Sweet Potato “Egg” Muffins

Today for breakfast I wasn’t in the normal “sweet-tooth” mood that I usually am in, I wanted something savory in muffin-form! So what better to make than an “egg” muffin, meaning tofu instead of real eggs for all those vegans out there. These did just the trick to quiet my early-morning hunger! You can totally substitute real eggs though, it would be just as tasty! These muffins are very satisfying and filled with lean protein as well as veggies! Perfect for an on-the-go kind of morning if these are made-ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer!

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Sweet Potato “Egg” Muffins

  • 1 large sweet potato, baked and peeled
  • 1 12 0z. block of silken tofu
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Cut sweet potato in fifths. Spray cooking spray in 5 muffin tins. Press each piece of sweet potato into one muffin cup.  Press down with a fork until each piece covers the bottom and sides.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes become browned.
  4. In a food processor, combine tofu, spinach, basil, paprika, salt and pepper.  Blend for about 20 seconds, or until mixture is smooth.
  5. stir in chopped tomatoes.  Add mixture to sweet potato cups and bake for another 15 minutes.

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Health Benefits

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Whole 30
  • 100% clean
  • All natural
  • No preservatives
  • No added sugar

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Gluten-free Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

Originally posted on The Athletic Avocado:

I’ve  been wanting to bake so badly lately!  I didn’t have much homework today and I was beyond bored and it was cold outside, so it was the perfect baking day.  I recently got a gluten-free flour blend from Ross and have been itching to use it and I had some super ripe bananas that I needed to use up so by popular demand, banana cake/bread it was.  But not just any banana bread, one that is healthy and swirled with chocolate because chocolate makes everything better!  Not to mention that it is gluten-free, dairy-free, clean and capable of being vegan!

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Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten or 2 flax eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. coconut…

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Evol Product Review

Now lets get this straight, I’m never one to rely on frozen meals for a quick and easy dinner.  They usually pack unnecessary added sugar, sodium and lots of ingredients I can’t pronounce.  However when the folks at EVOL sent me some of their products I immediately became hooked! I mean like how can you go wrong with burritos and guac?  Their food is so tasty and so satisfying!  Not to mention al the ingredients are natural and are packed with beneficial macros!  Let me break it down:

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Chicken Fajita  Burrito plus Guacamole (gluten-free):Fire grilled white meat chicken, roasted peppers & onions, rice, black beans, cheddar cheese, roasted corn and an authentic tomato salsa–All hand rolled together in an insanely tasty flour tortilla

Taste:  Move over chipotle!  This beauty tastes so fresh and amazing, I can’t believe it was frozen!  The side of guac definitely makes the meal!

Nutrition Facts: 260 calories, 7 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein and 1 gram of sugar per serving.  Pretty impressed!

Ingredients: All-natural:  Filling: black beans, cooked cilantro chicken, brown rice, tomatoes in juice, garlic, spices, jalapeños, lime juice, salt, Tortilla: Multigrain gluten-free flours, water, canola oil, potato starch, xanthan gum, guar gum, evaporated cane syrup, baking powder, salt.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken: Cilantro lime white meat chicken, black beans, brown rice, cheddar cheese, roasted corn and an authentic tomato salsa–All hand rolled together in an insanely tasty flour tortilla.

Taste:  Wow love the flavors of cilantro and lime together!  Definitely perfect with the semi-spicy salsa!  If you love mexican food, you will absolutely LOVE this!

Nutrition Facts: 320 calories, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 15 grams of protein.  Very impressed by the macros!

Ingredients: All-natural: Filling: black beans, cooked cilantro lime chicken, brown rice, tomatoes in juice, cheddar cheese, onions, bell peppers, corn, corn starch, garlic, jalapeños, spices, lime juice, salt, Tortilla: wheat flour, water, palm oil, baking powder, salt.

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Teriyaki Chicken (Gluten-free):Grilled white meat chicken with brown rice, broccoli, carrots, snap peas and red & green bell peppers–All topped with an insanely tasty teriyaki sauce.

Taste: So flavorful and so filling!  The teriyaki sauce is sweet yet savory and the chicken is so tender.  This is a wonderful meal complete with brown rice and veggies and you wouldn’t guess it was frozen!

Nutrition Facts: 260 calories, 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 14 grams of protein per meal!

Ingredients: All natural: brown rice, grilled chicken, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, bell peppers, water, gluten-free tamari soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, corn starch, ginger.

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Lemongrass Chicken (Gluten-free):Tender white meat chicken with brown rice, broccoli, carrots and snap peas–All topped with an insanely tasty lemongrass sauce.
Taste: Wow super flavorful!  I love the lemongrass sauce so much!  It ties the tender grilled chicken and the brown rice together perfectly!  Not to mention extremely filling!

Nutrition Facts:250 calories, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein per meal!

Ingredients: All natural: grilled chicken, lemongrass sauce, water, curry paste, red chile, spices, lime peel, lemon juice, lemongrass, fish sauce, jalapeño, garlic, corn starch, brown sugar, molasses, brown rice, broccoli, snap peas, carrots, water, lemon juice, lemongrass, cilantro, canola oil, olive oil.

These products are seriously amazing!  You NEED to check these out yourself!  Move over lean cuisine, The new and improved frozen healthy meal is coming your way!

Click here to get your EVOL products!

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WIAW: Cranberry-Pumpkin Butter

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Breakfast: My most favorite combo of oats, pumpkin, coconut flour, egg whites, chocolate  chips, nuts and of course peanut butter!

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Lunch: So glad I got to go to Panera, seriously love that place! Got the usual: Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with an apple

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Dinner: Went out again for dinner (twice in one day never happens!) at the cheesecake factory. Kept it nice and simple and ordered the Tuna Takita Salad which come with ahi-seared tuna! It was SO GOOD!

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Snacks: I had some pumpkin spice chobani with some almond butter and some chopped peanuts!  Also had a rice cake smothered in Pumpkin Cranberry Butter!

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Thanks to Jen for hosting!!! :)

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Teecino Herbal Coffee and Energy Cereal Product Review!

Now, first things first, I am not a tea person and I will probably never consider myself one.  I am a  die-hard coffee fan, all day e’r day!  However once I tried these products from Teecino, they changed my thought on coffee alternatives!.   I’ve been having troubles with caffeine, it’s been having a negative affect on me and it makes me feel dizzy and lethargic ! I never thought tea or herbal coffee  had much flavor, every time I tried it it seemed as if I was drinking hot water, not my cup of tea (pun intended).  Let me tell you about Teecino a little bit, their company is not only tea but caffeine-free herbal coffee and  super food cereal!  It is such a nice change from the same old cuppa’ joe!  Not to mention the herbs used contain antioxidants, soluble fiber, enzymes, essential oils and immune boosting constituents!  This product is so beneficial for your health just like tea!  Before I give details on their products, first look at this healthy recipe I made using their sustained energy cereal!

What they sent me:

Herbal Coffees

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French Roast Herbal Coffee(non-caf)

Taste:  I was so impressed by this one because I am a dark roast kind of girl!  The perfect intensity for a dark roast, not too high and not too little!  Their is no need for caffeine in this!

Vanilla Nut Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste:  Wow I love this flavor! Just the right amount of vanilla with a hint of a nutty taste!

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Dandelion Dark Roast Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste:  Again, in love with this dark roast!   Like it says on the packet “this delivers all the satisfaction without all the caffeine and acidity of coffee!”

Dandelion Caramel Nut Herbal Coffee(non-caf)

Taste: Similar to the dandelion dark roast but lighter.  This medium roast has a hint of sweetness thanks to “a swirl of sweet against roasted nuts”!

Hazelnut Herbal Coffee (non-caf)

Taste: This one has such a powerful decadent flavor!  the intense flavor of the hazelnuts is accompanied by golden roasted almonds, figs and dates, adding a tint of sweetness!

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Nutrition:  Only 20 calories per Tbsp. serving!  The ingredients are mostly organic like organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, organic figs, natural vanilla flavor and natural nut flavor!  This is a natural energy booster so there is no room for caffeine !  The energy comes from the nutrients and not stimulants!  Also inulin from chcory root supports and improves digestion!

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Tee Chia Sustained Energy Cereal: As described on the website, “TeeChia is a high performance, gluten-free cereal made from super seeds that produces lasting energy, satiety (satisfying fullness), and regularity.” Thanks to the blend of super seeds such as chia, flax, quinoa, amaranth, ramon and pumpkin, this cereal will keep you energized and satisfied while on the go!

Blueberry Date: So sweet and satisfying!  I love the blueberry and date flavors together!  The super seeds add an awesome crunch that regular oatmeal just doesn’t have!

Cranberry Apple:  Sweet yet tangy from the dried cranberries.  The apple and cranberries help balance each other out!

Nutrition Facts: 200-210 calories and 5-6 grams of fat per serving. Also 6 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 8-10 grams of sugar (from all natural sweeteners), 10% DV of iron and 20% DV of magnesium!

Ingredients:  All natural and organic ingredients such as gluten-free rolled oats,  organic quinoa seeds, organic amaranth seeds, dates, organic milled chia seeds, organic currants, organic milled flaxseeds, organic pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, organic cinnamon, organic ramon seeds, and natural flavors!

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 Click HERE to see my recipe for  Gluten-free Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies Made with Teechia Sustained Energy Cereal!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Bread Bake

Tis the season for everything pumpkin!  Fall is my favorite time of the year and one of the reasons may or may not be because you can find pumpkin in abundance!  I love everything about pumpkin, how creamy it is, how easy it is to bake with, the flavor of it, etc…  I always try to think outside of the box for new recipes and I’m glad to say this one is a hit!  I recieved Silver Hill Bakery bread in the mail yesterday and just knew I had to make something amazing with it!  And voila this beuaty was born!  who knew pumpkin cheesecake and french toast would be an amazing combo?  Oh and not to mention this bake is totally healthy so don’t feel guilty about it and enjoy every bite!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast Bread Bake

Serves 3-4

  • 3 cups cubed silver hills bakery bread
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. craisins
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup  milk ( I used almond)
  • 2 oz. lowfat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup/ honey
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place cubed bread, nuts and craisins in a medium bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine egg,  vanilla,cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and milk.  Mix well.  Add to bread, making sure it is evenly coated with mixture.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Spray cooking spray in a loaf pan, and add 1/2 of bread mixture.  Spread cream cheese mixture over top, them top with remaining bread mixture.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until done.
  7. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits

Silver Hills Bakery Bread:

  • No oil, artificial preservatives, additives, stabilizers, eggs, dairy, or GMO
  • Organic ingredients
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Sprouted whole grain
  • Vegan
  • Non-dairy
  • Contains abundant amounts of manganese, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium

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  • High in fiber
  • Rich in vitamin A, C, potassium, beta-carotene
  • Rich in antioxidants

Recipe as a Whole:

  • All natural
  • No refined sugar
  • No processed ingredients
  • Clean
  • High in fiber
  • High in protein
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Rich in vitamins
  • Whole-grain
  • Vegetarian

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Perfect for Meatless Mondays! Hosted by Confessions of a Mother Runner and Tina Muir

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Gluten-free Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

I’ve  been wanting to bake so badly lately!  I didn’t have much homework today and I was beyond bored and it was cold outside, so it was the perfect baking day.  I recently got a gluten-free flour blend from Ross and have been itching to use it and I had some super ripe bananas that I needed to use up so by popular demand, banana cake/bread it was.  But not just any banana bread, one that is healthy and swirled with chocolate because chocolate makes everything better!  Not to mention that it is gluten-free, dairy-free, clean and capable of being vegan!

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Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten or 2 flax eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. of coconut sugar, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl combine banana, vanilla, agave, milk and eggs.  Mix well. 
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture, stirring well and scraping the bottom of the bowl to make sure all the flour is combined.
  5. Divide batter equally into 2 bowls.  
  6. In one bowl, add the cocoa powder, coconut oil and agave.  Mix well.
  7. Spray cooking spray in a loaf pan.  Pour 1/2 of the chocolate mixture on the bottom of the loaf pan and pour 1/2 of the other mixture on the other 1/2 of the bottom.  Repeat for the remaining batter, except pouring the chocolate mixture on top of the other mixture and vise versa. 
  8. Using a tooth pick, swirl the batter, mixing the chocolate and banana layer together.
  9. Bake for about 3o minutes, or until done.
  10. Sprinkle coconut sugar evenly on top of cake and place in oven for another 5 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits:

Bananas:

  • Contains many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, biotin, potassium and  copper
  • High in fiber
  • Low-glycemic

Recipe as a Whole:

  • All-natural ingredients
  • No refined sugar
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Clean
  • High fiber
  • Natural sugars
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Low-glycemic
  • Chockfull of vitamins and minerals
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan (if using flax egg)

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DIY Gourmet Nut Butter: Red Velvet Cookie Butter!

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I noticed that gourmet nut butters have been all the rage lately and I can see why. They are so stinkin’ good! But they can have their downfalls, a lot of them are loaded with refined sugar, which is a no-no in my book, and number 2: they can cost up to $12 per jar! For those of you who don’t want to spend a fortune on these tasty products or are trying to eat healthier, this recipe is just perfect for you! What’s better than red velvet cake? NOTHING! Except this Red Velvet Cookie Butter! It’s so easy to make with NO ADDED SUGAR! It taste like the real thing in a sweet and luscious spread that is perfect on bread, crackers, waffles, pancakes, bananas, apples, you name it! So save some money and make this gourmet butter, you’ll swear that you bought it from the grocery store after…

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All Things Peanut Butter

 

 

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If you guys have ever seen or followed my blog before, I think its safe to say you know I’m kinda a peanut butter addict!  I just need to share this love with the whole world because peanut butter is one of the best foods in the world (health wise and taste wise!)!  Here are some amazing healthy recipes involving the best stuff on earth!

 

 

 

 Gluten-free Elvis Peanut Butter Hand Pies

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Peanut Butter Banana French Toast Roll Ups

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Larabar Dumplings

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Banana Peanut Butter Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

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Blueberry White Chocolate Peanut Butter English Muffin

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 Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Coconut Flour Munchkins

More Peanut Butter Recipes from amazing bloggers:

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Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cakes from the Vegan 8

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip from the Lean Green Bean

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars from Hungry Healthy Girl

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Peanut Butter Banana Crepes from Eat Clean Live Strong

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Almost Raw Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars from Oatmeal With A Fork

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Truffles from Flora Foodie

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5 Ingredient Spicy Peanut Sauce from I Heart Vegetables

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Apple Peanut Butter Soufflé from Sprint to the Table

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola from The Big Man’s World

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Mini Peanut Butter Banana Loaf from Pinks Pantry

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Gluten-free Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies

Since moving back to college I haven’t been able to make any recipes, which saddens the crap out of me!  Thankfully I was able to go to my friends apartment to make these cookies!  I brought all these ingredients to college thinking I would have enough time to make stuff, but unfortunately I have been busier than expected.  However, I am so glad I used my noodle to create this amazingly tasty and amazingly easy cooke recipe!  All-natural ingredients, no refined sugars, no artificial flavors/colors and no preservatives!  Not to mention Gluten-free, dairy-free,  and vegan!  I used Teechia sustained energy cereal which is pretty much a delicious mixture of oats, seeds, and dried fruit!  These super easy to make cookies are perfect for an on-the-go snack, a light dessert, or even for breakfast!

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Super Seed Banana Bread Cookies

Makes 10-12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup Gluten-free flour (I used garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Teechia sustained energy cereal (I used blueberry date) or 1/2 cup GF oats
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. agave nectar/honey/maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. raisins/ chopped dates
  • Melted vegan/dark chocolate (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and energy cereal.  Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine banana, coconut oil, agave,  and vanilla.  Stir well.
  4. Add banana mixture to flour mixture and combine well, scraping the sides of the bowl to get all the flour mixed in.
  5. Spray cooking spray on a cooking sheet and drop batter evenly into 12 cookies.  Bake for about 15-17 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Drizzle chocolate over cookies if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits:

Garbanzo Bean Flour:

  • Gluten-free
  • High in protein and fiber
  • Low in fat
  • No cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat

TeeChia Sustained Energy Cereal:

  • Gluten-free
  • High in protein , whole grains,and fiber
  • Contains Omega-3 fats
  • No refined/added sugar
  • No preservatives

Recipe as a whole:

  • All-natural
  • No added sugar
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • No artificial flavors
  • 100% clean
  • Chockful of vitamins and minerals
  • All-natural sweeteners
  • High in fiber and protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Whole-grains

 

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