Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwich

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It’s that Fall time of year when everyone gets that sudden craving for pumpkin — pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin everything. But ice cream, although some would say is strictly a summer treat, can be had year round. In this recipe you can marry the two seasons into a, brace yourselves — Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Sandwich.

You’ll need:

For the Cookies

Makes ~ 10-12

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats(blended into a fine flour) + 1/2 cup Rolled Oats (to add later)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 heaping Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter(or dairy substitute)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies 
  • 1/4 Cup Cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2. Dry ingredients Blend 1 cup of rolled oats in a blender for 20 seconds until it is a fine flour consistency. Add the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda.

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3. Wet ingredients Take the softened butter and whisk in the egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.

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4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients along with the chocolate chips.

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5. Add in the 1/2 cup of rolled oats(unblended) and cranberries.

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6. Use a cookie scooper to proportion out the batter. I found it helps to flatten the dough a little so it spreads out wide enough to fit the ice cream disk. (Make some bigger and some smaller since, as you will see below the ice cream disks will come out in varying diameters due to the shape of the carton).

This was my first batch, I flattened them down a bit further in the second

This was my first batch, I flattened them down a bit further in the second

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, let cool once done. These cookies will be a little more on the cake-like side, since a crisp cookie will fall apart once frozen.

For the Ice Cream

  • Pint-size – any flavor, I recommend Vanilla or for a Pumpkin Spice Latte twist — Cappuccino
  •  A bread knife

1. Starting at the bottom of the carton, grip the pint of ice cream firmly in your hand and begin to cut all the way through as if you were cutting loaf of bread. (As you move up the top of the carton the slices will get wider due to the shape of the carton. Use the bigger cuts for your bigger sized cookies, and the smaller cuts for your smaller sized cookies so they fit)

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2. Pop the disk out and sandwich into your cookies. For less mess, you can take a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the cardboard of the carton where the seams meet and peel the paper off the ice cream.

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3. Quickly roll the ice cream sandwich in some chocolate chips, wrap in wax paper and freeze until they are ready for eating.

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Oat Flour Crepes Recipe

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Tips for making the perfect Crepe every time

  1. Have the right consistency. The batter’s consistency should resemble heavy cream. If it’s thick like pancake batter you can thin it out with milk. The batter should also be smooth. If there are lumps you can strain the batter.
  2. Use the right pan. Go for a pan that heats evenly. I like using a non-stick anodized pan.

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Healthy Glazed Peaches Recipe

As promised from yesterday’s post  A Peachy Sunday Morning here is the recipe for Glazed Peaches. It’s dairy free, gluten free, naturally soy free, and sugar free. For the pancake recipe check out Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes. Enjoy, share, and let me know what you think. Happy Monday! 

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In a sauce pan on medium heat mix for 3 minutes:

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • Add sliced peaches
  • 1 teaspoon stevia

Add the next ingredient in and stir for 1 minute:

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes:

  • ¼ cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 cup Water

Remove from heat and let cool so the sauce can thicken.

*Optional

For a slightly thicker sauce you can add ¼ teaspoon Xantham Gum 

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How to Cook Juicy Pork Tenderloin in Under an Hour

The key to making a juicy pork tenderloin lies in the technique, and the steps are really simple.

For a 2lb. Pork Tenderloin:

  • Sear for ~ 10 minutes
  • Bake for ~ 40 minutes

* ~ approximate, depending on the heat range of your stove

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1) You’ll want to set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and your stovetop to medium-high heat.

2) Season your pork tenderloin as you usually would and coat with oil.

3) Sear all sides of your pork tenderloin in a deep pan for 10 minutes or until it achieves a nice color to it. Add a little water to the pan to keep the meat from sticking and to prevent it from over drying.

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4) Place into your oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature of your tenderloin is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I like to add in onions, potatoes and 1/8-1/4 cup of water to keep the pork moist in the oven.

The key to a juicy pork tenderloin is to not overcook the meat or it will dry out. If your pork is just a hint of pink that is fine. If pink doesn’t sit well with you, you can leave the tenderloin in the oven for an extra 10 minutes.

5) Take out the pork and let it rest with aluminum foil over the top.

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I like to pair my pork with glazed peaches and Weber’s Barbecue Sauce. It’s gluten-free and has no high fructose corn syrup.

Banana Fig Pudding

I’ve been craving pudding like nobody’s business, which is weird for me to say since I’ve never been a fan of anything mushy or slimy but this pudding is quite the contrary. I’m a big fan of bananas, just not overly ripe ones. This pudding tastes best when the bananas are still slightly green at the stem and what’s great about this recipe is that it’s also dairy and sugar free.

Pudding Base

  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 cup chopped Figs
  • 1/3 cup Almonds (blanched)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Coconut Whip Cream

  • 1 1/2 cup Full Fat Organic Coconut milk (canned, should be solid when shaken not milky)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons of Stevia (or to taste)

Directions for Pudding

1. Blend almonds in food processor for a few seconds until it reaches a meal consistency

2. Add in other ingredients

Directions for Coconut Whip Cream

3. Pour out the cream from the can and throw out the liquid part that usually sits on top

4. Add the stevia and vanilla and whisk to blend ingredients together

You can let these chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge or overnight until ready to serve. Lasts in the fridge for 2 days.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Heart Tarts

It’s almost Valentine’s day so I felt a little inspired to make these gluten-free, dairy-free AND sugar-free heart shaped tarts. They’re packed with protein and are super easy to make.

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Makes ~ 8 tarts

Tart Base

  • 1 cup pitted Dates
  • 1 cup Almonds (blanched)
  • 1/2 Banana

Coconut Whip Cream

  • 1 1/2 cup Full Fat Organic Coconut milk (canned, should be solid when shaken not milky)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons of Stevia (or to taste)

Directions for Tart Base

1. Blend the almonds in a food processor for about 10-15 seconds, doesn’t have to be smooth. We’re going for a little crunchy texture.

2. Add in the pitted dates and 1/2 banana. It helps to cut these up to speed the blending process.

3. Place the base in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

4. After removing from the fridge, use mini heart shape cookie cutters to cut out the base and create pockets in the center and raise the edges so it looks like a heart-shaped bowl. Place in the fridge again to firm up.

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5. Pour out the cream from the can and throw out the liquid part that usually sits on top

6. Add the stevia and vanilla and whisk to blend ingredients together

7. Place in the fridge to firm for 1-2 hours.

Then place, and decorate with fruit and coconut flakes! You can let these chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge or overnight until ready to serve. 

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Egg Burrito

I’m not a big morning person. I’ll usually set my alarm a good two hours before I have to leave the house for work, because that’s literally how long it takes for me to stop wrestling with my sheets and get myself ready. And when I am up, I’m frantically trying to make up for the time I spent under the covers. One thing I make sure I never do is skip breakfast. I need my eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, fruits, and nuts ALWAYS. Eggs are sometimes hard to take on the go, but not unless it’s a burrito.

The best way I’ve found to make a egg burrito is to cook the omelet, which will become the ‘tortilla’ on medium-low heat and about half way through cover the pan with a lid so the steam cooks the top of the omelet. When the top isn’t as runny anymore just flip to cook both sides evenly. Wrap in parchment paper or aluminum foil and you’re good to go.

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

Egg burrito, spinach, onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers, crushed red peppers, homemade hashed potatoes, natural cheese

Turkey Muffin Recipe

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These little muffins are perfect for when you’re on the go, breakfast, or for a pre-workout snack. They’re packed with protein, gluten-free oats, and healthy vegetables. When I’m in a rush and have very little time to eat something, I’ll usually have a batch of these made and stored away for the week in my fridge. This recipe yields about 16 muffins.

Servings: 16 muffins

Per muffin:

86.5 calories

3 g fat

5 g carbs

9 g protein

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 Celsius)

Bake for ~ 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 lbs. Lean ground turkey

1 cup Ground Gluten-Free Oats

4 eggs

1 cup Bell peppers

1/2 cup white onion

2 celery stalks

2 scallions

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons Garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon Red crushed peppers

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 Tablespoons Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce (optional)

Chop all your vegetables. I like to use a vegetable press. It cuts my chopping time by more than half the time, and not to mention saves me the hassle of dealing with those pesky onions. No tears for this girl.

IMG_0049 Measure out your spicesIMG_0095 IMG_0104 I like adding Bob Red Mill’s Gluten Free Oats for more body to the muffins. It’s also a great filler to help you feel full.

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Throw the oats into a small blender so it becomes Oat Flour

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Combine all your ingredients

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Optional: I like to add Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce for a slight mesquite flavor

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Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutesIMG_0158

Enjoy by itself or in a meal. I like pairing them with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli!IMG_0258

Cheesy Squash Casserole

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Now if you’re not a big fan of squash, this dish might not sound appetizing at first, but stay with me! I brought this dish into a work potluck last week and the casserole was gone within 15 minutes. Think of a baked mac and cheese, replaced with squash in a crunchy buttery goodness. Hungry yet? It’s really easy to make and perfect to have as a side dish or as your main meal, especially for the upcoming holidays.

Total time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

4 – Yellow Squash, sliced and boiled

1 – Yellow Onion, diced

30-35 – Original Low Sodium Ritz or Gluten Free Crackers for Gluten-sensitive 

2 – Eggs, beaten

1/2 – Cup milk

2 – Cups Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

3 – Tablespoons of melted butter

1 – Teaspoon Salt

1 – Teaspoon Black Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Dice your onions. Wash and thinly slice your squash into circles. I like to make them as thin as possible by using a Mandolin Slicer.

3. Place the squash and onion into a pot of water with a dash of salt and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

4. While those cook it’s time to start having some fun with the crackers. Place your crackers in a tightly sealed ziplock bag.

Get out your meat tenderizer or rolling pin and start beating!

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5. Mix the cheese with the cracker crumbs in the same bag and set aside.

6. In a mixing bowl add:

  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Two-thirds of the cheese and cracker mixture
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • The drained squash & onions

7. Once this is mixed well, transfer contents to a casserole baking dish, add the remaining cheese & cracker mixture to the top of the casserole to form the crust.

img_30878. Place in the oven to bake for about 30-35 minutes or until top looks golden brown . Let cool for a few minutes and serve :)

* To make this Gluten-Free use GF Crackers of your choice just make sure they’re slightly buttery. Glutino is not recommended the dish turns out too dry and falls apart.