Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

Recipes like this can double as breakfast, a snack or even a quick dessert! These “bites” are super easy to make, are packed with protein and lots of ingredients you can feel great about putting into your body!

The recipe not only calls for pumpkin spices and some pumpkin puree, but also toasted pumpkin seeds!  If you don’t have any on hand, you’re welcome to substitute in any other nuts or seeds.  But the “pepitas” really add an extra crunch and flavor to these bites.  They are the perfect mixture of sweet and slightly salty.

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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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1-Inch Balls
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls (about 1-inch in diameter). Alternatively, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Recipe Notes

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

If you feel like adding a little extra sweetness, these would also be great with some Lily's, stevia-sweetened chocolate chips tossed in.  See the CHALLENGED APPROVED FOODS PAGE for purchase recommendations.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s PUMPKIN TIME! This cheesecake is sugar-free and no-bake and all pumpkin!  Moreover, it’s even healthy with all the dates and nuts included in this recipe!!!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Crust ingredients:
White Layer Ingredients:
Pumpkin Layer Ingredients:
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Crust ingredients:
White Layer Ingredients:
Pumpkin Layer Ingredients:
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Instructions
  1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process into a sticky crumble. Transfer into a 6″ spring form pan and shape into a crust {either by flattening it entirely to the bottom, or pushing it up the sides a little for a taller crust effect}. Set aside.
  2. Place all white layer ingredients into a high-speed blender and process until mixture is smooth. Scoop out about ¾ cup of this mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add pumpkin layer ingredients to the blender to the remaining mixture and blend until mixture is smooth and uniform.
  4. Pour pumpkin cheesecake mixture into the crust in the spring form pan. Smooth out the mixture a little using a spatula. Pour white layer ingredients (that were set aside earlier) on top of the pumpkin layer, being careful not to mix the two layers in the process {it helps to freeze the pumpkin layer for about 20 minutes first to help it firm up, which makes adding the white layer without having the two layers mix up a lot easier}. Gently smooth out the surface.
  5. Freeze the cheesecake for 4-5 hours {or overnight} to set, and then transfer and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also have it straight out of the freezer as a pumpkin ice-cream cake, but when you have it out of the fridge it has the consistency, texture, and flavor of a real cheesecake.
Golden Milk

Golden Milk

Two ingredients you should stock in your pantry?  Ginger and turmeric. These two spices share a list of healthy benefits.  Ginger has antimicrobial properties that can stop viruses (like common respiratory infections) before they wreak havoc on your immune system, and it is also a well-known remedy for nausea and digestive issues. Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, is a natural anti-inflammatory that has been shown to ease muscle soreness after a tough workout, stop a headache in its tracks, support weight-loss goals, and improve your digestion.

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Category Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Category Smoothies
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 5 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar. Screw the jar's lid on tight, and shake well for about 2 minutes.
  2. Slowly pour the shaken mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a measuring cup or bowl. Then pour the strained almond milk back into a cup or mug to enjoy immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you prefer to enjoy your turmeric milk warm, feel free to heat yours in the microwave or on the stove top.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl

One of the foods that I really crave a lot is Chinese take out.  This “egg roll in a bowl” is healthy and delicious! It really does taste like an egg roll. Try it and see for yourself!!

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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef (or other meat you choose) and cook, stirring often to crumble, until cooked through. Do not drain.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix, garlic, ginger, and coco aminos to the skillet with the meat. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until cabbage has softened a bit.
  3. Remove from the heat and top with the green onions and drizzle with sesame oil (if using).
  4. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

A NOTE ABOUT COCONUT AMINOS:
Coconut aminos is a substitute for soy sauce. You can find coconut aminos at HEB, Target, Trader Joe's, WalMart, etc. Some of the brand names are: Bragg and Coconut Secret.

 If you want to lower the fat a bit, omit the sesame oil.

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is so quick to prepare!  You’ll want to come back to this recipe again and again!

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Sweet Potato Soup
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place potatoes, ginger, and cinnamon in big pot. Add 3 cups water and coconut milk.
  2. Simmer until potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes.
  3. Blend in food processor or with stick blender until smooth consistency.
  4. Return to pot and cook to desired thickness.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

You can add other spices if you like it more savory, such as garlic powder or onion powder. Also, maybe some thyme, onion and finely chopped apple in the final stages.

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