No Bake GF/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (No Food Processor!)

Cookie Dough Bites
Happy Holidays everyone!
This will be my last recipe post for 2017, and it will certainly end off the year on a sweet note! This recipe was a personal request from you via Instagram poll, and I worked hard to get it right. I really wanted a ‘ball’ or ‘bite’ recipe that required no food processor. I find there are so many moments when I want something quick and sweet but don’t feel like busting out all the machinery. These come together in less than 5 minutes in 1 bowl and require only 7 ingredients with no bake time. This recipe will be added to my ‘go-to’ list, and the best part is they are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday and I can’t wait to see share another year with you all. Thank you for your continued support!

Love,
Jen
Cookie Dough Bites
Makes 10-12 balls

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp coconut butter, melted
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I like a darker variety!)
• 1.5 cups almond meal/flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp coconut flour
• 3 tbsp 70% chocolate chips (or more!)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, melt coconut butter (over stove top, or microwave), and whisk until smooth.
2. To the same bowl, add vanilla and maple syrup, then whisk until combined.
3. To the bowl add almond meal, salt, and coconut flour. Mix until smooth. The batter should resemble a real cookie dough. If you find it too wet to roll into balls, add 1/2 tbsp of coconut flour at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Using a small cookie scoop or tbsp measure, scoop mixture and form into balls.
6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for one month!
Cookie Dough Bites

Healthy Split Pea Soup

Healthy Split Pea Soup
I’ve been making pea soup for years. Ina Garten really has the best recipe so I’ve made my own alterations to her original recipe. The woman is a genius if you ask me. I have been watching Barefoot Contessa for as long as I can remember. My spin on the her recipe is adding pureed spinach for added nutrition and a really vibrant colour. I also like to substitute potatoes for rutabaga, squash, or sweet potato. The best part of this soup- it’s the easiest to throw together! Hope you love it.

Ingredients:

• 1 cup chopped yellow onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
• 1/2 tsp dried oregano
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
• 4 carrots, diced
• 1 cup rutabaga, diced (can also sub with sweet potato, parsnip, red potato)
• 2 1/2 cups split peas (rinsed, and divided)
• 8 cups organic low sodium chicken or vegetable stock (homemade is always best!) + extra for spinach
• 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

Directions:

1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with the olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until the onions are translucent.

2.Add your carrots, rutabaga, half of your split peas, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking.

3. Add the remaining split peas and continue to simmer for another 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Season to taste.

4. When your soup is finished cooking, turn off the heat. In a high powered blender add your fresh spinach and enough stock to get the spinach moving. Blend until completely smooth.

5. Stir the spinach mixture into the soup. Serve with extra virgin olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. I also like to add crunchy chickpeas and toasted pepitas for added texture and crunch!
Healthy Split Pea Soup

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta
This pasta has become a weekly staple for a few months now. Zach (my husband, if you’re a new reader) does not love pasta because he feels very full and heavy from it. This is actually a common symptom amongst most people as added cheese, starches, and fats leave you feeling slightly sick and ready for a nap. So, with added protein in the pasta itself, I didn’t have to add a meat or cream sauce. We have been loving GoGo Quinoa’s Super Grain Pasta (find it at Costco), or as always, pastas with lentils and chickpeas as the only ingredients. The key to this vegan pasta dish is the cooking water from the pasta. The starches left in the water create a creamy sauce without any added dairy.

In 30 minutes you have a light pasta dish that is full of nutrients, protein and is of course, delicious. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. I hope you love it as much as we do!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 3 cups GoGo Quinoa Super Grain Pasta
• 1 cup reserved cooking water from pasta
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• pinch of chilli flakes
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 bell pepper, julienned
• 1 zucchini, diced
• 5 stalks broccolini
• a large handful of fresh spinach
• 1 french shallot, finely chopped
• 3 tbsp parsley and/or basil, chopped
• juice of 1 lemon
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 1/4 cup toasted pinenuts

Directions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Remember to reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid after the pasta is finished.

2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare all of your vegetables and herbs.

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute shallots, oregano, chilli peppers, and a pinch of salt and allow to cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Add your cherry tomatoes and bell pepper. And add about 3 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid so that the tomatoes steam and the garlic does not burn. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Add your zucchini, cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the broccolini and another 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Cook until the broccolini is tender and the tomatoes have begun to burst.

5. Once the vegetables are cooked through, reduce the heat to low and add the pasta to the skillet along with the rest of the reserved cooking liquid. If your skillet is too small to add the pasta, transfer everything into the larger pot you cooked your pasta in. Stir the vegetables, pasta and cooking liquid until the pasta becomes creamy and no water is left. Add your lemon juice and spinach. Taste and season if necessary. The salt from the pasta water might mean you don’t need to add any salt.

6. Serve pasta and top with toasted pinenuts, fresh parsley, more freshly cracked pepper and a drizzle of your best olive oil. Bon appetit!

Vegan Lemon Garlic Pasta

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