Friday, February 20, 2015

All Natural Energy Bites

These are perfect for a mid afternoon or pre-workout snack to give you that extra boost of energy!! With fiber packed nuts and seeds, and natural sweetness from the dates... you've got the perfect fix to conquer the day!!

1 cup whole dates
2 tbsp coconut oil 
1-2 tbsp honey depending on your preference of sweetness
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp flax seeds
3 tbsp shredded coconut- optional
1-2 tbsp coconut flour- I only use this if it's too sticky

In a food processor combine dates, coconut oil, honey, chia seeds, & flax seeds. Mix until pureed and comes together in a ball. In a bowl mix the remaining seeds until evenly distributed. This is when I would mix in a little coconut flour to help press it together (those dates are sticky sweet!) Form the mixture into a disk or patty and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to firm up. About 2 hours. Cut into 1 inch squares and enjoy the healthy goodness my friends!! *Store them covered in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gluten free, sugar free, low carb Protein Cookies!!- Revised

These cookies are filled with everything good with none of the bad.... it truly is a non guilty pleasure!!! I make them every week with my ripe bananas. Even my husband loves them and says a lot!! Happy healthy baking friends!!

2-3 very ripe bananas 
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup peanut butter- any nut butter will do
2 eggs
1 tsp good vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthum gum - this works as the flour
1 cup protein powder- I use vanilla
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour 
1 packet or 1 tsp of stevia- If my bananas are ripe enough I omit this. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is!
1 tbsp flax seeds (optional)
2 tbsp sunflower seeds- (also optional)
*I switch up the seeds and nuts that I add. Chia seeds or pumpkin seeds add great texture to the cookies as well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine bananas, coconut oil, peanut butter. Cream together until smooth. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and slowly add to banana mixture. Drop tbsp size spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. These cookies have a banana bread like/cakey texture. Because of the high protein content, I store mine in a large ziploc bag in the refrigerator. Enjoy that healthy goodness!