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Almond Butter Cookie Recipes – Gluten Free

I just love almond butter! For me, it’s the most decadent treat. In honor of Valentine’s Day month treat yourself and your loved ones to some almond butter goodness with these two almond butter cookie recipes. One of the almond butter cookie recipes is raw and the other one is cooked. Take your pick or make both and enjoy!

almond butter cookie recipes

Raw Almond Butter Cookies

*Adapted from Raw Food Real World

4 cups raw almond flour (You can buy the almond flour or make it by simply putting raw almonds in the food processor and grind them until you get a coarse flour.)
1 cup raw unsalted almond butter
3/4 cup raw honey
seeds from 2 vanilla beans
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Roll the dough out between two layers of parchment, wax paper, or teflex sheets until about 1/4 inch thick. Then, remove the paper and cut out cookie shapes with a cookie cutter. Gently transfer the cookies to the dehydrator and dehydrate at 118 degrees for at least 12 hours or until crisp. Store in the fridge and they will last about a week. Makes about 36 small 2 inch cookies or 24 medium 3 inch cookies.

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Vegan Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup raw unsalted almond butter
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup gluten free quick cooking oats
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons warm coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients first and then add coconut sugar. Then, continue to mix in dry ingredients adding the chocolate chips last. Spoon drop cookie batter onto a coconut oil greased baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool before serving. Makes about 12-15 almond butter cookies. Enjoy!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these almond butter cookie recipes, if you liked them please click the “like” button below. Do you have any almond butter recipes you’d like to share? Please post them in the comment’s section. Comments are always welcome.

♥,
C

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How to Treat Bamboo Cutting Boards with Walnut Oil

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For Christmas I was gifted some brand new bamboo cutting boards. For those of you that might own bamboo cutting boards or other natural wood boards, I wanted to share with you how to treat bamboo cutting boards with walnut oil.

Treating bamboo cutting boards with walnut oil will preserve their beauty and make them last longer. It’s best to treat the boards before you use them for the first time, but you can still use this method on boards that you already own.

1. First you will need walnut oil. You can get it at most grocery stores. If you don’t have walnut oil you can also use slightly warmed coconut oil. Most other vegetable oils are not recommended because they turn rancid too quickly.

2. Dip a cloth or paper towel into the oil and lightly coat (your completely dry) bamboo cutting board.

3. Let the bamboo cutting board air dry until the oil is absorbed.

4. Repeat every month or so. You’ll be glad you did!

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C

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Healthy Raw Food Snack Recipes for Kids

I regularly get asked if I have any good and healthy raw food snack recipes for kids. I don’t have kids myself, but I used to work with children and I know how picky they can be! When kids would show up at my raw food potlucks I was always delighted when they liked a raw food recipe or two. It seemed that the more simple the recipe, the better.

When I worked in daycare I also noticed that kids actually gravitate towards raw fruits and vegetables naturally over cooked veggies. But of course, each child has their unique preferences!

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raw food recipes for kids: blueberry pear puree

When I worked in the public school system I would notice that some kids would bring store bought apple sauce to school as a healthy snack. This gave me the idea to share with you two raw food puree recipes that could be easily made for children instead of the traditional cooked apple sauce.

Blueberry Pear Puree

Blueberries are full of antioxidants that assist healthy cognitive function in kids and adults!

1 banana
1 pear
1/4 cup blueberries
pinch white stevia powder to taste (optional)
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth. If you don’t have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade instead. Serves 2.

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Raw Apple Sauce

A naturally fresh snack with no preservatives or refined sugar. Great with granola too!

4 medium sized Fuji apples, chopped
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 cup chopped pineapple (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender with the tamper until smooth or if you do not have a high speed blender you can use a food processor with the S-blade. Serves 4.

raw food recipes for kids: almond butter wraps

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

A great healthy snack idea for kids is a raw food version of the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. My recipe uses romaine lettuce instead of bread, almond butter instead of peanut butter, and a homemade chia seed berry raw food jam.

raw food recipes for kids: rasberry jam

Raw Food Jam

1 cup rasberries
2 tablespoons honey or another liquid sweetener (*Do not feed honey to children under 1 year of age!)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
pinch white stevia powder (optional)

Blend the raspberries and honey in a blender or food processor on low until blended but still slightly chunky. Pour into a bowl and add the chia seeds and stevia powder (if not sweet enough). Let sit for at least 15 minutes before using. Unlke regular jam, this raw food jam will only last a few days in the fridge. Makes about 1/2 cup of jam.

*You can use any berry for the jam, I just happened to have raspberries on hand but strawberries or blueberries would work.

Almond Butter Lettuce Wraps

4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 teaspoons almond butter
4 tablespoons chia seed berry jam
1 banana sliced into rounds

Spread the almond butter on the romaine lettuce leaves and then top with banana and the chia seed berry jam. Serves 1-2.

healthy snacks for kids: zucchini noodles

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce

You can try to get your kids to eat raw zucchini squash by peeling the zucchini and putting it through a spiral slicer to make squash noodles; serve with a simple and sweet fresh tomato sauce.

1 large peeled zucchini spiralized with a spiral slicer

Kid Friendly Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 medium ripe tomatoes (about 2 cups chopped)
2 mejidool dates (pitted)
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
dash sea salt or to taste

Blend all the sauce ingredients in a high speed blender until the sauce is nice and creamy. Pour the sauce over the squash noodles. Serves 1-2.

For more raw food snack recipes for kids you might enjoy this e-book by Pamela Vinten, mom and nutritionist called 30 Super Healthy Kid’s Snacks. Click here for more information.

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♥,
C

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Mango Fig Green Smoothie

mango green smoothie

Variety is the spice of life or so they say. Variety can also make a huge difference when you’re attempting to eat healthy. The same green smoothie every morning can get monotonous if you don’t mix it up once in awhile.

Have you tried using figs in your smoothies lately? Figs can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of foods including a green smoothie. Not only are figs delicious, but they are good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.

I know what you are thinking, how can you find fresh figs in the middle of winter? Well lucky for me, my local Trader Joe’s grocery store now carries frozen figs in the frozen fruit section.

For those of you that don’t live near a Trader Joe’s you can easily use dried figs. Just remove the stems and put them in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix with your other smoothie ingredients.

If you don’t have a high speed blender you can soak them for at least an hour beforehand to make them soft. You can also use the fig soak water which will be nice and sweet. Just make sure your dried figs are organic with no preservatives!

mango fig green smoothie

Mangos are another fruit I encourage you to eat more of! Mangos, either fresh or frozen are great in green smoothie recipes as they add a creamy consistency when blended much like a banana, and they add a sweet and tangy flavor. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.

fig green smoothie

For this green smoothie recipe I used frozen mango, figs, and romaine lettuce. Hope you enjoy!

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

5 organic figs (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1 banana
1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup coconut water
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
pinch white stevia powder or to taste
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 32 ounces. Serves 1-2.

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C

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Holiday Stress Tips

Holiday Stress Tips

The holidays can be a magical time and they can also be a stressful time. Here are my best holiday stress tips!

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  • Holiday Stress Tip 1: Recognize your priorities. Focus on what matters most to you this holiday season and get rid of the unnecessary superficial activities that only cause you stress. Use this simple journal exercise to get clear on your priorities this holiday season.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 2: Avoid the mall. Opt for shopping at small craft fairs, mom and pop shops, and online. Here is a list of all my favorite places to shop online.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 3: Simplify food prep. Simplify your recipes. Do a lot of your food prep a few days before your celebration. Let semi-homemade be acceptable once and awhile. Consider making it a potluck, so all the stress is not on one person. Even going out to eat can be a fun way to switch it up!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 4: Simplify clean up. Use fancy paper plates and cups for a quicker clean-up. Recruit your family and friends to help clean up too!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 5: Let everyone be right. Instead of arguing with family members about differences of opinion, entertain the thought that you can be right without making anyone else be wrong. Try to to find other people “right” by imagining that in their point of view they are right. Instead of confronting them head on, try to validate their point of view first, and this will usually diffuse a tension filled discussion or situation.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 6: Honor your need for introspection. Even though the holiday season is filled with parties, it is still important to acknowledge your need for alone time. The colder weather draws our bodies indoors and also draws our attention inside as well. Let yourself be introspective without being melancholy by journaling, taking long baths, or reading a good book in bed.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 7: Meditate. Meditation is a great way to de-stress and only takes minutes a day. You can simply take some time out during your busy day to focus your attention on your breath or do more structured guided meditations. Either way, meditation is a great tool for staying centered and keeping stress at bay.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 8: Fall in love with aromatherapy. Certain aromas can have a profound affect on our mental states. There are so many fragrant essential oils that can help to reduce stress. Some of my favorites are lavender, sweet orange, chamomile, bergamont, ylang ylang, and rosemary. I like to get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. My favorite way to use essential oils is with a diffuser so that the calming scents fill the entire house!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 9: Keep up with your self care. Even though the holidays can be a busier time than most, don’t neglect to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise, and drink enough water. The happier and healthier you are, the less grumpy you will be, and the more energy and holiday cheer you will have for others!

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C

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