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Nutty Grain Copycat Smoothie

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Nutty Grain Copycat Smoothie

Ever have the Nutty Super Grain at your local smoothie store?  I have come up with my own gluten free, dairy free healthy version which turned out awesome.  I had to share my creation.  My husband is so in love with this and it sure saves us a whole lot of money.

1 cup sweetened almond milk (I love the Califia Farms brand)

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon cacao (if you like dark chocolate, you could add a few dark chocolate chips as well)

1 to 2 tablespoons local pure honey

2 tablespoons gluten free brown rice protein powder

2 tablespoons any nut butter of your choice (I like using my homemade almond butter, my husband’s favorite is peanut butter)

1/4 cup fresh apple juice (I prefer Fuji apples)

2 tablespoons freshly ground flax seed

1 to 1 1/2 cups crushed ice

I add all ingredients except honey & ice in a Nutri-Bullet  and mix.
I then add the honey so it won’t stick to the side & the ice until it’s at the consistency of your liking.

I have added a pinch of Himalayan salt when using all natural nut butters that don’t have salt already added.

 

 

Nutty Natural Nutella & Ice Cream

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Nutty Natural Nutella & Ice Cream

 

In 1977/78 I lived in Europe for a year with my family and was introduced to Nutella.  They used it as a spread on toast and sweet breads for breakfast.  article-2639203-1E36C97D00000578-96_634x847Oh my…..what a wonderful thing.  I only got to enjoy it for that one year  because we moved back to the states.  I remember the first time seeing it on the grocery store isle in the states and I couldn’t wait to tastenutella that delicious nutty chocolate spread again after so many years. Now, it’s one of my and my daughters favorite snacks.  Since my food choices have changed in the last year, Nutella is a big NO NO, which makes me very sad.   I decided to try to make my own Nutella and make it nutritious!!!  This was a challenge that I was determined to do so I could have my nutty snack again.  I searched the internet for great recipes and finally after experimenting, came up with one that I absolutely love and wanted to share with you.

After I made it a few nights ago, I realized that since I’m gluten free now, I didn’t have any bread at home to spread it on.  I had been wanting to try banana ice cream for ever and thought, what a great thing to put together, my homemade Nutella and banana ice cream.  OMG…..this will be my go to healthy snack for sure.  Here are both the recipes:

Nutty Natural Nutella:

img_03151 cup Hazelnuts (roasted on 250º for 15 minutes, until the skins start to come off)
1 1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (measured melted)
3 Tablespoons Cacao Powder (you can also use organic cocoa powder)
1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 cup Canned Coconut Cream 
1/3 cups Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla (I used my home made vanilla)
1 to 2 Tablespoons Local Honey (optional)

Add your hazelnuts to your food processor.  Process until you start to have a consistency like peanut butter.  You may have to scrape the sides down a few times.  While it’s mixing, add your Coconut Oil and mix well.  Stop to add your cacao powder, salt and canned coconut cream (you can use canned coconut milk as well, just make sure it’s full fat and put in the fridge over night)  and mix.  While it’s mixing pore in your maple syrup and vanilla.  Mix until it’s all mixed in and you have a smooth thick texture.  I added 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey at this point as an added sweetener and to help it not be as thick.  I wanted it to pore onto my ice cream.  You may want to keep it thicker to use as a spread.

Nutty Natural Nutella Ice Cream:

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4 Tablespoons Home made Nutty Natural Nutella (see above recipe)

Cut up 2 banana’s and place in a freezer bag and freeze for a few hours.  After frozen, add them to your food processor and blend until creamy.  You may have to scrape the sides down a few times.  Add your Nutella and mix until smooth.  (You can play with the amount depending on how chocolaty you want your ice cream) Put it into a container and put back in the freezer.  If you want soft serve consistency, only freeze for about 5 minutes.  If you want it like ice cream, freeze it longer.  I froze mine over night.  I pored the remaining home made Nutella on top but you could top it with your favorite item like carob chips, nuts, or berries.  Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

 

Wonderful Homemade Vanilla Extract

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vanilla2Anyone else use vanilla extract all the time?  Why not make your own and have an unlimited supply at your hands?  Well, its so easy to make.  Here is the recipe:

4 cups Vodka (Rum or Bourbon)

12 Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans

Bormioli Rocco Giara Clear Glass Bottle With Stopper, 33 3/4 oz.

I split the vanilla beans but leave the ends intact slightly and drop them into the jar.
I then pore the vodka all the way to the top and seal the lid.  I store it in a dry, cool, dark area (pantry) for about 6 to 8 weeks shaking it about once a week.  The longer you leave it the stronger it gets.  I then use the Nut Milk Bag and strain the extract before I transfer it to my working small bottle.

I have a bottle going at all times just refilling both my large and small bottles when they get low.

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Homemade Almond Flour

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Skinny Chocolate Smoothie

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I found a recipe for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie and wanted to try it with a twist.  Here is my recipe with out the coffee ( I don’t like cold coffee drinks).  I changed it a bit and boy is it good.  Taste like a chocolate shake!!!!  I told my husband and daughter the ingredients and they said I had really lost my mind.  Well I did it and proved them wrong, they all work wonderful together and have made a great smoothie for me to keep making.

1 cup unsweetened home made almond milk (recipe here)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon protein powder (I used – Gluten-Free Rice Protein Powder)
1 tablespoon honey (could use pitted dates or any sugar substitute)
1 tablespoon cacao (or cocoa)
light sprinkle of himalayan pink sea salt
1 tsp melted coconut oil
1/2 banana

Mix all ingredients above then add about 12 oz crushed ice slowly until you get it to the consistency you desire.  I used a NUTRiBULLET which has been a great purchase and not too expensive.

You could add coffee as well if you like Frappuccino’s!

I have my protein, omega-3, lignans, fiber, antioxidants, potassium, vitamins, good fats, natural sugar, immunity builder, and no dairy for my IBS trigger!!!

Skinny Chocolate Bars

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I crave chocolate but don’t want all the sugar in a chocolate bar.  This is a wonderful healthy substitute.

1/4 cup cacao or cocoa
4 tablespoons (grinded*) coconut sugar (could use stevia/truvia/xylitol etc.)
1 scoop protein powder (helps make it more like milk chocolate with out dairy since I’m dairy free)Gluten-Free Rice Protein Powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used my homemade vanilla-recipe coming)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Mix all dry ingredients then add wet ingredients
I pored into a Reusable Silicone Baking Cups and added peanuts (you could leave out or substitute with almonds, cashews, etc.)

I put in freezer for 15 minutes, remove chocolate bars from the baking cups and store in a container either in the fridge or freezer.

*important to have your sugar very fine or I cooked mine a little to melt the sugar into the chocolate mixture.

Think I’m going to add peanut butter powder instead of protein powder next time and try that.