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Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Rice Cakes

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Rice Cakes

Hi Friends! It has been a very long time since I have posted anything new on this blog and I apologize for the silence. Our family had quite the summer due to a lost pregnancy followed by a scary accident in the kitchen. Needless to say, I will never be creating or cutting an ice cream cake ever again. In fact, I am pretty sure that I will never be allowed to touch anything sharper than a butter knife in the near future.

And I am perfectly okay with that.

As long as I am permitted to operate my vitamix, life will go on.

Luckily, one of our favorite snacks doesn’t require anything sharper than a butter knife… and it is super easy to make. My six-year-old has claimed bragging rights to this snack because his creations always taste better than mine. And that my friends, is motherhood victory at it’s very best.

So, let’s get cooking!

 

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Rice Cakes

Ingredients:

  • Rice cakes (organic when possible)
  • Almond butter
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon

Slice banana into thin round wedges and set aside.  Carefully spread a thick layer of almond butter on top of a rice cake.  Top with bananas and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.  Rice cakes never tastes so good.

 

Vegan Strawberry Apple Butter

Vegan Strawberry Apple Butter

Life is always worth celebrating… especially when jars of strawberry-apple butter are in the refrigerator.

 

vegan applebutter with strawberries

 

Strawberry Apple Butter

12 medium apples, unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
4-5 cups washed and pureed strawberries
1 tsp. liquid stevia

Toss apples, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, strawberry puree, and stevia into an oversized crock pot.  Bake on medium to high heat (for approximately four hours) until apples are soft.  Transfer apples and strawberries in small batches into a blender or vitamix.  Blend until smooth.  Store jam in the freezer or refrigerator in mason jars or specific freezer containers.  Tip:  Leave 4-6 inches of air space at the top of containers that will be placed in the freezer.

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This recipe is obviously designed for cookies, but I rarely take the time to scoop individual cookies.  Cookies are often prepared as a pie or brownie at my house… blame it on the wild three boys I am in the process of raising.  The other day I was brushing my teeth when I heard a lower pantry door clank followed by a running toddler.  I quickly dropped my toothbrush in the sink and ran to find the toddler chasing his older brothers with my kitchen mixer.

I imagine that individual cookies would be amazing with this recipe if your lifestyle permits.
As for me?  I am sticking with the cookie pie version.

 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2  teaspoon sea salt
1/2  teaspoon baking soda
1/2  cup organic butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup dark chocolate chips

 

Directions:

Combine almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.  In a second bowl, mix together melted butter, vanilla, and maplup/agave nectar.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Add chocolate chips.

Pour cookie dough into a well-greased pie pan… or form 1/2 to 1-inch balls and press onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at  350° for 12-18 minutes for a cookie pie and 7-10 minutes for cookies.
Cool and serve.

Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cashew Cream

Strawberries, Blueberries, and Cashew Cream

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Ingredients:

Strawberries – trimmed and cut into chunks.
Blueberries
Dried unsweetened coconut
1-2 handfuls raw cashews
1-2 handfuls dates
1 tsp. vanilla
1 -2 teaspoons coconut oils
water to cover cashews

Directions:

Combine strawberries, blueberries, and coconut in a bowl.  Set aside.

Combine cashews, dates, vanilla, coconut oil, and 1/4 cup water into vitamix.  Slowly turn vitamix to variable ten using the tamper to help blend if necessary.  The final consistency should be similar to yogurt – add additional water to obtain that consistancy as needed.  If you add too much, simply add additional cashews.

Place a scoop or two of cashew cream on top of a bowl filled with strawberries, blueberries, and dried coconut.  Stir and enjoy!

Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Berry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

A mixture of blueberries and strawberries
Spinach (3-4 cups)
Handful of sliced almonds
Feta cheese (vegans – omit cheese)
4 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons mustard (sugar-free)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

 

Directions:

Stir together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a dressing container.  Shake/mix until smooth.  Pour over a bed of greens with berries, feta cheese, and sliced almonds.

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