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Vanilla Cashew Protein Bars

I’m a bar addict.  I know that so many people say no, grab whole foods, don’t count on bars.  BUT sometimes you are truly on-the-go and you need a healthy option — something that is dense and filling with a balance of both nutty and sweet.  It is true that most bars on the market contain FAR too much sugar and not enough fat and substance to actually keep you satisfied.

Store-bought bars are anywhere from $1.50-$4 a bar!  These will save you some cash and you can’t beat their freshness.  They are also friendly to vegan folks since they utilize plant-based protein (and they also happen to be gluten, dairy, and refined-sugar free as well!)

Also, if I may say so myself — you feel quite impressive when you see a stack of wrapped bars and know you made them yourself!  I get the kids involved, they love to wrap them in a pretty bow.  These make a beautiful lunchbox addition (if your school allows nuts).

Another reason I wanted to post this recipe now is because the holidays are upon us…we are quite busy and headed to and fro, and this often means all new food coming our way.  When I know I have some upcoming travel dates, I like to load my body up with wholesome foods so that it can lessen the blow of exposure to things my body is not as used to —  like my Grandmother’s buttery, gluten-induced, amazing bread OR my mom’s Mexican Coffee Cake.  I want to enjoy these things and it’s so much easier for me to do that when I know I’ve eaten healthy meals majority of the time.   This is the beauty of an 80/20 lifestyle or even a 90/10 — there is wiggle room there!

So pack these up – gift them out even!  If I carry these on-the-go, I like to put mine in a Stasher Bag with a little ice pack because I personally like them cool.  🙂

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Family Favorite Sandwich Bread

I think this might be my most-requested recipe on my page!  I guess you all love carbs about as much as I do…they are sheer comfort aren’t they?  It make sense that it’s what we crave when we are sick or pregnant : there is something so homespun about a good loaf of bread.  The smell alone just feels like home and family.

This recipe is unique in the fact that it’s not loaded with refined flours – quite the opposite – it actually has TONS of protein!  It is extremely dense and freezes like a dream (more on that below).

My kids are the ultimate food critics, and this is their favorite sandwich bread I make.  They most enjoy it with a slathering of almond butter and fresh jam. And another great thing about it?  It’s nut-free! So many schools nowadays eliminate nuts from the classroom, and that can be limiting if you eat grain-free.  This bread is lunchbox-friendly!

DIFFICULTYBeginner
YIELDS1 Serving
PREP TIME10 minsCOOK TIME40 minsTOTAL TIME50 mins
 ½ cup cassava flour + 2 T
 3 tbsp coconut flour
 ¼ cup arrowroot
 1 tsp baking soda
 ½ tsp pink salt
 1 tbsp ACV
 ¼ cup honey
 2 tbsp chia seed
 6 eggs
 3 tbsp avocado oil

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Blend all wet ingredients plus the chia seeds in a food processor (if you don’t own one, try a high-powered blender and blend on a lower setting). In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda and pink salt. Slowly add into the wet, pulsing to blend gently (I usually do this about 3-4x) and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. I like to let it sit because the chia seeds will expand and the coconut flour will absorb.

2

Generously spray a 1.5 qt loaf pan with oil. Pour in the mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Important notes: 1) With pretty much all of my paleo breads, I store them in the fridge so they stay fresh for a couple extra days. 2) If you don’t think you’ll devour the loaf within a few days, you can freeze half of it! I pre-slice mine and freeze it, wrapping them about 2-3 slices at a time so that I can grab them and serve up breakfast slices when I wish. Because the bread is dense, it tastes just as good once it is toasted from being previously frozen!

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Citrus Cilantro Crackers

Last year I did this INTENSE Candida Cleanse.  It was kind of horrible at first, and then I grew used to it.  One thing I learned a lot about, though, is that there are certain foods that are VERY powerful at killing parasites and detoxifying the body.  I could tell you some gross stories….but I’ll refrain.  These foods are : pumpkin seeds, cilantro, garlic, grapefruit, and onions.  This recipe has the first 4 in it!

I put it to a vote because I was originally going to call these my Detox Crackers but my husband (and instagram community) vetoed it and went for Citrus Cilantro Crackers.  Sure…that sounds more pleasant.  I get it. 🙂

These taste amazing! Below I’ll walk you through step-by-step how I make, store, and retoast them.

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Vanilla Cashew Milk

The idea of making milk intimidated me for so long.  And I also wanted to avoid the millions of jokes my husband would (and does) make to see me “milking” my nutbag utter to squeeze out the liquid.  Cashew milk is my favorite to make for a few reasons :
1) No heavy soaking required (soaking nuts is just one more thing to add to the list!)
2) It’s creamy as all get out.
3) It produces very little to no pulp which means less clean up!
4)  The froth is a mile high!
5) I find the flavor to be more on the mild side of nut milks, which I like.  This makes it versatile for baking, smoothies, etc.
If you’ve been a bit apprehensive to try making your own milk, maybe try starting with Cashew!  I always recommend getting organic if available.  I grab the the large container at Costco and store it in our fridge.

 

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Spiced Honey Cake

Here’s the deal.  Starbucks may have a season for pumpkin spice, but I own the spice in my cupboard and there isn’t a thing to stop me from using it year round.  It is pure warmth and cozy bliss.  I was dreaming of the same thrill of pumpkin spice, but in cake form.  I knew I didn’t want anything that taste liked canned pumpkin, but rather to capture the essence of pumpkin spice.

 

Winter, springs, summer or fall….get this recipe going in your oven and I promise you will feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of the holidays.

 

 

YIELDS1 Serving
 3 Eggs
 2.50 cups Almond Flour
 1 cup Cassava Flour
 ½ cup Coconut Flour
 ¾ cup Raw Honey
 ½ cup Coconut Sugar
 1 cup @celestialtea bengal spice tea {1 bag, cooled}
 1 tsp Baking Powder
 ¼ cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
 2 tsp Vanilla
 1 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
 ½ tsp Salt
Icing
 4 tbsp Nikki’s Coconut Butter
 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
 ½ tbsp Cinnamon

1

Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all of the dry ingredients and set aside. Combine coconut sugar, honey, vanilla, eggs, and cooled tea until it is blended. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stirring to combine each time. Spray a glass bundt pan and poor in the batter. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Allow to cool completely before transferring out of the bundt pan. While the cake is cooling, gently melt the coconut oil and once it is just barely runny, mix in the maple syrup + cinnamon. Stir to combine.

2

Once the cake has cooled and been transferred out of the bundt pan, drizzle on the melted coconut butter icing and enjoy! This cake also freezes amazingly. I slice it into 1 inch slices, individually wrap them, and then freeze them in a freezer safe bag.

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