Nothing says Spring like making ice cream, and this is the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever made. It’s extremely creamy, with the sour cream and yogurt keeping it from being overly sweet;and with ingredients like avocado, eggs, and fresh strawberries it’s healthy too! I can’t wait to try this with blackberries.
These muffins are sooo good and unique, I’ve never tasted a muffin quite like it; not only that but they’re super healthy! The first time I made these I added fresh strawberries, but either way they’re great. Serve with butter and fresh berries.
Homemade cream of rice has recently become one of my favorite breakfasts. It’s very easy, healthy, and tastes great. Then one day I saw lentils sitting in the pantry when I was getting rice to soak and grind, and I wondered, would you taste it if I added a few lentils? I ground a few in and tried it, no one noticed! What if I use half lentils, half brown rice? Again it tasted the same, and added beans to breakfast! So now I always make it with lentils.
Ingredients: 1 part lentils + 1 part rice ( I prefer brown)
Soak your rice and beans over night in water, whey, or a mix of both overnight. The next morning rinse and dry them with a towel. Heat a pan on the stove and dry saute the rice and lentils for 2-5 minutes, just until they’re completely dry. Grind the mix until not quite powder. You can store in a jar in the fridge for up to a week.
To make: Use 1 cup liquid (milk or water) for every 1/4 cup rice mix.
Bring liquid to a boil. Add rice mix and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let sit 2 minutes. Serve with toppings of choice, I like it served with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter. Fresh fruit, maple syrup, cocoa powder, etc. the possibilities are endless!
This cereal is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Very filling, healthy, easy, and fast, making it a great breakfast. Combine the ingredients in a glass jar the night before, add milk in the morning and you have breakfast! This recipe serves 2-4 people and last for about 2 days. Most of the ingredients can be changed up to suit your taste. Serve with milk, fruit, a bit of extra sweetener, etc. or eat it plain!
1/8 cup popped popcorn
1 cup rye flakes, toasted
1/2 cup chopped nuts, toasted
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. anise seed, ground
1/2 tsp. salt
1Tbsp. nut meal
1 tsp. black sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. ground caraway seeds
1/8-1/4 cup honey, depending on your taste
3 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup raw oats
Combine oats, rye flakes, and popcorn in a bowl. In a sauce pan combine the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the peanut butter and butter are melted. Pour over the popcorn mixture and stir until well combined.
I first learned how to make acorn flour from TheCupcakeProject last fall and I of course ran out and gathered as many acorns as I could find, and finally finished cracking and grinding my acorns into flour. Acorn flour is something that’s fun to make and even more fun to use. These cookies taste great, are frugal, and are quite healthy.
3/4 cup acorn flour (next time I’ll try 1 cup acorn flour + 1/4 cup oat flour)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Mix together oat flour, acorn flour, vanilla bean, and baking soda. Add egg, butter, stevia, nut butter, chocolate chips, and honey. Spoon onto cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes.
The secret ingredient is…… cannellini beans. The beans are used instead of flour like this chocolate cake and black bean brownies. This cake is very moist and fluffy not dense at all. I personally like it topped with molasses, a pinch of salt, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon; or frozen raspberries.
11/2 cups cooked or 1 can cannellini beans
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
3/4 tsp. almond extract
1 vanilla bean or 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
30 drops vanilla stevia, 2 tsp. powdered stevia or extra honey
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 4 mini cake pans or 1 bigger cake pan. Blend all ingredients, except for baking powder and soda, until smooth. Mix in baking soda and powder. Fill prepared cake pans 1/2 full. Bake mini cakes for 10-15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Let cool and serve.
lhis caramel sauce is wonderful on chocolate cake, pretzels, etc. The best part is that it doesn’t have any refined sugar in it, only molasses and honey. The cake I have pictured is made from this recipe and is also absolutely wonderful. I started out trying to make dulce de leche, but it doesn’t seem to turn out with homemade sweetened condensed milk but add a few ingredients and you have this caramel sauce.
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. molasses
1/8 tsp. salt
Slowly heat the milk and honey up until almost boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 45-90 minutes until it’s thick and reduced by half. Take off the heat and let cool. Place the milk in a glass dish set inside a larger dish filled half way with hot water. Add molasses, salt, and honey and cook in the oven at 250 degrees for 2-4 hours until it’s thick and tastes like caramel
Whipped soap is very simple to make and only takes a few ingredients, but for some reason it’s so much fun to use and feels so elegant compared to a bar or liquid soap. I’ve only ever used real lye soap, but soap from the store should also work. The only ingredients you need are 1 cup grated soap, 3 Tbsp. water, essential oils and/or powdered herbs (optional) (my personal favorites are lavender, peppermint, cocoa powder, and cinnamon), 1 tsp. olive or any other oil, 1/2 tsp. vitamin E oil (it’s a preservative), and 1 Tbsp. cocoa butter
1. Melt all the ingredients, except for the essential oils or herbs, in a saucepan over medium heat whisking as it melts.
2. As soon as it melts take it off the heat and add the essential oils and/or herbs and continue whisking until it cools.
3. Transfer to a container and use! I store mine in glass baby food jars that I painted and made custom labels using paper and stamps.
If making whipped soap is not something you want to do but want to try it I sell it in my etsy shop.
These granola bars are really, really good. Of course you wouldn’t realize they were adapted from this recipe that we found a few years ago. To this day these are the only granola bars I make and everyone that tries them loves them. Why change a good thing?
1/2 cup prunes, dates, or fig puree
1/4 cup peanut or any other nut butter
2 cups old-fashioned oats (or blend steel-cut oats until they’re chopped but not ground)
1 cup oat or any other flour
1/4 carrot pureed (steam the carrots until soft, then run them through the blender of food processor)
1 avocado mashed
1/2 cup melted butter, ghee, or coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce (or add an extra 1/4 cup butter)
Recently NuNaturals sent me some of their wonderful products to review. The liquid stevia is very easy to use and is made from all natural, healthy ingredients. They taste wonderful and add extra flavor (my favorite is the peppermint!). I was really surprised by how big the bottles were, I thought they would be 1 oz. bottles but they’re 2 oz. so they really aren’t badly priced either. NuNaturals are giving 4 readers 4 two oz. bottles of their liquid stevia in lemon, orange, chocolate, and peppermint. Even if you don’t win use discount code BLG0613 on nunaturals.com for 15% off your entire purchase and they offer free shipping in the Continental U.S. on orders over $35.00. The discount code is good until June 30, 2013. The giveaway is open worldwide but they cannot ship to P.O. boxes.