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Rosemary & Cayenne Cashews

Rosemary & Cayenne Cashews

My mother in law got me hooked on this amazing recipe! They are great for holiday events, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or salad toppers! A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy!

Adapted from Ina Garten's DELICIOUS cashew recipe

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/rosemary-roasted-cashews-recipe.html 

 Just with some slightly healthier substitutions.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  1. Cook cashews for 10 minutes at 350 on baking sheets.
  2. In meantime, mix together remaining ingredients. To make mixture more runny, place in oven for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Once cashews are toasted and mixture is runny combine the two.  

Let cool and enjoy!

 

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Cookie Skillet

Cookie Skillet

Healthy, sweet + perfect for serving at a dinner party this holiday season. Top with frozen yogurt, banana ice cream, or coconut ice cream! 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanila bean or vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (for greasing cookie skillet)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together all ingredients (except the chocolate chips and pecans) until fully combined
  3. Once mixed, add in pecans and chocolate chips and manually stir
  4. Spread on greased skillet and pack in evenly
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, let cool!
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Brie + Fig Bites

Brie + Fig Bites

The holidays are about balance and so are these little appetizers. They are small + portioned but combine a just the right amount of goodness in each bite!

Ingredients:

  • 24 x Small Won Ton Wrappers
  • Brie Wheel (cut into small cubes)
  • Fig Jam (store bought or make your own chia fig jam depending on the time of year!)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (to grease cupcake tin)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place one won ton wrapper in each greased cupcake tin
  3. Add 1/2 tbsp of fig jam into each tin, follow with one brie cube
  4. Once complete, cook for 10-12 minutes depending on desired crispiness
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Candied Pecans

Candied Pecans

 

I know you'll love them XOXO gossip girl. Sorry, I had to! These candied pecans are addictive. You have been warned!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix together all the ingredients and spread them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Cook for 10-12 minutes (I usually remove from oven and move them around a bit... and eat a couple. There I said it)

Great on a charcuterie board, in salads, yogurt, by themselves, everywhere and anywhere. Enjoy... XO!

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Chocolate + Almond Butter Chia Pudding

Chocolate + Almond Butter Chia Pudding

YASSSSSS so delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean

Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until fully combined. Pour into a bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, stir and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. 

Top with candied pecans! Stay tuned for that delicious recipe in tomorrow's post!

HAPPY EATING! XO

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Revamping the Charcuterie Board!

Revamping the Charcuterie Board!

A staple in every event or holiday party.

Instead of going overboard on the cheese and meats, why not swap in some healthier alternatives. Here are some ideas:

  • Candied nuts (ex. use cinnamon and maple syrup in lieu of sugar)
  • Homemade chia seeds jams- try fig, strawberry or even plum!
  • Dehydrated fruits (ex. apples, strawberries, bananas, figs)

Have the best of all worlds!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! XO

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

 

Gluten free and made with... wait for it... sweet potatoes. I will admit the first time I made these I was SCARED. I thought sweet potatoes did not belong in desserts. Well guess what, they do! There is no handbook from the universe saying what foods goes best with what so get out of your head and just try these! Trust me, the sweet potatoes essentially just add sweetness, texture, and nutrients! These babies are good, real good!

Sweet Potato Brownies

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ground oats (make your own by placing gluten free oats in a food processor until very fine)
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup dairy free milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (you can also use regular vanilla)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400- cook sweet potato for 45 minutes. Once cooked, remove from oven and let cool
  2. Turn down oven to 350.
  3. Once sweet potato has cooled, place in food processor along with the following; milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until well combined
  4. Next, add in cacao powder, oats, and baking powder. Blend until fully combined.
  5. Scrape mixture with spatula until a square pan lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil. 
  6. Cook brownies for 30 minutes.

 Let me know what you think of the recipe by commenting below!

ENJOY! XO

 

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Hot Cacao

Hot Cacao

 

Easy as 1, 2, 3...

  1. Heat 1 cup of dairy free milk (I chose cashew milk) in small sauce pan
  2. Add in 1 heaping tbsp. of cacao powder, mix until well combined
  3. Add in 1 tsp. vanilla or vanilla bean (I prefer vanilla bean!) and 1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup

 Sip responsibly... or not (add in Baileys).

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Feta Cranberry Bites

Feta Cranberry Bites

 

Ingredients (yields 12):

  • 24x Small Won Ton Wrappers
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions:
Step 1: Place approx. 1 tbsp of feta into middle of won ton wrapper
Step 2: Add dried cranberries. Dip your finger in water and line the won ton edges
Step 3: Place second won ton wrapper on top and push down edges to stick to bottom won ton wrapper. Repeat.
Step 4: Bake for 16 minutes at 350. Flip halfway through


VOILA! EASY PEASY!
ENJOY!
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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

gluten free, vegetarian, dairy free (if you use dairy free chocolate chips)

 

These cookies are downright delicious and super easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup marshmallows (optional)
  • 1/3 cup water 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Mix together all the ingredients except the sea salt until fully combined
  2. Form into balls and then flatten into cookies
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt
  4. Cook for 12 minutes at 350 degrees, let cool for at least 30 minutes (good luck with that one!)
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