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Month: October 2018

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Not only these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites are gluten-free and Paleo-friendly but they can be made in 10 minutes or less. I decided to prepare this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites when I made my Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookie Skillet since I must have […]

Banana Caramel Cashew Energy Bars

Banana Caramel Cashew Energy Bars

These Raw Banana Caramel Cashew Energy Bars are dairy free, high in protein and healthy fats. Just exactly what you need before or after a long workout. After a little bit more than a year, we started cycling again. I had forgotten how much I loved […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookie Skillet

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookie Skillet

This Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread cookie skillet is gluten and dairy free. Add some ice cream and you have a decadent healthy dessert.

Last week Adrian had to travel to Brazil for work so my grandmother came to help me with little Adrian. We had such a great time! I love when she comes to visit because we get to do all sorts of touristy things which I don’t do very often.  And of course, every time she is here there is a little bit of shopping involved 🙂

With her, in the house, it was a lot easier to try new recipes and take some pictures so I can continue sharing with you.

Anyway, I wanted to have something special for Adrian and I know how much he loves chocolate chip cookies, especially when they are warm and come with ice cream so what could be better than a  chocolate chip banana bread cookie skillet top with Halo vanilla ice cream.

The verdict: he asked me to make another cookie for him the next day.  Hope you enjoy it as much as he did.

For other cast iron skillet recipes check : Healthy Skillet Baked Egg with Kale

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookie Skillet

October 25, 2018
: 6 servings
: easy

Gluten free and refined sugar free Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookie Skillet.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 mashed ripe banana (depending on the size)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ dark chocolate chips
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, grease an 8 inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  • Step 2 In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients then mix in the wet.
  • Step 3 Add batter to the grease cast iron skillet and flatten with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered. Then top the skillet with foil (to avoid burning the top) and bake for another 8-10 minutes.
  • Step 4 Top with your favorite ice cream.

 

 

Adrian’s Birth Story: A Natural and Unmedicated Childbirth Story

Adrian’s Birth Story: A Natural and Unmedicated Childbirth Story

I share my story to encourage all the future mamas that will come after me, so they can feel inspired and have the childbirth they desire. It all started at 11 p.m. on November 8th. I began having some mild contractions 20-30 minutes apart. I […]

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Rice

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Rice

An easy, five-ingredient turmeric rice that highlights the flavor and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric! I first came across Ayurveda when I took my first yoga teacher training back in 2012. If you are not familiar with it, Ayurveda  is one of the world’s oldest whole-body healing systems. It’s […]

Chocolate Yogurt Parfait

Chocolate Yogurt Parfait

This Healthy Chocolate Yogurt Parfait  combines fresh fruit with greek yogurt, avocado mousse and granola for an easy, healthy and delicious on the go breakfast.

If you have read my blog you probably know how much I like sweets. And when it comes to chocolate I definetely cannot resist. That is why I love to eat dessert for breakfast. And by saying dessert, I don’t literally mean eating Pumpkin Pie for breakfast. I mean, I could but it is probably not the best start to my day. I mean being creative and disguising dessert in breakfast form. Therefore the is no need to wait until evening to indulge.

This Healthy Chocolate Yogurt Parfait definetely does the trick. The star of course is the Chocolate Mouse which is made with yes avocados! If you haven’t try it before it probably doesn’t sound that appealing right? Chocolate and avocado? Definetely not two ingredients you will imagine together. Well, here is the little secret you can’t really taste the avocado on this recipe but it gives the mousse a smooth, thick and decadent consistency. So no need for heavy cream, butter or any of that processed stuff we don’t want to it. I also love topping my dessert with any leftover donuts or muffins. And I got myself a disguised dessert for breakfast!

Yogurt Parfait with Avocado Mouse

October 25, 2018
: 2 servings
: easy

All you need for this recipe is greek yogurt, avocado, cacao and any sweetener of your choice.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt, divided + 2 tbsp yogurt for mouse
  • ½ avocado
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • Toppings:
  • 1 cup rasperries
  • ¼ cup of granola, divided
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the avocado, cocoa, honey, and yogurt in a blender or food processor. Blend until your mix is very smooth. Taste for sweeteness and add more honey, if desired.
  • Step 2 To assemble parfaits, layer the plain yogurt first follow by a layer of mousse. Top with granola and raspberries.
  • Step 3 Repeat.
Breakfast Egg Muffins

Breakfast Egg Muffins

Breakfast Egg muffins are the perfect snack food for busy mornings or on-the-go healthy eating! Just whip some egg with fresh veggies and bake on muffin tins to create the best portable breakfast. I don’t know you but I find myself constantly rushing out of […]

Vegan Tacos Soy Free Recipe

Vegan Tacos Soy Free Recipe

These convenient vegan tacos are perfect for your next  Meatless Monday. I love that they are soy-free, so you don’t have to use tofu or processed meat substitutes.

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

This delicious Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon only requires 5 ingredients and can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. Blurring the lines of sweet and savory the soy and honey combine perfectly together to create the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness.

This Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon is one of my all time favorites. I tried it for the first time a few years ago at my mom’s house and absolutely loved it. The best part of it is you only need 5 ingredients and it takes less than 15 minutes to make. This is huge especially when you are a busy working mom with a one-year-old that won’t stop moving around. Heck, I think this is also great if you are a single person home and just want to relax after a long day at the office.

I always try to keep at home some basic ingredients so that when I don’t feel like cooking a fancy recipe or just don’t have a lot of time. I know I can pull out these ingredients and create a delicious meal. For this Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon, all you need is soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, and sesame oil. Which I recommend should also be a staple at your home.

Other ingredients I also like to keep handy are coconut oil, olive oil, sea salt, garlic, fresh herbs, mustard, flavored vinegar, and hot sauce. If you always have this at home rest assure you can create any quick and delicious meal anytime.

Side Dishes

I personally love eating this delicious Honey and Soy Glazed Salmon with a side of rice. White or brown rice would work great or check out my Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Rice for an anti-inflammatory added benefit. You can also have some have it with some Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli or Honey Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts. The options are endless

Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon

October 25, 2018
: 2 servings
: easy

Blurring the lines of sweet and savory the soy and honey combine perfectly together to create the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness.

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Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a baking sheet.
  • Step 2 In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and lemon juice and pour over the salmon.
  • Step 3 Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. SBake 8 to 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
Healthy Asian Soba Noodle Salad

Healthy Asian Soba Noodle Salad

This Healthy Asian Soba Noodle Salad works perfectly as a side dish or light lunch. Soba noodles are gluten-free, low in calories and high in fiber which makes them a perfect alternative to regular pasta. Thai food has always been one of my favorite foods. I […]