Double Nut and Seed Moist Peanut Butter Cookies

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I am addicted to two things and two things only: peanut butter and Game of Thrones. Enjoying these two simultaneously makes for one fantastic day. Hunky-fit has been trying to convince me to watch this show since it aired over three years ago. All it took was one scene showing a man with a blade through his neck and I was out of the room faster than you can say, “When the hell is Joffrey going to die already?”

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I am going to say this and I am only going to say it once. So pay attention. He. Was. Right. Excuse me while I go rinse the smell of defeat off me. Having only four weeks left until I graduate, I have been cramming day and night: cramming as many Game of Throne episodes into my day as I possibly can. I had a midterm this past Tuesday. Instead of studying, I enjoyed yet another episode of GOT. I knew my grade was going to suffer but I threw my GPA concerns to the wind and indulged.

The midterm was to be taken online during class and we would receive our scores immediately after submitting. I  prayed to the seven gods, (A little GOT humor) crossed my fingers and hit the submit button. 79%. Not too shabby for major loafing. Pleased with my mediocre -deserve what I was getting grade- I exited the classroom to indulge myself in a little conversation with hunky-fit. As I was walking passed the other students still testing I noticed one in particular. The student in question had been using the PowerPoint’s from lecture to search for the correct answers while taking the test. The nerve of that bitch!Joffrey would behead her for such an offense I am sure!  When I got to the door, I turned around before I opened it and looked back at her. She raised her eyes from her computer and looked up at me. She knew that I knew.

Our lives consist of neatly (or not so neatly) stacked blocks made from every choice good or bad that we have ever made. We can place strong stones made of integrity and good choices or weak stones made of deceit and poor choices. I know she was wondering if I was going to tattle to the teacher. The thing about weak foundations is they tend to crumble under their own weight. I will take my 79% and keep my integrity. I do not know if she will take a lap around the karma track for that indiscretion, but it is not my place to judge, nor is it my place to send her to the track.

While she stresses about whether her secret will come out, I will be at home watching Game of Thrones ,munching on delicious double nut and seed peanut butter cookies, C and all.

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These are not your typical dry peanut butter cookies. These are the most moist, gooey and chewy delicious, wholesome goodness , rich in peanut butter cookies you have ever sank your look at me I’m a carnivore because I have small canine teeth into.

Just a note. I added Buckwheat to this recipe. Buckwheat is actually a seed, not a grain!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup date crystals
  • 1/4 cup uncooked buckwheat
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup salted creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup agave or organic maple syrup

Directions: 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a high-powered blender or food processor add 2 cups raw almonds, 1 cup date crystals, 1/4 cup buckwheat, 1/4 cup quinoa flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Blend into a fine flour.
  • Pour into mixing bowl and add peanut butter, agave, and water. Mix to combine.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon cookie batter into palm and roll into a ball. Repeat 14 times. With the back of a fork press down cookies. Cook for 17 minutes on top rack.

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Vegan. Unprocessed. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Glaze

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I have a confession to make. I’ve never actually had red velvet cupcakes of any kind. Am I promising a close match to an original? Heck no. Am I promising deliciousness topped with gooey deliciousness and hefty dose of guilt free snacking? Yes, Yes and Yes!

These smooth and melt in your mouth moist cupcakes are flour free, dye free, smashed bug free, and refined sugar-free. Talk about a score! Most red food dyes contain cochineal, carmine, or carminic acid. If you want eye-popping vibrant red these food dyes will do the trick.  Is it worth the price of admission? You tell me. These ingredients are fancy names for the process of crushing dead insects (remember the starbucks falling out over the use of these little critters?) and boiling them until congealed. Oh boy! It has also been reported that the bug-based coloring can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, including potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reactions! Can I get a class of soy milk with my anaphylactic shock please?

Ditch the bugs and embrace the beets!

  • Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. Sex and cupcakes? Sign me up Scotty!
  • Beets are high in many vitamins and are considered a body cleanser. Body cleansing cupcakes? Not quite, but sounds good!
  • Beets are rich in vitamin C!

I absolutely loved and adored these tasty yummies. It is something I have been considering making but just haven’t had the time. With six weeks left until I graduate I promise to be back full time with healthy and unprocessed recipes!

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Ingredients for cupcakes: Makes 8!

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw beet
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup date sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave (or maple)
  • 1/8 cup (you can use up to 1/4 if you LOVE chocolate) plus 2 tsp cocoa
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions for Cupcakes (Heat oven to 350 degrees)

  • In a high-powered blender or food processor, blend almonds into a fine flour ( I leave mine a bit course for slower glucose release)
  • Add to mixing bowl with date sugar and baking powder. Mix well.
  • To the blender add 1/2 cup (small diced) raw red beets. Add 1/2 cup water. This needs to be blended until liquid form.I use a vitamix to really get it almost to a juice consistency.
  • Add the apple juice concentrate and  lemon and give it a few pulses.  Pour over dry mix.
  • Add the agave, cocoa and soy milk and mix well.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews soaked at least 8 hours in 2 cups water
  • 1/4 agave plus 3 tsp.
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp. melted coconut oil (for oil free glaze use less soy milk)

Directions cream cheese glaze:

  • Soak cashews for at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse. Add to high-powered blender with agave, lemon juice, soy milk and coconut oil. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Refrigerate over night. Pour over delicious red velvet cupcakes.

Please note, this is more of a cheesecake or cream cheese type frosting. If you want a sweet cream omit the lemon and add 1/2 cup agave (or maple) and only use 1/4 cup soy milk.

Also note, cream cheese glaze needs to be kept refrigerated.

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No Leftovers: Healthy Superfood Mex Bowls

superfoodHi friends! I feel a little awkward and nervous talking to you having taken such a long break (it was two weeks! Get over it already). Here I am sheepishly calling, wanting to pick up where we left off, like nothing ever happened.

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Nothing really did happen. I just needed a break. From me. Sometimes I just need a break from myself. I have eight weeks left until I graduate from College and have been looking for a job. I found the job. I found myself. I found some sanity.

I have come to you with the most delicious of peace offerings. I mean, you just have to forgive me now. One bite and you’ll forget I ditched you and your culinary needs.  Food can heal you inside and out. Food can even heal relationships. That’s what it’s doing. Right now.

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This bowl is filled to the brim with superfood goodness. Let’s detox with cilantro and onions. Cilantro binds to metals and helps eliminate them from the body. Plus this ish tastes fabulous. Even if it wasn’t fab for detoxing I would eat it by the fork full. Diets rich in onions have been shown to protect against multiple types of cancer and also help reduce cholesterol levels and promote the healing of stomach ulcers.

Mix in the spicy oven roasted cruciferous brussels and you have yourself a tasty powerhouse dish. With over 20 essential vitamins including: vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K.  If the words Brussel Sprouts make you cringe you have been eating them all wrong. That’s right. It’s you, not them. Suck it up, try em again.

Serve over spicy spanish black bean quinoa and you’ve got a complete superfood meal. Quinoa is a seed not a grain, gluten-free gals you can and should and must eat this. Quinoa is an anti-inflammatory food, which can help reduce obesity. Quinoa is high in iron and increases brain function (That’s why people call me a smarty pants! My quinoa intake).

Top with healthy fat avocado rich in  alpha and beta-carotene which aid in immune function and improve eyesight. I have a hunky-fit husband, I need my eyesight to stay sharp for many years to come.

Lastly – top with Spicy organic sriracha. This has AWESOME benefits. The benefit is it makes the dish awesome. True story.

Pick up your fork and lets pick up where we left off, shall we?

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Ingredients:

 For the brussels:

6 cups quartered brussles

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. chipotle powder

1 tsp. ancho powder

2 tsp. organic sriracha

1 tsp. olive oil (optional)

Quinoa ingredients:

2 cups quinoa

1 small can black beans drained and rinsed

1 tsp ancho powder

1 tsp. chipotle powder

1 tsp. Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning (salt free)

1/2 white onion, diced

1 tsp. garlic granules

1 tsp. onion granules

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sriracha

For the topping

2 avocado, 1 punch cilantro and 1/2 minced onion. Sriracha.

Directions for the Quinoa:

Heat the oven to 425 for the brussels. In a large pan add a teaspoon or two of olive oil sautee onions with all seasonings. Add in quinoa and water. Cook as directed. The quinoa I use takes about 30 minutes to make. I start roasting the brussels after 20 minutes have passed with the quinoa on the stove. It will stay warm it if finishes first. Once almost all liquid is absorbed add in beans and sriracha. Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions for Brussels:

Toss quartered brussels with all ingredients into tupperware. Cover. Shake. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a 425 degree oven for 35-40 min. Give a good mix halfway through. Make sure brussels are not overlapping. If the baking sheet is overcrowded they will steam not roast.

Directions for Toppings:

Wash cilantro and chop finely.  Add to minced onions. Mix well.

Put it all together.

 

 

 

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