My Top Picks For Mother’s Day Gifts

by Kate on April 25, 2016

MOMS DAY

Mother’s Day is fast approaching!  I wanted to give you a couple of my ideas for what to give the health conscience mom or mom to be!  These are some of my favorite brands and many have an amazing mission behind them!  I would personally love to receive any of these gifts and think your mom, wife, sister, daughter or grand-daughter would too!!!

swellA S’Well Water Bottle is really perfect for everyone, active or not!  We all need to be drinking plenty of water and need to ditch the plastic!  I love the sleek look and feel of these bottles!  They are stainless steel so that makes them free of the hormone disruptor BPA found in plastic bottles.  These are perfect for working out as you sweat, but they won’t sweat!  They are insulated with a double wall, perfect for keeping water cold or hot drinks warm for hours!!  They come is all different colors, sizes and textures.  Go for the big guy so she can carry it around all day!!  You can find some colors and sizes on Amazon Prime or shop straight from S’Well.

 

Mug

The perfect mug for mom’s Bulletproof Coffee, Bone Broth, Tea or Wine!  I love this mug from Love Bomb Company!  She also has Mason Jars for mom’s Green Smoothie with cute sayings.   This Etsy Shop has the “This Might Be Wine…Vodka…Tequila” mugs that are so fitting and needed at times by many mom’s out there!!!

 

 

 

Links of Love Necklacenecklace is perfect for the mom to be or new mom!  Artist Beth Lawrence created this stunning yet simple necklace, along with a bracelet and a pair of earrings while she was pregnant with her first child. Thoroughly modern and extremely meaningful, her pieces subtly represents the ineffably strong connection a mother shares with her child.  I love this!!  Another great gift for the new mom is Beautycounter’s new line of safe and simple Baby Products.  Grab the Dry Oil, Balm and a Lip Sheer for baby and mom.  These products are for baby and mom!  I love the balm for my hands and feet at night!

 

cookbookThe Ultimate Paleo Cookbook is perfect for the mom that loves to cook or needs some new ideas!  Arsy Vartanian and nine other popular Paleo bloggers have come together to bring you over 900 recipes in this ultimate, extensive collection to help you stay gluten- and grain-free. This is the largest compilation of Paleo recipes in print, and it satisfies every craving in one convenient volume. Each of the authors selected 50 to 80 of their favorite recipes from their blogs and created 10 to 20 original recipes, all assembled in this one amazing Paleo resource.

 

vitamixVitamix…who wouldn’t love receiving one of these!  This is a MUST HAVE in my opinion!  I use mine 2-3 times a day and would never be without it!  I seriously packed it in a suitcase and took it to Arizona with me every time I traveled there until we ended up buying a second one.  Yes, it is worth the price and yes it is that much better than any other blender!  Hands down my “can’t live without it” kitchen item!

 

 

loveyourmelonHave you bought your Love Your Melon Beanie yet?  Mom would love a beanie, cap or apparel from this company doing so much good in this world!  “Love Your Melon was founded by two friends, Zach and Brian. On a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer since October 22nd, 2012, Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America.  After achieving the original goal of donating 45,000 hats to children undergoing cancer treatment, Love Your Melon set a new goal of donating one million dollars to pediatric cancer research and providing immediate support to the children and their families. In 2015, we achieved this goal and through the Campus Crew Program, personally donated 51,264 hats at 705 donation events in 46 states.  As of April 8, 2016, Fifty Percent (50%) of net proceeds from the sale of all Love Your Melon products are donated to Love Your Melon’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. Our partners work in the field of pediatric oncology, fund cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for families of children battling cancer.

 

pong caseFor the mom that is on the phone a lot…protect her from harmful EMF with a Pong Case for her phone!  Lowers your radiation exposure by up to 67% below a bare phone (or up to 89% below the FCC SAR limit).   This is a must with how much we use our phones nowadays!

 

 

 

mantraInspirational bracelets from MantraBand.  Mantrabands are simple, elegant bracelets with a touch of delicate polish and an uplifting message; promoting a lifestyle of optimism, positivity, mindfulness. Wear your Mantraband every day as your daily reminder, affirmation, and inspiration. Made with love.  So many mantras to choose from and they come in gold, silver or rose gold.  Plus, they offer free shipping on all orders!

 

 

BC momsGive the gift of safe skincare and makeup.  Every women loves a new lipstick or lip gloss…especially knowing it’s safe!  Beautycounter is a mission based company bringing safe, chic and high performing skincare and makeup to market.  Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard. “We deserve better, and we’re doing something about it.”  A women should never have to sacrifice her health in the name of beauty!  A few of my favorites include: The Body Butter and Sugar Scrub Collection, Lustro Face Oil #1,  Rose Water with a lip sheer or gloss or the Travel Body Collection for the traveling mom!  *Orders must be placed by midnight on April 28th to guarantee arrival by Mother’s Day at a standard shipping rate.

 

GAIA for womengaia creations are handmade by resettled refugee women in Dallas using vintage, artisan-made, & sustainable materials.  “Our mission is to empower marginalized women through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success in our own local communities.”  I love these pouches and there’s a design for every mom out there!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there and Mom’s to be!  I hope you are spoiled and enjoy your day!

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 0 comments }

Dairy Free Chocolate Pomegranate Ice Cream

by Kate on November 1, 2015

Pomegranate chocolate ice cream2It may be November 1st, but it’s 70 degrees here and it’s pomegranate season!!  Who doesn’t love ice cream year round!!!  I use my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker on a regular basis as dairy free ice cream is my go to sweet treat.

Pomegranates have taken over the produce section of my Whole Foods.  What a fun fruit that can be a little work…or you can buy the pre-packed fresh arils like I do.  Pomegranates are actually a berry and have numerous healthy benefits.  They are full of nutrients, anti-oxidants, have anti-inflammatory effect and may help fight numerous diseases.  Besides being nutrient dense little power houses, they taste great!  I love the sweet tartness mixed with the added crunch of the seed!

I hope you enjoy the mixture of pomegranates and dark chocolate as much as I do!  Here is a link to all the Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes on the blog.

Chocolate Pomegranate Ice Cream
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup non dairy milk alternative
  • ½ cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve for low sugar option)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate chunks
  • ⅔ cup pomegranate anils
Instructions
  1. Combine cans of coconut milk, non dairy milk in a sauce pan and heat on medium (If using a dry sweetener, add it here too)
  2. Once milk begins to simmer, turn heat down to low
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, add sweetener (liquid) and vanilla extract and mix well
  4. Take a ladle full at a time of the milk mixture and incorporate it into egg mixture as you continuously whisk the eggs
  5. Once you have mixed all of the milk in, cover the bowl and let cool in the frig (or the freezer if you won’t be using an ice cream maker or anxious for it to cool)
  6. Place cold mixture into ice cream maker and follow directions
  7. Once the ice cream started to take form and harden, stir in the anils and chocolate

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

I have switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!  The European Union bans about 1,400 chemicals and the US bans 11 and Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 in an unregulated industry!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  The skincare works and the makeup is chic, on trend and high performing!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  Their mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone!  I feel compelled to help educate and share this with all of you!

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 2 comments }

Bacon Pecan Maple Mustard Chicken

by Kate on September 30, 2015

Bacon Pecan Maple Mustard Chicken

I recently received a sampler pack of goodies from Steve’s Paleo Goods.  The box was full of grain free granola, cookies, jerky’s sauces, dried fruits and more!! The cool thing about this online paleo store, is that 15% of the proceeds go to Steve’s Club National Program.  This is his 501c3 non-profit that brings fitness, nutrition guidance and mentorship to at-risk youth.  He works with CrossFit Affiliates across the country to start Steve’s Club Local Clubs in their own communities. This has always been his passion; and it continues to be the driving force behind Steve’s PaleoGoods.  You can find these goodies along with nut butters, spice rubs, oils, cracklings and so much more at Whole Foods or online!!

 One smell of the two sauces I erceived and I knew I needed to create a savory recipe for you guys!  I was lucky enough to receive his Maple Mustard and Ginger Cilantro sauces.  These can be used for dressings, marinades, sauces and dips.  The best part is that they are made with olive oil and apple cider vinegar, unlike most sauces and dressings that are full of gmo canola oil!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!  It makes for great leftovers…even cold right out of the fridge!

Bacon Pecan Maple Mustard Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, thinned out
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup Maple Mustard*
  • 4-5 strips of bacon, cooked and cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped into pieces
  • Stone ground mustard
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken breasts in a greased baking dish
  2. Brush or spoon on about 1 tbsp of Maple Mustard onto the top of each breast to lightly coat. Reserve the rest of the sauce for later
  3. Sprinkle the bacon and pecan pieces over each breast
  4. Bake with a loose cover at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and drizzle the remaining Maple Mustard over each breast. Finish them off with another drizzle of stone ground mustard
Notes
*Maple Mustard sauce is from Steve's Paleo that can be found online (link in blog) or from Whole Foods.

f you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

I have switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!  The European Union bans about 1,400 chemicals and the US bans 11 and Beautycounter has banned more than 1,500 in an unregulated industry!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  The skincare works and the makeup is chic, on trend and high performing!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  Their mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone!  I feel compelled to help educate and share ths

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 0 comments }

Chocolate Candy Cookie Bars

by Kate on August 20, 2015

Chocolate Candy Cookie Bars

Oh my goodness it’ been way too long….hope I remember how to do a blog post!!  I haven’t been experimenting in the kitchen for awhile for many reasons, but mainly the lack of time and the desire to not eat so many baked goods!!  I love baking, but I just don’t need to be eating as many goodies as I was.  Please read the end of this post to see what has consumed most of my time and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

These cookie bars are so fun and yummy!!!  They are made from Cassava Flour which makes them nut free, grain free and of course gluten free!!  Cassava is a starchy root also known as yuca.  You are seeing cassava chips on store shelves and yuca fries on menus.  The flour acts similar to glutinous flour and the company I buy it from, Otto’s Natural, says you can swap it in a recipe 1:1.  I have found that you need less cassava flour, it absorbs so much liquid!!  I love the finished product and the moisture and texture it provides in baked goods!!  I plan to experiment more with it as we head into fall and winter…baking season!!!

Another new ingredient I used in this recipe is Little Secrets Chocolate.  I love that candy companies are coming out with healthier versions of M&M’s!!  Little Secrets are sweetened with real organic sugar and colored with natural food colorings such as beet powder, turmeric, etc!!   These are found at Natural Grocers and Whole Foods or on Amazon.  They come in Dark, Milk and Peanut Butter….they are all awesome!!!  Of course this recipe can be made with chocolate chips, but the colorful candy makes it that much more fun!!

 

Chocolate Candy Cookie Bars
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup grass-fed butter, softened*
  • ½ cup granulated sweetener (I used Swerve to make it lower in sugar)
  • ¾ cup cassava flour**
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate candies or chips**
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  2. Cream the softened butter with the sugar
  3. Add in the vanilla, milk and egg, mix well
  4. Combine the two bowls and mix until combined
  5. Fold in the chocolate pieces or chips
  6. Spread the batter into an 8x8 greased cookie pan
  7. Bake at 350 for about 28 minutes or until golden
  8. Let cool before cutting
  9. Store in an airtight container. I prefer storing these in the fridge and eating them cold!
Notes
*Softened coconut oil should work to make this dairy free

**Links for Cassava Flour and Chocolate Candy are in the body of the post above recipe.

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

I have switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!  The European Union bans about 1,400 chemicals and the US bans 11 in an unregulated industry!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are safe, non toxic, but are still anti-aging and work!!!  The makeup is chic, on trend and high performing!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  Their mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone!  I feel compelled to help educate and share this mission!  

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 0 comments }

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

by Kate on February 8, 2015

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles2

You just can’t ever mess up any recipe that includes peanut butter and chocolate!  I typically choose other nut butters over peanut butter, but I have been enjoying it lately.  This recipe can be made with any nut or seed butter, but there’s just something about this combo that is hard to replace!

It’s close to Valentine’s Day and I wanted to give you some new chocolate recipes to enjoy, including these truffles.  I personally don’t need a holiday or reason to have chocolate, it makes me happy everyday of the year!!  The best part is that when you choose dark chocolate, it’s low in sugar and typically dairy free if it’s really dark!  I used Swerve as the sweetener to make these low carb, but any sweetener will work.  I hope these last longer in your house than they did in mine!!

 

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (I prefer fresh grind that is chunky)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted or softened (depends on how runny the peanut butter is)
  • ¼ cup Swerve or other sweetener (I added a tiny bit of coconut palm sugar with the Swerve)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt (omit if your PB is already salted)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine granulated sweetener, cacao powder and sea salt in a bowl and set aside
  2. Stir the peanut butter, butter and vanilla until combined
  3. Pour the cacao mixture into the peanut butter mixture, stir until combined
  4. Place the batter into the fridge or freezer to harden so you can form balls with it
  5. Place the chocolate chips in a double broiler over low heat and melt
  6. Once the dough is hard enough, roll the batter into balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet
  7. Dip each truffle into the chocolate with a slotted spoon and place back onto the cookie sheet
  8. Place cookie sheet back in the fridge or freezer to set up
  9. Store in a glass container in the fridge

 

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

I have recently switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are anti-aging and work!!!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  You will love it!!

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 5 comments }

Beauty Detox

by Kate on January 5, 2015

 

shop now

Most of us have set new goals, resolutions or whatever you may call them as we start this new year.  I am not a resolution person.  I believe you can start fresh and new any day, week or month of the year and should evaluate often, not just at the start of the year.  One thing I have been asked about numerous times in the past two days is about doing a detox.  It’s a buzz word that makes people feel like they can clean and rid their bodies of all the harm they have done over the holidays or the year.  Not the case!  I believe you can take supplements, drink and eat specific foods to help support the detoxing organs.  I think one place to start would be with the elimination of sugar and eating nutrient rich foods.  If I were to do a “detox” for a few days, it would consist of bone broth with coconut oil, MCT or grass-fed butter and gelatin blended in.  If you insist on juicing, add a vegetable juice to each meal of broth too.  Please do not drink juice alone, it raises blood sugar levels since it’s straight sugar to the bloodstream.

An area of life that I am doing a detox, is my beauty products!  As you all know I am a fitness and nutrition coach that puts much emphasis on nutrition…hence my blog.  I try to eat organic and non-gmo, have given up grains, rarely drink alcohol, only eat dark chocolate, enjoy eating seaweed, canned sardines and oysters, will drink any health tonic and am in love with my chicken feet broth.  I take cold baths and showers to reduce inflammation, I use blue light blocking glasses at night and I earth (bare feet in nature)!  People think I am crazy!  Here I am doing all of these things to provide my body with the best I know how, but was putting 100’s of chemicals on my skin daily!  Doesn’t make sense!!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything!!  You are basically eating your skincare and makeup and it passes into the blood stream in 26 seconds!!!

BC bans

I will be the first to admit that I needed to cleanup this area of my life! I am vain and don’t want wrinkles and want makeup that lasts all day…I was in denial that I was applying a chemical cocktail everyday disrupting my hormones, increasing my chances of breast cancer, infertility and passing those chemicals into the blood and brain of the baby I hope to have soon.  This seemed like such a daunting task!  I had no idea where to begin except to go to Whole Foods and look at the products they carry.  As we all know, just because it’s at Whole Foods doesn’t mean it’s healthy!  Could I really trust those companies and do they work?  Natural skin care just sounds like it wouldn’t be effective, boy was I wrong!

Chemicals in Cords

Each and every one of us knows someone who has been effected by cancer, who is struggling to get pregnant or has a child with autism, allergies, ADHD or asthma!

In the ’60s, 1 in 20 U.S. women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed. Only 10% of these women have a genetic link to the disease. Do you know how many chemicals in personal care products mimic estrogen!  9 out of 10 breast cancer tumors contain parabens…a chemical found in lotions, makeup and so much more!  So many companies claim to be paraben free, but most likely their raw materials contain a small amount still.  If it’s less than .5 ppm it doesn’t have to be reported on the ingredient list.  That means a lotion could have 10 raw ingredients that contain parabens, so now the amount in that lotions is huge and isn’t listed!

1 in 3 children will be diagnosed with autism, ADHD, asthma, or allergies. The incidence of these conditions has skyrocketed over the last 20 years, and toxic chemicals are one factor.

While the E.U. has banned or restricted nearly 1,400 ingredients, the U.S. has banned or restricted only 11. The United States hasn’t passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

The Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, Parabens, PEGs, Fragrences and Phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies everyday.

makeup detox

I know there are plenty of things that we can’t control…the air we breathe, the flame retardant and glue in our furniture, the paint on our walls, etc…but you make a choice everyday what you put on your body and your children’s bodies! If you get anything out of this post, please let it be that you change to safe products and read labels!  Last week I threw out everything you see in the photo above!  I have switched from medical grade skincare like Obagi, Skin Medica and Image.  Yes, that is Mac, Nars, Armani and Bobbi Brown makeup that I tossed out too!  It felt so good to switch to 100% safe products free of 1,500 chemicals that actually work!!  I have joined a movement to educate and inspire others to do the same thing!  A movement with a company that’s on a mission to get safe products in the hands of everyone! BeautyCounter is a company of transparency with no secrets!  They rate 0-2 (green and safe) on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Data Base.  For more information about the products I have switched to and loooooove, visit www.beautyfreeofchemicals.com

Transerancy small

If you need help understanding your current product labels and want to know if they are safe, visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Data Base and enter the brand or individual ingredient. You can also download the Skin Deep App on your phone and scan the labels of your products!  Or simply message me and I’d be happy to help!

must do something

I am sharing this information because something must be done!!!  Please share and pass this on…when we know better we do better!

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

 

Pin It

{ 1 comment }

Favorite KHC Low Carb Recipes

by Kate on December 30, 2014

low carb collage

As the New Year is upon us, most are looking to clean up the damage from the Holidays!  One way to do this is to cut down on the amount of carbohydrates you are eating!  A lot of my recipes are low carb, especially when you use Swerve in the sweet treats.  I decided to share a few of my favorite with you all in one place!  Hope this helps you get your year started in the right direction!

Sausage Fauxtato Frittata

Breakfast Meatza Pizza

Bacon Meatloaf

Olive Garlic Meatballs

Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Italian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Bacon Chili

Italian Chicken Nut Rolls

Sauteed Radishes

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Creamy Cauliflower Mushroom Soup

Spinach Avocado Dip

Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Olive Garlic Crackers

Cracked Pepper Cashew Crackers

Dairy Free “Cheez-its”

Sunflower Seed Herb Crackers

Flourless Snickerdoodles

Lemon Gelato

Peanut Butter Fudge

Faux Baked Cinnamon Apples

Brownie Fudge

Flourless Lemon Cookies

Dairy Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Cashew Cookies

Chocolate Drop Cookies

Wishing You Health and Happiness in 2015!

 

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

*I have recently switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are anti-aging and work!!!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  You will love it!!

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 0 comments }

Raw Snowball Cookies

by Kate on December 18, 2014

Raw Snowball Cookies

It finally snowed here…a couple inches, but I’ll take it!!  Snow is in the forecast for Christmas and I am so excited!!  Speaking of snow, I have a fun cookie recipe for you that includes a new ingredient.  If you love coconut, you will love these snowball cookies!  They melt in your mouth and are so easy to make!

Many of you may be familiar with Inner Eco, the fermented coconut kefir that is full of amazing probiotics.  Well Inner Eco just recently introduced their newest addition, Fresh Young Coconut!  Think fresh coconut right out of the shell of a young green coconut full of nutrients!!   They have packaged this delicious superfood up for you to add to smoothies, desserts or just eat with a spoon!  It also comes mixed with cacao, another superfood full of anti-oxidants! I’m thinking pudding, mousse and cheesecake are up next!  I might even get around to a coconut fudge using the cacao packs!

coconut meat

I couldn’t bring myself to cook with this, it just seems so perfect raw and how nature intended it to be eaten!  So I made these Raw Snowball Cookies and hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!  Whole Foods freezer section is where you will find these packs.  They are in the Rocky Mountain , South Pacific and Southwest Regions, so basically Texas and west.  Sorry east coasters, you will have to wait!  Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is also selling it and other locations in those regions.  

Raw Snowball Cookies
Serves: 10-12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 2oz pack of coconut meat, thawed and at room temp
  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted*
  • ¼ cup or sweetener of choice (I used Swerve for no sugar option and added a tiny bit of maple sugar)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place the shredded coconut and coconut meat into a food processor and combine.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and vanilla, blend. If the coconut meat is too cold, it will make the oil clump!
  3. Add in the salt and sweetener, blend
  4. Using a small cookie scoop or roll the dough in your hands.
  5. Place cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and set in the fridge or freezer to set
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Notes
*Virgin coconut oil gives this more of a coconut flavor versus refined coconut!

I think you could use coconut cream from a refrigerated can of full fat milk in place of the coconut meat and they would still be delicious!!

 

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

*I have recently switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are anti-aging and work!!!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  You will love it!!

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 0 comments }

Peanut Butter Fudge

by Kate on December 3, 2014

Peanut Butter Fudge

This has to be one of my favorite recipes…and it’s perfect for the holidays!  I recently saw on Pinterest a recipe for peanut butter fudge that said “only two ingredients”.  I thought that had to be impossible!  Vanilla frosting and peanut butter were the ingredients.  Easy enough, frosting is basically butter, sugar, cream and vanilla.  I chose to use mostly Swerve Confectioners
to keep the sugar low with a bit of coconut palm sugar.  These turned out sooooo good!!! Who doesn’t love peanut butter?  This can be made with any nut or seed butter, but there’s just something about peanut butter that is so addictive to me right now!!

I should really call it Freezer Fudge since it softens up a lot at room temperature.  We loved it straight out of the fridge or freezer.   Don’t plan on putting this out on a dessert platter, it gets a little too soft.  I tried adding some coconut oil to see if I could harden it, but that didn’t make a huge difference.  I didn’t want to mess with the creation, it was too perfect as is!!  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  Feel free to stir in chocolate chips or melt them and swirl together!  That may make it hard enough to set out at room temperature.  I might have to try that…gives me an excuse to make this again for the third time this week!!

Peanut Butter Fudge
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter*
  • 6 tbsp grass-fed butter, softened
  • ¾-1 cup powdered sweetener** (I used Swerve Confectioners and a little bit of coconut sugar to make them low sugar)
  • 2 tbsp cream from full fat coconut milk (refrigerate a can and use the cream that settles at the top)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (omit if peanut butter is salted)
Instructions
  1. Place the butter in a mixing bowl. With a hand held mixer or use a stand up mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Slowly add in the sugar ½ cup at a time and continue to cream the mixture until fluffy
  3. Add the coconut milk cream and vanilla, continue to cream
  4. Add in the peanut butter and salt, cream until combined
  5. Spread the batter into a baking dish, size depends on desired thickness
  6. Freeze or refrigerate until it hardens
  7. Store in an airtight container, I prefer glass, in the freezer or fridge
Notes
*I used fresh grind peanut butter from Whole Foods that turns out crunchy. If you buy jarred, make sure there is no added oil and I 'd even pour off the natural oils at the top.

**You can powder any sugar in a blender or spice grinder. If you don't powder it, it will make the fudge gritty, I personally like that!!

 

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

I have recently switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are anti-aging and work!!!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  You will love it!!  Give the gift of safe skincare this holiday season, gift sets available.

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

Pin It

{ 4 comments }

Grain Free Cheddar Cheese Crackers

by Kate on November 25, 2014

Grain Free Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Unfortunately, I can not say I have even tried these cheese crackers…but have been told by many that they are awesome!!!  I decided to experiment with some left over cheese and make them for my boyfriend recently…they didn’t last long!  I can’t do dairy (I wish so badly I could), but know a lot of my followers can so I wanted to share this with you!  If you can’t tolerate dairy, you can try these Dairy Free “Cheez-its” Crackers that I made with nutritional yeast for the cheesy flavor.  Twice I have been told they are like Better Cheddars and so good!!  Feel free to play around with different cheeses, I have used Cheddar and White Cheddar and they both were eaten quickly.

I normally make crackers with almond flour or other nut meals as the main ingredient.  Cheese adds more fat and therefore more crunch without browning them a bit.  Nut flour crackers are typically better slightly brown.  These cheese crackers do not need to get brown to crisp up.  If you let them get brown, they will taste a tad bit burnt…some people love that taste!!  I’d watch these carefully towards the end of the cook time and possibly take out the edge pieces that will cook faster!

Grain Free Cheddar Cheese Crackers
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, not packed*
  • 1¼ cup almond flour (Bob's Red Mill or other coarse flour will work just fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ tsp sea salt plus more to sprinkle over the top of crackers
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and combine until dough forms. Stirring in a bowl should work too, just whisk the egg before you add it in.
  2. Place dough ball onto a piece of parchment with another piece placed over top
  3. Press the dough down a bit with hand. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to about ¼ inch or less in thickness.
  4. Remove the top piece of parchment and cut the crackers into desired size. A pizza cutter works great for this. Sprinkle with a bit more sea salt
  5. Place the parchment lined crackers on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
  6. Do not let these start to brown unless you like the taste of slightly burnt cheese.
Notes
*I have used cheddar and white cheddar in this recipe, but any cheese should work!!

 

I have recently switched all of my skincare and makeup to a company that is free of 1,500 chemicals!!  I am so particular about what goes into my body, I need to be just as picky as to what goes on my body!  Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs chemicals into the bloodstream faster than the gut does!  I am vain when it comes to my skin and was so thrilled to find products that are anti-aging and work!!!  Check out BeautyCounter for more info!!  You will love it!!  Give the gift of health this holiday season, gift sets available!

If you are an Amazon shopper, would you be so kind to use my affiliate link to make your purchases.  It is at no cost to you, it does provide a tiny kickback to Kate’s Healthy Cupboard.  This allows me to continue making and testing recipes for free.  Thanks so much!!

 

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - Gluten Free Recipes

 

Pin It

{ 1 comment }