Date Sweetened Cookies

Date Sweetened Cookies

This is a great Diet Level 4 cookie recipe, although it also fits nicely into DL’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 (NOT DL 5, due to the inclusion of oats, so not grain-free). They are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies. You can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the blender or food processor machine go. These cookies are made with raisins, but you could also substitute Lily’s chocolate chips (see image below), which are made with stevia and you would still be in the “sugar-free” diet-level realm! You can find them at HEB with all the other baking chocolate chips.

Lilys Baking Chips No Sugar Added

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Date Sweetened Cookies
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Add almonds until smooth, another minute or so.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and oil, and process for another few minutes. You might need to stop periodically to scrape the sides in order to get the mixture to blend evenly. Add in the banana for 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Shape dough with a spoon into 20 cookies on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie

If you’re in the midst of embracing your Diet Level 5, 40-Day Challenge and looking for something for breakfast that isn’t egg-related, but still wanting to fuel up on protein so you stay satisfied all morning long, then grab your blender and whip up this smoothie!

The protein comes from almonds and hemp seeds, and although this smoothie may not look super special or amazing, it tastes perfectly sweet and creamy and offers 15.6 grams of protein and 9.3 grams of fiber. Since it’s just five ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to make. If you don’t already have hemp seeds, you can find them at HEB, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s.

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Banana Blueberry Hemp Seed Smoothie
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  1. Puree everything in a blender until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Another name for this recipe might be…“Virginia’s Dip from Taste and See Dinner!” It is delishhhhh!!! You girls all raved about it and wanted the recipe, so here it is!!!

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  1. Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender or food processor.
  2. Serve!
Recipe Notes

If it's too thick, add a little of the liquid from the red peppers. You can also add fresh red bell pepper and some smokey paprika. For those who like it hot, add some jalapeno.

Nutty Seedy Cacao Bites

Nutty Seedy Cacao Bites

Keep these little bites in the freezer so when you want something quick before coming to your Fit for GOD classes! With all of the nuts and seeds in these there are tons of healthy fats to fuel a workout. They have a nice and crunchy texture to make them satisfying. Have one (or two) as a between-meal snack to curb those cravings!!

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Nutty Seedy Cacao Bites
Diet Level:6
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  1. In a food processor combine cashew and almonds and pulse a few times until nuts are ground up into small, pea-sized chunks.
  2. Then add dates, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and cashew butter and blend until everything is ground up and combined.
  3. Then add cacao nibs and start blending while pouring water in the top until it comes together in a ball.
  4. Then season to taste with some salt and pulse to combine.
  5. Scoop the dough into balls and roll them in your hands to make them smooth.
  6. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate and place in the freezer.
  7. Once frozen you can put them all in a large Ziploc bag and store in the freezer or fridge depending on how firm you like them.
Coconut Date Bites

Coconut Date Bites

Instead of reaching for typical candy and cookies filled with refined sugars, preservatives and saturated fats, have a coconut date bite! They can be made in 10 minutes, require no cooking or baking, and your family and friends will love them because they taste just like cookie dough! This is a great, fun recipe to make with kids too!

When you consume raw unprocessed foods that are not cooked above 104° F, your body metabolizes them much more efficiently, allowing your body to focus energy on other parts of your system, other than digestion. These gluten-free, raw, vegan bite-sized treats provide healthy fats, natural sugars, and macro-nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth, give you a little burst of energy, and keep you away from the candy dishes!

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Diet Level:1
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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Diet Level:1
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  1. Combine almonds, cashews, and coconut in a food processor or high powered blender.
  2. Pulse or blend until ingredients break down into small pieces but not into butter.
  3. Add dates and 1 Tbsp of water for moisture. Blend until a thick dough is formed.
  4. Remove the dough from your blender and stir in cacao nibs.
  5. With a measuring spoon, divide the dough into 10 balls, at 1 tablespoon each.
  6. Place in mini cupcake liners and store in a container in the freezer. Cool for 20 minutes before consuming.
Recipe Notes

A word about cacao nibs. Be careful when purchasing. As always, READ THOSE INGREDIENT LISTS!! For example, at HEB there are two brands that look the same at first glance. However, if you notice, there is one little word inserted in the name..."sweet"...  If you read the ingredient list of the "sweet" version, they have added "certified organic cane juice" so it is NOT your best choice. The other one is totally unsweetened. So, although they BOTH say "natural" and "organic," if you don't look carefully, you could make a wrong choice!

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Nibs (CHOOSE THIS ONE!)

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs

Almond Date Truffles

Almond Date Truffles

Here is a great “dessert” recipe. This is also a great portable snack to carry with you on trips or in your purse.

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Almond Date Truffles
Diet Level:5
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  1. Put the dates and vanilla paste in a food processor and run until a chunky paste forms.
  2. Add the almond butter and pulse a few more times.
  3. Add the coconut, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon and pulse a few more times. The mixture should be a tad crumbly, but press between your fingers and stick together. If it seems too wet to hold in a ball, add more coconut. If too dry, add a touch more almond butter or a splash of water.
  4. Roll a heaping tablespoon of the mixture between your palms to form a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  5. Put your chopped almonds on a plate and roll each truffle in the almonds (apply a bit of pressure to get them to adhere).
  6. Place the plate in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. Truffles will keep covered in the fridge for a couple weeks.
Recipe Notes

Some dates can be super dry and hard, but for this recipe, you want to try to get your hands on some that are plump and slightly glossy, with no crystallized sugar on the surface. You can find quality Medjool dates at Costco, Trader Joe's, and HEB has this brand in the produce area: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates. No added sugar, no preservatives.

The Vanilla Bean Paste can also be found at HEB in the spice isle. I use Taylor & Colledge Organic Vanilla Bean Paste.

Chocolate Coffee Protein Bar

This recipe taste a lot like an RXBar. Give it a try!

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Chocolate Coffee Protein Bar
Diet Level:5
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  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until everything begins to form a sticky ball of dough. You may need to stop every few minutes to push everything down with a spatula.
  2. Once you have a ball of dough, remove from processor and press into a parchment lined 8 x 8” pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Slice into 10-12 bars and enjoy!
  4. Store individually wrapped in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

If things don’t seem to be sticking, slowly add more water about 1/2 tablespoon at a time until it does.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar

This protein bar tastes somewhat like the RxBars but is a whole lot cheaper! Try it out!!

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Bar
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  1. In a food processor, blitz the protein powder, almonds*, apples**, and cinnamon until finely ground.
  2. Add dates and process until uniformly broken down.
  3. Add very little water (a few drops) and process. Continue to do this until the mixture starts to stick together. Use about 1 ½ tbsp. over the course of 3 starts.
  4. Line an 8 x 8” pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang. Press mixture in firmly making it the same thickness.
  5. Freeze for about 15-20 minutes, then cut into 6 to 9 squares, depending on what size you desire. Wrap each one in plastic wrap or wax paper.
  6. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe Notes

*Weigh in a food scale.

** A little bit of finely chopped apple with peel for more apple flavor but be careful when adding the water.

Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

A great clean eating and sugar-free dessert or snack recipe!

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Apple Crisp
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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the diced apples in a baking dish or pie dish.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and then pour over the apples.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples. Use your hands to toss the apples around and get them all covered evenly with the oil and spices.
  5. Sprinkle the raisins over the apples so that they're evenly distributed.
  6. Put the almonds in a blender or food processor and process until you've got a course flour. Sprinkle this evenly over the top of the apples.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes.
Coconut Cream Fruit Tarts

Coconut Cream Fruit Tarts

I love coconut and I hope you do, too! This fruit tart recipe is not only delish, it’s healthy!!

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Coconut Cream Fruit Tarts
Diet Level:6
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  1. In a food processor process medjool dates and almonds until there are no big chunks (forms a big ball when it's done, and it usually takes about 30 seconds to a minute on high in the food processor.) Carefully remove the blade and take 1 heaping spoonful of the mixture and set aside.
  2. Line two small springform molds or two small pans with parchment paper.
  3. Divide the date/almond mixture between the two molds or pans and with hands press the date/almond mixture to form a crust.
  4. In a mixing bowl spoon coconut milk (you only want the solid parts from the can, you will see clear liquid and then solid white...the white stuff is what you want) and then with a hand mixer whip it for a minute, then add the spoonful of date/almond mixture that you've reserved and 5 raspberries. Beat until combined (there will be some small date, almond, and raspberry bits in the mixture.)
  5. Spoon the coconut cream into the tart crusts and then top the tarts with raspberries and sliced strawberries.
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