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The Healthiest Pumpkin Pie You’ll Ever Enjoy!

In Canada, Thanksgiving has come and gone. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack up the pumpkin puree! This dairy free, grain and gluten free, sugar free, vegan pumpkin pie will have you stocking up on cans of puree for months! As long as you have a food processor, this recipe is fool proof! Guilt Free Pumpkin PieIngredients

Crust
1 1/2 cups almonds
2/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 t water

Filling
2 cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling – loads of added sugar in those cans)
3/4 cup pitted dates
5 T almond milk
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1/2 t ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves
4 T melted coconut oil

Directions

Start by making the crust. Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture becomes sticky. You’ll want to ensure that there are no large pieces left. Using a spring form pan or a pie dish, press the crust firmly into the bottom. Take your time to make it even and thoroughly flattened.

Next, combine all of the filling ingredients, with the exception of the melted coconut oil, in your food processor. Once a uniform filling is achieved, add the coconut oil and blend until well combined. Spread the filling into crust. Chill for at least 6 hours.

If you use a sharp knife and allow the filling to set in the fridge you should have no problem serving this dish in perfect slices. Don’t tell people that this recipe is healthy – they will never even suspect it. It can be our little secret!

Happy WIAW!

xo Lauren

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Coconut, Chia Seed Banana Bread

Instead of posting a typical picture food diary for this What I Ate Wednesday – I’m going to share a new recipe.

Banana bread is one of my guilty pleasures – before gluten became an issue for my body i would make this loaf religious for Neil and myself. While he still loves it, I have been testing out healthier and gluten free options to replace my old sugar heavy bread. If you’re a lover of bakery style banana bread – this recipe may need some added sweetness, but otherwise, it is delicious.

Coconut, Chia Seed Banana BreadCoconut Chia Banana BreadIngredients

3 ripe mashed bananas, the more ripe – the better
4 eggs
1/4 cup greek (or goat) yogurt
1 dropper of liquid stevia (or 2 if you like sweet banana bread)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup softened coconut oil
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon

Optional: Add pecan pieces or walnuts for texture. Use about 1/4 cup of add ins.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 340 F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until uniform. Using extra coconut oil, grease a loaf pan. Pour/scoop the mixture into the pan and bake for 55 minutes. Remove the banana bread from the oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes before serving.

Happy Wednesday friends!

xo Lauren


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Raw Lemon Cups

I’m usually more of a chocolate lover when it comes to dessert, but the summer months have a tendency to making me crave something a little more tart. These luscious lemon cups have just the right combination of sweet and sour to satisfy my needs – oh and they are pretty guilt free! Thanks to Oatmeal With A Fork for this incredible recipe. Raw Lemon CupsIngredients

Crust:
¾ c. walnuts
¼ c. unsweetened coconut
5 soft dates (I used Medjool)
¼ t. salt
1 t. lemon juice
Lemon Filling:
6 T. coconut oil, softened
2 T. maple syrup
2 T. lemon juice
1 t. lemon zest
5 drops stevia, to taste

Directions

Combine the crust ingredients using a food processor. Divide evenly among 10 silicon muffin cups (or you could use one baking dish if you’d rather not pre-portion). Press down firmly, for me using the back of a spoon helped to ensure it was really packed well. Next, place the coconut oil into a small bowl and beat with a hand mixer until it becomes creamy. This took about a minute or two.  Add the rest of the lemon filling ingredients and beat until well combined. Spread the top layer onto the bottom layer. Freeze for 15 – 30 minutes until set.

For best results and texture, thaw the cups either in the fridge or on the counter for about 20 minutes before serving.

Pucker up!!

xo Lauren


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A Healthy Zucchini Muffin Recipe – Grain and Dairy Free

I some how ended up with an abundance of zucchinis in my fridge this week – which could only mean one thing. Time to turn them into something delicious! This is an original ellepottsie creation. I am shocked at how well it turned out and it was extremely simple to make, especially with the help of a food processor. They free of grains and dairy and have very little sugar – but you’d never know, they taste amazing!

Healthy Zucchini Muffins
Yield: 8 – 10Healthy Zucchini MuffinsIngredients

2 medium zucchini – grated
1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 tbsp softened coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp liquid stevia
pinch of salt

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients using a food processor (if you don’t have one you can mix by hand). Transfer batter into silicon muffin trays (or lined muffin tins). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cooked muffins from the oven and allow them to cool.

That is it – nothing complicated and no crazy ingredients. Just simple delicious muffins for you to enjoy!

xo Lauren


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Grain and Dairy Free Healthy Zucchini Bread

By now you probably know me well enough to understand two things – one, I like to turn unhealthy desserts into healthy ones, and two, I love adding veggies to dessert recipes. The zucchini bread satisfies both criteria and will trick even the most unhealthy eater into thinking they are indulging – if you decide to share.

Grain and Dairy Free Healthy Zucchini BreadGrain and Dairy Free Healthy Zucchini BreadIngredients

1 medium zucchini, shredded
6 eggs
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or make your own using ginger, cloves and nutmeg)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup coconut flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Using a food processor with the grater blade or a cheese grater, shred the zucchini – do not remove the skin. In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients (zucchini, eggs, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract) until well mix. Next add the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Pour the batter into a well greased loaf pan [I use coconut oil to grease]. Bake for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Easy peasy right?

Happy baking everyone!

xo Lauren


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Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheese[LESS]cake – Grain and Dairy Free

I love cheesecake, like more than you can imagine… but when I became lactose intolerant it was one of the first things I had to give up. It has taken me a few years to find a replacement that I enjoy just as much, probably because my criteria was quite strict – no dairy, no grains and all natural – lo and behold – I found the perfect recipe, and today I am going to share it with you!

Read this recipe with an open mind. When I serve it to guests I never tell them the ingredients until after they have asked for seconds. I promise it is absolutely divine and almost entirely guilt free. Although this recipe has three parts, it is one of the easiest desserts in my repertoire. Make these – this is not a suggestion, you’ll thank me later!

Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheese[LESS]cake

Recipe from: The Detoxinista [my favourite healthy cooking blog]

Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheese[LESS]cakeStep One

Chocolate Crust:

 1 cup raw pecans

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Using a food processor or high power blender, add the pecans and pulse until you achieve a crumb texture – do not over process as you’ll end up with pecan butter, which is not the objective here. Once the pecans are “crumbed” add the rest of the ingredients and blend until well combined. You may need to scrape down the sides to make sure everything is incorporated. Remove the mixture from the food processor and transfer the it to a square 6″ Tupperware, lined with plastic-wrap, and press down evenly. Place the Tupperware in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to allow it to set. During this time you can start the next step – the filling.

Step Two

Cheesecake filling:

 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least an hour

1/2 cup zucchini, peeled and chopped

2 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Combine all above ingredients in a food processor or high power blender and mix until completely combined and smooth. Pour the filling over the chocolate crust and smooth the top using a spatula.

Step Three

Chocolate Swirl:

2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 Tablespoon coconut oil, in liquid form

Directions:

Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and fully combined. Spoon three lines [parallel to each other] across the cheesecake filling. You will be swirling them soon so it doesn’t have to be perfect. It should look something like this:

Step ThreeUsing a knife and a light touch, drag a knife through the top of the cheesecake back and forth perpendicularly to the lines you made– creating a marbled look like this:

Chocolate SwirlPlace in the freezer for at least 4 hours. When you are ready to serve, you should be able to remove the cheesecake from the Tupperware by lifting the plastic-wrap and then slice into 12 squares. Store and extra in the freezer as they will melt quite quickly. Make sure you serve them chilled.

Now make your way to the kitchen and give it a shot – this is one recipe I just cannot live without!

xo Lauren


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Grain and Dairy Free Blondie Squares

There is nothing I like more than a simple, healthy and delicious recipe – and that is exactly what I am sharing with you today. Careful though, these blondies are extremely addictive.

Grain and Dairy Free Blondie Squares

Recipe slightly adapted from: The Detoxinista

healthy blondie barsIngredients

1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 whole egg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (omit this if the peanut butter is already salted)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup carob chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8″ square pan with coconut oil.

In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter, honey, egg, salt and baking soda until well combined.

Fold in carob chips.

Pour the batter into the greased pan, and use a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, cool, cut into 16 squares and ENJOY!

Happy Baking!

xo Lauren