Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Chia Cake

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Do I have your attention?

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What about now? I’ll tell you what, this coconut chocolate chia cake is just as delicious as it looks!

If you follow my blog at all, you may be wondering why there is cake on here.  I mean all of my recipes are healthy and good for you, and isn’t cake bad for you? Well, you guessed it!  Muuwaahahaha (maniacal laugh), I created a “healthy” cake!!!! And oh my gosh, guys, it is SO good!

The ingredients of this cake include super foods such as chia seeds, raw cacao, raw honey, almond butter, shredded coconut, coconut oil, and coconut milk! In fact, I would have no qualms about eating something like this for breakfast…for real!  The following pins describe some of the health benefits of some of the ingredients of this cake!

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These are all ingredients in this cake meaning this cake is SO good for you (in moderation, of course)!!!  You definitely don’t have to feel bad about having a slice of this stuff for dessert.  One more note – raw cacao, honey, chia seeds, and coconut are all energy boosters, so probably don’t indulge right before bedtime!  You are going to love me for sharing this recipe with you!

COCONUT CHOCOLATE CHIA CAKE

Ingredients:

For the crust layer:

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons smooth almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, in liquid form

For the second layer:

  • 2 cups full fat canned coconut mik
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • pinch of sea salt

Optional Toppings: coconut flakes, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, fresh fruit (raspberries go great with this), chopped nuts/seeds, etc. Don’t be afraid to get creative with the toppings! I topped mine with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips.

Directions:

1.) Place all of the ingredients for the crust layer of the cake in a food processor. Process on high until well combined, and everything is sticking together like a dough. Remove from the processor, and place on the bottom of a 7-inch spring form pan.  Press down to evenly cover the base of the spring form pan creating your bottom layer of your cake. Set aside.

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2.) Place all of the ingredients for the second layer, except the chia seeds in your food processor, and process on hight until completely combined.  While the processor is running, slowly add in the chia seeds, and allow the mixture to keep processing on low/medium for 2-3 minutes. Pour the mixture over the crust layer in your spring form pan.

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3.) Place the cake in the refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours (*see note), overnight is best.  Add your toppings while the spring form is still in tact, then carefully remove the spring form. You can the serve it, or put it back in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.

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4.) Use a knife to cut into slices and serve.

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*Note: If your cake doesn’t seem to be setting after 8 hours (this happened to me one of the times that I’ve made it), you can put it in the freezer, and it becomes more of an ice cream cake.  If you need to do this, let it sit in the freezer for a few hours until frozen.  You can then take it out of the freezer and let it thaw for 10 – 30 minutes and remove the spring form and serve.

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You know you want to try this stuff, and I don’t blame you one bit!  Enjoy! 🙂

Broccoli Strawberry Banana Nut Butter Smoothie

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Woo-hoo!  Another smoothie recipe, and this one is SO great, because it’s so tasty, and guess what?  There’s broccoli in there!!!

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Oh my gosh!  There’s a reason why your mom always told you to eat your broccoli growing up!  All those awesome benefits!  And what’s great is that if you’re not a fan of broccoli, then this smoothie is perfect for you.  You get all the great benefits of broccoli without the taste!  This smoothie is delicious!

BROCCOLI, STRAWBERRY, BANANA, NUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 raw broccoli florets
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 6 ounces plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/2 Tbsp. nut butter of your choice (I used almond butter – it was AMAZING)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup almond milk
  • pinch of stevia (optional)
  • 3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  Transfer to a glass and serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂

Coconut Chicken and Cauliflower Soup

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I can not believe this soup is healthy!!!  It is SO creamy, filling, and delicious.  I actually came up with this recipe by majorly changing  up the recipe linked to the following pin.

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This links to a recipe for cheeseburger soup.  After looking it over, I made a bunch of substitutions (cauliflower for potatoes, water for chicken broth, chicken for ground beef, olive oil for butter, brown rice flour for white flour, coconut milk for milk, and goat’s milk cheddar for processed cheese).  Lots and lots of substitutions to make this soup really healthy, but I swear you would not know this is healthy when you eat it – like I said, DELICIOUS!!!

COCONUT CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 cups or 1 can light coconut milk (make sure the can is BPA free)
  • 2 cups shredded goat’s milk cheese of your choice
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions

1.) Drizzle the olive oil over the bottom of your slow cooker.  Add the chicken, followed by the cauliflower florets, red onion, carrots, and celery.  Top with water, garlic granules, basil, parsley, and brown rice flour.  Then, pour the coconut milk over top of everything.  Stir to mix.

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2.) Cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours).  After this time, open the top of the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the chicken (it will shred very easily).  Add the cheese and stir to mix completely.  Close the top and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes.

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3.) Stir again, and then use a ladle to transfer to bowls.  Season with sea salt and pepper, as desired.

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Now get ready to have your socks blown off!  This is now, by far, my favorite soup!  Enjoy! 🙂

Gluten Free Almond and Pepita Homemade Cereal

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I know I’m not the only one that misses Saturday morning cartoons with a big bowl of cereal when I was a kid.  Anybody else?  Well, I wouldn’t eat most commercial brands of cereal, just because of the ingredients.  However, I have no qualms whatsoever about making my own healthy gluten-free cereal and overindulging a bit with it.  As for the cartoons?  I may or may not still indulge in a Saturday morning viewing of throwback cartoons on Netflix!

The inspiration for this cereal came from the following pin.

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This pin links to a cereal recipe that contains quinoa, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, canola oil, and maple syrup.  I changed them to gluten free oats, chopped almonds, pepitas, coconut oil, and honey.  I changed from quinoa to oats, because I just wasn’t sure that my stomach would appreciate raw roasted quinoa.  There is a good chance that that may come out the same way it went in (sorry, TMI, but I just wasn’t sure).  The other ingredients, I changed because it was what I had on hand.

At any rate, both recipes are really good for you!  If you give the quinoa rendition a try, please comment and let me know how your tummy handled digesting it.  I may still try it down the road!  Okay let’s get to the recipe!

GLUTEN FREE ALMOND AND PEPITA HOMEMADE CEREAL

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and honey together over low heat.  You’re not trying to warm it, so this should only take a couple of minutes.  Once it’s in a liquid state, remove it from the heat and set aside.

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2.) In a medium mixing bowl, add the oats, pepitas, and almonds.  Mix together, and then pour in the oil and honey mixture.  Stir to coat completely.

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3.) Spread the mixture out evenly on the prepared baking sheet.  Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Once done, allow to cool, and transfer to an air tight container to store, or transfer to bowls to serve with some almond milk.

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So yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Eggs in a Veggie Nest

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Oh my goodness!!!  I made this breakfast for Easter morning (eggs in a nest – see what I did there?), and it turned out SO yummy!  I was thrilled, because it is so so healthy!  I love theme breakfasts that are good for you – they feel like a treat because they’re special, but you’re not filling yourself with garbage in order to have a treat!  Perfect!

So, let’s talk health benefits!  This thing is FULL of a great variety of veggies!  We’re talking arugula, rutabaga, onions, garlic, shallots, AND leeks!  So much goodness!

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Told you it was good for you!  What a great way to start your day! 🙂

Of course the eggs give you a great punch of protein making it a complete breakfast…seriously, I may just start having this every morning…forget about just on Easter!

EGGS IN A VEGGIE NEST

Ingredients – this can make 2 nests with one egg each or a large nest with two eggs

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 leek (white part only), chopped
  • 2-3 cups of arugula, chopped
  • 1 medium rutabaga, shredded
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Optional topping – greek yogurt, pinch of garlic granules, pinch of dried basil, sea salt, apple cider vinegar

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.  Heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, shallot, leek, and garlic.  Cook for about 3 minutes.  Add the rutabaga and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.  Add the arugula and cook until wilted (about 1-2 minutes).

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2.) Transfer the veggie mixture to a baking dish, and form a nest.  Fill the hole in the nest with the eggs, and bake in the oven at 360 degrees for 20-23 minutes until the yolks are to your desired consistency (runnier yolk = shorter time, firmer yolk = longer time).

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3.) While the nests are baking, make your yogurt topping if you’re using it.  In a bowl, stir together some plain greek yogurt, a bit of garlic granules and dried basil, some sea salt, and some apple cider vinegar.

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4.) When the nests are done in the oven, take out, transfer to plates, season with sea salt and pepper, and top with a dollop of yogurt topping.

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Ta-da!  Enjoy! 🙂

Mashed Celeriac (Celery Root)

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ACK!!!  I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys!  I have found a new love, and it’s celeriac (celery root).  As you can see, this delicious root vegetable may look a little rough around the edges (literally), but oh my gosh, it is DELICIOUS, and SO SO good for you!!!

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Are you ready for some of the health benefits of this AH-mazing veggie?!?  Well, here are ten of them depicted in this pin!

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Look at all that healthiness!  Now, you can see why I am so excited to share this SUPER easy recipe with you!  I cook this root up and mash it like mashed potatoes, and it turns into an awesome side dish that has a sweet and salty taste to it, and makes me want to eat it all day long.  Let’s get to it!

MASHED CELERIAC

Ingredients: Makes 1 serving

  • 1 small to medium sized celery root
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions

1.) First, you want to use a knife to chop off the top and bottom of the root, then use your knife to peel off the rough edges of the root (basically like peeling a potato, but you have to use a knife because these are so rough around the edges).  Next, chop the celeriac into small chunks.  Place in a medium sized sauce pan and cover with water.  bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the celeriac is quite tender.  About 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.

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2.) Place the cooked celeriac back in the pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper.  Use a masher to mash the celeriac to desired consistency.

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3.) Transfer to a bowl, and garnish with some of the leaves from the root, if desired.

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You are going to LOVE this stuff!  SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Bread Bites – No Bake!

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After I ate lunch the other day, I really wanted something sweet.  I was looking around Pinterest for ideas, and I saw this pin for banana bread.

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Um, yum.  This looked so good, but most of the ingredients in it are things that I don’t eat (gluten, refined sugar, etc.).  Not only that, in all honesty, I was feeling lazy.  I didn’t feel like baking anything.  The problem was that now I was really craving banana bread!  So, I went through the cupboards and fridge and found some things to throw together that would satisfy my craving, but I wouldn’t have to make anything.  Wa-la!  No bake banana bread bites.

Wow, these things are tasty!  I could seriously eat a whole batch in one sitting – but I refrained…kind of…I left three. 🙂  Okay, so let’s get to this recipe.

BANANA BREAD BITES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour (you could also use 1 cup coconut flour instead if you have an issue with oats)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 small pinch of stevia
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Honey
  • Optional add ins: 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Almond Milk

Directions

1.) Add all the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, stevia, and sea salt) to a large mixing bowl.  Mix together well.  Add the mashed banana, and stir in until well combined.  If you are adding in the chocolate chips and/or walnuts, add them now.  Mix well, and set aside.

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2.) Add the almond butter and honey to a small sauce pan.  Heat over low heat until melted together.  Add to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.  You will have a really crumbly mixture.

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3.) Add 1 Tbsp. of Almond milk at a time to the mixture until the mixture is a consistency that allows you to roll it into small balls that stay together.  I used 3 Tbsp. all together.

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4.) Use your hands to make small balls of the mixture.  Place in the refrigerator for 1/2 an hour.

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That’s it!  You’re good to go!  Banana bread craving satisfied without having to put in the work of baking any banana bread!

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You’re seriously going to LOVE these!  So delicious!  Enjoy!