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Easy Sweet Potato Savory Pudding

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Ack! It’s been another month! Forgive me ūüôā

So I’m not entirely sure what you call an unsweetened baked pudding. it’s not really a souffle, a pudding, or a custard….it’s a little of everything. Regardless, it’s beyond easy and has a wonderful comforting texture.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Can Sweet Potato Puree
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Clove, Ginger [Heavy on the Cinnamon, maybe a Tbsp or 2, and a tsp or a little less or everything else]whisk or stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Pour into custard cups or ramekins, and place in a larger baking pan. Fill half way with water (but don’t get water into the ramekins!) and bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!

Note: I’ve also made these with added fillings, such as spinach and chicken, skipped the water bath, and baked like a creamy Quiche. Equally as awesome, and worth experimenting with!¬†

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No Added Sugar Cocoa Souffle/Custard with Cocoa Berry Sauce

I love when I decide to “wing it” and something awesome happens. I’m definitely happy with how this came out. It’s not too sweet, but I’d definitely think of it as dessert. It’s not too heavy, but still indulgent enough to be a fun after dinner treat. It’s hard to even¬† call it a treat, maybe it’s not. Honestly I’d totally have this for breakfast.¬†I also can’t decide if it’s a custard or a souffle….but does it matter?¬†Anyway, this was¬†my answer to a “birthday cake” replacement for¬†Mike, since we were looking to have a ¬†Whole Life Challenge compliant birthday for him. It’s super easy and satisfying. I used a 9×9 glass pan and we each had 1/4 of it….meaning there was 1/2 a cake left to split the next day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 5 egg whites
  • 5 eggs
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Insides of 1 vanilla bean
  • 7 Oz Coconut butter/ cream (softened)

Prep:

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer and mix everything together until well combined. Pulse hand mixer, and move it around, as well as up and down as it mixes, to let a lot of air in the mix (it should have bubbles). I don’t know if this actually matters. Just make sure it’s well mixed.

Grease¬†a¬†foil lined 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil and pour in the mixture….The foil¬†isn’t totally necessary, but allowed me to remove it from the pan easily . You could also use one of those silicone baking things, or a well grease spring form pan.

Bake at 400 degrees until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 min

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Optional: I put a plate on top of the pan and flipped it over and removed the pan. Then I peeled the foil off, put another plate on top, and flipped again, so the top was back on top. It made it easy to cut, and remove slices.

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To top:

In a small sauce pan, heat a frozen berry mixture. Once it is warm, and getting juicy, add a spoon of coconut oil and a spoon or two of unsweetened cocoa powder and stir. Spoon mixture over souffle and eat!

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Like a Ninja! : Homemade Cashew Butter, and a Smoothie to try out my new Ninja Kitchen System!

Please note, I am in no way affiliated with Ninja, or any of the brands mentioned in my blog posts. I also do not get any money from you going and buying their products. I’m just sharing my own personal experience.

How have I gone this long without a blender/food processor? I have no idea. I’ve been using a hand blender for select things up until now, all while looking enviously at high powered √úber blenders like the Vitamix, while sobbing at the price tag, and waiting for the day that I could bring one home. Then yesterday my parents decide to get me the Ninja Ultra Kitchen System 1200 for a gift, to congratulate me on another successful challenge completed, and for all my healthy efforts and success. Best – Parents – Ever! It’s not a Vitamix, but it’s seriously an awesome and waaaaay more affordable option. I couldn’t wait to try it out! It comes with a 72 oz Blender, a 64 oz Food Processor/Dough Mixer cup, and 3 single serve containers. My brain was racing with possibilities all the way home. Here’s a link to the Ultra Kitchen System on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Ultra-Kitchen-System-1200/dp/B00FROKCI4

If you are a member at Costco, it’s also available there for considerably cheaper.

http://www.costco.com/Ninja%C2%AE-Ultra-Kitchen-System%E2%84%A2-.product.100056570.html

The first thing I wanted to try, was making my own nut butter. In my house we LOVE Artisana’s Cashew Butter, but it’s definitely a luxury at $15-$19 a jar. We picked up some Raw Cashews at Trader Joe’s and decided to start with that! Then, being that I’ve never made nut butter from scratch, I did some research on the inter-webs.

In the end, I soaked the cashews for 3-4 hours, drained the water, and put them in the processor still a little wet. I didn’t dehydrate them or roast them first like some of the blogs. I also decided not to add any extra oil. The only ingredient I added was a little sea salt at the end. It wasn’t as sweet and creamy as Artisana, but I think it was pretty awesome for a first attempt! It definitely has a creamy smooth texture, and a nice flavor. I think it came out lovely, especially considering how EASY it was.

Raw Cashew Butter

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s raw cashews (Soaked)
  • A few shakes of sea salt

The first link I listed outlines the process pretty well. You really just have to keep processing until it gets creamy. It takes longer than you might expect, and it definitely goes through different stages. It’s the same process for making nut meal and nut flour, but you leave it in longer to get nut butter.

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This morning, I decided to try the single serve containers, and make smoothies.The containers are built well, and have a clear “Max Fill” line. The top with the blade screws on securely, and when you’re done, they also have tops with a hole to drink out of, so you don’t even have to take it out of the container. They are also super easy to clean.

Nutty Cocoa Berry Smoothie:

  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (approx.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries (approx.)

I put everything into the containers, starting with the coconut milk.

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Then I hit the “Single Serve” button until everything was blended.

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That’s it, super easy! I am so psyched to try more things in this. It’s a really solid machine and performs wonderfully.¬† It’s new, so time will tell how long it lasts, and how it handles in the long run, but I definitely am prepared to keep testing it!

While I was making the smoothies, I also got the rest of breakfast ready. I cooked some Portabella Mushrooms on the griddle, and topped them with heated Applegate Herb Turkey, Applegate Roast Beef, and Two Eggs. YUM! (Note, I know the Applegate roast beef is compliant for the WLC, but the Herb Turkey has Carageenan so it is NOT compliant)

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