No Bake Chocolate Balls / Nut Free

I’ve been spreading myself really thin lately, due to my own stubbornness and the fact that most of the food here contains msg.  Why? I don’t know.  Even the simplest of food contains msg or you just can’t find it here, not the msg, just some food, like a really nice sunflower butter or apple butter.  Occasionally I would love a little bit of convenience just to make things a bit easier  even amazon is against me and refuse to ship some of their items here. Why amazon? Why? I love you and want to buy everything from you, why do you play me like this?

Sometimes life throws you curve balls and makes you zen it out in the kitchen, while creating a whole bunch of yummies!

It all starts with the most amazing sourdough rye bread I make for Carl’s work week, this bread is just the best and the more the sourdough starter ages the better it gets.  After that I make gluten free protein brownies that’s sugar free and just amazing, sunflower butter, occasionally peanut butter, popcorn trail mix and of course my favourite snack during the week these amazing no bake chocolate balls.

These balls are my favourite little snack,  its the fastest thing to grab while taking care of Arren.  They taste like a decadent chocolate cookie,but way healthier and you don’t even have to switch on your oven!  They’re nut free and made with simple ingredients, well I guess simple for me.  I have all these ingredients on hand all the time.  You can make these gluten free, by using gluten free oats.

Now, prepare your mouth for the best treat ever.

NO BAKE CHOCOLATE BALLS27 Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 – 5 tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder (  I usually add protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp water – optional

Directions

Add the oats to the food processor and ground until course.  Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a firm ball forms.  If its having trouble blending add a tbsp water.

When done start forming balls.  I come out with 27 balls, but  I start of small and end up getting bored and have bigger ones at the end. Refrigerate.

Sit back and enjoy these little treats.

Creamy Cauliflower Leek Soup

Before I met Carl, I never knew people could be allergic to potatoes.  It just seemed like something so obscene to be allergic to? In so many households potatoes are a staple ingredients and can be served in a plethora of  meals.  The potato is just so versatile! but from what I’ve learned from completely cutting out potato from my diet , in a stance against silly allergies and so Carl wont feel tempted and be forced to suffer the consequences of eating delicious potatoes because I’m having it ; is that potato is a sneaky little fiend that really loves to keep extra pounds on your body.  When I cut potato out of my diet I started noticing my stomach bloat going away, unwanted pounds slipping away in stubborn areas, like my face and stomach and my skin felt and looked clearer.  Cutting out potato in the long run just made me feel so much better and I’m glad I can come up with healthier alternatives now.

Its been fun coming up with potato free recipes and surprising my little potato allergy weirdo with things he can eat and that tastes just as good.  Baked potato, how about a baked sweet potato! Crisps, try some vegetable crisps instead, mashed potatoes? Lets just replace it all with Cauliflower!

Surprisingly Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for potato, its got a creamy silky texture and is neutral in taste, but the best part about cauliflower is that its just so much better for you !  Cauliflower is filled with nutrients, minerals and antioxidants that can help you fight cancer cells from forming, boost your heart and brain health, is an anti inflammatory and its high in fibre. 

This soup is really nourishing and perfect for a cold crisp evening meal, its filled with leeks and garlic that’s great for preventing colds and will aid in your bodies detoxification needs.  Keeping you healthy and strong!

CREAMY CAULIFLOWER AND LEEK SOUPserves 4 – 6 

cauliflower leek soup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower head, washed and cut into florets
  • 2 leeks, white and green parts only chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chives for garnish
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper for added heat.

Directions

In a large pot over medium – high heat add the coconut oil, leeks and garlic.  Saute until soft and wilted ( stir constantly).

Add in vegetable broth, bay leaves and cauliflower.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until the cauliflower is soft.

Discard the bay leaves.

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Let cool slightly, add coconut milk, salt and pepper and blend until smooth.  Adjust season and serve with chives.  Add more water if you desire a less thick consistency.

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Since finding out that I was pregnant I’ve been on a strict clean, healthy nutrient filled meal plan.  I had a couple of slip ups in the beginning due to my insane cravings for candy, sugar and all things nice.  I got angry at Carl, because he didn’t get me a 10 donut special that our local grocery store was having, I mean blind rage, I was so angry at him I couldn’t even look at his face, it was the most irrational anger I’ve ever experience, but yet I’m still kind of angry that he didn’t anticipate my needs.  I’ve kicked those bad habits and I’m completely focused on giving baby the best start possible, what you put in you get out has never been so true in the making a human department!  That doesn’t mean I’m restricting myself from all delicious treats.  I’ve just gotten creative and have come up with such amazing alternatives, that make me feel so good and give me the energy boost I need all day.

This healthy chocolate pudding is amazing and filled with good for you ingredients that’s amazing for pregnancy.

AVOCADO HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Amazing source of folic acid.  Folic acid plays an important role in the development of baby’s organs an intake of folic acid prevents neural defects in your baby.
  2. Prevents Anaemia.
  3. Filled with Calcium
  4. Rich in nutrients and minerals
  5. Helps with baby’s brain development.

BANANA HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Bananas are a great source of potassium, which help regulate blood pressure.
  2. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C and helps aid the absorption of Iron.

DATE HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Filled with good for you sugar and its just oh so yum.
  2. Contains Protein that helps support the growth of your baby.
  3. Filled with Fibre.  We all want a smoothly running digestive system in pregnancy.
  4. Contains Iron.  Prevents anaemia in your baby and develops a stronger immunity system.
  5. Contains Folic acid, which prevents dangerous birth defects in your baby.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PUDDINGserves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Strawberry for garnish and added deliciousness

Directions

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Place everything in a blender and puree until smooth.  Scoop everything into a small bowl and refrigerate until chilled.  Lick all your utensils clean while you wait.  Enjoy!

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Source Information Avocados, Bananas, Dates