Zucchini and Carrot Breakfast Cookies

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Nothing makes me happier than cookies for breakfast.  No, wait, that’s not true – cookies for breakfast with hidden veggies?  Even better!  These cookies are super great for you, and you won’t believe the fact that there are veggies in there, but I assure you there are!  These guys are loaded with zucchini and carrots, which gives them tons of health benefits!

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All that in a delicious cookie!  But guess what, that’s not all!  Every single ingredient in these is good for you!  With ingredients such as quinoa, oats, almond butter, bananas, raw honey, and cinnamon, you’re not only getting a mouth full of deliciousness with each bite, you’re also getting a mouthful of health!  Oh, and as always, they’re gluten free!

ZUCCHINI AND CARROT BREAKFAST COOKIES

Ingredients (makes 14 – 18 cookies depending on how large you make them – I ended up with 16 large cookies)

  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • heaping 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed of moisture in a dish towel
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, squeezed of moisture in a dish towel
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper (you may only need one baking sheet – I needed two).

2.) In a large bowl, combine the almond butter, raw honey, banana, egg white and egg, and vanilla.  Stir and mash using a fork until well combined.

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3.) Add in the oats, quinoa flakes, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt.  Stir until well combined.

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4.) Fold in the zucchini, carrots, and chia seeds.

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5.) Spoon the dough onto the prepared baking sheets.

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6.) Bake in the oven for 15 – 19 minutes at 350 degrees.

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7.) Take out of the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a plate or wire rack to let cool completely, then serve.

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Look at those!  Can you believe they make a great breakfast?!?

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So yummy!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Double Chocolate Cherry Bites

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It’s the holiday season, which means lots of goodies and treats that taste delicious, but aren’t the greatest for us or our waistlines!  I’ve got good news!  I made these double chocolate cherry bites, and they taste just as good, if not better than all of those not-s0-good-for-you treats, but they are fantastic for you!  They only have five ingredients, and every single one of them have loads of health benefits!  Let’s take a look!  Each of the following pins lists the health benefits of each ingredient, and links to the site responsible for the pin that goes into more detail if you’re interested!

RAW CACAO

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DARK CHOCOLATE / SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE

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MEDJOOL DATES

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DRIED TART CHERRIES

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ALMONDS

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All of this in a sweet treat!!!  This is my go to holiday treat, and they always go over well at holiday parties and get togethers!  Not to mention, they’re really simple to make!  Speaking of which, let’s see how to do just that!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHERRY BITES

Ingredients – organic is always best for each ingredient!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds, no salt
  • 1 1/4 cup dried tart cherrys
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
  • Stevia, to taste (optional – I’ve made these with and without, and both are equally great…just depends on just how sweet you want these to be.
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.) Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

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2.) Add the cherries, raw cacao powder, medjool dates, and stevia (if using).  Process on high until the mixture starts to clump together.  This can take a few minutes.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Form bite size balls with the mixture and place on the wax paper.  If you want, you can stop here.  These taste great with or without the chocolate coating.  If you want to forego the chocolate coating, just place these in the fridge now and allow to set for at least 1/2 hour.  Otherwise, just go to the next step.

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4.) Heat the chocolate chips over medium/low heat in a small sauce pan.  Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

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5.) Dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate and coat, one by one.  Place back on the wax paper.  Allow to sit until the chocolate coating hardens (you don’t need to put them in the fridge, but you can if you want to speed things up a bit).

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Look at those!  How can you resist!  You’ve gotta try these things!  Super good for you, and oh my gosh, SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Tootsie Roll Balls

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The other day, I was looking through Pinterest, and came across a pin that made brownies using black beans.

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I didn’t make these brownies, but I got excited about the idea of using black beans in a “cookie” recipe.  I’m sure you can see why based on the health benefits of these pellets of joy listed in this pin.

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I decided to throw some ingredients together and see what would come of it.  The result is a deliciously gooey ball of joy that tastes like a tootsie roll!  Accordingly, I called these black bean tootsie roll balls, and I am addicted!  These are really easy to make, and you will not regret it!  It’s a great sweet treat that is actually good for you!

BLACK BEAN TOOTSIE ROOL BALLS

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 15oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed (make sure the can lining is BPA free)
  • 3/4 cups almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder (optional)

Directions:

1.) Place your almonds in a food processor and process till finely chopped.

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2.) Drain and rinse your black beans.  Add them to the food processor and process until the beans and almonds are well combined.

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3.) Add the almond butter, honey, coconut flour and cacao to the food processor and process till well combined.

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4.) Use a teaspoon to take spoonfuls of the batter and place them in an airtight container.  Put the container in the freezer for about 45 minutes.  Take out and form each spoonful of batter into a ball.  Place the balls in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour, then serve.

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Enjoy!  🙂

Delicious Breakfast Cookies

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A few weeks back, I made some breakfast cookies with 3 ingredients.

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They were so yummy, so I decided to make some more, but used different and more ingredients this time around.  These cookies are totally healthy, and they are FILLING!  Two to three of these guys, and you will easily be satisfied until lunchtime rolls around!

DELICIOUS BREAKFAST COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cups roughly chopped almonds
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 C gluten free old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free is optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a mixing bowl, mash your banana, then add your applesauce and honey.  Stir to combine.

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2.) Add all of the other ingredients and stir to combine.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure 12 cupfuls and space them evenly on your baking sheet.  Use a spoon to pack them down to be about 1/2 inch thick.

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4.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

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5.) Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.  Remove from the baking sheet and serve warm, or place in the refrigerator for an hour or so and serve cold.  Warm or cold, these guys are DELISH!

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Perfect way to start your morning!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

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Oh.  My.  Gosh.  These are the tastiest little things ever!  Totally good for you, but they taste like they are totally bad for you – perfect!  These are a lot like my trail mix energy bites, but with a chocolate twist!  I got the recipe for these from the following pin.

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I changed it a little bit by replacing the cocoa powder with raw cacao, reducing the honey, adding a bit of stevia, and increasing the amount of coconut.  The result?  Heaven in a ball!

I made these the other day, and hubby wolfed down quite a few of them after his run, and I gobbled up the rest of them after that – they go quick!  The recipe is quick and simple, and these are great to have in the fridge for a quick healthy snack!

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER BITES

Ingredients: makes 18-20 balls

  • 1 cup oats (I used gluten free, but you don’t have to)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Cacoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • Pinch of stevia to taste

Directions:

1.) In a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients (oats, coconut, raw cacao powder, and stevia)

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2.) Add the Almond butter and honey.

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3.) Stir to combine completely.

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4.) Using your hands, roll into balls.  Place them on a plate, and put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes minimum before serving.

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These make for a perfect healthy snack that will satisfy your hunger!  Enjoy! 🙂

HEALTHY PUMPKIN OATMEAL COCONUT COOKIES

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It’s Sunday, and that means whipping up some sort of healthy snack to have throughout the week.  I got the idea for this recipe from the following pin.

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I added some gluten free rolled oats, a pinch of stevia, and a pinch of salt.  In all honesty, I was really surprised at how great these turned out.  I thought they would taste bland with no added sugar (that’s also why I added a tiny bit of stevia), but they honestly taste really good.  My husband even liked them, and he doesn’t normally like pumpkin anything!  It’s rare that you find a cookie that is actually good for you that tastes as good as this one does, so this one’s a keeper!

HEALTHY PUMPKIN OATMEAL COCONUT COOKIES

Ingredients: (makes about 24 cookies)

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 4 tsp. coconut oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of stevia
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2.) In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla

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3.) Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, and salt.  Mix till well combined

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4.) Now add the coconut and oats.  Stir till well combined.

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5.) Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the lined baking sheet.  Flatten to about 1/2 inch thick.

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6.) Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.

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7.) Allow to cool then enjoy!

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Delicious and good for you!  These make a great snack to bring with you when you are out and about or when you are relaxing at home.  Yummmmm…you will love these and your body will love you for feeding it great nutrition!  Enjoy! 🙂