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Flourless Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Tis the season for allllll the baked goods and I am SO excited about it!

That might sound counter-intuitive to you — a Nutritionist who’s excited about baked goods? Isn’t that the antithesis of a nutritionist?

Nope.

Not this one, anyway!

I LOVE to bake! And I REALLY love to bake when it’s cold outside. I’m sure I’m not alone in that!

And honestly – what I’ve found about myself is I get really excited about baking “all the things” but rarely do I eat much of any of it. Funny, right? You’d think I’d be big as a house after all the baking I do during the fall and winter/holidays! But, no. It’s like I get it out of my system in the process of baking. And, truth be told, because I might eat some of the batter in the process! You gotta taste it, right? I’d hate to poison anyone!! 😉

The other thing I love about baking is trying to get a recipe just right with as little sugar as possible and experimenting with grain-free flours. We just feel SO much better when we’re not eating much sugar! We really try to keep our intake at less than 20g per day (Mo, probably closer to 30-40g depending upon his training intensity that day)! We can really feel the difference when we get above that!

And you know what I’ve learned? It is absolutely not worth the way I feel when I eat things made with refined/processed sugar and vegetable oils. I’m fine with All Purpose Flour on occasion and having some maple syrup or honey or coconut sugar… But when I go to holiday parties and see all of the baked goods, etc.  – honestly, and I’m TRULY not bragging here – it’s rarely a temptation, simply because I KNOW how crappy I will feel after.

And THAT is what I wish for my nutrition clients – to get to that place that it’s not about not eating something out of restriction but rather out of self-care!

So ALL of that being said – let’s talk about these cookies! They are ABSOLUTELY delicious and only use 1/3 cup of coconut sugar in the WHOLE batch! AND majority of the ingredients is almond butter, which I love because it’s a healthy fat that is going to help keep blood sugar level when you eat these!

I love making these to have around the house during the holidays for a cleaner substitute to all the baked goods that seem to be more prevalent this time of year. I also like to make these to take to holiday parties or to have around for my Thanksgiving or Christmas with our family, so that I know there is something there that I can feel really good about having!

Hope you love these as much as we do!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 32 cookies…

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free – optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond butter (preferably fresh ground)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large cage free eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (see 4th step first…)
  • In small bowl mix together the oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the almond butter, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth – 2 minutes.
  • Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then fold in chocolate chips.
  • For best results, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour. And then move on to the next step. If you don’t have time, no worries, they will still turn out GREAT – but will be a bit more sticky to work with.
  • Roll cookies into approx. 2-inch dough balls (I like to use a small ice cream scoop) and place onto cookie sheet approx. 2 inches apart, then barely flatten the top of the cookie (I’ve found it’s best to use 2-3 fingers for this and dip my fingers in a little warm water so that the dough doesn’t stick to my fingers as much.)
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes – until the edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 7 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (see 4th step first…)
  2. In small bowl mix together the oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat the almond butter, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth – 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. For best results, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour. And then move on to the next step. If you don’t have time, no worries, they will still turn out GREAT – but will be a bit more sticky to work with.
  6. Roll cookies into approx. 2-inch dough balls (I like to use a small ice cream scoop) and place onto cookie sheet approx. 2 inches apart, then barely flatten the top of the cookie (I’ve found it’s best to use 2-3 fingers for this and dip my fingers in a little warm water so that the dough doesn’t stick to my fingers as much.)
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes – until the edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  8. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 7 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Grain Free Strawberry Blondies

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Y’all!!! I think I may have officially out done myself on these. Can I say that? I feel like this is a safe space to toot my own horn! 🙂

I have been craving strawberries! It’s got to be the fact that it is summer and hotter than hades outside in Dallas! Truth be told, I don’t really like strawberries. Eeek! I know! A nutritionist that doesn’t like fruit. Yep! You found her! It’s definitely a texture thing… I LOVE the flavor of fruits! Well, except bananas! YUCK! Ok, anyway…

So I came across a recipe for Strawberry Brownies but it used a narley boxed strawberry cake mix with Red 40 food coloring and all sorts of stuff that I choose not to put in my body. So, true to form, I decided to make my own clean eating version!

Holy moly these turned out spectacular AND on the first try!

The batter will look off when you put it in the pan. You will think, NO WAY these are going to end up looking like Alix’s pictures. But hang with it. Pop them in the oven and just wait. I am so excited for you to make these! Don’t wait another second! GO! NOW!

These will be your kids new favorite and you’re new go-to summer, easy to make dessert! Promise!

I KNOW you will love these!

Grain Free Strawberry Blondies

Makes 16 blondies…

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh ground almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 16 slices of fresh strawberries, approx. 5 strawberries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8” square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, mix together the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, monk fruit, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  • With a spatula, stir in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Spread evenly in prepared pan and arrange sliced strawberries on top in rows of 4×4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Cool completely, and then cut into 16 squares.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8” square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, mix together the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, monk fruit, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  3. With a spatula, stir in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Spread evenly in prepared pan and arrange sliced strawberries on top in rows of 4x4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Cool completely, and then cut into 16 squares.
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Grain Free Cookie Dough Bites

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These little gems are incredibly easy to make and will put a smile on any kids face… Or adult, for that matter!

Chickpeas are the “surprise” ingredient in these Cookie Dough Bites. I know… Chickpeas! You’re thinking, “Ewww…. That does not make me want to eat these…” But go with the intrigue here and make them! I promise you’ll never know chickpeas are in them by the way they taste! They literally taste just like cookie dough!

I love to keep these around the house for a healthy, go-to snack. They are great for the kiddos lunches or after school… They are also the perfect pre or post-workout snack!

We’re smack in the middle of summer as I type this, but I can’t help but suggest these for around the holidays… As a clean eating “sweet” that you can have on hand while trying to avoid all of the sugar-laden foods that are typically easier to reach for during the holiday season.

I like to make these by hand – full confession: I really dislike cleaning the food processor! Ha! But, you can easily throw all of the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) into the food processor, give it a whirl and done! Just stir in the chocolate chips, roll into balls and bake. Easy as that!

You will love these!!

Grain Free Cookie Dough Bites

Yields about 40 cookies, slightly larger than a silver dollar…

Ingredients:

  • 1, 15oz can Chickpeas, well rinsed and patted dry with a paper towel (Eden’s brand is preferred due to quality…)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw local honey (maple syrup, if vegan…)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup 70% or higher dark chocolate chips (use EnjoyLife brand, if vegan…)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  • Mash the chickpeas – you can use a food processor, a blender or your hand and a fork… They don’t need to have a completely smooth consistency, but fewer the chunks, the better…
  • Combine all ingredients, except for chocolate chips and mix until smooth (you can use a food processor, a mixer or a spatula and mix by hand…) Make sure the chickpeas are well combined.
  • Put in the chocolate chips and stir in. The dough will be very thick and sticky.
  • With wet hands, form into balls approx. the size of a silver dollar. I like to use an small ice cream scoop for this…
  • Place onto prepared baking sheet. If you want them to be more like “normal” cookies – slightly press down on the dough to flatten – they will not rise too much.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes. If serving immediately, allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet pan and then serve. If storing for later, allow to cool 30 minutes and then place into an airtight container and then into the fridge.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with coconut or avocado oil cooking spray.
  2. Mash the chickpeas – you can use a food processor, a blender or your hand and a fork… They don’t need to have a completely smooth consistency, but fewer the chunks, the better…
  3. Combine all ingredients, except for chocolate chips and mix until smooth (you can use a food processor, a mixer or a spatula and mix by hand…) Make sure the chickpeas are well combined.
  4. Put in the chocolate chips and stir in. The dough will be very thick and sticky.
  5. With wet hands, form into balls approx. the size of a silver dollar. I like to use an small ice cream scoop for this…
  6. Place onto prepared baking sheet. If you want them to be more like “normal” cookies – slightly press down on the dough to flatten – they will not rise too much.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes. If serving immediately, allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet pan and then serve. If storing for later, allow to cool 30 minutes and then place into an airtight container and then into the fridge.
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LINK Endurance Pre Workout Shake

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As Holistic Nutritionists, we are always coaching clients on how to race fast AND recover fast – but not only fast, recover WELL. Could you shove a couple of donuts down your throat with a pot of coffee before a race and probably have a pretty good race? Sure. Race in and race out, though? No. Here’s why: by practicing the thinking of “I just need food so I can burn it – it doesn’t matter what it is or the quality of it…” is completely backwards.

Many people who workout a lot (we would define “a lot” as more than 6-7 hours per week…) or who are endurance athletes, etc. make the mistake of thinking that because they workout so often, they can afford to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Again – completely backwards.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but it is truly the opposite. Because you workout so much, the cleaner you need to eat. Now, can you afford to eat more? Yes, for sure! But WHAT you eat – particularly the quality of it, is vital! The higher quality food you put in, the faster you will race and recover. Not to mention the clearer you will be able to think while working or make decisions on the race-course.

We cannot say it enough: WHAT YOU PUT IN IS WHAT WILL COME OUT!

Hence: our favorite pre-race shake! Well, let’s be clear: Mo’s favorite. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that Alix doesn’t go near bananas. If you don’t either, no worries – simply omit. But if you’re cool with them, leave it! It will make the shake really creamy in texture!

This shake is FULL of the nutrition you need prior to a race –

  • The tart cherry juice and banana are fast burning carbs – but not so many that you will crash. Plus, the tart cherry juice is an incredible anti-oxidant, so it will help fight off those free-radicals that get released when racing or during a hard workout!
  • The maca powder is incredible for your hormones…
  • The cacao powder is an anti-oxidant and is high in iron and magnesium…
  • The ground chia is a great source of fiber and the almond butter a clean source of fat – but neither will weigh you down, but will slow down digestion just long enough for this shake to last you until after your 45 – 60 minute workout or until your first bite of race fuel during the race…
  • The MCT or Coconut Oil are medium chain triglycerides that the body will digest as it would carbohydrates vs fat – meaning, it won’t slow anything from getting into the bloodstream!

So if you have a big workout coming up – give this a shot! It’s one of our favorites! You will feel the difference in your ability to push!

Enjoy!

LINK Endurance Pre-Workout Shake

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 4oz unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 4oz tart cherry juice
  • ½ banana
  • 1 scoop high quality protein powder*
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 handful of spinach or baby kale
  • ½ tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground almond butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender and drink up – ideally no more/less than 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to your race or workout start!

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  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender and drink up – ideally no more/less than 90 minutes to 2 hours prior to your race start!
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We suggest the following protein powders due to their quality of ingredients and great taste: Roo Whey Protein Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Pure Encapsulations Plant Based Protein

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Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

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Can I be honest? I stole this recipe. It’s true. I’ve been claiming it as my own for so long now. But Mo says it’s okay – I can have it. 🙂 It was one of the first recipes he came up with out of his research and education through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. When we first met – he showed me this recipe and I’ve never made another blueberry muffin since nor have I tried to find other recipes, etc.

Why mess with something that is literally perfect?

This is by far the easiest baking you will ever do. And I’d be willing to bet that if you have people in your household/that you’re feeding that do not abide by “grain free” eating – they will hardly notice the lack of grain-based flour in these!

You can certainly substitute the blueberries with a different berry – blackberries or raspberries perhaps? I just suggest adding another 1/2 tbsp or so of honey if you do, as those berries are more tart than blueberries. And while we’re at it I’ll share my secret – the first 8 ingredients make up the base for all of my muffins. Yup. All of them. I just sub the blueberries with whatever sounds good – pumpkin, apples, peaches, mango, chocolate chips – you name it! I will then alter the spices a bit depending on what I’m using – for example, I’ll add cinnamon and clove if I’m using pumpkin… I’ll add 1 tsp coconut extract if I’m using mango… You get the idea!

So, make these! Have some fun! Have them for your kids as a clean eating after school snack or grab-and-go breakfast! They will love them!

Grain Free Blueberry Muffins

Makes 10 muffins

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 cage free eggs
  • ¼ cup raw, local honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla and blend well with a hand blender
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet, blending with a hand mixer
  • Place blueberries in and top with lemon zest and juice. Gently fold into the batter.
  • Place batter into a paper lined 12-cup muffin pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool and serve or store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla and blend well with a hand blender
  4. Mix dry ingredients into wet, blending with a hand mixer
  5. Place blueberries in and top with lemon zest and juice. Gently fold into the batter.
  6. Place batter into a paper lined 12 cup muffin pan.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Cool and serve or store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Snickerdoodles – 2 ways!

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It’s almost CHRISTMAS!!! I am so excited! I have been baking all week! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the beautiful pecan pie I made! I seriously cannot even believe it turned out so well! I know – I’m a food blogger and recipe innovator. I shouldn’t confess to that. But, I am also a human and frankly, pies are not my strong-suit. Just ask Mo. Poor guy. He’s been the guinea-pig for some epic fails. LOL!

Anyway! Enough about pie! Let’s talk COOKIES!

I asked Mo what kind of cookies “Santa” wanted this year and without hesitation his response was “Snickerdoodles with white flour!” Ha! I laughed and then said, “Wait… Really?” Not out of shock, but because he was very adamant about me using white flour instead of almond, etc. I have zero issue with this so long as we’re able to use a high quality organic, unbleached, un-enriched flour. Remember: the ultimate goal for us in our home and for our clients is that we eat as unprocessed as possible. And this is the issue we have with run-of-the-mill flours – they have all been so processed via being bleached, enriched, run through machine after machine… THIS is what denatures tha nutrition and why they cause so much digestive upset for people. I’m not saying gluten-intolerance or sensitivity or full-on celiac is not real!! But what I am saying is that if we focus more on unprocessed grains/flours – meaning as little heat as possible has been applied to to them to get them from grain form to flour form, we probably would not have the “gluten epidemic” we’ve experienced in the last several years. Not intending to preach – just “food for thought…” Pun intended! 🙂

So, based on his request, I thought it would be fun to try a Primal version – using an organic, unbleached, un-enriched white flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) and a grain free and gluten free Paleo version – using almond flour.

So, I made both batches, set each cookie side by side and had Mo taste them, without telling him which was which. Guess which one he liked the best? …the Paleo. He liked the Primal too – but said the Paleo was more doughy and he LOVES doughy anything!

So if you like a softer cookie – Paleo is the way to go! If you like a crunchier cookie – Primal all the way!

So, sounds like Santa will be getting Paleo cookies at the Brossette’s this year! Hope you all enjoy!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

PRIMAL Snickerdoodle Cookies

Makes 18 cookies…

Ingredients for Cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted Kerrygold butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar + 2 tbsp for rolling cookies in
  • 1 cage free egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups unbleached, organic all purpose white flour
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

 Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and coconut sugar together with a mixer or by hand, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix together until creamy and well combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl sift all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the mixture and fold in, using a spatula, until well combined. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is in the fridge, mix 2 tbsp coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl to make cinnamon sugar; set aside.
  • When the dough is ready, use a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  • Put each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for approx. 15-17 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies on a baking sheet for 10 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

PALEO Snickerdoodle Cookies

Makes 12 cookies…

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup raw, local honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix almond flour, salt and baking soda. Once combined, mix in the wet ingredients.
  • In a small bowl mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together, set aside.
  • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  • Place on cooking sheet, and flatten – using the bottom of a cup sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes.  Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes – they will firm up to the perfect texture.
  • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
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Primal Snickerdoodle Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and coconut sugar together with a mixer or by hand, until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix together until creamy and well combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl sift all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the mixture and fold in, using a spatula, until well combined. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is in the fridge, mix 2 tbsp coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl to make cinnamon sugar; set aside.
  5. When the dough is ready, use a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  6. Put each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for approx. 15-17 minutes.
  7. Cool the cookies on a baking sheet for 10 minutes and then move them onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  8. Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies
  1. • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.
  2. • In a large bowl, mix almond flour, salt and baking soda. Once combined, mix in the wet ingredients.
  3. • In a small bowl mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together, set aside.
  4. • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon size ice cream scoop or a regular tablespoon and scoop the dough into your palm and roll into balls. Place them into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to coat.
  5. • Place on cooking sheet, and flatten - using the bottom of a cup sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray.
  6. • Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes - they will firm up to the perfect texture.
  7. • Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
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Paleo Ginger Crinkles

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My Grandmother has been making Molasses Crinkles for years! She uses a recipe from my Great Grandmother and my dad has always LOVED them!

We lovingly refer to my dad as “the cookie monster” – He. Loves. Cookies. LOL! For the man to go through 6 or 7 cookies on any given day is par for the course! Lucky for him, he’s tall and thin and his genetics allow for this – well, as far as aesthetics go, anyway. He’s the guy that will eat half or less of his meal and then plow through dessert! 🙂 Now we know where MY sweet-tooth comes from!

He’s been having some trouble with his back over the last few years and something I’ve really tried to drive home is how much of an impact sugar will have on his level of back pain. The less sugar and the more anti-inflammatory he can eat, the less pain he’ll have and the better he’ll feel overall.

So, would you believe, the man stopped eating cookies? Well, not entirely – but now he’s having maybe a few a week?

All of that to say, I re-did his favorite cookie recipe to make it much cleaner so that he could have something during the holidays to look forward to and that would not cause his back to get so inflamed! He LOVES them! And for my cookie connoisseur of a father to love them – I know everyone else will too!

I usually make a couple of batches – one for my dad and one to keep around our house during the holidays when we want something festive but not something that we’ll feel bad after eating! They’re a great snack and a great “something sweet” after dinner! Hope you enjoy!

Paleo Ginger Crinkles

Makes 30 small cookies…

Ingredients

  • 1 cage free egg
  • 1/3 cup palm shortening
  • ¼ cup organic blackstrap molasses
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar + more for rolling the cookies in
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Paleo baking flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, shortening, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla and mix until well combined and smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Chill dough in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into your hands, roll into a ball and into coconut sugar. Place on the parchment paper. They will not spread. So, if you want a flatter cookie, wet the back of a spoon slightly, and gently press down on each cookie and then follow with next step. They will open up slightly and stay a little soft in the center if you leave them in balls.
  • Dip your fingers in a little water and flick the water over the tops of the cookies – this will help them crack a little on the top, if you want that.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until tops begin to crack – cookies will become firmer as they cool.
  • Cool completely and enjoy!
  • These can be placed into a large Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the egg, shortening, molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla and mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until fully combined. Chill dough in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop the dough into your hands, roll into a ball and into coconut sugar. Place on the parchment paper. They will not spread. So, if you want a flatter cookie, wet the back of a spoon slightly, and gently press down on each cookie and then follow with next step. They will open up slightly and stay a little soft in the center if you leave them in balls.
  6. Dip your fingers in a little water and flick the water over the tops of the cookies – this will help them crack a little on the top, if you want that.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until tops begin to crack - cookies will become firmer as they cool.
  8. Cool completely and enjoy!
  9. These can be placed into a large Ziploc freezer bag or airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Grain Free Cinnamon Apple Bread with Sea Salt Caramel

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HELLO Christmas! I am so stinkin’ excited about Christmas, I can’t even tell you! Last year, we had Christmas, but we literally moved out of our house on the 24th and then stayed with relatives – so, woke up Christmas morning with family, which was wonderful, but you know – just not the same as waking up in your own home. And then we left for Medellin, Colombia on the 26th. So, all wonderful things, right? …we were buying a new home, getting to travel, surrounded by family – which can be awesome and not awesome all at the same time! Ha! #family So – I am not complaining in the least, but I’ve been ready for a calm, peaceful, easy Christmas in my own home ALL year!

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!

To tell you how excited I’ve been, I came up with this recipe about 5 months ago and have been hanging onto it, twiddling my thumbs until we got closer to the Holidays! I made it in July and Mo walked in the door and said, “It smells like Christmas in here!” I joked that we were celebrating Christmas in July!

This is not one of my easier recipes – well, the bread is, but the sea salt caramel takes a bit of time and attention. But, all things worth it, do, right? And if you don’t like apples – leave them out! Simple as that!

This is a great make-ahead breakfast for Christmas morning, or any morning! It will leave your house smelling like the holidays!

You can make the bread and caramel a day or two in advance and simply slice the bread, lay each slice on a sheet pan and place it under the broiler in your oven for 4-5 minutes. It will crisp up just a bit. While doing this, pour the caramel into a small pot over medium/low heat and get it warm. Drizzle the caramel over each slice of bread and serve! Voila! So easy and De-lish! You won’t miss that coffee cake! Trust me!

Grain Free Cinnamon Apple Bread with Sea Salt Caramel

Makes 12 slices

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup canned LIGHT coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, softened
  • 1 small Honeycrisp apple

Sea Salt Caramel

This recipe make 1 cup – you will only need approx. ¼ cup for the bread – so, you will have leftovers – you’re welcome!)

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9” loaf pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and whisk to get the lumps out of the flours – you can also use your hands for this. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla extract, coconut milk, maple syrup, applesauce, apple cider vinegar, eggs and coconut oil. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir well with a spatula to combine.
  • Peel and finely chop the apple and fold into the mixture.
  • Pour into the loaf pan and place into the oven to bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the bread is baking, make the sea salt caramel.
  • Combine the coconut milk, coconut sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature, keeping the sauce at a light simmer.
  • Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. As the sauce reaches the last 5-8 minutes of cooking time, stir more frequently incorporating the more caramel burned bits from the bottom into the sauce. This helps to flavor it! Once the sauce has turned a dark amber and has thickened to coat the back of a spoon, remove from the heat.
  • Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Leave on the counter to cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for another 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to drizzling over the bread.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9” loaf pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and whisk to get the lumps out of the flours – you can also use your hands for this. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla extract, coconut milk, maple syrup, applesauce, apple cider vinegar, eggs and coconut oil. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir well with a spatula to combine.
  5. Peel and finely chop the apple and fold into the mixture.
  6. Pour into the loaf pan and place into the oven to bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. While the bread is baking, make the sea salt caramel.
  8. Combine the coconut milk, coconut sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  9. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature, keeping the sauce at a light simmer.
  10. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. As the sauce reaches the last 5-8 minutes of cooking time, stir more frequently incorporating the more caramel burned bits from the bottom into the sauce. This helps to flavor it! Once the sauce has turned a dark amber and has thickened to coat the back of a spoon, remove from the heat.
  11. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  12. Leave on the counter to cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for another 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to drizzling over the bread.
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Grain Free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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In an effort to share how relatable he is and that he doesn’t in fact eat all kale all the time, there is a story Mo shares when he first starts meeting with clients: When he used to Adventure Race, he would stop at Krispy Kreme and eat a dozen donuts, hot off the belt and chase it with a carton of milk, before all of his races. ***I am smiling as I type this*** I honestly wouldn’t put it past him to repeat this today!

Me? Well, I crave a good donut every six months or so – I’d honestly rather have a piece of cake. But when that craving hits — I. WANT. A DONUT! And I want it NOW!

I see all of these recipes on Pinterest of beautiful donuts – it just sounded too good to be true – you’re telling me that a grain free, BAKED donut can taste as good as a hot off the belt Krispy Kreme donut? Well no, not exactly… BUT, what I WILL tell you is you will feel AWESOME after you eat these and you won’t crave that Krispy Kreme anymore and you will actually have done your body some good by eating it – that’s right – you heard me – a donut that is good for you. I mean, no, there is no spinach in it! But – fiber from the flaxseed, anti-inflmmatory properties of the spices, blood-sugar lowering effects of the cinnamon and apple cider vinegar and healthy fats from the coconut milk which will help you ABSORB all of the above nutrients… AND this new, awesome grain free PALEO FLOUR!

See? How can you resist? MAKE THESE! And then freeze what you don’t eat and pull them out next time you get a craving for a Krispy Kreme. You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome. 🙂

Grain Free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Makes 8 medium donuts…

Directions:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Redmill Paleo flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon  + 2 tbsp for garnish
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar + ¼ cup for garnish
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup canned LIGHT coconut milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray donut pan with coconut oil cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  • In a medium bowl mix sugar,  applesauce, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into your donut pan, filling each spot just to the top.
  • Bake for approx. 18 minutes or until a skewer removes clean and the edges have pulled in from the sides.
  • Let cool in the pan for another 5 minutes. Gently run a knife around each donut to loosen from the pan. Cover the pan with a piece of foil and flip over so that all donuts fall out. Set the pan aside.
  • Combine 2 tbsp cinnamon and ¼ cup coconut sugar in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Lightly spray the top of each donut with a little coconut oil cooking spray and dunk into the cinnamon/sugar mixture until the top is coated. Set back onto foil, uncoated side down.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days on the counter, 15 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray donut pan with coconut oil cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. In a medium bowl mix sugar, applesauce, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into your donut pan, filling each spot just to the top.
  7. Bake for approx. 18 minutes or until a skewer removes clean and the edges have pulled in from the sides.
  8. Let cool in the pan for another 5 minutes. Gently run a knife around each donut to loosen from the pan. Cover the pan with a piece of foil and flip over so that all donuts fall out. Set the pan aside.
  9. Combine 2 tbsp cinnamon and ¼ cup coconut sugar in a small bowl and mix well to combine.
  10. Lightly spray the top of each donut with a little coconut oil cooking spray and dunk into the cinnamon/sugar mixture until the top is coated. Set back onto foil, uncoated side down.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days on the counter, 15 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies

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I’ve been on a baking-spree lately or maybe I’m just craving sugar — that would make more sense! 🙂 Last week, I made Vegan Sea Salt Caramel Brownies — they turned out okay — still working on this recipe — promise to post as soon as it is perfected! BUT – the sea salt caramel turned out AWESOME and I ended up with leftovers, which I was not about to let go to waste! Hence the birth of these little gems! So many positive things about these that I don’t even know where to start:

  • You don’t need to turn on your oven to make them!
  • I won’t go as far as to say they are “healthy” but I will say that you will feel a million times better grabbing one of these when your sweet tooth hits than if you had a lame ‘ol processed cookie.
  • While not a “health-food” per se, they do have dark chocolate which we all know by now is rich with anti-oxidants and is said to be an aphrodisiac. **Brown Chicken Brown Cow……..**
  • They are a great snack for your kiddos, yourself or your significant other – they have almond butter, coconut oil, coconut milk and dark chocolate which are all healthy fats and will help mitigate any blood sugar spike from the coconut sugar, honey and oats.

So – make these!! Do it now!! …and then let us know how they turned out!

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Drop Cookies

Makes approx. 40 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw/local honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2½ cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted oats
  • ½ cup 80% or higher dark chocolate chunks

Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, mix the coconut sugar, honey, coconut oil, and salt together. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously so that everything gets melted.
  • When the sugar starts to gently bubble, set a timer for two minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
  • Carefully stir in the coconut milk (the sugar mixture will bubble up a lot!) until it is mixed in and continue to heat until the sauce returns to a low simmer.
  • Then just simmer for another 2 minutes until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon – it should still be thin enough to easily drizzle.
  • Once it gets into a sauce type mixture. Remove from heat and add the almond butter and stir well until the almond butter is melted into the sauce. Set this aside to let it cool while you toast the oats.
  • Place the oats in a single-ish layer into a medium, dry skillet, over medium-high heat. Let them sit for 1 minute or so and then toss into another layer. Let sit another minute or so and repeat until you can slightly smell the oats and they are barely browned.
  • Add the coconut, oats and chocolate chunks and stir gently until just combined and you have a “dough” that sticks together.

  • Using two spoons or a small ice cream scoop, portion the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can leave them as is or wet the fingertips of one hand and gently press each one down to look more like a “cookie.”
  • Place them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours – up to overnight, if you can wait that long!
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  1. In a small saucepan, mix the coconut sugar, honey, coconut oil, and salt together. Heat over medium heat, stirring continuously so that everything gets melted.
  2. When the sugar starts to gently bubble, set a timer for two minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
  3. Carefully stir in the coconut milk (the sugar mixture will bubble up a lot!) until it is mixed in and continue to heat until the sauce returns to a low simmer.
  4. Then just simmer for another 2 minutes until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon – it should still be thin enough to easily drizzle.
  5. Once it gets into a sauce type mixture. Remove from heat and add the almond butter and stir well until the almond butter is melted into the sauce. Set this aside to let it cool while you toast the oats.
  6. Place the oats in a single-ish layer into a medium, dry skillet, over medium-high heat. Let them sit for 1 minute or so and then toss into another layer. Let sit another minute or so and repeat until you can slightly smell the oats and they are barely browned.
  7. Add the coconut, oats and chocolate chunks and stir gently until just combined and you have a “dough” that sticks together.
  8. Using two spoons or a small ice cream scoop, portion the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. You can leave them as is or wet the fingertips of one hand and gently press each one down to look more like a “cookie.”
  9. Place them in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours - up to overnight, if you can wait that long!
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