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Valentines Day Desserts For NON-Chocolate Lovers

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Maybe I'm the only one, but I'm just not a fan of chocolate. In small amounts it's ok, but it's nothing I crave or really love. So I wanted to make a special treat for those of you who are on team #nochocolate with me. Before we dive into the recipes though, I want to talk about treats. As always with my cooking/baking I try to make things as healthy as possible while not sacrificing flavor. With that said, if I want to make something more, something that oat flour and stevia simply won't do for, I aim to use 100% natural and real ingredients. So the recipes below are definitely a treat, not an everyday thing. I use organic and natural ingredients but sugar is still sugar and I used two forms of it below.

So often when people decide to eat healthy they just replace all of their unhealthy desserts with healthier versions. Which isn't bad, however choosing to eat healthy means not relying on desserts and sweets as much so I think it's crucial to always remember that a dessert is still dessert, even if it's a bit healthified. Let's remember that desserts like the ones below are to be enjoyed in moderation just like any other dessert, but with these we know the ingredients won't piss off our bodies as much.

Maple Bacon Donuts

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Ingredients: -2 cups almond flour -1/3 cup maple syrup -1/3 cup coconut sugar -1tsp vanilla -2 eggs -2 pieces of cooked bacon (nitrate free, organic) -1/2 tsp baking soda

Steps: 1.Preheat oven to 350 2. Cook two pieces of bacon, chop up into tiny pieces and set aside to cool 3. In a bowl mix the almond flour, coconut sugar and maple syrup 4. Once mixed together add in the eggs, vanilla, baking soda and bacon pieces 5. Spray a donut pan with coconut oil spray and fill each 3/4 the way up. 6. Cook for 10-15 min or until cooked through

For a glaze mix equal parts almond milk and coconut sugar, I did 1/4 c each and heated the mixture on the stove for 3-4 min.

If you don't have a donut pan you can try making these into muffins OR cookies. Only about 6 cookies will fit on the pan as the dough is more liquid and will spread!

Cookie Butter Blondie Cakes

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Ingredients -1 can of navy (white) beans drained -1 cup almond flour -1/2 cup coconut sugar -3tbsp oat flour -2 tsp vanilla -3 tbsp melted grassfed butter OR coconut oil - 1/4 cup almond milk -1/4 cup cookie butter OR peanut/almond butter - 1 egg -1/4 cup maple syrup -1/2 tsp baking powder -1/2 tsp baking soda

Steps:

1.Preheat oven to 350 2. In a magic bullet/food processor or blender dump your can of white/navy beans in and blend until 100% smooth 3. Dump bean mixture in a bowl with your vanilla, butter, egg, almond milk, maple syrup, and coconut sugar 4. Once all of that is mixed well add in your dry ingredients--almond flour, oat flour, baking powder and baking soda 5. Line your muffin tin with liners or spray with coconut oil and fill each of them with batter about 3/4 of the way full as they will rise! 6. Bake at 350 for 30-45 min or until cooked through

Gym Rat Want A Cookie?

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Don't let me fool you for one second..Just because I'm a trainer and health and fitness are my life, doesn't mean your girl doesn't love a good cookie. Heres my two sense on cookies (and other sinful treats). When you decided to make a lifestyle change and align your eating habits to not only reach your goals, but to feel better as well, cookies don't just disappear. They will always be there, the difference now though is that we have a choice.

Red pill or blue bill...(the matrix)

But really, you can choose the cookie and deal with it giving you the sugar high and everything that comes with it. AKA: wanting another cookie, and another one, and another one.

OR

We can choose to ignore the annoying voice in our head that wants us to give into old ways, and we can get creative. There are SO many clean dessert recipes out there. Plenty to replace those tollhouse cookies. Let me be clear though real quick, one of the points of changing a lifestyle is to cut out the negatives and not fall back in old ways. So for you, that means we don't always make a "clean treat" when we want it. However, my point here is that on special occasions, or days when you just think you need a treat, always try and health it up.

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If you're not a baker though, and don't want to be creative that is a-ok. My best friend Devon and I found Cappellos cookies at Earth Fare (like Whole Foods in Polaris!). These chocolate chip cookies actually taste amazing--because lets be honest, not all "clean treats" taste the best. They have great flavor and best of all the wont piss your body off. The cool thing about them is that they are technically paleo. If you don't know what that means heres the DL: they are grain free, sugar free, dairy free. Basically there aren't any inflammatory foods.

Yes, I already know what you're thinking. If they are free of all the normal yummy stuff then I must be lying. I kid you not, I like these better than "normal" cookies.

So go check these out, or have fun whipping up your own healthy alternative. Fit people love their cookies too. It's not that we can't have the sugary and poisonous ones. It's that we know that when we eat like crap, we feel like crap.

Rach