Blueberry Chickpea Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups chickpea flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbs. melted coconut oil
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease or line a muffin tin with liners.

In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together.

In a large bowl, combine egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple sauce, and oil.

Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until well combined.

Fold in the blueberries and optional walnuts.

Pour about 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup and bake for 15-20 minutes, until tops are set and lightly browned.

Allow to cool on a wire rack before enjoying.

Vegan (awesome) Choco-chip Blondies

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
*Optional: one pastured egg for a more cakey consistency
*Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit
 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F) and line an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking parchment (or spray with nonstick cooking spray).

In a food processor, add all ingredients except chocolate chips (and optional add-ins) and process until batter is smooth.

Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan then sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and edges are a tiny bit brown.

Cool pan for 20 minutes on wire rack.

Sprinkle with sea salt then cut into squares. Makes about 16 blondies.

Caramel Pecan Date Bars (Paleo Friendly)

These pecan bars are sort of ridiculously delicious. Perfect for parties, or when you just have a sweet tooth. Thank you  PaleOMG  for the inspiration!

These pecan bars are sort of ridiculously delicious. Perfect for parties, or when you just have a sweet tooth. Thank you PaleOMG for the inspiration!

For the crust:

1.5 cups pecans
3/4 cup almond flour/meal
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 egg, whisked
1 tbs.grade B maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

For the caramel:

2 cups medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for an hour
6-10 tbs. canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Add your pecans to a food processor and blend until you get more of a meal or flour, then add your melted coconut oil, raw honey and vanilla until you get a very delicious pecan butter.

Add that pecan butter to a large bowl then add your almond flour/meal, baking soda and powder and salt, then add your egg and whisk all ingredients together.

Grease an 8X8 baking pan with coconut oil. Then add your crust ingredients to the pan and use a spoon to spread out evenly.

Bake for around 25-30 minutes or until the center is fully cooked (toothpick test it!).

While the crust bakes, clean out your food processor and add the dates.

Blend until dates have broken down then drizzle in your coconut milk. 

Add vanilla extract and pinch of salt and process until you get caramel.

Once your crust is done baking, let cool for about 10-15 minutes.

Top the crust with the caramel  or spatula to keep the topping smooth and even.

Put in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour to set.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

 

Salmon Cakes

These salmon cakes are a perfect entree for a wintery evening. Have them on a bed of greens or with a side of veggies! Top them with some spicy aoli or a twist of lemon, or both! Thank you,  EveryDayMaven  for your inspiration! 

These salmon cakes are a perfect entree for a wintery evening. Have them on a bed of greens or with a side of veggies! Top them with some spicy aoli or a twist of lemon, or both! Thank you, EveryDayMaven for your inspiration! 

Ingredients:

1/2-ish cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed *optional
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup packed finely chopped parsley
2 tbs. finely chopped onion
Juice of 1/2 small lemon
1/2 tbs. hot sauce
1/2 tbs. sea salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground paprika
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 large (organic, pastured) eggs
4-ish cups of cooked salmon, de-skinned and de-boned (or similar fish)
2 tbs. organic coconut oil or ghee for cooking (divided)

Method:

Place all ingredients but the fat for frying, in a food processor or stand mixer. Mix until well-combined, but still chunky. Don't overmix!

Line a baking sheet (or flat surface that will fit in your fridge) with cooking parchment.

Use your 1/3 cup to scoop the fish mixture and place each "patty" onto the parchment. 

When all the patties are scooped, place saran wrap over them and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes (or all day!).

When ready to cook, take them out of the fridge and heat up a medium/large pan over medium heat. Add your cooking fat, let it get nice and hot, and fry each patty for 4 minutes, then flip and cook about another 4 minutes until both sides are crispy and golden brown, and the inside of the patties are cooked.

*I ended up having to flatten my patties out a bit to ensure the center was cooked, but if you leave them on a slightly lower heat for longer, you probably won't need to do that.  Enjoy! 

 

Almond Apricot Nibs

A hint of apricot extract adds a dimension of sophistication to these energy bites. The search continues for my favorite energy ball recipe. This one is great because the cinnamon and almond extract give these a distinctive flavor. What's your favorite combo? Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup-ish almonds 1/2 cup-ish cashews 1/4 cup dried apricots 4 medjool dates, pitted 1/2 cup-ish coconut flakes Pinch sea salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. organic almond extract 3/4 cup-ish nut/seed butter

Method:

Add all the ingredients but for the nut butter to a food processor and blend until desired consistency (large grainy is probably best).

Pour into a large bowl and add the nut/seed butter and stir until well-mixed.

Using a spoon and/or your hands, form into balls and put into large glass tupperware with lid.

Allow to chill and harden in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Apricots: Apricots are rich with beta-carotene and fiber, both of which help promote heart health. They are also good sources of vitamins A and C. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cashews: Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, and approximately 75% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. What’s more is that about 75% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is oleic acid, the same monounsaturated or “good fat” found in olive oil. This super nut is also packed with copper, manganese, magnesium, and tryptophan (the “feel good” amino acid”). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Coconut: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.