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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These grain free pumpkin chocolate cookies are the best! There’s just enough coconut to give the cookies texture and enough moisture to make them smooth and chewy. Sometimes grain free cookies and desserts can be a little tricky. Adding too much coconut flour makes them too dry. Adding too much liquid can make grain free baking soggy and sticky. But these are perfect and they are super healthy!
Pumpkin is a fall favorite for many people but I find it tasty most any time of year. Since it’s not pumpkin season how do I make pumpkin foods, you ask? Well, I bought a bunch of pumpkins in October and November, cooked them, made pumpkin puree and I put the puree in my freezer. It works when I want something with pumpkin but don’t want to hunt for pumpkin puree in the stores.
Pumpkin and coconut are high in fiber so these little babies will help keep you regular. Plus the combo makes these Grain Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies healthy enough to eat as breakfast cookies. There’s little sugar added and if you get dark chocolate chips, it helps to fight free radicals (disease and cancer causing cells) in the body.
chewy moist fiber rich healthy smooth
I remade these last week when my picky eating family were in town. They were a hit! The fact that these have pumpkin, coconut, and no gluten or grain containing flours in them is a major plus. No one knew the cookies were healthy either! Even my toddler who won’t eat much colorful foods, loved these. I have made them without chocolate chips too so he can eat them any time without me feeling guilty! If you have picky eaters, these are sure to please!
Oranges are in season now in Arizona (December to March). Although that doesn’t mean much because oranges are available year round in most stores. The taste can vary depending on the season so if you’re looking for a juicy orange, make sure it’s in season.
Of course orange juice is around all the time and tastes pretty great. However a lot of the stuff in the stores has added sugar, even the “natural” or “organic” orange juices. For this recipe, you can use fresh squeezed orange juice (squeezed at home) which will save money and ensure you get just juice rather than added sugars. If you use oranges and squeeze them, you can use the zest which makes this recipe even more tasty.
The other important ingredient in this recipe is cranberries. Most of the time fresh cranberries are around in the store except for during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Usually cranberries can be found in the frozen section most of the time. So that means this orange cranberry bread can be made any time of year. Although for the freshest taste the winter months are best.
The thing I love about this bread is that it’s chock-full of nutrients. Not only is it grain and gluten free, it’s pretty low carb too. Let’s talk about the nutrients!
- Coconut flour is high in fiber, saturated fats which the body can use easily for energy and is low on the glycemic index which keeps blood sugar lower.
- Oranges are low in calories, contain around 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids and they encourage healthy, clear skin. Not to mention all the benefits most people know about like tons of vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Cranberries are low in calories too! Do you see a trend? The vitamins and nutrients like proanthocyanidins help to ward off many diseases (this includes oral health) and can stimulate better immune function.
Wow, so many benefits and I didn’t name all of them, either. This orange cranberry bread is great because it’s gluten and grain free and tastes so amazing! Who wouldn’t want to try a bread that tastes:
buttery crispy fresh lightly sweetened and sour zesty
The flavors mesh together well to make this bread a nice sweet treat but it can also be eaten at breakfast with out getting the sugar rush of “breakfast” breads. Placing some extra zest and a drizzle of pure maple syrup on top creates a nice little sweet, crispiness to the bread. It’s the perfect touch, I think!
Breakfast can be a stressful time during a busy week. Getting everyone well fed is important but can be hard when time is of the essence. When I was a teacher, getting myself out the door on time meant, eating my breakfast in the car or at work between teaching children. Now, I have three days of the week when I teach spin for an hour and yoga right after.
I burn a ton of calories spinning so have to eat something before heading to teach a yoga class. I was making overnight chia smoothies or pudding but have gotten a little tired of eating the same thing over and over. I was shopping on Thrive Market and saw some hempseed snacks that looked interesting but super expensive. It gave me the idea to try making granola with hemp seeds. Therefore, this Protein Packed Hempseed Granola was born!
Protein Packed Hempseed Granola
Hemp seeds have 10 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat (healthy fat) in just 3 tablespoons. In one serving (3 tablespoons) there are 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. All these things are important for maintaining weight and health. Despite what much of the media and some doctors has led people to believe about consuming fat, it can actually help you maintain and lose weight. The healthy fat I am referring to is the kind that raise HDL cholesterol levels. This type of fat comes from coconuts, avocados, hempseed and olive oil just to name a few.
Hemp seeds are also great because they can help relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation, improve skin and hair texture and aid in a healthy heart. The GLA (Gamma-Linolenic acid) in hemp seeds is super high, which is important for supporting smooth muscles (found in the heart, as well as other places in the body), controlling body temperature and inflammation. It’s important to keep the temperature low (under 325 degrees F) while toasting/baking the Protein Packed Hempseed Granola to ensure the GLA’s are not lost. Toasting the granola mixture at 300 degrees F gives it the perfect golden brown and toasty color.
The taste of hemp seeds is nutty and adds a similar texture to oats or nuts. The coconut flakes add a little hint of sweet flavor, along with the maple syrup. With the balance of toasty, buttery and coconut flavor, this Protein Packed Hempseed Granola will be a new breakfast or snack favorite. It pairs perfectly with dairy or non-dairy yogurt as well as with a thicker smoothie.
Not only are the health benefits worth giving this Protein Packed Hempseed Granola recipe a try, the taste is great too!
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Here’s a great candied nut recipe just in time for the holidays. Many of us spend our time snacking throughout the holidays, or at least my family does. This recipe for turmeric spiked candied nuts is a sweet and savory treat! The little bit of maple syrup adds a subtle sweet taste while the spices add a mild citrus and spice taste.
This turmeric spiked candied nut recipe uses cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardomom, turmeric and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. All of these spices are common in baked goods and most are thought of as sweet spices. Turmeric, ginger and cardomom all belong in the same family of plants and help aid in digestion. Nut’s can be hard on the digestive system so adding this bit of herbal help make the recipe that much better.
There are two types of cardomom, black and green. Each have different flavors. The green cardomom has a sweeter taste, almost citrus, which is what I used. It helps give these nuts a sweet taste. Along with the cinnamon and maple syrup. All the spices combined help to give the nuts a spicy flavor. Spicy meaning herb type taste not spicy taste. It’s nice to have a little different taste with candied nuts.
I used turmeric due to it’s earthy, spicy taste. It also has anti-inflammatory turmeric which helps with countering any inflammation that may happen throughout the day to day happenings. The holiday’s can also bring some stress so giving these turmeric spiked candied nuts the added health benefits as well.
This recipe for turmeric spiked candied nuts will be sure to be a favorite around the house. They would also be a prefect gift for someone hosting a holiday party!