As a new year has arrived I am sure lots of you have set/ are setting goals for the year. A common one is to eat healthier. My family and I start this journey a few years ago and now we mainly eat a Whole Foods Plant based diet. For more info on a Whole Foods Plant based diet checkout this site
I know when most people eat “healthier” they miss baked goods and treats and eatting these and not have enough time derail their healthy eating. To save time I highly recommend getting an electric pressure cooker like an Instant Pot that is how I cook all my beans, most of my grains and also occasionally veggies, squash and sweet potatoes. For baked goods I am going to share below some of my family's favorite healthy goodies.
8 oz dates in 2 C measuring cup, fill with 9 oz water, microwave 1 min
2 tsp vanilla
100g Flax, finely ground in blade grinder
1 C walnuts + ¼ tsp salt in food processor
5 C rolled oats + ~1C of almond pulp (or 6C oats)
~250 g chocolate (8x35g green and black bars)
In food processor put drained dates (save water for later), walnuts and salt grind until smooth add some of the saved water if necessary. Add Vanilla and mix more.
In separate bowl combine ground flax, oats and almond pulp. Add in the date/nut puree and mix then mix in chocolate. We bake them in oiled muffin tins (easy portion control) at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 24.
1/2 C coconut flour
1 C cashews
8 oz dates
1 1/4 C cocoa
~100 grams of dark chocolate (3x1.2 oz bars Green & Black 70 chocolate)
1 TBS vanilla
1 C water
1/16 tsp salt
In food processor grind cashews and dates until smooth adding water as necessary. Add in the chocolate and vanilla blend until smooth. Then add rest of ingredients and blending adding rest of water slowly until smooth. Spread out cake in 8 inch oiled (or parchment paper on bottom) cake pan. Bake 15 mins at 350 degrees. Cool then refrigerate for at least an hour before slicing.
Chunky Monkey Cookies
Adapted from myrecipe.com
3 bananas nice and ripe
2 cups oats
1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tub of unsweetened applesauce (about 1/2C)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 °F. Beat bananas in a large bowl until smooth, then stir in remaining ingredients. Let batter stand for approximately 20 minutes, then drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Adapted from Whole Foods Market recipe
1c almond pulp
6oz dates soak in 3 oz of water
4 oz pecans
4 oz walnuts
39g ground flax
Drain dates and add the water to the ground flax; let sit for 10 minutes. In food processor grind drained dates, and nuts until smooth. Add the rest of ingredients and grind until smooth. Press batter into silicone muffin liners and refrigerate or freeze until set and you are ready to enjoy them.
Makes 12 about 2oz brownie cups
Variations use a cup of oats or coconut flour instead of a cup of almond pulp or a cup of nuts.
What good healthy recipes help you to keep eating healthy?
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