Pumpkin gluten-free vegan cookies made with Arbonne protein & fiber boost! YUM!!!! Only 15 min to make!
8 scoops of yummy Arbonne protein
2-scoops of Arbonne Fiber boost
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1- tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1-can organic pumpkin
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees
Spiced Vegan Seed Brittle
1 cup natural cane sugar
½ cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup water
½ cup hulled pumpkin seeds
½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
⅛ tsp flakey sea salt, plus extra to finish
2 tbsp dairy free butter
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 candy thermometer
1 wooden spoon
Baking sheet with parchment or baking mat
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.
On your stovetop, toast the pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a saucepan until fragrant, shaking the pan so they are evenly roasted. Remove from heat and toss with salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. In another small bowl, mix the vanilla extract with the baking soda. Set both aside.
After wiping out the saucepan with a damp cloth, add cane sugar, brown rice syrup, and water, bringing to a boil. Submerge the end of your candy thermometer in the sugar mix to monitor the temperature. As it bubbles, the water will cook off and the sugars will begin to caramelize. The brown rice syrup helps to keep the sugars from recrystallizing into lumps as it heats.
Keep an eye on the temperature. When the sugar mixture reaches 240 degrees F, or after about 15–20 minutes, it’s time to add your spiced seeds and dairy-free butter. The sugar should be golden brown. Mix with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
For the final step, remove your warmed baking sheet from the oven and place near the stove. Convince small children, pets, and curious kitchen observers to clear the area.
As the temperature of the sugar hits 300 degrees F (or darkens just a bit more if you’re without a candy thermometer), pour in the vanilla/baking soda solution and stir. The sugar will foam and bubble as the baking soda reaction releases carbon dioxide. These tiny bubbles keep the brittle from becoming teeth-achingly hard. Immediately remove saucepan from the heat and pour the seed brittle mix onto your lined baking sheet.
If you’re impatient, like me, you can use a greased spoon to level the mixture; although it will self-level as it comes to room temperature. Sprinkle with a pinch more sea salt if you’re diggin’ the salty sweet, and after about 10 minutes, you can cut the brittle into little pieces. If you want rustic shards, wait a bit longer and crack with your hands.
If stored properly at room temperature and away from moisture, the brittle will keep for about three weeks…although once the word gets out that there’s brittle in the kitchen I would be surprised if it makes it three days. Give as gifts or keep all for yourself. Sometimes it’s OK to be a little scrooge-y when it comes to caramel covered spicy seeds.
“Your cup of joe may be more than just a morning pick-me-upit might actually ward off several common diseases. Studies have linked three to five cups of java a day to reduced risk of brain and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as cancers of the colon, breast, and liver. A study at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that coffee drinkers also have a moderately reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. And caffeine isn’t responsible, so decaf offers equal benefit. Researchers suspect that rather than one compound, a synergy among substances in the complex biochemical mixture provides the protection.
Choose It & Use It
Coffee enriches flavors in gravies, stews, and tomato-based recipes such as pasta and barbecue sauces, baked beans, and chili. Choose a good-quality roast and store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Brew it fresh and a little stronger for cooking. Substitute it for half of stocks or broths, add it to vinaigrettes and marinades, or grind beans in a pepper mill and add a bit to spice mixes.” ~ Vegetarian Times
5 Ingredient Coconut Butter and Tahini Cups with Coffee Crème Filling
(makes 24 mini cups) ~ gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, grain free, nut free, soy free ~
- 1 cup melted coconut butter (if using freshly made, it will be liquid already)*
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup espresso or strong-brewed coffee
- Soak the dates in the freshly brewed espresso for about half an hour – longer if they are quite hard. If you have a glass measuring cup you can just pour the coffee straight in and save yourself from washing another dish.
- In the meantime, line your mini cupcake pan with paper liners.
- Once the dates are soft, pour them along with the coffee into a high-powered blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Place into a small bowl, set aside, and give your blender a quick rinse.
- Add the melted coconut butter, tahini, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt to your blender and process until combined.
- Fill each liner about halfway to the top with this mixture, then place the pan in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
- Once they’ve set, remove from the fridge and spoon the date mixture on top. It should fill go almost (but not quite) to the top – about 1 tsp per cup. Flatten with your fingers.
- Cover each cup with the remaining coconut butter (and rejoice if you have some left over – it’s delicious on oatmeal or by the spoonful), then place the trays back into the fridge to set for another 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
- They are best kept in the fridge to keep from getting soft and sticky.
- You can buy coconut butter from health food stores but one small jar will run you at least $12 or so, while a big bag of unsweetened, shredded coconut from a bulk store will cost you maybe $5! The difference in price is pretty steep. I definitely recommend making your own coconut butter. The process is exactly the same as making nut butter, but takes less time, and for this recipe you need to use the blender/food processor anyway.
This breakfast cranberry smoothie bowl is packed full of cranberries, mixed berries, bananas, almond milk and topped with coconut, chia seeds and nuts.
Recipe Can Be Found Here: Nutmeg Nanny
COCONUT OIL PIECRUST
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) refined solid (not liquid) coconut oil
- 8 tablespoons ice water
Place flour and salt a food processor and pulse briefly to combine, or combine by hand in a large bowl. Add coconut oil and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, making sure there are no large pieces of coconut oil remaining. Or, cut coconut oil in by hand with 2 table knives or grate coconut oil into the flour mixture using a box grater.
Add ice water a couple of tablespoons at a time, and continue to pulse, or mix by hand with a fork, just until dough begins to come together.
Turn dough out onto a cutting board or a smooth surface and form into a flattened disc. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface when ready to use.
Power naps – 10 to 15 minutes will do. It will recharge your batteries and give you a boost. Don’t make the naps too long or it may have the reverse effect. You really have to tweek this to suit you. So start with 5 to 10 minutes. Some times if I shut my eyes when I am really feeling fatigued, within 5 minutes I wake up feeling refreshed.
First thing in the morning where does everyone usually go straight to? The bathroom! Decorate in yellows and or reds in your bath area. These vibrant colors stimulate your mind and wake your senses. You can use this trick at the office or before a run or any time you need a mental boost, just focus on something red or yellow.
Not only will yoga & stretching lengthen and strengthen muscles but will also give your energy levels a boost while helping to increase your metabolism. You can even find simple stretches to do at work.
Focus on your posture. Better posture, sitting up straight, burns more calories, boosts metabolism and keeps energy flowing through your body. Ever notice mid-day you start to slouch? Focus on that posture!
Go outside and breathe in some fresh air. Take a brisk walk, a couple times a day even. This will give you some amazing benefits and get you in the habit of motivating to get out from behind the desk, or off that couch! I love walking the beaches. The sand acts as resistance on your muscles giving you not only a relaxed view, but a great workout.
Eat magnesium rich foods. Like almonds. They will give you a boost and fill your tummy with a healthy snack all at the same time
Change up your exercise routine. Muscle conditioning can get even your muscles bored. switching things up gives muscles confusion and they have to work a bit harder.
Speaking of exercise. Don’t just run or walk. Throw in some strength training. Adding lean muscle helps you burn metabolism harder.
If you sit at work, do portions of your day standing. Whatever tasks can easily be done from a standing position, do it. The benefits far outreach just a metabolism boost or upping your energy levels
This isn’t my recipe. But it is a recipe I’ve used a few times and is a staple in my kitchen now. We don’t use energy bars often in our house. But hubby likes them when he does long runs and they are awesome for when we hike. This is my very favorite bar recipe!
Raw Superfood Energy Bars
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- ½ cups raw walnuts
- ½ cup dried goji berries
- ¼ cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- In a food processor, combine the almonds and walnuts, and process the nuts into the size of small gravel. Add the goji berries, dates, vanilla extract, and cinnamon powder, and process until the mixture forms clumps and begins to stick together. Add the cherries and cacao nibs and process briefly to incorporate the ingredients, but leave some small chunks for texture.
- Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Press the dough into a compact rectangle, then wrap it tightly in the plastic, compacting it even more. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a ½ -inch-thick layer.
- Unwrap the dough and cut it into 8 bars or smaller bites, as desired. These superfood energy bars will last several weeks unrefrigerated and covered, or keep them in the freezer for long-term storage.
I found my new “go to” recipe for chocolate frosting!
Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1 1/2 c. cooked sweet potatoes or yams
3 Tbsp. raw cacao or cocoa
4 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Whip cooked, cooled sweet potatoes with magic bullet, ninja or food processor. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Source: Sandi’s Allergy Free Recipes – Stop by her site for tons of yummy recipes!
Almond Butter Baked Apples- sweet baked apples stuffed with vanilla almond butter, pecans, cinnamon and sea salt then drizzled with pure maple syrup. Makes for a delicious guilt-free snack or dessert! (vegan + gluten-free) It’s finally starting to feel like fall in California! It was cloudy all day today and I loved every second of …
Source: Almond Butter Baked Apples
You know that feeling? You’re going along just fine through your day and boom you’re ready for your pillow and a nice long siesta.
But that’s not always possible and some days you just have to keep doing. Now there are underlying health problems that the afternoon sleepy’s can be a sign of so if persistent, go get that check up and make sure it’s not the onset of diabetes or something similar. Don’t play with your health like that. Even the most seasoned athlete or the someone with nutrition on point can get seriously ill.
But if you’re like me and just get that occasional need to nod off in the afternoon, but can’t keep reading!
Since I have this problem on and off and don’t have diabetes or any other health issues. I knew there were three ways to combat it.
- Nap. Now that’s ok, when and if you can. But I’m a terrible napper. It only tends to make me sleepier and I’ve tried all different lengths of time for that nap. I’ve even tried the 10 minute power snooze and that works but isn’t always an option.
- Eat something
- Exercise in some way
So I took some time and compiled a list of afternoon snooze breakers. I would love if you have any other ideas to drop a comment. It would help me and any other afternoon sleepy heads to get through the slumpy part of the day!
Snacks To Stave Off The Afternoon Snooze – They need to be low calorie, nutritional and made to give you that energy boost you need in the late afternoon. But you don’t want to overdo it or you won’t eat your dinner at a decent time.
- A handful of raw unsalted nuts or homemade trail mix – the protein, fiber, and fat is a perfect snack combination
- 1 or 2 cups of mixed raw veggie sticks and 2 tbsp of hummus or tahini
- ¼ avocado, and tomato on a piece of sprouted bread
- ½ cup coconut yogurt with 1 tbsp nut butter, cinnamon, and ½ apple, sliced, OR with 2 tbsp mixed nuts, seeds, and berries
- Green juice – cucumber, kale, spinach, parsley, celery, lemon ginger,and cilantro or similar greens
- Eat a banana or half a grapefruit
- Smoothie – unsweetened coconut milk, ½ banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, protein powder, vanilla, cinnamon, maca powder/cacao powder, and ice or something similar
- One apple with a tbsp of nut butter
- Air popped popcorn with little sea salt and olive oil or coconut oil and a handful of nuts/seeds
- Chopped fruit salad with fresh mint and some almonds
- Banana “nice cream” (peel a banana, freeze, blend in a food processor with one teaspoon or Raw Cacao powder and one tablespoon of Organic Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
- Dates stuffed with almond butter
- A bowl of steamed veggies
- Sip some green tea
- A few pieces of good quality DARK chocolate
Activities To Stave Off The Afternoon Snooze – MOVE around
- Work out for 15 minutes or more
- Step away from the computer or any blue screen device. Take a 5 or ten minute eye break and get up and move around
- Eat your lunch outside and NO caffeine
- Aromatherapy peppermint oil, wear it, or use it in an oil diffuser
- Buy a rosemary plant ( don’t let the pets eat it, they will get a sick tummy)
- Turn on and up some music and dance a little
- Go for a short run after lunch
- Stand up and walk around the room
- Drink enough water through the day to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause drowsiness
- Go outside and get some fresh air
- Stretch it out
- Use a small fan. Office space can be stuffy with little air circulation.
Any tips for me, drop em below…