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Baked Apples

For me, pregnancy means hunger!  Tonight, I was craving something sweet.  However- I’m at my ski condo, which means there are very few ingredients here to work with.  Fortunately, I was able to put this simple treat together with the few things on hand…

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil
2 peeled, thin-sliced organic apples (I used Pink Lady apples)
1 T coconut milk (full fat)
1 T maple syrup
1 T ground walnuts
Large dash cinnamon

ASSEMBLY

1.  Grease a glass pie pan or square pan with the coconut oil.

2.  Toss the apple slices with the coconut milk, maple syrup, walnuts and cinnamon in a large bowl until well coated.

3.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.  Stir and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.

4.  Serves 2 adults and 1 #minivegan.  This would be really good with a scoop of vegan ice cream!

Coconut Cacao Nut Butter Bites (NSNG)

Coconut Cacao Nut Butter Bites (NSNG)

Here are some fat bombs…AKA energy bombs!  Fat is not a bad word around here, did you know that?

I made these bites without any sweetener, so they are NSNG (No Sugar No Grains).  They are not sweet, so don’t expect them to be!  Having one of these is like eating a shot of espresso.  Oh, yeah!

If you must have that sweet sense on the tongue, you can always add a little liquid sweetener.  (Go easy, now!)

I intend to use these Coconut Cacao Nut Butter Bites to fuel my active days out on the mountain bike or up on the ski hill.  I expect 1 bite to keep me going for hours!

Please note– I still need to find out how they travel.  The bites solidify in the fridge, but I don’t yet know how soft they’ll get at room temperature.  I’m going to pack them “appropriately.”

You can use any variety of 100% nut or seed butter and any type of chopped nuts in this recipe.  I used unsweetened sunflower seed butter and *unsalted pistachios.

Unsalted pistachios from nuts.com

Unsalted pistachios from nuts.com

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C coconut oil
1/2 C peanut butter, almond butter or sunflower seed butter

1/2 C organic cacao/cocoa powder
1 t cinnamon
pinch salt
Optional- maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste

3/4 C finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 C chopped unsalted nuts
1 T chia seeds
1/2 t vanilla extract

ASSEMBLY:

1.  Use a double boiler to melt and liquify the coconut oil and nut or seed butter.

2.  Stir in the cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, and sweetener (if using).

3.  Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients.

Double boiler

Double boiler

4.  Cool the ingredients (in the top portion of the boiler) in the fridge for about 30 minutes.  About every 5 minutes, stir the mixture.

5.  Once the mixture thickens enough, use a “cookie scoop” or a 1/2 – 1 T measuring spoon to make small balls.  Place them on a piece of parchment paper.  My batch made 32.

Using a scooper is recommended!

Using a scooper is recommended!

6.  Cool the bites in the fridge until they harden completely.  Store them in a closed container in the fridge.  You can eat these right out of the fridge.  They melt in your mouth!

Coconut Cacao Nut Butter Bites (NSNG)

Coconut Cacao Nut Butter Bites (NSNG)

Nuts from nuts.com

Nuts from nuts.com

*I buy unsalted organic pistachios from nuts.com.  They are awesome!

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