Freshly Picked Sweets


How did you spend your Mother’s Day? Our hubbies and kids spoiled us by taking us strawberry picking. And did we ever pick! We gathered the reddest, juiciest, most delicious strawberries we’ve ever tasted, all with the intent to make the yummiest berry treat! You know what a mama wants, a mama gets! So baking Freshly Picked Strawberry Crisp is what this Saturday is all about!

Freshly Picked Strawberry Crisp 

Ingredients
Fruit

4 cups strawberries, halved

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon agave syrup

Topping
1 cup oat flour 

½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil 

3 tablespoons agave syrup

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F and place a rack in the middle.
In a large bowl toss halved strawberries, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and agave syrup. Set aside.

In another bowl mix together oat flour and salt. Add maple syrup and coconut oil and cut in the coconut oil until the mixture begins to form crumbs. Set aside.

Grease 6 individual ramekins.

Scrape the strawberry mixture into the baking pan.

Spread the topping over the fruit in an even layer.

Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the topping has browned and the fruit bubbling.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

*recipe inspired by The Iron You

Sweet Relief

We know what the calendar says, but it feels more like October around here! We’re getting a much needed break from the summer swelt making it feel more like Indian Summer instead of mid-August weather. With this relief comes the hankering for pumpkin. Since we are still keeping things healthy(ier), our sweet treat this week is a waist-friendly version of our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars. With this recipe why stop with one! 

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

  
Ingredients

3 cups gluten free oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of ground cloves

1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup agave syrup

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

1/3 cup carob chips 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8×11 or 9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Make oat flour: Place oatmeal into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended.

Measure out just 2 1/2 cups of the oat flour and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; set aside.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, agave, vanilla extract, oil, and applesauce for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Gently fold in 1/3 cup of carob chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of carob chips on top. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Timing will depend on what size pan you use, but definitely check around 15 minutes. Once finished baking, cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Cut into 16 slices.

*recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen

Not Too Sweet

We’re giving ourselves a time-out! No, we’re not in trouble! (Even though our kids might be happy if we are the ones getting consequences for a change!) It’s just every”body” needs a little break from a sugar high once in awhile. This Saturday we’re letting nature be in charge of our sweet treat. This Clean Apple Crisp will surely do its trick into fooling our sugar cravings. Clean eating never tasted so sweet!

  
Ingredients 

4 small or 2 very large apples of any kind, peeled, cored and diced 

2 Tbs. coconut oil for sauteing

2 Tbs. cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk

1 cup crushed and roasted nuts mixed with 2 Tbs. agave syrup

What to do:

Sauté the apples in the coconut oil over medium heat until the apples “give up” their water. (About 3 minutes.)

Add almond milk and cinnamon, and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.

Put gooey, delicious apples in a dish of your choosing and top with nut mixture.

*recipe adapted from Real Food Liz