Makes: 18 portions
Who doesn't crave something sweet once in a while? Here is a guilt free recipe that will definitely hit the spot! Home made mars bars made with healthy raw nuts, dates and a little Maple syrup. Full of Omega 3's, full of nutrients and so delicious!
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
3 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP water
1 TBSP almond butter
8 fresh medjool dates, pitted
2 TBSP 100% pure maple syrup – add more/less depending on how sweet you like it
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 TBSP water
Dark Cooking Chocolate for dipping
Makes: 10" Cake
Total: 1.5 hours
Cakes are normally void of nutrition, being made of processed flour, sugar and fat. This cake on the other hand replaces those non-nutritious ingredients with power packed alternatives. Heart healthy olive oil and almond meal is used, sweet potatoes full of vitamin A, fibre and potassium, and mineral rich cocoa.
For the Ganache:
Source: The nutrition guru and the chef
Makes: 1 Loaf
Preparation: 20 mns
Total Time: 60 mns
This is a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free recipe for the entire family to enjoy.
Coconut oil, which studies have shown can help our immune system fight viruses, is one of the ingredients that gives this cake a moist, rich texture. Sweetened with honey and a bit of vanilla stevia, this makes an excellent snack for the kids or a summer evening dessert with a cup of Iced herbal tea!
1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla stevia (or Vanilla sugar if Stevia is not available)
¾ cup zucchini, grated
Source: Picture and Recipe from Elana's Pantry
Makes: depends on how many bananas you use!
Preparation: 15 mns
Total Time: 90 mns
This is a delicious and healthy snack for adults and kids alike! Its extremely easy to make and will become a favorite in your household. The Banana and Peanut butter combination (carbs and protein) helps to slow down sugar release in the bloodstream, making it a good choice for keeping your blood sugar balanced. Bananas are full of potassium, unsweetened organic peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and protein and the dark chocolate a great source of antioxidants.
Organic peanut or almond butter for spreading (make sure its unsweetened)
Dark chocolate for dipping **
**If you're detoxing, please make sure the dark chocolate you use has no sugar or dairy in it. You can enjoy up to 2 pieces a day!
Makes: 16 slices
Preparation: 5/10 mns
Total Time: 30mns
These secretly healthy Blondies are made with chickpeas, almond/peanut butter, and chocolate. They are vegan, gluten-free, flour less and contain no butter oil! They taste amazingly like the real thing and are great for big kids and little kids!
2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup all natural almond butter or peanut butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar (you can also use honey if you’re not vegan)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup vegan (or regular) chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
Adding an egg to the batter will make it more cake-like, but not vegan.
You can use your favorite nut butter, just make sure it’s all natural.
Feel free to add in other things according to your dietary needs like nuts, dried fruit, dessicated coconut, or other types of chocolate.
Source: Monique at Ambitious Kitchen
Makes: Yields about 24 balls
Total Time: 30mns
Who doesn't like cookie dough? As delicious as it is, it’s filled with sugar, processed ingredients, and gluten -putting some of us at risk of getting a bad tummy (especially those with sensitive digestive systems).
Rather then living a life without cookie dough, here's a delicious, healthy, and safe alternative for you to try. These “raw” cookie dough balls are soft, tasty, indulgent and … made with chickpeas!
They are packed full of protein and iron-rich legumes and natural sweeteners in the form of organic honey and coconut sugar. Chances are you’ll want to eat the entire batch after taking your first bite!
450g (16 ounces) cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons raw organic honey
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons raw organic almond butter
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups vegan regular/dark chocolate chips
1. Combine chickpeas, honey, sugar, baking soda, almond butter, vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and process until smooth.
2. Remove to a bowl and stir in half a cup of the chocolate chips. Form into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid.
3. In a double boiler, melt remaining cup of chocolate chips. Dip the balls into the chocolate until covered, then place back on parchment-paper lined baking sheet. Freeze until chocolate has hardened, then store at room temperature.
Makes: 6/8 burgers
Total Time: 40mns
Beans are a great food. Gluten-free, full of protein, cheap and super-healthy, all they need is a good recipe to make them into a hearty meal. Combine them with super Quinoa and you have a great meal, packed with proteins and good fiber.
1 1/2 cups (or small can) cooked cannellini beans
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
2 shallots, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon fennel, crushed
2 teaspoons cumin
healthy handful of parsley, chopped
salt + pepper
** If you are detoxing, omit the oil and soften shallots and garlic in water. Add all the ingredients as per recipe and then place your burgers in the oven, brushing the top with a dash of oil.
Makes: 21 cookies
Total Time: 30mns
These cookies are a fabulous choice for kids and adults alike. They contain no sugar whatsoever, and only heart-healthy fats from the coconut oil and almonds. Dates are packed with an impressive list of concentrated nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. They are also high in fiber which makes them a great choice. These cookies are an absolute treat for all!
1/2 cup Dates (Fresh dates make this recipe much more delicious)
1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut
1/2 cup Oats (organic rolled oats are tastier and have better texture)
1/2 cup Almonds (you can use sesame seeds to be nut free, also very yummy with the dates)
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Juice of a small Orange - some zest is optional
Makes: 6 large cookies or 12 small cookies
Total time: 40mns
These cookies are super healthy as they contain oats which is a slow release carbohydrate. The sweetness comes from the banana and the pumpkin, full of Potassium and Beta carotene. The almonds and flaxseed add lots of heart healthy fats and fiber. A great recipe for the kids!
2 cups organic raw whole rolled oats
8 ounces (about 1 cup) organic mashed pumpkin
1 small ripe banana, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoon ground flax seeds
3 tablespoon maple syrup
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. I recommend buying the blend at your local natural grocer (it’s inexpensive and contains proper proportions), or follow this recipe to make your own.
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
Tip: This recipe also works well if you make 12 small cookies of equal size and bake for 11-13 minutes.
Source: Kris Carr , Photo: kris Carr
Makes: About 2 dozen 1 1/2-inch balls
Total time: 75mns
This is a very nutritious recipe, especially when it comes to feeding children as its a great and tasty way to add in more veggies. It is very good served with Spinach-Basil Pesto. I also really recommend serving it with a tomato pasta sauce and spaghetti (like spaghetti with meatballs). The walnuts are a great source of omega 3 and protein, lentils are fantastic for iron, parsley great for Vitamin C, eggs add more protein…its all good!
2 cups lentils
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons tomato paste
8 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
3 large eggs
1/2 cup grated rennet-free Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (make them very fine as children prefer the taste)
Source: BBC Food Guide
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