Coconut Blondies!

Delicious coconut blondies, featuring both coconut oil and coconut flakes! Yum!

Delicious coconut blondies, featuring both coconut oil and coconut flakes! Yum!

Coconut blondies are one of our family’s ultimate quick and easy desserts! We hope you enjoy them!

Ingredients

  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 c. Rapadura
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or carob chips, divided
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes (more or less to taste)

Directions

Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate large bowl, mix together the coconut oil and Rapadura (it should have a sand-like consistency). Then, in another small bowl, mix together the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the egg mixture to the coconut oil and Rapadura mixture. Thoroughly mix. Slowly add the flour mixture to the coconut oil mixture just until blended. Pour into the 9×13 inch dish and smooth it out until it is an even layer. Sprinkle 3/4 c. of the chocolate chips on top of the batter. Then, sprinkle 1 c. of coconut flakes on top of the chocolate chips, creating an even layer of coconut flakes (add more or less as desired). Finally, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 c. of the chocolate chips on the top of the coconut flakes. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until done (knife inserted into the middle comes out clean). Enjoy!

A Smoother Way of Getting Your Greens!

We’ve all heard the wonderful benefits of eating greens. Most people, even those who may not be overly concerned with what they eat, are aware that eating salad is good for you. Lately I have been trying to find tasty ways of getting as many nutrients as I can as easily as possible. One way I have found to cram a lot of nutrients into an easy meal or snack is by making homemade smoothies. Here’s one of my latest smoothie inventions that is full of iron, vitamin C, protein, calcium and lots of other healthy vitamins and minerals. Spinach is one of the healthiest greens you can eat and this recipe has a whopping four cups of spinach in it!

Green Goodness Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 2-3 cups of yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons of ground walnuts (or almonds)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of pineapple juice (or use 3 – 4 tablespoons of maple syrup instead) or 1 cup of chopped fresh pineapple
  • Other optional ingredients I have added to this with tasty results include: 1-2 tablespoons of gently melted coconut oil, 1 – 2 tablespoons of whey, and/or 1/2 teaspoon of salt (this helps bring out the flavors)

Blend all ingredients till liquified. Enjoy alone or pour over ice.

Yield: 2 to 3 cups

*This post is shared on Real Food Wednesday.

Sourdough Cacao Chip Cake

I have been looking for more ways to use sourdough and superfoods, although not necessarily together. Today, I decided to experiment a bit and invented the following recipe that incorporates both sourdough and cacao nibs (superfood). I hope you enjoy this delicious snack or dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted gently
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup Rapadura
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup of brown sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of cacao nibs, finely ground (I used my food processor)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 cups of sourdough
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • Optional: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Mix together coconut oil, butter, maple syrup, Rapadura, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into greased pan and bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

This cake is quite rich and tastes delicious without any icing. It pairs wonderfully with a large glass of raw milk!

*Brown sugar can be eliminated by substituting in 1/2 cup of blackstrap molasses and increasing the whole wheat flour measurement to a total of 1 1/2 cups.

*This blog is shared on Real Food Wednesday and Monday Mania.

Nutriblobs Recipe!

These are excellent quick, on-the-go snacks!

Here’s a recipe for a delicious, easy to make, nutrient-dense snack! (Plus, I promised to post a recipe with gogi berries, a superfood, so here it is! This is the best way I’ve found to use gogi berries.)

Add the following ingredients to your food processor: 1/4 cup raw honey, 1/2 cup dried dates (unsweetened), 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1 1/2 cups of sunflower seeds or cashews (unsalted, preferably raw), 1 cup dried apricots (unsweetened), 1/4 cup coconut oil (gently warmed to liquid), 1/2 cup gogi berries, and 3/4 cup dried coconut flakes (unsweetened)

Blend all ingredients in food processor. Roll into teaspoon or tablespoons size balls. Roll balls in chia seeds. Store in fridge. Yield: 40 balls.

You can also store extras in the freezer to save for later!

This recipe is very easy to modify. Substitute in different types of dried fruits and nuts instead of those listed above for other variations of this delicious and nutritious snack!

Note: These are high-fiber so don’t eat a lot of them at once unless your body is used to consuming lots of fiber!

*Recipe adapted from Earth Balls recipe at Vim and Vigor.