Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, footed with a perfect layer of dark chocolate, and so deliciously snackable and somewhat addicting, that portion control is paramount! They are also top of the list on our Fueled & Fit EDGE 90-Day Challenge because they are low-fat, low-carb and low-sugar! So, when you are craving something a little sweet OR needing something to take to a potluck–THIS is one of your go-to desserts or snacks!

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Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and evenly spread the shredded coconut over the sheets.
  3. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, removing and stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl and add the pinch of salt.
  5. Beat the eggs on high until almost stiff peaks are formed.
  6. Slowly add in the heated honey about 1 tsp at a time, beating simultaneously.
  7. Once all the honey is added, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. {Note: stiff peaks are marked by when you shake the beaters and the peaks of egg white foam do not move or wiggle.}
  8. Fold in the cooled and toasted unsweetened coconut with a large spatula.
  9. Line the baking sheets with more parchment paper.
  10. Using a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, spoon the egg white/coconut mixture into the bag filling towards one corner. Cut the corner of the bag off. {Note: an actual pastry bag works, too.} Squeeze about 1 tablespoon dollops onto the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the chocolate.
  13. Melt the chocolate chips on a double boiler. {Boil some water in a small sauce pan and place a large glass bowl on top of the pot. Add the chocolate chips to the glass bowl and stir constantly until evenly melted, then remove from the heat.}
  14. When the cookies are cooled, dip the bottom into chocolate and set on parchment paper.
  15. Set the chocolate by placing the cookies in the refrigerator. This should take about 30 minutes.
  16. Plate and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips are sweetened with Stevia and can be found at HEB, Whole Foods, etc.

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: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Cookies
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
fueled for GOD 40 Day Challenge
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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.
Pumpkin Muffins with Honey

Pumpkin Muffins with Honey

Of course, the title gives it away—this is a Diet Level 6 Recipe—honey…1/2 cup, no less!! It’s clean eating all the way, though!!! These are so easy to make and they taste delish! Just remember portion control!!! ALWAYS!!

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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or oil lightly.
  2. Stir together flours, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, stir together eggs, pumpkin, mayonnaise, honey, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
  5. Stir in pecans, then divide among muffin liners so each is about ¾ full (about ¼ cup each).
  6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center tests clean. Cool muffin tin for 5 minutes on a wire rack, then run a thin knife around each indent and turn muffins out; cool completely before eating.
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.

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.

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

I mean, come on…who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter cups, right??? Okay, maybe there’s one or two people on this here planet that might not like them…maybe. I’m DEFINITELY NOT one of those two people!!! I haven’t made these yet, because I am currently on Diet Level 4, but I’m sure going to!!! They are NOT sugar-free, due to the honey in them. So, they are a Diet Level 6 Recipe. They are really very “clean” eating…just use your portion control sense!!

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Prep Time 35 Minutes
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins, then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (You don't need to grease the tins.)
  3. Place in freezer for 30 or more minutes until set. After set, use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup.
  4. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.
Recipe Notes

HEB in Boerne carries the following products. (While you may feel that these products can be a little pricey at the outset, you will use them time and time again AND they go really far, so you won't be repurchasing for some time):

MaraNatha Natural Creamy & Raw Almond Butter
Bob's Red Mill Unsweetened Medium Shredded Coconut
Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Good Flow Honey Company Raw Wildflower Honey
Lily's Baking Chips No Sugar Added (Sweetened with Stevia)

Sandwich Bread DL 6

This is a great bread recipe! It is wonderful for sandwiches.

WANT TO MAKE THIS BREAD RECIPE DIET LEVEL 5 FRIENDLY? GO HERE

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Sandwich Bread DL 6
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes
Servings
Loaf
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Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes
Servings
Loaf
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place a small, heatproof dish of water on the bottom rack while the oven heats (you can leave it in while it bakes).
  3. Line the bottom of an 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pan with parchment paper and then grease well.
  4. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  5. Beat egg yolks and cashew butter in a separate bowl until combined. Then mix in honey, vinegar and milk.
  6. Sift coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to mixture in bowl. Beat until combined.
  7. Add two tablespoons of egg whites to mixture and beat until smooth. Then add remaining egg whites and beat on low until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and immediately put in oven. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from pan. Cool for one hour before slicing.
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