Raw Oreos (gluten-free and dairy-free)

These raw Oreos by almonds and avocados are insanely good!  They may just be my new favorite sweet treat.  Not to mention, there’s no better way to get your chocolate fix than with clean and natural ingredients.  Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • shredded unsweetened coconut
  • walnuts
  • almond butter
  • raw cacao
  • raisins
  • Medjool dates- pitted
  • vanilla extract
  • Himalayan salt
  • stevia

The link to the original recipe can be found here.

Quick lentil and raw veggie wraps

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Fueling up with these organic lentil and raw veggie wraps that I threw together. Simple recipe- butter lettuce or collard greens, lentils, red pepper, pineapple, beets, avocado, and fresh basil with cracked pepper and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Pretty much all/any veggies would work. Yummy!

Clean Eating Grocery Guide

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This is an excellent basic clean eating grocery guide to take with you for those looking to ditch processed foods all together. As always buy local when possible and if you eat meat buy organic and grass fed beef as well as pastured eggs, and organic ‘dirty dozen’ produce.  In addition, wild caught seafood is best, avoid most farm-raised and be mindful of mercury consumption in larger fish. Good cooking oils to have on hand- coconut oil, ghee, avocado oil, or sustainably sourced palm oil for high heat cooking and olive oil for low heat cooking. Eat clean, feel great!

Creepy Witch Finger Cookies (Vegan and Gluten-free)

Happy Halloween to all!  While I usually serve up healthy recipes, today is all about the tricks, and more importantly, treats.  I needed a dessert to bring to a Halloween dinner party tonight and I came across these gory and fun shortbread finger cookies.  The original recipe can be found on treehugger.  http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/vegan-recipe-creepy-finger-cookies.html

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic flour- 1 ½ garbanzo bean flour ½ tapioca flour
  • 1 cup fair-trade powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground flax
  • 1 ½ teaspoons water
  • 1 cup vegan non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance works well), softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 cup whole almonds, blanched
  • ¼ cup organic raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat mat
  • Mix the ground flax with water and refrigerate until thick
  • Stir together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and flax in a medium bowl. In a mixer, combine flour mixture with the margarine and vanilla, until you have a nice cookie dough texture. Chill the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Use about 2 teaspoons to form slender fingers. Cookies will spread, so make them long and thin, like your pinky. Use a toothpick to score knuckle wrinkles. Put a bit of jam on the fingertips and press almond fingernails into place, and dip ends in jam for bloody severed effect.
  • Chill the cookies for 15 minutes to ensure that they hold their shape when baking. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Once cooled brush almond finger nails with maple syrup for the ultimate witchy effect

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Unfortunately I didn’t chill the dough fingers long enough prior to baking and they didn’t retain their shape as well as I had hoped.  Lesson learned for next time. Happy Halloween!

Guilt-free Sweet Potato Smoothie

Fall is officially here which means that those of us who drool over all things pumpkin flavored have a tendency to crave those delicious fall indulgences.  Since willpower is a struggle for many, I have whipped up a satisfying, clean and nutritious sweet potato smoothie.  While it may not be your mama’s homemade pumpkin pie, I guarantee it’s pretty darn tasty.  Not to mention, post smoothie consumption you’ll still be able to sit upright, keep your pants buttoned and be able to breathe simultaneously.  That’s always a fantastic feeling.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 small organic sweet potato, skin on (I chose not to cook mine but you can also steam it, skin on, to enhance the flavor to be more reminiscent of pumpkin)
  • 1 organic pear (I used bosc but you can also use a sweeter variety if you desire)
  • roughly 1 tsp of peeled ginger
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla extract (preferably alcohol free)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix.

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Health Benefits:

  • Sweet potato- high fiber content (7 grams per serving), rich in vitamin A/beta carotene which internally protects the skin from sun damage as well as prevents vision loss, great source of manganese which is a mineral essential to the proper metabolism of carbohydrates, rich in vitamin C and E which play an important role in disease prevention as well as skin and hair health.
  • Pear- low glycemic fruit, high in fiber (6 grams in a medium size pear), contains boron which helps retain calcium in the body and prevents osteoporosis, high in pectin which aids in effectively reducing cholesterol levels, rich in vitamins C, K, B2, B3, B6, potassium, and copper which act as antioxidants to fight free radical damage in the body.
  • Ginger- clears sinuses, helps with nausea, acts as an anti-inflammatory which helps with arthritis and post exercise muscle soreness, good for migraines, reduces high blood pressure
  • Cinnamon- known to stabilize blood sugar, acts as a natural disinfectant, helps to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, relieves arthritic pain due to anti-inflammatory properties, aids in digestion and weight loss, fights tooth decay.

Now that’s real whole food deliciousness!