Frozen Chocolate Crunch Bites

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As a little girl, one of my favorite snacks was my mom’s rice krispie treats.  Of course, knowing my mother, she made them without the marshmallows and instead used peanut butter to hold them together.  For a grain-free alternative, the shredded coconut in these rich and creamy treats provides a bit of crunch!

These sweet little bites are packed with protein, quality, and taste!  Quick to make, they are perfect for an afternoon snack on a hot summer day.  Because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, they will melt quickly in your hands so be sure to keep them cool until ready to enjoy!

Cacao and maca powders are wonderful ancient super foods containing anti-oxidants, minerals, & vitamins and have been shown to enhance moods and focus.  Maca is a root that grows high in the mountains of Peru and as an adaptogen it nourishes the endocrine system and boosts adrenal function.  The combination of cacao and maca will stimulate your energy, boost your stamina, and put a smile on your face.

Enjoy these sweet bites of rich, chocolatey goodness—a perfect grain-free snack for all ages!

Ingredients

*For a sweeter affair, stir in chopped dark chocolate pieces.

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment/waxed paper.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix together.
  • Using cookie/ice cream scoop, drop chocolate balls onto lined baking sheet.
  • Immediately place in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy and store remaining chocolate bites in the refrigerator (if there are any left!).

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Rosemary Olive Crackers, Grain-Free

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Those of you who know me, know that I love cheese!  Maybe it is my love of all things French or simply the wide range of salty, nutty, pungent, sharp, or creamy flavors that cheese offers.  As I do not eat grains, most carbohydrates, or any sugar, cheese has become my fall-back comfort food!  A slice of cheese is my go to quick snack or addition to any salad or breakfast eggs.

Although I have gotten used to eating cheese as a slice, there is something about cheese and crackers with olive tapenade, basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, or fresh berries.  Enjoy these buttery and salty grain-free crackers with a sharp cheddar, smoked gouda or soft goat cheese.

These crackers are now my excuse to go on a picnic with red wine, cheese, and fresh fruit!  I must add that the husband loves these grain-free snacks… :)  Healthy, grain-free snacks are hard to come by so these will definitely be made again in the future.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried italian herbs
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt (for sprinkling on top of crackers before baking)

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly with clean hands or a fork.
  • Roll cracker dough into a ball.
  • Place dough in between 2 layers of parchment paper.
  • Using a rolling pin, spread dough into a thin layer (1/4-1/2 inch thick).
  • Remove the top layer of parchment paper and slice (knife or pizza cutter) into 2 inch squares.
  • Place dough, with bottom parchment paper, onto a cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle sea salt onto pre-cut cracker dough before baking.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes until the crackers are a light golden brown.

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Grain-Free Strawberry Scones

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Rainy spring days and my husband out to sea for the week calls for lots of baking projects and books to read.  There is something about a warm pastry with melted butter that makes gloomy days cheerful—maybe its the delicious flavor or the smell of butter reminding me of the morning aroma of French patisseries.  Spring comes early in Hawaii and with that lots of juicy strawberries and fresh, colorful fruits!

Strawberries are naturally sweet and colorful, the perfect addition to your plate.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 4 tbsp kefir
  • 3 tbsp melted butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 10 strawberries

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients, except for the strawberries.
  • Mix thoroughly with an electric hand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slice strawberries into small cubes and fold into the dough
  • Scoop dough onto greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for 18 minutes**

**Depending on how juicy your strawberries are you will have to adjust the baking time appropriately.

I usually add raw honey to my baked goods, but strawberries are so juicy and sweet that I left out the honey.  Strawberries are the perfect fruit as they are low in sugar and will not spike your blood sugar.  If you want something a little sweeter, drizzle some raw honey on top when serving.  These scones are a great breakfast or snack as they are packed with protein!

Best when served warm with a pad of butter for a perfect snack or dessert!

Where to find the ingredients…