Almond Butter Coconut Bars (Clean & flourless!)

Finally able to post a new recipe! I have been trying a few original recipes over the last couple of weeks and have bombed big time. Yikes. Throwing away such high quality organic ingredients makes me sad, but I don’t want to post anything here that I wouldn’t recommend making on your own.

Also, I know this blog is food related but I have to share two exciting updates on my end.

  1. Today is my FIRST anniversary with my husband! I’m officially an old married lady and couldn’t be prouder!
  2. Today is also my first day of starting a one year program to become a certified health coach. I’ll be looking for clients in about 6 months so stay tuned!

Ok, now on to the food.

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As you all know, I work for Pinterest, which means I am on Pinterest a LOT. I see an ad for Thrive Market frequently that advertises getting one free product and have always been a little skeptical (although, side note – our ads are highly monitored by a policy team, so I’m not sure why I was so hesitant to believe it. Just assumed it was too good to be true!) A coworker of mine came over my desk and said “Get this free Justin’s almond butter and make us something please!” So, I did. And it actually was free! Do it!

These bars have pumpkin and almond butter as the base and require no flour – healthy win!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Justin’s Almond Butter – I used the plain kind but any of the flavors would be great and give some good variety!
  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin (actual pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 large egg or one flax egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (or less, but I personally prefer more)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes + 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes for topping
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
    • Nuts, walnuts, pistachios – any other nuts or dried fruit that you want! I only used chocolate but you could get creative here!

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare an 8×8 pan (I’m currently liking this) and set aside
  • In a Vitamix or blender, pulse together almond butter, pumpkin, egg and vanilla
  • Add in baking soda & spice and pulse again for a few seconds
  • Once combined, hand mix in coconut flakes and chocolate chips – don’t overmix, but just allow the batter to cover the flakes
  • Pour batter into pan – sprinkle the rest of the flakes on top
  • Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and coconut flakes are golden brown
  • Let cool or dive right in!

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies (Keto + Clean eating)

Let’s keep on the train of sneaking in healthy ingredients into treats…

I currently (and always) have an obsession with avocado. It’s by far my favorite healthy addition to almost any meal. Lately, I just don’t feel like a meal is complete without a chunk of avocado of a scoop of guac. Remember when I went through my banana phase? Well, it turns out that avocados have way more potassium and fiber than bananas and way less sugar and carbs – two things I’ve been trying to limit. Bye banana, hi avo.

These barely made it to the blog because my husband couldn’t keep his hands off them. Turns out, I’ve actually run out of places to hide my baked goods so we’ve implemented this rule: JUST MAKE SURE YOU SAVE ME ONE!

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I know I say this a lot because I love sweet treats so much, but these really are gorgeous and full of fiber and healthy fat. (By the way, fat is a GOOD thing. Let’s talk more about this because its honestly something that was hard for me to truly believe. More to come here.)

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Sadly, I totally forgot to take photos of these while I was making them so I only have the final version. There is nothing crazy that goes into these, though, so I think you’ll be able to figure it out by reading directions. 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 2 medium super ripe avocados (they should be borderline smooshy so they’re easier to mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of sweetener of choice (Stevia or coconut sugar are recommended)
  • 1 cup of almond flour meal
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of dark cocoa mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of himalayan sea salt
  • Sugar free dark chocolate chips
  • Any other additions you want to include – pistachios, walnuts, pecans!

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How to:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet (I used parchment paper on a cookie sheet to prevent sticking)
  • Add all ingredients to Vitamix and blend!
    • If it looks too dry and not like a thick batter, add a dash of almond milk and blend for a few more seconds.
  • Hand mix in any other ingredients you desire
  • Scoop onto the cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes

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Let me know what you think – and save ONE for moi!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ok, so I know the point of this blog is to share clean recipes. However, I feel like it’s only fair to mix some cheats in here as well. As you know, I work for Pinterest so I’m constantly bombarded with images of amazing looking desserts in my newsfeed on a daily basis. Some of these are easy to clean up – others, not so much.

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Today’s Sunday Baking creation is one that simply wouldn’t be the same if I made it clean, so apologies in advance for another nonclean post.

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But. These are worth it. They really are. Plus, they bake really quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to indulge 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, room temp
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks – you can toss the whites
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 cup flour (all purpose or almond)
  • 1 packet of instant coffee (optional, but I think it gives the cookies a bit of a kick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2/3 cups of big chocolate chunks
  • Either a handful of square caramel candies or 1/2 cup of melting caramels
  • Chunky sea salt

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Using an electric mixer, beat together butter and two sugars until creamy and smooth.
  • Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla.
  • Add in the flour, instant coffee and baking powder.
  • Once everything is combined, hand mix in the caramels and the chocolate chunks.
  • Using your hands, create balls of dough and press onto parchment paper. Don’t press too hard – you’ll want them to be chunky. They’ll spread a bit while they cook, but mostly will maintain their shape.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • As soon as you take them out of the oven, sprinkle generously with sea salt!

This recipe should make between 12-16 larger sized cookies. Now if only I could make these clean some how…. I promise I’ll keep trying. Until then, have a cheat cookie on me.