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18
Mar 15

Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Bars

1Healthy Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Bars www.naturalsweetrecipes.com

My most charming trait (and one that my husband lovingly adores) is eating in the car.  This habit stems from my growing up days and is something our family just did. My mom does it. My sisters do it. It’s totally normal and something everyone does. I am married to a man that doesn’t totally think this is normal or that everyone does it… so we have worked out a system. I hide all traces of food in the car and he forgets all about it. This system works well for us but I always need easily transferable, non-messy foods for late mornings, work lunches and errand running to be successful. This has all led me to the beautiful breakfast bar.

Unlike granola bars or nutty fruit bars, these protein bars are seriously crumb free (and nut free). They might be the most awesome travel bar treat for kids of all ages. I didn’t even plan on them for the blog! Totally experimental, I dumped a few things into the blender, popped those things in the oven and hoped for the best. “The best” were delicious bars that were better than I had imagined!

Healthy Cinnamon Protein Bar Recipe

The name Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Bars came after some serious deliberation. They had me quite puzzled upon first taste… I tasted cinnamon strongly but there was also an eggy consistency that was undeniably german pancake style…  Eggy and sweet (sweetener than I had imagined for only use dates to sweeten!). Call these what you will, but they are a fantastic on the go breakfast and taste great with applesauce or jam spread over their crackled tops.

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These bars are nice and thick, hold together quite well for on the run and are packed with 3 sources of protein. Hurray, eggs, almond milk and garbanzo beans!

Do garbanzo beans make you want to run away screaming? These bars turned out sweeter than I had planned and the beans are hidden by the sweet milk and cinnamon. Really! You can’t beat these sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and protein-rich bars. Try them! I’m sure you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I was!

Cinnamon Protein Bars

Healthy Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Bars (sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free option)
Print Recipe

1 can rinsed and drained, Garbanzo Beans
3/4 cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
1 3/4 teaspoons Cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Gluten Free Oats
8 Large Medjool Dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla or Almond Extract
3 Large Eggs

Soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes. In a high powdered blender, blend up all the ingredients (reserving 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon for dusting over top) until smooth (or slightly chunky for more textured bars if you prefer) . Pour into a lightly greased or parchment lined 9 by 9 glass baking dish. Sprinkle more cinnamon over top the bars. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or the tops have crackled and edges have become golden.


14
Mar 15

Healthy Green Fruit Dip

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Although this fruit dip may not be one of the most beautiful foods in all the world, it does have it’s own rustic charm and for that we love it.

Do you need some extra good luck with our sugar-free challenge lately? We know how you all feel. This time of year, we would be unapologetically inhaling Healthy Thin Mint Cookies and Shamrock Shakes. But that’s for another time. We are going strong with our sugar-free challenge and the results are present!! Are you feeling the benefits of choosing better wholesome foods over white sugar!? Whatever your goals are, this nutritious healthy fruit dip is a delicious and festive way to celebrate!

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We’re pretty sure that everyone on the planet loves nut butters with fruit. Be it almond butter and bananas, cashew butter and pears or peanut butter and apples, we all love the combination of sweet and nutty-creamy spreads. This delicious peanut butter dip is the perfect addition to all your favorite fruit and makes it festive for St. Patties snacking. It’s pretty tasty without fruit too and rest assured you’re getting a nice helping of protein and veggies with a serving of this dip! That green color is totally authentic with a hidden vegetable pureed inside.

Make your holiday naturally sweet with a treat that will benefit your sugar detox challenge! Enjoy and Good Luck!!

Healthy Green Fruit Dip (no-bake, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan)
Print Recipe

1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 cup Fresh Packed Spinach
1/2 cup Gluten-Free Oats
1/4 cup Coconut Shreds
1/4 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Flavored Stevia Extract
1/4 cup Peanut Flour

In a blender, blend the almond milk with the spinach, oats and coconut until smooth. Add the peanut butter and blend. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Or scoop out and stir the remaining flours mixture if too thick for your blender. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes for a chilled dip or serve immediately with fresh fruit.

 


09
Mar 15

21 Clean Recipes and Sugar-Free Challenge Update

We’ve been at this sugar-free challenge now for a full week so that means we’ve been busy eating healthy delicious foods! If you could use some help, look no further! We’ve got 21 sugar-free tasty dishes to share with you today!

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Although you may have felt headaches, fatigue or just plain lousy (sugar cravings can get ugly), we made it through week 1. Week 1, although difficult, is armed with the excitement of this project and that makes things a little more interesting. Week 2 can sometimes be the most challenging part of any detox. The key to week 2 is to stay interested. The newness of a sugar-free challenge is wearing off and you may begin to feel a little bored/tired of the “I can’t eat that” routine. Remember that you can eat anything you want. You are choosing to fuel your body right now with the foods it needs and sugar just isn’t one of them. You are doing great and if you’ve had doubts or cravings, the best is yet to come!

Now is the time to find new and delicious dishes to keep you focused and excited about what we are doing.  We’re making it easy by bringing low to no sugar recipes, (depending on your individual goals and challenge) right here. We’ve compiled a few amazing recipes from the web as well as some blog favorites! These delicious recipes are sure to spark that interest/motivation that you need to stay on track. We have come so far and now is the time to keep boredom down and motivation high!

Easy Kale Strawberry Salad

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This tasty Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

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Mango Colada Green Smoothie

Mango Green Smoothie

These clean carrot cake bombs plus tips for a sugar detox!

Sugar-Free Paleo Banana Bread

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This awesome vegan cauliflower and broccoli salad

Divine Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice

 Homemade Banana Chips

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Paleo cinnamon pecan cookies for days when you don’t want to cheat, but need a treat!

Check out this nutritious green smoothie guide! 

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

 Baked Sweet Potato Fries (omit coconut sugar if desired)

Baked Sweet Potato Fries Natural Sweet

THIS ginger green drink is amazing!  

Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies are super soft and delicious!

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Vegan Mint Pesto (omit maple syrup if desired)

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Sugar-Free Apple Crisps

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No-bake Carrot Cake Cookies

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Sugar-Free Chocolate Fudge

Veggie Packed Vegetarian Chili:

Easy Vegetarian Chili Recipe Sugar-Free

In your favorite Chili recipe, add 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and kale. Add to the pot during the last 10 minutes or so of simmering. Top with diced fresh avocado and more fresh tomatoes for a veggie packed dish that freezes well and tastes amazing as leftovers.

Smokey Hummus from Hidden Fruits and Veggies! Use fresh carrots and bell peppers for a yummy treat!

Mexican Quinoa Salad

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Non-Alcoholic Freshly Juiced Sangria

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Hope you’re going to celebrate with delicious, nourishing foods this week and remember that your efforts will be rewarded with better health and energy! Have a wonderful week 2 of sugar-free eating! XOXO

Have you seen any benefits from this challenge so far?  What healthy foods having you been loving while on this challenge?