Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I never thought I would like banana based ice cream, but I was wrong. I love this, and I love having fruit again. Fruit has helped me get off of everything sugary. This banana chocolate chip ice cream hits the spot when I want something decadent but nutritious.

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP ICE CREAM

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice (I used raw sunflower seed utter)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey, maple syrup or to keep it raw coconut nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup full cat coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup no sugar chocolate chips (Lily’s is my favorite no sugar brand)

Directions

Whirl everything but the chocolate chips in a high speed blender (I use a nutribullet RX). Spoon into containers and stir in the chocolate chips. Freeze 2 hours. Stir. Freeze another 2 hours. Or make in your ice cream maker according to the directions of the maker.

Enjoy!

Essential Seed Mix

Essential Seed Mix

I’ve been taking the time to update old blog posts. I like everything on one page without having to click a zillion times to find anything. Essential Seed Mix is full of minerals and so easy to make and use in smoothies, raw chia puddings, salad toppings, cookie additions, and even as a paleo or keto hot breakfast cereal.

Essential Whole Seeds Mix

Essential Seed Mix

  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw unsalted hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup raw chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
Ground Seeds

Directions

Mix together in a bowl. Grind in a coffee grinder designated just for grinding herbs and nuts.

Ready to Use

Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Use 1 Tablespoon at a time in smoothies and on salads. Use 1/4 cup at a time in cookies, in puddings, or as a breakfast cereal.

Original post with nutritional information.

Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Yes, I’ve been on gone from WordPress for some time now. I needed a break to catch up on my reading. I’ve been reading through the comments of other recipe and wellness blog sites. One of the most common comment I’ve read is that people don’t have the time or the interest in why you created the recipe or wellness tip. Most of us just scroll to the bottom to see the recipe. So, I’m changing it up. When I post a wellness tip or recipe, that’s all you’ll see. No explanation. Here we go Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

Curried Creamy Carrot Soup

  • 1 bunch orange and white carrots (8) chopped
  • 1/2 sweet Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon organic virgin unrefined coconut oil
  • 5 Tablespoons veggie bouillon
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 can (15-ounces) full fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot dissolved in 1/2 cup water (opt)

In a medium saucepan, saute carrots and onions together in coconut oil until onions are translucent. About 15 minutes. Add the veggie bouillon and water. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until carrots are fork tender. About 15 minutes. With a hand blender, puree the soup until creamy. Add the can of coconut milk. Whisk until blended. If you like it a little thicker, you can add the 2 tablespoons of arrowroot dissolved in a 1/2 cup of water. Continue simmering until soup has thickened.  

Makes 6 servings

Enjoy!

Well there you have it. Curried Creamy Carrot Soup just waiting for a spoon!

LMJ

The Best Chewy Chip Cookies

I like buying packages of baking items with recipes on the back. How about you? This recipe if from the back of Missy J’s Sweet Aussie Carob Chips. Hubby loves carob more than chocolate. But I must say these are the best chewy chip cookies I’ve ever made with alternative flours.

The Best Chewy Chip Cookies (Original Version from Recipe on package)

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 or more Tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used Macadamia Milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup carob chips

Directions

  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Combine milk, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the wet to the dry, add more milk, 1 Tablespoon at a time until a dough forms.
  4. Fold in Carob Chip.
  5. Form into a ball and chill in refrigerator or freezer until dough is cold.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet allowing enough space for the cookies to spread.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  10. Makes 1 dozen
  11. Enjoy.

Variations:

To make a Keto version, I switched up a version with Monk fruit for the coconut sugar and added stevia sweetened chocolate chips and sunflower seeds to a batch. They did not come out chewy but were crispy like my mom made, but they were still good. Try these out with your combinations and let me know what you come up with. I’m going to try coconut and pumpkin seeds next.

Coconut Earl Grey Cocoa

I love my Earl Grey tea and my hot cocoa. I put them together in this simple recipe and threw in some coconut milk as a boost. It’s a match made in taste heaven. Presenting the Coconut Earl Grey Cocoa.

Afternoon Earl Grey Cocoa

Coconut Earl Grey Cocoa

  • 1 Earl Grey Tea bag (I like Trader Joe’s organic)
  • 1 Tablespoon raw cacao
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar (or powdered sweetener of choice)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried coconut milk powder (I like BareOrganics brand)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
  • Hot water for your favorite mug

Directions

  • Boil water in your tea kettle. Place tea bag in your mug. Pour hot water over tea bag. Let steep up to 5 minutes. Remove bag.
  • While tea is steeping, mix together powdered ingredients.
  • After removing tea bag, add powdered ingredients and whip (I use a small milk frother).
  • Enjoy

No Bake Freezer Brownies

I always found no bake cookies and brownies a bit too sweet. So I decided to make my own. So here goes. Keto. Low Carb. Paleo. Plant based. Low cost. Lovely taste.

No Bake Freezer Brownies
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened seed or nut butter of choice (I love sun butter)
  • 1/2 cup coconut mana (coconut butter)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao
  • 1/3 cup monk fruit (or powdered sweetener of choice)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios (or nuts/seeds of choice)
  • 1/4 cup ground Lily chocolate chips (or chips of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
Directions

In a small saucepan, melt first three ingredients. Remove from heat and mix in raw cacao, monk fruit, and salt. Mix in pistachios, ground chocolate chips, and coconut flakes.

Pour into a parchment lined 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Sprinkle top with extra chopped pistachios and chocolate chips. Freeze 2 hours.

Ready to eat!

Cut or break into pieces. Store in a covered container in the freezer.

Enjoy!

Hello Again

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. Let’s not dwell on the past year but moving forward let’s focus on what’s to come. Will we ever be able to go anywhere without a mask or without leaving a TRACE of what is being tested for? That’s it for the crisis mode talk on this site. Just recipes because cooking is my therapy, and I am truly tired of having to scroll through the writer’s feelings for creating the recipe or why they love a certain ingredient. I figured if I had issues with it then a lot of other folks had the same issues. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

So here we go:

Liquid Sunshine

SUNSHINE SMOOTHIE

  • 1 Cup Ripple Milk (vanilla, unsweetened)
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla Protein Powder (or protein powder of your choice)
  • 1 small mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 small carrots, washed and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons monk fruit sweetener (Lakanto)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water (enough to get the mixture to the fill line on your shaker cup)

Whirl in your blender, nutribullet, or processor of choice.

Enjoy!

The Adventures of Kale and Avocado

I’ve never been one to go with the flow of popularity even in my eating. I don’t like kale chips, fat bombs, kombucha, kefir, or a kale salad. But I love adventures and experimenting with flavors. So let’s begin at the beginning The adventures of kale and avocado is my story of how I paired my least favorite veggie with my favorite fruit.

I Love Avocados

If I had only avocados to eat the rest of my life, I’d be one happy woman. I could eat them everyday and never get tired of them. They are good in so many ways. My favorite is a half of an avocado with a sprinkle of homemade taco seasoning mix. It’s like a party in my mouth!

Kale Ewwww

Kale on the other hand has to be hidden for me to really like it. I eat it because it’s the best way to get calcium that’s usable for my body. But even knowing that doesn’t do anything for my palate. So I’ve put it in my veggie smoothies, I’ve hidden it in meatballs (when I was eating meat), and even tried making it creamed like creamed spinach.

Then I thought how about pairing it with an avocado. And it hit me. I had a recipe for Kale Butter from the Engine 2 Diet book. I made this vegan recipe several times, but I could not get past its bitterness. In walks the Avocado and a couple my tweaks and this recipe is transformed into yumminess!

Kale Avocado Butter

Makes 12 servings

1 bunch kale, chopped and steamed 4 minutes (spinach, beet greens, or choice)

1 avocado, peeled and seeded

2 Tablespoons lime juice

2 Tablespoons onion soup mix (I make my own, recipe coming soon.)

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (can also sub out for walnuts and macadamias or make it nut free by using pumpkin or sunflower seeds)

8 Tablespoons avocado oil

1/8 cup water

Whirl it in a food processor until smooth. Serve with crackers, veggie cakes, crudités or even as a topping on a sweet potato.

Enjoy

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 164.4

Fat: 15.6 grams

Carbs: 5.1 grams

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Net Carbs: 2.3 grams

Protein: 1.8 grams

Cream of Veggie Soups

One of my favorite things about winter is having simple soups for either a snack or a second meal. While doing this plant based high fat low acid plan, I’ve been making several cream of veggie soups. They’re easy with simple ingredients and take only about thirty minutes total to make. I try to keep my soups a little on the plant based vegan keto high fat side but sometimes they take a different direction.

Tweaking recipes

Before we can make it, we need to make the powdered veggie bouillon. And this is where I took a recipe from another website, and I tweaked them to be something sustainable for my eating plan and palette.

I usually make this in batches every couple of months because it’s nice to have on hand for making these quick soups.

Ultimate Powdered Veggie Bouillon

(original recipe Super Veggie Mom)

Makes 2 1/2 cups

  • Mix all together in a blender until powdered.
  • Use 1 teaspoon for each cup of liquid.

    Nutrition Facts per 1 teaspoon

    • Calories: 10.8
    • Total fat: 0.2 grams
    • Total carbs: 1.4 grams
    • Fiber: 0.7 grams
    • Net carbs: 0.7 grams
    • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Now we can make any soup we choose.
  • My comfort soup this week has been my Thai Cream of Carrot Soup. It’s warming and I can drink it by my favorite mug.

    Thai Cream of Carrot Soup

  • Makes 4 servings
    • 5 carrots washed and chopped
      small onion, chopped
      1 clove garlic sliced
      2 Tablespoons coconut oil

    Sauté until onions are translucent.

    Add:

      2 Tablespoons homemade veggie bouillon powder (recipe above)
      6 cups water (see note)
      2 teaspoons curry powder
      1 Tablespoon ginger orange marmalade made with no sugar (St. Dalfour is my favorite)
  • Bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmer for 20 minutes.

    With an immersion blender, blend the soup till a creamy texture.

    Add:

  • 1 small can coconut cream
  • Stir until cream is mixed in and heated through.
  • Serve with a topping of pecans or pumpkin seeds.

    Note: If using store bought veggie broth, omit the veggie bouillon powder and water. Use 6 cups broth.

    Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    • Calories: 150
    • Total fat: 14.7 grams
    • Total carbs: 14.9 grams
    • Fiber: 3.2 grams
    • Net carbs: 11. 7 grams
    • Protein: 2.4 grams

    First Meal

    Most people equate first meal with breakfast. Breaking the fast of sleeping eight to ten hours. I’ve never been one for eating first thing in the morning and now that I am implementing an 18 hour intermittent fasting plan into my lifestyle breaking my fast later in my day makes sense for me.

    What you eat for your first meal will create the kind of day you will have. Since being on a sometimes raw vegan high fat (keto) plan to having a cooked first meal of flax seeds, essential mix, protein bowl, I’m creating the desired impact for my day.

    Think about it for a moment

    What’s in your first meal/breakfast? Sugary cereal (insulin rush and cravings for more) , a venti vanilla latte (insulin overload and belly fat ignition), a plain coffee with butter or coconut oil (pure acid), or how about that bottle of cola (rust remover and weapon of mass destruction). These are all acidic and will shave years off your life.

    Having a first meal that’s alkaline and filled with nutritional ingredients helps your cells create energy by giving them what they desire most. Be good to your cells and your cells will be good to you.

    You don’t always have to have a smoothie for your first meal, but with the limitless combinations of veggies and fruits you’ll never run out of ideas. You can have a nice warming porridge as your first meal that’s vegan, plant based, high fat (keto), grain free, and good protein.

    Creamy Raspberry Protein Porridge

    Makes 2 servings

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
    • 2 Tablespoons ground golden flax
    • 2 Tablespoons vegan protein powder (Warrior Blend by Sunwarrior is my favorite)
    • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
    • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond or alternative milk (Ripple is my favorite)
    • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/3 cup frozen berries of choice
    • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened sunflower butter (my favorite is Once Again)

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the first five ingredients, making sure there are no hard lumps.
    2. Add the 1 cup of milk.
    3. Turn burner on medium low.
    4. Stir till thickened about 5 – 8 minutes, depending on desired constancy (I like mine a little runny because out will thicken up as it cools).
    5. Remove from heat.
    6. Add in the berries, stevia, sunflower butter, coconut, and the 2 Tablespoons of milk.
  • Enjoy!

    Happy First Meal whatever time you have it!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    Calories: 226

    Fat: 14.4 grams

    Total Carbs: 12.8 grams

    Fiber: 9.1 grams

    Net Carbs: 3.7 grams

    Protein: 15.45 grams