ooey gooey sweet ‘n salty quinoa squares

These bars are so yum they may be better than an almond butter brownie! Seriously! They are gooey, filled with sweet and salty flavors, and crunchy. Everything you could possibly want – AND they are HEALTHY!

I made these for the first time a few years ago before I had the blog, so I had completely forgotten about them. Now I have made two batches in the last two weeks and plan to make them a weekly occurrence. They are super satisfying and fillin and I promise they will satisfy a sweet craving!

Serving size: about 15 squares, but feel free to eat 2 at a time!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup almond butter (start with less, add a little more if mixture seems dry)
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 4-6 chopped medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash sea salt and cinnamon

Method:

Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Then basically mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Take a small glass baking dish and grease with coconut oil or grassfed butter and then press the mixture into the dish, spreading evenly.

Place in freezer for 1 hour and then store in fridge (it’s OK to keep in freezer longer, they will just be harder to cut!)

YUM! They will be a little gooey and may not hold together super well, but, I promise they will be delicious and oh so satisfying!!

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Paleo Carrot Cake (Heavenly!)

I can’t take credit for this one but I can surely share the recipe! I wanted to make a carrot cake for the holidays and went to google and found this amazing, delicious, seriously most perfect cake recipe ever. It’s so clean, too. Zero gluten/wheat and no processed sugar/refined sugar (duh!). I don’t eat cake, you guys, this is the only cake that I would allow in my body. Look at the wonderful, clean, nourishing ingredients! It tastes so good and it is practically HEALTHY and good for you! I mean really…if you work out super hard in the gym why fill your body with toxic, processed foods?! This will not derail your body goals…you also won’t feel like crap after. Go make this asap! I think I will, too!

I found it on Paleo Grubsย and here is what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 12 ounces unsweetened, canned pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (raw)

FROSTING:

  • 1.5 CUP CASHEWS, raw
  • 15 pitted dates
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil (not hot)
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (I like organic)

DECORATION:

  • 1 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes
  • chopped walnuts

Method:

The night before, place cashews in a bowl of water and soak.

Preheat oven to 350. To make cake, take a bowl and place the pineapple, almond butter, eggs, honey and coconut oil. Use a hand blender and combine well. Now add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and pinch of salt. Whisk. Next, add the apple cider vinegar, grated carrots, raisins and chopped walnuts and mix to combine.

Take 3 8 inch round cake pans and grease with coconut oil. Divide the mixture evenly between the pans and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

FROSTING: drain the cashews and place in blender or food processor. Add the coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla, dates, cinnamon and blend until smooth.

Remove the cakes from the pans and place one on the platter and spread 1/3 of the filling evenly around the cake. Add the next layer of cake and spread the second later of filling. And lastly, put the last layer of cake on top with the remaining frosting. Sprinkle the shaved coconut and walnuts on top.

Place in fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy!!

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GLUTEN FREE PIZZA!

I never touch pizza from conventional restaurants…think Domino’s or other places of the like – GROSS. That pizza is made from processed, toxic, non-organic ingredients. Who knows how much sugar or preservatives are in that pizza sauce. I love pizza just like anyone else but I only eat it when I make it at home and gluten free as usual. Also, I use grassfed cheese ONLY! You must start reading ALL LABELS of anything including stuff from a jar, like pizza sauce, and making sure it does not have corn syrup, sugar, or any kind of preservative like sodium benzoate (which causes cancer!).

I stored this blog post under CLEAN TREAT because it’s still a treat, although it’s a clean dish. It’s definitely high carb and higher fat so eat this on rare occasions instead of nasty Pizza Hut or pizza from a frozen box – yuck! Like I said, I pretty much never eat any kind of dairy at all unless I am making this homemade pizza on rare occasions (maybe twice a year). I am otherwise 100% dairy free because I feel best not eating any dairy. The goal you guys is to make 80-90% of our diet PALEO FOCUSED and clean – no processed foods, no gluten, no wheat, no bread, no sugar, limited fruit, no dairy…eating mostly lean meats, eggs, veggies, etc. Only then are we able to allow little cheats like this! When our diet is cleaned up, our bodies tolerate the occasional “treat” like this pizza. Still, you should avoid Pizza Hut/dominos/processed frozen pizzas/etc. AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE (or 100% of the time).

Try out this amazing, indulgent yet CLEAN pizza dish!

Homemade gluten free ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ• pizzaย 

๐Ÿ•Ingredients:ย 

Bobs red mill GF flour mix

Eggs

Olive oil

Organic pizza sauce (no sugar)

Spicy Sausage – (Whole Foods fresh!)

Organic spinachย 

Organic fresh basil

1/2 Red onion

4 organic Roma tomatoesย 

Mushroomsย 

Mozzarella cheeseย (or goat cheddar – be sure and buy fresh cheese with no added preservatives and grassfed is best)

Fresh Parmesan, optional

๐Ÿ•Prep the flour & dough according to package instructions.ย 

๐Ÿ•When the dough/pizza crust is ready, layer it with the pizza sauce, cheese, spinach, onion, meat, tomatoes, mushrooms and whatever else you’d like! Bake 425 at for about 18 minutes.ย 

Top with fresh basil ๐ŸŒฟ ๐Ÿ•

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Lemon Chia Seed Muffins (gluten free!)

I was in a baking mood this weekend! First I made gluten free chocolate chip muffins and then lemon poppyseed sounded amazing! When I couldn’t find poppyseeds at Whole Foods I decided chia muffins would be even better (AND they are cheaper)! So that’s what I went with. Plus, with chia seeds there’s no risk of testing positive on a drug test and with my boyfriend being in a graduate school program where they randomly drug test, we don’t want to take that risk!!! Poppy seeds come from the poppy plant which is actually an opioid plant aka heroine and opium come from this plant. If you didn’t know that already, well, now you know!

These muffins are light and fluffy and delightfully lemon tasting!!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almond flour
  • 2.5 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of either honey, maple syrup or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons

Method:

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk your eggs, coconut oil, vanilla and honey/maple syrup and lemon juice in a separate bowl. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  • Spoon into lined muffin tray (makes about 10 Muffins) and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy!!!!!

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CLEAN “REESE’S” – easy!

You should never have to eat a regular toxic Reese’s peanut butter cup as they are filled with hydrogenated oils and too much sugar and artificial ingredients! Just read for yourself:

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I mean what are those ingredients??? CHEMICALS. Please stop putting this junk in your body! These ingredients are toxic, addicting, and confusing to our bodies as they are not meant to process these ingredients. This is not an example of real food.ย 

INSTEAD you can make this recipe, which is super easy, delicious, AND GUILT FREE! You can also use as little maple syrup as you want to make it even cleaner and lower in sugar. The point is, pure 100% organic maple syrup is so much better for you than sugar and corn syrup – YUCK.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 heaping cup melted peanut butter OR almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pure 100% maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (or cacao – unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, optional

METHOD:

Melt peanut/almond butter in small pot over lot heat. Then pour into small glass baking dish, lined with parchment paper, and place in freezer to set for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil, vanilla, cocoa, maple syrup together on low heat in same pot. Then add shredded coconut, stir well. Pour this mixture onto the “set” peanut/almond butter that was in the freezer and place it back in the freezer for 45 minutes before serving/cutting. Store in fridge.

Serves 8.

ENJOY!!!!!!!

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Protein “Ice Cream”

If you really love ice cream but really hate the sugar rush and guilt you feel after eating it, well, this is your recipe!!!!! This is easy, 100% guilt free, delicious and satisfying and it will help you nourish your body and build muscle and you won’t have a sugar rush after! This is my go-to recipe at night if I am still hungry after dinner and need extra protein. I never eat regular ice cream anymore because it’s simply too much sugar and I prefer to have something clean if I have the option.

Ingredients:

  • Protein of choice (I like Julian Bakery Paleo Protein – vanilla or chocolate)
  • Splash of water
  • 1/2 – 1 frozen banana
  • Cinnamon
  • 7 ice cubes
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
  • Swirl of almond butter at the end (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender. You may have to poke things to get it going – unless you’ve a Vitamix or Ninja blender. The consistency should be similar to ice cream when finished. That’s it! Enjoy!!

Feel free to mix this up! I’ve done frozen pineapple with unsweetened coconut added which is also delicious. You can do chocolate protein (or add cacao/cocoa to vanilla) and make chocolate “ice cream” too.

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PALEO FUDGE-BROWNIES

Mmmmmmm…these were supposed to be brownies but they honestly have more of a fudge consistency. Either way, they are absolutely delicious and nutritious and EASY to make – which is key in my book. I don’t have time nor do I care enough about a clean dessert to spend a lot of money or have a million steps. I like simple, easy recipes that produce awesome, clean treats that can be whipped up quickly while also offering nutrition.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 roasted sweet potato, skin removed (bake sweet potato on a baking sheet for about 1 hour at 450)
  • 3/4 c almond butter (smooth or crunchy – whichever you prefer)
  • dash of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Handful dark chocolate chips (optional)

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a small baking dish that has been greased with grass-fed butter. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool. Store in the fridge overnight before consuming. (Best eaten cold!)

ENJOY! Serves 8.

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