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nut-free ginger bliss balls
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i've been obsessed for the past few weeks with making bliss balls, fat bombs, nut-seed-coconut snacks. like, blending all the extra seeds or nuts or cacao nibs and nut butters that i have and eating it all. i think i've made a different test batch every day after i've gotten home from school. weird? yeah, definitely. 

i mean, lee's fat bombs have kind of taken over the health-foodie side of instagram, and they look awesome every time. (yeah, i know, "fat bombs" sounds pretty... non-health-foodie, but we'll just go with it). 

i've mentioned that i'm eating more fats and less carbs. these are the perfect snack for this purpose. they're sugar-free and high-fat, so they'll fill me up between meals if i'm on the run. (just like on our road trip for 11 hours at a time, for example).

because of the ~nutritious~ seeds that are in this recipe, these snacks are high in:

1. OMEGA-3s

improves heart health, reduces inflammation, helps menstrual pain, supporst healthy skin, fights autoimmune diseases

2. OMEGA-6s

reduces inflammation, helps reduce nerve pain, lowers high blood pressure, supports bone health

3. POTASSIUM

stimulates neural activity, stabilizes blood sugar and pressure, supports bone health, strengthens muscles, boosts metabolism, reduces anxiety and stress

4. MANGANESE

supports bone health, helps maintain cognitive function, reduces pms symptoms, supports lung health

5. HEALTHY FATS, to keep you fuller longer

for the purpose of my sanity, we'll revise the name from fat bombs to bliss balls. cool? cool.


ginger bliss balls

serves 10

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what you need

what you do

  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • monkfruit sweetener (or maple syrup) to taste 
  • salt
  • hemp or sesame seeds to coat

1. blend everything together in a food processor or high-speed blender

2. sweeten bit by bit with monkfruit (or maple syrup)

2. roll 10 evenly-sized bliss balls. coat with seeds of choice

3. store in refrigerator 

oh happy days.

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raw keto hemp seed brownies
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i finally feel 18. it's a weird feeling as i'm writing this between photos of raw brownies. i feel older and like i have a better sense of what's going on. nonetheless, do i actually really know what's going on? not really.

but i don't have to know what's going on all the time. i don't have to know where i'm going exactly. this is all weird thought processes of adult-dom that's going on in my head right now as college decisions are strangely and unexpectedly around the corner. 

anyway, it's "essentially" spring break right now, meaning that it's exam week but, for me, with the non-existence of exams. so, 3 weeks of freedom here i come. 

i've had a lot of time to think and hang out at home with my parents and my dog and cook and bake and photograph and just do things that i want to do.

it's refreshing once in awhile.

anyways, going back to 1-8. eighteen. "legal adult". able-to-fly-by-myself person. voter. woah.

it's funny, i was reading something i wrote back in 2014 when i didn't feel like a teen yet. how is it possible that just four years ago i didn't even feel like a teenager. and now i feel like an (albeit young) adult? what??? 

i feel comfortable, and i know that that's all going to go away in a few months.

i finally feel like i know where i am (who i am??) and it's all too late before i leave. 

but maybe it's not. maybe it's all supposed to work out like this and i will evolve and settle and grow again. just not here. in california. 

*end of existential crisis speak*

onto the elusive raw brownie. where do i begin. i've made raw brownies in the past, and usually the main ingredient is medjool dates. 

but sugar spikes and bouncing off walls and gi upset (for me)-- so i present, no-date raw brownies. these ooey gooey chocolatey brownies are incredible

they have the nutty taste of the hemp seeds (which also give a boost of protein) and the creamy taste of almond butter. it's a health chocolate-almond butter bomb. essentially.

no-date raw brownies

serves 6

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what you need

for the brownies

  • 3/4 cup fine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (i used valhrona)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons monk fruit sugar (or just normal sugar if you're not about that life)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

for the ganache (optional)

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons monk fruit maple syrup (or just, ya know, normal maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • pinch of salt

what you do

for the brownies

1. blend everything together in a food processor

2. press into a corner of a bread pan (since this is a half recipe)

3. refrigerate or freeze for 10 minutes while preparing the ganache

for the ganache

1. blend together all the ingredients until you get a smooth cream

2. add more cocoa powder if it’s to liquidy

3. pour over your refrigerated brownies and let it set in the fridge

4. cut and enjoy

happy happy st. patty's day.

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seeded crackers + ricotta
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it's 11:30am. yesterday i got this intense feeling inside to make seeded crackers. i'm not eating bread that much (i.e. following lchf via minimalmeals), but nonetheless i felt like i was missing some sort of cheese or butter (not gonna lie, it would be weird) vehicle for breakfasts and lunches and snackage-s. hmm. 

someone whose food i have admired for a little while is elle, who is the epitome of awesome paleo-ish low carb eating. maybe i'll make a post about why i'm eating this way as well. it's a long story of combatting ibs-like symptoms and years of impatience. keto solved that, (more to come).

anyways, i made elle's wonderful seeded crackers with a few modifications and they are crunchy and coconut oil fragrant-y (along with gluten free and paleo) and, yes, the perfect vehicle for my ricotta open-faced sandwich thing for breakfast this morning.

and with that, i will share with you the recipes for both.


seeded crackers

serves ~20 large crackers

what you do

1. preheat oven to 300˚F

2. mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. add boiling water and melted coconut oil. 

3. mix together again until well combined. let sit for 5-10 minutes so that the chia seeds can absorb the water.

4. scoop up half the doll and roll out 1 half at a time. between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll out each half as thinly as possible without breaking up the dough. remove top layer of parchment before putting in the oven.

5. on the bottom rack, bake the rolled out cracker dough for 30 minutes at 300˚F (checking every 15 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn) and then 20 minutes at 240˚F. 

6. leave in the oven to dry and harden up for at least another 30 minutes. 

7. break into pieces and store in a container

what you need

  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 golden flax seeds
  • 1/3 black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup boiling water

ricotta open-faced cracker sandwiches

serves 1

what you do

1. prep your 7-minute egg

2. on the large crackers, evenly divide and spread the ricotta. season with salt and pepper. drizzle with some good olive oil.

3. (essentially, because ricotta is the main star here) garnish the crackers with the zucchini, carrots, salmon and egg. season again. drizzle with olive oil again (if you're like me).

4. enjoy the messy goodness

what you need

  • 1-2 of elle's crackers (see above)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese
  • thinly sliced zucchini (i used a vegetable peeler to achieve this
  • carrots, cut finely
  • 1-2oz fresh smoked salmon
  • 7-minute egg
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

 

 


happy sunday, everyone.

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