Tag Archives: clean eating

Easy 4-ingredient Yum-Yum Bites

So a co-worker of mine who is so sweet and also training for her first half marathon has a very special birthday today! Happy Birthday Amy! ūüôā

As we usually do in my office, all of the girls started an e-mail chain to start plans on the hush-hush, and Nicole was going to make her amazing cupcakes, Kelly was bringing oreo balls (omg don’t eat these things, you’ll never stop until you hit oreo coma heaven!), etc. And I had to take the opportunity to make something with a healthy treat that everyone could enjoy guilt-free!

These little guys are also perfect for a quick snack on the go, or have a few with your eggs for breakfast! Perfect solution for so many different cravings.

Quick and Easy PB Oatmeal Balls

I love sharing healthy treats with my co-workers, and always make a point to share my recipes!
I love sharing healthy treats with my co-workers, and always make a point to share my recipes!

Ingredients

1 Banana, mashed

2/3 C all-natural peanut butter

1 1/2 C oats

1/2 C chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chips to keep these extra clean!)

Give these a try-perfect for allergies or just keeping that extra dairy out of your diet.
Give these a try-perfect for allergies or just keeping that extra dairy out of your diet.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a lined baking sheet
  2. Mash banana, if still not quite ripe enough, chop into slices, then pop in the microwave for 15 minutes to soften a bit more!
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

    You could roll up and bake these…or you could just eat it right out of the bowl like this…just saying!
    You could roll up and bake these…or you could just eat it right out of the bowl like this…just saying!
  4. Roll into small balls and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Paleo Lavender Vanilla Bean Scones

Lavender is a perfect image of spring time, reminding us of all of the beautiful smells, tastes, and colors coming to life.
Lavender is a perfect image of spring time, reminding us of all of the beautiful smells, tastes, and colors coming to life.

As you will learn, I have a serious sweet tooth, so I am constantly searching for guilt-free treats. Combine that with my curiosity for new flavors and techniques, and you get stuff like this! I found this recipe on one of my favorite healthy recipe sites paleomg.com

This was my first time working with most of these ingredients, so I did my research careful to learn exactly which part of the lavender plant to use, and how to handle a true vanilla bean.

Another thing to note in this recipe is how easy it is to make your own nut meals/flours. Here we use cashews for their sweet but still robust flavor.

I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I was hesitant about my proportions, nervous about all of the new ingredients, and a little intimidated (still) by clean baking in general, but it turned out to have an incredibly delicate flavor and rich texture that perfectly solved my sweet craving.

So, without further ado…

Paleo Lavender Vanilla Bean Scones

Lavender Vanilla Bean scones topped with homemade raw honey butter and coconut crystals
Lavender Vanilla Bean scones topped with homemade raw honey butter and coconut crystals

Ingredients:

1.5 C cashews (I used roasted, unsalted), ground into a meal/flour

1 t baking powder

pinch of salt

3 T lavender buds

2 vanilla beans, cut lengthwise with a sharp knife, all seeds removed (directions from The Kitchn)

1 egg, whisked

1/4 C coconut oil

3 T maple syrup

2 t vanilla extract

1/4 C arrowroot flour (add extra if your dough feels too wet!)

Scone toppings:

3 T raw honey

1 T butter

1-2 T coconut crystals

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Run the cashews through your food processor until it becomes a slightly coarse meal/flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cashew meal, baking powder, salt, lavender buds, and vanilla bean seeds.
  4. Then mix in your egg, almond oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and combine.
  5. Lastly, mix in your arrowroot flour to help thicken.
  6. Add the dough into a ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet then press down to help flatten out evenly.
  7. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cook slightly.
  9. While the scones are cooling, mix together honey and butter (heating the two up together) and top scones with the mixture and some coconut crystals.

Makes 8 scones