“Great Balls of Fire” 🔥 (Vegan, Paleo) – No Added Sugar
We all need an energy boost ♨️ Especially during the festive season. 🎄 ☃️ During the holidays, you will find me rolling and coating my favorite truffles for a healthy burst of energy! Great holiday gifts! 🎁
RECIPE INGREDIENTS 2 cups pistachios I cup pitted dates (Medjool dates) A pinch of pink or sea salt 4 Organic Limes, zest and juice of each lime. DIRECTIONS 1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of the pistachios, salt and the dates in food processor until it becomes a ball. About 3 minutes. 2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pistachios for the coating. 3. While this is mixing, zest the limes and then juice them. 4. Chop or grind the remaining 1/2 cup pistachios into tiny bits to be used for coating. 5. Break up the pistachio-date ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined. 6. Shape pistachio/date mixture into 18 bite size balls and then roll in chopped pistachio. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month; ready for your guests and visitors. Store longer in your freezer.
Dip 1/2 of the pistachio treat in sugar free ganache. (vegan dark chocolate)
Substitute with different nuts and tangerines (instead of limes).
Add a cherry, dried apricot, dried cranberries or anything you like inside your truffle.
You can add anything you like to your Holiday Truffles. Add chia seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, figs or chili powder. Apricots will brighten up your festive season! Add your favorite blends. Mix and match!
This almond cookie is an explosion of flavour, yet shockingly simple to make. Gluten free. Keto – friendly and does not spike your blood glucose levels. This is my all time favourite ‘cookie’. You may be hooked like I was, with your very first bite. The vanilla extract makes these gems extra good!
Bernini says. “I’ll give you a hand ( a paw that is)”…
2-3 Egg whites
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup of sweetener ( Monk fruit )
3 cups of sliced blanched almonds
a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350F
Mix egg whites with a fork. Add sweetener, salt and vanilla. Mix again. Toss in almonds and mix. (check your egg white consistency here)
Spoon and flatten cookie mixture on a silicone sheet or parchment or on a cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minute – to a media brown colour
If bottom still soft and sticky ..turn over bottom side up and put back in the oven
Turn off oven ..let cookies sit 5-10 minutes to dry out.
Dip cookie in dark or light chocolate after baking. Flip chocolate side up. Let cool (see below).
TIP! Egg whites vary in size. Make sure you have enough ‘egg white’ to have a thick consistency when blending – well coated ( sort of gooey). If it looks dry, you may have to add another egg white . Beat the ‘additional’ egg white separately before you add it to your cookie mix. Err on more egg white. Crumble the cookie on yogurt, hot, morning oatmeal, ice cream, salad or cooked green beans. There are more ideas as you might guess. The ingredients are healthy and you can dress up any meal with healthy almonds.
DID YOU KNOW? Almonds are not a true nut. It is a seed or pit similar to a peach or olives. My uncle, who reached his 100th birthday, would enjoy six almonds daily for good health. Did you know Bill Gates’ frequently snacks on ‘nuts’. I’m sure the almond squeaked its way in the mix. Monk fruit is the trending sugar substitute, some say no aftertaste. There are various Monk fruits to buy with varying sweetness. Investigate them before using in a recipe. Monk fruit toots a higher sweetness level than sugar. Tasting is believing. Swerve is another emerging substitute for sugar you may want to try.
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that consuming almondsincreases vitamin E levelsVitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that defends your cells against damage on a daily basis and prevents artery-clogging oxidation and also lowers cholesterol levels. Almonds have a significant increase the amount of antioxidants in the bloodstream. Blood flow is improved along with reduced blood pressure.
1) Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add shallots and saute for about 5 minutes until translucent. Add the minced garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Cook until tender and fragrant. Add curry powder, salt and pepper and cook over low heat for a few minutes.
2) Add broccoli and combine well. Cook for a few minutes and add chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat until medium. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
Add the frozen peas and cook for a few minutes only so that the soup will maintain it’s bright green colour.
Frozen Peas Adds Green Colour
3) Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and add salt to taste if required.
Serve hot sprinkled with almonds and optionally sour cream. This can be served cold as well.
Healthy Broccoli Soup Garnished with Sour Cream and Almonds
Broccoli contains cancer fighting glycosinolates which are transformed to disable toxins in the body. The younger the broccoli, the more glucosinolates.
A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my hairdresser. She was concerned about the sugar that her adult sons were eating and asked me if I had any ideas I could recommend to satisfy their sweet tooth. The answer was TRUFFLES, made with dates and nuts. Truffles are healthy, fast and easy to make for a burst of energy!
TASTY TRUFFLES My neighbour loves chocolate and loves sweets but she gets headaches for days afterwards. I started thinking about this and kept my mind and my eyes open for a solution. I did some testing with organic dates and almonds and came up with these treats with great success!..
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TRUFFLES RECIPE Ingredients 1 cup soft pitted dates 1 cup raw almonds 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp natural raspberry flavour* 1 tsp natural vanilla extract pinch salt (optional)
Directions Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, natural raspberry flavour vanilla extract and salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with cocoa powder. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They will store longer in the freezer. My neighbour tried them and did she get a headache? You guessed it! NO! Added pizazz – Sprinkled edible gold leaf on your truffles. Or – add organic lime zest on top of the truffles -right before serving for that extra tang. *Note: Natural raspberry flavour is made by companies such as Boyajian and is available through http://www.goldaskitchen.com and other sources.
CHOCOLATE MATCHA TRUFFLES
RECIPE Ingredients 1 cup soft pitted date 1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1T organic matcha green tea powder 1 T unsweetened almond milk 1 tsp vanilla extract pinch salt (optional)
Directions Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, matcha powder, almond milk, vanilla extract and pinch salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with more matcha powder. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or longer in freezer.
FOOD FACTS: You do not become hypoglycemic with these treats. They do not elevate your blood sugar. Remember with sugary treats, you are full of energy or have the sugar rush. Inevitably, after the peak then comes the crash. These truffle treats have very healthy ingredients; full of nutrition and will also give you a boost if you are working in the office or you are at the gym. You can keep on going like the “Ever Ready Bunny” .
LIME PISTACHIO TRUFFLES RECIPE Ingredients 2 cups pistachios I cup pitted dates 4 organic limes, zest and juice of each.
Directions Mix only 1 1/2 cups of the pistachios and all the dates in food processor until it comes to a ball. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pistachios for the coating. Process the pistachios and dates until it comes together in a ball (about 3 minutes). While this is mixing, zest the limes and then juice them. Chop the remaining 1/2 cup pistachios into tiny bits to be used for coating. Break up the pistachio-date ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined. Toss pistachio-date mixture into 18 balls and then roll in chopped pistachios. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month or longer in freezer. FOOD TIP : You can change the consistency of these sweet treats by adding more lime juice or almond milk as needed. Also if you are using the zest of any citrus fruit, you must buy organic to avoid the pesticides. If you are just eating or juicing the lime, you don’t need to pay extra for the organic.