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Paleo Chocolate Covered Banana Almond Bites

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My love affair with banana and almond butter as a combination, started a few weeks ago. Back then it was just a sliced up banana with a heaping spoonful of almond butter on top, it was simple and it was good! Then I came across this recipe. It was originally posted by Racing and Saving Mama on her Facebook.

“Slice Up bananas and spread a little peanut butter in between. Freeze for one hour, then dip in chocolate. Refrigerate for another 10-15 minutes and boom you have an awesome snack”

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Her’s are obviously prettier… But anyway

So of course I had to put my own spin on it. ALSO I made it Whole Life Challenge compliant! So go ahead and feel indulgent, because it’s totally ok.

Ingredients:

bananas, sliced
Almond Butter
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
2 teaspoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.

Like she instructed above, I sliced the bananas. I used almond butter, since I generally don’t eat peanut butter (peanuts are legumes) but you can technically use either. I say almond butter all the way. Then I popped them in the freezer.

When it was almost time to take them out, I melted the coconut oil and coconut butter (which is like concentrated coconut cream, and has a lot of natural sweetness to counter the bitterness of the cocoa powder) over medium heat. I used a glass bowl suspended over water I was heating in a saucepan. Then I mixed in the cocoa powder until everything was combined.

I took the chocolate off the heat, and took the banana/almond butter sandwiches out of the freezer. Then, I dipped them nd rolled them around until they were covered. Into the refrigerator they went for 20 min.

They….were….so….good! They weren’t the prettiest things, certainly not as pretty as her’s in the picture, but they tasted like gold. Sweet, creamy, chocolate goodness, without all the guilt! Even Mike was surprised at how good they were…and the chocolate, I might just stick that combo into a mold and see what happens!

Next time I make them, I’m going to use parchment paper. I just put them in a Tupperware to harden, and they stuck to the bottom. This would have been fine, but the chocolate broke a little if I squeezed too hard to pull them off. They wer

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Porta-Bunn-a Burger!

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I don’t know why I’ve never used Portobello mushrooms as buns before. I’ve used them as burgers, and I’ve used them on the bottom of a burger, but I’ve never used two of them. This is a little messy, but it definitely allows you to pick up the burger and eat it with your hands! You can top this however you like, but I kept it simple, drizzling a little balsamic vinegar on the bottom “bun” and then topping the burger with slices of avocado and this great 2 Olive Roasted Garlic Salsa by Desert Pepper Trading Co.

The burger was a grass-fed beef pattie, with onions built-in. I seasoned it with thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and a little nutmeg. You can season your burger however you like. This is a highly customizable food!


Simple Pleasures

Sorry for the lack of quality updates, life has had me running in circles, and going crazy! I’m still eating compliant to the WLC but I’ve been just “whipping things together” and “winging it” most days. I have a few posts lined up, but I’m going to apologize right now for going back to iPhone photos. I’ve just barely had time to put anything together, and when I want to take a few quick pictures for you guys, It’s usually nearby. The first thing I wanted to share with you, is a dinner I put together one night last week. I know it’s no longer summer, and hot dogs are not what you really think of when It comes to eating healthy, but in a pinch I really love Applegate Farms brand hot dogs (Specifically, The Great Organic Beef Hot Dog…and the Chicken variety as well) , and if you look at the ingredients (No nitrates, no junk, no preservatives, no sugar), they’re WLC compliant! So whether you consider this a “Processed Food” or not, they’re great for a no frills, super quick, dinner or a summer BBQ.

Ingredients: Organic Grass-Fed Beef, Water. Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Organic Spices, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic Paprika, Celery Powder. Spices: Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Mace, Ginger, White Pepper

And buns? Who needs buns when you have some nice leafy kale! Add a little organic and WLC compliant mustard, or some Tessemae’s Paleo BBQ sauce and you are good-to-go!

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As a side dish, I made a salad using Raddichio, Red Cabbage, Big Tomato Slices, Leeks, Capers, Olive Oil, and a squeeze of Lemon Juice. Simple, Raw and Delicious!

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So, I’ll have some recipes coming up soon, but in the meantime, this is just a reminder that you can keep it really simple, and still be healthy, on those hectic nights that cooking is just not an option! Still better than eating out!

 

 


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