Leaving town for the holidays

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Kim Pontius
Joined: 10/17/2012

I usually visit family over the holidays.  And of course I always over indulge in the food department.  Come January I feel like a "stuffed pig".  This year it's going to be different.  I'm taking my NutriBullet with me.  It travels well.  I need a couple of easy healthy holiday cookie or cakes recipes.  Any suggestions? 

Not quite cookies - but delicious.I take the following ingredients - 1 cup Bob's Mill Muesli 1/2 bar of very dark chocolate 2 TBS Cacao Powder 1/4 Cup Coconut Flakes (optional) 2 TBS Organic Honey Splash of Almond Milk Add all ingredients to the Tall Cup and pulse to get all the ingredients combined, but still a bit chunky (add more almond milk if needed, but it should be very thick, but slightly squishy). Place in lined mini-muffin tin and form to the shape of each muffin cup. Chill. These are delicious!! Now, they do have quite a bit of sugar so don't eat them with abandon...but they're a lot better for you than the average holiday cookies!!
These two are not not necessarily cookies or cakes, but make great sweet treats! Delightful Date Powerballs 1 cup raw almonds 20 large (Medjool) dates, pitted 1 Tbsp unsweetened raw cacao powder Zest from one medium-size orange 2 Tbsp honey 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp salt Directions: Grind almonds in a the NutriBullet (using the milling blade) until fine. Add dates, cacao powder, orange zest, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and process until mixture forms a ball. If mixture doesn’t stick together, add a bit more honey. Form 30 small balls out of the mixture. If you’d like you can roll the finished balls in cacao, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut or dip in melted chocolate and let them set in the fridge for dessert. Each ball has about 47 calories, 3g fat, 1g protein, 6g carbohydrate, and 1g fiber Superfood Cacao Energy Balls (beware, these may increase your thirst they are so chocolaty!) 1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup of chia seeds 1/3 – 1/2 cup raw cacao powder – or nibs (depending on how chocolaty you’d like it!) 1/2 cup almond butter (I used 1/4 cup almond butter and 1/4 cup cashew butter) – use the natural nut butters that you have to stir. I buy the Whole Foods 365 brand cashew and almond butter or Trader Joe’s raw creamy almond butter. 2 Tbsp honey 1 tsp cinnamon Directions: Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes and then roll into small tablespoon size balls. Place in an airtight container and keep in your fridge up to a week.
Thanks for these recipes! I'm going to try them for our own "cookie" tray. One of my children has Celiac Disease and Christmas cookie time is especially hard for her. Add to the fact that our whole family has really turned up the health volume, by cutting out almost everything "white"! The challenge for me is to maintain our healthy lifestyle while not giving up the traditions that are so dear to us. (Italian + Christmas=FOOD!)
That is a tough job ;) It's fun once you think about how you can make all the "guilty pleasures" good for you. For more dessert recipes that use healthier ingredients, I suggest this blog below. She is so creative and has so many delicious recipes! She even has gluten-free ones. Enjoy your holidays :) http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate-covered-recipes/special-diet-recipes/
I had a smoothie at a raw food restaurant that was made from fresh squeezed carrot juice and then blended with a banana. It had cinnamon and nutmeg blended in to spice it up...OMG was it amazing!! So much better than egg nog. :)