Holiday Desserts! Eat clean, reduces sugars, enjoy!

Holiday Desserts!  We had such a fun time creating new recipes and adapting old recipes to better quality ingredients.  Reducing the sugar “coma” feeling is huge during the holidays.  Remember it’s an indulgence, not an everyday treat.  When you can learn to appreciate dessert or good food, you know there be more and you don’t need to be the “starving child” and scarf down what’s in front of you.  Learning how to have a healthy relationship is part of what I teach in “cooking class”.  You shouldn’t be alarmed because it’s not always “cooking”, we learn preparation methods, tips on saving time and energy.  Come to the next class-step out of your comfort zone and see how good you feel after realizing “cooking” isn’t so bad!

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Happily serves 8
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1/2 Cup soaked dates
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates 1-4 hours. Remove seeds, discard water.
Add the nuts to the food processor and blend until they are like a rough flower then add the dates, coconut oil and sea salt.
Pulse together until it becomes a lumpy ball and then press into the bottom of a pie dish and refrigerate.

Filling
4 Cups Fresh Pumpkin (or 2 Cans Pumpkin purée)
8 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Maple syrup (can sub coconut nectar) OR 1/4 tsp maple extract & 1/4 tsp stevia or Lohan Sweetener
2 TBSP Pumpkin pie spice

To make the filling
Add pumpkin and other ingredients and process until smooth.
Blend on the highest setting until It is smooth like the cooked version of pumpkin pie.
Transfer the filling to your pie crust and let refrigerate for a few hours.

 

Quinoa Brittle
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Happily Serves 10

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

3/4 Cup Tricolor uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup Pecans and/or macadamia nuts
2 TBSP Coconut sugar
1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie or Allspice
2 TBSP Coconut oil
1/4 cup Blackstrap molasses
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan Sea salt
Stevia if you desire it sweeter

Preheat oven to 325.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Cover all edges)

Combine quinoa, macadamia nuts/pecans, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon/spices in a bowl and set aside.

Over low to medium heat, add the coconut oil and black strap molasses (and optional Stevia). Stir until there is no visible separation. Pour over the dry ingredients, combine and coat evenly, spread on a parchment lined baking sheet with a metal spoon.

Try to get it as even as possible or the edges will burn in the center won’t crisp up.

Bake for 15 minutes and turn the pan around to ensure even baking and Browning. Back 5 to 10 minutes more and watch carefully so it does not burn. The edges will get crisp and caramelized, and the color will be uniformly deep golden brown in color.

Let it cool completely before breaking it into serving pieces.
You can store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature for a week, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Canadian Butter Tarts
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free option
Happily Serves 24
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1 Cup Soaked Dates
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates for 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Combine Dates, Nut Flour and Sea Salt in the Food Processor and blend well. Press into mini muffin tin and refrigerate.

Filling
1⁄4 Cup soft butter, or vegan butter
1⁄4 Cup packed Coconut brown sugar
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1⁄2 Cup maple syrup or 1/4 tsp maple extract and 1/4 tsp Powder Stevia
1 egg, lightly beaten or 1 flax/chia egg replacement
1⁄2 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.
Add a bit of chopped marischino cherries in mini muffin tin on the crust and fill the tart with the filling.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Optional to top with crushed pecans.

Egg substitute:
1 TBSP Ground flax or Ground Chia seed added to 3 TBSP water.
Mix and let sit/jell together about 5 minutes.

Sugar Cookies

Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Happily Serves 24

All Ingredients Organic

COOKIES
1/2 cup softened vegan butter (or butter if not vegan)
2/3 cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp chickpea brine (aquafaba – the liquid left behind in a can of cooked chickpeas) or flax egg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 2/3 cups gluten free flour blend
2/3 cup almond flour
1/3 cup arrowroot
1 Tbsp unsweetened almond or nut milk

FROSTING (optional)
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
1.5 – 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp unsweetened almond or nut milk
Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add softened vegan butter (not melted or cold) to a mixing bowl and beat/whisk until creamy and smooth.
Add sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy
Then add chickpea brine (or other egg substitute) and vanilla and mix again.
Add baking powder and sea salt and blend well
Then add GF flour blend, almond flour, and arrowroot and mix on low until the ingredients are combined.
Add almond milk and stir.

The dough should be thick, moldable and a little difficult to mix at this point. If too soft, continue adding a mixture of GF flour blend, almond flour, and arrowroot until a thick, moldable dough is formed. If too thick, thin with a bit more almond milk.

Transfer dough to the refrigerator and chill for 15 minutes. Once chilled, use a spoonful of about 1.5 Tbsp of dough and roll into balls – the dough will still be soft so be gentle. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets and press down gently with the back or your spoon to smash slightly.
Or you may roll out the dough on a well-floured surface until about 1/4-inch thick and use cookie cutters (dipped in GF flour) before pressing into the dough. Use a floured spatula to gently scoop onto baking sheets.

Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies appear fluffy.
Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cool completely.

To make frosting, add softened vegan butter to a mixing bowl and whisk/beat until soft.
Sift in powdered sugar in small amounts and mix, add the vanilla and whisk.
Continue adding powdered sugar until you have spreadable frosting.

Once cooled, store leftover cookies covered at room temperature for 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes
If you’d like to cut back on sugar, sub 1/3 cup of the sugar with about 1/4 tsp stevia. This will make the cookies softer, so you may need to add more GF flour or arrowroot to help thicken the dough.

The chickpea brine substitutes an egg in this recipe. In its place, you can also try subbing 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 1 egg replacer, or 1 small chicken egg if not vegan.

You can make the cookie dough and refrigerate up to 2-3 days before baking.
Simply let the dough rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before scooping and baking. It should be soft and moldable.

Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 24 cookies without frosting.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie without frosting
Calories: 122 Fat: 5.6 g Saturated fat: 2.6 g Carbohydrates: 17 g Sugar: 5.8 g Sodium: 48 g Fiber: 0.8 g Protein: 1.3 g

Jodi’s Chocolate Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate zucchini cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Cookies???

Everyone loves cookies, so why not make them with organic ingredients.  If they are healthy and tasty, that is the best of both worlds.  THESE ARE SUPER TASTY.

Here is the recipe

Jodi’s Chocolate zucchini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 c quinoa flour and 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 butter  (I used coconut oil)
1/2 Cup organic sugar (I used organic turbinado raw cane sugar)
1/3 cup brown sugar (I used organic coconut sugar)
1 organic egg (I used Chia seed substitute)
(Sub: 1 tablespoon ground Chia seed to 3 tablespoons water)
1 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup steel cut oats (I used buckwheat)
1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
1/3 cup cacao nibs
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tsp stevia

Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and raw cocoa, set aside.
In the mixing bowl whip butter or coconut oil, sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add zucchini to the mixture on low speed, slowly adding the flour mixture. Stir in cooked oats and chocolate chips.
Spoon into balls, and bake 8 to 10 minutes depending on your oven.chocolate zucchini cookies