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Lemon Blueberry Popsicles

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Popsicles are the PERFECT summer treat for me. I personally am not a huge baker, as you may have noticed from the distinct lack of baking recipes on my blog. I love treats, don’t get me wrong, but I just find everything so expensive here in Canada and I would much rather just mix a dab of honey with almond butter and cocoa powder and eat that with a spoon than actually put in the effort to turn on an oven. Especially on a hot summer day!

These popsicles came to me because a flavor I am constantly craving is lemon blueberry loaf. I don’t know why…but it has left an imprint on me! I think I had it once, and the thought of it has never left me. I should probably at least attempt muffins sometime soon. Fat Burning Chef has a lemon loaf I could add blueberries to as well, hmmm.

Back to popsicles though.

They’re greeeaaaat!

Easy to make, pretty healthy as far as treats go, and homemade popsicles are pretty much always better than store bought anyways. It’s basically a home run.

In case you want to know where I got my molds…I don’t know. I can’t remember!!! I went looking in a bunch of local shops recently and I couldn’t find any there, either. I found a few cool ones on amazon though! So check that out if you are in need.

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Lemon Blueberry Popsicles

Makes 4
Ingredients
1 cup frozen blueberries
4 ice cubes
4 tbsp. coconut milk
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. honey

Instructions

1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. If it is too thick to blend or there is not enough to fill the cups completely, you can use a bit of cold water to level it out.

2. Pour or scoop blended mixture into popsicles and freeze until fully frozen, minimum 2 hours.

3. To remove from popsicle molds, run under hot water until they loosen up.

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There you have it! It’s easy and they are really delicious. Sweet and tart and cooling on a hot day. Don’t be fooled though…they are really good on a cold day, too!

PS. In case you missed it, the Fat Burning Chef e-cookbook is on sale for this week ONLY! You’ll have a chance to win an ipad and a 100 dollar gift card to amazon as well so go check it out!!

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Cocoa-nutty Banana Bites

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Lately I’ve been feeling PRETTY uninspired when it comes to cooking. Moving has been such a task that my brain and body have just been fried. I’ve been living off of Chicken, Asparagus / Broccoli, and sweet potatoes; Eggs, bananas, and pineapple. Not a lot of variety or fanciness lately.

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Luckily, we are now moved in completely! Internet was set up just on Saturday in fact! Now, suddenly the creative juices are flowing. This is one I came up with based on cravings, period. It’s a goodie! I don’t post many treats but this one must be shared. It’s really easy and really good! You can change up the textures of these bites by placing them in the freezer for 15 minutes, for a hardened shell and soft banana, or longer, say 8 hours while you are at work, for a solid delicious bite!

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The funny thing about creativity is that once you get started it usually just flows. I’ve suddenly come up with multiple variations on this recipe and some other ideas, too! Thank goodness! So don’t fret, I’ll be back soon with more recipes to share :)

Cocoa-nutty Banana Bites

1 banana
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. cocoa powder
4 macadamia nuts, crushed

  1. Lay out parchment paper on a plate.
  2. Stir together the coconut oil and cocoa powder. If the coconut oil is too firm, heat it slightly on the stove top.
  3. Slice the banana. Spoon the chocolate concoction over the banana slices evenly. Sprinkle the macadamia nuts on top.
  4. Place in freezer and freeze for 15 minutes for mushy bananas with firm topping, or longer for a firmer banana. If too hard, let thaw.

Daaaaaaa-YUM these things are good! And way way way more healthy for you than any chocolate you buy at the store! No sugar added here folks, only god’s given banana sugar ;) So enjoy! And let me know if you do! I love hearing about people trying my recipes, it’s the best feeling when you enjoy the things I create.

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Gluten Free Dark Espresso Chocolate Brownies

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So first of all, these brownies are NOT paleo! I made them for my best friend who is not paleo but is gluten free (and a vegetarian…sigh. So close…). I won’t lie; I also ate one…or two. They are REALLY good! REALLY!!!027-001

The consistency is perfect and the taste is divine. The original recipe called for a dark chocolate bar, and I accidently picked up an ESPRESSO bar. I used green & black’s organic brand. The result was amazing. Chocolate brownie infused with espresso flavour. Yes! Continue reading