Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Nothing compares to a warm and soft cookie filled to chocolate chip capacity.   They are simply the best when homemade with real ingredients–so melty and delicious. Of course every healthy and balanced way of eating has room for cookies, preferably cookies that aren’t from a package and full of chemicals.   This recipe is free of refined sugar, butter, and artificial ingredients.   it contains pink salt sprinkles to balance the sweetness and to bring out the classic deep flavors of brown sugar and vanilla.  Enjoy the comfort and warmth of this favorite treat!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 tbs. flax meal
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. dash of pink salt plus extra for sprinkling on top
  6. 1 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup earth balance spread or coconut oil
  8. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  9. 2 tbs. almond milk or liquid of choice
  10. 1 cup chocolate chunks
  11. 350 degrees 9-10 min.
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Add wet ingredients to a separate bowl and stir until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly into the wet and mix, then add chocolate chunks until just combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line two cookie trays with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto tray and form round balls, making sure to leave enough room between them. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until edges are crispy and center is no longer doughy. After taking out, let cool 10 minutes.
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Cucumber Tomato Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

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Crunchy cucumbers, salty greens, and juicy cherry tomatoes are diced together in this light and refreshing summery salad recipe.   Tossed with a generous amount of Creamy Garlic Dressing, each vegetable is covered in the savory and flavorful sauce.   Vegetables diced into tiny pieces are much more enjoyable to eat, plus they get completely covered in the dressing and absorb all its amazing flavors.

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Garlic Cream Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large diced cucumber
  2. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 1 small bunch of parsley and dill, chopped into fine pieces
  4. juice from half a lemon
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. optional 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine diced cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs into a bowl and toss with lemon juice, s&p, and optional vinegar. Let veggies marinate in the lemon juice and herbs for an hour or so. Next thoroughly coat in Creamy Garlic Dressing.
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Salted Peanut Butter Cups

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  Can you ever go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter?   I don’t think it’s possible.  Mixed with fluffy powdered sugar and dusted with sprinkles of pink salt, these treats are peanut butter perfection.

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The sweet and fluffy peanut butter filling and rich chocolate coating are super easy to make, and are fortunately quite natural.   They’re made without chemicals, fillers, animal products or hydrogenated oils.   These delicious and healthy peanut butter cups should be savored and enjoyed without any worries!
 
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup natural peanut butter
  2. 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla
  4. 1 tsp. pink salt
  5. melted chocolate of choice or homemade version
  6. 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup sugar, salt
  7. extra fine pink salt for dusting
Instructions
  1. Add peanut butter filling ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and mix until just combined; set aside and make melted chocolate. Thinly coat peanut butter cup candy molds* with the melted chocolate and freeze for a couple of hours. After chocolate has hardened, add a spoonful of peanut butter mixture and coat with more melted chocolate. Sprinkle the top with pink salt and freeze some more, then enjoy these delicious and chocolatey peanut butter bites.
Notes
  1. *pb cup candy molds: http://www.amazon.com/Cybrtrayd-AO032-Chocolate-Copyrighted-Instructions/dp/B000EDS064
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Creamy Garlic Dressing

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 Creamy and savory with just the right amount of spice, this dressing tastes amazing on so many dishes.  It is delicious on noodles, veggies, salads, sandwiches, and even as a dip for roasted potato/sweet potato fries.  It’s especially tasty on this Cucumber Tomato Salad–a perfect summer dish. (recipe coming soon)  It’s so creamy yet it doesn’t contain any harmful hydrogenated oils, MSG, dairy or preservatives that are found in most dressings.  On the contrary, it is full of healthy fats, protein, and minerals like zinc and magnesium.  It is the perfect sauce to just slather on everything, which makes any vegetable taste delightful!

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Creamy Garlic Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup hemp hearts or 1/2 cup pine nuts
  2. 1 large clove minced garlic*
  3. 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  4. 1/4 cup fresh basil or 1 tbs. dried
  5. 2 tbs. lemon juice
  6. 1 tsp. parsley
  7. Italian seasonings to taste
  8. pink salt and pepper to taste
  9. optional 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small blender and pulse, then blend until dressing becomes creamy. For a thicker sauce that's more like pesto, use less liquid.
Notes
  1. *For a less strong and spicy flavor, saute the garlic in some vegetable broth or oil for a couple minutes before adding to blender.
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Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl

 

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This smoothie tastes like a soft-serve version of a blueberry muffin; its delectable sweetness comes from the semi-frozen ripe bananas. When ripe and speckled, they have a soft, creamy texture that pretty much turns into the most delicious soft serve once frozen and blended. The juicy blueberries pair perfectly with crumbly and buttery dried mulberries for a dish that is full of sweetness. It’s really simple to make–check out the recipe below.

 

Blueberry Crumble Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  1. 4 medium ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
  2. 1 cup thawed frozen blueberries
  3. 1/2 cup dried mulberries
  4. 1/4 cup coconut sugar or another unrefined sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine mulberries and coconut sugar in a food processor and pulse until crumble forms. Set mixture aside to add to the top later. Blend bananas in a food processor with a little liquid such as almond milk. Add thawed blueberries into the soft serve and mix. Top with mulberry crumble and enjoy.
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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

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 Noodles cooked to perfection are drenched in this creamy and ridiculously smooth Alfredo sauce.  This recipe also happens to be dairy-free and full of veggies, but you will never miss the dairy considering how smooth and tasty this is.  It’s also incredibly easy to make.  I used to make this all the time as a soup base until I decided to pour it on some noodles, which turned out super delicious.  Easy, creamy, and nutritious :)

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Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 steamed cauliflower head
  2. 1 cup vegetable broth
  3. optional coconut or almond milk
  4. 1 cloves garlic, minced
  5. optional 1/2 shallot
  6. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  7. sprinkle of parsley and oregano
  8. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop then steam the cauliflower until very tender. While cauliflower is steaming, saute garlic and optional onion in vegetable broth or some oil of choice. Add the steamed cauliflower to a high-speed blender or food processor along with the cooked garlic/onion, garlic powder, and s&p. Blend on high until it turns into a super creamy consistency. Pour over cooked noodles of choice and sprinkle with parsley/oregano. Enjoy!
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Icy Mint Creams

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These icy and minty creams are the perfect bite-sized treat for the summer heat. It’s a pretty easy recipe that can be thrown together with just a few ingredients and some freezer time.

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They are a completely healthy and refreshing snack!

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Icy Mint Creams
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups almond milk ( homemade works best in this recipe, but store-bought should work too)
  2. 1 cup organic sugar
  3. 1/4 cup soaked cashews, macadamias or coconut meat
  4. 1 tsp. mint extract or more to taste
  5. melted chocolate of choice
  6. optional fresh mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Freeze four cups almond milk overnight. The next morning, let thaw until frozen milk can be taken out. Add to a blender with a splash more of milk, sugar, cashews and mint; blend all ingredients on low, scraping down the sides in between blending, then blend on medium to high. This mixture could probably be made in an ice cream maker if you have one. Pour frozen mix into a plastic mold tray and freeze for a few hours, then drizzle with chocolate and freeze for a few more hours. Enjoy!
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Salted Chocolate Brownies

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Sometimes you just need to randomly bake a batch of rich, gooey, chocolatey brownies, and generously sprinkle them with melted chocolate chips and sea salt–this is one of those times. :)

These luscious brownies are rich and decadent with  a fudgey texture that is soft and moist, but they still have a chewy bite.  To make them even more incredible, they are topped with a layer of melted chocolate chips and sprinkled with flecks of pink salt, which compliment their sweet flavor.  This is how brownies should taste; they are a must-try recipe!  

 

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The recipe is super easy and uses all natural ingredients instead of chemicals and overly-processed flours and sugars.  It also includes healthy, essential fats such as avocado oil, which may seem odd  for a dessert recipe, but it’s actually a perfect substitute for butter or oil; it is rich and buttery yet has a light enough flavor that makes it perfect for baking. 

 

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Salted Chocolate Brownies
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dry
  1. 1 cup flour of choice
  2. 1/4 cup almond flour or peanut flour
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  4. 1 tsp. pink salt
wet
  1. 1/2 cup organic sugar
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 1/4 cup oil
  4. 1/4 cup non-dairy milk or water (room temp)
  5. 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix the four dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then combine first four wet ingredients in a regular bowl and mix. Next add melted chocolate chips to the wet mixture and stir until just combined. Add wet to the dry ingredients and mix everything together. Add to a brownie pan and bake for about 15 minutes, until fork inserted in the middle comes up clean. Afterwords, sprinkle on more chocolate chips and top with pink salt and let cool. Bon app├ętit!
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Strawberries & Cream Shake

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To celebrate berry season, this recipe combines juicy strawberries and vanilla cream, which are blended to perfection then topped with a scoop of extra cream.  Except this strawberry shake is made without traditional heavy cream; instead, it’s made with coconut cream.  Now I know you are probably thinking coconut cream sounds like a funky and messy concoction, but not to worry, it has a surprisingly delicious taste that is quite addictive.  Also, it’s easy to whip up with just some vanilla and sugar–a process that turns it into a puffy, white cloud of cream that is impossible to keep your spoon out of.

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Not only is it delicious, but the amazing benefits of coconut make it a must-try food.  It’s rich in many essential vitamins and contains minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium, selenium, magnesium, and phosphorous.  It also contains lauric acid, which has disease-fighting, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.  Plus strawberries add even more amazing health benefits to this delectable treat, but since this is turning into a science lecture how about we get to the recipe!

Strawberries & Cream Shake
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Coconut Cream Ingredients
  1. 1 can full-fat coconut milk chilled overnight
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla
  3. 4 tbs. organic sugar
Shake Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  2. 2 very ripe bananas, frozen
  3. 1/2 cup coconut cream, fresh coconut meat, nut-cream, or an additional banana
Coconut Cream
  1. Take chilled can of coconut milk out of the refrigerator and turn upside-down. Open and pour coconut water aside for later, then scoop the layer of cream into a medium mixing bowl. Add vanilla and sugar to the cream and use a mixer or a spoon to whip all ingredients together.
Strawberry Shake
  1. If using frozen fruit, thaw slightly beforehand then add them with the coconut cream to a blender or food processor, and blend on low until mixture becomes creamy. Add liquid such as almond milk for a true shake consistency. Top with additional cream and berries.
Notes
  1. For a coconut allergy, try substituting the cream with cashew or almond vanilla cream.
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Creamy Berry Smoothie

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This amazing smoothie is super refreshing on a hot day.  It’s bursting with flavor from sweet and succulent summer berries blended with creamy almond milk.  It is a healthy and sweet drink that’s perfectly hydrating.

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Creamy Berry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups mixed berries of choice, thawed slightly
  2. 2 1/2 cups almond milk or other non-dairy milk*
  3. 4 tbsp. maple syrup
  4. optional dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add thawed berries and milk of choice to a blender and blend on low, gradually increasing speed until combined and smooth. Next add maple syrup and optional cinnamon then blend slightly. Serve right away and enjoy this delicious treat!
Notes
  1. *Adjust liquid amount based on preference.
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