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Pumpkin Spicecream

25 Oct

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Here is my newest submission because for one thing, we are in the middle of National American Pumpkin Spice Season, but I also want to be in on the smoothie bowl trend.  This is cold, filling, and has a dose of protein to boot.  With extra toppings, this would make a hearty breakfast, but it also makes a light dessert if that is your preference.

1/4 cup water
a heaping 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin (1/3 of 15 oz can)
1/3 cup cottage cheese** 
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp maple syrup, more for garnish/to taste 

toppings: whipped cream, coconut flakes, chopped apples or pears, chopped pecans, drizzle of honey, maple or even chocolate syrup!!

Place everything in your Vitamix or blender. Blend until mixed thoroughly, you may have to scrape down the sides with a spatula once or twice during processing.  Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with your choice of yummy toppings.  (If you are using a regular blender, you may want to allow the frozen pumpkin and banana to soften slightly.  Also, I freeze the pumpkin in pre-measured amounts because I use it in my morning breakfast smoothies.)

This is such a great treat–it is full of natural goodness, with a solid dose of protein to boot.  My kiddos all really liked it (the dollop of whipped cream sealed the deal for them!)  Everybody wins!

**To avoid dairy, increase the amount of frozen pumpkin to 2/3 c and add a tbsp of almond butter and a pinch of salt.  After all my experience making smoothie bowls, the consistency and flavor will be just as good.  🙂

If you are new to our site, please also check out my two other favorite pumpkin recipes:  Fall’s Best Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Sausage Soup.

Enjoy, Leigh

 

 

More “Lara” balls please!

22 May

“Lara” balls are a hot commodity in our little corner of the world. Everyone we introduce to them instantly falls for their deliciousness, ease to make, and simple clean ingredient list. They are also perfect for kids and babies…bite sized, not too crunchy balls of high protein/high fat/naturally sweet yummy goodness.

I have the distinct pleasure of hosting an amazing group of cadet women most Friday evenings to unwind from the week. They are often my test group for recipes and they too have fallen for “Lara” balls. Here are a few new concoctions we tested recently to keep your “Lara” ball stock interesting:

No Bake Fig Newtons
If you used to love Fig Newtons, you will love these!

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like a mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans)
  • 1 cup figs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Cherry Pistachio
Fun, different and colorful! 

  • 2 cups pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup dried cherries or craisins
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp warm water (add at the end if the mixture is not sticky enough)

Macadamia Medley
Irresistibly buttery 

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

Kona Coconut
Inspiration came from a cup of Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee I had the other day that was sinfully delicious! 

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like almonds and walnuts for this one)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

For all “Lara” balls: Pulse nuts in food processor, add rest of ingredients and pulse until the mixture begins to clump together enough to form balls. A lot of times I end up adding “a little more of this, a little more of that” depending on the day. Get creative! If your mixture isn’t sticking together, try adding a tsp at a time of warm water and pulse again.

Enjoy,

Heather

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

16 Jan

I have to credit my sweet sister CG for introducing me to this PMS-busting confection.  At the beginning of this journey, it was hard to say goodbye to the rich desserts that I used to indulge in before I made the change.  What a lifesaver this stuff has been!

Chocolate Mousse:

1/2 c. medjool dates, soaked (make sure you cut the pit out!) (for “soaked,” I just soak them in water for an hour or two…it’s to make them not so sticky)

1/2 c. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1-1 1/2 c. mashed avocado (abt. 2-3 avocados)
3/4 c. organic cocoa or carob powder
1/2 c. water

Blend or process dates, maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth. Add mashed avocado and cocoa powder and process until creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if needed. Add the water and process until smooth. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 2 weeks.

Fudgesicles: Freeze the Chocolate Mousse in ice cube trays. Thaw for 5 min. before serving.

Chocolate Sauce or Fondue: Increase water to 1 c.

This mousse is rich and smooth. It is delicious alone or served as fondue with fresh strawberries, bananas or tangerines.

Enjoy,
Leigh

(photo courtesy vegtastic.net)

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