Sweetheart Pancakes

Reagan eating Sweetheart Pancakes

Reagan eating Sweetheart Pancakes

I love living in North Carolina where we have beautiful weather all year long.  Since I’m a Florida native, I get so excited when NC gets snow, and this week, we got almost 10 inches!  With my husband and daughters snowed in with me, I am taking full advantage of building a snowman and sledding with them, plus I’m making special, healthy meals and treats for them.

Riley wrote down Gilda's pancake ingredients

Riley wrote down Gilda’s pancake ingredients

For breakfast, I decided to make a new pancake recipe based on a recipe from my dear friend Gilda who makes the most awesome pancakes ever!  My daughter Riley decided to write down Gilda’s ingredients so we wouldn’t forget :)  The only ingredient she forgot to write down was Vegan Chocolate Chips!

Here is how I made these incredible Gluten Free, Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Pancakes that I served my family this morning.  

Brooke's Gluten-Free Pancake Ingredients

Brooke’s Gluten-Free Pancake Ingredients

Sweetheart Pancakes
I cut these pancakes into heart shapes to show some extra love!!! Spread the LOVE this month!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Gluten Free Pancake Mix (like Namaste brand or Pamela's brand)
  2. 1 cup Shaklee plant-based protein
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/3 cup Gluten-Free chocolate chips
  5. 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
  6. 1.5 Cup of Flax Milk or Coconut Milk
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together until just combined.
  2. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium heat.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake mix into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Optional: you can pour a little maple syrup over the pancakes if you wish.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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Healthy Gluten Free/Nut Free Brownies

I love making healthy treats for my girls.  These Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies are so quick and easy to make you will love this recipe.  I love that every ingredient actually has a health benefit, so I’ve listed those for you below my recipe.  Here are three ways to enjoy this great “healthy treat” without the guilt:

1.)  On the weekends, it can be a breakfast muffin.

2.)  During the week, it can be an after school snack.

3.)  You can use it in place of cupcakes along with my Dairy and Gluten Free Frosting for birthday parties!

Also, you can also make this recipe into Brownie Pops or Brownie Cut Outs.  These are great ways to get the kids involved!

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownies
Just 9 healthy ingredients! You can also make this recipe into Brownie Pops or Brownie Cut Outs. These are great ways to get the kids involved!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans, drained
  2. 1/2 c. cocoa
  3. 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
  4. 1/2 c. xylitol
  5. 2 level tsp. stevia powder
  6. 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  7. 3 large free range eggs
  8. 1/2 c. Shaklee’s Instant Protein Mix
  9. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  10. 1/4 c. water
Instructions
  1. Just add the ingredients and blend. I like using my Blendtec blender.
  2. Add chocolate chips if desired for a more chewy chocolate flavor.
  3. Be sure to mix the chips in by hand after blending the other ingredients.
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Health Benefits of Ingredients:

Black Beans are a satisfying protein and do not contain any of the saturated fats found in other protein sources, like red meat.  They also have more antioxidants than blueberries!

Cocoa is high in magnesium which is important for heart health.

Extra-virgin Coconut Oil lowers cholesterol as well as abdominal fat, and it helps to restore normal thyroid.  Plus, it is good for our skin and hair.

Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol, is safe for diabetics to use, and it helps to prevent cavities unlike white sugar.

Stevia Powder, derived from the Stevia plant, helps with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, weight loss, tooth decay, osteoporosis and many other conditions.

Organic Vanilla Extract alleviates anxiety and reduces free radicals.

Free Range Eggs are not only incredible sources of high quality protein and fat, but they are also very high in nutrients.

Shaklee Instant Protein Mix contains Leucine, an amino acid found in lean meats, legumes and egg whites, that helps to build lean muscle and contributes to healthy, long-term weight loss.  Shaklee Instant Protein Mix also includes 9 important amino acids.


Homemade Fudgesicles

Everyone loves a treat after dinner, right? My girls always want dessert and during the summer, ice cream seems to be the number one request! I have been on a mission to create something a little healthier for an after dinner treat. These Homemade Fudgesicles really hit the spot and cure the chocolate craving of kids and adults alike!

I use a Zoku to make these, but you can use any popsicle maker. I love my Zoku Quick Pops maker because I can literally create any kind of popsicle for my girls. You can purchase one here.

Homemade Fudgesicles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk
  2. ½ cup cacao powder
  3. ¼ cup pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Pour mixture into popsicle maker/mold.
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3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge

Are you looking for a sweet treat that is Vegan, high in antioxidants, aids in weight loss, increases energy, boosts mood, AND is dairy and gluten-free? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This delicious recipe only contains 3 ingredients and contains NO refined sugar. You can pour it into a glass dish or mini cupcake wrappers and place in the freezer for a soft fudge, use it as a dip for fruit, or as a topping for other desserts. We even made chocolate covered strawberries with it!

 

3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  2. ¼ cup coconut oil
  3. 2/3 cup cacao powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a high speed blender until well combined. Pour into glass dish or mini cupcake wrapper and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. If you want to use it as a dip, simply pour into a bowl and enjoy! If making chocolate covered fruit, dip the fruit and place in the freezer for 30 minutes until chocolate hardens.
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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Finally, a way to make pizza a little healthier! This crust is not only gluten-free, but it’s nutritious too! This recipe makes a small pizza, so you may want to double it to make a large pizza. You can also make tortilla wraps by using the “batter” to make smaller sizes. My youngest daughter loved helping me make this, so make sure to get your kids involved and let them add their favorite toppings!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 large head of Cauliflower
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup organic mozzarella cheese
  4. 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
  5. 1/4 tablespoon dried basil
  6. 1/4 tablespoon dried oregeno
  7. 1/4 tablespoon black pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Remove the stem and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse until it is fully grated.
  3. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, egg, cheese, and seasonings. Mix together until fully combined.
  4. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil and spread cauliflower mixture in a circle.
  5. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown without burning.
To make pizza
  1. Let crust cool for 10 minutes. Add toppings and bake for 10-15 minutes until cheese is fully melted. For our pizza, we used organic pizza sauce, 2 handfuls baby spinach, then topped it with 2 cups mozzarella and sprinkled it with goat cheese!
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Mrs.Dana’s Paleo Pancakes

Mrs.Dana's Paleo Pancakes
Here’s another winning recipe from my girls’ favorite teacher. Serve these up for breakfast and start your day right! These are great for a weekend brunch too!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 2 bananas (mashed)
  3. 1/3 maple almond butter or (1/3 c. almond butter plus 1 Tbls. maple syrup)
  4. 1 cup almond meal/flour
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla
  6. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. optional: blueberries, mini choc chips, diced apple
Instructions
  1. Stir together the first 7 ingredients. Add optional items to the mix if you want pancakes all one flavor, or sprinkle toppings on after you pour mix on the skillet. This allows you to make several different kinds.
  2. Melt grass-fed butter or coconut oil onto a skillet.
  3. Pour batter 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook thoroughly and flip.The insides of these pancakes take a little bit longer to cook than regular pancakes so keep an eye on them as you get familiar with the batter.
  4. Top with Raw 100% Pure Maple Syrup, honey, or fruit if desired!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Heart Healthy
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Green Mac ‘N Cheese

Mac ‘N Cheese has no age limit, but we all know that kids could eat it for every meal. Boxed, commercial mac ‘n cheese varieties contain a lot more than shells and cheese — it’s often shells and a lot of processed, powdery preservatives. I wanted to come up with something that appealed to kids, yet is packed with a lot of nutrients. This mac ‘n cheese is not only loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients, but is also gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Green Mac ‘N Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounce (1 box) Ancient Harvest Quinoa Elbow Pasta
  2. 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  4. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 4 cups shredded Organic cheddar cheese (we used white cheddar)
  6. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook pasta according to box.
  3. While pasta cooks, blend spinach and milk in a blender or food processor.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to pot on stovetop and remove from heat.
  5. Add milk mixture to pasta and turn on low heat. Add salt, pepper, butter, and cheese. Continue stirring often for 10 minutes until well blended.
  6. Transfer mixture to a greased 13 x 9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free
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Super Shamrock Shake

Ahh, those minty, festive, green shakes from McDonald’s that only come around once a year….some can’t think of St.Patrick’s Day without thinking of this shake. You know the one, the Shamrock Shake! I will admit that I’ve never tried this shake, but I have heard all the buzz.  I was curious to know how they made the shakes so minty and green.  I went straight to the McDonald’s website to find out what was in it and I found that it contained 4 main ingredients – vanilla ice cream, shamrock shake syrup, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. Read below for the whole ingredient list and take note that this Shamrock Shake brings NO good luck!

Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream

Milk, sugar, cream, nonfat milk solids, corn syrup solids, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, dextrose, sodium citrate, artificial vanilla flavor, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, disodium phosphate, cellulose gum, vitamin A palmitate.

Shamrock Shake Syrup

High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), yellow 5, blue 1.

Whipped Cream

Cream, nonfat milk, water, corn syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, mono-and diglycerides, carrageenan, polysorbate 80, beta carotene (color), natural (dairy and vegetable source) and artificial flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) to protect flavor. Whipping Propellant (nitrous oxide).

Maraschino Cherry

Cherries, water, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, malic acid, citric acid, natural (plant source) and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), red 40, sulfur dioxide as preservative (contains sulfites). 

I think what blows me away the most is the Maraschino Cherry. How do you have so many ingredients in a cherry?! Besides that, this shake contains high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring,  artificial dyes, and a number of unnatural preservatives. Below is a recipe for my version of the Shamrock Shake…I call it the Super Shamrock Shake because it is filled with ingredients that will fuel your body instead of break it down.

Super Shamrock Shake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops Shaklee 180 Vanilla Protein (you can use any vanilla protein, but we always choose Shaklee)
  2. ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  3. 1 cup Almond or Coconut Milk
  4. 1 scoop of ice
  5. 1 handful of spinach
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until well blended.
  2. Top with a cherry if desired!
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Banana Pops

Banana Pops
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Ingredients
  1. This is a fun and healthy alternative to lollipops or sugary popsicles! It is NUT, DAIRY, and GLUTEN-FREE!
  2. Cake Pop Sticks
  3. Bananas
  4. Sun butter
  5. Dark Organic Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Cut the bananas.
  2. Spread sun butter onto cut bananas. Place dark chocolate chips as desired.
  3. Place the cake pop stick into the banana and freeze.
  4. Even your kids will love helping to make these tasty, healthy treats!
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Healthy Hot Cocoa (Gluten & Dairy Free)

During these cold January nights, my girls love a cup of hot cocoa. It’s a sweet treat for them without all of the added sugar and preservatives of many commercial packaged brands. In fact, many of the popular pre-packaged hot cocoa mixes have artificial sweeteners, dyes, and many unnecessary ingredients. Play it safe and make your own! It’s easy and quick!

Healthy Hot Cocoa
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Ingredients
  1. 5 cups vanilla almond milk
  2. 3 tbsp dark organic chocolate chips
  3. Dairy-Free Whipped Cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the chocolate chips to a mini food processor or coffee grinder to make shavings.
  2. In a saucepan, add the almond milk and chocolate shavings and bring to a boil.
  3. Add more chocolate if you prefer it to be more "chocolaty." Stir until well blended. Remove from heat.
  4. Serve in mugs and top with Dairy-Free Whipped Cream.
Notes
  1. Dairy Free
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix with Dairy Free Whipped Cream

This is a great cake to  use during the holidays, for a birthday, or whatever occasion that you need a little chocolate goodness in your life! We have several decorating options, including our delicious Dairy-Free Whipped Cream

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
See Dairy Free Frosting Recipe Below.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein
  3. ¼ cup raw cacao powder (it’s a superfood!)
  4. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  5. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  6. ½ cup dark organic chocolate chips
  7. 1 cup raw honey
  8. 2 free-range eggs
  9. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  10. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray or grease your cake pan. We used a cake pop, gingerbread, and snowflake silicon pan.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients (almond flour, cacao powder, sea salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips) in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (honey, eggs, and vanilla). Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix until well combined. Pour the batter into your cake pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes depending on size. (We had to keep a watch on our since we were using several different shapes). At the 15 minute mark, use a knife and insert into the middle to see if the knife comes out clean. If so, the cakes are done.
  5. Let cool before icing or decorating. We used honey to drizzle and then sprinkled shredded coconut. We also used our Dairy Free Whipped Cream and All-Natural Peppermint Chips. We also made cake pops using cake pop sticks.
Notes
  1. Gluten Free
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Not Your Momma’s Sugar Cookies

Not Your Momma's Sugar Cookies - Gluten-Free
These sugar cookies are great for anytime of year, but especially during the holidays when kids want to cut out cute, festive shapes! These cookies are sweetened with honey and almond extract, so that you will never miss the sugar! Riley loved decorating these with frosting, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries!
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Cook Time
8 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour/Meal
  2. 4 tablespoons raw butter, softened (or coconut oil)
  3. ¼ cup raw honey
  4. ½ teaspoon almond extract
  5. ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  6. Optional Frosting Recipe: Dairy Free Coconut Whipped Frosting or Almond Icing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until a batter of thick, creamy consistency is formed.
  3. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or flat surface of choice (we used a cutting board and then transferred to a baking sheet), pat out (or roll) dough and cut into desired shapes. You can also use a cookie scooper to scoop balls of cookies, then lightly flattened with a fork.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  5. Cool before frosting or icing the cookies.
Notes
  1. Gluten-Free
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Dairy, Gluten, and GUILT Free Frosting and Icing

Dairy Free Whipped Cream Frosting
Both of these recipes are wonderful on cookies, cakes, or brownies. It is a wonderful alternative to Cool Whip or fatty icing. Get the kids involved, they will love helping you color the icing and then icing their cookies!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Almond Icing
  1. 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened at room temperature
  2. 2 tablespoons raw honey
  3. ½ teaspoon almond extract
  4. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  5. Cream together the coconut oil, honey, extract, and sea salt. If the mixture seems runny, place it in the fridge for a few minutes to help it set.
To naturally color any of the frosting/icing
  1. For Red Icing: Place the frosting/icing in a mini food processor with fresh strawberries. Mix well.
  2. For Green Icing: Place the frosting/icing in a mini food processor with fresh baby spinach. Mix well. (Don’t be scared, the spinach will not add any flavor to the icing…just don’t let the kids see you do it!)
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the thickened coconut cream and leave the water in the bottom of the can.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whip all ingredients together using a hand mixer. This will form whipped cream.
  3. Let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight and this will form a frosting like consistency.
Notes
  1. Dairy Free
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A Thoughtful, Healthy Breakfast

Every morning I want to make sure that my girls start their day off with the best possible nutrition to fuel them for the best possible day academically and athletically. A typical breakfast is fruit and nuts or eggs and sprouted grain bread or a protein smoothie shake. When I have more time and usually on the weekends I have been making Healthy Protein Pancakes. I wanted to try something new and creative this morning because my girls were asking for something different. It took me the same amount of time and they thought this breakfast was such a special treat! It was really fun having them wake up and come out to this creative fun breakfast! The same nutritional value was in this, but it just seemed more fun the way I did it! I still cooked them free range eggs from our local farmer, but this time I put it inside a heart shape and a star shape inside of their sprouted grain bread. It was so cute and very yummy! I put strawberries around the bread and eggs to finish it off. I also made a “mini” protein smoothie and put them into the ZOKU popsicle maker that makes popsicles in 7 minutes. They had their protein smoothie as a popsicle and thought they were getting a treat and it was loaded with vitamins and protein! What a great morning! I encourage every parent to try this because it was so easy and healthy!!

Fun Eggs For Kids
A Thoughtful Breakfast for 2 Children I took the same concept I have in my lunchbox kit recipe book of the "I Love You" and "You’re a Star" lunch theme and turned it into breakfast!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pieces of Sprouted Whole Grain Bread (I like the Food for Life brand, Ezekiel or Genesis) because it is a complete protein and full of nutrition!
  2. Cookie cutters (I used a heart and a star, but around the holidays use other themed cookie cutters)
  3. 2 Local Free Range Eggs
  4. 1 tbsp Real Butter
  5. Fresh organic strawberries for garnish and to eat
Instructions
  1. Cut out the middle of the bread with cookie cutters, save the inside shape
  2. Heat a large pan and melt the butter on medium heat
  3. Crack the eggs and mix in bowl and pour mixture inside the whole of the bread
  4. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until set.
  5. Flip the bread gently and cook to the desired firmness
  6. Serve each egg and bread with the cutout and strawberries as garnish or additional breakfast to eat
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Strawberry/Banana Protein Breakfast Smoothie Popsicle
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. of Almond or Coconut Milk
  2. 2 oz. of water
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. 4 whole strawberries
  5. ice
  6. 2 tablespoons of Shaklee Instant Protein Mix or 1 scoop of Cinch Protein
optional add ins
  1. 1 tsp. of honey
  2. 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Pour mixture into ZOKU popsicle maker and it will be ready in 7 minutes.
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Apricot Vanilla Almond Milk – Dairy Free, Gluten-Free and Raw

Almond Milk is a staple in our home. Have you ever tried to make your own? Below is a recipe that is very satisfying to make from scratch or you can just add the ingredients from your store bought items. This is great to enjoy year round, but especially in the summer!

There are so many benefits in this refreshing drink! The creamy almond milk is rich in antioxidant vitamin E, high in beta-carotene and oxygenating magnesium that have benefits of supple skin as well as a great immune booster!  With an infusion of apricots this delish drink will make you feel amazing!

Apricot Vanilla Almond Milk - Dairy Free, Gluten-Free and Raw
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almonds(soaked for 8 hours in filtered water, drained and rinsed
  2. 3 cups of clean water
  3. 3 apricots, (pit removed and cut into quarters)
  4. 1 TBL of Raw honey
  5. 1 TBL of Maple Syrup
  6. 1 TSP of vanilla extract
  7. 2 cups of ice cubes
  8. Pinch of sea salt.
Instructions
  1. Place nuts in a high speed blender(I LOVE the Blendtec) and blend until smooth, pour through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid as possible, return strained milk to blender and add the apricots and other ingredients above and blend at high speed until very smooth!
In a hurry recipe
  1. Take 4 cups of store bought organic vanilla almond milk, 3 apricots with pit removed, 2 cups of ice, pinch of sea salt, 1TBL of Maple Syrup and 1 TBL of Raw honey and put all into blender and blend and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Raw
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Brooke’s Healthy Frozen Bites

We all crave a frozen treat when it’s HOT outside! Instead of ice cream and popsicles, reach for a frozen bite of healthy yogurt.

The protein in the yogurt will keep you satisfied. When you deep-freeze your snacks, it takes longer to eat. This is a great way to get in a healthy treat for your kids and keep them satisfied!

These are easy as 1..2..3!

Frozen Yogurt Bites
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Ingredients
  1. Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Spoon Greek yogurt into a plastic bag.
  2. If you are sensitive to dairy, try a nut cream or coconut yogurt found in your organic section!)
  3. Snip the corner of the bag
, squeeze yogurt drops onto baking sheet.
  4. You can also use a stainless tip with a pastry bag for fancy shapes, too!
  5. Freeze for 2 hours
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Brooke’s Banana Bites

These freezer banana bites are a favorite in our family! With slices of bananas that are dipped in chocolate and coconut, they make a perfect bite sized summer snack! Bananas are such an amazing food to keep in your home for your children! Bananas have terrific benefits for children and adults:

  • Bananas are a natural antacid! Do you or your children struggle with heartburn? Bananas can help!
  • Bananas are a natural source of potassium.
  • Bananas are high in B vitamins, which means they can help improve nerve function.
  • Bananas are high in fiber. Many children and adults have bowel trouble, and fiber is a great way to relieve that.
Brooke's Banana Bites
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Ingredients
  1. Bananas
  2. Dark organic chocolate chips
  3. Organic raw coconut flakes
  4. Festive toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper with a toothpick in each banana.
  2. Freeze for about 1-2 hours.
  3. Melt some dark organic chocolate chips.
  4. Take bananas out of the freezer and dip each one in the melted chocolate, and then in a bowl full of coconut.
  5. Return bananas to the freezer until the chocolate hardens up!
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Truly Healthy Cookie

My girls and I are on a baking kick! With the cooler weather and halloween coming up, we are drawn to the kitchen for some yummy treats! Of course, we only want to make the healthiest treat though. After much experiment, I feel like I have the most delicious and seriously healthy cookie recipe! I am so excited about these!

These cookies are gluten free, low sugar and have great protein from our Shaklee protein and nuts!  I’m especially excited about one ingredient:  Coconut Flour. You can now find this at your health store or grocery store’s organic section.  It’s great for gluten free baking!

Please try it and let me know how it comes out for you?

Gluten Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 Cup and 2 Tbs. of brown rice flour
  2. 1/4 cup of coconut flour
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 stick of butter
  5. 1/2 cup of Shaklee protein
  6. 3/4 cup of xylitol
  7. 2 tbsp. of stevia
  8. 3 organic free range eggs
  9. 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  10. 1 cup of organic dark chocolate chips
  11. 3/4 cup of walnuts/pecans chopped (optional), or try macadamia nuts!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.
  2. Blend the butter and sugars until fluffy and well mixed.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla in a seperate bowl mix the flours and baking soda.
  4. Add this to butter/egg mix until smooth and well blended.
  5. Stir in choc. chips and nuts (if using) drop the dough by the tsp or roll into balls on cookie sheet. Bake about 8-12 minutes.
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Just 20 minutes after eating these, my girls fell asleep with happy dreams of healthy cookies!

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownie Pops

I am always looking for something to make with my girls that is fun and tasty, but also healthy! Try these next time with your kids or even as a grown-up dessert.  My girls LOVED them, and I’m sure your family will too!from the black beans! Did you know that black beans have more antioxidants than blueberries?  Not to mention all the protein they have! And speaking of protein, I like to replace flour in my recipes with the amazing Shaklee Protein, it works every time, and I love knowing my girls are getting the 9 amino acids they need for their healthy, growing bodies!

Shopping tips:  The pan and pop sticks can be found at Sur La Table and the other ingredients at Healthy Home Market! I love shopping at Healthy Home Market, but you can find these ingredients at your local health store as well. Enjoy!

 

Brooke’s Gluten Free Brownie Pops
As seen on Charlotte Today 2/24/2011
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can black beans, drained
  2. 1/2 c. cocoa
  3. 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
  4. 1/2 c. xylitol
  5. 2 level tsp. stevia powder
  6. 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  7. 3 large free range eggs
  8. 1/2 c. Shaklee’s Instant Protein Mix
  9. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  10. 1/4 c. water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven for 350 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients together.
  3. Add chocolate chips if desired for more chewy chocolate flavor
  4. Grease brownie pop pan with coconut oil and pour ingredients into pan and bake for 35-40 min.
  5. Remove and add pop sticks.
  6. Roll in honey and add sprinkles if desired!
Notes
  1. Gluten Free
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Brookies (Chocolate Protein Bars)

Brookie's - Better than a brownie or a cookie!
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Better than brownies and cookies!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein Soy Mix
  2. *(Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of the Instant and 1/2 cup of the Shaklee 180)
  3. 1 ¼ cup oats
  4. ½ cup of flax meal
  5. 1 cup Raw Honey**
  6. 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
  7. 1 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter***
Add-Ins (Add some or a small portion of all)
  1. 1 cup slivered almonds
  2. 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  3. 1 cup Organic Chocolate
  4. 1 cup of Coconut
  5. 1 cup Gluten Free Brown Rice Crispies
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In sauce pan, bring honey to a boil then immediately remove from heat and add Peanut or Almond Butter and Vanilla. Stir until combined. Pour Almond/Peanut Butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir till combined. You may need to use your hands. Press down into ungreased 9 x 13 in. glass dish. Optional: Sprinkle shredded coconut on top if desired.
  2. Cool in the refrigerator. Cut into squares. You also can roll the mix into balls if you prefer and then cool them.
Variations
  1. Add Fruit to dry mix— ½ cup chopped dates, raisins, cranberries, or cherries
  2. Add Nuts to dry mix— ½ cup almonds, walnuts, pecans, or other nuts
  3. Add ½ cup Chocolate Chips ON TOP of mix after it is pressed into pan. Turn oven on Broil. Place bars into oven for 1 minute. Remove and use a knife to spread melted chocolate chips around on top of bars. Refrigerate.
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Tips:

I typically use the Shaklee Instant Protein Soy Mix for my bars. You can use any of the Shaklee protein powders for this recipe and it will come out pretty close to the same. The Instant Soy Mix Protein is flavorless and is a substitute for flour in other recipes. I keep this as one of the staples in my pantry. You can throw it into muffin, pancake, cookie or cake recipes and it will cut back on the carbs and of course the flour! It’s also a great add in to oatmeal or applesauce to make sure the kids are getting their protein!

I also have used in this recipe: Shaklee Energizing Soy Vanilla, Shaklee Energizing Soy Chocolate, and both flavors of the Shaklee 180 for weight loss: 180 Chocolate and 180 Vanilla. I love using Shaklee 180 shake mix because its powered by Leucine**** to help preserve muscle while you loose weight.

If you choose to use Shaklee Instant Protein, your entire dish or protein bars will have 120 g of Protein that offers all of the amino acids, especially the 9 essential amino acids that your body does not produce on it’s own.

***If you use Almond Butter(I prefer) instead of Peanut Butter, you may want to cut back on the honey or it will taste too sweet!  If you only have peanut butter, try to avoid PB with added sugar or preservatives.  Get the Natural PB or Organic.

****Leucine helps with the regulation of blood-sugar levels, the growth and repair of muscle tissue (such as bones, skin and muscles), growth hormone production, wound healing as well as energy regulation.