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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Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Instructions
  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.
Date Syrup

Date Syrup

To make this recipe, simply incorporate two ingredients (water and dates) in a blender. Using soft medjool dates (you can find them in the produce section of your grocer) is the best way to make this syrup. Be sure to puree until it’s totally silky smooth.

Some fun variations to spice up this sauce are adding applesauce or cinnamon.

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Diet Level:5
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  1. Blend both ingredients together in a blender until completely smooth.
  2. Store in the fridge.
Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are healthy and full of chocolate goodness!  In fact, I’ve heard they might even be more delicious than a real cupcake. They are full of clean ingredients and so easy to whip up!

Love the little white cupcake holders in the picture? You can purchase them on Amazon. HERE is the link!

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Diet Level:1
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Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes to form a nice batter.
  3. Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes. (Check after 15 minutes. The tops should be firmer to the touch, puffed up similar to a soufflé. They may need 18 minutes.)
  5. Let cool on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

You can store in an airtight container for up to three days. If you opted to bake six larger cupcakes, increase cooking time to 20–25 minutes.

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: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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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

Pecan Coconut Balls

Pecan Coconut Balls

This Pecan Coconut Balls recipe is great for an on the go snack! They’re very healthy, delicious and easy to make!  Coconut has many health benefits and even aids in weight loss and helps to stimulate the metabolism!

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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 10 Minutes
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Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
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Instructions
  1. Process pecans in food processor until ground.
  2. Add dates and process until mixture is sticky.
  3. Add hemp seeds and coconut. Process until blended.
  4. Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm, approximately one hour.
Recipe Notes

You can find quality Medjool dates at Costco and Trader Joe's. Also, HEB has this brand in the produce section: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates.

As far as the Vanilla Paste, I use this brand from HEB only because it does not contain alcohol: Taylor & Colledge Organic Vanilla Bean Paste. You can find it in the spice isle.

Apple Crisp, No Bake

Apple Crisp, No Bake

This No Bake Apple Crisp recipe is gluten-free, healthy and easy to make! Eat it cold or warm it up.

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Apple Crisp, No Bake
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  1. Place 2 apples, raisins, 1 tsp. cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Toss remaining chopped apples with lemon juice in a large bowl. Pour apple raisin puree over apples and mix well.
  3. Spoon mixture into a medium sized baking dish and set aside.
  4. Pulse walnuts, dates, 1 tsp. cinnamon and sea salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Sprinkle mixture over apples and press down lightly with your hands.
  6. Serve immediately or let sit for a few hours for the flavor to marinate.
Coconut Banana Date Shake

Coconut Banana Date Shake

This “shake” is a great dessert or breakfast smoothie recipe! You can either make it thick and creamy or lighter by changing up the coconut milk that you use.

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Diet Level:6
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  1. In a blender, combine the coconut milk, dates, protein powder (if using), banana, cinnamon, ice and orange juice.
  2. Blend everything together well until the dates are in tiny pieces and everything is smooth.
  3. Adjust with a splash of this or that as desired.
  4. Enjoy cold.
Recipe Notes

If you want it similar to a milkshake or ice cream, use regular coconut milk. The light kind will still be creamy, but much thinner and a coconut beverage (the sort you find in the fridge) will be like an everyday smoothie.

Here is a link to NOW Eggwhite Protein Powder on Amazon. It is difficult to locate elsewhere in the unflavored version.

You can find quality Medjool dates at Costco and Trader Joe's. HEB has this brand which I use: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, which you can find in the produce section.

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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  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.

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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  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.
Shaved Parsnip Side Salad

Shaved Parsnip Side Salad

A surprisingly good source of vitamin C, the raw parsnips in this healthy side have slightly more of the antioxidant than their cooked counterparts.

You can either use one of Tessemae’s Dressings, or make your own from our Basic Vinaigrette Recipe.

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  1. Toss parsnips, lettuce, and dates. Drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
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