Gingerbread Cake Bites with Orange-Molasses Glaze

Gingerbread cake bites

Holidays call for fancy looking and fancy tasting desserts! Gingerbread is perfect for the holiday season and the orange glaze adds a nice pop to this yummy cake.

Gingerbread cake bites

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free baking flour

½ tsp pink salt

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. allspice

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:

2 T.  neat egg powder or 1 whole egg

2 T. ground flaxseed meal

½ cup water

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup plus 1 T. maple syrup

¼ cup molasses (not blackstrap)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease cake bites pan with coconut oil spray. I used a fall decorative pan or a muffin pan would work great too.
  2. Stir together dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Mix together wet ingredients and pour into dry ingredients bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop 1/4 cup batter into baking pan per mini cake.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and mini cakes are golden brown.
  6. Set aside to cool at least 30 minutes then carefully flip mini cakes onto a decorative platter.

Yield: 16 cake bites

To make orange-molasses glaze:

½ cup full fat coconut milk (put can in fridge overnight to separate liquid from the fat.) or culinary coconut milk

3 T. maple syrup

1 T. molasses

1 tsp orange zest

1-2 T. juice from an orange

Method:

  1. Whisk together glaze ingredients. Sweeten to taste.
  2. Add more orange juice for a thinner consistency.
  3. glaze each mini cake before serving.

Yield: 1 cup glaze

 

This recipe is adapted from my original recipe available on Vitacost.com

https://www.vitacost.com/blog/cooking-recipe/desserts-2/gluten-free-gingerbread-bundt-cake-with-maple-orange-glaze.html

3-Ingredient Chili!

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Three ingredient chili, yes that’s right I said 3!! Woohoo dinner will be done in no time and I can’t tell you how many times this meal saved the day err dinner 😉

 

Ingredients:

1# ground beef or turkey (organic if possible)

1 jar your favorite salsa

1 can beans (pinto or black bean) pour out a little liquid but don’t completely drain (BPA free can)

optional: 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and pink salt

Method:

  1. Cook meat on medium-high in a medium size pot.
  2. once meat is cooked, move meat to one side of pot and tip pot to drain the fat by absorbing with paper towels. set the grease soaked paper towels in a bowl to cool off before putting into garbage.
  3. turn heat to medium and add salsa, beans, and season to taste with spices if needed.
  4. cover and simmer on low 20 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips and sliced avocado.

Yield: 2 servings

 

 

Honor’s Cookie Bites

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I make these for my daughter, a healthy snack but she calls them cookies! :) I break them into bite size pieces for her, at first she ate 1 and now she can eat about 3! Store in the fridge about 2 weeks if they last that long! These are customizable to your tastes, changes out the seeds, use your favorite dried fruits-we love blueberries.
Recipe:
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweet)
Grind in food processor
Then add 2 T. dried fruit (soaked in hot water for 5min to soften)
2 T. honey (or agave or maple syrup)
1 T. coconut oil
2 T. mini chocolate chips
1 T. water (at the end if needed)
Since these are for baby make sure there are no big chunks that is why I grind the seeds and coconut first.
Make sure they are no chunks of dried fruit or chocolate either so they won’t get stuck in baby’s teeth. We always brush Honor’s teeth right after this snack too!
Process until combined then scoop by the Tablespoon and roll into balls (sometimes I skip rolling and just scoop by the Tablespoon and put in container.
Cover and put in fridge and they will get firm from the coconut oil. Cut into small bites for baby to eat!
Beware, chocolate everywhere 🙂
Yield: 10-11

Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter

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Sunflower seed butter is a tasty peanut butter alternative! Nut-free and super delicious. You can buy off the shelf but many have added sugar, my favorite are the ones with only ground sunflower seeds and salt so why not make my own! My daughter loves this homemade blend on millet toast, apples, pears or stirred in oatmeal.

Ingredients:

1+1/2 cups roasted sunflower seeds

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

3 T. coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla

Method:

  1. Grind sunflower seeds for a minute then add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth (or to your liking).
  2. Add a pinch of salt if desired but not needed if seeds already have added salt.
  3. Cover and store in fridge.
  4. Use within 1/2 weeks.

 

Yield: 1 cup

 

 

This recipe was developed for Vitacost.com and featured on their blog:

3-Day Refresh Review and Results

So I decided to do the 3-day refresh to see what it was all about and also to kick start my progress before diving into the 21 day fix afterwards. I received the shipment in the mail with all of the supplies which includes shakes and exact meal plan. It looked pretty straight forward which was nice and I reviewed all the content with my online VIP group members who wanted to join me in this lil adventure! I shared how they could modify and I ended up modifying it a little bit as I’ll explain below.

My results we pretty exciting!! I shed 4 pounds in 3 days and 2 inches (1 inch from my waist and an inch from my hips)!! It was pretty amazing to see how quickly my body could change in just a few days.

before and after side

 

before and after front

Below is exactly what I ate for the 3 days.

Day#1:

Breakfast:

Shakeology with ⅔ cup blueberries

Espresso

Water

 

Hibiscus tea

Fiber sweep

 

Lunch:

Vanilla fresh with water and ½ cup mango

1 cup cucumber

2 T. avocado

 

Snack:

1 T. sunflower seeds

2 celery stalks

Water

Apple

 

Snack 2: Daily Sunshine with water

 

Dinner: carrots/broccoli/ cauliflower with 1 tsp coconut oil

Vanilla fresh shake with ice and water

 

Evening snack:

Herbal tea

2tsp sunflower butter

 

Day2

Yoga flow, water

Breakfast:

Shakeology with banana, water, ice

Green tea

 

AM snack

Fiber sweep, water

 

Lunch:

Vanilla fresh

Apple, half small avocado, 2 celery stalks

 

Snack:

Espresso

1T sunflower butter with carrots

Half serving Daily Sunshine with water

 

Another tablespoon sunflower butter

 

Dinner:

Vanilla fresh shake

Salad with spinach, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, lemon and apple cider vinegar

 

Pm snack:

½ serving strawberry banana Daily Sunshine

 

Day 3: 

Yoga relax

Water

 

Breakfast:

Shakeology with banana

Green tea

 

Coffee

 

AM Snack:

Fiber sweep with water

 

Lunch:

Vanilla fresh with ice and water

Apple, carrots, 2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds

 

PM snack:

1T sunflower butter

Celery

Daily sunshine

 

Dinner:

Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower with 1 tsp coconut oil

Vanilla fresh shake

1T sunflower butter

refresh meals

I thought the 3-day refresh was a great experience and I had more energy which surprised me! I thought I would be tired because of the lighter meals but everything was just enough and I did yoga each morning which centered me for the day. I felt very mindful when I was eating and didn’t have cravings for anything more. I liked having an exact plan and did eat an extra serving of fats and protein when I needed it since on the first day I had a little headache but felt better after that. Drinking more tea was nice too and reminded me to slow down. I also drank a lot of water about 80 ounces a day. This was a great experience and I plan on doing this about 4 times a year when the seasons change.

Full disclosure: I am an independent Beachbody coach, I use the products and programs and promote the ones that I love! I run online accountability groups with moms who want do something for themselves each day, self care is so important especially when you have a family to take care of too. I help them choose a fitness program and meal plan that works for their lifestyle and goals.

For questions please email me at: totalhealthcounseling@gmail.com or message me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PamelaHigginsTotalHealthCounseling