Nutty Golden Sweet Potato “Toast”

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Sweet potato “toast” has been on my radar for some time now and I finally got around to trying it. Getting a foot of snow and being snowed in gave me the perfect opportunity to do so and luckily, I had all the ingredients for this variation on hand. Supposedly, you can make these in an actual toaster too, but I got rid of my toaster oven a while back because I no longer had use for it.

I went with a nutty (yes, I know sunflower seed butter isn’t made from nuts, but it yields a nutty flavor), spiced and slightly sweet combo here, but really, there are many possibilities. All the toppings listed here are to taste, so make it how you want it. Also, I used a white sweet potato here, but feel free to use whatever sweet potato variety you like. Meanwhile, I may post other creations of sweet potato “toast” in the near future, so stay tuned.

Enjoy!

By the way, I went back on KATU Afternoon Live this past Monday and made my spiced chicken stew recipe. Watch my segment HERE.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato, sliced into ~ 1/4″ vertical slices
  • Avocado oil, for drizzling (I used this brand)
  • Unsweetened sunflower seed butter (I used this one)
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Ground turmeric
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Raw honey, if desired

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place sweet potato slices evenly on sheet. If any of the sweet potato slices end up being a bit thicker, pierce a few times with a fork. Lightly oil both sides of the sweet potato slices with avocado oil and then place in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until slightly toasted.
  2. Once the sweet potato slices have cooked, spread desired amount of sunflower seed butter on top of each slice. Then, top each with desired amount of unsweetened coconut flakes, turmeric, sea salt and black pepper, and a drizzle of raw honey, if using. Enjoy warm.

Yields: 2 servings

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

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I can’t believe it’s the holiday season! This year has been such a whirlwind and full of change, but it’s hard to believe that it’s already almost over. Regardless, I love the holiday season and am happily embracing it. I’m even going home to Michigan for Christmas this year…the first time in five years!

Anyway, since it is the time of year for goodies, I thought I’d try my hand at grain-free snickerdoodles. These did not disappoint and could not be any easier to make. The texture is soft and pillowy with a light crust on the edges. The flavor is slightly sweet, tangy and of course, cinnamon-y. The cream of tartar is actually what gives the cookie its signature tang and reacts with the baking soda to create the crackled appearance. The cream of tartar also accounts for the perfect chewiness.

When first researching snickerdoodle recipes, I was actually kinda thrown off by the cream of tartar. I had to do a little more digging, but soon understood that from a snickerdoodle purist standpoint, it’s a must. Traditionally, it was always used to make snickerdoodles and without it, it’d just be a crunchy cinnamon sugar cookie (it keeps sugar from crystalizing!). It truly is the age-old snickerdoodle secret and enough for me to want to include it in the recipe.

Another thing about a classic snickerdoodle recipe — there is no vanilla extract. This is actually quite rare for a cookie recipe, but from what I learned, vanilla mellows out the tangy flavor from the cream of tartar. Who knew? So, in an effort to keep the cookie more classic, I also opted for no vanilla. And, truthfully, I didn’t miss it.

On another note, I went back on KATU Afternoon Live in November and made my herbed turkey potato stew. Watch the segment HERE. Stay tuned because I’ll also be going back on December 16 to make my no-bake rum balls!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (I used this brand)
  • 1 tsp non-irradiated cream of tartar (I used this brand)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted softened butter, preferably grass-fed
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar, plus another 3 Tbsp for rolling
  • 1 large egg, preferably pasture-raised
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or use a non-slip baking mat like this one. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, cream together the softened butter and 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar. Once light and fluffy, beat in the egg. Then, slowly add the dry mixture until combined.
  4. In a shallow dish, mix together the cinnamon and remaining 3 Tbsp of coconut sugar.
  5. Scoop out 1 Tbsp of dough and roll between hands to form a ball. Then, roll the ball in coconut sugar and cinnamon to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten dough with palm of your hand.
  6. Bake in the prepared oven for 8-9 minutes or just until edges are barely brown.
  7. Cool on baking sheet for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Yields: 20 small cookies

Cinnamon Spice “Porridge”

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cauliflower “porridge” for some time now and finally got around to doing it. I was surprised how easy it was and how well the porridge held its shape. The texture came out just right, but I think a lot of that can be attributed to the shredded coconut. It adds a bit of thickness and a nice bite. I ate my porridge with fresh strawberries and blueberries mixed in, which was delicious, but you can garnish it with whatever you like. I’ve listed some topping suggestions in the recipe below. This is great hot or cold, and is pretty filling too. It also makes for a good treat!

Also, if you’re wondering if you can taste the cauliflower — yes, of course you can. It’s not overpowering, in my opinion, but is noticeable. I happen to like cauliflower, so it doesn’t bother me, but if you don’t care for cauliflower, this recipe probably isn’t for you. My husband and I are both fans of this concoction though. Hope you are too!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Medium head of cauliflower, riced in food processor
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (I used this brand, which has no gums or stabilizers)
  • 3 Tbsp filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I like this brand)
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised, whisked
  • Up to 1 Tbsp raw honey, optional

Topping Ideas:

  • Fresh berries
  • Banana slices
  • Drizzle of coconut milk
  • Chopped nuts
  • Cacao nibs
  • Extra drizzle of raw honey

Directions:

  1. Add the riced cauliflower and shredded coconut to a large saucepan. Then, add the remaining ingredients, EXCEPT for the whisked egg and raw honey. Stir well over medium-low heat.
  2. Bring mixture to a simmer. Cover with lid and continue to simmer 20-25 minutes or until porridge is smooth and creamy. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once porridge is done simmering, remove from heat and add a small amount of the mixture to the whisked egg to temper it. Add a little more porridge and whisk again. Then, add the egg mixture to the porridge and stir well.
  4. Taste and adjust spices as desired. Add raw honey, if using and stir well.
  5. Serve warm or cold with toppings of choice.

Turmeric and Spice Granola

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I’ve been putting turmeric in nearly everything lately and even recently bought some fresh turmeric root for the first time ever (it was great in stir fry with fresh ginger). I know turmeric is incredibly good for you and has great flavor, but often forget about it when I’m choosing my spices for a dish. I think it’s become more of a habit to reach for it now and don’t plan to forget about this incredible spice!

I regularly make homemade grain-free granola and while whipping up a batch one day, decided to try adding a little turmeric to it. I liked the way it turned out a lot, but tweaked the recipe slightly the second time I made it and liked it even better. Hope you enjoy it too!

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Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ~2.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds (I used raw sprouted ones)
  • ~2 cups raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract (I like this brand)
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey or to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 + 1/8 tsp ground turmeric

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Pour coconut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds on a large baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the coconut oil, vanilla, raw honey, sea salt and spices.
  4. Pour oil and spice mixture over the coconut and seeds. Stir well to coat. If need be, divide granola up between two baking sheets, but make sure it’s not spread too thin, so the coconut doesn’t burn!
  5. Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove and stir, and place in oven for another 15 minutes. Stir again and if need be, place in oven for another 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it at this point to make sure it doesn’t get too dark!
  6. Cool completely and store in glass jars.

 

Whipped Dairy-Free Lemon Frosting

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I don’t share sweet stuff very often because it is not something that I regularly consume or make. But, special occasions and social gatherings are a good reason to make a treat. In this instance, Jesse and I had plans to go over to our friend’s house for dinner this past Saturday. They took on the main course, sides and drinks, and I agreed to make a dessert. I debated for a long time about what to make and decided that I wanted something springy, especially since it was Easter weekend.

After much browsing on Pinterest, I decided to make this coconut flour cake recipe. To jazz up the cake a bit, I thought I’d make some frosting to go on top. I knew I wanted the base to be from palm shortening and also wanted lemon involved (to add that springy flavor). This recipe is what I came up with and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is light and lemony, with a whipped texture. It almost seems like a cross between frosting and icing, especially with its slightly shimmery appearance. It tasted great on the coconut flour cake (this cake recipe is amazing and super moist!) and was a HUGE hit with everyone!

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Also, this recipe makes quite a bit of frosting and is enough for a double layer cake. I actually ended up making two of the coconut flour cakes, so I could turn it into a double layer and use up the rest of the frosting. I garnished the top with grated lemon zest and definitely recommend doing so for a finishing touch!

The frosting doesn’t have to be stored in the refrigerator, but will keep longer that way if you aren’t going to use it right away or have leftovers.  It will firm up quite a bit in the fridge because of the coconut cream concentrate (coconut butter), so remember to allow it to soften at room temperature before using. You may also want to refrigerate it in the summertime because it will get slightly melty when warm.

Please make sure to only use pure therapeutic essential oils for cooking. Many essential oils that are sold in stores are not 100% pure and can be chemically adulterated. These are not meant for consumption! My essential oil of choice is Young Living. Learn where to get high quality essential oils HERE.

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Whipped Dairy-Free Lemon Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup organic palm shortening (find here) –>not to be mistaken for red palm oil!
  • 7 oz. box coconut cream concentrate, melted (find here)
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil (learn where to get therapeutic grade oils here)

Directions:

  1. Add all the ingredients except the lemon essential oil to the the bowl of your stand mixer. Whip the frosting a couple minutes or until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and then add the lemon essential oil. Whip again briefly to incorporate the essential oil.
  3. Enjoy on your favorite grain-free cake or cookie recipe for a special occasion!

Lavender Meltaways

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I’ve had this recipe brewing in my head for a while now and finally got around to testing it out the other day. I seriously bought the fresh lemon to make these over two weeks ago! Lucky for me, lemons stay good for a while in the fridge. Anyway, these are delectable little fat bombs with a refreshing lemony and lavender flavor. They’re the perfect little after dinner treat and quite satisfying too. The lavender in them is just right and tastes so lovely. If you aren’t a fan of lavender, you can omit the oil (and flowers) and add 2 drops of peppermint or orange essential oil instead. These are also tasty plain, but I think it’s fun to add a little extra something.

Please make sure to only use pure therapeutic essential oils for cooking. Many essential oils that are sold in stores are not 100% pure and can be chemically adulterated. These are not meant for consumption! My essential oil of choice is Young Living. Learn where to get high quality essential oils HERE.

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Ingredients:

  • 7 oz box coconut cream concentrate, melted (find here)
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil (find out where to buy therapeutic grade oils HERE)
  • Dried lavender flowers for garnishing, optional

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients together until smooth (the texture will be a little gritty from the coconut cream concentrate — just make sure it’s all blended well!).
  2. Then, add the drop of lavender essential oil and stir again.
  3. Line a mini muffin pan with mini paper liners. Alternatively, you can place the liners on a baking sheet, but they might be a little misshapen. Spoon mixture into the liners.
  4. Place in the fridge to chill about 10-15 minutes (mixture should still be a little tacky). Remove and garnish with lavender flowers, if using. Then place back in the fridge to set completely.
  5. Store in the refrigerator. You can eat them cold, right out of the fridge or let them soften slightly at room temperature before eating.

Yields: 17 meltaways

Essential Oils and Homemade Dark Chocolate

Well, I’m back in Portland after a wonderful trip back home in Michigan to see my family. It was relaxing, wintery and great all around. It’s weird how I go back home and it feels like I never left. I told my mom it felt like I was back on a college break, especially since Jesse wasn’t with me. Anyone else experience this when they go back to their hometown?

The Sunday after my return back to Portland, I hosted an intro to essential oils class led by Arsy of Rubies & Radishes and Katja of The Savory Lotus. It was so nice to finally meet these ladies in person! We had an intimate group for the class, which was nice. We forgot about it being the Superbowl, so had some no-snows and late cancels, but it was all okay. Meanwhile, if any of you are interested in learning more about essential oils, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can also check out my post about getting started with essential oils. I’m also available to lead classes for any of you in the Portland area!

Left to right: me, Arsy and Katja
Left to right: me, Arsy and Katja

Anyway, for the class, I made a batch of homemade dark chocolate flavored with peppermint essential oil. I can’t take credit for the recipe since Katja gave it to me, but I did want to share my experience in making it. You can find the recipe on Katja’s blog HERE. If you make a peppermint variety like I did, use 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Please make sure you’re using high quality oils though!

This was my first experience working with cocoa butter and I was quite impressed. It is a little pricy, but fun to work with and makes totally legit chocolates! I only needed half a block (from a 1 lb package) for the recipe and it yielded a lot of chocolate, so in the end, it was probably a pretty decent deal. I was initially surprised when I took the cocoa butter out of the package because it looked like a HUGE bar of soap and was super solid. I had fun having people guess what it was on my Facebook page! For the record, I used this brand.

My big block of cocoa butter.
My big block of cocoa butter.

I poured my chocolate into a parchment paper-lined 9×9 pan since I didn’t have any molds. After it set, I lifted the chocolate out of the pan and chopped it into bite-sized squares. Perfecto!

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Have any of you worked with cocoa butter before? What did you make with it?

Interested in getting started with your own Young Living essential oils and want to save 24% on all your orders? Find out more HERE!