I believe in health food. I also believe in sneaking in as much natural sweets and fats as the body can handle per day without overtaxing your liver, colon, and bloodstream. However, most of the awesome recipes that catch my eyes include a bunch of ingredients that are hard to find or have to be ordered from 3 different websites, in bulk, to really get a deal.
Today, I share my recent discoveries that would incite immediate salivation on anyone, while supplying tremendous nutrients. I’m talking gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free*, allergy-free, anti-flammatory….guilt free basically. Your body wants it. Your body needs it.
These are so easy and inexpensive to make its disgusting.
*Almond is actually a seed, not a nut.
On the menu is:
Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream*, with Raw Fudge Sauce
Vanilla Almond Flax Butter
Key Lime Mousse
and the latest dangerous obsession where too-much-of-a-good-thing unfortunately applies….drumroll please…..
No, I’m not gonna teach you how to make them, silly! I’m going to share links.
All you need is a food processor, one of the best investments you can make. Or a mother-in-law who has had an unused spanking new appliance for years in her closet waiting to be used. I don’t know if blenders are as successful as a food processor, but the authors and/or comments on these links tend to discuss that issue. A high speed blender is the next, pocket-denting, investment to spend on but that’s a story for another day. I make by with a regular blender if I have to.
Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream*, with Raw Fudge Sauce. Or Coffee Flavored. or Peanut Butter Swirl.
Click here for instructions which is basically: frozen banana, process it, dunzo.
Here’s a video, using coffee. Coffee flavored banana ice cream? Brilliant! Cheerio!
This one is Kimberly’s Synder version with a fudge sauce. She recommends organic bananas. Usually, I don’t buy organic bananas. But in this case, if we’re willing to pay $4 for a starbucks coffee, let’s splurge on a homeade ice cream that hasn’t been gassed with pesticides, am I right? It will cost about the same as the coffee, and they taste better, sweeter, it’s alkalinizing, provides potassium, and it impresses people when you say I churned this ice cream just for you. Still will be under $4.
Youtube the options, some add chopped walnuts, I would integrate some vanilla bean and/or organic peanut butter and make a swirly if I wasn’t intolerant. If you can’t afford raw cacao powder, Hershey’s cocoa powder is better than the vein-blocking processed syrup. The point is: drop the Chunky Monkey, and work for your body. For those allergic and intolerant, that’s why God created almond butter…segwaying into our next amazing treat:
- via Healthful Pursuit
Vanilla Almond Flax Butter
Kill me now. This is amazing. We all need more Omega 3, anti-inflammatory foods, for our little bellies to send out into the body, but who knew there was such a magical way to deliver it? The best deal for roasted almond butter is at Costco for $5.99 on a humungo jar. But a 3-lb bag of raw almonds is $9.99 and you could probably make 3-5 jars from your own, and this way you can monitor the heat used to roast the seeds so that you retain the most important fats and reduce the harmful ones. Ground flax is also sold at Costco, but even Walmart carries it now. If it gets hard to process, the recipe creator (a holistic nutritionist) recommends adding a few drops of almond oil to smooth the process. Since, I’m trying to stick to a budget for now, I will be trying coconut oil, because you can’t add enough coconut to anything.
My little sauce recipe:
- almond butter
- a small amount of coconut milk
Agave is not recommended if you’re trying to clean up your body and provide nutrients, but every once in a while I do
pig-out indulge. Stevia is a healthier, more natural option. The Husband loves this junk on a bagel. Haven’t convinced him to go GF and probably never will, but I got him off most of the dairy. Gold stars for him!
Key Lime Mousse
All hail this gluten-free vegan! She looks like a princess. She eats like a queen. And simultaneously, a pig. For voracious appetites who want a sleeker frame and plenty of sweets, this one is also painless to make. Tried and true, I recommend this for sweet tart lovers. This is perfect for dieting and beautifying skin. The sweetener on this is optional. I just add an extra banana if I want it sweeter. And I go psycho on the zest. I need the sour face to make me look pretty.
This is an obsession. Probably worse than when I was 15 yrs old, obsessed with Nsync, in which I also wanted to spread them on toast. You know I’ve been practically threatening about the quality of your life if you do not try coconut butter. At $7.99 a jar from Vitacost.com, it’s not too bad. Use this link for $10 off. Then Husband discovered it, and its an arms race to see who can scarf it down faster. I will not spend $35 a month on butter. Here is where the beauty lies…I found out how INEXPENSIVE and EASY it is to make at home. Like all the previous recipes, you can get creative and add some cacao powder and natural sweeteners.
Recipe link: They use a Thermomix. I don’t know what that is. But I’ve searched far and wide: you can use any blender, bullet, or processor.
How To Video link: Glad I found this one. She has good tips, like not using sweetened coconut to avoid fails, and my personal secret: buying coconut flakes at the indian grocery store. $2 for coconut. $2! versus $8. That means I can eat it four times as much.
How To Make Your Own Coconut Butter: I just like this vid. She prefers a blender over food processor! And said something about lemon truffles? What?
What and Why Coconut Butter?
So why is coconut good for you? Google it. I’m not doing all the work for you. But it has amazing health benefits. Wait until I get into fermenting coconut water..soon. Someday. I’ll get there
Moderation is still important, obviously, blah blah blah, but I’ve found that eating healthy is easy when you’re surrounded by so many delicious recipes that are good for you to begin with. If you only stick to the cookies and chocolate bars we’re used to seeing on ads, that’s what we’re gonna crave. But if we learn a few options and get creative, it gets easier to get all our vitamins and minerals while eating something that only tastes sinful.