Month: April 2014

Almond-Chocolate-Coconut Bark

Hey y’all!

So sorry for the delay! I’ve been having some blog issues but fear not,  I’ve got an amazing recipe to make up for it!

Today I have a recipe for Almond-Chocolate-Coconut Bark. It is absolutely amazing. This recipe requires literally 4 ingredients and takes all of 30 minutes max.  I know I have discovered my sweet tooth throughout this journey and leading a gluten-free lifestyle so sometimes it’s nice to just be able to eat something that doesn’t taste healthy, you know?

With that being said:

 

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INGREDIENTS:

– 1 cup Coconut Oil

– 2 bags of dark chocolate chips

– 2 handfuls of coconut (or more if you prefer more, it’s all up to you)

– 1/2 cup of slivered almonds

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PROCESS:

 

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– Melt the dark chocolate chips, you can use a double broiler or the microwave. I always microwave just for times sake. Be sure not to burn your chocolate

– Mix in melted coconut oil

– Add coconut and almonds- The amount is all up to you. I am not  a huge fan of almonds, not to mention allergic, so I tend to not add as much as I do coconut.

– Pour in pan lined with parchment paper

-Freeze for 15-20 minutes

– Break up into pieces and enjoy!

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I made this recipe for my best friend’s art show and it was a huge hit. The longer you freeze the mixture the better. The chocolate tends to melt a little quickly in your hands just because of the coconut oil but hopefully it wont last long enough to have a chance to melt.

I hope you guys enjoy the coconut bark!

With love,

Rae Ann

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Video Podcast: How To Make Almond Meal

Making your own almond meal is easy as one, two, three! Grab your food processor, your almonds, and an airtight container for storage. Mason jars work great, but plastic containers and zip-locks can work too. You can purchase raw, blanch or un-blanched almonds at your local health food store. These are not salted or roasted. Blanched almonds are almonds that have been soaked and removed of their skin. This choice is merely out of preference, but I believe the skin holds nutrients, so I prefer un-blanched almonds.

Below you will find some of my favorite recipes using gluten free, grain free, high protein almond meal. This ingredient is heart healthy and delicious!

There is a considerable difference between almond meal and almond flour, so don’t get the two confused! They will yield a completely different product if you use almond meal for a recipe that calls for almond flour. Almond meal serves as a versatile coating for chicken, fish, casserole toppings, or granola-like toppings for fruit.

Almond flour is great for desserts, entrees, or desserts. Almond flour is not to be confused with almond meal, which contains whole, ground almonds that still have the skin on them. Almond meal, or almond flour that is not blanched, will not work for almond flour recipes.

Check out this article to discern the difference between almond meal and almond flour.

Almond meal is a perfect alternative:

  • high protein
  • low carb
  • gluten/grain free
  • heart healthy

Check out these almond flour and almond meal recipes!

Almond meal recipes:

Almond Paste

5 Ways to use Almond Meal

Almond flour recipes:

Almond Flour Pancakes

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

10 Great Almond Flour Recipes

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Paleo certified chocolate chip cookies are nothing short of delicious and satisfying!

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup palm shortening
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks
  1. Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a food processor
  2. Pulse in shortening, honey and vanilla until dough forms
  3. Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  4. Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls of dough down gently
  6. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve

Makes 18 cookies

Note: If your dough is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons more honey

Almond Flour Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast?

Start your morning off right with this recipe. The possibilities are endless: top with fresh fruit, your favorite nut or seed butter, or Grade B maple syrup.

Yields 18 pancakes

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • coconut oil for cooking
  1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, water, vanilla and honey
  2. Add almond flour, salt and baking soda and mix until thoroughly combined
  3. Heat coconut oil on skillet over medium low to medium heat
  4. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of batter at a time onto the skillet
  5. Pancakes will form little bubbles, when bubbles open, flip pancakes over and cook other side
  6. Remove from heat to a plate
  7. Repeat process with remaining batter, add more oil to skillet as needed

See Elana’s Pantry for her library of gluten free, dairy free recipes.

Behold: The Greatness of Brown Rice Four

Hey guys! Peyton again!

Today I’m going to do a continuation of my podcast from last week and explain another part of my diet that keeps me going during athletic season.

As I’ve mentioned before, yeast-free living is a high protein diet, but that in no way means that I have completely given up carbs. That would be impossible, considering that I sometimes spend up to six hours a day on an athletic field. I often need something to keep me going, and a product I lean heavily upon is Brown Rice Flour.

Made out of natural, organic brown rice, Brown Rice Flour serves as a healthy substitute for white flour in many of my recipes. Although it does contain yeast, this product falls into the category of “Beyond Yeast-free” living: something that is allowed from time-to-time when living yeast-free.

Brown Rice Flour fits into my lifestyle because of its numerous health benefits:

  • Naturally gluten-free and high in protein, iron, fiber, and vitamin B
  • High in manganese which helps develop cartilage and bones properly
  • Helps the body absorb calcium
  • Supplies 20% of the recommended amount of magnesium, phosphorus, and copper
  • Contains 9% of the daily recommended amount of iron for women

Even with its health benefits, Brown Rice Flour should be used sparingly. In order to stay true to my body and lifestyle, I only consume Brown Rice Flour right before an athletic activity. It is the perfect product for keeping me going at my highest level of performance.

I’d like to rap-up my post today with a link to this awesome Brown Rice Flour Biscuit recipe that I make all the time, courtesy of Simply Gluten Free, found here. I usually eat them by themselves, but they can also be used to make a healthier version of a chicken and biscuit breakfast sandwich!

Enjoy! And have a great rest of the week!

Coconut oil: 10 different ways to use

We are happy to offer information to add value to your life. There is so much information out there and we hope that we offer information that fits your interests. Check out our posts that are all about almonds, coconuts, and dark chocolate. You don’t want to miss out on some of the most beautiful things in life.

Coconut is the talk of all generations, male or female. With its ability to lower cholesterol, aid digestion, rev your metabolism, slow aging, and curb cravings, coconut is the cure-all that should become a staple item in your household.  This versatile product is not just for your diet, but your skin, hair, and other helpful tricks.

Here are ten things you can start doing with coconut oil today!

1. On Toast Instead of Butter – Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.

2. Makeup Remover – Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!

3. Homemade Deodorant – You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.

4.  Sunburn Care – A great moisturizer to use after you’ve gotten a bit too much sun.

5. Tanning Oil – Put in a spray bottle, spray on to keep skin moisturized.

6. Cheekbone Highlighter – Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.

7. Defrizzer of Split Ends – Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.
8. Metabolism Booster – 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.
9. For Your Owie – Although you may not be ready to give up your Neosporin, coconut oil can even be used as a topical protector for wounds, shielding them with a thin chemical layer from outside contaminants. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.
10. Breath Freshener: Coconut oil has anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (aka oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums.
Swanson talks of even more uses for Coconut in their article, 50 Ways to Use Coconut.
Look for more information on how to use coconut in baking, cooking, health, and beauty in our upcoming posts!

Baking with Coconut Flour

Hey y’all!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday!

Today I have a podcast for you guys. I am going to tell you all about one of my favorite things: COCONUT FLOUR!

I hope you enjoy this information!

I’ll be following up with some recipes so that you can use your new found love for coconut flour!

You can find the podcast here!

 

With coconut flour Love,

Rae Ann

Yeast-Free Protein Balls

Happy Wednesday! Peyton here!

I have two things for y’all today:

  1. A podcast about my transition to yeast-free living as a college athlete, found here.
  2. This amazing recipe for Yeast-Free Protein Balls– my own twist on Hotze’s popular snack!

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

MAKES: 15 Balls

SERVING SIZE: 1 Ball

NUTRITION FACTS: 123 calories, 8.2 g fat, 6.5 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 1 g sugar

Needed:

  • 1 medium sized Tupperware container
  • 1 sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 spoon or spatula
  • 1/2 cup measuring cup

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of organic nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 scoops of sugar-free protein powder (I use Jay Robb Vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-replacement product (I recommend Xylitol or Erythritol)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or coconut oil

Directions: 

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1. Place the nut butter, oatmeal, protein powder, and vanilla extract together in the mixing bowl. Stir until sufficiently combined.

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2. On Wax paper, spread out the sugar replacement (I used Erythritol) and cinnamon.

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3. Using your hands, scoop up an handful of the mixture, rolling it between your palms to make half-dollar sized balls. One at a time, roll each ball in the Erythritol and cinnamon until the ball is completely coated.

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4. Once coated, place each ball in the Tupperware container. When finished, place the Tupperware container in the refrigerator. After 10 minutes, enjoy!

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