Strawberry Ice Cream

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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.

Strawberry Ice Cream
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Serves: 8-16
 

Ingredients
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1 cup mashed avocado
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. strawberry jam
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ⅔ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Instructions
  1. Blend all the ingredients together. Freeze for 2 hours in the freezer until cold. Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to the directions. Let defrost before serving.

The ULTIMATE {healthy} chocolate chip muffins

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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.

The ULTIMATE {healthy} muffins
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Cuisine: american
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Serves: 12
 

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup acorn flour (you could also try rice flour)
  • ½ cup oat or wheat flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 avacodo, mashed (or an extra ¼ cup butter)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ + ⅛ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses (or 1 Tbsp. honey)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup Fresh fruit, nuts, etc.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients
  3. Mix wet ingredients in a seperate bowl
  4. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour into greased muffin tins.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin

 

this recipe is inspired by this recipe from the gingered whisk

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{Secret Ingredient} Cream of Rice

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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.

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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!

Shared at: whole food Wednesdays

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Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Spice Cereal

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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!

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Ingredients

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.

Shared at: Tasty Traditions, Thank Your Body Thursday,

 

Gluten-Free Acorn Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup acorn flour (next time I’ll try 1 cup acorn flour + 1/4 cup oat flour)

1/2 cup oat flour (ground oats)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/2 vanilla bean, ground + 2 tsp. vanilla extract or 11/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. vanilla stevia extract or extra honey

1/4 melted butter or coconut oil

11/2 Tbsp. nut butter

1/2 tsp. baking soda

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Gluten-free secret ingredient vanilla cake

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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.

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11/2 cups cooked or 1 can cannellini beans

  • 4 eggs
  • 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.

Shared at: Pennywise platter thursday, whole foods wednesday

 

 

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Sugar-free caramel sauce


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Ingredients

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

shared at whole food wednesday, allergy free wednesday

DIY whipped soap

il_570xN_433870968_gi3h il_570xN_433874303_fvjrWhipped 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.

shared at homestead barn hop

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Sugar and Gluten free granola bars

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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?

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Ingredients

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)

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 ground flaxseed

2 tsp. stevia powder, 3 tbsp. sucanat, or 3 Tbsp.  honey

3 Tbsp.  molasses

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2-1 cup chocolate or white chocolate chips, chopped nuts, coconut flakes,  and/or any other extras you like (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Combine all the ingredients together until combined. Spread evenly over the cookie sheet and bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

 

 

 

 

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NuNaturals review and giveaway

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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.

 

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