Monthly Archives: October 2018

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Bites

Happy Friday friends!
It has been another super busy week. Between teaching, taking extra classes, work projects, tons of work on the Hubs music business, trying to get back to more sleep, it has a little crazy!
But not too crazy to do a little experimenting in the kitchen! October is better known as Choctober! What a better combo of my favorite month and my favorite food group!!
I love adding chocolate to other yummy food, especially fruit! It is a delicious way to add some bonus nutrition to lovely treats! This time I added another bonus of some collagen for some bonus protein.

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some choctober recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 kiwis
  • 3/4 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp collagen
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Cover a baking sheet with a silicon sheet or parchment paper.
  2. Peel and chop the kiwi into bite size pieces.
  3. Using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate.
  4. Add in the coconut oil and the collagen till well blended, then remove from heat.
  5. Place a toothpick in each piece of kiwi and dip it in the dark chocolate.  Use a spoon to cover each piece of kiwi.
  6. Once covered, place each piece of kiwi on the baking sheet.
  7. Once all the kiwi is on the baking sheet, place in the fridge for at least 20 min to let the chocolate harden.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge- they will last 2-3 days.
  9. Enjoy!

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

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May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Apple Strudel Cheesecake Bars

Happy Friday friends! Fall is FINALLY here in Houston! It was 59 glorious degrees yesterday morning! Most importantly, the humidity is down and I feel like I can breathe when I go outside!

I am still ALL over apples this week! I have been enjoying them as well as the kiddos! Apples just make me happy and can be used for SO many things! I literally ate apples all the time in college! It was one food that didn’t cause any allergy issues to flare up! Since then I still love apples and eat them almost every day!

I know last week we did an apple theme, but today I am sticking with it as this recipe still falls under our new theme. I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some vegetarian recipes!
Although I used some dairy products in my version, you can always substitute them out with non-dairy products 🙂  Also this recipe is a little more labor intensive than usual, but it is SO worth it!

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Apple Layer

  • 2 large apples
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs

Strudel Layer

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup butter

Other

  • parchment paper
  • caramel sauce if desired

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl place all the crust ingredients.  Use a fork to mash the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.  I also used my clean hands to ensure the mixture was fully combined.
  3. Place the crust mixture into the baking pan.  Press down till an even layer of crust is formed.  Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 min, or until lightly browned.
  4. While crust bakes, peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces.  Place in a bowl and add in coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Mix to coat the apples well.
  5. Using a stand mixer, place the cream cheese and sugar into the attached mixing bowl.  Blend well.  Add in the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  6. In another bowl, blend together the strudel ingredients until crumbly.
  7. When the crust comes out of the oven, let it cool for 5 min, then pour in the filling, spreading it out evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the apples on top of the filling, covering the entire pan.
  9. Add the strudel topping over the apples loosely.
  10. Bake for 40-50 min or until the center is set.
  11. Let it cool.
  12. Enjoy plain or with a caramel topping.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some choctober recipes.

 

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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Baked Apples

Hello friends!
I would love to say ‘Happy Fall,’ but it has been SO warm and humid all week I am not sure if it is still August or October! Haha
Even though it feels like summer, I am still in the mood for fall foods! One thing I miss a lot about living in Texas is not getting to pick apples at an orchard.  They just don’t have them around here.  However, I am very thankful that the local grocery stores have tons of beautiful apples that I can purchase year round! I love apples and how versatile they are!

I have made these apples a few times and they ended up exploding, so I decided to cut them in half to see if that helped to relieve the pressure, and it worked! They came out SO much better than the test batches!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some apple recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 Large apples (I used pink lady, but any should work)
  • 4 Tbsp gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter, very soft
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2.5 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash apples and chop in half through the horizontal middle
  3. Scoop out the seeds to make a small space for filling and place them in a large baking dish, skin side down
  4. Blend together the breadcrumbs, the sugar, spices and the butter till well combined
  5. Scoop the sugar filling into each apple (about 1 TBSP)
  6. Mix together the lemon and honey in a small bow
  7. Drizzle the honey mixture over each apple
  8. Bake for 30-40 min or until apples are tender
  9. Allow to cool slightly before eating.

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some vegetarian recipes.

May you be filled with joy and wellness!

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