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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Brownies

I made these for a client, and then I made some for myself. I just could not resist. These are guilt free and made in just under 30 minutes. Now, that is a treat I can sink my teeth into.

  • 1 1/2 c chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper.

Combine of the ingredients into a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy.

Stir-ins:

  • 1/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c pecans

Add the chocolate chips and the pecans to the food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to incorporate the chocolate chips and pecans.

Spread the batter evenly into the baking dish.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool the brownies in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: Store brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Apple Spice Blender Muffins

These muffins are whole grain, gluten-free and completely delicious. the batter is madi in a blender, so there is very little clean up. They are great for breakfast, snack or a little treat. There is no guilt involved.

  • 2 c oat flour
  • 1 1/4 c almond yogurt (I used the Kite Hill Vanilla)
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tso baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Scrape sides as needed.

Stir-ins:

  • 2/3 c (1 medium apple – I like honey crisp, Fuji and Gala)finely chopped

Stir the apple into the batter. Pour the batter into muffin wells. Bake for about 18 minutes.

Cool the muffins in the muffin tin for about 5 minutes, Then transfer the muffins to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Sun-Butter Cookie Dough Bites

I made these cookie dough bites with a little change from the original. Instead of the peanut butter that is in my original Cookie Dough Bites I used Sunflower seed butter. I rolled the cookie dough bites in sunflower seeds to gives them a crunchy texture. It is perfect for those that can not have peanut butter, or just what something a little different.

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c chickpeas, cooked
  • 1/3 c Date Paste
  • 1/2 c GF oats
  • 1/4 c sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

Combine the dough ingredients into a food processor. Process until the dough is creamy and well combined.

Transfer dough to a large bowl.

Stir-ins:

  • 1/2 c chocolate chips

Stir the chocolate chips into the dough.

Coating:

  • sunflower seeds

Roll the cookie dough into walnut size balls. Roll each ball into sunflower seeds.

Freeze the Sun-Butter Cookie Dough Bites about 20 minutes to firm up. Transfer to a sealable container. You can freeze the cookie dough bites or store them in the refrigerator.

This recipe makes about 24 Sun-Butter Cookie Dough Bites.

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Tropical Snack Bites

These Tropical Snack Bites are a wonderful tropical getaway in a bite. It has all the flavors of the tropics in one bite: coconut, mango, banana and macadamia nuts. YUM!

Snack Bite Base:

  • 1/2 c Mango Paste
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 3/4 c oat flour
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Combine the Mango Paste and bananas into a food processor. Process until the mangos and bananas are creamy and well combined. Add the coconut flour, oat flour and lemon zest. Process the ingredients until well combined.

Transfer the base mixture to a large bowl.

Stir-ins:

  • 1/2 c macadamia nuts, toasted, chopped
  • 1/2 c coconut, shredded, toasted

Add the macadamia nuts and coconut to the base mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated together.

Roll the Tropical Snack Bites into walnut size balls.

Coating:

  • 1/2 c coconut, shredded (not toasted) for coating

Roll each Tropical Snack Bite into the coconut to coat the snack bites.

This recipe makes at least 24 Tropical Snack Bites.

Share. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: You can make your own oat flour by blitzing it in a food processor or high-speed blender.

Note: Making the Mango Paste is the same as making Date Paste. All you have to do is substitute the dried mangoes for the dates.

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Blender Banana Muffins with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling

When I had made my Blender Banana Pecan Muffins I had put a dollop of my Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – Vegan/Oil Free/Sugar Free on top. It was amazing. Which got me thinking of how I could incorporate it inside the muffin. This is what I came up with.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe medium bananas (about 1 cup)
  • 1 c almond yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin wells.

Blend wet ingredients for about 50 seconds. (That is how long my smoothie button takes)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the blender. Blend the ingredients together for another 50 seconds.

Pour half the batter into prepared muffin wells. Put about 1-2 tsp of my Chocolate Hazelnut Spread – Vegan/Oil Free/Sugar in the middle of the batter.(I had made this batch with about 1 tsp, and I will probably do more the next time.)Do this with each muffin well.

Pour the remaining batter into the muffin wells, covering the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.

Bake for about 20 minutes. Let muffins cool about 10  to 15 minutes in muffin pan. Transfer muffins to cooling rack to finish cooling.

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Tropical Snack Loaf

This Tropical Snack Loaf is a cross between a bread and a cake. It is a twist on my Lemon Macadamia Loaf.

I had made up some mango paste for something I had made for a client, and I had some leftover. This Tropical Snack Loaf was perfect for the Mango Paste. The Mango Paste is part of what makes this snack loaf tropical. Plus, a little coconut cream. Mango and coconut, what a perfect combination.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c coconut cream
  • 3/4 c Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  • 3/4 c Mango Paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x 5 loaf pan with parchment paper.

Combine all the wet ingredients in a medium bowl, and set aside.

Dry Ingredients:

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are well combined.

Spoon in the dough/batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the loaf is golden and evenly browned on top. A toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf should come out clean.

Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove loaf from pan and let completely cool on a rack.

Icing:

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to let the cashews soften. Blend the ingredients together until creamy and the icing is easy to drizzle on the loaf.

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Blackberry Chocolate Hazelnut Bites

I had intended to make my Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Bites, but found that I was out of raspberries. However, I did have some blackberries so I decided to give it a whirl. I do like to experiment with different fruits and flavors when I make snack bites. This one was a happy success.

Food Processor:

Combine all the food processor ingredients into the food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Note: You can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a food processor or spice grinder.

Stir-ins:

  • 1 1/2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips, chopped

Stir in the oats and chocolate chips into the blackberry mixture. The dough should be stiff. Roll the dough  into walnut size balls. Freeze the bites for about 30 minutes to firm up.

They can be store in the freezer or the refrigerator in a sealable container.

This recipe makes about 24 bites.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Brownie Bites

YUM! Is the perfect word for these Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chickpea Brownie Bites. They are the perfect combination of Peanut Butter and Chocolate, creamy and crunchy. You cannot go wrong with these. You can change them up a bit with almond or cashew butters and nuts. They make about 30 bites, so there will be plenty to share, if you want.

  • 1 1/2 c chickpeas, cooked
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c  GF oat flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • Peanuts to roll the bites into

Combine chickpeas, peanut butter, oat flour, cocoa powder, Date Paste, vanilla and salt into a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Add chocolate chips to the chickpea mixture and pulse the processor to break up the chocolate chips.

Transfer mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for about 15 minutes to firm up dough. The dough will be somewhat soft, even after refrigerating.

Form dough into walnut size bites. Roll the brownie bites into chopped peanuts. Freeze for about 15 minutes to firm up.

Note: I did not give a measurement for the peanuts, because it is a matter of how crunchy a coating you want on the brownie bites. I like to completely cover the brownie bites because the bite itself is very creamy and the nuts give it a nice contrast in texture.

These bites freeze well. You can store them in the freezer or refrigerator in a sealable container.

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Banana Pecan Blender Muffins

I have been wanting to try making some blender muffins. I love recipes that only require one vessel to mix and blend. Basically the less I have to clean up the better. What I really need is a sou chef , but that is not going to happen. So blender muffins it is.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe medium bananas (about 1 cup)
  • 1 c almond yogurt (I like Kite Hill)
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c Almond Milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare muffin wells.

Blend wet ingredients for about 50 seconds. (That is how long my smoothie button takes)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the blender. Blend the ingredients together for another 50 seconds.

Add in:

  • 1/2 c pecans, halves

Add the pecans to the batter. Pulse blender 2-3 times.

Pour batter into prepared muffin wells. Bake for 18 minutes. Let muffins cools about 10  to 15 minutes in muffin pan. Transfer muffins to cooling rack to finish cooling.

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PB & Berries Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is my favorite way to make oatmeal now. There is no standing at the stove stirring and stirring. It is more like mix all the ingredients into a big bowl; pour into a baking dish and let it bake. That means you can be doing something else while the oatmeal is baking.

This recipe is peanut butter flavor forward, which make it not so sweet. It reminds me of a PB&J sandwich.

  • 1 1/2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c Date Paste
  • 1/4 c peanut butter flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c plant milk, vanilla, unsweetened

Note: Make sure you purchase a peanut flour that is just peanuts and no added sugar or other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all the ingrédients into a large bowl. Stir until well incorporated.

Stir-in:

  • 1 c berries (I used a combination of blackberries and raspberries)

Fold the berries into the oat mixture.

Pour into an 8×8 baking dish.

Bake for 40 minutes. This baked oatmeal is more like a snack cake, so break out the forks.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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