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Nutty Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Fruit-sweetened)

Occasionally I like to have a treat waiting for my kids when they get off the school bus. I don’t think there’s much more inviting than walking into the house after a long day and smelling fresh-baked cookies coming out of the oven.

But with this new eating plan, I’ve been trying to cut back on the wheat and sugar for them, as well as me. That makes cookie baking a bit more challenging.

I’ve been working on this cookie recipe for a while. At first, they were too soft…almost like cake. But I finally perfected it. They’re not TOO sweet, have a nice crunch, and are absolutely delicious. I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine do!

Nutty Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) organic butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choice), room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used raw almonds)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Here’s What To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes or until soft.
  4. In a blender, combined drained dates, banana, egg, melted butter and vanilla until dates are completely pureed.
  5. In a large bowl, combine almond butter and date mixture until completely combined.
  6. In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda. Add to almond butter mixture in large bowl and stir until combined.
  7. Mix in chopped nuts and chocolate chips.
  8. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart (these will not spread much while baking.)
  9. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
  10. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then remove from baking sheet.
  11. Enjoy!

I hope you and your family enjoy these cookies as much as we do!

Favorite Gluten-Free Recipe Roundup

Chicken, Bacon, Dates and beet greens. Total yum! A recipe I’ll share next week!

This week I’ve been exploring some new recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. All of them are gluten and refined-sugar free. I wanted to share some of these fantastic recipes with you today. Enjoy!

  • Slow-Cooked Coconut Ginger Pork: The juice this dish produces in the crockpot will blow your mind. It is so succulent. About 30 minutes before it was done cooking, I threw in some baby spinach and sliced carrots which added a nice nutritional punch, plus some color. If you do grains, you could serve it over rice. Otherwise serve it in a bowl. You’ll want to drink the liquid for sure!
  • Rosemary Spaghetti Squash Egg Nests: I’m realizing that I have quite a few vegetables I’ve avoided over the years because of some less than pleasant early experiences with them as a child. Spaghetti squash was one of them. However when I saw this recipe from the Urban Poser, I knew I needed to give it another chance. I am SO glad I did. This is awesome, and quite filling. One is more than enough to fill you. Next time I make it I’ll prepare the nests ahead of time, and then I can cook them with the egg inside when I’m ready, and I can keep the yolks gooey (they cooked solid before the nests were done.) This makes a great breakfast or even dinner.
  • Red Chicken Coconut Curry: OK, this one is one of mine. But it’s a meal that comes together SO quickly, that I had to include it. In 20 minutes, dinner is done!
  • Blueberry Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake: It’s pumpkin pie in a glass. No lie. I’m not even all that big a fan of pumpkin pie, but I LOVE this shake. And the best part is that it leaves me full and totally energized all morning.
  • Coconut Cream Pie Larabar Recipe: I’m a big fan of Kind bars, and typically prefer them to Larabars. But when I was in the grocery store this week I was starving and saw these in the checkout line so I picked one up. TOTAL yum! Because I don’t love the price on any of these bars I quickly looked up a recipe on how to make them at home. This one is great.
  • Cinnamon Bun Muffins: This is the first recipe I ever made from the Elana’s Pantry food blog, and it’s still one of my favorites. (I replace the agave with 100% pure maple syrup.) Make them. You can thank me later!

Do you have some favorite gluten and refined-sugar free recipes? Please share them in the comments!

Roasted Beets and Beet Greens with Dates and Goat Cheese Recipe (Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Do you have a vegetable you’re afraid of? Something you had an unfortunate experience with early on that completely turned you off to the whole institution? There are only a select few like that for me, and beets were near the top of the list.

If memory serves, I’m fairly certain the beets I was exposed to were pickled beets out of a can. I loathed them.

But recently I’ve been seeing more and more recipes with beets, and the nutritional benefits are huge. And I do believe that any vegetable can taste good if cooked properly. So I decided this weekend to pick up a bunch of organic beets, and give it a go.

Beets and their greens

I scrubbed them clean, cut off the greens (and reserved them in a glass of water), and cut them down to a relatively uniform size.

Next I put them in a foil pack with some olive oil, salt and pepper.

I sealed up the edges of the foil and roasted them in a 375 degree F oven for about 45 minutes. Basically, you roast them until you can easily spear them with a fork.

Once they’re done, let them cool enough to handle and then slide the skins off. I didn’t take a picture of this step (because my hands were full of purple beet juice!)

When you’re done, you’ll have a lovely plate of roasted beets. You can eat them like this, or use them in recipes like the Roasted Beets and Beet Greens with Dates and Goat Cheese recipe I’m sharing with you today.

Roasted Beets and Beet Greens with Dates and Goat Cheese
Serves 2 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 2 roasted beets, sliced
  • 1 bunch beet greens, stemmed and chopped into 3-inch pieces
  • 8 dates, sliced
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 oz goat cheese

Here’s What To Do:

  1. Heat some olive oil over low heat in a frying pan. Add the sliced onion and saute about 5 minutes until carmelized and soft.
  2. Add the roasted beet slices, beet greens, and sliced dates, and cook until greens are wilted.
  3. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Remove from heat and add goat cheese. Stir gently.
  5. Serve.

The Verdict: This was a lovely dish that convinced even this non-beet eater that beets can taste good. I think the sweetness of the dates and carmelized onions worked perfectly with the beets and greens, and the goat cheese added a perfect note to the overall dish. Thanks to this, I would make beets again!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy beets? Would love to learn about your favorite recipes in the comments below!

Healthy Chocolate Truffles (Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free)

You know how sometimes you just need some chocolate?

And not that virtuous square of dark chocolate. I mean some creamy, delicious chocolate that rolls around in your mouth and tastes like heaven? If you know what I’m talking about, then this post is for you.

One of the important things with a lifestyle change like giving up wheat and refined sugar is having some go-to snacks stashed away for emergencies. I keep a container of raw mixed nuts and seeds with freeze-dried strawberries that I mix up available for snacking when I’m starving (it ALWAYS fills me.)

But when I need something a bit more decadent, like when I’m enjoying a glass of red wine before bed in the evening, I reach for these babies. These are my healthy creamy chocolate truffles, and there’s not a drop of refined sugar in them. Instead, they’re sweetened by pitted dates, and pack a nutritional punch of protein and antioxidants. Yummy AND good for you? You bet!

I roll them in coconut, but you can use more cacao powder, nuts, or whatever you desire. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Healthy Chocolate Truffles (Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free)

Ingredients

  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

Here’s What To Do:

  1. In your blender or food processor, combine dates, cacao powder, almond butter and coconut oil on low speed until dates are fully pulverized and the mixture is creamy.
  2. Place coconut in a small bowl.
  3. Scoop chocolate mixture out by teaspoonfuls and roll in coconut to form truffles.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
  5. Scoop out any remaining chocolate truffle mixture with your spatula and lick until the blender is clean! 🙂 (Watch your fingers!)

Would love to hear how you like these! 

What wheat and refined sugar-free snacks do you keep on hand?

Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Banana Nut Cacao Pancakes (Paleo)

Banana Nut Cacao Pancakes

My kids are back to school, which means I’m getting up before the sun to make breakfast and be sure my kids get a good start to the day. Like a lot of parents, I wrack my brain to try to come up with tasty, high protein options that are easy to make when the coffee is still kicking in, and that the kids will actually eat. The bonus is when the breakfast is something I can eat too (no wheat or refined sugar.)

Well this recipe totally fits that bill. The inspiration came from Marla Sarris, who guest posted about Paleo breakfasts over at The Mogul Mom. This recipe is a variation on that theme. These were a HUGE hit in my house.

Plus the ingredient list isn’t complicated. You can use cocoa powder if you don’t have raw cacao. (And the cacao provides a nice shot of antioxidants.) And you can omit the liquid stevia all together. You can make them with almond butter, peanut butter, or any nut butter of your choice.

Banana Nut Cacao Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 heaping Tbsp nut butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia (optional, to taste)
  • Coconut oil or butter, for frying

Here’s What To Do:

  1. In a blender, combine bananas, nut butter, eggs, cacao powder, cinnamon, and stevia until well mixed.
  2. Heat a little coconut oil or butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  3. Pour batter on heated pan. I made silver dollar sized pancakes, but you can make them larger as you prefer. These cook quickly so as soon as the edges seem cooked, flip and cook a minute longer.
  4. Remove from heat and serve. If you use the stevia, they are sweet enough on their own, and you can just serve with fruit.

Next time we make these, I’m going to try them with pumpkin instead of bananas, omit the cacao, and use pumpkin pie spice. I’ll let you know how they turn out.