Dessert

Crispy GF Ginger Cookies

gingercookies

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!

bananabread

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

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