Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 1/2 T minced garlic
  • kale, Swiss chard, or any variety of greens, coarsely chopped (I use a bag of kale and 5 oz. fresh spinach.)
  • 8 carrots, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 5 celery stalks, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • 8 C vegetable stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

Prep veggies and set aside. Heat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and onions, stirring often. When opaque and lightly browned, add garlic and cook until browned. Add carrots and celery, stirring occasionally for a few minutes. Add salt, pepper, and chicken broth. When the liquid comes to a boil, add the chopped greens and the beans. Cook another 10 minutes until greens have wilted and carrots can be pricked by a fork. Serve hot.

adapted from fromjessicaskitchen.com

 

 

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Chinni Chili

  • coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 1/2 t minced garlic
  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 1/2 t cumin
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans red beans
  • 1 1/2 cans water or chicken broth
  • 1 can Rotel

Saute onion in coconut oil over medium-high heat until half-cooked. Turn heat to medium, add garlic, cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Add meat, turning heat up to medium-high again. Cook meat and then drain and rinse. Add spices to the dry meat, then add tomato sauce, beans, water, and Rotel. Bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Pie (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, raw)

Crust:
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or walnuts, pecans, cashews, or macadamia nuts)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)
  • 8 small dates (scant 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Press mixture evenly into a 8″x 8″ baking dish.

Filling:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp  salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Combine all filling ingredient in a food processor and blend well. Pour over prepared crust and freeze until firm.

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup almond butter (I used this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Melt chocolate with coconut oil on low heat. Combine with almond butter. Spread evenly over frozen filling. Store in the freezer. Thaw for about 15 minutes before serving.

adapted from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Easy Diary-Free Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked mashed sweet potato (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 1 cup honey granules (or sugar)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs cocoa
  • vanilla to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend till smooth. Frost and refrigerate.

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Banana Oat Blender Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto skillet. Use a spatula to spread the batter thinner.
  4. When edges are hardened and bubbly, flip pancake. When the other side is golden brown, the pancake is ready to enjoy. Repeat for the rest of the batter.

Adapted from www.kimscravings.com

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Best Blueberry Oat Muffins (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups oat flour (see notes below)
  • 2 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups kefir (or buttermilk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (or chopped strawberries)
Instructions:
  1. Whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, sucanat, honey, and kefir. (It should be warm to the touch. This will keep the coconut oil from hardening when you mix it.)
  3. Pour  the warmed coconut oil mixture into a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla; whisk until combined.
  4. Whisk in the dry ingredients. Stir in the blueberries.
  5. Line 2 dozen muffin cups with muffin liners (or grease each cup with coconut oil). Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, or until golden and set.
  7. These are delicious warm or cooled, but are better set after cooling.
Notes:
Oat flour can be made by milling oats with a kitchen mill or by processing them in a food processor (or high-powered blender) until fine.
Yield: 2 dozen
Recipe by Joy Williams

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Chocolate Crunch Bars (Gluten-Free)

These are a big hit!

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup (2¾ oz.) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) coconut oil
  • 1/4 honey granules (or sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 5 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/4 cups puffed rice cereal

Instructions:

  1. Line a 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper and then lightly grease.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. In a pan on medium-low heat, warm the chocolate chips and coconut oil until melted; whisk in the honey granules.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine (the mixture should be close to room temperature).
  5. Fold in the flour mixture until just a bit of the flour is still visible.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake at 350 for 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs still attached. (The bars will firm up as they cool.)
  7. Sprinkle with peanuts.
  8. After taking the brownies out of the oven, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat; stir in the puffed rice cereal until coated.
  9. Spread the topping evenly over the bars.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving. Store in refrigerator. Enjoy! 🙂

Recipe from Bakerita

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Healthy Apple Crisp (Gluten-Free)

For the apples:

  • 10 apples
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

For the crumble topping:

  • 2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans (I use pecans)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Peel apples and dice into cubes of approximately equal size. In a large bowl, toss with maple syrup, water, and cinnamon. Pour apples into greased 9″ x 9″ baking dish. In the same (now empty) bowl, add oats, almond flour, nuts, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup. Stir crumble topping together and pour into baking dish on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until apples are soft. This is wonderful served fresh or room tempt. Can also be served with ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Recipe from Healthy Liv

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Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge (Gluten-Free)

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)
2/3 + 2 Tbs creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
dash of salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until velvety in texture (8-10 minutes). Line a 5″ x 7″ pan with parchment paper (or wax paper). Spread the fudge evenly in the pan and freeze for at least 1 hour. Remove from the freezer and cut into squares. Store in the freezer, allowing the fudge to thaw slightly before eating.

Recipe from Eat Healthy, Eat Happy

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Slow Cooker Turkey

  • 1 T butter
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t pepper

Place 1/2 C water in bottom of slow cooker. Mix the above ingredients and rub over a 6-7 pound turkey or chicken. Cook on low 5-7 hours. Enjoy!

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