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Blueberry Carrot Protein Smoothie

I impressed myself with the taste of this ‘thrown together’ smoothie. Used up left over carrots to account for the veggies to balance out the fruit, veggie, protein, omega3 protein smoothie. I like blueberries and this is the first time I’ve made a smoothie made mostly with blueberries. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I put my carrots in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel to keep them from going rubbery on me. I have not tried rubbery carrots in this smoothie, but I bet it would be a good use for them instead of putting them in the compost.

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
2 medium carrots, pealed and cleaned
2 cups Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

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Calories = 590

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Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie

This is the same recipe as the Red Velvet Beet smoothie, minus the cocoa and adding berry flavored protein powder.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Bodacious Berry Protein Smoothie Powder
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 


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Alfajores by Wooden Table Baking Co. (Oakland, CA)

I wander into bake shops and coffee houses just to see what gluten free items they carry and this one came to a sweet surprise when I bit into the unknown cookie that I could barely pronounce. These Argentinean cookies are a traditional shortbread with a carmel like center. It was a pleasure biting into, and even better when later that day I spotted them in the market for much cheaper.

Product: Gluten Free Alfajores Cookies by Wooden Table Baking Co. in Oakland, CA

Price: $7.99 for 10 cookies (at New Leaf Market) or $2.55 for one (at a local coffee shop)
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Melts in your mouth
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Gluten free
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Crumbly but the carmel filling holds it together
  • Local company
  • The light coconut dusting on the outside provides a nice chew


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Crinkle showdown (Red House vs. Pushkin Bakery)

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Pushkin (left), RedHouse (right) gluten free chocolate crinkles

Hmm, I may have to take back what I said about Red House bakery being the best gluten free chocolate crinkle. It is still certainly the BEST gluten free chocolate cookie.

Pushkin’s chocolate crinkle (on the left in the photos) has the flavor, and the powdered sugar goodness of a real chocolate crinkle. Pushkin still hasn’t mastered eliminating the grainy texture that some gluten free flours have and this chocolate crinkle still has a bit of crunch. The cookie is light, moist, holds together well and chewy just like the chocolate crinkles I grew up with from Betty Crocker. It has a little bit of a sticky quality, which reminds me of rolling the dough in my hands into balls prior to rolling it in the powdered sugar.

The Red House Bakery Chocolate crinkle in comparison has less powdered sugar – it’s obviously not rolled in it like traditional crinkles but it makes a pretty darn good chocolate cookie. It’s a chocolate cookie you can sink your teeth into. It’s chewy but denser than the Pushkin crinkle. The chocolate is a different flavor than a typical crinkle but you may not notice it if you don’t eat one side by side like I am for this review. It’s moist and coats your mouth in delicious, decadent chocolate. Certainly a good cookie for getting your chocolate fix.

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Pushkin (left), RedHouse (right) gluten free chocolate crinkles


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Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesOh my gosh, these are delicious. As you can see, I ate two before realizing I should photograph them.

What to do with one cup of frozen shredded zucchini? Not enough for zucchini bread or zucchini muffins.

I found this flour less zucchini brownie recipe and was about to put 1 cup of peanut butter into the mix when I decide that was just WAY too much peanut butter. Not for the flavor but because of how much fat and calories are in peanut butter. So I modified the recipe to include oats and an egg and less peanut butter. Next time I will reduce the sweetener or use baking Truvia.

The peanut butter flavor is mild and it’s so moist and fluffy (because of the egg addition). The oats and zucchini give it a healthy, “good for you” texture. I used a combination of pancake syrup and honey for the sweetener.

Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Serves 9

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesIngredients
1 1/2 Cup Quick 1-minute Oats, Dry
1/3 cup Cocoa – Dry powder, unsweetened
1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground (depending on your preference)
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter or other nut butter
1 cup Zucchini, includes skin, shredded
1/3 cup Applesauce Unsweetened
1 large Egg – Whole, raw
1/4 – 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (pancake syrup) or sweetener of choice (add a little water if needed if using Truvia or a dry sweetener)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 cup Organic Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet

Directions

  1. Spray bottom and sides of 8 x 8 glass baking dish with oil
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Peel and grate the zucchini.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and combine.
  7. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool and enjoy!

 

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Little Black Dress (Flour Chylde Bakery)

Flour Chylde has a stand at the Mission farmer’s market every Thursday in San Francisco and whenever they have this Chocolate espresso brandy treat, it’s hard to resist not getting one, even if it’s to save for later (freezes well!).

A combination of bittersweet chocolates, espresso, and Brandy to produce fudge-like density with a blast of rich chocolate and only a hint of alcohol burn. This is a treat to savor each bite. I recommend eating it with a small fork. If it wasn’t so moist you would need a glass of milk to compliment it.

You will not be let down with this Little Black Dress treat from Flour Chylde.

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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Smoothie

Red Velvet Beet Chocolate SmoothieThis beet and chocolate smoothie pleasantly surprised me. This was the first smoothie I’ve made that contained chocolate.

It has a slight beet flavor, which may be because the beets were roasted ahead of time then cooled in the fridge. The recipe may work with raw beets, as this recipe suggests. I have some light colored beets left over (see the picture to the right) so I will certainly try this easy-to-make smoothie again with raw beets to compare.

Not a fan of chocolate? Try the Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, raw or cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)
2 tbsp Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla  (or milk of choice)
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

Total Calories: 309 (including lettuce)

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