Saturday, April 28, 2012

grain-free goodies

since going mostly wheat and sugar-free i have been searching for an acceptable treat...or treats. ;) a few promising recipes have turned up on pinterest and, after a few alterations, i have landed on a few favorites. two are raw, two are baked, all are delicious. i'll revise when i have pictures for all the recipes. for now, i'll just go with what's ready. ;)

no-bake peanut butter cookies

16 oz jar natural peanut butter (no need to stir) could totally use almond butter, sunflower nut butter, etc
2 C raisins
3/4 C - 1 C peanuts or almonds (optional)
pinch of sea salt
1 T vanilla

put everything in the food processor and let it whirl for 3-5 minutes or until raisins are fine and nuts are chopped. this is SO easy to make and has become my crack...seriously. you can add 2-4 T of cocoa powder if you want a chocolate peanut butter cookie. you can form them into balls or just put it in a container and spoon out what you want to eat.

oatmeal cookie "dough"

1 C raw almonds
1 C raw walnuts
1 C oatmeal
1/2 t cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1/4 C agave (or less...i think i only used about 2 T) OR 1/2 C raisins
1 T vanilla
1/4 C cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips

put nuts, oats, cinnamon, and salt in the food processor and grind until fine. add agave and vanilla and pulse to combine. add cacao nibs or chips and pulse to combine. roll into balls or just put dough in a container and spoon out what you want to eat. ;)

chocolate oatmeal muffins

3 1/2 C oats
4 eggs
1 C applesauce or 1 stick of butter, melted
3/4 C cocoa powder
1 T vanilla
1 C yogurt
3 T apple cider vinegar
1 T baking powder
1 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/4 C agave
2 bananas
chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)

place all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor (keep baking soda and ACV away from each other in the bowl!) and process 3-5 minutes, until all bananas are broken down. bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes. makes 24 normal sized muffins (or 18 pink/blue/brown ikea silicone baking cups). these are SO good. delicious warm out the the oven, but equally good the next day. your kids will think you made a special treat, but they are so full of good things that you can serve them for breakfast...which i do often these days!

chocolate coconut baked oatmeal...a variation on my original baked oatmeal recipe

2 C milk or coconut milk
6 eggs
1/2 C cold-pressed canola oil
1/4 C - 1/2 C agave
1 T baking powder
1 T vanilla

whisk together. then add:

6 C oatmeal
1 C unsweetened shredded coconut
1 C almond meal
1/2 C cocoa powder

pour into greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes. serve with milk (or coconut milk) and, if you want to win major kid-brownie points, whipped cream (or whipped coconut cream). delicious!

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