Posts filed under sweet

Mango, Lime, Chili, Sea Salt Salad

YUM! In this mango salad you will find sweet, salty, tangy and hot flavors that all come together to make an awesome experience in your mouth! A must try for the summer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangos
  • Juice of 1 lime and some zest
  • 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes (more or less if desired)
  • Sea Salt (Pink Salt if you have)

Directions:

  • Cut mango into cubes
  • squeeze lime juice
  • add in salt, chili pepper flakes and mix everything
  • cover and let it sit in fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving

Enjoy! 

 

Posted on July 27, 2015 and filed under food, snack, savory, sweet, apps/side dish, vogue.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am reposting one of my favorite homemade chocolate chip cookie recipes. I whip this up often, as it is easy, FAST, and satisfies my sweet tooth without making me feel too bad :) the cookie uses healthy fats and almond flour. It is sweetened by honey and cooks in 12 minutes! This recipe makes 6 cookies.

 

Ingredients:

½ c whole wheat flour

½ c almond meal

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1  egg

2 T honey

1 ½ tsp vanilla

½ cup chocolate chips

1 T coconut oil, melted is ideal

2 T almond milk

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 cookies.

For a vegan version, use 1 T ground flax seed +  3 T warm water instead of the egg, and use maple syrup instead of honey. Enjoy! What is your favorite type of cookie?

Posted on February 9, 2015 and filed under sweet, dessert.

Delicious healthy chocolate chip cookie

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I love chocolate. I love dessert. I really do. So when Elise (from Lillybelle Foods) told me about her recipe for a healthier version of a chocolate chip cookie I was alllll about trying it.

Regardless of being considered more healthy, I LOVED IT ! Try it, and YOU tell me how amazing it is, k?

  • The only sweetener in the cookie is honey (and the chocolate chips)
  • No butter! We used only coconut oil

YUMMMMMMMMM

Ingredients:

½ c whole wheat flour

½ c almond meal

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1  egg

2 T honey

1 ½ tsp vanilla

½ cup chocolate chips

1 T coconut oil, melted is ideal

2 T almond milk

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and add chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 cookies.

For a vegan version, use 1 T ground flax seed +  3 T warm water instead of the egg, and use maple syrup instead of honey.

 

Raw mango pie - using only 4 foods

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I had Jody over, from JoJo's Raw Kitchen and she introduced me to the most delicious and easy to make RAW pie.  When I think of dessert I think of chocolate. I am not much of a fruit and nut dessert girl. So when Jody mentioned mango pie, it was not my first choice, but now I have become officially obsessed! This is something that I could eat every day as a sweet treat and not feel bad about it. Seriously awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates (take out the pits)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 banana

Directions:

In a food processor place almonds and chop until almost a powder. Add in dates and blend together until they form a paste. This will be your raw crust. Take out and place in a pie dish to make a crust. Press the paste down hard and form a base to your pie.

Cut up 1 mango and 1 banana. Place in food processor and and blend. This is going to be your "cream" part of the pie!

Pour the mango and banana mixture on top of your raw crust and place in the fridge for 10 minutes then serve. The pie stays good for 4-5 days. It might lose its bright yellow color, but it is still good to eat.

Some tips:

  • If your dates are hard soak them in water for about 30 minutes to soften
  • Your pie may crumble when you serve it. WHO CARES. Because it just tastes so good.
  • Make sure your crust is really stuck together and there are no holes.
  • If the almond/date crust is not sticking together add more dates to the mixture.

YUM! Enjoy! Do you have any raw, quick and easy recipes that you would like to share??

Pumpkin Protein Pankcakes

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protein pancakes

Most of my clients are away for the holidays/New Year, so it is a very slow time of year for me. I am not complaining  and am actually embracing the time I have for myself. I will be able to blog, work out class formats, make videos, and COOK! I will say it. I am NOT a good cook. I try, I experiment, but I am really not that great. My mom and dad are both great cooks, and both my parents agree that my mom used to stink. So, I still have a chance.

My camera man is very critical of everything I make. Rarely does he say something is "GREAT". So when he says something is good, I know he means it. He always jokes that he is going to send me to cooking school. He says it so much that I am starting to think he is serious.

I woke up early this morning with a craving for pancakes. I remembered a friend/student of mine talking about  Carrots 'N' Cake Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, and how she loved them! Tina, from Carrots 'N' Cake took my ZUMBA class at Equinox a little while back. TIna was so sweet and down to earth, I loved having her in class.

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carrots and cake pic

I searched her blog this morning for the famous "Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (Wicked Good)" recipe. I was nervous I was not going to have all the ingredients since I definitely need to do some major food shopping.

Luckily for me the list was short! Phew:

  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal

Look here at Carrots 'N' Cake blog for the recipe.

I changed a couple of things. I did not have nutmeg so I added a tiny bit of vanilla extract and some pumpkin pie spice. I also added a tablespoon of chia seeds into the mix.

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protein pancake

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My first attempt was a fail. I think my pan was too hot and I flipped too early. It was stuck to the pan and fell apart.

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My second attempt was a success. It flipped easily and looked great. And the taste you ask? Delicious! I was surprised by these amazing little pancakes. They are "wicked good"!

Do you have a quick and easy homemade pancake recipe?

Posted on December 19, 2012 and filed under food, breakfast, sweet.

100 calorie Lara Bar inspired snack!

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I love Lara Bars, not only because of their sweet goodness, but also because they are made from about 4 ingredients. I thought, if Lara can make these bars... so can I (and so can you!)

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lara bar food 002

For my "Lauren bars" I used:

4 dates

1/2 C figs

1/4 C walnuts

1/4 C almonds

1 tbsp chia seeds

In a blender (I used a mini food processor by Proctor Silex) throw in all the nuts. Make sure not to turn the nuts into a powder. You want to have some chunks in there to add texture to your bar. Set the nuts aside.

Next: Throw the dried fruit into your blender. Blend until they form a paste like this:

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lara bar food 006

I used a vegetable cutting board and laid out my dried fruit paste. I took the chia seeds and added it to the top.

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lara bar food 008

After mixing the chia seeds and paste by hand, I threw in my nuts.

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lara bar food 009

Mix nuts and paste together. I always loved playing with my food. You can make a mohawk if you would like.

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Divide mixture into 8 snack balls. Throw the balls in a plastic bag and store in your fridge.

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Each ball will contain a little over 100 calories  (~108) and provide you with a sweet  and nutritious filled snack that will give you your afternoon boost, or that pre workout lift. You can get creative with the mixtures and add different dried fruit for the paste, or nuts for the filler. Let me know if you try it, and how it comes out! Did you add something different?

Posted on October 12, 2011 and filed under food, sweet, snack, dessert.

Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (no butter)

While in Vermont this past weekend my friend Amanda brought her amazing blueberry muffins! They were not too sweet, making them an awesome breakfast or snack. Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup soy milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease muffin pans.
  •  In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.  In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, vanilla extract and milk.
  •  Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.  Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  •  Bake 16-18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
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Posted on July 20, 2011 and filed under food, snack, sweet, dessert.