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Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bake

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Serving Size: 1 square 

Serving per recipe: 16 

Prep time: 15 minutes          Cook time: 35 minutes         Total time: 50 minutes 

Ingredients:

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (additional butter or non stick spray optional for greasing the baking dish)

2 cups oat flour  

1 tsp. baking soda 

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon 

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. ginger 

1/2 tsp salt 

2 Eggs 

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar packed

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree 

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray the 9 inch baking dish.  In a medium  bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and ginger. In a large bowl whisk eggs,  brown sugar, butter, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract until combined. Add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix until combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix until evenly combined. 

 

Add batter to a prepared baking pan and smooth off the top. Bake approximately 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

 

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COCOA DATE ENERGY BITES

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Serving size: 2 energy bites

Servings per recipe: 10 

INGREDIENTS:

20 Dates, pitted 

2 Tbsp. quick oats 

2 tsp. cocoa powder 

2 tsp. peanut butter 

DIRECTIONS:

Place dates in a small bowl and fill with warm water to soak. While dates are soaking add oats and cocoa powder and pulse to combine then place in a bowl. After dates soak for ~10 minutes drain and place in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Remove dates from food processor and place in a bowl. Add peanut butter to dates and combine. Then slowly add oat cocoa mixture (depending on size of dates you might not need to use all the cocoa oat mixture) until the ingredients stick well together but are not getting stuck to your fingers. Roll into small bite sized balls. Store in tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy.

 

Dairy free Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Bites

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These gluten free, diary free chocolate peanut butter fudge bites are the perfect dessert for any party!

Serving size: 1 bite 

Servings per recipe: 24  

Total Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes + 60 minutes in freezer time

Ingredients:

1 1/2  cups Diary free chocolate chips (can also be prepared with traditional chocolate chips)

1 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: 

Line a loaf pan (something you would use for baking bread such as a 9x3 inch pan) with foil. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Place the peanut butter and chocolate chip mixture in the microwave and heat for 20 seconds then stir. Repeat this process of heating for 20 seconds followed by stirring until peanut butter and chocolate are melted and well combined. Once removed from microwave stir in vanilla extract and combine well. Pour into  the foil lined loaf pan and gently shake to even out the top. Cover with foil then place in freezer for ~ 60 minutes to hardened. Remove from freezer and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

* For long term storage wrap in foil and place in freezer plastic bag for up to 2 months*

 

 These gluten free, diary free peanut butter chocolate bites are the perfect last minute gift for anyone on your list!

These gluten free, diary free peanut butter chocolate bites are the perfect last minute gift for anyone on your list!

Pumpkin Chocolate Granola

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 Gluten free pumpkin granola filled with pumpkin seeds, mini chocolate chips, dried cherries, and chopped walnuts. 

Gluten free pumpkin granola filled with pumpkin seeds, mini chocolate chips, dried cherries, and chopped walnuts. 

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per recipe:  12 servings (1/2 cup servings) - Prepares 6 cups total

Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 40 minutes + 30 minutes cooling

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes   

Ingredients:

4 cups gluten free oats

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup vegetable oil 

1/2 cup pure maple syrup 

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup dried cherries

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 

1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

 

 Spread the granola in a single layer on your parchment covered baking sheet. 

Spread the granola in a single layer on your parchment covered baking sheet. 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl combine the pumpkin and cinnamon and mix together. Then add the vegetable oil, maple syrup, and vanilla to the pumpkin.  Combine and set aside.  Add oats to a large bowl, then mix in the wet ingredients.  Spread the oats in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes then remove from oven and flip oats over to cook on the opposite side. Return to oven and cook for another 20 minutes or until the oats start to harden. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding additional ingredients. Add dried cherries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container and Enjoy! 

** Feel free to exchange the add in's to the base granola. Great options include raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, hazelnuts, almond slivers, chopped nuts, or macadamia nuts**  

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You might not want to share, but this recipe makes for a perfect homemade gift for friends, family, or coworkers! 

Pumpkin Date Bites

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Serving size: 1 Square 

Servings per recipe: 25 squares 

Prep time: 15 minutes + 1 hour refrigeration before serving

Ingredients:

18 pitted dates 

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds 

Directions:

Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with warm water to soften the dates. Allow to soak for ~ 10-15 minutes. Drain the dates and dry gently with towel or paper towel. While the date is soaking measure out the pumpkin seeds and place in food processor and process until finely chopped. Place in a bowl. Once the dates are soften place them in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the dates to the bowl of pumpkin seeds and press together with your fingers. Transfer the combined dates and pumpkin seeds to a sheet of parchment or wax paper and flatten to an evenly textured square. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Remove and cut into 5 rows with 5 columns or other desired size. Tightly wrap squares individually with plastic wrap. Store squares in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

Double Dark Chocolate Cake

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 This mouth water homemade chocolate cake uses applesauce for sweetness to minimize the need for added sugar. 

This mouth water homemade chocolate cake uses applesauce for sweetness to minimize the need for added sugar. 

Serving size: 

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/4 cup Almond flour 

1 tsp. baking soda 

1/4 cup cocoa powder 

1/2 cup brown sugar 

1/4 tsp. salt 

1/4 cup applesauce 

1 Egg 

2 tbsp. butter 

1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the dry ingredients- flour, almond flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt.  In a separate bowl combine applesauce, softened butter, and egg. Add wet ingredients to dry and combine. Last lightly mix in the chocolate chips. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

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Prep time: 10 minutes 

Total cook time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 12 (1/2 cup servings)

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed 

3/4 cup sugar 

1 cup 2% milk 

2 cups heavy cream 

2 tsp. vanilla extract 

In a blender or magic bullet puree the strawberries then set aside. In a bowl combine sugar, milk, cream, and vanilla extract. Then add the strawberry puree and mix gently. Add the mixture to your frozen ice cream maker bowl. Turn machine on and let mix until ice cream is thick, ~ 30 minutes (although times may vary based on ice cream machine used). Best if served immediately or stored frozen in a sealed container. 

 

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Crispy Treats

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 High Protein Peanut butter Recipe Crispy Treats 

High Protein Peanut butter Recipe Crispy Treats 

Serving per recipe: 12 

Total preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups Rice cereal

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

4 tbsp. butter

In a sauce pan melt butter. Add honey and peanut butter to melted butter and stir to combine. In a separate bowl combine rice cereal and protein powder and mix. Pour peanut butter mixture over the rice cereal and combine well. Transfer to greased 13 x9 inch pan and push firmly down evenly across the pan. Allow to cool and slice to make 12 treats! 

Double chocolate Gluten Free Cookies

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Serving Size: 2 cookies

Servings per recipe: 10 for a total of 20 cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free oats 

1/4 cup cocao powder

1/4 tsp. salt 

2 tbsp. butter, softened

2 medium bananas, smashed 

1 Egg 

2/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (aim for a chocolate with greater than 60% cocoa)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease with butter or spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl combine oats, cocao powder, and salt. In a separate bowl combine smashed bananas, soften butter, and egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together well. Lightly add in the chocolate chips. Form into cookie balls and flatten to desired cookie size (they will not rise). Bake for 10 minutes.  

Strawberry Cherry Granita

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 This strawberry cherry frozen granita is the perfect fancy dessert to cool you off this summer. 

This strawberry cherry frozen granita is the perfect fancy dessert to cool you off this summer. 

Servings: 6  servings

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes (with freezing)

Ingredients:

2 cups strawberries, halved and stems removed

2/3 cup cherries, seed removed 

1/3 cup 100% Pomegranate juice 

1 cup water 

1/3 cup sugar 

Juice of 1 lemon

Directions: 

In a small pot add water and heat over medium heat. Next add the sugar to the water. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved (we will call it our version of a simple syrup). Remove from heat and allow to cool. While cooling add strawberries and cherries to blender and puree. Once the simple syrup is cooled add it along with the lemon juice and pomegranate juice to the strawberries and cherries. Blend together then pour mixture into a 13 x9 inch pan and place in freezer. Ever 30 minutes mix the puree as it begins freezing. Once completely frozen (~ 3-4 hours) you are ready to prepare to serve. Using a fork scrap off clusters for a delicious dessert or snack! 

* To save time while simple syrup is cooling remove stems from strawberries and seeds from cherries*

This frozen treat is the perfect way to combat the summer heat. Love to use seasonal fruit in recipe and summer seasonal fruits are some of my favorites. This recipe is packed strawberries, cherries, and pomegranate juice to pack an antioxidant punch while enjoying a treat that will cool you off!  

 

 

Tropical Mango Banana Ice Cream

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 Tropical Mango Banana "Nice cream"  

Tropical Mango Banana "Nice cream"  

Prep and prepare time: 5 minutes

Serving size: 1

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen ripe banana slices

1/2 Mango cubed (~1/4 cup)

2-3 tbsp. milk (coconut milk, cows milk, almond or soy milk all taste great).  

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Place banana slices, mango, vanilla, and 2 tbsp. milk into blend until reaches the consistency of ice cream. If needed add the additional tablespoon of milk. 

 

Chocolate Espresso "Nice cream"

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 Chocolate Espresso Banana "nice cream" 

Chocolate Espresso Banana "nice cream" 

Prep time and cook time: 5 minutes

Serving size: 1

Ingredients:

3/4 cup frozen ripe sliced banana

3/4 tsp. cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. Espresso instant coffee

3 tbsp. milk or diary free alternative

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and blend until reaching the consistency of ice cream. Best served immediately. Enjoy!