Snickerdoodle Muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins

I absolutely LOVE snickerdoodle cookies. But, they are off limits if you are following our “edge” program. Well, truth be told, just about any snickerdoodle cookie is off limits on any “diet” program, right?

These snickerdoodle muffins will totally keep you from missing those cookies, I promise!!!  These muffins are low-carb and low-fat.  Whip up a batch and put some in the freezer.  You can even have one for breakfast!!

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Snickerdoodle Muffins
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place 12 muffin liners in a 12-count muffin tin.
  2. Place almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk eggs, melted coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Then, add the egg mixture to the almond flour mixture and stir until fully combined. Then, fold in the hemp hearts.
  4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are golden.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  1. Place the coconut oil in a small dish and combine the erythritol and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Once the muffins are done, one muffin at a time, brush the top with coconut oil before placing it overtop of the cinnamon sugar bowl and sprinkling it with the cinnamon sugar. Lightly shake off excess and repeat with remaining muffins.
  2. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.
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Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swerve Sweetener, Granular, 12 Ounce

 

 

Butternut Squash Pancakes

Butternut Squash Pancakes

This Butternut Squash Pancakes recipe is an easy way to add some extra vegetables to breakfast! Made with just a few ingredients, they can be made ahead of time and reheated and also make a great, healthy snack!

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Butternut Squash Pancakes
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. Option 1: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Option 2: Combine squash, eggs and vanilla in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Add baking powder, cinnamon and flour and stir until just combined.
  4. Scoop onto a greased griddle or pan. Flip when bubbly.
Recipe Notes

You don't need a blender for these, but it definitely makes a smoother batter. If you're not using a blender, be sure your squash is very well roasted and soft and mash well before starting! May also use pre-packaged butternut squash.  HEB has packaged, pre-washed and cut-up butternut squash in their produce area!!

Smaller pancakes work much better than larger ones for this recipe.

NUTRITION FACTS INCLUDE 2 TABLESPOONS OF BUTTER, 2 TABLESPOONS OF SUGAR-FREE MAPLE SYRUP, AND 2 TABLESPOONS OF CHOPPED NUTS.

 

Broccoli Cheese Sticks

Broccoli Cheese Sticks

Broccoli and cheese–who doesn’t love them?  Okay, well there might be a few people (like my hubs).  At any rate, a veggie that looks like bread in the form of a stick can’t be all bad, right? 

The “cheese” is actually nutritional yeast, so these “cheese sticks” are dairy-free!  Nutritional yeast is not an active yeast.  It is flaky and has a nutty, cheesy-like taste and is often substituted for grated cheese. It also tastes amazing on roasted vegetables.  It is also filled with B vitamins and keeps you compliant with ALL Diet Levels!

You can find nutritional yeast at HEB and Whole Foods, as well as online. A little goes a long way, so buying a jar or bag of it will last you a year!

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Broccoli Cheese Sticks
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the broccoli florets. Boil for 8-10 minutes, until broccoli is soft, then drain the water. (Or follow directions on package if using frozen. i.e., can microwave, etc.)
  2. Add the broccoli to a food processor and pulse until broccoli is broken down and scrape the broccoli "paste" out of the food processor and into a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and nutritional yeast together.
  4. Add the dried ingredients to the broccoli, then add the egg and apple cider vinegar and mix until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place another piece of parchment paper over the top. Using a rolling pin (or your hands), spread by pressing it out on the top piece of parchment paper (to avoid it sticking) until it's roughly ⅓ - ½ inch thick.
  6. Remove the top piece of parchment paper. Using a pizza cutter, score the dough into 1" wide pieces to make sticks. Also score the dough in the middle
  7. Place into the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden and the middle is cooked through. Let cool, then break the pieces into sticks.
  8. Store at room temperature for a few days, or to keep longer, place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Freeze any leftover sticks and thaw when needed.
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Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These flour-less pumpkin oatmeal cookies are soft baked and healthy enough to be called a “breakfast food!”  They are quick to whip up and you might want to make a double batch because they stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer!

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Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Diet Level:6
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Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the batter (about 2 tbsp each) onto the prepared baking sheet, until you have 9 cookies.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are just set. Let cool and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by blending 3/4 cup old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor until smooth flour forms. Or you could try swapping the oat flour out with protein powder.

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)

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Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Soft Baked)
Diet Level:4
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Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Diet Level:4
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray (or line with parchment paper). Set aside.
  2. In one small bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry, and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop 1/8 cup (or 2 tbsp) worth of dough onto baking sheet per cookie, (you may want to mold into shape you want them to be, as they don't spread much). Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips if desired before baking.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until set.
Recipe Notes

To make oat flour, take 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats and grind in a blender or food processor until it reaches a flour consistency.

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies can be made the day before, as they store well in an airtight container, eaten fresh-from-the-oven, or frozen and warmed up in the microwave! They go great with coffee or any of your favorite dairy-free milks!

With the only sweetener coming from honey and raisins, and a good amount of fiber and healthy fats, they help you stay full for the whole morning or through your morning workout.

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Diet Level:6
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fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
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Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl combine flax meal and water. Set aside while it forms an egg-like consistency.
  3. In a medium bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda and powder, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until well combined.
  4. In a small saucepan add honey, sunflower seed butter, and coconut oil. Over medium heat, stir until all ingredients are melted together. Remove from heat.
  5. To the honey and sunflower seed butter pan, add pumpkin puree and flax “egg”. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture. Stir with a large spoon until all the dry ingredients are mixed into the wet ingredients.
  7. Lastly, add the raisins, pumpkin seeds, and shredded coconut. Fold into the batter.
  8. Scooping the batter up by large spoonfuls, place on the prepared baking sheet. Divide evenly to get 12 round cookies.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
  10. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Or you may freeze them.
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread
Diet Level:4
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Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Here’s a great way to use up those ripe bananas. You know the ones…no one wants to eat them because they are just a little too ripe, but you can’t quite make yourself toss them in the trash? Yeah…those:) You’ll actually get best results with this recipe if you use those ripe bananas: go for the ones that already have brown spots.

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Flourless Banana Pancakes
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 10 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk them.
  2. In another bowl, lightly mash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Add the egg, the baking powder, the vanilla, and the cinnamon to the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter at a time onto a skillet placed over a medium-low heat and cook until the bottom appears set (1 to 2 minutes). Flip with a spatula and cook another minute. NOTE: With just eggs as a binder, you’ll also find it easier if you make smaller pancakes, as big ones have a tendency to break apart when they’re flipped.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, if desired.
Recipe Notes

The recipe calls for vanilla extract and cinnamon, but you could add whatever spices you like. Bananas make a great vehicle for just about anything. The instructions also give amounts for one person, but it’s easy to modify for a group; just use the ratio of 2 eggs:1.5 bananas. For example, for four people, you would use 8 eggs and 6 bananas.

To make this a sugar-free Diet Level recipe, simply use sugar-free maple syrup. You can go HERE to find my recommendation for a brand without additives.

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

This lemon pound cake is just as rich and lemony as the one you get at Starbucks! However, it is sans the flour, sugar, butter, or oil!  This clean eating and grain-free treat has the perfect balance of tart and sweet. It is a great dessert dish to bring to a family gathering, baby shower or potluck.

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Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Optional Frosting
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, and add the wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into loaf pan.
  4. Bake 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (Bake first 20 minutes covered with foil, then uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer.)
Optional Frosting
  1. To make the optional frosting, mix ingredients for frosting and spread over loaf just before serving! (Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.)
Recipe Notes

Go HERE for a link to purchase Sweet Leaf Baking Stevia for this recipe. There are other brands available at HEB and Whole Foods.

Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt can be found at Whole Foods.

You can freeze slices of this cake and thaw out one slice at a time for a treat!

Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake

I love when I find a great breakfast recipe that doesn’t include eggs or grains as the main ingredient. This dish is hot, easy, and so appetizing! This breakfast comes together by combining some eggs with nut milk, to give it a baked oatmeal type texture.  Then, the shredded coconut, walnuts, and fruit are the bonus! What I love about this recipe is that it is packed with healthy fats and only sweetened with the fruit.

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Strawberry Coconut Breakfast Bake
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Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: coconut flakes, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Now add in mashed banana and coconut oil.
  4. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix well. Then fold in strawberries (or fruit of choice).
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until top is firm and golden.
  6. Serve hot!
Recipe Notes

*Feel free to substitute other fruits for the strawberries.

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