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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Where has summer gone?  I feel like it is going by way too fast this year (I know I say that every year…but I mean it this time :).  We have been super busy this summer.  We have made it a point to make sure we take advantage of warm summer nights and the multiple opportunities we have to spend time outside.  I just love summer! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Anyways, I don’t particularly love cooking in the summer.  It’s typically WAY too HOT to even think about turning on the oven.  In fact, most of our dinners these days are cooked on the grill (it’s delicious and easier in the summer)…but I was CRAVING some chocolate baked goods the other day…so at 11pm at night (when I couldn’t take the craving anymore) I decided to give the recipe I had been thinking about for a while a try, and came up with these insanely delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.  They totally hit the spot and were so worth turning the oven on for!

They are soft and chewy with an brownie like texture (I totally sold you at brownie didn’t I)!  They are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate, without either flavor being too powerful.  Plus they are made with all natural ingredients!  Basically these are the cookies dreams are made of (seriously)!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 Tbsp milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a large bowl
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips
  4. Scoop even size amounts of dough onto a greased cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes
Notes
  1. Not all natural peanut butter is created equal, so the 2 Tbsp of milk can vary. If your dough seems really dry you can add more, 1 Tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. 2 Tbsp was perfect for my peanut butter.
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Protein “Milkshake” http://mypurplespoon.com/protein-milkshake/ http://mypurplespoon.com/protein-milkshake/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 15:29:07 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2709 Alright, I hate titles like this “Protein Milkshake.”  I have never had a milkshake that taste like it has protein in it, and I have never had a protein shake that taste like a milkshake…until NOW!!!  I know, I know … Continue reading

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Protein Milkshake

Alright, I hate titles like this “Protein Milkshake.”  I have never had a milkshake that taste like it has protein in it, and I have never had a protein shake that taste like a milkshake…until NOW!!!  I know, I know I am just putting the title up there to make it sound like it taste good, but then I will realize it just taste like well…a protein shake…I promise this is GOOD!  I wouldn’t try to “trick” you.  Like when people make crazy claims that spaghetti squash taste just like spaghetti – no it doesn’t.  Spaghetti squash is delicious (I highly recommend trying Mizithra and Browned Butter Spaghetti Squash), but it doesn’t taste anything like spaghetti (it just looks like it :).

Anyways, back to the milkshake.  This particular recipe is my go-to protein shake.  It is a delicious way to get in some nutrients and an extra kick of protein, and to be completely honest, protein shakes are not my favorite.  I tend to be really sensitive to different types of protein powders (which is why I only eat plant based ones), and I am not crazy about the taste of them…but once again, this one is different and I LOVE it!  I will eat this for breakfast, lunch, or as a post workout snack…basically any time of the day works for this guy.

If you are interested in a plant based protein powder, I use Plant Fusion brand.  It is my favorite.  I also recommend adding a heaping handful of spinach or kale to this shake.  It will add a ton of nutrients and you won’t taste a thing.  I didn’t for the picture, because it does make the color a murky green/brown color (not the most appetizing).

Protein Milkshake
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup ice
  2. 1 frozen banana (frozen is a must here - it yields the BEST results)
  3. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (any type of milk should work fine)
  4. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Plant Fusion)
  5. 2 Tbsp peanut flour (or PB2) or Tbsp natural peanut butter
  6. 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. 1 packet stevia
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy
Notes
  1. Nutritional Information (based on plant fusion protein powder and peanut flour)
  2. Calories: 310 Fat: 6.7 grams Carbs: 38.5 grams Protein: 28.8 grams
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No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars http://mypurplespoon.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-oat-bars/ http://mypurplespoon.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-oat-bars/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 08:38:44 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2694 I’m BAAACK!  Have you missed me?  I have missed my blog, and my recipes, and my normal way of life, and my sanity…but I have most of those things back now (although I am pretty sure some of my sanity … Continue reading

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars

I’m BAAACK!  Have you missed me?  I have missed my blog, and my recipes, and my normal way of life, and my sanity…but I have most of those things back now (although I am pretty sure some of my sanity will always be lost).  We are in-between homes right now, so my parents were gracious enough to let us live with them until our house is done being built.  It’s an adjustment for all parties, to say the least, when you move back in with your parents as an adult…but it hasn’t been bad.  It’s been fun, and my kids are LOVING it!  

No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars

I came to an agreement with my mom that I would cook dinner and buy groceries as a form of “rent” while we stay here, and so far it is working out great.  It is forcing me to really meal plan (which I try to do anyways, but it is always easier when you have more external incentive), budget, and come up with some new and delicious meals…so I hoping to be sharing some new dinner recipes in the future.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Today, however, it’s all about the peanut butter.  I seriously can’t get enough of it lately.  I want to put it in EVERYTHING!  I stopped myself from topping my Stuffed Pepper with it tonight at dinner, but you get the idea.  I am slightly obsessed.  I am way past caring about how it looks while I eat a heaping spoonful of the deliciousness.  I know, I know, there are some health concerns with eating peanut butter, and almond butter is probably a better choice…but it’s not the same (although I do LOVE almond butter as well – it depends on my mood).  My solution; I buy natural organic peanut butter, why, because it works for me and my situation, and it makes me better about feeding my peanut butter spoonful habit (sometimes I add dark chocolate chips on top – I know I have no shame :).  

No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars

These No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars are the perfect solution to my peanut butter addiction.  They are loaded with peanut butter, super simple to make, and topped with dark chocolate.  Is there anymore a girl could ask for?  They are also made with all wholesome ingredients, which I love, because I feel better when I indulge and have 1… 0r 5!  As a fair warning, these bars are no bake, and do have to set up in the fridge, and need to be stored in the fridge…and when they are all set, and at their deliciousness peak, they are still a softer bar…so they might be a little bit messy  (my favorite kind of treat :).

No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars
Serves 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup natural peanut butter
  2. 3/4 cup oats
  3. 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  4. 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. 1/4 cup almond milk (as needed)
  6. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  7. 1 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Mix together the peanut butter, oats, sugar, and maple syrup
  2. Slowly add the almond milk - 1 Tbsp at a time until a uniform (somewhat dry "dough" is formed). Not all natural peanut butter is created equal, and 1/4 cup was perfect for me, but you don't want it to be soggy!
  3. Press dough onto the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish
  4. Melt together the chocolate chips and coconut oil
  5. Spread on top of the peanut butter layer
  6. Chill in the fridge for 3-4 hours
  7. Serve well chilled and store in the fridge
Notes
  1. These bars are naturally a softer bar, so they tend to be a little but messy - but delicious none-the-less
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Be Prepared http://mypurplespoon.com/be-prepared/ http://mypurplespoon.com/be-prepared/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:28:55 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2689 I am almost positive the title of this post is a song in The Lion King, and now I have the song stuck in my head!  Anyways, I have been in the middle of moving, and let me tell you…it … Continue reading

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Be Prepared

I am almost positive the title of this post is a song in The Lion King, and now I have the song stuck in my head!  Anyways, I have been in the middle of moving, and let me tell you…it is a lot of painful work.  It has also reminded me of how important it is to be prepared in order to maintain a healthy diet…and this past week, I have NOT been prepared.  I thought I would share with you a day of meals when I have prepared nothing, and have spent the entire day working.  I unfortunately do not have pictures, but you will get the idea, and trust me, it is not pretty.

Breakfast

Breakfast was actually my normal breakfast…scrambled eggs with an Ezekiel English Muffin topped with coconut oil (healthy but still lacking fruit or vegetables)

Lunch

This is where it gets bad.  I spent the day at an almost completely empty house, so I ate whatever I could find, which was a Cliff Builder Bar.  Healthy?  No.

Snacks

Once again I ate whatever I could find, and the choices were extremely limited…fruit leather (not bad), a few (or more) handfuls of Chex Muddy Buddies that my husband had just picked up at the store, some stale tortilla chips that we found in the pantry, and some stale rice cakes we had also found.  Needless to say my snacking was BAD in terms of nutrient value.

Dinner

When we finally made it to dinner I was STARVING (surprisingly Chex and chips didn’t hold me over :), and I ordered a grilled chicken salad (trying to redeem myself a little bit).  Well, I polished off my salad in no time, and was still hungry, so I started in on my kids quesadilla.

After everything was said and done (and this is just a sample of my entire week), I was reminded, for me personally, I cannot stick to a healthy diet if I am not prepared and plan ahead.  It just doesn’t work for me if I don’t – the Muddy Buddies are too dang tempting!

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Apple Pie Bars http://mypurplespoon.com/apple-pie-bars/ http://mypurplespoon.com/apple-pie-bars/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:00:09 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2675 Life is crazy around here – we are getting ready to move…and I have been all over the emotional spectrum because of it.  We are moving for my husband’s job, and I am grateful that he has a good job … Continue reading

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Apple Pie Bars

Life is crazy around here – we are getting ready to move…and I have been all over the emotional spectrum because of it.  We are moving for my husband’s job, and I am grateful that he has a good job that he really likes, and I am grateful we are able to move and are not “stuck” somewhere due to circumstances that are out of our control…but I am so so sad to leave where we are at.  I LOVE my neighborhood, my neighbors, my house, and most importantly my babysitter – who is really way more like family than anything.  I love her and I love her entire family.  I wish that I could take them all with me, but I can’t (even though I am thinking of every scenario under the sun to still work something out – and no, I am not kidding, I am serious)!  

Anyways, needless to say, I am busy and it has been apparent through my blog posts.  I am sorry.  I will continue to post weekly, and hope to pick that up once we get settled.

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Enough about me.  I know you are all crazy busy as well (such is the lives we live)…I am just hoping that you all saved a little bit of time to whip up these insanely delicious Apple Pie Bars.  They are seriously like a little slice of heaven on earth, and you would never ever believe they are paleo and vegan friendly.  Made from all wholesome ingredients while still tasting just as good, if not better than a traditional dessert – promise!  I drizzled mine with a sweet maple glaze.  That is obviously optional…but highly recommended.

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Apple Pie Bars
Serves 16
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  3. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  5. 2 apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  6. 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  7. 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  9. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  10. 1/8 tsp cloves
  11. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  12. 1/8 tsp salt
For the Icing
  1. 1/4 cup coconut cream
  2. 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  3. 1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Shift together the almond flour and arrowroot powder
  3. Add 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and melted coconut oil to the flour mixture until a dough forms
  4. Reserve approximately 1/4 cup of the dough and press the remaining amount into the bottom of a well greased baking dish
  5. Add the apples, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, and spices to a small bowl and stir until apples are well coated
  6. Spread evenly on top of the pressed dough
  7. Crumble the remaining 1/4 cup dough on top of the apples
  8. Bake 35-45 minutes or until apples are softened
  9. Allow to cool
For the Icing
  1. Mix together all ingredients and drizzle over baked bars
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Chocolate Coconut Bars http://mypurplespoon.com/chocolate-coconut-bars/ http://mypurplespoon.com/chocolate-coconut-bars/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:00:18 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2643 I have come to the conclusion that life doesn’t slow down…yes, my epiphany has come much later in life than it comes for most, but I am finally understanding what my dad means when he says there is just not … Continue reading

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Chocolate Coconut Bar

I have come to the conclusion that life doesn’t slow down…yes, my epiphany has come much later in life than it comes for most, but I am finally understanding what my dad means when he says there is just not enough hours in a day…and lets be honest with each other, I waste a lot of those precious hours browsing online, watching tv, etc.  I am trying to make a conscious effort to be more productive during the day, and spend more time doing the important things – like playing with my little girl.  

How is it going you ask?  Well…my six year old got mad at me yesterday while we were playing princesses, she said I needed to focus on playing and not sleeping (in my defense, she did climb into bed with me early in the morning and hand me a princess doll :).  It’s definitely a work in progress.

Chocolate Coconut Bar

My epiphany also made me realize that life is too short not to enjoy a lot of chocolate.  Alright, that is not a new epiphany for me, but it goes along with my theme…and these Chocolate Coconut Bars are loaded with delicious chocolate, so we’ll go with it.

These bars consist of dark chocolate, pecans, and coconut piled on top of a buttery cookie crust (except no butter is used – crazy :).  They remind me of what it would taste like if a Almond Joy married a Twix (except without the caramel and almonds).  That analogy didn’t make much sense, but it doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is that Chocolate Coconut Bars are insanely decadent and delicious and made without refined sugar and all wholesome ingredients.  They are also Paleo and vegan friendly.

Chocolate Coconut Bar

Chocolate Coconut Bar
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  3. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, divided
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  5. 1 (15 oz) can coconut milk
  6. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  7. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  8. 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, and coconut oil in a large bowl
  3. Press the dough into the bottom of a well greased 8x8 baking pan
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until edges start to lightly brown
  5. Allow to cool
  6. Pour the coconut milk and remaining 1/4 cup pure maple syrup into a sauce pan over medium heat.
  7. Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 30-45 minutes until it reduces by about half (basically you are making your own sweetened condensed milk)
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and pecans over the baked and cooled crust
  9. Pour the coconut milk mixture on top
  10. Top with the shredded coconut
  11. Bake another 15-20 minutes or until coconut starts to brown
Notes
  1. You can prepare your coconut milk a day or 2 in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutritional Information
  1. Calories: 265 Fat: 21 grams Carbs: 20 grams Protein: 4.5 grams
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Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwich http://mypurplespoon.com/balsamic-glazed-pork-sandwich/ http://mypurplespoon.com/balsamic-glazed-pork-sandwich/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:00:30 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2617 I have spent some time out-of-town for work, which is extremely rare for me.  I only work part time, so traveling happens maybe once a year, and it is always a lot of work to get everything squared away, so … Continue reading

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Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwich

I have spent some time out-of-town for work, which is extremely rare for me.  I only work part time, so traveling happens maybe once a year, and it is always a lot of work to get everything squared away, so I can be gone for a little while.  This particular trip put me away for longer than usual, so I have to give a huge thank you to my awesome husband and kids (they were troopers), my mother-in-law (she helped out a lot), and my babysitter (she had some long days).  Anyways, while I was away, I was in the same town as one of my good friends from high school, and she was gracious enough to have me over for dinner (which was fabulous).  Not only was dinner delicious, but it was so fun to catch up with her, see her cute kids, and new home.  Her husband is super handy and has done a ton of work to their home (it makes me want to take my hubby over there in hopes he will get motivated :).

Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwich

For dinner my friend served balsamic glazed pork, mashed potatoes, and green beans.  It was so yummy, that I was then officially on a mission to re-create it for my blog…which I did, but I added a slight twist.  I made Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwiches.  After I found whole wheat (plus organic) ciabatta rolls at the grocery store, I knew it was a match made in heaven….and trust me it is!

The pork with the sweet and tangy balsamic glaze pairs perfectly with melted swiss cheese and a hearty ciabatta roll.  Both me and my husband goggled them up, we loved them!  Plus the recipe makes a ton, so they are perfect to serve to a crowd, or to make for dinner and leftovers for the next few days (my very favorite type of meal to make).  The pork can also be eaten without the cheese and roll, as my friend served it, and it is just as tasty – trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Balsamic Glazed Pork Sandwich
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds pork loin
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 12 whole wheat ciabatta rolls
  5. 12 slices swiss cheese
  6. 1/3 cup coconut sugar (brown sugar can be substituted)
  7. 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder (corn starch can be substituted)
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  10. 2 Tbsp liquid aminos (soy sauce can be substituted)
Instructions
  1. Season the pork loin with salt and pepper
  2. Place in a crockpot with 1/2 cup water and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  3. Once the pork is done shred with a fork
  4. Combine the sugar, arrowroot powder, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, and liquid aminos in a sauce pan. Heat over medium heat and stir until mixture thickens (set aside)
  5. Pile a ciabatta roll with pork, a slice of swiss cheese and 1-2 Tbsp glaze (if the pork is not warm enough to melt the cheese, you can place it in the oven or microwave to melt the cheese)
  6. Enjoy
Nutritional Information (based on 2 oz of pork on one sandwich and a small slice of cheese [about 2/3 of a pre-sliced size])
  1. Calories: 266 Fat: 6.9 grams Carbs: 33 grams Protein: 18 grams
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Why It’s Healthier to Eat at Home http://mypurplespoon.com/why-its-healthier-to-eat-at-home/ http://mypurplespoon.com/why-its-healthier-to-eat-at-home/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:20:39 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2611 We all know that eating out can be a healthy eating and weight loss trap.  It’s no secret that a big Mac and a side of fries and a coke are not healthy options, but why are some of the … Continue reading

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imagesWe all know that eating out can be a healthy eating and weight loss trap.  It’s no secret that a big Mac and a side of fries and a coke are not healthy options, but why are some of the more seemingly harmless entrees just as bad for us?  Here are a few things that restaurants do that can really pack on the calories to what appears to be a relatively healthy alternative compared to a burger and fries.

  •  Oil and or butter – restaurants use it in and on everything, and I mean everything.  Why?  Two reasons, it taste good.  Very few people are going to disagree that a little bit of butter taste good and a little bit more taste better, am I wrong?  The other reason is for smell/aroma.  Restaurants will add a drizzle of olive oil to a pasta dish before taking it out to the customer to help enhance the aroma.  I can’t say that I blame them for either of these reasons.  They are in the business of making money, and if their food taste and smells good, they are more likely going to make more money…but my waste line doesn’t need a little extra olive oil on my spaghetti nor does it need added butter on my garlic bread.
  • Salt – I can almost promise you that a restaurant is going to use way more salt when they prepare a meal than you would at home.  The last thing that a restaurants wants to do is serve an under seasoned entree.  Now, I am not against salt.  I don’t have a medical condition preventing me from enjoying a little bit of salt in my diet…but I know that my cooking contains way less salt than a restaurant alternative.
  • Sauces, condiments, dressings, toppings – have you ever wondered why a sweet potato at a steak house taste like a decadent dessert, and the ones you make at home are never that sweet?  It all boils down to the toppings.  The restaurant will start with butter and salt as a topping and then add brown sugar, marshmallows, and then maybe a little bit of cinnamon…no wonder it tastes like a dessert.

…so what does all of this mean?  Never go out to eat again, because you will never find anything healthy…of course not!  It simply is meant to be a reminder to be vigilant with your restaurant choices, or be aware that you are indulging for the evening.  I personally like to request no added butter or oil (especially on my meat), and then ask for all of the toppings, sauces, condiments, etc on the side.  I have never been to a restaurant that hasn’t been accommodating of these simple requests.

What do you do to make healthy choices when eating out?

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Black-Eyed Pea Salsa http://mypurplespoon.com/black-eyed-pea-salsa/ http://mypurplespoon.com/black-eyed-pea-salsa/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:01:27 +0000 http://mypurplespoon.com/?p=2604 Anyone around here March Madness fans?  I honestly never watch college basketball (we are huge Utah Jazz fans at our house), but we do think March Madness is fun.  We like filling out our brackets and watching a game here … Continue reading

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Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Anyone around here March Madness fans?  I honestly never watch college basketball (we are huge Utah Jazz fans at our house), but we do think March Madness is fun.  We like filling out our brackets and watching a game here or there.  I find it more fun to watch the college games when I have a $5 stake in who wins :).

Anyways, with March Madness just around the corner, I thought I would come up with a fun appetizer/dip to serve while watching the games, or really to enjoy anytime you want.  This Black-Eyed Pea Salsa is super simple to throw together and packed full of nutrients, making it a delicious and healthy option for game nights.  I like to make up a big batch of Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips to use for dipping, and I am then officially in chips and dip heaven!

This salsa also tastes great as a salad.  Pile any leftovers on a bunch of spinach and you have a super quick and healthy lunch.  You won’t even need additional salad dressing, which is always a plus.

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large avocado, diced
  2. 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  3. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  4. Juice of 1 lime
  5. 2 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1 15 oz can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  7. 1 15 oz can corn, drained
  8. 1 4 oz can sliced olives, drained
  9. 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  10. 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  11. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl toss the avocado with the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, and garlic
  2. Add the remaining ingredients
  3. Enjoy
Nutritional Information
  1. Calories: 93 Fat: 6.4 grams Carbs: 8.7 grams Fat: 1.7 grams
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Roasted Butternut Squash Crisp

Are any of you out there as boring as I am on Valentine’s Day?  I hate going out, because I can’t stand the crowds and I forbid my hubby from buying me flowers because they cost too much around the love holiday.  I do however love to enjoy a decadent treat on Valentine’s Day.  It’s a fun way to share the love with my family, and…nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day like butternut squash – am I wrong!  Alright, alright maybe it doesn’t…unless your sweetheart is obsessed with butternut squash like I am – hint hint (to my hubby)…but I promise this Roasted Butternut Squash Crisp might change your mind about squash and Valentine’s Day being a thing.

Roasted Butternut Squash Crisp

 

If you are looking for a delicious dessert, but also want it to be healthy and not derail your healthy goals then this dessert is just for you.  It’s made with nutrient dense butternut squash and topped with a lightly sweetened gluten free crust.  The entire dish is gluten free, grain free, paleo, and vegan friendly…see it is perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!

I like to top my crisp with lightly sweetened yogurt, but it would also be delicious topped with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, ice cream, or all by it’s delicious self!

Roasted Butternut Squash Crisp

Roasted Butternut Squash Crisp
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 24 ounces butternut squash, cut into bite sized pieces
  2. 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  3. 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  4. 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/8 tsp cloves
  9. 1/2 cup almond flour
  10. 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  11. 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  12. 3 tsp pure maple syrup
  13. 4 tsp slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine the butternut squash and 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil, spread onto a baking sheet and lightly salt.
  3. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until squash is fork tender
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees
  5. Once cool combine the cooked squash with 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and separate into 4 well greased ramekins
  6. In a separate bowl combine the almond flour, arrowroot powder, 2 tsp melted coconut oil, and 3 tsp pure maple syrup until a dough forms
  7. Even crumble the dough over the squash in the ramekins
  8. Sprinkle 1 Tsp almonds on top of each ramekin and place in the oven
  9. Bake another 15-20 minutes until the dough starts to lightly brown
Nutritional Information
  1. Calories: 257 Fat: 9.6 grams Carbs: 42 grams Protein: 4.75 grams
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