Clean Chocolate Milkshake

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Have you seen the Tim Hortons billboard ads for their new “Frozen Hot Chocolate”?  Oh man!  They look soooooo good!  They had me at “chocolate”!  Since eliminating sugar from my diet I no longer crave sweets the way I once did.  BUT, when I drive by those billboards I suddenly feel tempted by the icy, frothy goodness!  I was experimenting in the kitchen today and came up with my own version of a frozen chocolate treat!  It turned out great!!  I can’t wait to make this on a hot afternoon!  If you are a chocolate lover like me, and have been missing it since eating clean- you will love this!!  🙂

Ingredients:

2 Cups un-sweetend chocolate almond milk

4 Pitted dates

1/2 Tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp Cocoa powder

1/2 Tsp almond butter

2 Cups ice cubes

Directions:

Pour all ingredients into a high powered blender and mix on high for at least 30 seconds.  Serve immediately!

This recipe would be great frozen into popsicles too!  I think I’ll try that next!

XO, Pam

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Clean Fudgsicles

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We usually take a yearly family trip to Disney each year. One thing that I look forward to the most are these delicious Mickey Head Ice Creams on a stick! Oh man! They are sooo yummy! The problem is that once you start eating them it’s so hard to stop! I was pretty proud of myself this year, I didn’t have even one!

The thing I miss the most when eating clean is a good refreshing frozen dessert! I love frozen treats in the summer! I love ice cream, ice cream sandwiches and most of all fudgsicles. If you read the ingredients on the back of the box of your favourite frozen treats you may be a little disappointed with all of the added unhealthy ingredients.

I came up with this recipe to help fill the fudgsicle void in my life! 🙂 These fudgsicles are AHHHH_MA_ZING! It’s so hard to eat just one!

Ingredients: (makes a 6 pack popsicle)

1 Can coconut milk

1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 Cup dates

1 1/2 Tsp vanilla

Directions:
Combine all ingredients together in a blender and blend on high. Blend well until you have a smooth consistency! You don’t want this one to be chunky! 😉 Pour into a plastic popsicle maker and freeze overnight.

****Important Tip*** To get the popsicles out, run the frozen popsicle container under warm water to loosen it. If you skip this step you will likely pull the stick right out of the popsicle. 🙂

Enjoy!

XO, Pam
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Clean Chocolate Banana Bread

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Breakfast is my most challenging meal of the day! For years (even recently) I would skip breakfast altogether. I know, I know, “It’s the most important meal of the day”.  But, for some reason I usually wake up with no appetite!  (trust me, it’s about the ONLY time of day that I don’t feel like eating!)  The problem with this is that I am typically famished by 10am!  You can guess what happens next- I am out running errands and am tempted to grab something, anything quick!  When you are out and about, a quick snack is often limited to fast food or unhealthy, pre-packaged foods.  When I started Clean Eating, I knew that this was one bad habit I was going to have to kick! I started my search for breakfast foods that I would find appealing at 6am when my sweet angels awake.  I started to think…”What am I always in the mood to eat?” The answer came swift and clear: Chocolate of course!! 🙂 This is a recipe that I worked to perfect and it tastes great!  Not only is it packed with chocolately goodness- it’s actually really healthy too!!!  This one is for all of you Chocolate Lovers!  You can eat Clean and still have your chocolate fix too!!

Ingredients:

4 Ripe bananas

1/2 Cup coconut flour

1/4 Cup ground flax

6 Eggs

2 Tbsp Melted coconut oil

1/2 Tsp salt

1/2 Tsp Baking soda

1 Tsp Vanilla

1Tbsp Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Date butter

1/4 Cup chopped walnuts

3/4 Cup cocoa powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix all dry ingredients (except nuts) together until fully combined.  In food processor mix together all wet ingredients.  Once wet ingredients are combined, add in the dry ingredients and mix once more.  Stir in the walnut and pour into a bread pan.  Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour (Depending on how big your loaf pan is) at 350F.

***TIP*** Let this sit for at least 20 minutes to cool. It may seem a little dough-y when it first comes out of the oven but firms up as it cools down.

I hope you love this bread as much as I do!

XO, Pam

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Clean Gourmet Popcorn

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My friend Kristin came over for a visit this afternoon and I started to make a batch of stovetop popcorn as a snack for our boys. As if popcorn isn’t already a delicious enough snack, Kristin started telling me about a gourmet popcorn recipe she makes. It sounded so yummy that we made a batch of it for ourselves! And WOW! It did NOT disappoint! It is the perfect combination of sweet, salty and crunchy! It is almost too good! The best part about this recipe is that it is really simple to make and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up! This would be the perfect snack for friends who pop in last minute or for when you are needing to make something quick. Everything Kristin makes is delicious and this recipe is no exception! I know you are going to LOVE this! Ingredients: 1 Cup popcorn kernels 1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon 2 TBSP butter (you can substitute with coconut oil if you are going dairy free) 2 TBSP honey Directions: Cover the bottom of a pot with oil (olive or coconut) and pour the kernels in and cook on high. As soon as you hear the kernels popping, turn the heat down to low. As soon as the kernels stop popping remove the popcorn from heat. In a separate pan (a wok works best or a deep frying pan) combine butter (or oil), honey and cinnamon. Stir on medium heat until all ingredients are liquified together. Pour the popcorn into the liquid mixture and stir until all of the popcorn is evenly coated. *If you like your popcorn extra crunchy you can put it on a cookie sheet and pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. It’s Friday night; why not get a little crazy and whip up a batch of this stuff?! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! I think I’ll go and make some now! Enjoy! XO Pam If you would like to receive more recipes like this one, simply click the blue “follow” button on the top right hand corner of this page! http://www.cleanlifehappywife.com

Clean No Bake Blueberry Bars

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As far as desserts go, I really love squares!  I love dates squares, lemon squares, coconut squares- pretty much any type of square! 🙂 I love the combination of crunchy oats and sweet fruit! My friend Rochelle made these clean fruit squares and I could NOT stop eating them!  I’ve had some “clean” squares before and they were “ok” but you could really tell that they were “healthy”.  THESE were INCREDIBLE!! Are they still healthy if you eat half the pan? Yikes! The great thing about this recipe is that you can make them into whatever type of fruit bar you like best.  The ones I did were a mixed summer berry, but you could do blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, etc.  In this recipe I will call for “fruit jam of choice” or “fresh fruit of choice” so that you can get creative and make them with your favourite fruit!  You are going to LOVE these!  Good luck eating just one! 😉 

Ingredients:  

2 Cups Oats

1 Cup raw almonds

1 Cup packed dates

1/4 Cup melted coconut oil

1/2 Tsp Almond extract 

1 Jar of “no sugar added” jam of your choice.

1 Cup fresh fruit of your choice. 

Directions:
Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
In a food processor, process almonds, oats, and salt until lightly ground. Add in the dates and pulse until crumbly. Add in the melted coconut oil and process until the mixture comes together.

Remove oat mixture from the processor. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping and then press the remaining into the bottom of the pan.

Rinse out the food processor and then combine the jam, fresh fruit and almond extract and pulse until mixed well.

Spoon the fruit mixture evenly over the crust in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumble on the top.

**TIP** Don’t be afraid to play around with the crust mixture. If it seems too mushy, just add a little more of the dry ingredients and if it seems to crumbly just add a little more coconut oil! Play with it until you get a consistency that is easy to work with!

Chill in the fridge for at least one hour prior to serving. Serve immediately out of the fridge as the squares will start to get soft when left out.

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Clean Chocolate Filled Strawberries

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Stop the train!!  These are CRAZY!!!!  Is there a better combo than chocolate and strawberries?  I think not!  The very best part about these is that they are totally guilt free because they are gluten free, sugar free and dairy free! Once you look over the ingredients list, don’t get scared!  😉 These are delicious! I promise! 

Ingredients:  

1 Ripe avocado (make sure it’s not black inside)

4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

8-10 Pitted dates

1/4 Cup water 

1Tsp vanilla 

Directions:  

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Make sure you take your time and blend well, being sure to scrape the sides down.  If there are any chunks in this mixture, it will not be good so being sure it is mixed well is very important.  

Fill a piping bag with the chocolate pudding mixture and fill in hollowed out strawberries.  

Apple Coconut Bites

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If you love apple pie,apple crumble, or any apple dessert, you are going to love these! They are the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your cravings
The best part is that they are super easy to make and only require 4 ingredients! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

6-8 Apples (depending on size)

1 Cup pitted dates (let soak in water to soften)

1 Cup un-sweetend shredded coconut

1 Tsp cinnamon

Slice the apples and spread out onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Once the apples are cooked, combine apples, dates and cinnamon in your blender or food processor and blend well. The mixture will have the consistency of thick apple sauce. Once the mixture is blended, stir in the coconut by hand. Form the mixture into small balls, rolling in the palm of your hand. The balls will feel a little mushy at this point, but will harden up once they are refrigerated. Set balls on a cookie sheet and refrigerate over night for best results, or for a minimum of one hour.

***TIP*** These can be a little tricky to roll out as they are quite mushy! If you are really struggling you can add a little more coconut. They will really harden up once they sit in the fridge for a while.

Try not to eat the whole pan! 😉

Christmas Chocolate Cranberry Oat Bars

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These bars are CRAZY good!  My husband’s direct quote while eating them- “These are the best thing you’ve ever made”.  These are easy and quick to make because they are no bake.  These are a MUST try this Christmas! They are gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free.  I promise that you and everyone in your house will love them! 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup unsweetened natural peanut butter

1/2 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup honey

1/2 Cup coconut oil 

2 Cups oats

1 Cup shredded coconut

1/2 Cup chopped nuts.  (I like walnuts for these)

1 Cup dark high cocoa chocolate chips ( I use Camino 71% cocoa chocolate chips.  You can buy them in the organic section at Zehrs)

1 Tbsp vanilla

1/4 Cup chopped cranberries 

Directions:

Melt peanut butter, almond butter , honey and coconut oil over medium heat in a saucepan.  Remove from heat once it is melted together and add in the rest of the ingredients.  Stir together until chocolate chips are completely melted.  

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and cool in the fridge.  Sprinkle the chopped cranberries on top.  Put in the fridge until bars harden. Cut and serve.

Watermelon Cube Clean Christmas Hors D’Oeuvres

photo-1This is one of my favourite hors d’oeuvres recipes and is PERFECT for Christmas!  You cannot imagine how delicious these are until you taste them! I brought these to a party this week and they were a huge hit!  They are easy, and really yummy!  The best part- they are something different.  You may want to print out the recipe, because all of your friends will be asking for them! 🙂  

 

Ingredients:

Watermelon cut into cubes

1/2 Cup chopped nuts. Pistachio, Pine nuts or Pecans are my favourite.

1/2 Cup goat cheese.  (I use feta, but soft goat cheese work well too)

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Red onion

Sea Salt 

Directions:

Cut watermelon into cubes.  Warm the goat cheese on stove top or in the microwave to soften to make spreading easy.  Put coconut oil and onion in a frying pan on stovetop and sauté until onions are soft.  Spread the cheese on top of the watermelon cubes, sprinkle with chopped nuts and top with red onion.  Lightly salt.  Try not to eat them all before you arrive at your Christmas party!! 

Clean Pumpkin Bread

Now that it is officially Thanksgiving weekend I need to quickly squeeze in one last Pumpkin recipe!  This recipe taste great and is super healthy!  The final product is heavy enough to satisfy your hunger cravings!  You will enjoy this super healthy snack that is packed with flax and protein!  

 

Clean Pumpkin Bread

3 Eggs

1 cup honey

2 Tbsp ground flax 

1/2 Cup light oil

1 Cup un-sweetend applesauce or apple butter 

1 1/2 Cup pure pumpkin

1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1Tsp nutmeg

2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 Tsp salt

3 Cups flour (half whole wheat half spelt) (I used the gluten free flour from Costco)

1 Tsp baking soda

1 Tsp baking powder

2 Scoops vanilla protein powder 

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and wet ingredients in another.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well.  Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes.