia seeds can be replaced with either flax seeds or more oats, they help set the cake / truffles.

Carrot Cake Truffles with Vanilla Bean Icing Recipe

  • Total time: 25m
  • Yield: 16 truffles
  • Calories: 120 cal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups / 100g grated Carrot
  • 1 cup / 150g Walnuts
  • 1 cup / 100g Dates
  • 3 tbsp Oats (use gluten free if your avoiding gluten)
  • 2 tbsp shredded Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (or, 1 to 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil)
  • ½ tsp ground Ginger (or, 1 to 2 drops of Ginger essential oil)
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg (or, 1 drop Nutmeg essential oil)

Icing

  • 1 cup / 150g Cashews
  • ½ cup / 120 ml Coconut cream
  • 3 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Lime juiced

How to make

  1. Put all of the base ingredients into a food processor and pulse blend until they are all combined.
  2. The mixture should be firm, if it’s not add some more oats.
  3. Either roll into balls for truffles and place on non stick sheets or push into a cake pan for one big carrot cake. Place in the freezer to chill while you make the icing.
  4. Melt the coconut cream as its solid at a room temperature. I melt it by placing in a bowl within a bowl of hot water.
  5. Place all of the icing ingredients into a blender with a few tablespoons of water. Blend until you get a smooth creamy icing.
  6. Hold the truffles on a fork over the icing and spoon on the cashew vanilla bean icing. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and put on a non stick sheet.
  7. For the cake just pour the icing on top and spread it out. Sprinkle with cinnamon / grated carrots / chopped nuts to garnish,
  8. Once the truffles / cake is made chill in the fridge for half an hour and they are ready to eat.
  9. They will last several days stored in the fridge.

Check out the video… https://youtu.be/PJPXC-YPLss

Thank you Nest & Glow for this recipe!

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roasted eggplant lasagna with thyme

A classic comfort dish takes a noodle-less twist using roasted eggplant and tomatoes as the base layers, then spiced with organic garlic powder and thyme. Complete with a quick homemade sauce, this vegetable version still has all the creamy cheesiness you love.

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Doesn’t this look delish!!! Recipe courtesy of Simply Organic!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Thyme Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1  Bay Leaf
  • pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 large eggplants, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • If you don’t have fresh organic or dried ingredients on hand  I love to use my essential oils  Thyme Essential Oil….  Sweet Basil Essential OilBlack Pepper Essential Oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray.

2. Arrange eggplant slices on baking sheets and brush with olive oil. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. In a medium-size bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir until well combined, then set aside.

4. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for about 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.

5. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, parsley, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and tomato paste. Stir until well combined and let cook for 1 minute.

6. Using a sharp knife, break up tomatoes while still in can. Add to pot and break up further. Add sugar and stir to combine. Bring heat to a low simmer and cook down for 20 minutes, until thickened.

7. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, spices or sugar if desired. Turn off heat and set aside.

8. Adjust oven temperature to 375 degrees. Spoon a ladleful of sauce onto the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place a layer of eggplant slices on top of the sauce, then a layer of tomato slices on top of the eggplant.

9. Dollop the ricotta mixture over the tomatoes and using a spatula, spread in an even layer. Sprinkle 1/4 cup mozzarella over the ricotta mixture, then 1 tablespoon basil.

10. Continue layering in the following order eggplant, tomatoes, sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, basil for 3 layers, reserving some basil for garnish. Once you lay the last row of eggplant slices, top only with sauce, remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella and remaining 1/4 cup parmesan.

11. Cover baking dish with loosely tented aluminum foil, place on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

12. Remove foil and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven, let rest for 15 minutes, then garnish with remaining basil and serve.

 

Thank you Simply Organic for the recipe!

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Personalized Egg Cups

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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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Skillet Chicken and Root Vegetable Potpie

Sometimes you just have to have a Pot Pie!

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Ingredients (Substitute where needed!)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts (Organic Free-Range)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided (I use Trader Joe’s Organic, Free-Range chicken stock)
  • 2.8 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup) (substitute oat, coconut, etc.. flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diagonally cut carrot
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped turnip greens or kale (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-in. cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • How to Make It

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side. Place chicken on a cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Shred into large pieces.

    2. Preheat oven to 425°F.

    3. Combine 2 1/2 cups stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add onion, carrot, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in turnip greens; cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and flour mixture. Add turnips; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken and parsley. Remove pan from heat.

    4. Arrange piecrust over pan, folding edges under as needed. Cut slits in dough to allow steam to escape. Brush with egg white. Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.

      I always use organic ingredients!

      Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Less Loaded Potato Soup

Less Loaded Potato Soup

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Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pound cubed peeled baking potato (about 2)
1 pound cubed Yukon gold potato (about 4)
5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)  or vegetable
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 bay leaf
1 pound cauliflower, cut into florets (about 1/2 head)
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk  or use coconut or almond milk
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
1/2 cup fat-free fromage blanc (such as Vermont Creamery) or sour cream (or greek yogurt)
2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (nitrate free)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.

3. While potatoes simmer, combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat. Roast at 450° for 30 minutes or until browned, turning once.

4. Place cauliflower mixture and milk in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour cauliflower mixture into a large bowl. Add half of potato mixture to blender; pulse 5 to 6 times or until coarsely chopped. Pour into bowl with cauliflower mixture. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Place cauliflower-potato mixture in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup green onions, and fromage blanc; stir until fromage blanc melts. Ladle soup into 8 bowls. Top evenly with remaining green onions, cheese, and bacon.

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

This looks delicious!!!

Thank you #Zija International!

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