Healthy Hump Day Happiness

Over the course of the last few years we’ve pinned and pinned and pinned some more…our Pinterest feeds are full of healthy treat recipes. And there’s no time like the present to stop pinning and start making! We’ve got the time and our kids are hangry! One day each midweek we’ll be featuring a new healthy treat recipe to help us get through this stay at home order. You might need a little sweet treat to get you over the hump of the week too. Don’t worry we’ll be back on Saturday with an ever so tempting, fully indulgent goodie! This week’s Healthy Hump Day Happiness is Healthy Twix Bars. Delish!

Ingredients

Shortbread Layer

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Caramel Layer

  • 1/2 cup almond butter, creamy
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Shortbread Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine coconut + almond flours with melted coconut oil and warmed maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir out all the crumbles of flour until thoroughly combined.

  3. Line a smaller baking dish (I prefer a 6×6 baking dish) with parchment paper and pack down shortbread mixture into the base using a silicone spatula. If shortbread mix starts to stick to spatula, dip in melted coconut oil and continue to gently press down evenly into entire base of dish.

  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove once done and let cool completely.

Caramel Layer

  1. Combine almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and sea salt in a saucepan over the stove on medium-low heat and heat until completely liquified, whisking together, about 2-3 minutes.

  2. Remove from burner and let cool completely.

Chocolate Layer

  1. Pour dark chocolate chips into small bowl and add coconut oil. Warm in microwave for 30 sec intervals, stirring in between, until completely liquified. Or, heat over the stove.

TWIX BARS

  1. Once shortbread & caramel have completely cooled, pour caramel sauce over the base layer, spreading out evenly. Set in freezer until it hardens *completely,* about 1-2 hours.

  2. Remove from freezer once frozen (if still soft, keep in freezer until fully hardened) and pour chocolate over the top, spreading out evenly. Sprinkle flakey sea salt as the last touch and set back in fridge for 5-10 minutes to harden.

  3. Once chilled, remove the hardened mold from pan by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper. Lay on cutting board and using a large chef’s knife, slice into 1/2-inch strips, and from there, slice each strip into thirds. *if you leave the chocolate layer in the freezer for too long, it may crack when you cut into slices.

  4. Ready to serve!! Enjoy! Store in airtight container in the freezer or 

Recipe from Rachael’s Good Eats

Sweet-ish Sweet

We did it! Christmas 2018 was a huge success. Lots of family time, wonderful gifts, and yummy food especially all of the sugary things we wait all year to enjoy. And enjoy we did! So much so that we are swapping our normal Saturday indulgences with a healthier version of Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies. Don’t worry, we will back to baking our normal way soon. New Years Eve is just a few days away so we are saving up to ring in the new year in a very sweet way!

Healthy Almond Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
  1. ¾ cup gluten free rolled oats
  2. ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
  3. ¼ cup raw coconut sugar
  4. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  6. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  7. ⅛ teaspoon salt
  8. ½ cup vegan chocolate chips Wet Ingredients
  9. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons natural, unsalted almond butter
  10. . 2tablespoons melted coconut oil
  11. . 1 egg white
  12. . 1/2teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  13. . 1/2cup dark chocolate chips
Instruction
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (minus chocolate chips), set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients, set aside

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredient bowl. Fold ingredients together until combined. Then fold in chocolate chips.

Take VERY small handfuls of mixture roll into small balls (about 2 Tbsp). Flatten to baking sheet. Make about 20 cookies.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until cookies are golden outside and soft inside.

*recipe inspired by Nikki’s Plate

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 That Pops

We happily cheated and treated our way through winter break. But now all of that holiday goodness has left us with that about to “pop” feeling. Are you there too? This Saturday we are getting back on track with a sinfully sweet and salty snack – Chocopop. Using the superfoods of whole grain popcorn, unsweetened cocoa powder, and coconut oil we can munch away on this scrumptious chocolate popcorn without feeling guilty. “Pop” a batch and discover for yourself why this has become one of our most”pop”ular recipes. 

Chocopop

  
Ingredients

1/3 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup coconut oil 

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/4 cup agave syrup 

2 tablespoons almond milk 

1 teaspoon corn starch

Directions
Preheat oven to 250F and grease cookie sheet or 9×13 pan.

Make a large bowl of air popped popcorn 

In a small dish mix milk and starch and stir to combine.

In a small pan on low to medium heat combine all ingredients. While stirring constantly, heat until thick.

While still hot, pour sauce over popcorn and stir until all popcorn is covered.

Place popcorn on prepared pan.

Bake for 20 minutes stirring every 10 minutes to break popcorn apart.

*recipe adapted from The Happy Healthy Wife