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Creamy Chocolate Date Candy

I don’t know what to call these, but for real, they taste like candy. I swear it’s like eating a twix or snickers, or something I remember from childhood. I can’t put my finger on exactly what these taste like, but they taste like a candy bar. I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with this, but here’s my story: I’m in the final weeks of pregnancy, and I read some studies about the benefits of eating dates for natural cervix dilation and even shortened labor lengths. Debatable sure, but there are a couple of studies out there that made me say, shoot, worth a try! This means eating 3 large medjool dates every day from 36weeks onward. I mean dates are delicious, but they get really old really fast when you eat them every single day! And with my glucose intolerance, I am tasked with eating these instead of other fruit in my diet, and pairing them with some protein/fat to help delay their sugary release into my bloodstream! So I’ve been eating them with a lot of peanut butter, almond butter, pecans walnuts, and pistachios. Lately, I’d say in the last week or so, my craving for chocolate and sweets in general has suddenly skyrocketed, and sticking to my diabetic diet is becoming increasingly difficult. So in my boredom with eating the same old, the fact that I’ve hopefully got only a week left to go, and in light of my intense chocolate cravings, I came up with a chocolatey modification of my typical nut butter/date snack.

Here’s all I did: Cut open several medjool dates and remove the pit. Fill this opening in the middle with peanut butter or almond butter (while both are good, I prefer the peanut butter ones by far!). Then I popped these into the freezer for about an hour. Next I put some 80% dark chocolate into the microwave, stirring about every 10 seconds until melted (for a total of about 40seconds but depends on the amount of chocolate and your microwave). Then I rolled the dates in the chocolate and returned them to the freezer to set. I recommend storing in the fridge to keep everything intact and from melting! These are delicious and decadent, and not diabetic friendly, but if we compare them to a Twix or snickers bar, these are packed full of micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, no preservatives or fake foods, and way less refined sugars. So, I call this a win :). YUMMY.

Kiwi Pistachio Vegan Ice Cream

This is one that takes a little planning ahead, but very little time! Slightly tangy, verrrry creamy, it is like healthy gelato!

1 cup raw pistachios (unsalted)
2.5 cups chopped kiwi (very sweet/ripe kiwi is a must!)
pinch salt
dash cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 ripe banana, frozen

Soak pistachios 8 hrs or overnight in warm water, drain.
Place pistachios and kiwi in freezer until solid (I also just do overnight or all day while at work).

Place into high powered blender (Vitamix is what I use) along with salt and cinnamon and blend up until creamy ice cream forms. Enjoy!! If you don’t plan to enjoy it all same day or next day, I recommend storing in ice cube molds, so that you can toss them in easily and blend it up again another day. Just add some almond milk if you want to make it blend more easily. That’s it!

Garnish with carob chips or shredded coconut if you like 🙂
Or pair with my coconut brownies, recipe here.










Orange Walnut Oat Muffins

These are vegan and gluten free, and boy are they yummy! A touch of crispiness on top and of course a yummy walnut topper. The orange zest gives a wonderful flavor, making this both fresh and comforting. No added sugar, no gluten, no animal products, just good-for-you ingredients!!

Inspired by this recipe on The Healthy Apple. Lot’s of beautiful stuff on her site…

It was also my first time today blending up flours in my Vitamix, and yes I just use the original container, not the special “flours” pitcher, but it is SO easy!! I cannot believe it! It handles steel cut oats, red quinoa so effortlessly!! For this recipe I just used regular organic gluten-free rolled oats, but I wanted to try harder grains to see how easy it was, and it takes like 30 seconds to make flour out of anything! So cool.. Anyways, back to the recipe.

You need:
1 mashed very ripe banana
1/2 cup almond milk
1tsp coconut vinegar
1/2 small lemon juiced
1tsp vanilla

Mix in a bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile :

Take 2 cups whole gluten free oats and blend into flour; combine with:
1 cup whole gluten free oats
1tsp baking soda
2tbs chia seeds
1tbs cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
1tbs fresh organic orange zest (!)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Mix all together well and turn into greased mini muffin tins, placing raw walnuts into tops of muffins.

Bake at 350F for 15 min and let cool.

Makes 2 dozen mini muffins.
So healthy, so pretty, so yummy!!! Store in the fridge and grab as little snacks or breakfasts. Yay for muffins 🙂











Cherry Vanilla Sorbet!

This recipe contains 2 ingredients only. Doesn’t get any more simple or pure than that!

I found a bag of ripe frozen organic cherries at whole foods and I had to have them! What more delicious way to enjoy them that in a rich, natural, cherry vanilla sorbet? What better more satisfying combination than cherries and vanilla? Super easy, so sweet, and so delicious!

Simply place in high speed blender (like vitamix) and purée:
-10oz Frozen cherries
-1tsp vanilla extract

Serve immediately! I have not tried this with a food processor, but if you don’t have a strong enough blender this might work as well. Yum! So refreshing after a hot bath or sweaty workout! No added sugar, no added preservatives, nothing but wholesome goodness 🙂