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Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:28 PM

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Is Nutella good for you?

No!!! But it sure does taste good!!!! hahaha It was all over Europe when I visited, and I loved chocolate crepes made of Nutella. I found out though that is has hydrogenated oils... a big no no to stay away from. sad.gif


Gosh darn it! I just had a Nutella-banana crepe lol.gif It was good neutral.gif

Guess what?!!! I was in a European market the other day, came across Nutella, decided to check the ingredients once more, and "no hydrogenated oils" were listed!!!!! Guess they changed their ingredients!! A lot of companies are becoming more aware and changing their ingredients. I was happy to see that Nutella had as well!! Still not considered a "health" food, but I'm sure an occasional jar can't hurt... I picked one up for old time's sake.... hehe smile.gif


Yay! biggrin.gif Consumers really should demand healthier options from manufacturers.

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I think I'm going to buy vitamix blender! I want to start cooking these healthy food.


Cooking is easy & fun! Just watch Nigella biggrin.gif

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:18 PM

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Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.


Has anyone made this??? I want to make it tonight but this post doesn't say how much of each Dx

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:28 PM

Coconut Chocolate No-bake Macaroons:

http://www.freecocon...-bake-macaroons

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:47 PM

Never mind I found the recipe. Anyway, this site I found has a TON of coconut recipes.

http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (InquisitiveCreature @ Mar 31 2010, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Coconut Chocolate No-bake Macaroons:

http://www.freecocon...-bake-macaroons

Thank you for posting this recipe! I made it over the weekend - very delicious, and my sister said they are the best macaroons she's ever had! I didn't have maple syrup, so I used a cup of brown sugar instead along with about a 1/4th extra coconut oil, and I kept adding honey until it was sticky enough to form into little macaroon balls. smile.gif

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Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.


Has anyone made this??? I want to make it tonight but this post doesn't say how much of each Dx

Did you give it a try? I've made this type of recipe before, and I just estimate at the ingredients - I'd say about 2 spoonfuls nut butter, 1 spoonful coconut oil, 1 spoonful cocoa powder, and one spoonful honey (I don't like stevia in food for some reason - just a personal preference though).

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 09:16 PM

Grain Free Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Grain free

Ideally, you should soak and cook your own beans for this rather than use canned.


http://www.doctoroz....te-chip-cookies

With 3 kinds of chocolate for flavor in Chef Rocco Dispirito's recipe, you won't miss the fat and sugar in the standard version of this most beloved cookie.

Ingredients

Makes 20 cookies

1 serving: 45 calories
1.4 g fat
2 g protein
9 g carbohydrates
0mg cholesterol
2 g fiber
32 mg sodium

tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

1 cup canned white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 tbsp light agave syrup

3 large egg whites

1 cups granulated artificial sweetener

cup dark chocolate-covered cacao nibs

cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375šF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.


In the bowl of a food processor, combine vanilla, cocoa, cannellini beans, and the agave syrup, and blend the mixture until smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the side of the bowl halfway through blending.


In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whip attachment, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually beat in the artificial sweetner. Continue to beat the whites until they are creamy and nearly stiff. Add 1/3 of the egg-white mixture to the cocoa bean mixture in the food processor. Blend to combine, for about 30 seconds. In 2 batches, fold the lightened cocoa mixture into the egg whites until they are almost fully combined. Add cacao nibs to the batter. Fold batter until cacao nibs are evenly dispersed and cocoa mixture is completely incorporated.

Drop mounded spoonfuls of batter onto the prepared sheets. Spread batter out to form cookies about 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cookies.

Bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pans one turn halfway through baking. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Edited by alternativista, 12 September 2010 - 12:31 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:22 AM

Cocoa and Coconut Balls (grain free, no baking)
http://www.marksdail...coconut-snacks/

1/2 cup each:

* Almonds
* Walnuts
* Pecan nuts
* Hazel nuts
* Pumpkin seeds
* 3-6 dates
* 2-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

To taste:

* Unsweetened cocoa powder
* Freshly ground coffee
* Shredded coconut

Instructions:

Run the nuts and pumpkin seeds in a food processor until ground into a fine flour.
Remove the nut flour and grind the dates and shredded coconut in the food processor until smooth.
Mix these ingredients together with coffee and cocoa powder according to taste.
Finally, add the coconut oil and mix it all together by hand. Roll the paste into small nibbly balls and sprinkle them in shredded coconut.
These snacks should be refrigerated to become firm.

Edited by alternativista, 13 May 2010 - 09:34 AM.


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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:27 AM

Baked Hot Chocolate Recipe
Reduce or substitute the sugar and/or use low sugar chocolate (un or bittersweet).

Ingredients (serves 4):
9 ounces 62% semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter cut into cubes
4 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
whipped cream

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange four 1-cup ovenproof coffee cups or mugs or 8-ounce ramekins in a baking or roasting pan.
2. Place the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler set over gently simmering water, and whisk occasionally until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Stir the eggs and sugar together in the bowl of stand mixer then set over the simmering water and stir until warm to the touch.
4. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and using the whisk attachment, beat for 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
5. Remove from the mixer, and fold the eggs into the chocolate mixture until it is light and smooth.
6. Spoon the batter into the cups. Add enough very hot water to the baking pan to come halfway up the side of the cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The baked hot chocolate will be done when the tops lose their glossy finish. A wooden skewer inserted in the top will emerge clean, but batter toward the bottom of the cup will still be very moist.
7. Carefully remove the cups from the pan. The cakes can be served warm, at room temperature or covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. To reheat, bring to room temperature and place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 5 minutes, or until warm.
8. Serve topped with a dollop of cocoa whipped cream.


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Posted 23 August 2010 - 08:38 PM

Sauted Peach or Nectarine Slices

I just tried this and it was absolutely delicious. Similar to the previously mentioned apples slices, saute peach or nectarine slices in a little butter, just until softened. Don't over cook or add sugar. With no added sweetener, they make the same kind of thick sauce you get in pie and cobbler.

Sprinkle with whatever spices you put in peach pie or cobbler. I used my usual Chinese 5-spice powder which is a blend of ginger, cinnamon, and 3 other spices of course.

Have with yogurt or ricotta and/or nuts, use it to top your french toast or coconut or nut butter banana pancakes (see the breakfast recipe thread) or just with some nuts (something with fat to lower the GI)

Edited by alternativista, 11 November 2010 - 09:57 AM.


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Posted 22 September 2010 - 07:48 PM

Breakfast 'Ice Cream' recipes from the Sneaky Chef
(creator of recipes for kids that involve sneaking veggies into foods kids will eat. Reduce or substitute the sugar.)

* Extra sneaky strawberry breakfast ice cream
* 1/4 ripe avocado
* 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, without syrup or added sweeteners
* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar

* Banana breakfast ice cream
* 1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)
* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar

* Chocolate banana breakfast ice cream
* 1 frozen banana, cut in pieces (about 1 cup)
* 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
* 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Preparation

The name alone makes kids giggle and school mornings go a bit smoother. Your kids will think you're the best when you call them into the kitchen for their morning ice cream! These two-minute recipes are fun enough to entice even the grumpiest kids.

Your food processor is the only way to puree the frozen fruit without having to add a lot of liquid and for these small quantities, a three-cup mini food processor works best. These recipes can be quickly converted to a thinner smoothie by adding an extra 1/2 cup of milk to all the variations below and then mixing them in the blender.

For each of the breakfast ice creams (strawberry, banana, chocolate banana), put all ingredients in food processor and puree on high hold on tight, the first few seconds are a bit rough until the mixture smoothes out. Each makes about 1 1/2 cups of ice cream.
Tips

Another sneaky hint: Make popsicles out of these ice creams by pouring them into ice pop molds and freezing the night before. It's double the fun to eat it this way in the morning!

Edited by alternativista, 11 November 2010 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted 10 November 2010 - 08:12 PM

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3-minute chocolate cake in a cup

3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 egg
3 Tablespoons milk
3 Tablespoons oil
3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips (pieces) optional
small splash of vanilla

In a large coffee mug: Mix dry ingredients, add egg and mix thoroughly. Add milk, oil, mix again. Finally chocolate, vanilla and mix again. Microwave on high 3 minutes for a 1,000 watt oven. The cake will rise above the mug, but then collapse a bit. Let cool a bit. This makes 2 small servings.

The above recipe has already been altered from the original by me to decrease the flour and increase the cocoa to make everything 3s so it's easier to remember and I think a lot more clever. And it's better that way.

The one time I tried it, I reduced the sugar to 2 T because I've always reduced sugar a lot, skipped the chocolate pieces and used my yogurt instead of milk as I usually do. And I use Hershey's special dark cocoa powder. And I imagine I used coconut oil. When I ate half while still warm I thought it was a little too bitter, even for my tastes, but when I had the second half the next day, I liked it fine. The texture is a little odd, but I think it was not unlike the packaged cupcake and twinkie things made by hostess and such. As far as I can recall what they are like.

I've planned to experiment with other sweeteners and flours, but haven't done it yet. And you can probably use water, coconut milk, etc for the dairy



I tried this tonight. One serving was about twice as big as I needed probably, but it was still quite good. I zapped it for 4 minutes, but three probably would have been better (it was a little dry), but my microwave is a little strong either way. I used olive oil because that's what I had on hand, but coconut oil would probably add some niiice flavor. Some semisweet chocolate chips would have been good (for moistness) but I didn't want to over-do it (having a good skin day-don't want to screw it up!). Also, I used rice flour. Coconut flour would be a good alternative for paleos, which I normally identify as, but I find I can cheat occasionally on a small amount of grains with few problems (and I didn't have any coconut flour).


Ok, now that I read through the more recent posts, I wish I had tried the baked hot cocoa instead (since it's flour free!) Oh well :] I'll save it for next time.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:52 AM

QUOTE (CelloIsLove @ Nov 10 2010, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (alternativista @ Mar 29 2010, 02:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
3-minute chocolate cake in a cup



I tried this tonight. One serving was about twice as big as I needed probably, but it was still quite good. I zapped it for 4 minutes, but three probably would have been better (it was a little dry), but my microwave is a little strong either way. I used olive oil because that's what I had on hand, but coconut oil would probably add some niiice flavor. Some semisweet chocolate chips would have been good (for moistness) but I didn't want to over-do it (having a good skin day-don't want to screw it up!). Also, I used rice flour. Coconut flour would be a good alternative for paleos, which I normally identify as, but I find I can cheat occasionally on a small amount of grains with few problems (and I didn't have any coconut flour).


Yes, I have made it with coconut flour, coconut oil and added some dried coconut to make up bulk since I used a a packet of stevia in place of sugar. It was even better. It didn't have the odd twinkie-like texture of microwaved cake.

Edited by alternativista, 11 November 2010 - 09:58 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 01:40 PM

This is rich, fabulous and healthy! Check out the many health benefits of coconut milk - it can even help with weight loss, so this might go a good alternative chocolate treat for during the holidays. Posted Image I'm still experimenting a little with this recipe, but it tastes very similar to chocolate Bliss ice cream. If you come up with other ideas or combinations, do tell!!


Chocolate Coconut Mousse (Coconut oil helps burn fat!)
Blend:
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can coconut milk (I like the Thai brand).

Drain water from coconut milk (you may need to refrigerate it first so that the water and cream separates). Blend ingredients and refrigerate for a few hours until mixture has thickened into a mousse like texture.
Note: Look for a natural brand of vanilla extract without artificial flavorings or propylene glycol. I sometimes like to drizzle a little honey and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. It's also delicious with berries.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 02:15 PM

QUOTE (samariah @ Aug 28 2008, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my favorite healthy desserts:

Coconut Oil Fudge

Mix virgin coconut oil with cocoa powder, almond butter, nuts such as cashews or almonds and a sweetener like stevia. Put in freezer till firm. More decadant than chocolate. seriously, i effing love this stuff.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Get a can of high quality coconut milk, preferable organic and place it in fridge for several hours until cream separates. drain liquid and then mix cream with vanilla, stevia, nut butter and melted 100 percent chocolate mixed with stevia. put in freezer and stir occasionally for a rich, decadant yummy treat.

Creamy Banana Nut Smoothie

In blender mix one banana, a big tablespoon of nut butter, flaxseed, cinnamon, fresh ginger and a little almond milk.


OH MY GAWSH!! THESE SOUNDS AMAZING!!!! I'm trying the fudge soon!!

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:45 PM

You guys gotta try this! My own special Paleo Pumpkin Cookies! No dairy, no gluten, low sugar, low carb.

Mix in this order

1 omega-3 organic egg
3/4 cup hemp milk - use whatever milk you use
1 tbl pure maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
10 drops alcohol free stevia
tbl flaxseed meal- completely optional
dash of cinammon
1/2 cup-1 cup pure 100% organic pumpkin
3/4-1 cup coconut flour

Add the coconut flour a 1/4 cup at a time until you get a nice consistency for a cookie batter. Then just roll into balls and put on non stick cookie sheet. Bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes. AMAZING. Awesome part is, I put them in the fridge after a couple, and in the morning they taste even better after being in the fridge over night. They are super moist and rich, so good.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:04 PM

Ok, I'm not saying this is good for you. But that it sounds to me like a worthwhile indulgence once in a while. Ricotta is made with whey which is less problematic intolerance-wise than other dairy products. It is insulinemic though. I'd use dark, low sugar chocolate and skip the chocolate wafers. Maybe put a layer of cacao nibs instead. Or slivered almonds, coconut, etc.

Chocolate-ricotta icebox cake
Allie Lewis Clapp
Ingredients

* Nonstick cooking spray
* 2 15-ounce containers ricotta
* 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled, plus more, shaved, for topping
* 1/2 9-ounce package chocolate wafer cookies

Preparation

Spray an 8 -by-4 -inch loaf pan with the cooking spray. Line the pan with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, spraying between the layers (to keep them in place) and leaving an overhang on each side.

In a food processor, puree the ricotta with the melted chocolate until very smooth, about 1 minute.

Layer a third of the ricotta mixture, then half the cookies, in the pan; repeat, then top with the remaining ricotta mixture. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 2 days.

Using the parchment overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, transfer to a platter, and slice. Sprinkle with the shaved chocolate.

TIP: For a silky-smooth filling, make sure you process the ricotta and chocolate long enough and occasionally scrape down the side of the food-processor bowl.
Serving Size

Serves 8

Edit: I made this (sortof) and it is delicious. I made approximately half the amount and didn't measure anything. I plan to try making it with cocoa and stevia instead. And I just stirred it. i didn't care if it was silky smooth. In fact, I like the grainy texture of ricotta. If I wanted it smoother, I'd use a hand mixer in the same bowl I melted the chocolate then mixed in the other ingredients.

I plan to try it with cocoa instead. I know I have instructions for mixing cocoa and I imagine oil to replace melted chocolate around somewhere.

Edited by alternativista, 28 April 2011 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:06 PM

Apple Cupcakes

I spotted this on a blog that said it was stolen from Martha. Stewart I assume.

Cut apples in half crosswise, the way you do so that you see a star in the middle. scoop out the core. spread with nut butter and sprinkle whatever you keep on hand on top: Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, oat/nut/seed/fruit crips topping (there's a few recipes here), chocolate, cacao nibs. You can stir stuff into your nut butter like cocoa, etc.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:12 PM

Avocado and coconut Ice cream:

Detailed instructions with pictures:
http://patismexicant...-ice-cream.html

Adjust/substitute the sweetener, of course.

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AVOCADO AND COCONUT ICE CREAM
Helado de Aguacate y Coco
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
3 large ripe Hass avocados, about 2 pounds, halved, pitted, pulp scooped out (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
3/4 cups sugar, more to taste
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut, lightly toasted, optional for garnish, or toasted almonds, pine nuts or pistachios

TO PREPARE
Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop the pulp out. Cut the pulp into chunks and place it in the blender or food processor. Add the coconut milk, sugar, and lime juice, and puree until smooth.

Process the avocado-coconut puree in you ice cream maker, or ice cream ball, according to the manufacturers instructions. Place in the freezer for a couple hours for firmer ice cream. If you don't have an ice cream maker you can serve it as a cold mousse, or you can also freeze it and serve it as ice cream, but it will be a little less fluffy. But its still good!

Lightly toast the shredded coconut on a small saute pan set over medium-low heat, stirring constantly so it does not burn. It will take less than a minute. Once the coconut becomes fragrant and acquires a tan, remove and set aside. Sprinkle over the ice cream.


On the TV show, she made it with one of those ball ice cream makers they sell for camping and such. You use rock salt and throw the ball around to mix it while the ice cream sets.

Avocado Cocoa pudding

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Ingredients

6 dates
1/2 avocado
4 tbsp high quality cocoa
1-2 tsp water (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth. Add 1-2 tsp of water if mixture is not blending.


Recipe courtesy of Kate Geagan, MS, RD via the Doctor Oz show.

Note: 6 dates sounds awfully sweet. I'd reduce.



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Posted 19 June 2011 - 12:28 PM

A gluten and dairy free chocolate chip cookie recipe. It calls for 1 cup of brown sugar and a ripe banana. That's pretty low sugar for a cookie recipe that involves nearly 3 cups of flours. I wonder if it can be reduced further and still hold together. Otherwise, try substitutes.

http://www.nomeatath...e-vegan-baking/

And a vegan gluten free carrot macaroon recipe:
http://www.nomeatath...free-macaroons/

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 12:33 PM

Frozen banana truffles. Skip the agave nectar, of course.

http://www.nomeatath...anana-truffles/

Frozen Banana Truffle Recipe

ingredients photo1 300x200Ingredients:

4 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp alcohol free vanilla
2 tbs tahini
4 tsp agave nectar

Toppings:

1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup shredded coconut, chopped fine
1/2 cup nuts, chopped fine

Chop the bananas into chunks. Beat all ingredients (not the toppings) in the mixer until smooth and creamy. Start with 2 tsp of agave and add more to taste, it will depend on how ripe your bananas are.

Separate the banana mixture into three containers and freeze until solid. I froze it one container and it took over 6 hours, but three containers should shorten the time.

ingredients 2 photo 300x200Spread the toppings out on three separate plates. Remove one container of the banana mixture at a time from the freezer, and shape into balls using a melon baller or mini ice cream scoop. Roll around in one of the toppings to coat. Place in mini cups and return to the freezer. Repeat with the other two containers and other two toppings. It is important to work quickly so that the truffles will hold their shape. If they are too soft when you shape them into balls, they will slouch in the freezer. I made the mistake of having just one container and the second half of my truffles were all slumped over in their cups (though still delicious).

Freeze the truffles until they are firm again, and keep frozen until ready to serve.




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