Chocolate Avocado Mousse (Dairy-free, Vegan)

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If you’re anything like me and you are a huge fan of chocolate pudding or mousse, this little guy has got your name written all over it. I’m literally sitting on my couch eating it right now thinking why didn’t I think of this sooner!?! Midday chocolate is essential in my household.

You wouldn’t believe it if I told you it was made with all wholesome ingredients and you could eat it until your heart was content without feeling the least bit guilty!

Made with organic cacao and lots of avocados to round out the blood sugar spikes with some health fat (fat helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels) you really can’t go wrong with this easy and delicious weeknight treat.

Here are the details on how to make it. It only takes 5 minutes!!

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Ingredients:

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  • 2 semi-soft hass avocados

  • 1/3 cup organic cacao (this is the brand I am loving lately)

  • 1/3 cup agave + honey mix

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 cup water or coconut milk

  • optional: a scoop of collagen peptides

Instructions:

  1. Add the liquid to the bottom of a high speed blender or food processor first.

  2. Then add in all of your other ingredients.

  3. Combine on medium to high speed until you reach a pudding consistency.

  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

-Made with love, Ashley

If you make this kitchen favorite of mine, comment below and tell me what you think!

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Chocolate Lovers Dream Flour-less Real Foods Brownies (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo)

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve had chocolate on the mind. I’m sure I’m not the only one day dreaming about chocolate this week.

Since giving up gluten, I’ve had to find different ways to still enjoy childhood classics (like brownies) and usually it involves baking with almond flour or coconut flour. It’s been a fun learning experience for both me and my kiddos to learn that they can still enjoy cookies and cakes and brownies BUT that some of them have healthier ingredients in them to make our bodies grow strong, while others taste great but make us feel kinda crappy afterwards.

But this time, quite by accident actually, I omitted the flour all together and the result were these deliciously moist and chocolaty real-food brownies. While they do have some sugar in them, they aren’t going to make you have a crazy sugar crash afterwards because the healthy fats and protein in them help to regulate blood sugar levels.

I used coconut oil and sunflower butter to keep the moisture factor on point and used real organic cacao and dark chocolate chips to give it that over-the-top chocolaty flavor.

I love that these brownies are a) made with only a few real-food ingredients b) only take a few minutes to throw together and c) you might just have most of these ingredients laying around your house somewhere.

Who’s ready for the recipe for these bad boys??

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Instructions:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 + 1/2 tbsp cacao

  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or butter)

  • 1/2 cup agave

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)

  • 1 heaping cup of sunflower butter (or any nut butter of your choice)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees and line a glass or ceramic brownie pan (with ledges) with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the other wet ingredients: coconut oil, agave and the nut butter. Combine well.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the baking soda and cacao.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine.

  5. Add the chocolate chips.

  6. The mixture will be rather moist. Use a spatula to scrape it out of the bowl and into the ceramic pan and spread evenly.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick can be removed with minimal residue. Let cool for about 10 minutes out of the pan before serving.

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-Ashley

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Milk (Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo)

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Whether you’re dairy free, vegan or paleo, I think we can all agree that chocolate milk is a glorious thing and that this childhood favorite needs to be recreated A.S.A.P.

Allow me to just take a minute to praise the wonderful cashew for bringing its wonderful creamy and satiating flavor that also packs quite the nutritious punch.  You can make almost any dairy-free favorite, including nacho cheese, with these glorious little life giving nuts. 

Honestly, what’s not to love?  They’re full of protein and healthy fats and they keep your blood sugar stable, just for beginners.

Your littles will be asking for this Chocolate milk on the daily.  And it wont really be a problem because you’ll be requiring it daily too at this point.  And it only takes a few tiny steps to make, so can we really consider this a problem after all?  More like a solution to the problem of not being able to drink chocolate milk since giving up dairy. 

Should I talk about the reasons you should give up conventional dairy? Nah, I won’t get all ranty on you guys today, you’re off the hook.

Just be sure to buy the big tub of organic cashews at costco.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cashews (preferably organic)

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 2 dates

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 2 tsp agave/maple syrup

  • 1 + 1/2 tbsp cacao powder

Instructions:

  1. Soak 1 cup of cashews + 2 dates in a large cup of filtered water overnight.

  2. The next day, drain and rinse the cashews and dates.

  3. Add the soaked cashews, dates, vanilla, agave, cacao and water to a high speed blender until consistency is thin. 

  4. If you’re storing this in the fridge, just be sure to shake it first to combine. 

  5. Enjoy!

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-Ashley

Butternut Squash + Bone Marrow Applesauce for Moms and Babes (Paleo, Gluten-free, Whole-30, Kid-friendly)

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In terms of nutritionally dense foods for growing healthy brains and bones in kids and babies, I would put bone marrow right up there at the top of the list along with all the veggies, liver and bone broth. It is not only a fabulous source of heme iron (easily absorbed), but also an incredible source of healthy fat (at a whopping 97% fat ratio), good for satiating hungry tummies, nourishing a growing brain and keeping blood sugar levels stable. It’s also full of essential amino acids that literally help to grow strong teeth, hair, bones, skin, muscles and help with energy production.

Growing brains (and all brains, for that matter) need and thrive off of fat. Fat is what makes up the myelin sheath of nerve cells, which is what allows nerve cells to fire and send messages (to think, talk, process and do).

If you know me at all, you know I’ve had a long love relationship with bone marrow ever since I first tasted it at some trendy restaurant on the streets of Manhattan. What’s not to love? It tastes like the butter of heaven, after all! Spread it on crackers or some warm bread with some honey and you’re pretty much good to go!

After loving it for its incredible taste, I was so intrigued by it and I had to know everything about it. Learning how it was actually an incredibly nutrient dense food, according to the Weston A. Price foundation, made me fall even more in love. The Weston A. Price foundation touts bone marrow as an extremely nourishing food, found in almost every traditional culture around the globe. Contrary to the western world, where we eat mostly muscle meat, traditional cultures have long valued and cooked the entire animal, including the organs and bones and marrow and mostly feed the muscle meat (which has the least amount of vitamins/minerals) to the dogs.

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Ok, enough fat and nutrition talk.  Let’s talk about this glorious food recipe discovery, Butternut Squash + Bone Marrow Apple Sauce! 

You need this in your life, trust me on this one.

It has it all in my book.  Sweet AND savory AND a fruit, a veggie and a healthy source of fat and iron.  You literally couldn’t make a more healthy dessert for you and your little people if you ask me.  A great food for babies and kids of all ages and also a great snack for anyone who is on the Whole30 diet. 

It is It is literally SO easy to make you won’t believe it!  Heres how to make it.
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Ingredients:

  • 5 beef marrow bones (organic/grass-fed bones are important)

  • 5-6 apples (skin removed)

  • 1/2 butternut squash (cubed)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

  • a pinch of lemon juice

  • 1 tsp ghee

  • 2 tsp agave (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Add marrow bones to a pan and roast for about 15 minutes or when it begins to bubble around the edges.

  3. When its finished roasting, scoop out the marrow with a butterknife.

  4. In a crockpot or Instapot, add the marrow and all the other ingredients.

  5. For a crockpot cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.  In the Instapot, set on high pressure for 10 minutes.

  6. When it is finished, use an immersion blender to combine all the ingredients and enjoy!  Feel free to add extra agave if you want to sweeten it up a bit more.

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-Ashley

Soft + Chewy Ginger Cinnamon Christmas Cookies (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly)

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If you’re looking for a SUPER simple healthiesh gluten-free cookie recipe that you can make with your kiddos, look no further! These were seriously the easiest cookie recipe ever, despite the “cooking with kids” part, that’s always a bit challenging.

These little guys are loaded with natural sugar from coconut, some healthy omega’s from grass-fed butter and some healthy fats and protein from the almond flour.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re still cookies! But just a not-have-to-worry-about-food-dyes-and-preservatives type of Christmas cookies.

Being the health-freak that I am, I cringe when my kids are offered cookies and cupcakes loaded with colored frosting on top. Why? You may ask. Because of the food-dyes. Food-dyes like red 40, blue 1 and yellow 5 + 6 have been linked to behavior problems, ADHD, cancer and food-allergies. So yeah, I avoid them like the plague around here. My son has enough boy energy as it is to fill his tummy with that junk.

Personally, I think its healthy to teach kids at a young age what is healthy and what’s not for your body. We openly talk about food dyes in our house and why we don’t eat things that are brightly colored, unless we know its organic or without chemicals.

Ok, back to the cookies. They were so fluffy and chewy and the PERFECT texture for the kiddos to help cut out with the cookie cutters.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/2 stick room temperature grass-fed butter or ghee

  • 2 cups almond flour

  • 1 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar


Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Beat the eggs until fluffy and add the vanilla and the butter and combine well with a mixer.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder and cream of tartar.  Stir and combine well. 

  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and combine well.

  5. The cream of tartar should help the dough bind into a pizza like dough.  If you’re is still sticky, you can sprinkle a tad more until it forms one cohesive unit.

  6. Pour the dough onto the parchment paper and coat your hands in a little bit of almond flour to keep your hands from sticking to the dough. 

  7. Knead and roll the dough until its one flat rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.

  8. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or just until the top begins to fluff and the bottom barely begins to brown (you don’t want the bottom to get too crispy)

  9. Set on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes until it’s ready to cut the dough with cookie cutters.

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Enjoy!



-Ashley

No-Bake Pumpkin Sunflower Butter Treats (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Paleo)

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As you guys likely already know by now, I’m pretty obsessed with trying to incorporate pumpkin in EVERYTHING when it turns into fall. I’m also always trying to make healthier versions of everything for me and my kiddos to have around the house for healthy yummy snacks.

The other main criteria for me, with two young kids around is that it must be EASY.

These No-Bake Pumpkin Sunflower Treats definitely fit the mold for that criteria! They are literally SO ridiculously easy, you and your toddler can totally make them together in under 10 minutes.

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Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients

1 cup Sunflower butter (or nut butter of choice)
2 tbsp agave
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1 tsp vanilla
1 + 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Melt all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) on low heat and stir until well combined.

2. Spread mixture onto parchment paper evenly, sprinkle chocolate chips and freeze for three hours before breaking it into pieces and enjoying for a midday healthy sweet!

Good Fats Chewey Granola Bars (kid-approved, gluten-free, paleo, vegan)

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Getting good brain foods into kids diets (Hello, Omega-3;s) does not have to be complicated! I made these delicious chewey granola bars on a whim and they took less than 10 minutes to throw together.

These bad boys are packed with protein and healthy fats and contain a ton of essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc  and iron.  As a benefit to mom, these ingredients are all supportive of healthy hormonal balancing and adrenal gland health (coconuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, almonds).

They are delicious by themselves to throw in your bag for soccer practice.  They are even better for a quick no-fuss toddler breakfast!  You can crunch them up to make your own cereal or throw them atop of some yogurt for a parfait.  

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Ingredients:

5-6 dates (pre-soaked overnight)
1/2 cup coconut shreds
3/4 cup almond butter (I use this brand by MaraNatha)
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup sliced almonds (pre-soaked overnight)
1/4 cup agave or honey

Instructions:

  1. Set oven for 350 degrees.

  2. Place soaked dates in a blender or emulsifier (alternatively, you can hand smash them with a fork)

  3. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, honey and dates well.

  4. Add all the other ingredients and combine well.

  5. Place the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smash it flat using your hands (warning, you are going to get very sticky!) Flatten until it’s abkut 1/2 inch thick or less if you want it to be more crispy.

  6. Drizzle with honey (optional)

  7. Bake for about 7-8 minutes (you don't want them to get too crispy at the bottom so keep an eye so they don't burn!)

  8. Let them cool for 10 minutes and then cut them into squares.


 

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

5-Ingredient Super-food Sunflower Seed Butter Cups (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

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I am not sure if you all out there have tried sunflower seed butter as an alternative to peanut butter but if you haven't, you need to ASAP.  This stuff is addicting as heck and tastes like a dream.  Not only is it delicious but it's also A LOT healthier compared to conventional peanut butter.  Sunflower seeds are naturally high in vitamin E, vitamin Bs, selenium, thiamine, magnesium and copper and phosphorus.  They are great for cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and and they also have been given credit for having antioxidant powers.

I came up with these E A S Y, no bake, Reese's peanut butter cup copy cats using 5 healthy ingredients and they are the best.  Now I can run to them when I’m having a sweets craving and not feel guilty.  The kids love them too!

The other ingredients are bone broth protein powder (click here to learn more about the benefits of bone broth), chia seeds (high in omega-3 fatty acids), dark chocolate and agave nectar for sweetening.

You have to try them! They're so easy and so so good.

E N J O Y!

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients (minus the chocolate) in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Put cupcake liners in a muffin tin + pour batter into each cup (1 heaping teaspoon or more if you want them to be thicker)
  3. Smooth the batter flat with the back of a spoon (you can add oil so it wont stick)
  4. Melt your dark chocolate bar by adding some coconut oil over medium heat and then slowly stirring chocolate in until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate a top the batter.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
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-Ashley

No-Bake Almond Butter Chocolate-chip Granola Bars (Kid friendly, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten free)

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I have been on the hunt for a healthier version of the store bought peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars without all the gluten and yucky food additives.  I really wanted something healthy and sweet and also was looking for an pack-able kid-snack for when I’m out in public and my kids are getting H A N G R Y. 

After leaving the grocery store empty handed, and not wanting to venture out to Whole Foods, I decided I would give it a go on my own.  

I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing these turned out on my first try.  They were a hit with my kids and the husband too, who sometimes thinks my healthy sweets are not as good as the real thing.   My kids called them "cookies" and I just went with it.

I love having healthy snacks around the house for the kids obviously but also for myself when I am having sugar cravings and feel like I just might smash down an entire bag of my sons animal crackers. 

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These are absurdly simple, no bake required and have only 5 ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. 

Sunflower seeds and dark chocolate boost the nutritional value of these little granola bars and give them a deliciously chewy texture with just the right amount of crunch. They are packed with a little sweetness, fiber and some great sources of protein and fats.

So what are you waiting for? Go make these bars ASAP.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic gluten free oats, I use these

  • 1/3 + 1 tsp cup organic agave (can substitute with maple syrup)

  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

  • 3 tablespoons almond butter/peanut butter, this is my favorite brand

  • 1/3 cup organic sunflower seeds

  • pinch of sea salt

Method

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor, pulse until semi-smooth texture but don’t mash it completely, still leave some seeds and chips intact.

  3. Place the ingredients into parchment paper, mash it down with your fingers until you form an even layer.

  4. Cover & freeze for 4-5 hours.

    5. Cut and serve.