Healthy Holiday Baking

There is nothing better than the smell of Holiday Baking inside your home. I have found over the years easy ways to swap ingredients in order to make these sweet treats a little more healthy (and easy on your stomach) for you. I decided to round up some of my favorite healthy food bloggers and their amazing renditions of some holiday baking classics and share them with all of you!

I will start with my favorite (and year round go to cookie recipe). This cookie is very healthy and so easy to make. You can easily swap out the walnuts for another nut or even throw in some dried fruit, whatever your taste buds please..

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Fed & Fit Paleo Walnut & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now some holiday classics with a twist;

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Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles

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Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

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Paleo Gingerbread Loaf

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No Bake Almond Cookies

I hope everyone enjoys these recipes – feel free to shoot me an email if you want ideas on how to swap ingredients or would like to find a healthier versions of one of your favorites: contact me here or comment below 🙂

Paleo Chocolate Chip & Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

Well it is officially fall and that only means one thing….pumpkin everything. I decided to kick off fall a little early last week by doing some recipe testing and the results were flawless..

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I am very excited to share this delicious recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chip & Walnut Pumpkin Muffins. I combined and changed around a few existing recipes I found online and came up with this new fall treat! Perfect for a breakfast treat, midday snack or even late night dessert…

Feel free to sub out the chocolate chips and walnuts for different fruits and/or nuts to make a flavor combination you enjoy best..

Paleo Chocolate Chip & Walnut Pumpkin Muffins

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Ingredients:

2.5 cups of almond flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 eggs
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs of coconut oil (melted)
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp of the following: cinnamon, nutmeg & pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
crumbled walnuts (for topping)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a muffin tray with coconut oil or place in cupcake tins to prevent sticking.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a seperate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients then combine both bowls and mix together well.
Place into muffin tins only filling the batter about 1/2 way.
Top each muffin with a few walnut pieces.
Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool for 10.

ENJOY 🙂

Bite Size Superfood Treats

I am very excited to share with you a new recipe that is the perfect fix to every sweet tooth craving. The process start to finish takes all of ten minutes; super easy! These little bites are PACKED with Superfoods and can be used for a snack, breakfast treat, or a post meal dessert! Below are just some of the benefits of all the Superfoods involved in these little treats:

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Chia Seeds = These little seeds are LOADED with antioxidants & minerals and a GREAT source of healthy fats: Omega 3’s and 5’s. Chia seeds are filled with fiber (one serving contains 11 grams!) and high quality protein. Chia seeds aid in weight loss because they keep you fuller longer. They are known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and are gluten free!

Hemp Seeds = These seeds differ from chia seeds in many ways. Hemp seeds are know to be high in Magnesium, Iron & Zinc. They also have high levels of protein (about 10g per serving). Hemp seeds are best known for containing 20 amino acids; including ALL 9 of the essential amino acids our body needs to survive. Hemp seeds also contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. They are high in fiber and easily digested!

Goji Berries = These little red berries are known for their strength building properties and their ability to increase one’s longevity. Goji Berries contain 18 different amino acids (including the 8 essential), over 20 different minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron and B& E vitamins.

Cacao Nibs = This is the nut/seed of a fruit in the Amazon. It is RAW chocolate and is the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium on the planet! Cacao is known to improve cardiovascular health, improve bone strength, boosts mood and energy levels, and increases longevity. Yes, eating chocolate can help your chances of living longer (with other good healthy habits of course).

Raw (No Bake) Superfood Bites

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Ingredients:
1 cup of dates
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1/2 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
½ cup of hemp seeds
¼ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Directions:

  1. Chop the dates into smaller pieces and make sure to remove all pits then add to your food processor and/or blender along with the water and vanilla extract and pulse until they create a paste form.
  2. Add all the remaining dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix together. Pour over the date puree and almond butter and mix thoroughly.
  3. Roll 1 inch size balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Enjoy : )

recipe adapted from VeggiesDon’tBite

Cauliflower Craze

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I am excited to share a new favorite and EASY recipe I have been making ever since Trader Joe’s released their new frozen cauliflower rice. Cauliflower rice is simply cauliflower food processed into smaller chunks to look and give you the feel and texture of a rice dish. This recipe is so simple and can be used as a side dish, salad topper, taco or burrito filler, and even as a base for a stir fry. This is also a great recipe to make in bulk and use throughout the week; simply double or triple the recipe for easy meal planning!

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Recipe: Garlic & Herb Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:

One bag of Frozen Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Rice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of herbs of your choice: basil, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano or cilantro
2 garlic cloves minced or about 2 teaspoons of minced garlic

Directions:

Add the olive oil to a skillet and turn heat on medium
Add in the minced garlic and let simmer for two to three minutes
Pour the frozen cauliflower into the skillet and heat on medium to high for about 4 or 5 minutes
Mix in the herbs and any additional seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder) to taste

Enjoy 🙂