Cocoa, Coconut, Goji Berry Chia Pudding

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Healthy dessert alert!
So healthy you can eat it for breakfast, and you can make it in advance – which means more time for you!
I know you are all going to enjoy this clean eating creation.
Toppings are optional you can really add whatever you want to customize your taste buds that day.

Ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk
1 banana
1/2 cup chia seeds
4 dates

Toppings:
2 tablespoons of cocoa nibs (optional)
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (optional)
2 tablespoons goji berries (optional)

Method:
Put coconut milk, banana and dates in a blender and blend until well combined.
Distribute mixture amongst 5 mini bowls and distribute evenly the chia seeds and stir together. Refrigerate overnight.
When ready to serve, distribute evenly the above-noted toppings over the 5 bowls.

Let me know what you end up putting on top of your chia pudding.

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Mini Apple Cashew Maple Cream Tarts

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Recently I went apple picking at Orchalaw Farms . I picked some great tasting Cortland and Macintosh apples.
The goal is to use the apples and make some dessert for Thanksgiving. After some thought, I figured since I’m going to be eating lots of turkey, why not have a healthier dessert to follow the heavy meal. I decided to make one of the recipes created by Joy McCarthy of Joyous Health
20131007-222043.jpgThe crust is made up of walnuts, dates and coconut flakes. I mixed these ingredients in a food processor and distributed them in five mini tart pans (or alternatively use one large tart pan).

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Then I layered the maple cream over the tart crusts. The cream is made up of cashews, maple syrup, and coconut milk. I blended it in my Vitamix blender, but one can also achieve the same creaminess in a food processor. Once the maple cream is ready, layer over the crust and set aside in the fridge.

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On a large frying pan, melt coconut oil and sauté thinly sliced apples until soft.

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20131007-223551.jpgSprinkle and coat cinnamon over the warm apples and drizzle the maple syrup.
Arrange over the maple cream tarts.
Serve warm or place in fridge until ready to serve.
Everyone will be sure to love this dessert!

Homemade Almond Milk

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Whenever possible I like to make my own almond milk. It can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and tastes so much better. My recipe involves a Vitamix blender. But no worries if you don’t have one….you can use your own blender just be sure to soak the almonds and dates, separately, overnight in a bowl of water.

Enjoy almond milk on its own, in your coffee or pour it over your cereal.

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Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of raw almonds
3 dates
A dash or two of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into the Vitamix blender.

Turn machine on and slowly increase speed from Variable 1 to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 3 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

Note: Once desired consistency is achieved, you can strain the almond milk through a cheese cloth or flirtation bag.