Hello! This is your friendly sugar free chocoholic, and I'm here to tell you that IT IS POSSIBLE to eat chocolate and be healthy! This is one of my FAVORITE recipes, and I have to consciously decide to only eat one a day because they taste so similar to store-bought candy! These are so yummy, creamy, and filled with peanut butter! What a great combination! ;) These are also organic, and refined sugar-free like always, and makes a great treat for the holidays!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder (at least 80% cacao, sifted)
1/2 cup organic peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered Lakanto
1 tsp vanilla extract
*Makes 24 chocolates
*Store in refrigerator
Remember those bright red fruit roll-ups you used to eat as a child? Remember how they used to turn your tongue red and they mostly tasted like flavored sugar? When I was a kid, I ate these fruit-roll ups on the daily, and the exorbitant amounts of sugar and corn-syrup contained in these kinds of snacks made me incredibly sick and I'd always spend the day with a stomach-ache.
Well, we have now come up with a solution! These fruit roll-ups taste like candy, are refined sugar-free, and contain necessary nutrients from real fruit. The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can tweek this recipe to your liking. I'd highly recommend tasting your fruit puree before drying it, and if you feel like it needs more sweeter or cinnamon, you do you. You also don't have to use plums. Whatever fruit you like will make this recipe delicious and successful!
Plum Fruit Leather
6 cups plums (cut in half and pitted, they do not have to be peeled)
1/2 cup raw honey
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. ground cinnamon (if desired)
1/4 tsp. cloves (if desired)
This recipe is great for all of you Lacto-Vegetarians out there! (For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, a lacto-vegetarian diet consists of regular vegetarian principles, but also includes dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as well.) The good news is that this recipe uses a very small amount of cheese in it, and it is completely gluten free! Meatless chicken nuggets are also a good source of protein due to the quinoa, and they offer lots of essential vitamins from the sweet potatoes!
Here at Chronically Beautiful, I do not promote any one particular dietary theory, but instead believe in the concept of bio-individuality. This means that one person's food, is another person's poison. It's really important to experiment with the foods that we consume, and find out what works best for our own individual body type. (With that said, I highly encourage a diet that contains high quality, whole, organic food. And I highly discourage anything that is heavily processed or comes in a box pre-made.) Although I am not a vegetarian, I generally only eat meat three times a week. Therefore, I love vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and taste delicious!
This recipe works great for using up any left over sweet potatoes in the fridge. It's quick and easy, and kids love it! It's also great because you can generally add spices and herbs to your liking. I will include the spices and herbs that I personally use in the recipe below, but I would highly encourage you to experiment with your own favorite flavors! I'm a strong believer of always expanding your palate, and it's hard to go wrong with certain recipes such as these! :)
Meatless "Chicken" Nuggets
*To cook 2 cups worth of cooked quinoa, you will need to cook approximately 1 cup according to the instructions on the packet. Make sure quinoa is completely cooled and chilled before using for recipe. I like to add salt to my quinoa, but that is completely optional.
Welcome to My Kitchen!
Food is one of the greatest forms of science, art, medicine, and sustenance all at the same time! It's what feeds our lives and pumps through our blood. It's what connects us and what gives us energy to fulfill our purpose. It is for that reason that I have a deep passion for discovering, cooking, and eating only the most nutrient dense foods. In my kitchen, we only use organic, whole ingredients that feed the body, as well as the mind and soul. My hope is to inspire healing through healthy AND delicious food that feeds not only our stomachs, but also our hunger for connection and quality of life.