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Make your own sunflower seed butter!

19 Aug

Do you ever find a recipe online and make it so many times you deem it safe to post on your own blog? I think I’ve reached this point with sunflower seed butter AKA Paleo friendly Sun Butter. When I originally made it I followed this recipe, but now that I’ve made it so many times I want to share pictures from my batch this weekend. If you’ve never made it (or made your own nut butter) you MUST give it a shot especially if you are buying expensive jars of nut butter fairly frequently. A pound of sunflower seeds cost under $4 which is super cheap for a jar of quality, organic nut/seed butter. Plus you can customize with no added sugar which most industrial made ones have.

I start with roughly 3 cups of UNSALTED, RAW organic sunflower seeds. I toast them in a sauté pan for 3-5 minutes until they are just getting fragrant and brown.

sunflower seeds

I toss them in the food processor and turn it on. And wait. It will become grainy, then when it starts to stick to the sides and resemble clay, I drizzle in 1-2 tbsp quality olive oil. (This happens after roughly 5 minutes)

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You can add more if you want a creamier butter. I also add a dash of salt at the end. You could add sugar, honey, or vanilla to spice it up to your liking as well!!!

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So good, and cheap!

Enjoy!

What is your favorite home made nut butter?

Which ones do you think are worth buying?

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

9 Jul

I’m not sure what to call this recipe…I used it as a syrup but I guess the technical term would be compote. I also wanted to mention that this recipe has NO SUGAR ADDED! I am baffled that most jelly, jam, spread, syrup, whatever has sugar added. You would think the fruit (mostly sugar itself) would make it sweet enough. That’s how I felt about this recipe. If I added sweetener…I feel like the sweetness factor would have been off the charts. Since cleaning up my diet, I find artificially and overly sweetened things nearly unpalatable. I prefer to enjoy the natural sweetness of fruit without dumping a bunch of sugar on it. Okay I’ll stop talking. This recipe is super easy and sweet!

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Serves 1-2, 10 mins prep & cook time

1 cup chopped rhubarb

1 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 tbsp black cherry balsamic vinegar (regular or other fruit-flavored will work just fine!)

1 tsp chia seeds

1/2 cup water (or more, depending on thickness)

First, place your rhubarb and strawberries in a medium saucepan. Add water so it almost covers fruit (1/2-3/4 cup)

strawberry rhubarb

My strawberries were frozen but you can use fresh. I stock up when they are on sale and freeze!

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Let the mixture come to a boil and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Then, add your balsamic and chia seeds. The chia seeds will expand and make it thicker.

olive oil

These flavored olive oils are bomb!! I get them from a friend who works at Olive a Sudden in Palm Desert, CA. Frank snuck in that picture!!!

Reduce the stove to simmer and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.

I served this over yummy Paleo Pancakes. The sweetness was off the charts!! No sweetener or maple syrup needed on these babies!

Paleo Pancakes

Paleo pancakes: 2 eggs, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, dash of cinnamon

Paleo Pancakes with syrup

Yum!!

strawberry rhubarb compote with paleo pancakes

Do you find yourself needing extra sweetener?

What is your sweetener of choice?

‘Paleo’ Shamrock Shake

16 Mar

I’m all about festive holiday treats..

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St Patty’s Day Pancakes!!!

Tis the season for McDonald’s most coveted creation:

I don’t really have to go into detail about how much sugar/how many calories are in that thing. I think you know. If you want one though; you should have one- not judging.

I decided to try to make my own healthified and paleo version. I’ve made healthy mint shakes with milk and protein powder, but with paleo, those things are out. Since I’ve been focusing on eating whole foods, I kind of miss protein shakes. However, protein powder is expensive and it’s kind of nice not having to shell out the money for it.

Here’s a healthy shamrock shake with no sugar, dairy or grains added!

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Serves 1:

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 of an avocado

1/2 of a banana

handful of fresh baby spinach (can’t taste…for color!)

1/2 cup of water

5-6 ice cubes

3-4 drops of mint extract

smoothie ingredients

 

You CAN add sweetener, however I don’t need it!

paleo shamrock shake

Hit the spot. Now I don’t need to run out and get the sugar overload version. I think I am done celebrating St. Patrick’s Day however, even though it hasn’t even gotten here yet. I went to a parade last weekend and spent some time with some very special people, AKA my family. It was amazing to get to see them all and spend some time together.

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What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day Treat?

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