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Chocolate Chip Meringues

I’ve said it before but meringues and I have a history. I used to count down my calories all the way to my sugar free packaged meringues I would enjoy at night. Now whenever I see these meringues in the grocery store, I cringe a bit. Not only do they bring me back to the no fun calorie counting days, but to be honest I never really liked them that much anyway. What I did like was that I could eat a whole bunch for 100 calories. Now I would say it’s totally not worth it! These meringues on the other hand are different. These are full of real food ingredients, delicious, and protein packed. The even better part, I have no clue how many calories are in them! That’s something to be proud of 😉

chocolate chip meringues

Ingredients: 

  • 4 large egg whites 
  • 3 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips (omit these if you are Paleo)
  • dash of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl beat your egg whites, coconut sugar, and salt on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold the cocoa powder into your mixture.
  4. Next carefully fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. On a well greased baking sheet scoop the egg whites into circles.
  6. Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours at 200 degrees.
  7. After 1 and 1/2 hours turn off your oven and let the meringues cool inside the oven (about 1 hour longer).

Makes 6-8 large meringues

Little tip: To make these quickly you can bake them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes watching them closely to make sure they don’t burn. They won’t harden as well but still make for a great sweet tooth fix in a pinch.

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Anyone else a former calorie counter? Want to get rid of the calorie counting habit? Send me an email ([email protected]) I’m happy to help!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Here is a really simple snack to make if you need a fix for your sweet tooth. Bonus is it includes bananas, which are a great source of both potassium and magnesium. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs. Enjoy life semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large banana
  • Topping of choice (I used unsweetened coconut flakes and sprinkles)

Directions: 

  1. Slice up one banana and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl melt together your chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  3. Immediately dip the bottom of your banana slice into the chocolate and place, chocolate side up on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with topping of choice.
  4. Repeat until all your slices are covered.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and enjoy!

Makes 2 servings 

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the  end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…

  • Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
  • Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
  • Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
  • Extra naps
  • Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
  • Going shopping
  • Extra manicures and pedicures
  • Lots of time with friends and family

peppermint chocolate chip sugar cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
  3. Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  5. Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
  6. Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 12 cookies

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gluten free peppermint chocolate chip cookie

Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?

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