Sweet Potato Brownies

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Got my thinking cap on for these beauties! @pbeechie on Instagram is running a recipe contest for her ebook reserving one space for one of her lovely followers recipes as long as it fits the sweet, healthy and under 300 calorie theme … these fit that theme perfectly! Really hoping I get that spot #30under300

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So moist and guilt free!

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Here is the recipe:

Sweet Potato Brownies with Protein Frosting

Brownie batter:
•1 Cup sweet potato or yam, cooked and pureed
•1 ripe avocado
•½ Cup unsweetened applesauce
•2 Whole eggs
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•¼ Cup Xylitol
•½ Cup oat flour
•½ Cup raw cacao powder
•1 Tbsp baking powder
•¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
•½ Cup walnut pieces

Frosting:
•¾ Cup plain 0% greek yogurt
•¼ Cup natural peanut butter
•2 Tbsp raw honey
•¼ Cup raw cacao powder
•¾ Cup chocolate whey protein powder (I used @KaizenNaturals)

Method:
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 8×8 dish with parchment paper and set aside. In food processor combine sweet potato puree, avocado, applesauce, eggs, vanilla and xylitol. Process until smooth and creamy.  In separate large bowl combine oat flour, cacao powder, baking powder and salt. Mix until all well incorporated.  Add sweet potato ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together until well incorporated, fold in walnut pieces. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 25-28 minutes or until toothpick comes clean. Remove from oven and let cool for couple hours.  Prepare frosting by combining all ingredients in food processor until nice and creamy, spread over cooled brownies and refrigerate for hour before slicing. Slice into 12 squares and enjoy!

Macros per serving (serves 12):
Calories: 226 | Carb: 21g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 13g

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They couldn’t have turned out any better!

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See how long the last in this house…

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Coconut PB Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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I love seeing pictures of food and trying to recreate them, this is what I did with these muffins. Coconut, peanut butter and chocolate muffins was the verdict! They looked very similar to the image I seen and the taste is amazing! Working with coconut flour can be tricky but with the right ratios of other ingredients it can turn out amazing!

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Baked fresh for breakfast.

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They turned out so good, I’ve had my fails with coconut flour before. So happy how these turned out, not dry at all. Yummy!

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Let cool slightly before taking liners off. Or be courageous and just peel it hot you may be licking the liner though …

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Here is the recipe:

Coconut PB Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Ingredients:

•6 eggs, room temperature
•1/2 Cup natural peanut butter
•2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
•2/3 Cup scant coconut palm sugar
•1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
•1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
•1/2 Cup coconut flour, sifted
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/2 tsp cinnamon
•1/3 Cup shredded unsweet coconut
•1/3 Cup dark and white chocolate, chopped into chunks (save extra for topping)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line or grease 12 muffin tin. With electric mixer beat together eggs, peanut butter, coconut sugar, salt and vanilla until well combined then while still mixing add melted coconut oil. Sift coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon into separate bowl. Add into batter and mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chunks and shredded coconut. Pour into prepared muffin cups coming up about 3/4 of the way. Decorate the muffin tops with extra chocolate chunks and shredded coconut if desired. Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly. Yield 12 muffins.

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You can use muffin liners, silicone liners or just grease your muffin tin.

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I only have 3 left after distributing some out to my friends and family that were around today 🙂

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The one I sliced open for the picture didn’t have many chunks of chocolate inside but the others did!

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Spread with ghee.

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Hope you enjoy!

Coconut Peanut Butter Fudge Bites

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These little bites turned out delicious! Raw vegan, paleo and gluten free! I used some of these and crumbled on top of my homemade donuts yesterday (recipe here) Perfect little snacks. Recipe below⬇

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Ingredients:
6 Tbsp Coconut flour
•4 Tbsp almond meal
•2 Tbsp chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
•1/3 Cup soft coconut oil
•3 Tbsp maple syrup
•3 Tbsp natural peanut butter

Soften coconut oil and peanut butter (do not melt), mix in maple syrup, set aside. Combine coconut flour, almond meal and chocolate together in separate bowl, mix in coconut/peanut mixture and stir until well incorporated. Line small container with parchment and spread mixture into evenly. Place in freezer for about an hour until firm. Slice into bite size pieces (I made 20). Store in fridge or freezer.

Macros: (20)
Calories: 82 | Fat: 6g | Carbs: 4g | Protein: 1g

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Pumpkin Protein Blondies

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I know it’s not fall yet but I cracked the Pumpkin open! These yummy squares are high in protein and low in fat. Delicious!

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Ingredients:
•1 Cup Whey protein powder (I used Allmax cookies & cream Hexapro)
•1/3 Cup ground oats
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/8 tsp each nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice
•½ tsp cinnamon
•Pinch Himalayan pink salt
•1-1/4 Cup pure pumpkin puree
•½ cup 0% greek yogurt
•4 egg whites (½ cup)
•2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 Tbsp xylitol
•¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

Method:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 8×8 pan with parchment and grease with coconut oil.  Combine protein powder, oats, baking powder and spices in large bowl until well combined.  In separate bowl whisk pumpkin, yogurt, egg whites, vanilla and xylitol until well incorporated.  Stir into dry ingredients and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Cool in pan.  Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave and drizzle over the cooled loaf, chill for another 10 minutes until chocolate set and slice into 12 bars. Store in fridge. Enjoy!

Macros per serving (12):

Calories: 104 | Fat: 3g | Carbs: 10g (2g sugar) | Protein 10g

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Dark Chocolate Panaforte

This week’s challenge for a contest I participate on instagram … Creating a yummy healthified Italian dessert.

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I did a little research on different Italian desserts and I stumbled upon Panaforte! An Italian dessert containing fruits, nuts and a whole lotta sugar … I had to healthify it. Back in 1205 this dessert was actually paid to monks and nuns of a local monastery as a tax or tithe which was due on the 7th of February of that year (source-wiki). This dessert is very decadent, spiced nicely and very sticky!

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The final product … keep scrolling for recipe at bottom…

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Popping it out of the pan can be tricky but with a knife around the sides and under bottom it came out not too bad.

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Cut that baby in half! Success!

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Slice it up.

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Use parchment or wax paper to keep separated after sliced.

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Recipe:

Yield: Makes 1 – 4″ round mini cake (cut into 16 pieces)

Ingredients:

•1/2 cup chopped dates
•1/3 cup whole almonds
•1/3 cup shelled pistachios
•1/4 cup spelt flour (or flour of choice)
•2 tsp cacao powder
•30g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70% cacao – about 4 squares)
•1/4 cup raw honey (use maple syrup or agave for vegan)
•1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
•1 tsp water
•Pinch each cloves, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg (all ground)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease mini 4″ springform pan with coconut oil, set aside. If you don’t have mini springform pan you can use small pie dish just make sure to line with parchment paper or grease well.

2. Chop dates and add to medium bowl with nuts, flour and cacao, mix well.

3. Melt chocolate over double boiler or microwave until just melted. Set aside and start honey mixture right away.

4. Mix honey, coconut sugar, water and spices in saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to boil, remove from heat immediately and stir in melted chocolate, mix until well combined. Pour over flour/nut mixture and combine well, things will get sticky. I used metal spoon to incorporate well.

5. Press mixture into prepared dish and press down (may need some parchment) with spoon.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Once chilled place in fridge overnight or for at least 6-8 hours.

7. Remove from pan, using knife down sides and under bottom to get out. Slice immediately (I sliced into 16 pieces). Store in fridge. Use wax or parchment paper to separate as they will stick together.

Enjoy!

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Tex-Mex Casserole

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Wowzers this was a hit! I love easy dinners and this was pretty easy to make.  I adapted the recipe from Popular Paleo with few alterations. My version below.

Ingredients:
1lb grass fed ground beef
•2 large handfuls baby spinach
•1Cup carrots, diced
•1Cup parsnip, diced
•1-1/2Cups zucchini, diced
•1-1/2Cups green bell pepper, diced
•4 mushrooms, sliced
•1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•14oz can organic diced tomatoes
•1Tbsp bacon fat
•1/4Cup homemade taco seasoning
•5Cups shredded sweet potatoes/yams
•1/3Cup coconut oil, melted
•1/2tsp onion powder
•1/2tsp chili powder 
•1/2tsp ground coriander
•Salt and pepper
Garnish: Cilantro, avocado, hot sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
2. Chop all veggies, melt fat in large saucepan over medium heat and add all veggies except spinach. Sauté until just tender then add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted. Remove veggies from pan and set aside.
3. In same pan cook ground beef with taco seasoning until well done.
4. While ground beef is cooking peel and grate sweet potatoes (I used my handy food processor with the grating disk). Immediately pour melted coconut oil over potatoes and toss with hands. Sprinkle the onion powder, chili powder, ground coriander and S&P over potatoes and toss until well combined. Set aside.
5. Once beef is done add the vegetable mixture and diced tomatoes to pan and cook for few more minutes to let flavors develop.
6. Transfer the veggie/meat mixture to a large baking dish (I used my dutch oven-you will need a pan at least 9×13″ big). Top with seasoned sweet potatoes.
7. Cover and bake in preheated oven for 30min. Remove cover and broil for 5min. Let stand 10min.
8. Serve and garnish.
Serves 6-8
Enjoy✌

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Cafè au lait squares

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If you have ever had an iced capp from Timmies or any iced capp for that matter, these squares taste just like one!

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They are raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo, just straight up delicious!

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I know you want the recipe so here it is
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▶Base:
•1 cup almonds
•1 cup hazelnuts
•1½ cups dates, pitted
•1 Tbsp coconut oil

▶Top:
•1½ cups cashews, soaked overnight
•½ cup coconut milk
•2 Tbsp coconut oil
•2 Tbsp agave
•2 tsp pure vanilla extract
•2 shots espresso, cooled

▶Prepare 2 shots of espresso and place in fridge to cool.  Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Prepare your base, pulse nuts in food processor until little bits, add dates and coconut oil and combine until you have a sticky dough like texture, add more dates if needed. Press mixture into parchment lined dish and place in freezer.  Prepare top layer, combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth texture, pour over base and place back in freezer for at least 4 hours. Slice when frozen and let sit for about 45min before serving. Dust with cacao powder if desired. Store in freezer.

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Yield: 16 squares

Macros:
Cal: 226 | Carbs: 17g (sugar 11g) | Fat: 17g | Protein: 5g