Dr. Erica Lepore, naturopathic doctor and creator of the 21 Day Detox Program, posted this recipe on her Facebook page and I had to try them. She said her family ate the whole pan in one sitting. I had to hurry to get the pictures done before my family ate them all! They’re that good – scout’s honor. The recipe is more like a blondie because it has chocolate chips and no cocoa. With the exception of the chocolate chips, which have a bit of evaporated cane juice to sweeten them, this recipe is Paleo-friendly. It is also gluten free and Vegan. And very addictive. We can not be held responsible for weight gain due to over consumption of these yummy goodies. Good luck not eating the whole pan!
Almond Butter Brownies
recipe from foodbabe.com
1 cup almond butter
2 tbsp flaxseed + 3 tbsp water or 1 egg
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of “Enjoy Life” mega chocolate chunks
note: If using unsalted almond butter use 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line the bottom of an 8×8 dish with parchment paper or grease it.
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a mixing bowl
Add chocolate chunks, give a few stirs and pour batter into pan
Bake brownies until dark golden brown – 20 to 25 mins
Remove from oven and try to wait at least 10 mins before cutting
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and that gets everyone thinking about one of my all time favorite things: chocolate! We talked all about many of the health benefits of chocolate in this blog post, Get Your Chocolate Fix! But, recently, a new study suggests that eating chocolate may make you smarter. Check out this article on PsyBlog, a website dedicated to figuring out how the mind works and founded by psychologist and author Dr. Jeremy Dean. In a nutshell, the study followed over 1000 people for over 30 years and found that people who regularly ate chocolate performed better on tests of reasoning and attention as well as tests of working memory. Not like I need another reason to eat chocolate, but, woohoo!
Yummy Sugar-Free Chocolate Candy Recipes
Now, most chocolate isn’t good if you are following a Paleo Diet, Primal Diet or any diet that eliminates white, processed sugar. But, I’ve been making these fantastic Paleo-friendly chocolate delights the past few months – since my last 21 Day Detox in November. I first introduced them to my extended family on Thanksgiving and they’ve been a big hit ever since. I always have a batch of one of these recipes in the fridge at any given time. Right now it’s the fruit and nut clusters. OK, so now I have to go get one because just talking about them makes me want one – or three!
Paleo Almond Joy Bars
inspired by detoxinista.com Crust:
1 cup almond meal ( fine ground almond flour is ok, but rough almond meal works better)
1 1/2 Tbs maple syrup
1 Tbs organic unrefined coconut oil (more solid the better)
1/4 tsp pure almond extract
pinch of sea salt Coconut Filling: 1 cup shredded unsweetened organic coconut
3 Tbs pure maple syrup
2 Tbs organic unrefined coconut oil 1 tsp Bovine Gelatin dissolved in 2 tbs hot water
1/3 cup halved raw organic almonds or organic Brazil nuts (optional) Chocolate Topping: 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (substitute half with organic cocoa butter for firmer chocolate)
2 Tbs organic maple syrup
6 drops stevia liquid (optional)
pinch of sea salt
Instructions: Before starting, get the cocoa butter melting if you are using it, see step 9.
1) In a glass bowl, add almond meal, maple syrup, almond extract and salt.
2) In a small glass dish, melt coconut oil in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds or on the stove in a double boiler. Add to other ingredients and mix well.
3) Line a small glass pyrex dish (7.5 x 5.25 x 1.75) or bread pan with parchment paper. Dump the crust mix into the dish, spread it out and press it firmly into the bottom of the dish with a fork. Put in freezer to set while you make the coconut filling.
4) I always just use the same glass bowl for this next part to save on dish washing. Add the shredded coconut and maple syrup to the bowl. Melt the coconut oil as before and add to the bowl.
5) In a very small glass or mug, dissolve the Bovine Gelatin into the 2 Tbs hot water. Use hot water so it dissolves completely and mixes better with the rest of the filling. Add to filling and mix well.
6) Remove crust from freezer and pour filling on top. Spread out and again press it firmly into the bottom of the dish with a fork.
7) If you are adding the nuts, cut each in half and spread on top of the coconut filling. Press into the filling with a fork. You want them to be halfway in and halfway out of the coconut layer. Return to freezer while you make the chocolate topping.
8) I again use the same bowl, although if you mind tiny bits of coconut in your chocolate layer, you may want to use a clean bowl. Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup to the bowl.
9) I originally made this recipe using only coconut oil for the chocolate topping, but found it to be a little on the soft side. So, I’ve been making it with 2 Tbs coconut oil and 2 Tbs melted organic cocoa butter. To melt the cocoa butter, grab a deep frying pan or wok and add about an inch or so of hot water, set the heat on low to warm the water further, but don’t boil it. Place the cocoa butter chunks in a small glass dish or mug and place that in the frying pan. Start this early because it takes a while to melt. Once the cocoa butter is melted, add the coconut oil directly to it, it will melt in the hot oil. You don’t want the coconut oil to be super melted or the chocolate comes super thin. If the coconut oil doesn’t mix enough, then zap it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it a bit more. Whisk till well blended.
10) Add oils to the bowl and whisk to mix well. Don’t forget to add salt to taste – it adds a really nice touch to this recipe. Add stevia to taste if you like it sweeter.
11) Remove dish from freezer. Use a small spatula to pour chocolate onto the top and spread evenly. Return to freezer to set for at least 15 minutes.
12) Remove from freezer. Remove from dish by pulling the parchment paper up and out of the dish. Pull sides of parchment paper down and place the whole block on a cutting board. I cut it in half the long way and then I usually make 6 cuts the short way for a total of 14 pieces. Which immediately turns into 13 pieces or fewer depending on how many people are standing there waiting for me to finish. Store left-over candies ( if you have any) in the fridge.
Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Bars
This can be made Paleo or primal by using any other nut butter instead of peanut butter.
inspired by detoxinista.com Both Chocolate Layers (make two batches separately): 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic unrefined coconut oil or softened grass- fed butter (substitute half with organic cocoa butter for firmer chocolate)
2 Tbs organic maple syrup
6 drops stevia liquid (optional)
pinch of salt Peanut Butter Filling: Use any other nut butter for a Primal version.
1/2 cup crunchy natural organic peanut butter (the kind with no sugar or oils added)
2 1/2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 Tbs coconut oil or softened grass-fed butter
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup organic nuts (optional)
1) I originally made this recipe using only coconut oil for the chocolate topping, but found it to be a little on the soft side and it added a mild coconut flavor that I didn’t really like with the peanut butter flavor. So, I’ve been making it with 2 Tbs grass-fed butter and 2 Tbs melted organic cocoa butter. To melt the cocoa butter, grab a deep frying pan or wok and add about an inch or so of hot water, set the heat on low to warm the water further, but don’t boil it. Place the cocoa butter chunks in a small glass dish or mug and place that in the frying pan. Start this early because it takes a while to melt. Melt enough for both layers of chocolate.
2) Line a small glass pyrex dish (7.5 x 5.25 x 1.75) or bread pan with parchment paper.
3) Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup to a glass bowl. Once the cocoa butter is melted, add the butter or coconut oil directly to it, it will melt in the hot oil. You don’t want the butter or coconut oil to be super melted or the chocolate comes out thin. If the oils are starting to cool and thicken, the chocolate comes out thicker.
4) Whisk to thoroughly combine and it’s a nice thick texture. Don’t forget to add salt to taste – it adds a really nice touch to this recipe. Add stevia liquid to taste if you like it sweeter.
5) Use a small spatula to pour chocolate out of bowl into parchment lined dish. Spread evenly and put in freezer to set.
6) I use the same bowl to mix up the peanut butter filling because a bit of chocolate in my peanut butter layer is OK with me. Add the peanut butter and maple syrup to the bowl. If using softened butter, add to bowl. If using coconut oil, melt it slightly, like 15 seconds in the microwave. Stir so texture is consistent and thick, but not chunky. Add to bowl and mix thoroughly. Salt to taste.
7) Remove base chocolate layer from freezer and using a spatula, pour peanut butter filling onto chocolate layer and spread evenly.
8) Add nuts evenly to top and press into the peanut butter layer. Put back in freezer to set.
9) Follow steps 1 and 3 to make another batch of chocolate.
10) Remove dish from freezer. Use a small spatula to pour top layer of chocolate on the peanut butter layer. Spread evenly. Put back in freezer for at least 15 minutes to set.
11) Remove from freezer. Remove from dish by pulling the parchment paper up and out of the dish. Pull sides of parchment paper down and place the whole block on a cutting board. I cut it in half the long way and then I usually make 6 cuts the short way for a total of 14 pieces. Store left-over candies ( if you have any) in the fridge.
Paleo Fruit & Nut Clusters
Chocolate Base: 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup organic unrefined coconut oil (substitute half with organic cocoa butter for firmer chocolate)
4 Tbs organic maple syrup
12 drops stevia liquid (optional)
sea salt to taste Mix-ins:
3/4 cup dried organic fruit and nuts
My most recent batch has unsweetened coconut flakes, cranberries, pecans and cashews. A really tasty combination was dried cherries and pistachios, YUM!!!
1) To melt the cocoa butter, grab a deep frying pan or wok and add about an inch or so of hot water, set the heat on low to warm the water further, but don’t boil it. Place the cocoa butter chunks in a small glass dish or mug and place that in the frying pan. Start this early because it takes a while to melt.
2) Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup to a glass bowl. Once the cocoa butter is melted, add the butter or coconut oil directly to it, it will melt in the hot oil. You don’t want the butter or coconut oil to be super melted or the chocolate comes out thin. If the coconut oil or butter doesn’t melt nicely into the cocoa butter, you can microwave it for a few seconds to melt it a bit. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Add to bowl and whisk and to a nice thick texture. Don’t forget to add salt to taste – it adds a really nice touch to this recipe. Add stevia liquid to taste if you like it sweeter.
3) Add dried fruit and nuts to the bowl and mix till all is coated in chocolate. Spoon out bite-size portions onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes or set in fridge for a few hours. Store left-over candies ( if you have any) in the fridge.
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All together, it makes up about 1/4 cup of powder.
I mix 10 days worth at a time up and keep it in the fridge for easy dispensing.
Why these supplements?
I choose the Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen because it is tasteless in combination with everything else, and I’m still recovering from knee surgery in May and need all the collagen I can get to help rebuild and repair the joint.
I like the Catie’s Gluten Free Greens because it comes from real food, many of the ingredients are organic, and I like to eat gluten-free whenever possible.
I add the Catie’s Vitamin C and the Perfect Acai because I used to get lots of colds, and I get far fewer when I keep my immunity high. Both these products are loaded with antioxidants and immune boosters.
The Baobab Powder is also a great source of antioxidants, but is also naturally high in fiber. Good fiber is an excellent addition to any liquid meal.
I usually get a good 100% organic red juice like pomegranate cranberry or cherry. Then I use about 5 oz each juice and water with the 1/4 cup of pre-mixed supplements.
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The family is gone, the day was a success. Everyone raved about your turkey and all the fixins. Now what do you do with the extra turkey? Here are some great recipes so you can bring new life to leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
I know it says chicken soup, but you can make it exactly the same using turkey. I love to make a big batch of broth with the turkey bones. Find Nourishing Traditions recipe for making chicken or turkey broth in this blog, too!
Don’t know about you, but one of our family’s favorite ways to use leftover chicken or turkey is open-faced sandwiches. This gluten-free, Paleo-friendly gravy recipe even passed my daughter’s test for a great gravy. She loves gravy and is kinda picky about it. Use homemade grain-free bread and this is a tasty Paleo-friendly meal. Love it with leftover cranberry sauce!
Check out this post from Dr. Axe with 47 different recipes for leftover turkey. As he states, it is healthier to substitute honey, maple syrup or coconut palm sugar for white sugar. Also, coconut milk can be used in place of regular milk. And you can replace highly processed (and often GMO-laden) vegetable oils with olive oil or avocado oil. I’m eager to try the Asian inspired turkey salad!
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Have a favorite healthy turkey leftover recipe? Please share it with us.
A couple years ago my husband bought a rotisserie attachment for our Weber grill and he has been obsessed with cooking all kinds of meat with it ever since. I certainly don’t complain because all the food comes out wonderful and I don’t have to cook it! He uses a smoke box in the bottom with applewood chips and everything is just YUM! It is always nice and juicy and the whole backyard smells so good the whole time it’s cooking. I’m talking drool-worthy.
Our recipe says we could use up to a 14 lb turkey, but it really depends on the shape of the turkey. We’ve had trouble with some of the larger birds we’ve made because the wings sometimes fall out of the butcher’s twine and flop around, singeing on the bottom. He’s cut the tips off at that point when he got frustrated with trying to retie them up repeatedly. The one we did for this blog was 11.5 lb, and it was a perfect size. (Tonight I’m making turkey toacos with the leftovers.)
Check out this recipe we adapted from Weber to be Paleo-friendly. Don’t be daunted by the length of the directions, it is actually pretty easy to make.
Sage & Orange Rotisserie Turkey
2 Tbs fresh grated orange peel from a large washed orange (rest of orange will be used later)
1 Tbs dried sage
1 Tbs Himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole free-range turkey 11 to 14 lbs (hotel style without the wings works great, too)
6 medium cloves garlic, crushed
1 bunch fresh sage
olive oil to rub on turkey
1. Wood chips need to soak in water for 1/2 hr before heating. Soak enough wood chips to fill your smoke box.
2. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to mix flavors.
3. Remove extra pieces from turkey (the packet of pieces parts from inside the cavity) and any pop-up timer. Also trim any excess fat from around neck and butt. Rinse the turkey in cold water, inside and out. Pat dry.
4. Put the rest of the orange, crushed garlic and sage in the cavity of the turkey.
5. Tie the legs together and secure the wings so they don’t flop and get caught on anything during rotation. Grab the rotisserie spit and slide one set of fork prongs to the very end. Slide the spit straight through the turkey, butt first. We like butt first because the breast meat, the thickest part, is then closer to the heat, and cooks better. Make sure to skewer the orange on the way through. Slide the second set of fork prongs onto the skewer. Check that the turkey is centered around the spit, so the spit will rotate properly. Make sure both forks are all the way into the turkey and holding it securely.
6. Coat turkey with olive oil and then thoroughly rub in mixture from step 2.
7. Prep grill. Remove grates and place smoking box with soaked chips inside grill. Turkey will be cooked over indirect heat, so only use the burner on the far left. You want the grill temp to be between 350° and 450°.
8. Set the spit into the rotisserie, turn on the motor, and close the cover. Let the turkey cook over indirect heat until an internal temperature of 165° to 170° is reached in the thickest part of the thigh and also the breast (don’t touch the bone when testing).Your turkey should be done in about 2 1/4 to 3 hrs. Check it a few times in the first 1/2 hour to make sure it is rotating properly and nothing has gone amiss. We‘ve had wings fall out of the twine, and once one of the forks loosened up and was no longer holding the turkey! If something does go wonky, shut off the rotisserie motor to correct the problem.
9. When the turkey is ready, shut off the motor. Grab two oven mitts and carefully remove the spit from the rotisserie and place it on a cutting board. Remove spit. Cover with aluminum foil, not too tightly, and let it set for at least 20 minutes. The internal temp will rise 5° to 10°.
10. Remove orange and herbs from inside. Carve and serve warm.
In the last picture you can see the pink just under the skin from the smoking.
Don’t have a rotisserie & still want to try this recipe?
Don’t fret, you can cook your turkey right on the grill! Follow all directions for prepping the turkey and the smoking box, then put your turkey to one side and light the burner on the other side so it cooks over indirect heat. Finish with covering in aluminum foil as above. We’ve never tried this, but Weber’s recipe says it can be done this way. Let us know if you have ever done this and if it was successful. We’d love to hear from you.
Need some Thanksgiving sides to go with your turkey?
We all know our kids will soon be coming home with bags stuffed with candy full of artificial sweeteners and GMOs. So rather than contribute to the junk food extravaganza, make these healthy Halloween snacks instead! These Halloween treats are perfect for a spooky school event offering, a party spread, or simply a special snack to enjoy at home with the kids.
Green Apple Monster Snacks
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar, Kid-Friendly Spooky Snack
We cut small green apples into thirds for these, but if you have large apples, then quarters will work. We used almond butter under the strawberry tongue and sunflower seeds for the teeth. We made the candy eyes by following the healthy recipe below.
Adapted from forkandbeans.com
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar Candy Eyeballs
1/2 cup arrowroot
approx. 4 tsp stevia powder
2 Tbsp coconut nectar
1 Tbsp coconut milk
mini chocolate chips
Add the arrowroot powder and some of the stevia powder to a food processor. Combine and taste. Continue adding stevia powder until you get it to a sweetness you like. My stevia powder isn’t very sweet, so we used 4 tsp. My sister needed half that much with her stevia powder.
Once you get the powder to the desired sweetness, whisk it into the coconut nectar and coconut milk. It should be a thick paste-like consistency.
Place paste in a piping bag or plastic baggie with a corner cut.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and make dots on the paper.
Add the mini chocolate chips quickly, before the paste sets. Continue to make dots and add the chips until all the paste is gone.
Allow to set for 24 hours. This made lots of googly eyes. We had plenty left over for more fun food projects!
These were pretty easy to make without a recipe. I used an egg slicer to cut multiple olives at once. I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo in the deviled eggs. Instead of soy, it is made from avocado oil, which is a much healthier oil.
Fun Flying Bat Gluten Free, Sugar-Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvre
Getting these bat snacks to stay together was a bit tricky, but they came out so cute! I recommend breaking the blue corn chips in half or smaller to get them to stay in the grapes. Also, slice the grapes a little with a knife before inserting the corn chips. They stand better on more rectangular cheese cubes than on the true square ones.
The banana ghosts are simply chocolate chips in halved bananas. Use regular and mini chocolate chips for variety.
These edible Jack-O-Lanterns were made with small oranges and a Sharpie marker. The marker would seem to run out of ink after a bit. We had to scribble on paper to get it going again and it would be fine for a while longer. Then we’d repeat the process. Also, we had to do more than one coat some times. We had fun making these Jack-O-Lanterns and they’ve been great decorations for the Halloween season.
Banana Ghosts adapted from freefunhalloween.com; Orange Jack-O-Lanterns adapted from eathealthyeathappy.com
For the edible eyeballs, we started with slices of radishes, parsnips and carrots. Then we added the mozzarella mixture for the white of the eye followed by the ends of the olives left over from the Spider Deviled Eggs. For the open ends, I put small pieces of red pepper inside to make them red.
Mozzarella Eye Mixture
8 oz fresh mozzarella
3 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste
Combine mozzarella and mayo in a food processor until smooth. This will be pretty thick.
Add spices and give it a good stir.
Put in a ziplock baggie with a medium to large hole in the corner to easily squeeze mixture onto veggies.
The Goblin Grins are made from snow peas, slices of pepperoni and sliced almonds. A dab of the mozzarella mixture in the back helps hold them together.
Apple season is in full swing and I’ve been happily cooking with them all week! My apple obsession started as a kid. I have fond memories of apple picking with just my family and also with extended family. We’d make a day of going out to an orchard and picking a big bag of apples, drinking apple cider, and buying mums and pumpkins. Now, I do the same thing with my family, often times with my sisters and their kids. It’s such a great time.
But, now I have a giant bag of apples that we have to eat! So, I figured I should share some of the yummy recipes I’ve been making. There’s everything from breakfasts to desserts, so go pick some apples and dig in!
I always loved apple chicken sausage, but cut down on sausage in general as I became more health conscious and cut out nitrites and nitrates. These sausage patties are great and the whole family loves them, not just for breakfast!
Slow cooker meals rock! Toss everything in – the night before even – turn it on when necessary and then shazam – dinner is done!
Curried Waldorf Chicken Salad
From Peaceful Planet – Paleo, Gluten-free
This is an old recipe that I’ve been making for years, except now I make it with Paleo-friendly mayonnaise. I’ve made this for parties and there are never any leftovers.
1 c diced free-range cooked chicken
1/3 c diced organic apples
1/3 c diced organic grapes
1/3 c chopped organic pecans or walnuts
2 heaping Tbs organic apple sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 c Primal Kitchen Mayo (made from avocado oil)
1-3 tbs curry powder
salt & pepper to taste Directions:
Combine all ingredients and serve. I love this on a bed of baby spinach or organic romaine lettuce.
One apple, two apples, three apples, four. We love apple recipes so give us some more!
Have any favorite apple recipes? Let us know so we can share them with the world!