Blended Mocha

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Do you know what it takes to make a delicious, naturally sweetened blended coffee beverage?

One frozen banana.

This little number brings to mind the sugar and calorie-laden Frappuccino of that one popular franchise you’ve probably heard of.  Only this version is lower in calories, free of artificial ingredients, dairy-free, sugar-free, and even has fruit in it.  Win!  So if you’re not already doing it, and I’m sure you are, slice up and freeze those brown, mushy bananas .  Then they’ll be there for you the next time you want to make a smoothie, blender ‘ice cream’, or say, this refreshing drink.  I don’t know about you, but once the temperature hits about 70 degrees I can no longer partake in hot beverages of any kind.  I’m already working too hard to keep my insides cool!  We’ve had some unseasonably warm days here recently, hence the need for a frozen concoction. I fear it’s going to be a long summer…but at least I’ll have something cool to drink!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced, frozen banana
  • 1/2 c. canned light coconut milk
  • 16 oz cooled coffee
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (you could also use cocoa powder)
  • 1 c ice cubes

Blend the banana and coconut milk in a blender or food processor until smooth (1-2 minutes).  Add cacao powder, blend until mixed in.  Add coffee and ice cubes, blend to desired consistency.  You can also pour over ice for maximum chilliness.

 

Skillet Apple Bake

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Phew!  What a week (or two).  The baby finally came, as much as I truly believed I would be the first woman to be diagnosed with permanent pregnancy.  I could see the headlines and everything.  Having a newborn in the house hasn’t left me a lot of time for cooking, blogging, sleeping…  And it’s really made me realize how much better I feel when I eat healthy foods.  We’ve felt so much support from family and friends through dinners and their general willingness to help.  It’s made me very grateful!  That being said, I’m really looking forward to getting back to my clean eating routine.  Especially with this strangely shaped post baby body.

I threw this together one morning before the wee one was born.  It’s so easy to prepare and really yummy.  You can almost convince yourself you’re eating an apple Danish.  Well, almost.  I guess it depends on how long it’s been since you’ve had a Danish!

Ingredients:

  • One thinly sliced apple (I used a Pink Lady, and left the skin on)
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 c. chopped Pecans
  • 2 tsp. Raw Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • Dash of Salt

Cover the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil.  Slice apple and spread in an even layer in the bottom of the skillet.  Mix coconut flour, seeds, pecans, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.  Spread over the apple slices.  Pour honey evenly over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Then, eat it!  You could eat this with yogurt or OOH! on top of pancakes.  I think I’ll try that next.