Archives for the month of: December, 2013

I have mastered the sweet potato brownies! Seriously #fitfam, if you need a healthy snack to pass at a party or at home, these are it! Super easy, simply put all the ingredients in a food processor, blend, pour into a pan and bake. The BEST part about these brownies is that they are even better after they have been sitting a while so they are a great male-ahead. After sitting, they settle and turn into the most fudgy brownies on this planet! You will not be disappointed I promise! I will definitely be making these while I’m home for the holidays as they are already gone!

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1⃣In a food processor, mix until smooth:
🔹1c cooked sweet potato
🔹1/2c almond butter
🔹2T cacao bliss, coconut butter
🔹1t vanilla ext
🔹1T honey
🔹1egg
🔹1/3c raw cacao powder
🔹1 scoop chocolate casein
2⃣Stir in 1/4c dark chocolate chips, pour into a greased 8×8 pan, bake at 350F for 20min

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Here they are…perfect, sweet, delicious and nutritious elderberry muffins. YUM. Paleo and gluten-free as well! These had the perfect texture and subtle sweetness that will go perfectly warmed up and spread with some grass-fed butter…ahh.

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1⃣In a stand mixer, mix until creamy:
🔹2 eggs, room temperature
🔹2T melted coconut oil
🔹1/2c pear purée
🔹1t vanilla extract
🔹1/4c honey
🔹1/2c almond milk
2⃣Combine in a bowl then add to mixing bowl:
🔹2c almond flour
🔹3T coconut flour
🔹2t cinnamon
🔹1t baking soda
🔹1/4t salt
3⃣Stir in 1c elderberries (I used the berries left from making elderberry syrup that were infused with cinnamon, ginger and cloves) if you are using plain elderberries you may want to add some powered ginger and cloves to your dry ingredients to add an additional spicy flavor)
4⃣Pour into cupcake tins and bake at 350F for 30min

A healthy and protein-packed treat that is a twist on the traditional “Reese’s” snack cups. I used almond butter in the center of mine but and but butter could be used. Minimal ingredients make this a super easy snack to whip up, I’m already making my second batch today!

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1⃣In a bowl combine:
🔹1c chocolate protein powder
🔹1/2c raw cacao
🔹1/4c coconut oil, melted
🔹1t vanilla ext
🔹3T sweetener of choice-stevia, honey, maple syrup
🔹1/3c almond milk, warmed
🔹Few pinches of salt
2⃣Press half mixture into bottom of cupcake tin lined with cupcake liners (makes 6)
3⃣Scoop 1t almond butter onto chocolate
4⃣Add the rest of the chocolate mixture on top of the almond butter and press down to compress
5⃣Place in fridge to harden

For my birthday, my MIL brought me a jar of “Hot Garlic Pepper Jelly” from a local farm back home and I’ve been dying to try it. Today was that day. So I set out on a quest to make some healthy, paleo crackers to enjoy it with and…success! The hubby said they were better than regular. And so simple! Only 4 ingredients. Oh and btw, the jelly was killer!

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1⃣In a stand mixer combine dry:
🔹2c almond flour
🔹1/2t salt
🔹herbs and spices of choice (cinnamon, Italian herbs, crushed red pepper…whatever flavor you desire. I just used salt for my first batch)
🔹1T flax seed (optional)
2⃣Then add in wet:
🔹1egg
🔹1T coconut oil, melted
3⃣When it forms into a ball in the bowl, remove and place on pan lined with parchment paper. Roll/press into a thin layer and score with a pizza cutter
4⃣Bake at 350F for 15 min. Let cool on cooling rack and break apart into crackers.