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Carrot Cake Mugcake & Notella Covered Strawberry Mugcake

10 Jul

Yes, two last mugcakes that I wanted to share. I promise, after this I will stop. They are just so good and easy! I usually can’t wait for desserts to get done baking before I just snack on other things, so these work perfectly for me.

The Carrot Cake mugcake was inspired by a friend I have met through instagram. He is an amazing Texan chef, and trains hardcore as he is an incredible triathlete. If you haven’t been to Jason’s website, you should go check him out here! Anyways, he liked to make jokes about these mugcake creations, as he likes to keep his food real and would rather bake a dessert (I guess it makes sense, he is a chef!). BUT, after my many mugcake creations, I think I tempted him a little bit, and he told me if I could make a dairy free mugcake (preferably carrot cake or pecan pie), he would make it and eat it! I instantly got into the kitchen. I knew I needed to make one so he would finally have one.

What resulted was a delicious, carrot cake mugcake that even my mother said was the most delicious one so far (well, an equal competitor to my pina colada one which I’ll be posting soon).

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Carrot Cake Mugcake
-2T coconut flour
-1 ground flaxseed
-4T almond milk
-4T egg whites
-1/2 small ripe banana
-4 baby carrots, cooked
-1T each: chopped walnuts,shredded coconut, honey
-1/2 tsp baking powder
Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender except nuts and coconut, and blend until smooth. Add in nuts and coconut. Pour into mug and cook in microwave for 1.5 minutes. Top with Coconut Cream if desired!

Coconut Cream (Dairy-Free)
Option1: Whip the contents of canned coconut milk until stiff
Option2: Blend 2T soft tofu, 1T honey, 1/2 tsp coconut extract

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Remember that healthy version of nutella I made, called not-tella?! Well, I made a chocolate strawberry mugcake as well one day, with that delicious “not-tella” taste! If you haven’t seen it yet, you better go check it out soon right here. If you are wanting a fruity yet chocolate-y (I know it’s not a word, but it fits in my lifestyle great) mugcake, this one is for you! If you want the sweet taste of carrot cake, that the first one is for you! For me, I had to compromise and make one for dessert one night, and one the other night:)

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Not-tella Covered Strawberry Mugcake

For Cake:
-2T hazelnut flour
-1T flaxseed
-3T egg whites
-1T Greek yogurt
1tsp baking powder and stevia
**Separate into two small bowls
In one: add 2 mashed up strawberries+1T water
In other: add 1 tsp cocoa powder+1T almond milk

*Spray mug. Place strawberry “batter” in first, then chocolate batter on top. Cook for 2 minutes.

For Strawberry Cream:
-2T Greek yogurt
-2T ricotta/cottage cheese
-1T almond milk
-2 strawberries
-Sweetener to taste, pink food dye optional
*Blend altogether until smooth

Not-tella Dip/Spread
-For every one-cup fresh nut butter, blend one very ripe banana and 2T cocoa powder in until smooth (can add milk or water if desiring a thinner consistency.

*Assembly: Place half strawberry cream on plate. Place mugcake on top. Top with rest of cream. Place a spoonful of “not-tella” spread on top along with a not-tella dipped strawberry. Enjoy!

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Pita Salad Bowl

23 May

Sugar Detox Day 4!

I am truly surprised with how good I’ve been doing with no sugar. I thought I would be craving it like crazy with how much I used daily to sweeten things, but I haven’t! Of course, it is only day 4, so I guess we will see! I’m sure the cravings will come soon enough :) Today, once again the hardest part was not being able to have gum. It’s just such a habit! And of course, my unsweetened hot tea in the morning doesn’t taste near as good as my alternative coffee with molasses! I’ll keep updating every now and then with how it’s going from here, but won’t be pestering with an every day story of similar thoughts! If anything new happens, I will let you know! It’s still not too late to join by the way! Join in any way you can, even if you don’t limit completely. Just the awareness it gives you is amazing. I will be continuing this until June 10th, so join any time! My rule? Nothing with added sugar, no artificial sweeteners, sugar, stevia, honey, or agave. Basically, only fruit and vegetables with naturally occurring sugars are allowed! But change it to fit your needs :)

For dinner the other night, I wanted some carbs with my big dinner salad, so what did I do? I placed one of my spinach wraps over an empty aluminum can, and put it in the oven under broil until toasted. What came from it? A perfect bowl for a salad! So delicious to end my dinner with :)

You should most certainly try it! Anytime you need a more enjoyable way to serve a meal, look no farther, here it is!

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Spinach Pita Salad Bowl

Only instructions I can give is to drape any kind of wrap over an empty can or bowl, and toast in oven until “set” in a bowl shape :)

Honey Lime Chicken Kabobs

18 May

Remember that honey lime chicken I posted a little bit ago? Well, since it turned out good, I used it for my mom’s surprise party and made kabobs..many kabobs..7 lbs worth of chicken.

Kabobs are such a great thing to make. Especially if needing a meal in mass amounts! Perfect for a party.

I made the marinade the day before, and cut up the chicken to allow it to soak up all those delicious flavors for a long time. The day of the party, I cut up the peppers and onions to go on the kabobs with the chicken, and assembled the kabobs. When guest started arriving, I put those babies on the grill, and turned them half way through cooking to get the other side browned.

Everyone loved them! The chicken was so moist and everyone was raving about them.

Don’t know what to make to dinner tonight? I do. This. So delicious. Get marinating!

Get the marinade from my last post when I used it, right here :)

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before grilling

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after getting them off grill!

Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Pancakes

22 Apr

Long name, but so deserving.

For the last week of the pancake challenge I’ve been telling you all about, the category was chocolate pancakes. After seeing caramel extract and pretzels in my pantry..I knew what needed to be created.

See, I love sweet and salty combinations. It’s always been my favorite. Like those pretzel M&M’s..mmmm!

So this week, I decided to come up with something so unique, in hopes of winning that contest finally on the last week. Unfortunately, yet again, I didn’t. But if it wasn’t just based off looks and off of actual taste, I’m sure I would have in a heartbeat!:)

This whole pancake challenge has been so fun for me. Every week it’s given me a goal to come up with such a unique, healthy recipe. Even though I didn’t win, I have loved every minute of it..and can’t wait for another challenge to arise…I’m competitive if you haven’t already established that :)

But here is my nonwinning, delicious pancake recipe for those of you like me who love that sweet and salty combo!

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Pancakes
Batter:
-1/2 cup oat flour
-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
-about 20 pretzels, mostly broken into pieces
-1/2 cup almond milk
-2 T cottage cheese
-2 T cocoa powder
-1 T butterscotch pudding mix
-1 tsp caramel extract and vanilla extract
-1 tsp baking powder
-sprinkle of sea salt
Directions: Put all ingredients except pretzels in blender and blend until smooth. Mix in 3/4 of the pretzels, crushed. Pour into pan on stove. Lightly toss a couple more crushed pretzels on top of cooking pancakes.

Clean Chocolate Syrup:
1/4 cup cocoa powder
-2 T water
-1 packet stevia

And here’s some of my pancake challenge creations in review! All of these recipes are on my site somewhere! :)

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Making Your Own Nut Butter

15 Apr

I’ve posted before about specific recipes for different flavors of nut butters I’ve made, but I’ve gotten a lot of questions as to how to even go about making homemade nut butter!

So I’ve decided to dedicate today to showing you all the steps in making it:) It seems appropriate since just yesterday I made a huge container of fresh, homemade almond butter. It was heavenly. There is just something about the homemade stuff. Something that tastes so much better than the store bought butters!

And guess what? Not only is it easier, just requiring whatever nuts you desire plus the food processor, but also very healthy without all the extra added oils and sugars, and cheaper than store bought!

Yesterday, I even took it a step further and split it up into two containers, making a chocolate caramel almond butter, and a coconut vanilla one. Talk about delicious creations. I was eating it by the spoonful!

But first, let me take you step by step as to how to make it!

Step 1: Toast almonds (or whatever nut you are using) in oven on broil, watching very closely until they are slightly browned. I emphasize watching closely, because I have burnt many batches of good nuts myself by taking my eyes off of them for just a quick minute!

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Step 2: Place toasted nuts into food processor.

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Step 3: Turn food processor on, and let those babies grind and grind and grind!

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First it’ll just look like chopped nuts, like above. Then, it’ll become finely processed like an almond flour type consistency.

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After a couple more minutes of food processing, it’ll finally begin to look like butter! You may have to stop a couple times to scrape down the butter from the sides, and then proceed to process again.

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Finally, you will be done! And you will have an excellent, creamy, homemade butter!

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This is when you can get creative and add in your own flavors of liking:) I split my batch up this time, and put a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a teaspoon of caramel extract.

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And the other half, I put vanilla and coconut extract in, with just a little bit of unsweetened shredded coconut! So delicious:)

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Hope you can now go and make your very own nut butter!:)