Two For One…

We’ve finally gotten some snow this winter.

This means lots of skiing and getting outside up here in the snowy Northwest.  But when all that’s done–or maybe even before, since the last couple days have been frigid freezing cold--it also means that there’s time for baking and cooking and hanging out in a cozy kitchen.

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So this week, I wanted to give you an easy recipe to make for your sweetie, in honor of Valentine’s Day, which seems to be fast approaching.  I had some extra time to scout around and try new stuff, and this is actually a variation on an old favorite of mine.  I am super-excited about it because it tastes just like cookie dough…and who doesn’t love cookie dough?

I had to make double the recipe and then maintain composure and not eat the entire mix out of the bowl.

But it’s super quick and super easy, and totally gluten, grain, and egg-free.  Tasty treat, for sure.

But I figured I had to include something that feels a little healthier, too…so I decided to try the smoothie recipe below.  Now, full disclosure: this was originally intended to be a green juice recipe, but I don’t have a juicer.  I do, however, have a blender…so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I made a few modifications, and voila…tasty green drink that is super healthy and nourishing.

There’s a few things going on with this emerald beauty; with cucumber, you get silica, which is important for joint health.  You also get terrific rehydration and replenishing.  With the inclusion of celery, you’re getting sodium and potassium (important for electrolyte replacement), and anti-inflammatory properties.  It will also help to eliminate toxins.

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This is a great drink after strenuous exercise, when you are in dire need of electrolyte replacement and rehydration.

Hopefully, you’ll find these as delightful as I did.  You might even have a few cookie dough bites left for your honey.  If not, you could always try a smoothie…

Cookie Dough Bites (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb)

Ingredients

3 tablespoons coconut oil
1½ tablespoons coconut milk
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon + ½ teaspoon raw honey
¾ cup almond flour
3 tablespoons chocolate chips, plus more for drizzling

Instructions

–Whisk together the coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and honey.
–Using a rubber spatula, gently mix in the almond flour until ingredients are combined. Be careful not to over mix or the batter will become oily.
–Fold in the chocolate chips and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
–Roll chilled dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
–Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water.
Drizzle chocolate over each cookie dough bite

Recipe makes 10 cookie dough bites. Store in the refrigerator.

*Recipe courtesy of livinghealthywithchocolate.com*

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Super Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
1″ fresh ginger, peeled
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 c. spinach
splash of maple syrup
1 c. cold water
2 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. I like my smoothies cold, so I added the ice; I also found that the maple syrup should be added to taste.  In addition, this will probably make enough for 2…I had quite a bit left over..

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