Pecan Mylk

I love experimenting with non-dairy milks at home-it usually comes out a lot tastier and cheaper than store bought! Earlier this month, I made Coconut Milk for the first time, and really liked it! I have a bunch of coconut meat in the freezer, so I want to make it again soon.

I ran out of my Almond Milk; didn’t take the coconut meat out of the freezer; so reached for the Costco sized bag of Pecans! Mine came out a little grittier than I expected, as I didn’t strain it, but I don’t mind because I like pecans. It was a lot creamier than almond milk, and made my smoothies like milkshakes!

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Ingredients:

2 cups of pecans

3 /12 cups of water

Method:

Soak the pecans overnight in the water. The next day, in a food processor, blitz the pecans and water until pecans are broken down. You’ll need a bit of patience to make it totally smooth-or you can strain it through a fine sieve or cheese cloth. That’s pretty much it!

 

 

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Vanilla Cookie Protein Balls

I was starting to make my Guilt Free Truffles, when I decided to omit the cacao. Two big thumbs up for this vanilla variation! Since hiring a trainer, it’s made me realize how important it is to fuel our bodies with the right foods. Getting enough protein has really helped my body recover quickly after workout sessions. I’ll be snacking on these before and after my upcoming workouts for the next couple of days! I’ve added some flavor variations down below!

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Ingredients:

14 dates pitted (Medjool)

1 cup of cashews

1/2 cup walnuts

2 heaped tablespoons almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Method:

Soak the dates in warm water for about 20 minutes. Then drain the dates, and put in your food processor. Pulse until smooth. Take out the pulsed dates, and add your cashews and walnuts to the food processor. Pulse until fine. Add the dates back into the processor, along with the almond butter, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Blitz until everything comes together like a dough. Put the ‘dough’ in the freezer for AT LEAST  15 minutes to firm it up. Then take it out and shape into balls and/or bars! Put them back in the freezer, and take out about a half hour before eating to thaw.

*Add a pinch of cinnamon for a Snickerdoodle flavor (at the same time as the vanilla and sea salt)

*Fold chocolate chips into the dough (or melt chocolate and pour over them!)

*Add oatmeal and top with cranberries or goji berries for a classic oatmeal cookie flavor

 

 

Two of my go-to Smoothies!

With the holidays coming up there is a lot of nights out, big dinners, celebration drinks, and Sinful treats. I’m not complaining, but come January, my body will be thankful if I avoid some of those temptations now. I recently shared two Smoothie pictures on my Instagram, and have had a couple people ask me for the lowdown. These are incredibly easy, beneficial, and super tasty!

I already have a green smoothie, my Hulk Smoothie Bowl and a Healthier Chocolate Shake, HOWEVER when it comes to healthy treats it’s fun-and important- to experiment/mix it up! I’m slightly hooked on pineapple lately, and the Tropical Green Smoothie is the answer to that! And everyone knows how much I love a peanut butter and chocolate combo, and the Monkey Business is a MUCH healthier solution than a Reese’s cup!

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut water or milk

1 banana

1/2 cup or so of fresh pineapple chunks and the juice

handful of spinach, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon spirulina

Method

Blend it up! Serve it in a tall glass, OR in a bowl with toasted/shaved coconut flakes.

 

Monkey Business

Ingredients

1/2 cup almond milk

2 bananas

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1 teaspoon maple syrup

3-4 ice cubes.

Method

Just blend until smmmooothh!

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AVAILABLE NOW, my EBook!

I’m so excited! My recipe EBook is available now!!

It’s full of my most popular recipes from my blog, as well as two exclusive recipes just for the EBook. All the recipes are more from my ‘Saintly’ category.

It was challenging at times, but I love a challenge. It also made me tweak current recipes, tasting and testing my skills even more.

This will be the first of several!

Purchase here:

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A Quick Catch-Up

Helllloo!

I spent the last week in West Cork, and it allowed for a much needed internet/social media/blog detox apart from a couple of photos posted to Instagram and Facebook. As a blogger, it is important, and healthy, to take a step back from the internet every once in a while. I got to go to a childhood friend’s wedding(the bride looked fabulous!) and spend time with my parents and twin sister. It was a week well spent with family and friends!

I did a tiny bit of recipe testing for my upcoming EBook, which I am so excited about! I’m writing, editing, and photographing it myself…which has had it’s challenges, but I am incredibly proud. It’ll showcase some of my more popular recipes from my blog, as well as a couple of EXCLUSIVE (oooOOhh) ones! It’ll be available next month!

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It’s sugar-free, paleo, but you’ll have to grab my EBook out next month to get the recipe!

 

I feel very refreshed and a little more refocused. It’s that sea air down in West Cork that does that! How gorgeous was Bere Island looking earlier this week? The weather was sunny, and I look like a tomato, but it was such a great week.

Who will be heading down to West Cork the first week of August(Regatta Festival)?!  I’ll be giving a cookery demo–more details to follow!!

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Hungry Hill from Bere Island