Broccoli and Acorn Squash Soup (V & GF)

 

20180119_215935.jpgINGREDIENTS:

-1 medium acorn squash baked for 40 minutes at 380 degrees.

-1 lb of broccoli –floret tops only– slice and use stems to eat dip with!

-1 small onion, diced

-3 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast (if needed, add salt and pepper to taste)

-4 garlic cloves, smashed

-garnishes of fresh herbs, olives, & sprouted pumpkin seeds

-splash of white wine (if you cook the soup to boiling and not leave partially raw)

WHAT TO DO:

1- Make your own scratch broth by putting celery, onion, ginger, bit of seasoning like salt and pepper, bay leaf, and white wine and then let slow cook at least 24 hours

2- Sautee onion and garlic

3- Put 2 cups of veggie broth into your power blender along with the broccoli florets (raw) and cooked squash you’ve scooped out and let blend until smooooooooth

4- Add sauteed veggies into blender and continue blending.

5- Pour into stovetop pot.

NOTE: My broth is intentionally spiced with overtones of ginger, so your broth flavor profile can reflect your taste inclinations!  If you want to sweeten this soup, add 1/2 small apple into the blender or add to the broth making process, but I enjoy savory for soups.  For more gusto, you can add pinches of fine red pepper and freshly ground pepper.  In my opinion, the salted pumpkin seeds that are sprouted and dehydrated make a huuuuge delicious difference 🙂

Using raw broccoli is intentional because it cooks slightly when warmed in the pot so you can have the best of both worlds… some raw benefits will linger while enjoying the comfort of slightly warmed soup.  Nutritional benefits do change by cooking.  Food for thought here: Broccoli both ways?

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In Season Spice Muffins (V,GF,Low sugar)

Whether it is the holiday season or not, these little muffins will add just enough nice spice to make your day!  20171126_142032.jpg

I had some pumpkin left from Thanksgiving goodness, so I wondered about how best to 20171126_144757.jpguse it…and since I’m preferring to go more and more Vegan, this mini-muffin-madness happened. So cute with their little muffin tops that will melt in your mouth!

They make the perfect on the go snack of shareable morsels for a get-together.  So, let’s get this recipe sharing going!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp freshly ground flax seeds mixed into double the amount of water
  • 1/2 small ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups of golden monkfruit (I use Lakanto)
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour with no skin
  • 1.5 cups of gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of whole grain buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin unfiltered organic olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of ground ginger
  • choice of vanilla extract or paste
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  WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line muffin pans with paper lining or spray to keep from sticking
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix up flax egg
  3. Add mashed banana, flax egg, pumpkin puree, monkfruit, vanilla paste, coconut nectar, olive oil in mixer bowl and blend a bit
  4. Sift together all the rest of the dry ingredients until evenly distributed
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until batter is thick and well combined.
  6. FUN OPTION–chop up remoistened Turkish figs, nuts of choice like pecans and walnuts and stir with coconut oil and couple spoonfuls of the batter. Then mix little dollops of it on each muffin.  You can even do chocolate, but avoid the sugar if possible!
  7. this will make about 36 mini muffins, so there’s lots to go around after you bake them for 17 minutes.
  8. Test for doneness with a slim chopstick and let cool before boxing up or devouring.

BUCKWHEAT’NANA BREAD

Hearty enough for a hangry man… or woman!

Buckwheat is not wheat –YAY! It’s a seed-based flour substitution that’s awesome for baking. It’s flour is grainer, darker, richly flavorful, and distinct.  You can swap buckwheat flour 1 – 1 for or mix up how you prefer!  The nutritional profile of buckwheat is excellent. For every 1 cup of flour there is approx. 402 calories, 15 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber and 3.7 grams of fat. It’s a good source of vitamin B6, thiamin and niacin, and is rich in trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and folate. Here’s another article about it!

As you can tell, I am using buckwheat more and more because it’s healthy heartiness!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated monkfruit (I used Lakanto brand) – sub 1/4 cup of date paste or 1 Tablespoon of stevia if you prefer… or don’t add any sweetener at all and just add another 1/2 a banana!
  • 1 Tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayn pink salt
  • 5 large very ripe bananas, mashed 2 cups (if you use date paste above, reduce by 1/2 banana here)
  • 1/3 cup light flavored olive oil and/or walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 small pasture raised farmers market egg or sub with chia “egg” and splash of apple cider vinegar

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the buckwheat flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, mix well. Mash bananas, oil and vanilla paste, and stir together. Mix all ingredients…saving just a bit of dough for topping mix.

Chop up walnuts or GF oats or your topping of choice with bit of dough you set aside… put atop and mix in to surface area of bread batter you put in a parchment lined or lightly greased 9×5 loaf pan.

Bake on the middle rack for 50-60 minutes.  Test with toothpick or slender chopstick if you have plenty like I do in my kitchen.

Let cool about 15 minutes and yum it up!

OPTIONAL… mix in some blueberries or raspberries for a completely fun and vibrant taste profile. But I suggest gently pressing the whole frozen berry into batter from the but before adding nut topping so they keep their shape.  It makes an aesthetic difference once done baking.  Otherwise, you can end up with a fully colored loaf instead of spots of lovely color.  Oh…. And uh, chocolate, is a good idea, too! 🙂

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This nutty crumbley topping is sooo delicious and hearty.  

PALEO CARROT CAKE & MUFFINS!

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Carrot Cake… swoon.  *sigh.

Yes, it’s one of my favorite treats, but I don’t enjoy it as much when there’s Gluten and especially when sugar is the first or 2nd ingredient on a long list of too many not-so-goods!  But, it takes a bit more of an effort than other nice cakes, so I don’t make it often. However, my mom’s recent birthday prompted me to try re-making a version I loved because my parents both love carrot cake…they passed that preference to me! LOL

This is a good number of ingredients, but they are all wholesome and you can cut down even further on the fruit and the maple syrup if you want less sweetness.

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INGREDIENTS:wp-1488935949741.jpg

1.5 cups shredded carrots (about 7 medium to large sized)

1/4 pure maple syrup (grade B for least processed variety- use up to 1/3 cup)

 

2/3 cup coconut flour sifted with 1/2 cup arrowroot flour

3/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste

1 Tbsp Ceylon Cinnamon

1 heaping tsp each of allspice, ground ginger, and baking soda and baking powder

8 pasture raised eggs

1/2 cup crushed pineapple (measured after squeezing out juice) (omit for strict paleo)

1/2 cup each of raisins and white mulberries (omit for strict paleo)

1 cup or so activated walnuts (I save this for the frosting for distinct texture from cake)

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WHAT TO DO:

1- Prep your fruit.  If you have fresh chunks of pineapple, put them in a food processor, then squeeze as much as possible out and allow the raisins and mulberries to sit in the juice. Set the pineapple fiber aside for mixing in to batter.  If you don’t already  have the date paste ready and softened, put your seeded dates into the food processor and make a nice paste 🙂

2- Peel and then shred carrots in food processor and let sit in maple syrup overnight, preferably, or an hour or so. Again, do what you can to squeeze as much of the carrot juice and syrup from the fiber by hand.  I usually press it between two stainless steel bowls.

3- Sift all your dry ingredients together (coconut flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, baking soda and powder.)

4- Mix up wet ingredients (eggs, date paste, vanilla paste, melted coconut oil)

5- Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing.

6- Wring out your wet ingredients another time and add pineapple pulp, carrot shreds, mulberries, and raisins and stir everything together.

7- Grease cake pans of your size preference or muffin pans and fill!

8- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (smaller pans)-60 minutes (9-inch pans).  Because this is sooo moist, you may need to bake longer depending on how well you squeezed out the juices.

9- Test cakes/muffins at 45 minute with a toothpick and remove if/when done.

10- Let cool… Frost and garnish with activated walnuts. (Frosting recipe below.)

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NOTES: Adding pineapple and the dried fruit makes it not so Paleo, so omit if that’s a major matter for you.  I added them because I love the taste.  Also, if you prefer a denser cake and not the lightness of the flour mixture in this version, then sub arrowroot with more coconut flour or buckwheat flour.

FROSTING –INGREDIENTS:

1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

5 teaspoons arrowroot flour

1 Tbsp rum extract

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup coconut manna or 1 cup soaked cashews to blend together

WHAT TO DO

1- Put all in your food processor or high-powered blender.  If you need some liquid to help move along the processing (if the manna or cashews are too thick,) then use some of the pineapple juice from above.

2- Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and when it’s solid enough, yet spreadable enough, decorate your cake/muffins!  I love sprinkling light coconut shreds on top along with the walnuts for a pretty touch.

 

PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

wp-1485758475807.jpgI THINK COOKIES ARE FOR ANY DAY…EVERYDAY, BUT ONLY IF THEY’RE NOT YOUR STANDARD JUNK FOOD VARIETY! SO, HERE’S A HEALTHY OPTION!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups almond butter (1 16 ounce jar)

1/2 cup date puree or 1/3 cup honey

1 pasture raised egg (skip and sub with chia/flax egg if you want to go vegan!)

1 teaspoon each baking soda, Himalayan pink salt,  and vanilla bean paste

1 cup chocolate chip cookies of your choice

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WHAT TO DO

1-heat oven to 350 degrees

2-mix all ingredients together folding in chocolate chips last

3-use scoop to drop cookie dough balls on parchment or silicone liners

4-flatten with spatula if you want classic cookie shape or leave puffy and round if you like!

5-bake 10 minutes (longer for crispier)

6-let cool and devour… or put a scoop of coconut ice cream on it while hot! YUM!

Note: these end up being chewy and slightly crumbly in texture by the next day… they are not a very doughy-heavy textured cookie.  Perfect for a snack!

Idea: skip the chocolate chips and substitute with dried fruit for a nut butter-fruit snack to take on the go! 😉

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True Ginger-no-bread cookies

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The cookie in the foreground is the focus in this post… the other one is an experimental vegan salted caramel cookie 🙂

This would be considered paleo without the white chocolate chips.  It’s certainly a Gluten Free cookie 🙂

Ingredients

-1 and 1/2 cup fine almond flour; 1 cup cashew flour (just use almond if you don’t have cashew)

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-3 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

-3 tablespoons fresh finely grated ginger (more if you want spicier!)

-6 tablespoons unrefined, fair-trade molasses

-6 tablespoons coconut oil gently melted (can do a little less…5 tablespoons)

-dashes of Himalayan pink salt

What to do:

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-Mix all dry ingredients together.

-Add in ginger and thoroughly mix in molasses and oil.

-Use a scooper to make cookie dough rounds. Hand roll them into a ball and then flatten them a bit once on your lined baking sheet. You can leave then as balls if that is what you want…but flatten to give a cookie-shape if you want them more classic cookie-shapes. These cookies won’t melt down and flatten on their own.

-Bake 12-14 minutes or until browned around the edges…depending on the size of your scoop.

-Cool at least 10 minutes.

-These are crispy once cooled on the first day. After storing a few hours or longer, they become chewier and lose the crisp due to the moisture and fat content of the cookie. They are tasty either way! This is just to let you know what your options are.

Happy note: My father in law said these were his most favorite cookies and asked for the recipe which is why this got typed up at all!!! Thanks, dad J

Option:

-For the holidays, I added 1 cup of small white chocolate chips for a festive touch. These would be delicious without the chocolate chips and healthier, too!

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You can see how these cookies add a different color and texture to this homemade dessert buffet 🙂

MINTY BROWNIE HEAVEN (Vegan. GF.)

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Base fudgey brownie layer
-2 cups soft pitted dates(I like caramelly kinds.. but go for Medjool if it’s easiest!
-4 tsp coconut oil
-1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
-2 cup sprouted and dehydrated walnuts
-3/4 cup rolled oats
-6 tablespoon raw cacao powder
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used the kind sweetened with stevia)
-2 peppermint candy cane, crushed (for holidays)
(or crumble up 1/4 cup organic mint candy patties for non-holiday times)
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Mint Ganache Top
-3/4 cup full fat coconut milk (only use the solidified portion of canned milk)
-1 tablespoon peppermint extract & a splash of mint extract
-1 cup dark chocolate chips (I like stevia ones unless you want to make your own!)
Decoration
1 cup of crumbled mint candies of your choice or 6 peppermint candy canes for thewp-1482547192949.jpg holidays, crushed and sprinkled on top
WHAT TO DO:
Base
  1. Use food processor to pulse walnuts and oats until finely chopped–like coarse sand. Set aside in larger bowl.
  2. Add dates, melted coconut oil, sea salt and process on high until a smooth paste forms. Let it get super sticky and dense.
  3. Add the raw cacao, walnuts/oats mixture, chocolate chips, and mint candy of choice. Process until thoroughly mixed.  It’s hard to over-process them, so keep going until you’re darn sure 🙂
  4. Line an 8×8 or smaller springform with parchment paper. (The smaller the pan, the thicker the brownie!) Press the brownie layer firmly into the loaf pan..use gloved hands. Chill while you make the ganache.
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Ganache Top
  1. Bust out your double boiler 🙂
  2. Add the coconut creamed part of your millk and mint extracts to the bowl. Heat until the mixture is steamy hot…not rolling at a boil.  Add the chocolate chips and whisk to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture over the brownie layer and chill in the freezer.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes and top with crushed candy canes-press into the top ganache with your gloved hands gently.  Chill for another 45 minutes minutes and then cut into mini squares. Store in freezer. Allow 3o minutes in fridge before serving…and at room temperature, the nice chilled minty flavor will last about 2 hours before your should put in fridge again.
wp-1482547192996.jpgThis fantastic recipe is adapted from ilovevegan.com … Thank you!