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Almond Butter Cups – Sugar detox approved!

Here is another treat from the 21 day sugar detox book. I pretty much stuck close to the recipe, just added one extra tablespoon of almond butter to the ‘chocolate’ shell mixture.

What’s nice about these is they act like a treat and you feel like you are eating a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but they really aren’t that sweet. Think super dark chocolate with a hint of almond butter. And because of this you really don’t want to have more than one! Which is great, because if your anything like me – one is never enough!

There are two parts to this, the shell and the filling. Both really easy. If you have a regular muffin pan with liners, they make 6 but if you have a mini one, they make about 12.

Shell ingredients:
* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
* 1/4 cup coconut butter (I have a super easy recipe on how to make coconut butter on this blog if you don’t feel like spending $10 on a jar!)
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon almond butter
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Filling ingredients:
3 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut butter but make sure there is no added sugar)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

Line your muffin pan with parchment liners.

Make sure your coconut oil and coconut butter are melted and add to a small bowl. Mix in the cocoa powder and spoon of almond butter until super smooth and creamy. Spoon about 1 small spoonful into each cup so the bottom is completely covered. Place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to set.

For the filling- mix the almond butter with melted coconut oil until smooth.

After the shells are hardened spoon about a teaspoon of the almond butter mixture into each cup. Mine were pretty liquidy so I put them back into the freezer to harden before I put the top layer on them. After they are nice and firm, spoon the remainder of the shell mixture on top. Freeze or refrigerate and enjoy as an after dinner treat!

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Desserts

 

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Paleo No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake (Gluten & Dairy free!)

pumpkin-slice-mainI had some serious doubts about this one before I made it. Add doubts gone- this is some seriously amazing pie! Anyone would enjoy this pie. Tastes really decadent and rich, but there is no dairy and barely any sugar! Just raw honey. I would totally take this to a party or made for Thanksgiving dinner dessert. There are three parts to this pie. The crust, filling, and topping.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut cream (If you dont have or cant find this, its not going to make or break your crust…)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
  • pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups of unsalted raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 5-6 tablespoons of canned coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • (I didnt have the last 2 but I did have pumpkin pie seasoning so I added 1/2 tsp of that)

Instructions:

  1. First the crust! Add all ingredients together in a food processor and mix until completely combined. Line your pie tin or baking dish with some plastic wrap. I learned this the hard way last time with my lemon tart… the crust sticks to the pan. So line with plastic wrap and then when you cut in, just lift the plastic with it and voila! Smooth the ingredients until everything is even and smooth. Put this in the refrigerator until you make the filling.
  2. Add your cashews to the food processor and mix until they are super smooth. Add your coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and honey and puree until combined.
  3. Add your coconut milk 1 tablespoon at a time until everything is broken down completely and it looks like a soupy paste.
  4. Pour your filling into your crust and spread evently. Put in the freezer for at least 1-2 hours.
  5. For the topping mix all of the ingredients together. When your pie is nice and hard, spread the topping on it so its nice and smooth. Put back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Cut into pie slices or bars, pull on the saran wrap and they pop right our perfectly! I keep mine in the fridge but I am sure you could also freeze this and bring with you to a party. YUM YUM.

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Paleo two tone nutty fudge

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Oh for the love of almond butter. First, do not make these for just yourself or your man. Make these for a treat you take to a party. Or for a treat after a dinner party you are throwing. These are too decadent and rich to keep in your house just waiting for a bad day to pop up and you scarf down like 3-4 of these little suckers. Just because these are paleo, they are not low on the caloric intake! So be warned. Because they are heaven in a little bitty square.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4-5 tablespoons of unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Handful of ‘enjoy life’ mini dark chocolate chips (dairy, nut, and soy free)
  • Sprinkle of coconut shreds on top
In food processor add coconut oil and almond butter. Then raw honey along with vanilla extract. Add the shredded coconut and when completely blended together pour 1/2 of mixture into bread pan. Place in freezer for about 10 minutes.
With the remaining mixture add the coco powder one tablespoon at a time until creamy. I tossed in a few extra chocolate chips also. Take the pan out of the freezer and pour remaining mixture over first half. Add a sprinkle of coconut shreds and small handful of the chips. Put back in freezer for another 10-15 minutes.
Take out, cut in squares, and enjoy! (only one…enjoy only one!)

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Desserts

 

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Paleo ‘non peanut’ sauce with coconut chicken and ‘rice’

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This is the best sauce I think I have ever made! This goes great on any kind of chicken. I just made a simple coconut crusted chicken and side arugula salad to go with it. But this sauce would go great with beef or chicken skewers too.

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (not light)
  • 1 1/2 tbls. fresh grated ginger
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 a squeezed lime
  • Chili oil to taste if you like a kick

Combine everything in a food processor until extra creamy. Voila! Your done! I threw a few almond pieces on top just for some crunch.

Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 egg
  • Some almond meal mixed with coconut shavings
  • Salt pepper to taste

Beat the egg and use it as a wash on the chicken. Roll chicken in it then around in the almond meal/coconut mixture. Little sea salt on top, cook at 350 for about 35 minutes.

Salad

  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Other half of lime
  • Mushrooms

Mix a few tablespoons of olive oil with the lime juice. Add pepper and a bit of sea salt. Cut up other ingredients and add dressing.

Cauliflower rice

  • Cauliflower
  • Coconut shavings
  • Coconut milk
  • Salt/pepper
Put pieces of cauliflower in food processor. Chop until very fine pieces. Throw in microwave dish with some coconut flakes, about 1/4 cup coconut milk, and S/P. Microwave with lid on for about 4 minutes. Serve under chicken!

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Chicken, Sauces

 

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