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Cinnamon apple waffles

Who says eating healthy is boring? Well I pulled out this waffle maker that I bought last year at Macy’s for their Black Friday sale, and I think I used it once in a year! But it was $10! How do you NOT buy it?

I have messed up so many pancake recipes in the past I figured as long as the batter is thick enough, I think this will work. It did and it was great!

This recipe is made one full size waffle and one mini one, so you would need to add just a bit more if you were making 2. Probably another egg and tsp of coconut flour.

Ingredients:
* 1 banana (green tipped if your doing the sugar detox like I am)
* 3 eggs
* 2 tablespoons coconut flour
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* pinch of baking soda and pinch of salt
* 1 green apple
* 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning (or just cinnamon)

Directions:
1. Cut your apple into small pieces (no skin) and put in a small baking dish. Add the cinnamon and mix around. Bake this for about 10-15 minutes until soft.
2. While your apples are baking, put all other ingredients into a small food processor or bullet and mix until creamy. If its too liquidy, just add a little more coconut flour.
3. Pour batter into waffle maker!

I topped my waffles with a little warmed up coconut butter and then the apples. Perfect breakfast that’s super healthy and looks beautiful!

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Breakfast, 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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Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

I found this recipe in the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book. I finally broke down and bought the actual book instead of googling recipes or looking for them on Instagram. Great book too! There are two books I guess, one that has all the info about the sugar detox, what food is okay- what food isn’t- and how you will be feeling each day, what sugar is in, what it does to you, etc.. Then a ton of recipes. There is another one that is coming out this month that is JUST recipes. I will probably break down and buy that one too.

So I have to say, if you haven’t tried doing a sugar detox its a great way to jump start your tastebuds. All of a sudden foods that don’t normally taste sweet start tasting really sweet and you begin to wonder if they are allowed! Like avocado’s. Or butternut squash, now that just tastes like candy after a few days on this!

Anyhow, this recipe is really yummy and has some of my favorite items- artichokes and olives! Easy prep, easy bake, and just make sure you don’t spill the turmeric or sauce on the counter or you will be scrubbing bright yellow stains away for days.

Ingredients:
* 4 Tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter, divided (Kerrygold butter is great!)
* 4 cups of canned artichoke hearts (I used one can and one jar of marinated artichoke hearts)
* 1 cup pitted olives (Mix of green and kalamata. I liked the kalamata better to be honest)
* 1/2 cup olive juice from your olive jar
* 6-8 organic chicken thighs (Trader joes has a great pack of organic thighs that don’t break the bank!)
* 2 tsp ground turmeric
* 1 tsp cumin (I put more in, but I LOVE cumin in anything)
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 tsp ground coriander
* 1/4 tsp sea salt
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 1 lemon
* 1 tsp red chili flakes (If you like a little spice)

Directions: (Preheat oven to 425)
1. Grease a casserole dish with 2 tbls of ghee or butter. Then place the artichoke hearts, olives, and olive juice inside the dish. Place the chicken thighs on top. I cleaned them and sliced off any fat there was on them. You can also use chicken breasts too if you like.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the spices together. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken. I sprinkled on one side and then turned it over and sprinkled the other side so it was completely coated. If there is any left, distribute the rest over the artichokes.
3. Cut the lemon in half and then into small slices and place a slice on top of each chicken. Squeeze the other half of the lemon into the dish. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you add those.
4. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked throughout.
5. Serve with some steamed asparagus or any other green veggie!

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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo (and sugar detox) Banana Bread

banana-bread-oh-1732689-x_1_I think when I am on these kind of diets, I end up cooking so much more then when I am just doing some regular eating routine. I think because NOTHING is quick, so I always feel like I am in the kitchen. There is no easy snack or meal when you are not having anything processed so days off, what do I do… cook! I also don’t want to be starving and there is nothing around to eat then I eat some crap food on accident! I am also pretty stoked about cooking though because my soon to be Mother in Law got me a full set of All Clad pots and pans for Christmas. Talk about a awesome present! Those are my dream pots. Did you all know they come in individual black satin bags? Yeah, pretty fancy. So love her, love my pans, happy girl.

Okay, so saw this from Civilized Caveman, which was featured on the Sugar Detox FB site. So its in the oven right now, waiting for me to try it. But I couldnt stop licking the batter off the spoons, so I have a feeling this is going to be good. Whenever I made breads of anykind it seems like I use a ton of Almond meal, but this one has none. You could add some things to this to make it really yummy, like nuts or blueberries, or chocolate chunks would be amazzzing. For now, just strict banana bread. There are no sweeteners at all in this, except the banana- which I used not quite ripe ones too.

Ingredients:
* 4 banana’s. For sugar detox- use banana’s that arent quite ripe.
* 4 eggs
* 1/2 cup of any kind of nut butter. I used sunflower seed butter- because its amazing.
* 1 tbls cinnamon
* 4 tbls grass fed butter (melted) Or coconut oil
* 1/2 cup of coconut flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* pinch of salt

1. Mix all your wet ingrients together in a food processor or with a hand mixer (Bananas, butter, nut butter, eggs, vanilla)
2. Combine your coconut flour, baking soda and powder, cinnamon, and salt together in the mixer. Combine until nice and creamy.
3. Grease a bread pan 9×5 with butter or coconut oil and pour the ingredients in the pan.
4. Cook at 350 for about 45-50 minutes. Check after 40 minutes with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean.
5. Slice up and enjoy with butter, honey (not I!), or plain!

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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Coconut Pudding- sugar detox approved!

Apple_CinnamonOkay, day 2 of Sugar Detox and Whole 30! It always seems so easy in the beginning or even the beginning of the day. 7pm rolls around and I just want to snack or have a sweet something! This supposedly will help with having a treat at the end of the night. So its Sugar Detox approved and Whole 30 approved too.

Ingredients:
* 2 Green Apples- peel off the skin and cut into cubes
* 1 Can Coconut Milk- Not light
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients together in a sauce pan and cook on medium, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apples become soft.
Pour mixture into food processor or blender until completely mixed together and smooth
Refrigerate a few hours until it becomes more solid and not a liquid texture.

Enjoy! This would also be good with a couple crushed almonds or walnuts on top.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Coconut Milk Banana Popsicles

So the one thing I miss about this sugar detox thing is having popsicles at night. Joe and I love our popsicles, we had one (or two) every day in Mexico and we usually have them at home for after dinner too. This recipe comes right off the sugar detox recipes, so last night I had a crazy craving for one. Which also sucks because obviously I have to make them, then freeze them. So no instant gratification here. But my friends were laughing at me as I was calling around to rite-aid’s and safeway’s asking if they had popsicle molds at 9:30pm. And yes, Rite-aid did, plus they were 75% off so I got them for $.75. Score.

These definitely hit the spot!!! Popsicle crisis over!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water (or coconut water)
  • 4 tbls unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • I am sure you can add cocunut bits or some nuts and it would be even better…next round

Mix all ingredients together until they are smooth and creamy. Pour into popsicle molds and let sit overnight. To get them out, run warm water over the one you are trying to pop out, makes it much easier. YUM YUM.

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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Desserts

 

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