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09
Jan 15

Healthy Purple Frosting Recipe

Healthy Birthday Cake Recipe

Hi Friends! How is everyone doing on those New Year’s Resolutions? We are working hard to remain true to our healthy habits in 2015 and hope you will continue to find support to do the same here. We love connecting with everyone via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to hear what you are doing to stay healthy. Everyone has such unique insights and we really learn a lot from our readers and like-minded health food lovers!

This year, as always, we have vowed to steer clear of ANYTHING artificial. Artificial
foods have no place in a living organism if we expect that organism to thrive and be
as healthy as possible! Artificial ingredients such as colors, sweeteners and flavors
are linked to fatigue, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches. Worse, they can
negatively impact your thyroid and have been linked with cancer.

Personally, it’s easy for me to avoid artificial ingredients 99% of the time. The
trouble happens when I need to make a cake for someone’s birthday. Those “someone’s” birthdays are  usually my kids requesting themed birthday cakes. When white frosting won’t cut it, I usually turn to my trusty India Tree natural food colors, but if you have ever tried them, you’ll know it’s tricky to get really vivid or unique colors. When my daughter had requested a Sophia the First birthday party, I really wanted to make her a true purple cake. I honestly lamented about it for days! Was I really entertaining the idea of baking a delicious and healthy cake and then slathering it with red 40 and blue 5? EEEK!!

Healthy Frosting Recipes

Well, inspiration hit JUST at the right moment. I remembered a trick we already had!

The solution? A full bag of freeze dried blueberries. I knew this trick worked with strawberries in my daughters 1st birthday cake so I used the same basic frosting recipe and it worked like a charm with blueberries! Simply pulverize them in a blender or food processor until they turn to powder and blend into any vanilla frosting of your choice. Start with a little and slowly add more to achieve the color you are looking for. I originally bought two bags and mixed one bag of the pulverized blueberries into the cakes as well, but it made very little difference in the color of my cakes once they were baked. So I suggest saving the blueberries for the frosting and letting the cakes remain their natural color.

My daughter was thrilled with her “Fia Cake” and talked about it for days. I was
thrilled to have a healthy cake to celebrate her day and felt like Cool Mom and Super
Mom at the same time because it was healthy enough to let her eat it for breakfast
the next day too!

Heathy Purple Frosting Recipe  (gluten-free, sugar-free, can be vegan)
Print Recipe

16 ounces, fluid Whipping Cream or Full Fat Coconut Cream, at room temperature
3 ounces Cream Cheese Or Coconut Butter, Softened
4 Tablespoons Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave
2 Tablespoons  Rice Flour or Oat Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2-3/4 cup Dehydrated Blueberries, powdered

In a high powdered blender, blend the blueberries until a fine powder.

In a small bowl, beat cream until whipped cream. Beat in the cream cheese until smooth. Add the liquid sweetener of your choice, flour, vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the powdered blueberries to the frosting to your desired thickness/color purple.  Pipe or spread onto any cake recipe. Keep any leftovers, sealed, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

 

 

 


04
Jan 15

Spinach Orange Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Spinach Orange Salad Pomegranate Dressing

If you’ve made any resolutions to eat healthier this year, you’re probably including lots of green salads! Spinach salads might feel a bit bland, but not with this one! We promise this salad is anything but boring with the delicious combination of pomegranates and oranges. Drizzled with sugar-free pomegranate dressing and a slight sprinkle of goat cheese, this will remind you why healthy eating feels so great! When greens taste this good, it’s easy to stay motivated and focused on eating well. Especially when a salad is sweet enough to curb those sugar cravings but fill your body with the nutrients it truly desires.

Healthy Sugar-Free Pomegranate Dressing Salad

This winter fruit salad is also packed with hidden proteins and energy boosting foods. Spinach, nuts and organic goat cheese give this spinach a surprising 5 grams of protein in each serving. This salad is also full of antioxidants and vitamin C to help keep you healthy during this cold season when sicknesses are around. And of course, pomegranates and poppy seeds make this salad extra pretty! Beautiful, healthy food is the secret to meeting your goals, losing weight, and feeling amazing!

Spinach Orange Pomegranate Salad

 

Spinach Orange Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
Print Recipe

Salad:
5 cups Fresh Organic Spinach
4 Clementines
1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
3 Tablespoons Organic Goat Cheese, Crumbled
1/4 cup Crushed Walnuts
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Dressing:
3 Tablespoons Fresh Pomegranate Juice
1 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Wash and dry spinach leaves. Peel clementines. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix. In a small bowl, whisk together the juices and olive oil until combined. Drizzle over salad and enjoy!

Serves 4-5


29
Dec 14

Natural Sweet Recipes: 2014 in Review

2014 Review

It’s just plain surreal that we’ll soon be in 2015! 2014 has been such an amazing year for us. We’ve had many wonderful opportunities and we owe it partly to you all! Thank you for following along with us on this path to a healthier lifestyle. If you know us personally, thanks for your excitement or interest in this project and for being our friend!

When we created a healthy baking wish list for 2014 at the beginning of this year, we had NO idea that we’d soon be working on recipes for a COOKBOOK! But yes, it happened! Despite the rush and craziness involved in that project, we enjoyed it SO much and were able to develop as bloggers, recipe developers and photographers. We’ve learned a lot over the past year and put what we learned to action on the blog!

Here’s what we completed of our 2014 baking wish list!

2014 Healthy Baking List

Homemade Raw Fruit Chips   Homemade Apple Chips and Banana Chips!

Halfway Bars (made vegan)     Dairy-Free Halfway Cookie PIE

Peanut & Dairy Free “Peanut Butter” Cups   Sunflower Butter Cups

Homemade White Chocolate  (gluten and egg free)  Vegan White Chocolate Chips!

Raw Fruit Tart    Raw Raspberry Fruit Tart (vegan!)

Rolls/Buns  - Homemade Sandwich Buns added to our cookbook!

Raw Apple Pie   Raw Apple Pie!

Homemade Donuts    Sour Cream Donuts!

This year was full of some of our favorite foods and recreating a few classics. Aside from our baking wish list, we’ve also worked on a few new and exciting recipes! Here are the best (or most popular) recipes of 2014!

French Silk Brownies

naturally sugar free french silk brownies

Vegan Mexican Quinoa Soup

vegan quinoa soup

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Avocado Buttercream

avocado cake

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate Chips

white chocolate chips

Healthy First Birthday Cake 

healthy birthday cake recipe

Blueberry Lemon Custard Bars (dairy-free)

healthy lemon custard recipe

If you have tried any of our recipes, we’d LOVE to know what your favorites are! Leave a comment below!

Here’s to a fabulous 2015! May this new year bring you health, joy and success!