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Spiked Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot Cocoa Bar

This New Year’s Eve try surprising your guests with something unexpected – A self-serve hot chocolate bar. It’s an ideal drink to make as a self serve station so you too can enjoy your own party. It’s a great treat for both adults and kids who will have fun making their own personalized versions. For the kids and adults have fun with toppings and for the adults provide some fun alcohol to spike their drinks with. To get started, all you need is to make the hot chocolate, set up the toppings, and provide cups. See the full post on BevMo!’s Thirsty Times Blog.

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Spiked Hot Cocoa Bar

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Homemade Sour Gummies

Healthy Homemade Sour Gummies

I have been seeing a lot of homemade gummies on pinterest and on instagram from some of my favorite food bloggers so I thought I would give it a try but I wanted to make homemade sour gummies. You have to understand any sour gummy candy has always been my favorite. Sour straws, sour worms, sour patch kids. I could seriously eat large amounts in one sitting if I let myself. I avoid them as much as possible because they are full of sugar and corn syrup. When I found out via the pinterest and instagram posts that grassfed gelatin gummies are actually good for you I became obsessed. They are a protein packed snack that helps tighten loose skin, improves digestion, helps joint recovery, and can decrease food allergies among many other health benefits.

I tried several recipes and ended up making up my own to get the flavor and texture I wanted.

Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2/3 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
5 Tbsp Grassfed Gelatin
3 Tbsp Honey (Add more if you want it sweeter)

You can make these in any pan or container. I used these candy molds to make the gem and heart shapes.

Healthy Homemade Gummies

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan adding the gelatin last.
2. Heat on low while stirring with a whisk until the gelatin and honey are completely dissolved to combine all ingredients. Do not let boil.
3. Use a measuring cup to carefully pour mixture into candy molds.
4. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

You can store them in the refrigerator for several days, however they taste the best as soon as they come out of the freezer.

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Pina Colada Popsicle Recipe for Zoku

Pina Colada Popsicles Paleo Gluten Free Refined Sugar Free Dairy Free

This is another easy, gluten free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free popsicle recipe. I love pineapple especially combined with coconut because the flavor combination makes me feel like I am on vacation on a tropical island somewhere. These Pina Colada popsicles are definitely a party in your mouth even though this recipe doesn’t have alcohol in it.

Pineapples are highly perishable and can be stored at room temperature for one or two days. Once cut, store in an airtight container in the fridge. They can be intimidating if you’ve never cut one before. Here is a great how to video that shows how easy it is to cut a fresh pineapple. Basically you cut off the top, cut the skin off, and then cut the fruit from the inner core. It is much easier and faster plus cheaper than buying the pre- cut. If you still don’t want to try it there’s always the option to use frozen or fresh pre-cut pineapple.

I recommend the Zoku Quick Pop Maker because you can make instant popsicles, but this recipe will also work with traditional overnight popsicle molds.

Combine the following completely in a blender:

1.5 Cups Chopped Fresh Pineapple
1/2 Can Coconut Milk
1/8 Cup Honey

Zoku Time: 8 minutes in freezer
Makes 6 Zoku Pops

Pina Colada Popsicles Gluten Free Paleo Refined Sugar Free for Zoku

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Mango Popsicle Recipe for Zoku

It’s no secret that I love the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. It’s seriously an amazing way to make quick refined sugar free and dairy free desserts. The best part is you don’t need to wait overnight for the popsicles to be ready. Now that it’s starting to get warm I am using it so much more. And, this is my favorite recipe I have made so far. Maybe it’s cravings for the Mango Margarita I can’t have right now? They were delicious and super easy plus so fast thanks to the Zoku.

Mango Popsicles Gluten Free Paleo

Combine the following completely in a blender:
1/2 Fruit of 1 Mango
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Honey

Zoku Time: 8 Minutes
Makes 4 Zoku Pops

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Mango Popsicles Paleo Gluten Free

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Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicle Recipe for Zoku {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo}

This is by far my favorite popsicle recipe for my Zoku Quick Pop Maker and for some reason I always seem to like to make it around Christmas time. There is something about the holidays that makes me crave peppermint. These are delicious and super healthy plus a way better alternative to any sugar filled popsicle. And with the Zoku, you can have dessert ready in minutes.

Ingredients
1 Can Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Fresh Mint
1/3 Cup Honey {agave nectar for vegan}
1 tsp Peppermint Extract (or add more mint instead)
Dark Chocolate – look for chocolate that contains 70% or higher Cacao

Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles {paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan}

Instructions:
1. Mix everything except the Chocolate in a blender completely until smooth. The Blendtec or Vitamix blenders are perfect for something like this because they emulsify the mint leaves and you don’t see any small pieces of mint when it’s done blending.
2. Microwave chocolate in a measuring cup in increments of 20 seconds until melted. Or, chop chocolate chips into pieces and pour it into the zoku with the popsicle mix.
3. Drizzle chocolate on top of the popsicles as soon as they come out of the Zoku.

Zoku Time 8-10 Minutes in Freezer

Enjoy!

MInt Chocolate Chip Popsicle Recipe for Zoku {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo}

Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicle Recipe For Zoku {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo}

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Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Babycakes NYC was the first bakery I tried after going gluten free that had baked goods that actually tasted worth eating. And they are not just good. They are AMAZING. Seriously their donuts are way better than regular donuts. It finally gave me hope that I didn’t have to miss out on all the sweet stuff everyone else gets to eat anytime they want. But I could only have it when I was visiting NY until they opened their LA location. It took me a while to buy their cookbooks but I am so happy I did. I love to bake even more than I love to cook. You can also download the Babycakes cookbooks from iTunes or purchase them here and here

Ingredients

    The biggest complaint I hear from my gluten free friends is the ingredients are expensive and hard to find. It just takes planning and time to build up your ingredients. The advantage is everything is vegan so all of the items you need have a long shelf life. Here are my tips.

    1. Keep items on hand from Whole Foods or other premium stores. Or, shop directly on Bob’s Red Mill site. Don’t risk the grocery store being out of stock on just 1 of the items you need. Bob’s Red Mill is often out of stock in my local Whole Foods and my regular nearby stores don’t carry the full assortment of what I need to make the Babycakes recipes.

    2. Xanthan gum is a necessity. It’s expensive but you don’t need that much in each recipe. The texture will not be right without it and don’t use too much. My first bag lasted me over 2 years.

    3. Buy all of the brands Babycakes recommends including

    Organic Nectars Agave
    Singing Dog Vanilla
    Omega Nutrition Coconut Oil

    The recipes and any other gluten free recipe is so much better with the brands they recommend.

    Once you have all of the ingredients it’s a no brainer. Their recipes are so easy and so delicious. I first make them exactly as the Babycakes recipe states and then modify to make them my own way. I love these oatmeal cookies and like mine to be thicker and moist.

    I can’t share their full recipe because I don’t want to violate any copyright laws but these are the modifications I make to the recipe in Babycakes Covers the Classics.

    1 Cup Oats
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
    Bake for 17 minutes total

    Otherwise I follow the instructions exactly. Here are the steps and what mine look like.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

    First, gather all of the ingredients.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

    Mix everything according to the instructions and this is what mine looks like.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

    Use a pastry scoop to make uniform sized balls.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

    Then I smash them down with the palm of my hand and they look like this.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

    They don’t change shape very much after baking and they look like this. So delicious, chewy, and perfect oatmeal cookie flavor.

    Baking Babycakes NYC Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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Pumpkin Pie Popsicles For Zoku {Gluten Free & Paleo Recipe}

Until I lived in Japan I used to think the only time you ate pumpkin was in pumpkin pie. It was my favorite dessert. And that only happened once a year for Thanksgiving. In college I studied for 1 year in Tokyo and lived with a really amazing host family. My Japanese host mother would use pumpkin throughout the fall and winter and taught me that pumpkin can be prepared so many different and delicious ways. I love pumpkin even more! If it weren’t so hard to cut I would probably eat it every day. Since becoming gluten free I miss pumpkin pie even though there are some great ways to make it gluten free. This is a quick and easy pumpkin pie fix you can make any day of the week.

Ingredients
1 13.66 oz. Can Coconut Milk
2.5 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/3 Can Pumpkin
1/4 Cup of Honey

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Directions
1. Blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
2. Zoku Time : 15 minutes in freezer

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles for zoku

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Carrot Cake Popsicles For Zoku {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo Recipe}

I saw carrot cake in the dessert case at a coffee shop the other day and thought, I wonder if I can make carrot cake popsicles? Does everyone think like that all day or just me? Probably just me and all the other foodies out there. These are awesome.

Ingredients:
1 13.5 oz. Can Coconut Milk
3 Carrots shredded or Chopped
1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
3/4 Tbsp. Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts

Carrot Cake Popsicles For Zoku - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo Recipe

Instructions:
1. Combine all ingredients except the walnuts in a blender
2. Blend until completely smooth. I use the whole juice setting on my Blendtec blender
3. Place popsicle sticks in Zoku and alternate walnuts and blended ingredients until full

Zoku time: 10 minutes in freezer

Carrot Cake Popsicles For Zoku - Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo Recipe

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Caramel Cream Berries {Gluten Free and Paleo Dessert Recipe}

This has to be the most delicious, easy, and super fast dessert recipe ever. It’s always a crowd pleaser because of the secret sauce. It’s perfect for pot lucks, showers, and parties. The first time I had it was on vacation with my family in Finland and it was made by their amazing housekeeper. I seriously wanted to drink the sauce and then begged her for the recipe. I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I made it recently at a friend’s house but got home and decided to try to make a paleo version of the sauce with my new favorite sweetener, Coconut Nectar, and it was seriously just as good if not better without being too sweet.

Ingredients:
1. Mixed fresh berries. I usually like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries but you could do any combination.

2. For gluten free – 1 cup fresh whipping cream and 1 cup sugar, For paleo – 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup coconut nectar.

Optional – You can add fresh mint to the mixed berries.

Berries and Secret Caramel Creme Sauce - gluten free and paleo dessert recipe

Berries and Secret Caramel Cream Sauce - gluten free and paleo dessert recipe

To make the sauce, combine the sugar and cream in a sauce pan over low heat just until combined and sugar is completely dissolved into the whipping cream. Do not let the mixture get hot enough to boil and stir constantly to prevent sugar from burning. When the flavors are combined they taste like caramel.

Let sauce cool and keep refrigerated if making ahead. Serve berries with sauce on the side.

Berries and Secret Caramel Cream Sauce - gluten free and paleo dessert recipe

Berries and Secret Caramel Cream Sauce - gluten free and paleo dessert recipe

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Coconut Macaroon Popsicles for Zoku {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Paleo Recipe}

I was so tempted to go to Yogurtland tonight but got too lazy to drive. It’s literally 7 minutes away. Now that is pretty lazy. Some think going out is being lazy but I think the opposite and love cooking anything I can at home. It saves so much time and home cooked food tastes so much better than going out. So I just came up with this recipe instead. I discovered Coconut Nectar in the store today and am super excited to find another low glycemic sweetener. I am all about low glycemic sweeteners lately. Especially after cutting out sugar completely when I went Paleo for the first time last year for a challenge our crossfit gym had. When I introduced sugar back into my diet, I noticed how much it affected me. I got really bad headaches and totally felt like I crashed after I ate it. I also stopped liking the taste of things that are too sweet anymore. Bonus – There are so many benefits of low glycemic sweeteners. Eating low glycemic foods helps with weight control, is good for people with diabetes, prevents chronic diseases, gives you more energy, and is good for working out. Honey and agave nectar are also awesome low glycemic sweeteners. Not that any sweetener can be considered healthy. It is still better to avoid sweets altogether. But seriously who can do that? Low glycemic sweeteners are better for you than regular granulated sugar or brown sugar. And, definitely good when you are craving something sweet. To read more about Coconut Sugar, click here. To see a cool chart of what low glycemic versus high glycemic foods do to you, click here.

Now for the awesome popsicles that taste like Coconut Macaroons, at least according to my boyfriend.

Ingredients
1 Can Coconut milk
2/3 Cup Coconut Nectar
1 Cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

Combine all ingredients in a blender or just shake in a jar
Zoku time: 8-10 minutes in freezer

See that is faster than driving to Yogurtland.

Coconut Macaroon Popsicles for Zoku

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