It’s been a hot minute since I posted a recipe. I’ve been focusing so much on getting my yoga business up and running and posting about yoga that I haven’t been experimenting much in the kitchen.
I’ve been baking and cooking a lot, however haven’t focused on recipes for the blog. This recipe is a good one! It’s lower on the carbs because it’s refined sugar free and is completely grain free!
Amazing Grain Free Mini-Pumpkin Pie
Making pies from scratch has been a must since finding out about my celiac disease. I don’t trust other places to make most gluten free food AND so many store bought pies (gluten free or not) have a bunch of sugar and junk in them. Because of this, I almost always make my own everything. Period.
Being a health nut and sticking to a grain free diet means I also modify my sugar and never have refined sugar. I try to limit my natural sugar (coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or honey) to 2 Tbs a day. Since staying away from a lot of sugar, I know right away when I’ve had too much. The blood sugar spike is no fun. My body becomes shaky and I have an instant brain fog. It’s nuts!
Holidays are full of treats so any time a lower sugar option is available, I take it! Or in this case, make it! ha
Now that we’ve touched on sugar, let’s talk a little about pumpkin! I love pumpkin. When it’s pumpkin season I stock up. Any pumpkins we have on hand (even non-pumpkin pie pumpkins) I use them to make my own puree. What I don’t use, I store it in the freezer. This way I can have pumpkin goodies any time of the year!
What more information on how beneficial eating pumpkin is for your health? Check out this post.
This grain free, mini-pumpkin pie is sure to please. It’s perfectly sweetened naturally and won’t make you feel overly full since it’s lower in carbs! Whether you have a couple people or a bunch you can whip this up in a little less than an hour. Make the recipe as is and you can serve about 6 people. Double the recipe and you will have enough for 10 or more, depending on the slice size.
Happy Holiday’s and enjoy!
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I have an easy peasy and energy filled recipe for you today! Fig Energy Balls! They are low in sugar, contain no grains, are paleo friendly and gluten free.
These little balls are filled with nutrition and energy increasing ingredients. Dried figs have more nutritional benefits than raw. Figs have 3 grams of fiber which keeps you regular, both soluble (attracts water) and insoluble (helps food move quicker through digestive tract)! Our bodies need both forms to function well.
Dates are high in carbs which provide energy so they make great snacks to replenish carbs after a tough workout. They also contain flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and help keep your eyes and heart healthy.
These energy balls also contain raw walnuts and cashews (you can pick your favorite nuts or stick to one kind). Several nuts, including walnuts and cashews, contain nutrients that help protect the body from the negative effects of stress. Nuts can also help with weight maintainance in that consuming a small amount will keep you satieted longer (feeling full longer).
Health Boosting, Energy Balls
There’s only 4 main ingredients and 3 supplemental ingredients! Dried figs, dates, walnuts and cashews! Plus cinnamon, MCT oil and sea salt. Each of these ingredients have their own health benefits, with some overlapping principles, higher in carbs, fat and salt. These are sure to replenish your body before or after a good workout! It takes maybe 5 minutes to make these and you snack on them all day! Whip out your food processor and get going!
I’ve got a great recipe for you today!! Many times when I go to the store and see super green plantains, I will grab one or two. In hopes that I can make some homemade plantain chips! I love dried plantain chips but buying the bags that have either 3 or 4 ounces in them, just isn’t worth all the plastic!
Due to having celiac disease and a few other sensitivities, I make almost all of my own food items. Especially snacks, breads and desserts! Making everything from scratch means I don’t have to worry about getting sick.
Going from feeling sick (stomach aches, sinus issues, achy muscles and joints, etc.) almost daily to hardly ever now, that means I stick to mostly homemade. I mean who wants to feel sick all the time? It sure makes life less fun and bearable.
I’ve been better lately about buying plantains when I know I won’t have time to make my own chips. But a few weeks ago, I bought some green plantains in hopes of making tostones or chips. Well, that didn’t happen. They sat in my pantry and a couple days ago, I moved them to the fridge.
I made this amazing bread! It’s grain and refined sugar free. You can add nuts, extra cinnamon and coconut sugar to the top or even chocolate chips if you like. It tastes similar to banana bread. This sweet plantain bread is moist, sweet and soft. It’s great alone or topped with nut butter or whatever tickles your fancy!
The summer heat is on! So many areas of the country are experiencing heat waves.
I don’t know about you but when the heat is on, I like to enjoy cool or frozen treats on a consistent basis. Since the summer heat can get pretty intense, who wants to turn the oven on, even with air conditioning? Not me, if I can help it!
This Lemon-ginger mousse was inspired when I was looking for a refreshing treat that wouldn’t take long. Even though the process for this mousse takes a bit longer than I expected, the actual “cook” and prep time is super easy.
I LOVE ginger anything. Heck, I’m a “ginger” (red head if you weren’t sure) so of course I use it whenever I can. My husband is a lemon fan so putting the two together makes this summer treat perfect for both of us. It’s even toddler approved and believe me, my toddler is SUPER picky!
Creamy Delicious Light Smooth Slightly Sour Slightly Sweet Spicy
This mousse is delicious and not overly sweet. It has a slightly sour, spicy and sweet taste. Using coconut cream and honey makes this dessert dairy free and refined sugar free. Making the ginger cream is the hardest part of this recipe and it only takes about 8 minutes, however the cream does need to sit in the fridge for at least 12 hours (24 hours is best). It comes together pretty quickly after the refrigeration.
Pair this with an asian meal or any meal really. It can also be enjoyed for a snack or, if you’re like me, breakfast! ha
During the summer, I am all about simple, easy and refreshing recipes. I love baked treats but, when all you have is an window swamp cooler AND there’s a heat wave, turning the oven on is a no go. Making recipes without using the oven can be a challenge. But don’t worry these blueberry mint bars are super easy and full of fresh, cool flavor.
Summer time is all about fresh produce. Many summer holidays and get togethers involve fruit in many forms like salad, desserts and side dishes. When it comes to summer I always think of fresh berries and herbs. Living in northern Arizona where things don’t really grow in the winter months (it snows where I live, believe it or not), it’s a nice change. Combining herbs and berries is a great way to add new flavors to meals. That’s just what happened with these blueberry mint bars.
Mint is such a great herb to use during the summer. The savory and fresh taste adds a zing to any drink or dish! I personally like to add mint to water with some type of citrus fruit like lemon or lime. Mint is also great to add to chocolate and ice cream. My favorite has always been mint chocolate chip!
cooling easy flavorful minty refreshing sweet
The combo of blueberries with fresh mint make these blueberry mint bars pop with flavor. No-bake desserts are great for hot months. In the heat of the summer, having options to keep the kitchen cool is wonderful. I used to make raw foods at least once a week, so using dates and nuts as the base for this bar was a simple alternative to using a base that needs to be baked.
These bars are great without the middle layer but I used Simple Mills vanilla frosting because I had it on hand and thought it would make the bars more dessert like. Alternatively you can also use a cashew nut cheese or omit all together. The top layer is of course blueberries and mint. Blueberry compote (cooked blueberries) is so yummy on pancakes, waffles, toast and in crepes. So it was an easy choice for these bars. For this recipe, I used chia seeds (which have tons of health benefits) to thicken the blueberry compote so it would be less runny and more thick. This helps with the mess and sticky finger factor.
Cheers and Enjoy,