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To share tasty, nutrient dense Gluten Free recipes, fitness & wellness tips and best prices for GF ingredients & healthy products in my locale.


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Healthy Balls !

Healthy Balls

Healthy Balls rolled in toasted Coconut

Whose Balls are Better ?!

6 Pack Abs guy, Mike Geary,  referred his readers to Healthy Cookie Dough Balls by Danette May then he came up with a new and improved version, Healthy Balls !   Just reach into the freezer for a chocolatey, chewy treat to tide you over. Mike claims there’s enough to last you a week, NOT !

My Healthy Balls PDF includes theses substitutions:  Kaizen grass-fed chocolate stevia sweetened protein powder, Carob Powder, Hemp Hearts and toasted Coconut.

 

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Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

This Chocolate Pumpkin Tart can be enjoyed any time, not just at Halloween.  Simply press in the crust, bake it, fill it, chill it and dig in.  I didn’t bother decorating the top with a spider web but here’s the original recipe link complete with how-to pictures.  Click here for just the tabular recipe PDF.


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Flax Breakfast Bars

I bought my GF sister some flourless cookies from the Red Square Bakery.     She liked the “Honey I Cheated On You” cookies so much, she knocked it off.

Flax Breakfast Bars has her original recipe plus a few of my healthifying substitutions.

Warning:  Due to rapid, end results…be close to “the facilities”.


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Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies

Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies are a Winner !  Hubby asked, “what did you put in the frosting to make it taste like REAL frosting ?!”  Short answer: Coconut Milk, Cocoa and Lakanto. You chill 2 cans of Full fat Coconut Milk and scoop up the healthy fat solids that rise to the top.  Whip the rich fat with Cocoa and Lakanto, a natural Monk Fruit sweetener. I used the Monk Fruit-Erythritol blend found at the Bulk Barn.

I reduced the suggested baking time from 12-15 to 10-12 minutes.  In my haste, I accidentally put ground Himalayan Sea Salt in the brownie.  Its supposed to be sprinkled on top, but it still turned out great.

My Caramel drizzle didn’t look too appetizing so I put shaved Dark Chocolate all over the top of the Brownie.  What’s a few extra calories at this point, right ?

Note:  Next time I may reduce the Maple Syrup in half by adding 1/4 Cup Lakanto or  1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.


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Pumpkin Crumble Cake

Almond and Coconut Flour gives this Pumpkin Crumble Cake a nice light crumb.  Before I could take a picture, Hubby & I devoured half of it…ignoring the suggestions that it serves 8-10 and that we should let it cool first before slicing !  I used homemade Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon, Ginger and fresh grated Nutmeg; reduced the Sugar by 1/4 Cup by using 1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.


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Seed Lover’s Granola Bars

As a kid, I loved gooey Rice Krispie Squares !

Seed Lover's Granola Bar in silicone 8x8 pan

Seed Lover’s Granola Bar in silicone 8×8 pan

I adapted this recipe from the Alive magazine.

Well it’s not low fat or low cal but this bar is nutrient dense with 9 grams of Protein and rich in Magnesium.  All you need are Nut Butters, Puffed Millet and a variety of  Seeds.  They’re so addicting, I have to put them in the garage freezer for future lunch box rations.

All the ingredients for  SeedLoversGranolaBars may be found at  Bulk Barn or the bulk & natural food section at your local grocer.  If you don’t have Tahini, use Almond Butter & Peanut Butter.  If you don’t have natural Nut Butter, reduce the Honey.  If you find the Chocolate Chips & Raisins too sweet, try Chocolate Nibs and Frozen Cranberries.


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Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

 

Pumpkin is one of those comfort foods that you love to eat around Thanksgiving and Christmas.   This Pumpkin Custard is good warm or cold.  We prefer it cold any time of the year !

Usually Pumpkin is paired with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon.  This recipe caught my eye as the main focus is Coconut Milk and Maple Syrup in addition to the usual spices.  It’s a lighter custard unlike the heavier versions used for Pumpkin Pie filling.

This Pumpkin Custard recipe is easy to make too.  Whisk it by hand or combine in a blender.  To reduce the calories without sacrificing sweetness, you can use Green Stevia to enhance the Maple Syrup.   For some reason our family doesn’t like Nutmeg, so we substitute with Allspice.

RANT:  Save the Pumpkins !  Be a Pumpkin Beggar.   It’s such a shame to see people pay for fresh produce, chuck it in the Bin, then pay again for a canned product.    DIY !   I cut away the candle drippings, wash the rind & chop up my Halloween Pumpkin to fit into a large roasting pan.  Pumpkins are 90% liquid.  If you add any water, serve with a ladle!  Bake at 350 for an hour, then food process in batches. I freeze 1 cup portions in zip lock bags.  Usually around 10 cups.  I’ve used it for pies but some experts say you should use denser, smoother canned pumpkin for that purpose.  Read more…