Crunchy, Recipes, Treats

4 Seed Crackers

Crackers - 4 seeds

Crunchy, no sugar, oil or salt or flour! 

½ cup chia seed*
½ cup sesame seeds*
½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seed)*
½ cup sunflower seeds
*raw, unsalted
1 cup water

Salt Substitute to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2) In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepita seeds, and sesame seeds.
3) Add the water, garlic, and salt substitute. Stir with a spatula until combined. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes until the chia seeds absorb the water. After the 2-minute rest, when you stir the mixture, you shouldn’t see a pool of water on the bottom of the bowl.
4) With the spatula or your hand, spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in two small rectangles, about 12×7 inches each and 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle additional salt substitute on top.
5) Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully flip each rectangle with a spatula*. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes more, until lightly golden around the edges. Watch closely near the end to make sure they don’t burn. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes on the pan and then break the rectangles into crackers and let cool completely on the pan.

Store in an airtight container or jar on the counter for up to 2 weeks.

You can also freeze the crackers in ZipLoc Bags for up to 1 month.

*You can also cut into cracker size with a pizza cutter after you flip them the first time.

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Desserts, Easy Delicious Recipes, Sweet

Yummy and Easy Cookies

3 small-to-medium bananas (or 2 large)

1 cup oats

whatever seasoning and extras you prefer  like cinnamon & raisins.

Just mash bananas and mix with oats and seasonings.

Preheat oven 350 F.

Form the mixture into cookies on a parchment paper or silpat lined baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes

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Recipes, Treats

Oil Free Potato Chips

For starters, oil can make homemade chips soggy instead of crispy. Secondly, cooking with oil often causes the edges of potato slices to burn; when you cook without oil, you will get a much more uniform chip.

So here’s how to create a mean chip depending on what kind of potato you are using:

Russets, Whites and Golds:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (F).
Cut potatoes into ¼-inch or thinner slices.
Season to taste.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or Silpat and lay chips out in a single layer. Be careful not to crowd the slices.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness, flip and bake until crispy and brown. If your chips are thick, you might need 5-10 minutes more per side. You know they’re done when you hear that satisfying snap!

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Desserts

Easy No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
8 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/2 cups + 2 tsp raw almond butter
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut, divided (optional)
1 cup 100% all-fruit preserves, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

Grind oats slightly in a high-powered blender. Pour into a bowl and mix with dates, water, almond butter, and 1 cup of the coconut.

Form into balls and roll in remaining coconut.

If desired, press down in middle with thumb and place a small amount of fruit preserves in the indentation.
Can be baked at 350 for 10 minutes if desired.

Refrigerate before eating.

Makes about 45 cookies.

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Desserts

Chocolate Almond Truffles

chocolate-truffles-with-coconutINGREDIENTS:

1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raw almond butter
2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
3 tablespoons ground chia seeds
natural cocoa powder, raw almonds, hazelnuts and/or unsweetened shredded coconut for coating
INSTRUCTIONS:
Add dates, almond butter, cocoa powder and chia seeds to a food processor and blend until very well combined.

Remove from food processor and form into balls.

Roll balls in cocoa powder, ground almonds or hazelnuts or unsweetened shredded coconut.

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Desserts, Recipes, Uncategorized

The New Nutella

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added or low sodium black beans, drained
8 regular or 4 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup soy, hemp or almond milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. Add more non-dairy milk if mixture is too thick. Chill thoroughly.

Serve with fresh fruit.

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Desserts, Dressings and Sauces

Chocolate Sauce

chocolate sauce

This recipe was found in an article. The recipe author is Timaree Hagenburger who wrote a wonderful recipe bookThe Foodie Bar Way

Ingredients

– 5 Medjool dates (pits removed, soaked in 3/4 cup water) – 1 Tablespoon cashews or sunflower seeds (can soak with the dates) – 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa/cacao powder – 1/2 cup cooked black beans – 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla – Extra water on hand to add to during blending

Directions

1. In a high-powered blender, combine all of the ingredients, including the soaking water for the dates, and blend until silky smooth.

2. Add extra water, a tablespoon or so at a time, (up to ~5 tablespoons total), to achieve the right consistency, (a semi-thick sauce rather than a stiff dip).

3. Store in a squeeze bottle, in the back of the fridge.

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Desserts

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cupcake

Every day can be a birthday with this recipe! Nom!

Found this Joel Fuhrman, M.D. recipe on Dr. Oz’s website

Serves: 16
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Ingredients:

CAKE

Combine Dry Ingredients in a bowl and set aside:

1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
4 tablespoons natural non-alkalized cocoa powder

In blender puree:
3 1/2 cups pitted dates, divided (1/ 2 cup cut into small pieces and set aside)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup pineapple chunks, drained
1 banana
1 organic apple, cored and cut into pieces

In Food Processor:
1 cup shredded beets
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini

Mix all above in large bowl with:

1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/ 2 cup dates (which was cut into small pieces & set aside)
2 teaspoons alcohol-free vanilla extract(optional)

Spread in a 9.5″ X 13.5″ nonstick baking pan.

Bake for 1 hour @350 degrees F. or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

CHOCOLATE NUT ICING: (For a no-nut version, Use Chocolate Sauce Recipe)

1 cup raw macadamia nuts or raw cashews
1 cup vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
2/3 cup dates, pitted
1/3 cup brazil nuts or hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla flavor (optional)

For the chocolate nut icing, combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender* until smooth and creamy. Place a dollop over warm cake and serve or spread on cooled cake.

Note: A food processor may be used to combine icing ingredients but the icing will not be as smooth.

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Desserts, Need to know

The Cravings Beasty – Sweets

 

 

Going without sweets can sometimes be a challenge. Here is some of the advice I share with my clients. 

It seems people miss things like cheese, chocolate, crunchy things, salty things, flour things, ice cream, sweets, coffee, sugar, creamer, milk,  etc. Just the mention of the food item, a thought or a picture of it, can set off consuming thoughts and longing.

This is for those who are not lucky enough to be able to make up their minds and swear these foods off forever. Although it is best to taper off these foods as they are calorie dense, harmful to your health, make one eat more calories and do not help heal the addicted brain, here is some help for those in transition.

My next few blogs will attack these Beasts. Today I will help you deal with Sweets.

Check out the recipe page for great tasting recipes for sweet candy, drinks, ice cream and even Healthy Chocolate Cake!

Remember, if you make green smoothies, you can always add dates or other dried fruits  to make a delicious and healthy sweet shake.

Avoid sugar substitutes, even “natural ones”; they will only perpetuate your cravings.

Sweeteners like honey are not favorable. According to Dr. Fuhrman; “Honey is a concentrated mixture of fructose, glucose and sucrose with no notable phytochemical or antioxidant load (see vitamin and mineral chart below).  Just like sugar, the nutrients in honey are so few that they are almost non-existent. Add this to the fact that honey is high in fructose and contains more glucose than most fruits and you get a food that puts stress on our bodies, especially our liver and kidneys. There are 64 calories in one tablespoon of honey and all of these calories are in the form of sugar. That’s 17.25 grams of sugar in just one tablespoon!”.

Abstinence is your friend. It will get better. If you are tempted to fall off the wagon, read my blog How to Avoid Falling Off The Wagon

It is not your fault that you are craving things like sweets. Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry. This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us 

Learn how sugar is hidden in nutrition labels That word means sugar?

Finally, if you have diabetes I highly recommend reading The End of Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

How do you combat the sweets beasty?

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I have helped many people combat cravings. If you would like help to  learn other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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