Low Sugar Apple Cider

I love fall! The cool crisp air, the leaves and my favorite… the food! This simple and delicious recipe will not only keep you feeling cozy, but will make your home smell incredible. I recommend making this before having guests over.

What You'll Need: 
5 Large Apples 
3 Cinnamon Sticks 
1 Teaspoon Cloves OR Clove Powder 
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

Step 1: 
Quarter the apples and remove the cores. Place the quarter apples in a pot with 3 cups water. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg in the pot and fill with water.

Step 2: 
Bring to a boil like you would with potatoes and then turn it down to a simmer. Let simmer for at least 1 hour. It'll make your home smell incredible!

Step 3: 
Allow cooling. Strain cooled fluid removing all solids into an airtight sterile container. For extra sweetness, you can add a tablespoon of raw honey. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick.




Homemade Strawberry Cashew Mylk

Ingredients
3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
3-4 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking cashews
A few drops of monk fruit extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
4 organic ripe strawberries 

Directions

Place raw cashews in a bowl and cover with cold water. Allow to soak for at least one hour up to overnight, then drain and rinse. Combine soaked cashews and filtered water in a blender and mix. 

Use 3 cups of water to 3/4 cup cashews. Add water in small batches till the texture seems right to you. Blend on low, then slowly raise the speed to high for 1-2 minutes till the milk is completely smooth and no chunks of nuts remain. Add monk fruit sweetener, vanilla and strawberries. Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer, tea towel, cheesecloth or nut bag into a storage container. A nut bag will work best for keeping your milk smooth and chunk-free. I usually strain the milk into a quart mason jar, which works perfectly with the 3 cup to 3/4 cup ratio of water to cashews.

If using a mesh strainer, you will need to move around the solids a bit to let all the milk drip through.  Gently stir and move the solids around to make room for the liquid to come through. Similarly, if using a nut bag, you will need to gently squeeze the bag till all of the milk seeps through. Store in a glass jar for up to 5 days and enjoy! 

Protein Pancakes

These pancakes are not only very Instagram-able, but they also are easy to make and won’t spike your blood sugar the same way as traditional pancakes.They are made with almond flour — a great substitute for baking flour because almonds are a wonderful source of healthy fat, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and of course protein — and coconut flour, which is rich in fiber, healthy fats and protein. Plus, it’s low in sugar and digestible carbohydrates.

Ingredients
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
3 large eggs
2 large bananas
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
¾ tsp cinnamon

Directions
1. Heat oven to 200 degrees (for keeping the cooked pancakes warm until serving time). 

2. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high speed. Stop and stir a few times in between. 

3. Heat pan on medium-low and grease it with melted grass-fed butter or ghee. 

4. *Pour ¼ cup batter into heart-shaped mold. Cook three minutes, until edges look dry. Remove heart-shaped cookie cutter/mold and flip to cook other side for two minutes until pancake is golden brown. 

5. Serve with desired toppings, such as berries and melted nut butter with cinnamon. 

*Pro tip: Coat the bottom edges and inside of the heart-shape cookie cutter with oil or cooking spray. Lay it in your pan and pour the batter inside.

Strawberry Salsa with Grain Free Siete Chips!

With Cinco De Mayo around the corner there is no need to miss out on the festivities or stray from clean eating. TO celebrate, I've made a Strawberry Salsa with fresh herbs along side my favorite grain- free chips. If you haven't tried Siete Chips then you are missing out. These chips are incredibly delicious and are made with cassava flour, chia seeds, avocado oil, coconut flour and salt! 

Make It

Ingredients
10 strawberries diced into small pieces
1/3 medium red or white maui onion, finely minced
1 handful of basil , well rinsed and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced and seeds removed
1 juiced lime
fresh cracked black pepper
pink sea salt 

Directions
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste the salsa and adjust any of the ingredients to your liking. Chill until ready to serve. I recommend making this no more than 1 hour before serving to keep the strawberries looking juicy and plump! 

 

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.