Crispy GF Ginger Cookies

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A simple crispy ginger cookie recipe that is dairy-free and gluten-free with lots of extra  fresh ginger power. 

Ingredients

1¾ cups Gluten-Free Flour from Bob's Red Mill
¼ cup arrowroot starch
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
½ cup organic ghee or coconut oil
½ cup coconut sugar
1 egg or 1 serving chia paste
¼ cup maple syrup (I used honey and it was just as delish)
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger root
⅓ cup chopped crystallized ginger

Here's what to do:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, starch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. In a separate bowl, cream together the oil and sugar, and then mix in the egg, maple syrup, fresh ginger and crystallized ginger.
  2. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly mixed (you may need to use your hands) and then set in the fridge for one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 340.
  4. Using 2 Tbsp of dough, roll out your cookies in your hands and press flat on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat until all of the dough has been used up. You will need two cookie sheets or bake in two batches. If doing it in two batches, replace remaining batter in the fridge until you're ready to bake.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Adapted from Nutritionist Meghan Telpner 

8 Ingredient Banana Bread - gluten free!

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At December's Wellness Wednesday, we invited Brooke Wilson, Natural Chef & Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Summer Thyme Kitchen to talk about the affects of sugar on the body and how to make delicious desserts without the junk -- you know, the refined carbs and sugars. 

Brooke reminded me about how awful I feel after I eat refined sugar (headaches, stomaches, sometimes dizziness, not to mention weight gain) and the stress that my liver goes through to break it down. She also brought in some amazing treats made from whole foods, which contain all the right stuff like protein, fiber, and carbohydrates which help prevent some of the heavy effects of sugar on the body. 

What's great about this recipe is that it is so simple to make and if you have a well-stocked pantry, you probably already have these ingredients waiting to be used. 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 bananas, mashed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. 
Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until frothy and fully combined. 
Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all the flour mixture has been incorporated. 
Spoon the batter into the 2 mini loaf pans. You can also use this batter to make muffins. 
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean. 

The Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are a great source of protein and fiber. They lower LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and help fight against heart disease.  Almonds are great for your skin, relieve constipation, and prevent diabetes, just to name a few. 

Helpful tip: Store almonds in your fridge up to 3 months or in the freezer for up to a year to keep them healthy. 

Image & recipe from Summer Thyme Kitchen

Spirulina Cacao Truffles

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I can honestly say that these are my go-to when it comes to high-vibrational snacks. Raw, antioxidant rich, and extremely energizing, these bite-sized treats can be served up as a morning snack, an afternoon treat, or an easy dessert at the end of a long day.

Raw date balls have been gaining popularity for some time now for a few reasons. Firstly, they’re incredible easy to make (no oven, no problem). Secondly, they pack a healthful punch with their raw enzymatic activity, lastly, they’re incredibly adaptable and can be made with any slew of ingredients that suits you. When brainstorming the elements to combine for this recipe, I referenced a few of my favorite snack foods, and came up with a tasty list of powerful life-loving nutrients. 

truffle ingredients

• SPIRULINA

This ingredient is exceptionally beneficial to the body, and is made up of blue-green algae that has between 55 and 70% easily digestible protein, high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamin B12, iron, and a slew of other powerful phytonutrients and acids that optimize your health. In fact, this combination of beneficial nutrients has been proven to instantly increase your energy, help reduce overall fatigue, and aids in cleansing the body of toxins and other impurities, especially heavy metals (just think of our polluted air). Spirulina’s raw enzymes help to break down food, promote the growth of good flora in our digestive tract, and inhibits bad bacteria and yeasts.

• RAW CACAO

Raw cacao is the purest form of chocolate, known to release the “love” chemical in our brain. It promotes a positive outlook, calms our nerves, helps us focus, and eases PMS and digestion. Cacao raises our serotonin levels, and is loaded with magnesium — the mineral that most people are deficient in due to high stress levels, and a lack of green vegetables in the diet. Eating magnesium-rich foods like cacao can increase the oxygen in our body to boost our energy, balance our mood, and lift our spirits.

• DATES

Dates are sweet and soft, and surprisingly high in fiber. They naturally replenish our energy levels by quickly converting its simple sugars into glucose for our cells to use as energy. Dates are also high in electrolytes, magnesium, and potassium, which are great for reducing muscle fatigue, making them an excellent pre- and post-workout snack. When it comes to making raw and gluten-free snacks, dates are also a perfect binder and natural sweetener, so you don’t have to worry about adding sugar.

• GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries are next-level in the realm of dried fruits. They are a beautiful, bright red color with a unique taste that is a combination of earthy, a little lemony, a little sweet, and even a tad bit spicy. Goji berries strengthen our immune system, support a healthy libido, and are a complete source of protein.

• BRAZIL NUTS

Brazil nuts are known for their high levels of selenium, which boosts immunity, fights cancer, and uplifts the mood. This high fibrous nut cleanses the body and eases elimination, which in turn helps to maintain a healthy weight and offer up more energy.

• ORANGE ZEST

Who would have thought to eat the rind of an orange? Orange zest (or the zest from any citrus) is brimming with flavonoids, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. As if that weren’t enough, orange zest is actually higher in vitamin C than the flesh itself, and has incredible anti-inflammatory properties.

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INGREDIENTS

2 cup Medjool dates, presoaked for 10-15 minutes
1/4 cup brazil nuts, chopped
1/4 cup spirulina powder
1 tbsp. goji berries, chopped
1 tbsp. orange zest
1/4 cup raw cacao powder for topping
2 pinches of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Presoak your dates for 10-15 minutes in warm water. This softens them so they’re easier to work with.
2. Chop up your nuts and goji berries. You can use a food processor, or manually chop them with a knife. It’s up to you whether you’d like chunky pieces of brazil nuts and goji berries in each bite, or if you’d like the texture of your truffles to be smooth. Set aside.

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3. Pulse dates in food processor until you get a smooth texture. Make sure you remove the pits beforehand.
4. Add your dry ingredients and the orange zest into the food processor to blend thoroughly. You can also use a large bowl and mix together.

cacao powder

5. Add cacao powder to a medium-sized bowl. Roll the mixture into balls, and roll them out into the cacao powder. I like to get a large spoonful of the mixture and put it in the bowl, moving the bowl so the truffle rolls around, picking up the cacao powder on its own. If the dough is too soft, try putting it in the freezer to let it harden a bit.
6. Place the raw spirulina truffles in a small glass container, and store them in the fridge or freezer. Feel free to get creative with this recipe, and mix and match your own toppings. Hemp seed, or coconut shreds are both great options.

Contributed to The Elysian Edit

Cottage cheese + superfoods

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I've just recently tapped into dairy again thanks to discovering Halona Supernatural Organic Whole Milk Cottage Cheese that is non-homogenized, grass-fed, and contains no stabilizers, plus it has cream on top. It is absolutely the best tasting and satisfying cottage cheese I've ever had. 

So, this is what I have been doing, it's super simple. I'll pick up any seasonal fruit, it's July right now so I'm grabbing stone fruits like apricots, peaches or nectarines, or berries...slicing them and adding them to a bowl with a cup of cottage cheese. 

Next, I'll sprinkle a teaspoon each of chia and flax seed, ground if possible. These guys are great for digestion and balancing hormones. Drizzle some bee pollen for protein, amino acids and another hormone balancer. Then, I like to add chopped walnuts for nourishing brain properties they have to offer. Every once and while I like to add cacao nibs, because why not? They are full of magnesium and give us the endorphin kick. Lastly, I drizzle raw local honey for sweetness. The combination is delightful. 

  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 small fruit, chopped or 1/2 a cup of berries
  • 1 teaspoon each of flax or chia seed or 1 tbsp. of flax OR chia, ground preferably
  • 1 teaspoon of bee pollen
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
  • a drizzle of raw local honey
  • optional* 1 teaspoon of raw cacao nibs

Note* A delicious and chewy alternative to fresh fruit are flame raisins. They are larger and a little tangier than regular raisin. 

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I am in love with this sweet little thing. Is it dessert? Is it a snack? It's been both to me!  This chocolate mousse is delicious, has nutritious ingredients, and best of all its so damn easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c. medjool dates, (soak in warm water, at least 30 minutes)
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  •  1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. mashed avocado (about 3 avocados)
  • 3/4 c. organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 c. water
  • Sprinkle of raw cacao nibs (optional…but do it!)

Instructions

Blend or process dates, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.  

Add mashed avocado and cacao powder.

Add water and process until smooth. That’s it. Serve chilled.

Nutritional Benefits

Avocado

  • A healthy fat that helps the body to absorb other fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K)
  • Increases good HDL cholesterol levels
  • Hydrates cells and gives skin moisture with vitamins B, K & E
  • High in potassium, more than bananas
  • Naturally balances hormones
  • Fights inflammation throughout the body

Raw Cacao

  • Highest in antioxidants, more than any other food
  •  Highest in magnesium and chromium
  • Enhances mood and the love senses by increasing tryptophan and serotonin
  • Protects from cardiovascular disease
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Protects from cavities
  • Protects skin from UV damage
  • Sharpens mind and slows the aging process

 

Adopted from Dr. Axe, certified Nutrition Specialist, expert in Natural Medicine. www.draxe.com