The Great Pumpkin Cookie

the great pumpkin cookie

The cookie! The healthy cookie!! The great, healthy pumpkin cookie!!!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole grain flour (or flour of your choice)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup light brown sugar (or sugar of your choice)-most recipes like this call for a whopping 2 cups of sugar!! I cut that way down and used some goodies below to add in a little more sweetness!

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 cup pumpkin puree (if you wanted you could use almond or peanut butter to change this from a pumpkin cookie to a nut based)

2 Flax eggs (2 tsp ground flaxseed set in 4 tsp water for 2 min) or 2 eggs

2 tsp Chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup mini choc chips

1/4 cup chopped dates

1/4 cup crasins or raisins

<<<Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees>>>

#1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon in large bowl and beat until well mixed.

#2. Add the pumpkin, vanilla extract, flax eggs and oils and beat about 2 min until dough  forms.

#3. Add the choc chips, raisins and or crasins, coconut flakes and dates (leave any of this out if you want) and blend again for 1 more min.

#4. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for approx 13 min. Let cool for 2 min then remove from sheet.

These will be almost the same consistency as a scone. They are packed with nutrients-of course!! Makes 2 dozen. Great as your carb before or after a workout, also great as your carb with breakfast with eggs and veggies…..Great with morning coffee or tea or an afternoon “treat”! Just Great all around ūüôā

Enjoy!!

A

Coconut Kale Chips

 

coconut kale chipsWell, these are fantastic! You cannot eat just one and that is totally ok and encouraged!!

What you will need:

about 1.5 cups kale leaves broken apart like in the picture

about 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp. safflower, coconut or olive oil

pinch of kosher salt

To do:

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees

Place kale on baking sheet

drizzle oil on top all over then toss around with hands to coat the kale

sprinkle coconut and salt on kale and bake for 7 to 8 min

 

They are delicious!!!

Enjoy!
A

Spiced Bran Muffins with Berries

spiced  bran muffinsNeed:

1 and a half cups of Bob’s Red Mill Raisin bran stone ground muffin mix

1 half cup of vanilla protein powder

1 egg

3/4 cups water

1 tbsp. oil

2 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tbsp. dried currants

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 handful berries-then chop them ( I used blackberries)

Mix all together then fill muffin pans and bake at 400 degrees for 13 to 15 min (make sure you put them in paper cups or spray the pan so you can remove them nicely) If you have most of these ingredients you will be good but the coconut and currants are definitely optional!! A mix of berries would be great too! These are a lower carb option at about 20 g of carbs each! Enjoy!

A

spiced bran muff

 

 

 

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pineapple & Coconut Almond Chicken Tenders

Baked sweet potatoes with pineapple and coconut almond chicken tendersBaked Sweet Potatoes

2 large yams or sweet potatoes-peeled and sliced or cubed

8 oz chopped pineapple

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tbsp butter

1/3 c orange juice

Toss together in baking dish and bake covered in 385 degree oven for 45 to 55 min (yes, it’s that easy!)

Coconut Almond Chicken

Take 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut almond milk and whisk together with 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt in a shallow dish and set aside. In another shallow dish take 1/4 c millet flour, flaxseed meal or almond meal and mix together with 1/2 c panko or whole grain bread crumbs, 1/2 c unsweetened coconut flakes and 1/4 c finely chopped almonds.

Take 1.5 lbs chicken or turkey breast and cut into tenders. Dip each tender in the milk/yogurt and then in the flour/coconut/breadcrumb mix.

Place on baking sheet and bake at 385 for 35 to 40 min flipping over halfway through.

***FIT Tip***chose your ingredients wisely- Millet flour vs white flour, unsweetened coconut vs. sweetened, Greek yogurt vs. regular yogurt. Better ingredients=a better you!!!

Choose better ingredients!!!!
Choose better ingredients!!!!

 

 

Coconut, currants and chocolate granola

choc coconut and currant granola

Ingredients:

6 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cup combined chopped and silvered plain almonds

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup cinnamon

Combine above ingredients and bake into 3 batches on cookie sheet at 350 for 20 min-giving it a shake halfway through

When you take pan out of the oven drizzle 1 tbsp of pure honey over baked mixture and let cool.

Let cool for 10 min then add 1/3 c dried black currants, 1 heaping tbsp of the coconut flakes¬†and 1/4 c mini choc chips to each “batch”.

Store in tight container in fridge. 1 serving is 1/4 cup which makes about 40 servings. My rule with granola making-always share with your friends and family-spread the love!!

Some facts about the black currant:
*More than 5 times the vitamin C of oranges
*As high as banana in potassium
*More calcium than any fruit
*Contain more phosphorus and potassium than any other fruit
*Second only to elderberry in iron and protein

Enjoy with milk, plain by the handful or with Greek Yogurt!! Pairs really well with Almond Breeze Coconut Almond unsweeteded almond milk! (45 calories per cup!!)
xoxoxo-A

Coconut & Dates Granola

 

COCONUT & DATES GRANOLA

Pre-heat oven to 380 degrees

mix together the following:

4 c Old Fashioned Oats

1 c raw natural silvered almonds

2 to 3 tbsp honey

1/4 c dark brown sugar

1/4 c cinnamon

Bake  on big cookie sheet, spreading as evenly as you can to ensure even toasting for 15 min

Add 1/4 flaxseed meal, 1 c shredded coconut on top and place back in oven for 10 additional min

***Let cool completely, add 1/2 chopped dates and then place in the fridge to store***

Serving suggestions: 1/4 c topping Greek yogurt, alone when you are hungry in the car or on the go or with milk.

Enjoy!

xoxoxo-A