Golden Blondies

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What are Golden Blondies? Well, they are the deliciously healthy combination of my favorite blondies topped with a Healing Turmeric Frosting!

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Healing Turmeric Frosting

What could be more simple than two quick and tasty recipes slapped together? And, bonus! – both these recipes are gluten free, grain free, vegan, and full of healthy yummy fats instead of all that gnarly sugar. This way, your body will feel satisfied and your blood sugar levels won’t go haywire. What does that mean for you? – a satisfied sweet tooth and a happy and healthy body! … not too shabby, right?

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Golden Blondies

Ingredients:

Directions: 

Prepare Blondie recipe. Let cool. Frost with Healing Turmeric Frosting. Enjoy!

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The antioxidant properties of spices have the ability to stop those free radicals that damage cells and lead to inflammation. Turmeric is definitely one of those life-enhancing spices that you should stock in your cupboard at all times and make these Golden Blondies so great for your health and healing the body.

Not only are these Golden Blondies a brilliant color (thanks curcumin), but Turmeric, the star ingredient is this frosting, is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, wonder spice! Turmeric has been used to treat everything from allergies, arthritis and diabetes, to autoimmune diseases, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s… mic drop. (right?).

But seriously, fill your home with spices and herbs because ounce for ounce, herbs and spices are extremely potent compared to other foods. Adding just a few spices and herbs to your food, especially desserts, can amp-up the antioxidant power of your meal in a delicious way.

Another great addition to your healthy home kitchen is flax meal or ground flaxseeds used in these oh-so-delicious Blondies.

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Cinnamon Roll Blondies

Why do I love flaxseeds so much? Aside from the fiber content, these golden (or brown) beauties are lignan powerhouses. Lignans are a type of phytoestrogen that dampens the effects of estrogen in the body. [High levels of estrogen in the body is commonly associated with breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men]. So I say, bring on the flax!

So while lignans are not contained within the seeds, the precursors are, and these precursors are then activated by the good bacteria in your gut. Just by eating 1 tablespoon a day of ground flaxseed, you might actually be reducing your risk of cancer!

You can pick up a bag of ground flaxseed at just about any store – under $3 at Trader Joes. Flax comes in two varieties, brown and gold, packing the same nutritional wallop so just pick your favorite and use it in these Blondies!

Two great recipes combined create one deliciously healthy dessert!

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Healing Turmeric Frosting

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Spices have been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine to predominantly for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They are gut biome healing powerhouses, and some are pretty tasty, too!

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The antioxidant properties of spices have the ability to stop those free radicals that damage cells and lead to inflammation. Turmeric is definitely one of those life-enhancing spices that you should stock in your cupboard at all times.

How is Turmeric life-enhancing? Well, not only is it a brilliant color (thanks curcumin), but  Turmeric is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, wonder spice! Turmeric has been used to treat everything from allergies, arthritis and diabetes, to autoimmune diseases, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s… mic drop. (right?).

But seriously, fill your home with spices and herbs because ounce for ounce, herbs and spices are extremely potent compared to other foods. Adding just a few spices and herbs to your food, especially desserts, can amp-up the antioxidant power of your meal in a delicious way. That’s why I used Turmeric in this deliciously healthy and healing Turmeric Frosting!

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Healing Turmeric Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1c soaked cashews (soak 2-4 hours)
  • 1/2 Nectarine (fresh or frozen, about 4-5 slices)
  • 1/3c coconut water or non-dairy milk ; add more to get the frosting consistency you like!
  • 1/2- 1t Turmeric (Turmeric may be a flavor you want to get used to before you go big)
  • *optional stevia or 2T maple syrup to sweeten

Directions:

Using a food processor.. process your ingredients until creamy… that’s it. Simple, right? A simple, delicious, and brain-boosting frosting you can make in minutes.

Bonus! – Turmeric is especially great for people dealing with any sort of pain (think knee pains and  arthritis), inflammation or high cholesterol. Again, Turmeric is a life-enhancer, providing long-term protection to your mind and body! IMG_2359

Cacao Brownies & Blueberry Frosting

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FullSizeRender_4The kitchen is my laboratory. I’m always experimenting with new recipes but I usually have a taste tester before I unleash my food and desserts on other people. In this case, I quickly just wanted to have a dessert to share at my local Orlando foodie event, ORL Food Lab, and did not have a taste test!

All I can say is, yum! These cacao brownies were a delicious surprise.

The cacao flavor is subtle and inviting,but you aren’t overwhelmed by an overly sweet taste. These reminded me very much of the delicious desserts my Omi (grandmother) would send from Germany. If you’ve ever had a German kuchen, you know what I’m talking about.

And what better ingredient to use than cacao? Delicious, raw, cold pressed cacao. What’s the difference between cacao and cocoa powder? While they are pretty interchangeable, the health benefits and processing are quite a bit different.

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).  Cacao is the highest source of antioxidants and magnesium of all foods. In fact cacao is packed with all sorts of goodness:

  • Magnesium (great for “that time of the month”), and other essential minerals like calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols, antioxidant rich flavonoids
  • Vitamins galore: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E
  • Heart-healthy, oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat

 Cocoa looks the same but because it’s been roasted at high temperatures, most of these beneficial qualities are lost. Again, you can still use cocoa powder, this is just “food for thought” and why not make your desserts both delicious and healthy?

Aside from the delicious taste, these Cacao Brownies with a Nutty Blueberry frosting are deliciously healthy, too! Gluten free, vegan, paleo and, as I mentioned, they’re not overly sweetened with refined sugars. Just a touch of maple syrup and natural fruit puree.

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Ingredients:

Dry

  • 2/3c coconut flour
  • 1/4c tigernut flour (can swap for brown rice flour; but it wont be grain free)
  • 1/4c cacao powder
  • 2T flaxmeal
  • 1-2T Cinnamon
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/4t baking soda

Wet

  • 1plantain
  • 1/4c coconut oil
  • 1/3c applesauce
  • 1/2c coconut water (water or non dairy milk works, too!)
  • 2T maple syrup
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1t lemon juice

*Frosting recipe down below!

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease an 8×8 pan.

Using a blender, puree your liquid ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients. Now mix your liquid ingredients into the dry.

This may get messy… you may need to use your hands to work the dough! You want everything to be well combined, but this batter looks and feels a lot like cookie dough.

Spread (or press) the batter into your pan. (*optional- give the top of the batter a spritz of coconut oil and sprinkle more cinnamon on top!). Bake for about 24-28 minutes.

Let the pan cool before frosting and slicing into this goodness!

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  • 1/3c soaked hazelnuts
  • 1/3c soaked cashews
  • 1/2c blueberries
  • 1/4c coconut butter
  • 1/2c nondairy milk or coconut water
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • *optional: sweeten with stevia or maple syrup

Directions:

Put all of your ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy! Add additional water or non-dairy milk as needed.

Frost your brownies… or just eat it with a spoon!

Chocolate Cabernet Brownies

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sentinelI am getting so excited for the Orlando Science Center’s Science of Wine fundraiser event and having way too much fun “baking with booze”… research purposes only, right?…

Recently I was asked to do a little promo video for the Orlando Sentinel and FOX News Orlando to talk about this amazing event and share with them a deliciously healthy dessert recipe, using wine, of course! Well I certainly couldn’t show-off the same dessert I’ll be demonstrating at the event …Chocolate Cherry Cabernet Truffles (yum!)….. But I was still digging the cacao and cabernet pairing, so I decided to make brownies for this live demo. But not just any brownies… Cabernet Brownies!FullSizeRender

These tasty, oh-so-chocolatey treats are gluten free, vegan and even paleo, but more importantly, they’ve received the deliciousness stamp of approval from the Orlando community! Rich and fudgey, but not overly sweet, your tastebuds will fall in love with these Cabernet Brownies, not to mention, they  are simple and quick to make!

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3c + 2T cacao powder
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 1/3c applesauce
  • 1/4c Cabernet (or your favorite red wine)
  • 3T coconut oil
  • 2T coconut butter (or nut butter of your choice; sunflower seed or maybe almond?)
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • pinch of pink himalayan salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a brownie pan. For an 8×8 pan preheat your oven to 330°F (low and slow).

Using a blender, puree all of you ingredients! (I told you it was simple, right?).

Pour the batter into your  pan and bake! I used a bite-sized brownie pan and baked them for 15min. For an 8×8 pan, I would recommend maybe another 15 minutes, but be sure to check on them!

Find more great brownies recipes here.

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Champagne & Macaroons

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I love being a proponent for healthy eating, but I really love that eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy desserts… and champagne (yay!). So why not combine these wonderful things to create a deliciously healthy dessert?

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I know what you’re thinking, champagne can be expensive. True. But a little bubbly doesn’t have to be! Champagne has a strongly protected reputation amongst the French but you can certainly find an affordable sparkling wine even in France like the cre’mant.

Other popular bubbly favorites are the Spanish Cava, Italian Proseccos or Asti’s, and of course, Sekt from Germany and Austria. My favorite is Schloss Biebrich Sekt (hello Germany) from Trader Joe’s of all places ($5.99) and rated as one of the best wines under $20. Not too shabby!

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So I decided to use this not too shabby, champagne in my Champagne Macaroons. I do enjoy “baking with booze” but in this instance, I’m trying out recipes for the Orlando Science Center‘s Science of Wine fundraiser event where I will be doing a healthy dessert demonstration. I’ll be talking healthy foods, ingredients and yes, wine, as I whip up a deliciously healthy dessert! So if you make these Champagne Macaroons in your homes, please tell me what you think!

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  • 1/3c coconut butter (not solid)
  • 4T maple syrup
  • 2T Champagne (substitute more maple syrup)
  • 1T Vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • 2c shredded unsweet coconut

Directions

This recipe is, like most of my recipes, really simple. Begin by preheating the over to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl stir together all of your liquid ingredients and add the pinch of pink Himalayan salt (brings out the sweetness). Now begin to mix in the dry shredded coconut.

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When finished, remove from the oven and let cool. I drizzled mine with a simple Berry icing. The icing was made by blending coconut butter, mixed berries and non-dairy milk, though chocolate might be good too… let me know what you try and have a beautiful day!IMG_1997new welli dessert logo

Oatmeal Cream Cookies

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FullSizeRender_3Move over Little Debbie and check out these Oatmeal Cream Cookies! What’s so special about these? Well, they’re not made with the same yucky, not good for you ingredients…

– Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Barley Malt, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And Cottonseed Oil With Tbhq , Dextrose, Contains 2% Or Less of Each of The Following: Leavening (Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Whey, Emulsifiers (Soy Lecithin, Mono- And Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Propylene, Gylcol Monostearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 80), Salt, Corn Starch, Eggs, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Soybean Oil, Citric Acid, Pectin, Sodium Citrate, Egg Whites, Modified Corn Starch, Cocoa, Modified Wheat Starch, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Dried Apples (Sulfite Treated to Preserve Color), Colors (Caramel Color, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Beta Carotene, Yellow 5, Turmeric, Annatto Extract, Blue 1), Natural And Artificial Flavors, Rice Flour, Nonfat Dry Milk, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Malic Acid, Carrageenan, Spices, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness). 

Well if you’ve gotten bored of that laundry list of ingredients, take a relaxing breath. This recipe for Oatmeal Cream Cookies is made with whole food, real ingredients that you can find in almost any home cupboard. No hydrogenated anything just real foods like rolled oats!

FullSizeRenderOats are deliciously healthy and commonly associated with a reduced risk for many chronic diseases, as well as, a reduction in liver inflammation, and even weight loss! Did you know that just one cup of oats contains 17g of fiber which contributes to the 25 grams of soluble fiber you should be eating everyday. And if that’s not enough reason to eat more oats, then give this tasty recipe a try!

Oatmeal Cream Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3c soaked rolled oats
  • 1/2c Brown Rice Flour
  • 3/4c (plus 1T) Sorghum Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4t nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3T cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp molasses (you can omit)
  • optional *stevia to sweeten

Vanilla Cream Frosting

Directions

Preheat the oven to 330°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of your dry ingredients Now slowly stir in all of your liquid ingredients.

Combine until well incorporated.  You should be able to roll the dough into one large ball of dough. If the batter is too runny, sprinkle in a bit more sorghum flour. Too thick? Try adding a little non-dairy milk.

Once you have formed your giant ball of dough. Roll golf ball sized pieces of the dough between your hand and press down on your parchment lined baking pan.

When you’ve finished shaping your oatmeal cookies, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

To create the cookie sandwiches, put a large dollop of Vanilla Frosting between each pair of cookies. Scarf when you want to!

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Strawberry Shortcakes

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Sometimes I feel like there should be an extra day in the week to help me take care of all the little things I’m not able to accomplish in the day. Well if I can’t extend the days in a week or the hours in the time, I’ll have to settle for extending my life. What’s that? Life extension? The simple act of eating a handful of nuts most days of the week can actually extend your life by up to two years. That’s one tasty solution!

FullSizeRender_5What better way to enjoy better health than by enjoying delicious foods. Some of my favorite ways to utilize heart healthy nuts are recipes like my Sriracha Queso or fresh baked Cinnamon Rolls and now this Vanilla Frosting. 

Why use nuts? Nuts are most definitely a staple in a plant-based home, so load up on almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, cashews and yes, macadamia nuts. In this Vanilla Frosting recipe I used macadamia nuts (cashews are a great substitute) and these creamy, slightly sweet nuts are packed with vitamin A, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium and potassium… and if that’s not enough for you, they’re delicious, too!

Try macadamia nuts in all their goodness in these oh-so-healthy Strawberry Shortcakes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cake recipe
  • strawberries
  • Vanilla frosting recipe below

Frosting (… more frosting recipes here)

  • 1c soaked (and drained) macadamia nuts (can sub cashews)
  • 1/2c coconut water (or non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4c coconut butter
  • 1t lemon juice
  • 1T vanilla extract
  • 1t coconut oil (optional)
  • stevia (or 3T maple syrup) to sweeten
  • pinch of salt

Directions

Prepare the batter for your mini shortcakes but rather than baking them in a pie pan, press the batter into a mini muffin pan. Bake 10-12 min at 330°F. When finished, allow the muffins to cool 15 minutes or so on the counter top.

Meanwhile, as the shortcakes are baking, begin preparing your vanilla frosting. Place macadamia nuts in a food processor along with the vanilla extract, lemon juice and pinch of salt. Blend a minute or two, add coconut butter and blend another minute. Finally, add coconut water (or non dairy milk) until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

Add whichever sweetener you’d like and be sure to taste along the way to achieve your desired level of sweetness and consistency;.

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And there you have it, a deliciously healthy dessert that is not only sweet to look at but will satisfy your sweet tooth, too!

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