Almond Coconut Flour Cookies

Yes, I know.

We have about 100,000,000 chocolate chip cookie recipes on this site.

Maybe not that many, but quite a few.

Why? You may ask.

Every cookie is different.

Some are raw, some are baked, some are…vaporized. ;)

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These beauties are the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

I think I’ve said that before, but this time I’m for real.

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They are not vegan unfortunately, due to the eggs, but I am sure egg replacer would work just fine.

Well, enough of this chitter chatter, lets make some cookies!

Best Gf Chocolate Chip Cookies
can be vegan
gluten & dairy free
paleo

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sucanat or coconut sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs or egg replacer
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. With a mixer, combine the coconut oil, sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla extract.

3. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt.

4. Bake for 9 minutes, then take out + enjoy!

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If you are in possession of an oven, you need to make these. This is a need, not a want.

Trust me.

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Almond Butter No Bakes

I seem to love raw things.

Flavors, it seems like, are more pronounced when they’re not baked.

Or heated up.

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Meet the almond butter no bakes.

Dates, almond butter and vanilla. Whats not to love?

Three ingredients.

1/2 cup almond butter
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp dates
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oats

1. Throwing everything in the food processor, adding the oats last. Form into cookie shapes and store in freezer till solid.

2. Enjoy!

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Nuvita Review + Brownies!

Nuvita.

I love oil. Don’t you?

There isn’t a time that I don’t bake with oil, because it gives things flavor. It just wouldn’t be the same, would it?

Mostly, I use coconut oil, but I am open to many other types of oil as well.

Nutiva (www.nutiva.com) recently sent me some different oils to review.

Among them was an oil I had never even heard of: red palm oil.

I’ve heard of palm oil, but not red palm oil. So I researched and found out that red palm oil is high in vitamins A + E and can be used in almost anything.

I figured the best way to use my red palm oil was to put it to the test with brownies.

After all, if it doesn’t taste good, why should I use it?

I was surprised to discover red palm oil tastes a lot like olive oil, making it perfect for anything you want to use it in.

So, I did half coconut oil and half red palm oil, crossed my fingers and put it in the oven.

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Mission accomplished. :)

These brownies are fudgy and not quite as sweet as your typical brownie, so if you’re not a fan of fudgy things, this probably isn’t the recipe for you.

These have been kid-tested and approved. In fact, more than half the pan is gone. ;)

Best of all, these brownies have oats in them, giving them a light oat-y flavor.

Red Palm Oil Brownies (with oats)
gluten & dairy free
can be vegan

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup red palm oil
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 cup sucanat or other granulated sweetener
2 eggs or 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup oats
Optional: 1/2 cup walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together coconut oil, red palm oil and cacao powder with a mixer. Add sucanat, eggs, almond flour and oats. Mix until combined well.

3. Spray an 8 x 8 pan and pour the brownie mixture in.

4. Bake for 28 minutes, then cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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I was very impressed by the selection of oils Nutiva sent me and will be buying them again. Red palm oil has a great flavor and will tastes good in baked goods.

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Thanks to Nuvita for allowing me to review their products. This was great fun!

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Fudge Bites

Fudge bites.

Yum, yum, yum!

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Some things are just better when they’re simple.

That goes for a lot of things, but treats is certainly one of them.

You don’t need flour, butter, sugar or food coloring to make things taste great. The best ingredients are the natural ones. They not only taste great, but they’re great for you.

And what better excuse for these sugar free, dairy free, gluten free treats than good for you? ;)

Fudge Bites
gluten & dairy free
vegan

1 1/2 cup dates,
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts

1. Put the dates in your processor first, then when chopped, add the rest.

2. Form into balls and eat! Or you don’t even have to bother to form them, just eat. ;)

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Navita’s Naturals

Navita’s Naturals.

Today, we have Navita’s Naturals. Makers of healthy snack foods, essentials and overall yumminess, they have made snacks that not only taste good, but are good for your body.

Packed with vitamins and minerals and no refined sugar. Score!

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These days, if you want a snack, you have to look at your options carefully.

Those cookie dough protein bars are full of sugar and that granola may not be so healthy.

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But with Navita’s Natural’s, there is a peace of mind knowing what you’re putting in your mouth is good for your body.

The cacao goji superfood is a great fix for chocolate lovers. I am not normally a fan of goji berries, but in this they add a certain sweetness to the dark cacao powder.

Next up, blueberry hemp superfood. This one tasted like a raw blueberry muffin. It was my favorite one by far. If you love blueberries and hemp seeds, this is the snack for you!

Last but not least, the dried dragon fruit. My mom enjoyed these very much. They are kind of chewy and they have a great nutritional value. It would be a great thing to take with you on the go when you’re running around on errands.

Overall, I was very impressed with the selection here. Yummy and nutritious!

You can find Navita’s Naturals on their website: http://navitasnaturals.com/ or on www.amazon.com and at your local Whole Foods.

Big thank you to Navita’s Naturals for giving me some of their products to review.

Carrot Cake

What?

This was supposed to be a flop.

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I didn’t even know if it would turn out. I tried anyways.

You know what they say, those who persevere get carrot cake.

Right? Isn’t that what it said?

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Anyways, lets get back to the carrot cake. This one is moist, delicious and…healthy?

Yep, healthy carrot cake.

Carrot Cake
vegan option
gluten & dairy free

4 eggs or 1 cup applesauce
2 cups coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 cups almond flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 9 inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract.
Add almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Fold in carrots and raisins.

3. Bake in oven for 40 minutes. Take out and let cool for at least 20 minutes before devouring.

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Banana Bread Walnuts

Banana bread walnuts.

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Yummy, banana bread inspired walnuts.

Currently, we don’t have an oven (haven’t had one since before christmas) due to renovation. You’d think one might go mad without it.

Wrong!

In fact, it has opened my mind to making raw desserts, and more recently, dehydrated ones. Opening the door to experimentation is a good thing, but I still want my oven back. ;)

These walnuts are super yummy and taste kinda like banana bread. Everyone in my family enjoys them except for the ones who don’t like nuts.

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Banana Bread Walnuts
gluten free & vegan

4 cups walnuts (I soaked and dehydrated mine)
1 1/2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
Agave nectar for drizzling

1. Place walnuts in a bowl. Using a blender, blend bananas, honey, cinnamon and sea salt.

2. Pour the mixture over the walnuts and mix well.

3. Get a dehydrator sheet and spread the covered walnuts on it. Drizzle with agave nectar.

4. Put in the dehydrator for 24 hours at 105 degrees. When done, take out and store in a glass jar in the fridge to preserve the enzymes. Enjoy! :)

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