Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Almond butter chocolate chip cookies (Free of dairy, grain, soy)

Love is in the air:  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner which means millions of people will spend countless dollars on chocolates, flowers, and cards to show that special person how much they are loved.  Personally, I’d rather my guy treat me to an experience in which we can share together and recall the memories for years to come;  material things pale in comparison.

One way to show your love and appreciation for your loved one is to prepare dinner for the two of you to enjoy together. Set the mood by dimming the lights.  Getting physical in the kitchen can ignite the slow burn later that night, if you know what I mean.  Consider serving your lover this easy salmon entree.  Or if red meat is more your speed, this rib-eye steak recipe will satisfy completely. After the main course, serve these cookies up warm, fresh out of the oven.  Then get on with the intimate festivities planned the rest of the night – satisfaction guaranteed!

These cookies are a dream come true for someone looking for a sweet, soft, chewy, decadent treat without dairy, grain, and soy.  If you have food intolerances or health reasons to avoid dairy, gluten and soy, make sure to choose a chocolate chip brand that does not contain these common allergens.  Enjoy Life chocolate chips are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free.  Score!

Bonus:  cooking video!! Because sometimes we prefer videos over words…

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 25 cookies.

Ingredients

.almond butter chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the baking sheet with a small pat of coconut oil.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together almond butter, coconut oil, and honey.  Beat in egg and vanilla.

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

wet ingredients w/ egg & vanilla

3.  In a small bowl, combine almond meal and baking soda.  Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well.

dry ingredients mixed together

dry ingredients mixed together

mixing wet and dry together

mixing dry with wet ingredients

batter mixed

addictive cookie batter!

4.  Scoop the dough 1 tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.  Set the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them with a fork.  Bake for 10 minutes until the edges just start browning.  Becareful not to overbake or they will be dry.

rolled into balls, flatten with fork  on baking sheet

roll into balls, flatten with fork

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies baked on cookie sheet

cookies n coconut milk

cookies with ice-cold coconut milk (truly hits the spot!)

that's one large yummy bite

that’s one large yummy bite

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Slow Cooker Cream of Celery Soup

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I was just thinking about celery the other day (random, I know).  It hit me suddenly: celery doesn’t get the same recognition as most other vegetables.  Unlike kale, spinach, and beets, there’s really not many recipes where celery takes the lead role. Like a nerd in high school PE class, celery would almost never be the first, second or third option when vying for “main vegetable” role in a dish.  Instead, celery usually plays the extra — an ingredient in a recipe that you won’t feel too badly about omitting if you forget to pick it up from the store i.e tuna salad anyone?  With this recipe, celery finally gets the accolade it deserves.

Celery is fairly bland compared to most other pungent vegetables but it packs a powerful punch in terms of health benefits.  Celery supports the immune system, lowers blood pressure, regulates cholesterol, increases cancer prevention, vital detoxifier, anti-inflammatory, and perfect addition to any weight loss plan due to its low calories and high fiber content.  

I had the ingenious idea to incorporate celery as a main ingredient in a recipe because I went out and bought a large head of it.  Oddly, I only wanted to use it in a fruit/vegetable portrait to include in my food photo inventory — I had no intention of cooking it.  But as it sat in my refrigerator day after day patiently waiting for my nourishment, it gave me the clever idea of concocting a recipe for cream of celery soup. Afterall, any food with the word cream in it is worth trying.

Before today, I have never eaten cream of celery soup for similar macho reasons mentioned in the intro above.  After today, cream of celery soup will be included in the rotation of soups I love to eat.  Light, yet filling, with a slight touch of sweetness, the creamy delicate flavors come together perfectly for a comforting winter soup.  Celery has stolen the spotlight!

Slow Cooker Cream of Celery Soup

Serves 3-4.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups bone broth or store-bought stock
  • 1 tablespoon ghee  (butter or coconut oil works too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)

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Instructions

1.  Put all ingredients expect coconut milk in slow cooker.

2.  Cover and let cook on high for 3 hours (or on low for 5 hours).

3.  Let cool then add milk.

4.  Blend until smooth with hand blender, or in batches in a regular blender.

slow cooker cream of celery soup

P.S.  This was the first time I used the hand blender I got for Christmas.  If you don’t have a hand blender but love preparing pureed soups, you must get one asap.  It.will.change.your.life.  Nothing fancy — a simple, reasonably priced hand blender will do the trick.

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Dairy-free)

Ladies, why must we crave chocolate during that precious time of the month?  I’m not even a huge chocolate fan but on days leading up to my monthly menstrual flow, I crave chocolate, almost without fail — I can’t eat or think about eating anything else. Thankfully, all I need is a little bit then, magically, all becomes well again, cravings turn off.

Turns out chocolate cravings may be linked to changing hormonal levels prior to a woman’s menstrual cycle.  In addition, chocolate contains the trace mineral magnesium, which may be low in women prior to and during the monthly flow which may explain the body’s sudden urge for a sweet chocolate treat.  Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal which helps in bone growth and has a vital role in normal functioning of muscles. It is also helpful in reducing menstrual pain.

Chocolate can be a healthy choice when its in its darkest form which is higher in antioxidants and minerals and lower in sugar, carbohydrates and additives than milk or white chocolate.  For the best health benefits, go for varieties that offer 70% or higher cacao.

This chocolate avocado yogurt recipe is the perfect indulgence.   It uses pure unsweetened cocoa and is sweetened with a touch of raw honey.  Make sure to choose raw honey which contains a mix of vitamins and digestive enzymes – important nutrients that commercial supermarket, pasteurized honey lacks.

This dairy-free chocolate avocado pudding is a delightful creamy, smooth, and  chocolaty decadence that will leave you happy, satisfied, and guilt-free.  Ladies, embrace the goodness.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

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Instructions

1.  Add all ingredients to food processor and process until creamy and smooth.

2.  Spoon into bowl. Eat.

choco avocado pudding

Serves 2.

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Avocado Apple Yogurt with Cinnamon and Walnuts [Dairy-Free]

Like a fruit basket full of lemons, avocados have become a staple food in my kitchen.  They taste so good and are so versatile — you can add them to smoothies, top soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, mash into guacamole and pair with carrots and celery, eat as a quick snack with lemon juice and olive oil or make into a delectable  tangy yogurt.

If avocados are not yet part of your regular diet, then you are missing out.  Full of heart healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados can be your best friend in your fat loss mission — especially melting the stubborn flab around the waist.  Avocados fight inflammation and can improve the body’s absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamin A – vital for respiratory, vision, and digestive health.  As mentioned in this earlier post, avocados are wonderful for beautiful skin.

“In this single delectable fruit are combined the protein of meat, the fat of butter, the vitamins and minerals of green vegetables, the flavor of nuts, a six course dinner.”

This Avocado Apple Yogurt offers a rich, tangy and semi-sweet flavor.  The texture is smooth and creamy.  One spoonful will sketch a smile onto your face.  Top with cinnamon and walnuts for subtle sweet spice and a bit of crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium apple
  • 1 chilled ripe avocado, skin and pit removed
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Bragg apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon walnuts, chopped (pecans or almonds are just as good)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

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avocado yogurt ingredients

Instructions
1) Remove seeds from apple. Keeping skin on, chop into small pieces.

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2) Combine the grated apple, chilled avocado, vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil in a food processor and process until smooth.

Avocado Yogurt in Processor

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3) Pour the yogurt into a bowl, sprinkle the cinnamon and nuts on top and serve immediately.

Avocado apple yogurt with cinnamon and walnuts

spoon full of avocado apple yogurt

Serves 1-2. 

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