Buckwheat Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

Buckwheat Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

Buckwheat adds a nutty flavor to this not-too-sweet, gluten-free tea cake. You can bake this in a loaf pan or in muffin cups!

Buckwheat Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

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Buckwheat Spicy Pumpkin Loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45-50 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk sugar and eggs until blended. Add in coconut oil and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl sift or whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add to wet mixture and stir. Add in pumpkin purée, raisins, and optional nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 2 hours before slicing. Enjoy,
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Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche

Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche

One of the best parts of summer is juicy watermelon, the quintessential summer fruit! It goes great in recipes, topped on salads, or in this Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche. I served it on my salt block which adds subtle salty flavor and makes for a pretty presentation! You can serve this as a light lunch or an extra special appetizer!

Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the most alkalizing foods that you can eat which means that it helps keep your body’s Ph level normal. It is also super hydrating as it is mostly water. Eating watermelon in the summer can help prevent heat stroke due to its high amount of electrolytes.

Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche

Did you also know that watermelon is loaded with antioxidants and a great source of Vitamin C? This helps fight cancer and protects your bones and cartilage. It is also a good source of beta-carotene, essential for eye health, as well as potassium which is good for high blood pressure and helps prevent heart disease. Plus, watermelon’s pink color comes from the lycopene in it which has been proven to reduce cholesterol.

This low-calorie fruit is also an excellent go-to for staving off sugar cravings. Not only does the crunchy texture and sweetness satisfy your sweet tooth, the high fiber content also satisfies your hunger. Loaded with vitamins, mineral, and amino acids, watermelon should be a big part your diet in the summer!

Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche

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Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche
Instructions
  1. Slice shrimp into 1/2 inch pieces and place in medium bowl. Add lime juice, orange juice, red onion, and chili pepper; toss to combine. Chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Add watermelon, cilantro, avocado, and cucumber and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with baked plantains or tortilla chips.
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Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios

Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios

This Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios makes a perfect summer dinner! The pistachios bring out the nutty flavor of the scallops and it only takes minutes to prepare!

Choosing Scallops

Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios

If you live near the coast, buy your scallops fresh from your local fish store. If not, quick frozen scallops are a great choice. Scallops are often soaked in phosphate which is the same ingredient used in soap and detergent, so make sure you look for scallops labeled “chemical free” or “dry-packed.”

The key to cooking perfect scallops is to dry them thoroughly. Then use a good hot pan and only cook them for one to two minutes per side. Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios

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Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Cook Time 20 minutes
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Endive and Lettuce Salad with Scallops and Pistachios
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  1. Toast nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  2. To make dressing: zest lemon and squeeze juice into a medium bowl. Whisk in oil, dijon, salt, and pepper until creamy.
  3. To make scallops: Heat ghee in large skillet over high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper and place in a single layer in pan. After about 2 minutes, flip and cook on the other side 1 to 2 minutes more until opaque. Remove scallops, wipe out pan, and repeat to cook remaining scallops.
  4. Assemble: Toss endive and lettuce with dressing and divide among dishes. Place scallops on tops and sprinkle with pistachios. Serve.
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Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

I found this huge organic asparagus at the farmer’s market today which makes the perfect summer soup. The cashews make this Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup thick and creamy without heavy cream! You can skip though, for a nut-free version.

Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

This is my go-to recipe for any simple creamed vegetable soup. You can swap out the asparagus for any vegetable you like such as zucchini, broccoli, or even a combination like cauliflower and asparagus, or carrot.

Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup

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Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Dairy-free Creamy Asparagus Soup
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee or oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and sprinkle with a dash of salt. Saute until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add asparagus and stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add drained cashews and puree with an immersion blender or in your high-speed blender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Gluten-free Ceylon Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Warm cinnamon raisin bread is such a special treat and easy to make even without the gluten! This gluten-free Ceylon cinnamon raisin bread is loaded with raisins as well as sweet Ceylon cinnamon. It is deliciously moist on its own or toasted and it makes fantastic French Toast!

Are you eating real cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a favorite spice for most of us and it is well-known for its healing properties and ability to regulate blood sugar. I thought all cinnamon was the same until I visited a spice vendor at a farmer’s market and learned that the cinnamon most us have in our pantries is actually considered fake cinnamon in the spice world. This is usually cassia cinnamon and what you will find in your grocery store.

That is when he introduced me to Ceylon, or “true” cinnamon and WOW! It blew me away. The aroma alone is incredibly sweet and pleasing. There are also many more health benefits from Ceylon as it contains high amounts of antioxidant compounds called proanthocyanadins. Ceylon cinnamon has also been shown to improve digestive health as well as naturally lower high blood pressure

Cassia cinnamon contains high levels of coumarin, a blood thinner, which in high amounts can be toxic to the liver. So if you are using cinnamon every day, switch to Ceylon.

Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
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Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Instructions
  1. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Heat coconut oil, honey, and coconut milk just until lukewarm. (110 degrees) Add in apple cider vinegar.
  3. Sift all dry ingredients into mixing bowl of your electric mixer. With mixer on low, slowly add in warm liquids along with eggs. Beat on low until incorporated. Increase speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. (This helps build structure in gluten-free dough) Dough will be very sticky.
  4. Reduce mixer to low and add in raisins.
  5. In a small bowl mix together filling ingredients.
  6. Spray a large piece of parchment with oil and transfer half of dough on to it. With wet hands, spread dough into an 8 by 12 rectangle. Sprinkle filling over dough, leaving a 12 inch border.
    Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  7. Using parchment paper, roll dough, beginning at the short side into a tight roll. Transfer dough to pan, seam side up. Repeat with remaining dough, but this time place roll seam side down on top of other roll in pan. Smooth out top.
  8. Cover pan with a clean towel or greased plastic wrap and let rise 1 hour, or until dough rises just above edge of pan.
    Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  10. Bake bread about 1 hour until golden brown on top. Allow to cool 10 minutes, and then remove from pan and place bread on a baking rack to cool completely. Enjoy fresh or toasted with jam!
Recipe Notes

This bread makes great French Toast!

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Dairy-free Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Cherries are my absolute favorite fruit and they are only in season for such a short time! There are so many health benefits to cherries so try adding them to smoothies, muffins, granola, or my Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! The secret to this super creamy ice cream is avocado, but you would never know it’s in there. Plus no ice cream maker required!

Health benefits of cherries

Cherries are loaded with antioxidants and anti-cancer fighting properties. They also help fight inflammation in the body and can help with weight loss. Did you know that tart cherries are a natural pain reliever, especially for arthritic pain? They can also help with insomnia because they contain natural melatonin. Try an 8-ounce glass of tart cherry juice an hour before bedtime.

Cherries are also high in potassium which makes them a great food to help relieve high blood pressure. Need any more excuses to eat more cherries?

Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Dairy-free Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
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  1. Combine milks, with 1½ cups cherries, monkfruit (or other sweetener), avocado, vanilla, and almond extract in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add optional collagen and mix to combine. 
  3. Ice cream Maker option: Chill mixture for 2 hours and then place in ice cream maker per instructions.  When almost frozen, stir in remaining cherries, chopped and chocolate chips.
  4. Freezer option: pour mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.  Chill remaining mix.  When frozen, place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.  Stir in remaining cherries, chopped and chocolate chips.  Serve soft or chill in freezer for firmer texture.
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Upside Down Caramel Apple Muffins

Gluten-free Upside Down Caramel-Apple Muffins

Lightly caramelized apples bake under this moist, gluten-free muffin for a delicious whole grain and healthy snack. Serve these Gluten-free Upside Down Caramel-Apple Muffins for a special breakfast or a kid-friendly dessert!

Upside Down Caramel Apple Muffins

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Apple Topping
  1. In a large skillet, cook the apples, sweetener of choice, butter, and salt over medium heat until apples are tender and liquid is syrupy, 12-15 minutes. Divide among 12 muffin cups and sprinkle with walnuts.
Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and lemon juice. Add dry ingredients and combine. Pour batter over apples and bake 18-20 minutes.
  3. Cool for 10 minutes and then flip muffins over. Remove muffin cups. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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coconut custard

Dairy-free Coconut Custard

This rich coconut custard is so delicious and creamy without the dairy! I use it as a filling for my Coconut Custard Cake, but it is also amazing on its own!

Dairy-Free Coconut Custard

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk coconut milk, sugar, and arrowroot. Heat over medium heat until just bubbly and starting to thicken.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk egg yolks, and salt. Pour 1/3 cup hot milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Pour egg yolks back into the pan and heat until just bubbly and thick. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour custard through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on to the surface. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
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Paleo Peach French Toast

Paleo Peach French Toast

Let the aroma of cinnamon and peaches wake your family up in the morning with this overnight Paleo Peach French Toast. This recipe contains no grains and the almond flour makes it super moist and delicious! It’s great to make ahead for a brunch crowd as it has to sit overnight in the fridge.

Paleo Peach French Toast

The Easy Almond Bread is so versatile, you can eat it on its own, or toast it and have it with jam, or even make a sandwich with it. You can make the loaf ahead and keep it in the freezer until you are ready to use it.  You’ll need lots of eggs for this recipe. This is a protein filled breakfast.

I also recently discover Elmhurst  Nut Milks because let’s face it, sometimes it’s just convenient to buy nut milk already made, but unfortunately most are loaded with unhealthy ingredients like carraganeen. Unsweetened Elmhurst milks are just nuts and water, and they taste delicious!

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Paleo Peach French Toast

No need for syrup on these! The peaches give it just the right sweetness. Try adding some chopped pecans for a bit of a crunch! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below.

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Paleo Peach French Toast
Passive Time 24 hours
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Easy Almond Bread
Peach French Toast
Passive Time 24 hours
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Easy Almond Bread
Peach French Toast
Paleo Peach French Toast
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Easy Almond Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients into a medium bowl.
  2. Add eggs and milk and whisk to combine. Pour into greased loaf pan, or line it with parchment.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
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Peach Baked French Toast
  1. Grease 9X13 baking pan. Slice almond loaf into 1 inch slices and line flat in pan. You can squeeze them in to fit tight.
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Pour over almond bread and sprinkle with cinnamon. Scatter peaches over bread.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 40 minutes until cooked through and puffy. Serve hot.
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oatmeal cacao nib cookies

Oatmeal Cacao Nib Cookies -Gluten free

It’s chocolate this week! These oatmeal cacao nib cookies are made with cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips for an intense chocolate flavor with a crispy crunch!

What are Cacao Nibs?

Oatmeal Cacao Nib Cookies

Cacao nibs are from the cacao beans that grow inside the cacao plant. The beans are dried and fermented. The dried beans are ground up into chocolate tasting nibs. They still contain all of their nutrients with no added sugar before they are heated and made into cocoa powder which is used for chocolate bars.

Health Food?

If you needed an excuse to eat more chocolate, raw cacao has four times the amount of anti-oxidants than dark chocolate. It contains several nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, thiamin, carotene, calcium, protein, and riboflavin. It has been found to lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and reduce your risk of cancer.

MOod Booster

You probably know that chocolate also affects your mood. That is because of the phenylethylamine, which is a natural chemical that can elevate your mood. That’s why so many of us reach for chocolate when we are sad or feeling stressed. Cacao also causes the brain to release endorphins which is why chocolate gives you a feeling of pleasure. It certainly does for me:)

If you think chocolate is a guilty pleasure, rest assured, consuming raw cacao is a health food. It contains less than one gram of sugar and is the perfect addition to smoothies, hot tea, or your Dandy Blend drink.

You can use cacao nibs as a topping for smoothies or acai bowls. They’re also great in muffins or quick breads or as a crunchy topping for my CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE! You can find cacao nibs at Whole Foods, HomeGoods, or online.

Oatmeal Cacao Nib Cookies

Let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to check out my Pistachio Gogo Bark made of raw cacao powder!

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Oatmeal Cacao Nib Cookies
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Oatmeal Cacao Nib Cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift baking soda, powder, salt, and Cup4Cup flour together in a medium bowl.
  2. Cream butter with sugar in a stand mixer until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Stir in flour and oatmeal. Fold in cacao nibs.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoon two inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with wet fingers. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
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