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Cinnamon apple butter cups

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Disclaimer: I am 12 days into my sugar detox so these taste awesome to me, but might not be a typical sweet treat for anyone else…

These are perfect after dinner treats that taste slightly sweet from the apples and like a treat because of the coconut oil and butter mixed. If you would like them a little sweeter then maybe use different apples and sprinkle with a little coconut sugar or mix honey into the coconut butter mixture. But these are great as they are to me!

Ingredients:
* 1 1/2 green apples
* 1/4 cup coconut oil
* 1/2 cup coconut butter
* Tbls of cinnamon — or more!

Directions:

1. Put the coconut oil and coconut butter in a bowl and microwave for about 40 seconds. Stir with a spoon so the two are combined.

2. Cut your apples into small chunks (I skinned my apples but not necessary)

3. Add about 1 Tbls of coconut oil to a pan and then add your apples and cinnamon. Cook until they are nice and soft.

4. Add your apples to the coconut mixture and stir around. Add a little more cinnamon.

5. Line a muffin pan with your cupcake liners. Spoon in your mixture. You can put one spoonful in and make about 10 or you can make them nice and full and it will make about 6. Put them in the fridge for about an hour and enjoy!

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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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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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Banana spinach smoothie

imagesCA73IYNZDo you ever just get sick of eating? Like you know you have to, you get hungry, but it gets so tiring sometimes to come up with lunches or breakfasts! I think I am going to look for some good smoothie recipes that I can have in place of a regular breakfast or lunch. Easy-quick.

I just added a bunch of stuff to this one and it turned out really good. Not sure how nutritious it is, but it also certainly isn’t bad for you!

Ingredients:

* 1 banana
* 1 cup of spinach (or handful)
* 1 cup of coconut water
* a spoonful of sunflower seed butter
* a couple spoonfuls of that coconut butter you made a few days ago (see post below!)
* a spoonful of cocoa powder
* a few ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a magic bullet and blend away!

Okay, I made another one, this time with some blueberries and protein powder and tracked how many calories this will be. I am condisering this my lunch by they way. Not a snack!

* 1 banana
* 1/2 cup spinach
* 1 tablespoon chia seeds
* 1/2 scoop protein powder
* 1/2 cup blueberries
* 1 spoonful sunflower seed butter
* 1 cup coconut water

All together this comes to 423 calories. Take out the sunflower seed butter and it is 323. I think that part needs to go! But overall most of the calories come from the banana and protein. Not bad!

 
 

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Homemade Coconut Butter

flakesHow crafty am I today? Yes, I made homemade coconut butter. What do you do with coconut butter? Anything you would do with a chocolate sauce or peanut butter. You can put it into smoothies, eat it out of the jar, warm up and drizzle over fruit, combine with a little cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey- refrigerate and you have a yummy treat. Really anything you want to do with it.

Why is it good? Well according to this book: “Eat Fat, Lose Fat,” it is “a proven antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal agent that’s also found in mother’s milk. Converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin, it helps you defent against viruses, bacteria and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system, protecting you from a wide range of diseases.” So there ya go! It’s a great immune booster so if you get sick a lot or even get those nasty cold sores on your lip- this is perfect to have. And it tastes like a treat but less then 1 gram of sugar.

Oh, its also gluten free, vegan, and of course… paleo!

Probably the easiest ‘recipe’ there is known to man.

Ingredients:
* Organic Coconut Flakes
* Food Processor

That’s it! I was amazed at how easy it is to make this stuff! Just put the bag into your food processor and put on high for about 8-9 minutes. Make sure to use a spatula to scrape the sides every so often.
When your done, just put in a jar and seal it. Store at room temp and enjoy however you want!

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Sauces, Sides, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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