Eat Cute on The Hallmark Channel: Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites

Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites -  Watch My Segment

Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites - Watch My Segment

Hallmark's Home and Family is hands down my favorite show to appear on. Mark Steins and Debbie Matenopoulos are so welcoming that it truly feels like I've been invited into someone's home... and that I'm part of their family! For this incredibly fun segment, we make Raw Coconut Cookies and Energy Bites. And the best part is... they are tasty chocolate treats packed with healthy fats and protein. These are perfect for those late night sugar cravings, and you can indulge without the worries of refined sugar, dairy, or gluten! 

Coconut Cookies

Ingredients
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons of ghee
3 tablespoons of unsweetened cacao powder
A few drops of monk fruit extract
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup of chopped pecans and walnuts

Directions
In a medium pot add coconut milk, ghee, monk fruit extract, cacao and vanilla and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Then remove from heat. Add coconut flakes and nuts and stir until coated with chocolate. On a sheet of parchment paper lined baking sheet, scoop large spoonfuls onto the sheet. Let cool for 30 minutes. Place in freezer and enjoy when you need something sweet!

Energy Bites 

Ingredients
3 medjool Dates
1 cup of shredded coconut flakes unsweetened
4 tablespoons of coconut butter
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 cup of raw cashews  
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of almond milk or ( hemp, cashew) 
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Directions
In a food processor mix all the ingredients until dough begins to form. Put coconut on the palm of your hand. Then roll dough into balls. When hands are slightly damp they are easier to roll. Place bites into a container and freeze. When ready to eat remove from freezer for 5-7 minutes until soft and chewy! 

Sugar Free, Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies

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When You Need That Chocolate Fix 

Ingredients

1 cup mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup raw almond butter (can sub for peanut, cashew or nut alternative spread)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 eggs         

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat a small 4x6 or 6x6 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside (a smaller pan yields thicker brownies) Add all your ingredients into a high speed blender or blend by hand. You can also use a food processor. Immerse until just blended (if you overdo it, it will take significantly longer to cook). Transfer brownie batter to loaf pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out just clean. Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before slicing into brownie bars.