No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

These no bake peanut butter cookie dough protein balls are the perfectly balanced treat or snack.  Since they are high in protein (for their size) and low in carbs, they are a great treat! Their portability also lends to taking them with you on-the-go!!

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  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add wet ingredients, adding the water last, a little at a time until the mixture just comes together like cookie dough. (You may need a little less or a little more than what the recipe calls for. You only want to add just enough until it comes together, not enough that it is sticky or too wet.)
  3. Roll dough into 10 balls and place them on a plate or in a plastic container.
  4. Cover and place in fridge or freezer.
Recipe Notes

These balls stay good in fridge for up to 10 days, or in freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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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  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

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!

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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  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.
Recipe Notes

Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swerve Sweetener, Granular, 12 Ounce

 

 

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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  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.

 

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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  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.

 

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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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
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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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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Butter

This pumpkin apple butter is great as a spread on things like your favorite grain-free bread, pancakes and waffles, as well as an add-in to your morning protein shake.

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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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  1. Add all ingredients in slow cooker, and stir until combined.
  2. Cover slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  3. Turn slow cooker off. Allow to cool.
  4. Scoop ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a sealable container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

YUM!  Pumpkin-flavored syrup!  Now you can enjoy a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home!  You can also use this syrup on almond flour pancakes and waffles.  I love that this is a Diet Level 5 friendly syrup!

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  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat down to medium, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to keep syrup from burning. (Be sure to stir from the bottom of pot, to make sure the syrup is not burning at the bottom).
  2. Let mixture continue to simmer until it thickens up to become a syrup and begins to coat the spoon for about 10-15 minutes. (You will know it's about ready when it starts to bubble and get thick.) Remove from heat.
  3. Let syrup come to room temperature and refrigerate in a sealed container. The syrup will thicken a bit in the refrigerator, but will become syrup again when heated in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. You can add a few tablespoons of water to thin it to your liking. (Stays good in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.)
Recipe Notes

You can use this syrup in pumpkin spice lattes, in a regular cup of coffee, or over almond flour pancakes, waffles, and more!

To make pumpkin spice latte, heat syrup with nut milk of choice (anywhere from 1- 2 cups of milk, and 2-3 tablespoons of syrup, depending on how much milk you want to use and how sweet you want your latte.) Stir syrup/milk mixture into 1/2-1 cup or more of strong, hot coffee, and whisk well to combine.

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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