Sweet Treats

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Decadent Dates- stuffed with Organic SunButter and naturally sweet, raw, healthy, Top 8 free and decadently delicious

A group of my friends are doing a month long challenge, incorporating both food & fitness.  Each have 3 daily goals to hit every day related to food while the fitness side of it is basically getting their bottoms to the gym at least 5 days a week.  It was fun to hear all their goals and how varied they were, however there were a few consistent themes.....

  • No sugar/sweets/desserts, etc.
  • No wine, alcohol or sodas.
  • No fast food, fried food, packaged food.
  • Less coffee (notice how I just said "less").
  • More water.

What I love about this is that it simply cuts out all the crap food and allows their bodies to focus on nutrient rich, whole, real food.

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Salty, buttery, chocolatey…….need I say more?

I guess it wouldn’t be a fun read if I just ended there, but here’s the thing, these treats just don’t need a whole lot of talking about.  Their deliciousness really speaks for itself.

All my kids need to say is "can you make those cracker things" and I know exactly what they are asking for. 

Berry Popsicles

Every time I walk through the frozen section of the grocery store, I catch a glimpse of the Popsicles and quickly re-live a moment in my childhood.  I use to love, love, love Popsicles.  It could be simplest of them all, you know the ones, liquid filled in a clear plastic tube only to be frozen until ready to have the top cut off.  Then there were those fun superhero ones, with multiple colors, flavors and shapes that looked like rockets most of the time.  Oh, and then there was those push-pops! My mom didn’t buy those often but when she did, oh my goodness!  

It must be a kid thing, because my kids love Popsicles too.  We couldn’t really eat ice cream due to my son’s dairy (among other) allergies, so frozen fruit treats were the way to go.  Occasionally, I’d let them indulge in some sugary ones, but most of the time, the ones made from real fruit juice filled my freezer. Have you seen how expensive those are though? I can understand why,  100% organic berries and natural sweeteners would be more pricey than fruit flavored sugar-water.

So, I started making my own, and I'm going to show how to make your own Popsicles, using only 4 ingredients. Of course you can always buy them, pre made,  but making them at home will save you money, let you create your own flavor combinations and provide your family with a treat that is actually good for them.

One of the things that I love about allergy-free baking is the challenge. I enjoy taking a recipe that is known and loved and turn it into a treat that my son, and others that share his allergies can have. I also love being able to hear my friends rave over something and then hear their shock when I tell them it's vegan. Like Vegan Oreo Truffles. Did you notice in the title it says "Oreos"?  Did you know they are vegan, which means they are free of dairy and eggs as well as any other animal products. Now don't mistake vegan for healthy, however, it won’t kill my kid, and so in that terms, it’s healthy enough.  (I used regular Oreos, but read the labels, because some DO contain milk and may be in a facility that also produces peanut products). Oreo Truffles go back a long time; I couldn't even tell you where it originated from or who gets credit for the original recipe. You may have seen them served on a platter at a party or may have even tasted one (or 3) before. Basically, its crushed Oreos, mixed with cream cheese then coated in chocolate or candy coating. Tastes amazing, but absolutely NOT what you want to hand anyone with food allergies or certain restrictions. Here’s where I come in, making this something you now CAN eat.

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It's funny how much we like to categorize things and put it in a neat little box, unfortunately, it just doesn't really work that way.  Most things are more complicated than that.

Take diets for instance. There are over a 100 different dietary theories (many piggy-backing off of another) which I studied for my health degree. What I learned from this was that there is not a 1-size-fits all.  Kinda like how every girl hoped they could fit into Cinderella's glass slipper and yet, it was made ONLY for her!

I know what your thinking, "what does this have to do with Pie Crust?".  Well let me tell you!

Chocolate Sunbutter Crisp Pops

This winter, we took the kids to see the movie Creed and it's been non-stop, all things Rocky since then. We have all watched & re-watched, every single movie over the past 2 months and even now, I’m sitting here with my daughter, watching as Rocky admits to Adrian that he is afraid to fight & lose everything shortly after Mickey's death. As always, Adrian ends up encouraging him, telling him that she believes in him which leads to a more intensely driven training sequence. Enter “eye of the tiger”……..

This is seriously such a great movie series (Rocky V included)!  

Do you know what else is seriously good?  Nestle Crunch candy bars, or at least they use to one of my favorites when I was younger.  Something about the sweet chocolate with crispy rice in each bite, had me running to the corner store to spend what little money I had as a kid.

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Poor little muffins,,,,,. They're never invited to be the star at a birthday party or baby shower, they don't get all the beautiful frosting and decorations and most of the time, they are just wrapped up or boxed up only to be consumed as a quick and easy breakfast option.

I'll admit, I don't like very many store bought muffins.  They are too dry, too fake tasting, too sticky, too sugary, too boring, too whatever.  So I totally get why cupcakes are favored, however, what if there was a muffin that was soft & fluffy like a cupcake, rich & chocolatey like a cupcake, but healthy enough for breakfast and indulgent enough for dessert?  Well, there is!

Toasted Oat & Yogurt Bowl

I'm going to take you back for a moment (some of us a little farther back) to remember your childhood and what your mother or father would tell you about breakfast.  They probably said that it was the most important part of the day, right?  And,,,, more than likely, we tell our kids the exact same thing, but do we actually "eat" what we "preach"?

Breakfast is designed to supply a third of the macro and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch.  It prevents growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.

So what are you eating each morning to prevent those things from happening? A cup of coffee gulped down on the go? A sugary donut or muffin eaten at your desk? Nothing at all?

Your body deserves so much better than that, and so do you!

Sunbutter Surprise Cupcakes

 

Heaven is only a bite away!  Dark cacao & espresso cupcakes would be pretty amazing on its own, but then your reach the surprise in the middle which is a bite of Sunbutter, and your mouth will thank you.

I feel silly even bragging about these since most food bloggers share the recipes they are proud of, however, when my husband tells me that I never have to make another cupcake ever again, then I know I created a winner.

This cupcake actually started as a muffin for Xander.  Each week, I make for him a batch of baked goods, consisting of 2 eggs which he is required to eat for his oral desensitization.  The goal was to make these less sweet, without icing, include the superfood, cacao in place of cocoa, and keep away from vegetable oils.  Our Xman was thrilled to eat his "medicine", but I still wanted an eggless version.  So I turned these dark chocolate beauties into a Vegan treat by substituting Neat eggs in place of  free-range brown eggs and you would never tell the difference.