Strawberry Rhubarb Gummies

Sweet, chewy and bursting with strawberry flavor, these gummies are a perfect treat for the warmer months. Unlike traditional gummy candies, which are mostly filled with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and “natural flavors” (which, are usually not so natural), these gummies are actually gut healing thanks to the ingredient that helps them set: gelatin.

Maybe you’ve heard of collagen - it’s trending right now in the health world. Gelatin is similar to collagen - it’s actually made from it (and in case you didn’t know, both are made from animal parts including skin, bones and tissue, so if you’re vegan or vegetarian, these superfoods may not be for you).

The gelatinous quality of gelatin that makes it useful for gummies, desserts and more is also what makes it beneficial when we consume it. Gelatin is slower to digest, meaning it moves through the GI tract further and coats the small intestine, which helps heal the gut. It also contains protein and amino acids like glycine that strengthen the gut lining and therefore lower inflammation in the body.

Additionally, the sticky, glue-like quality of gelatin can support the formation of strong cartilage or connective tissues, which is why it and collagen are touted as beauty and youth superfoods (think younger, more supple skin and joints).

Especially if you’re dealing with gut issues like me, gelatin is an awesome food to work into your diet to support your healing efforts. And if you don’t have gut issues? Well I suggest trying out these gummies anyways because they’re mega delicious and FUN!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Gummies

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint strawberries, stems removed and sliced

  • 3 stalks rhubarb, chopped

  • 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk (ideally one with no guar gum, like the one I’ve linked)

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 cup gelatin (important to use a quality source of gelatin, I’ve linked the brand I mostly use!)

  • 2-3 tsp honey (optional, omit if you’re on any specific protocol like low FODMAP, SCD, etc)

Directions:

  1. Add strawberries and rhubarb to a small saucepan over medium heat. Let cook until everything has broken down (about 10-15 minutes). Let mix cool for a few minutes.

  2. Pour the fruit mixture into your high speed blender or food processor. Add in the coconut milk, vanilla and honey (if using) and blend until smooth.

  3. Let mixture cool for a few minutes, then add the gelatin to the blender and blend again until smooth. Immediately pour into a 9 x 9 inch baking dish and refrigerate until the mixture is set (30 - 45 minutes). Slice into squares or other fun shapes and enjoy immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Have you USED gelatin before?

If so, what did you make? If not, are you open to trying this gut-healing superfood? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Pumpkin Spice Freezer Fudge

Who doesn’t love all things pumpkin spice??

I developed this recipe for Robyn Youkilis (original post here) and boy is it delicious! If you’re looking for an easy, healthy dessert (or snack!) this holiday season, look no further.

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Pumpkin Spice Freezer Fudge

This simple freezer fudge comes together in a few minutes and is the perfect healthy sweet to serve guests, or keep on hand for when you want a little something after lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp almond butter, cashew butter or tahini (room temperature)

  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2-3 tbsp sweetener of choice (maple syrup is my favorite but honey or coconut sugar would work too) (room temperature)

  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • Dash sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a blender or small food processor, combine almond butter, cashew butter or tahini with pumpkin puree, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, dash of sea salt and blend until smooth.

  2. Add vanilla extract and sweetener if using to taste.

  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Pour mixture on paper and spread evenly (for a thicker fudge line loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture. You also can use silicone candy mold or ice cube trays).

  5. Place in freezer to set for 20-25 minutes (can also leave overnight!).

  6. Remove from freezer and serve immediately. If serving at a party I recommend plating them then set the plate on top of an ice bath to keep them cold.

What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin spice? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Summer recipe round up!

Today I've got a whole slew of healthy, crowd-pleasing summer recipes for you, just in time for the weekend.

I'm down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina spending the long weekend with my family - relaxing on the beach, swimming in my grandparent's pool and (of course) eating delicious, homemade food. 

I love trying new recipes when I have a little bit more time, and a few more mouths to enjoy the results with.

Here are the recipes that I might try this weekend:

Do you like cooking more when you have more time to experiment? Where do you find your recipes? Share with us all in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Almond Butter Freezer Fudge

This recipe is DANGEROUSLY delicious. Seriously, I have to exercise ALL of my willpower not to eat the whole batch in one sitting [and when I do... I don't feel that bad because it's literally ONLY made of good for you ingredients!].

I created this recipe as a chocolate free alternative to my Superfood Chocolate. I know, that might sound silly (chocolate free chocolate?? huh???) so let me explain: I am super sensitive to caffeine so I wanted a treat that I could have at night that wouldn't keep me up.

Side note: Up until writing this blog post, I always thought that chocolate contained caffeine because when I ate it at night I would have trouble sleeping. My research showed that chocolate (or raw cacao powder) actually does not contain caffeine, but it does however contains theobromine which is a stimulant related to caffeine. Interesting!

Feel free to swap almond butter for any nut or seed butter. I've made this with sunflower seed butter, peanut butter and even a mixed nut butter and ALL were incredible.

Almond Butter Fudge // paleo, gluten free, vegan option, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter (room temperature)
  • 3-4 scoops collagen peptides or protein powder of choice**
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • generous dash cinnamon
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, slivered almonds, chocolate chips or cacao nibs, etc!
  • optional sweetener: a few drops of liquid stevia or maple syrup

**Note: if you use a protein powder, you'll likely not need to add any additional sweetener since most protein powders have some sort of flavor or sweetener. If you use collagen, you can leave the fudge unsweetened (I like to increase the vanilla and cinnamon for natural sweetness) or add in sweetener to taste.

Instructions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine melted coconut oil and almond butter until smooth. Add in protein powder and process until well combined.
  2. Taste and add sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener as desired.
  3. For thin bark, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture on paper and spread evenly. For a thicker fudge, line loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture. You can also get fancy and use silicon candy molds or ice cube tray like these: Silicon Candy Mold or Silicon Ice Cube Tray.
  4. Add toppings of choice - I like flaked coconut and slivered almonds, but get creative!
  5. Place in freezer to set (approximately 15 minutes). Remove from freezer to slice.
  6. Keep in freezer or fridge. Fudge will melt if left out for extended period of time.

Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup!

A few ideas on how to say I love you with food :)

  • Superfood Chocolate - Easy, homemade chocolate fudge, free of refined sugar and packed with good-for-your ingredients.
  • Dreamy Chocolate Pudding - Your sweetie will NEVER guess that the base of this creamy pudding is actually avocado! Yum!
  • Stuffed Dates - Dates + peanut butter + chocolate = nature's snickers bar. Seriously.
  • Chocolate Cake - I don't like cake and I like this cake. Enough said.

AND... if you don't feel like making something homemade, check out this post for my favorite healthy chocolate bars: Healthy Chocolate Bar Review.