Easy, Nut-Free Chocolate Truffles (Vegan) –Video

Raw treats are some of my favorite desserts to eat.

Easy, Nut-Free Chocolate Truffles (Vegan)

Unfortunately, most recipes require copious amounts of nuts, which I don’t tolerate well in large amounts, and since my oldest daughter can’t have them at all, I wanted to create a delicious, chocolat-y treat for us to both enjoy!

These easy, decadent truffles are made up of just four ingredients, and they are fancy enough to serve to guests!

Please enjoy the following video for these delights.

 

 

Easy, Nut-Free Chocolate Truffles (Vegan)
 
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Serves: 8 truffles
Ingredients
  • 1½ c. soft dates (about seven ounces)
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. oats (I use Country Choice Organic Oats)
  • pinch sea salt
  • OPTIONAL COATING IDEAS:
  • -coconut
  • -cocoa powder
  • -pistachio pieces
Instructions
  1. Process the oats until broken down into a flour consistency.
  2. Pulse in the cocoa and salt.
  3. Add in the dates and process until well combined (add in a splash of water if needed to bring everything together).
  4. Roll the mixture into small balls.
  5. Roll in toppings, if desired.
  6. Chill until set or enjoy as is!
Notes
Nutrition facts do not include any coatings. WW points (new system): 2
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛ of recipe Calories: 84 Fat: 0.5 g Saturated fat: 0 g Unsaturated fat: 0.5 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 21.4 g Sugar: 15.8 g Sodium: 20 mg Fiber: 2.8 g Protein: 1.3 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Adapted from Bon Appetit

What are your favorite nut-free recipes?

Friday Finds

1. The Perfect, Cheap Sieve

I use a sieve for just about every recipe I prepare, whether I’m rinsing frozen fruit for a smoothie or rice for a stir-fry, and I found the best one for all of my daily jobs.

Winco MS3A-8S Strainer with Single Fine Mesh, 8-Inch Diameter

Not only is it priced just right (hello FIVE dollars!), it rinses everything from vegetables to quinoa without a single lost seed.

2. Healthy Halloween Candy Round-Up

My blog pal Laura from Petite Allergy Treats has a great post you should check out!

From Snickers and candy cups to Peppermint Patties and marshmallows, these treats are all healthy, allergy-friendly, and delicious! Check out the round-up here.

3. Aluminum-Free Microdermabrasion Scrub

I am the queen of amateur skin care and trying new products.

When I was younger, I used to pay $100-200 a month to get microdermabrasion treatments for acne, and I really loved the results! Now, however, I am always looking for more frugal ways to care for my skin, while still trying to obtain the same results of the expensive methods.

I began researching microdermabrasion equipment and at-home scrubs and found that most required the use of an aluminum-based substance, which I did not like.

This one, however, employs finely ground dead sea salts, which are high in minerals and nourishing for the skin.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts - At Home Microdermabrasion Crystals - Dead Sea Salt Exfoliating Crystals for Acne, Oily Skin and Blackheads - Finely Ground Facial Sea Salt for Face Exfoliation - Remove Dead Skin Cells and Reveal a Radiant, Clear Layer of Skin - Mix with Cleanser, Soap, Masks or for At Home Microdermabrasion with Dead Sea Salts

I have a skin type that needs constant exfoliation to look decent, so products like this are so awesome for me, as they slough off the top dry, dull layer of skin, brightening my complexion in the process.

Mixed with a bit of olive oil, this is also very moisturizing!

4. Halloween Ghost Craft

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and if you’re like me, you want scary paraphernalia everywhere!

 

This cool glow in the dark ghost requires only a handful of materials, is easy to put together, and will make your kids scream with glee!

5. Chickpea Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Video

Remember these delights?

I love them so much, I created a video showing you exactly how to make them. I hope you enjoy it!

What new thing have you discovered lately?

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF, Nut-Free)

Change is an inevitable part of life.

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF, Nut-Free)

Moving, growing, dying, changing jobs, changing schools…these are rather large events that don’t necessarily happen every day, but other small changes are happening all of the time.

Fall is suddenly apparent, as the night air is a bit chillier, a kid learns a new word, thereby exerting her growing independence and unavoidable departure into adulthood, and the new cutting board that is desperately needed is shunned mentally in favor of the old one always occupying the space behind the faucet.

I’m not a fan of change.

Said cutting board was ultimately even returned to Target, as I simply wasn’t ready to ‘move on’ from my molding bamboo variety.

I’m not a fan of adventure or doing new things or meeting new people (I’m such a crab, I know), I simply want to freeze time and do over and over what I like without any outside distractions.

One of the ways I find myself trying to control the ever-evolving world, is by eating my favorite meals.

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF, Nut-Free) 2

People talk of ‘comfort food’ and I never really knew exactly what it meant.

My initial reaction to the phrase was that ‘comfort food’ was something unhealthy. A big piece of chocolate cake, a drippy ice cream sundae, or a bucket of greasy fried chicken were all things that came to mind.

For me, comfort food is eating a meal that I love…something I’ve made a number of times before and crave on a regular basis…something I know will turn out tasty and make me feel nourished!

For me, this meal is often in the form of a stir-fry.

Delicious fluffy brown rice, topped with a medley of protein and vegetables, all lightly tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce.

This, to me, is true comfort food, and a consoling constant in my life that I can always rely on.

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF, Nut-Free)
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 T. oil, divided (I like coconut or grapeseed)
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 4 t. fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 c. broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4-5 T. water, as needed
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. orange juice
  • 2 t. honey (use 3 teaspoons if you like your stir-fries sweeter; I like two)
  • 1 T. rice vinegar
  • 1½ t. sesame oil
  • 1½ t. arrowroot
  • ¼ t. red pepper flakes
  • quinoa or brown rice, for serving
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin by heating one tablespoon of oil in a large pan.
  2. Add in the chicken thigh pieces along with some salt and pepper, and cook through (about 10 minutes), stirring often.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl: soy sauce, orange juice, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, arrowroot, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, transfer it from the pan to a plate.
  5. Add two tablespoons of water to the chicken pan to deglaze it, stirring up any brown bits.
  6. Add the other tablespoon of oil to the same pan, along with the garlic, scallions, and ginger.
  7. Saute the mix for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  8. Add in the broccoli, along with 2-3 tablespoons of water, and cook until bright green.
  9. Add back the chicken pieces, as well as the sauce ingredients (be sure to give the sauce mix a little whisk before adding to stir up the arrowroot).
  10. Cook the mix just until the sauce thickens and coats the broccoli and chicken pieces.
  11. Serve atop quinoa or brown rice with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
Notes
Nutrition facts are based on using grapeseed oil and two teaspoons of honey. Quinoa and brown rice nutrition facts are NOT taken into account. WW points (new system): 9
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe Calories: 355 Fat: 17.4 g Saturated fat: 3.2 g Unsaturated fat: 14.2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 13 g Sugar: 5.3 g Sodium: 582 mg Fiber: 3.1 g Protein: 36.5 g Cholesterol: 101 mg

Adapted from this recipe

Notes:

If you’re not a fan of broccoli, use four cups of any vegetables you like!

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (GF, Nut-Free) 3

What is your favorite comfort meal?

 

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