GREEN SMOOTHIE MUFFINS

GREEN SMOOTHIE MUFFINS

If you are in a rush (who isn’t, right?) OR just a little bored with your breakfast choices, give these muffins a try!  They are a great grab-n-go item, you can freeze them, and they are low in fat and chock full of goodness!!! 

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Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-hole muffin tin with liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients in your blender or food processor. Blend until the batter has a smooth consistency and even color.
  3. Portion out between the 12-lined muffin holes.
  4. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring the muffins to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy warm or allow to cool completely before storing in fridge for up to 5 days or in freezer for up to a month.

 

Cashew Butter Cups With Freeze Dried Blueberries

Cashew Butter Cups With Freeze Dried Blueberries

These cashew butter cups are healthy and packed with nutrients!! These are excellent as a dessert or snack. They are low-carb and low-fat and pretty enough to take to your next potluck!!

As noted below, you can switch out the sugar-free maple syrup with honey. However, please note that the nutrition label will change! Each cup will then contain 10 grams of sugar and 15 carbs, as well as 159 calories.

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  1. Line a muffin tin with nonstick muffin liners. Set aside.
  2. Next, place freeze-dried blueberries into a food processor and blend until they turn into a powder.
  3. Place all-natural cashew butter, melted coconut oil, sugar-free maple syrup, 2/3 of the blueberry powder (you’ll use the rest later), and vanilla extract in a medium-size bowl. Mix until combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop batter into muffin tin. You should get 12 cups.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the cashew butter cups with the rest of the freeze-dried blueberry powder and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  6. Place muffin tin in the freezer and freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from freezer and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If your batter isn’t easily poured into the cupcake tin, add more melted coconut oil. You do not want your batter to be too thick and sometimes thickness is dependent on how oily your nut butter is.

You can replace sugar-free maple syrup (I like Lakanto brand, which I get from Amazon) with honey.  You can also replace the cashew butter with any other nut butter, such as peanut or almond...just limit it to natural.

You may store the cups in the freezer for up to 3 months!

Crunchy Green Pea Snacks

Crunchy Green Pea Snacks

This recipe is the PERFECT replacement for ANY junk food you are currently inhaling during your nightly TV watching!!! They are salty and crunchy BUT good for you!!! 

Here are few reasons why we should eat more of these little green wonders:

  • calcium
  • iron
  • copper
  • zinc
  • manganese
  • Vitamin K
  • plant protein
  • fiber
  • phytonutrients
  • antioxidants 

Who knew those little green things could pack such a powerful punch of nutrients? So, snack away AND get a great dose of vitamins and minerals, too!!!

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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Parchment will make them crispier.
  2. Carefully dry the green peas with a paper towel or clean dish towel, being careful not to mash them.
  3. Place green peas on the baking sheet in a pile. Add coconut oil and garlic salt. Carefully combine until well coated.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. At the halfway point, stir carefully. Return to oven and continue cooking.
  5. Peas should be about half golden brown and slightly green, as in the photo. Let them cool and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

You may not have any left to store. But, if you do, simply place them in an airtight container on the counter for up to 48 hours.

NOTE: This is the basic recipe. You can customize the flavors with wasabi, Italian spices, curry, Mexican or Asian flavors. Experiment with flavors YOU like!

These also make great croutons on a salad!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Butter

Dark Chocolate Walnut Butter

This nut butter is fantastic paired with bananas on toasted Ezekiel bread, or blended into a smoothie.  You can also use it as a dip for fruit, or as frosting for sugar-free cupcakes or brownies. Of course, you can always just lick it straight off the spoon…um, yeah!
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Instructions
  1. Place walnuts in food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture looks like bread crumbs.
  2. Slowly add oil until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Add cinnamon, cacao powder, sugar-free maple syrup, and sea salt and blend until smooth and creamy (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. Place in jar and store in fridge.
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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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Cook Time 20 Minutes START TIMER
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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

 

 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

I love “no-bake” cookies because it’s just about like eating the dough out of the bowl, right? These are no exception. And, the best part? They are an “EDGE RECIPE.” So, what is an “EDGE RECIPE” you ask? Okay, maybe you didn’t ask. But, just in case you did, “EDGE RECIPES” are those that…well…give us an edge toward healthy weight management goals. EDGE RECIPES have to meet certain standards to be so-categorized. They must be low-fat, low-carb, and sugar-free for starters. Next, they have to be quick to prepare and easy on the budget.  Last, but certainly not least, EDGE RECIPES must be “crave-worthy.”  They must make your mouth water when you think about coming home and knoshing on them.  Well, this recipe checks off all those boxes!

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Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well.
  2. In a cup, combine liquid ingredients, then pour wet into dry and stir until incorporated fully.
  3. Transfer to a plastic bag and smush into a ball. Now you can roll into smaller balls or place in fridge until a little firmer and then roll into smaller balls.
  4. You can also bake these at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. For crispier cookies, cook for about 15 minutes. Then cool for about 10-15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

You can make your own oat flour by blending oats in a food processor until they become powder. Be sure to measure after blending.

For the no-bake option, due to the coconut oil, these cookies will harden when chilled, but they go back to being soft if left out.

You can freeze the no-bake or bake option.

You can also make them as thick or thin as you like. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time if you decide to go for the bake option.

 

Low Carb Smoothie

Low Carb Smoothie

This is a great low-carb smoothie. Use this as a go-to recipe for the EDGE meal plans for breakfast-on-the-go. Coconut milk contains a beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. Chia seeds (soaked in 3 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes), contain essential fatty acids, plus vitamins A, B, E and D and minerals including iron, magnesium, niacin and thiamine. The nut butter adds some healthy fat, plus needed creaminess and texture.  (I recommend that you avoid peanut butter.) The cacao nibs will actually improve muscle structure and enhance nerve function due to their nutritional content. Of course, we’ve all heard about the benefits of avocado and coconut oil and all their “healthy fats.”  They also give this smoothie a delicious, creamy texture.  Finally, top it off with some cinnamon, which is great for blood sugar, and you are ready to go!

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  1. Add contents into a high-powered blender, blending until well-combined.
  2. Top with cacao nibs and cinnamon.
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Chocolate Covered Plantain Chips

Chocolate Covered Plantain Chips

This recipe will quickly become one of your go-to’s for when you are having a “chocolate and/or sweet attack.” The combination of sweet and salty with no guilt??? Doesn’t get better than that!

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange plantain chips in an even layer.
  3. Combine the baking stevia (or coconut sugar), butter (or ghee), coconut oil, and water in a medium saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high and begin stirring the mixture so the oil and butter (or ghee) combine with the baking stevia (or coconut sugar).
  4. As the mixtures starts to heat up, whisk it (vigorously) in one direction. The oil and sugar may separate, but continue whisking to combine.
  5. Whisk about 4 minutes, watching very carefully to avoid burning the sugar. Once the mixture is combined and the consistency of melted caramel, remove from heat immediately. You have two options from here: Carefully drizzle the caramel on top of the plantain chips, trying your best to coat evenly OR gently pour the caramel on top of the plantain chips and using a rubber spatula, mix the chips around to evenly coat. You will have to do this quickly, as the caramel will begin to thicken once cooled. When the chips are coated, quickly arrange them back in an even layer. You may have to pull them apart with your fingers, as they will be sticky. This will help the bottoms of the chips to be caramelized as well as the tops.
  6. Place the plantain chips with caramel into the oven and cook for 5 minutes, until the caramel is bubbly. Be careful not to burn.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool as you prepare the chocolate.
  8. Pour the chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 20 second intervals, mixing the chocolate between intervals. Once most of the chocolate is melted, remove from the microwave and stir until all the chocolate is melted.
  9. Drizzle the chocolate on top of the plantains and spread evenly with a spatula.
  10. Let cool at room temperature. If desired, add a little salt to top.
  11. Place the pan into the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled and the chocolate has hardened, gently break off pieces to desired size and serve!
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan-Date Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan-Date Topping

This sweet potato casserole with pecans is a must for a healthy Thanksgiving table! With no sweeteners and a cinnamon pecan-date topping, you might end up eating the leftovers for breakfast! This sweet potato casserole is naturally sweetened and sure to become a Thanksgiving tradition.

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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
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Pecan-Date Topping
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Pecan-Date Topping
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  1. Stir together all sweet potato casserole ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all pecan-date topping ingredients, until well combined and coated.
  3. Spray 9x9" pan with cooking spray. Spoon sweet potato casserole into pan and spread topping evenly over surface.
  4. Bake at 350º F for 30 minutes.
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Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola

Making your own granola is easier than you think. What I love most about DIY granola is that you can customize it to suit your taste AND your “Diet Level.”  This recipe is a pumpkin version, using oats, quinoa, maple syrup or honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), and dried cranberries. So, as far as Diet Levels go, it is NOT grain-free, so we’re going with Diet Level 6 here. You can treat this as a cereal and pair it with nut milk, so it’s a great go-to for a quick breakfast. However, you can easily make this fit Diet Levels 1-4 by tweaking the maple syrup or honey with sugar-free maple syrup.

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  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Spread oats and quinoa out on a parchment-lined baking pan. Toast in the oven 10 minutes, stirring once.
  3. Remove oats from the oven and pour into a medium bowl. Add the ground flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans and dried fruit.
  4. Reduce oven to 300° F.
  5. In a second medium bowl, combine maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. Pour over oats and stir together with a spatula.
  6. Spread back onto a baking sheet and bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden.
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