Healthified Dairy, Gluten, and Refined Sugar Free Date Nut Pinwheels

OKAY date nut pinwheels have forever been my fave Christmas cookie and this year I’ve made my best decision yet in healthifying these bitches. Huge shout out to The Toasted Pine Nut for her delish egg, refined sugar, gluten, and dairy free cookie dough (borrowed from her Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Cookie Recipe) that I used for this recipe and just switched up the filling.

K that’s really all I need to say here cuz these tasty lil treats speak for themselves. So I’m gonna get back to spending time with my family now, but ENJOY and have a very happy holidays!!!!


Healthified Dairy, Gluten, and Refined Sugar Free Date-Nut Pinwheels

  • Servings: 36 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • The Toasted Pine Nut’s Gluten-Free Dough
  • ¾ cup ghee
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • Date-Nut Filling

  • ¾ pound soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Add your ghee, honey, and vanilla together in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  2. Add in the almond flour and tapioca flour and thoroughly combine until a dough forms.
  3. Dump the dough out onto a piece of wax or parchment paper and place another piece on top. Roll out the dough until it’s an even sheet about ¼ inch thick.
  4. Place in the freezer to set for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the date-nut filling in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring continuously until a thick paste forms. Remove from heat.
  6. Using a spatula, spread the date filling in an even layer over the dough.
  7. Using the parchment or wax paper to help you, carefully roll the dough until you have a round log.
  8. Roll the log in wax or parchment paper and refrigerate for an hour.
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Remove your log from the fridge and slice it into cookies about ½ inch thick. Place them on your lined baking sheet and cook until they start to get a golden color, about 12-15 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then enjoy!

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Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

Dessert for breakfast anyone? Okay so it’s not actually dessert but I bet it’d fool just about anyone if they didn’t know better.

K so it was leg day today and ya girl went HARD soooo I decided to treat myself with a little Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie bowl. Rootz is the only protein powder that doesn’t make me feel any ill effects afterwards so bless you Rootz for making such an amazing all-natural paleo protein powder. ILYSM. Rember to use my discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off at checkout!

 

Dreamy Dark Cacao Rootz Protein Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Rootz Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • Toppings:

  • buckwheat
  • coconut flakes
  • cacao nibs
  • 4 strawberries, sliced
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Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients except for the toppings to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and thick.
  2. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings. Enjoy!
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Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

OK so usually when I have smoothies I’ll basically throw all things healthy that I can possibly think of into a blender in order to get the max amount of nutrients possible out of that shake. So for example I’ll throw in some greens, spirulina powder, turmeric root, ginger, Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder, etc. and it just makes one giant cluster frick of brown flavored smoothie. So maybe not the best in the way of taste, but not the worst.

BUT I’ve discovered a new way to get a majority of those healthy nutrients into my smoothie AND have it taste like an absolute dream. I’m not kidding. Rootz Protein has literally changed my life. It tastes so freakin good and it’s entirely paleo friendly aka it’s made entirely of natural ingredients. Nothing artifical, no chemicals, no preservatives, just things you would find lying around the kitchen. Amazing. Seriously. Just click that little link above (or right here.) and look at the ingredients in there.

AND because I love you guys, you can use the discount code “bitesbybai” for 10% off your entire order at any point in the year BUT as a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal you can use the code “BFCM” for 20% off your purchase from November 23-27th!!!!!

The most beautiful thing about this shake is that all the deliciousness of the Rootz Protein Powder, dark cocoa, banana, and almond butter TOTALLY takes away the taste of the spinach so you really have no idea you’re secretly getting your greens in there too (except for the fact that you put them in the blender so you know they’re in there). So what are you waiting for?! Treat your tastebuds and your body right and get to making this shake!!!

Rootz Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (and Greens) Protein Shake

  • Servings: 1 shake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 scoop Rootz Chocolate Banana Nut Protein Powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened cashew (or any non-dairy) milk

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!


The Perfect Fall Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

pumpkin spice almond milk

I know, it’s just the beginning of September. Are we really  going to start this pumpkin spice EVERYTHING thing this early?

My answer? HARD YES!!!!!

Brendan likes to make fun of me because he says I don’t even like the actual taste of pumpkin, I just like all the spices and the trendiness of it all BUT he is wrong. I love pumpkin. Soooooo, I’ve dedicated my entire fall this year to proving him wrong. AKA I will be making like 100 million pumpkin recipes so he literally has to eat his own words. Muahahahhahaha.

Of course one of my all time favorite fall beverages of choice has to be the PSL (pumpkin spice latte), but having learned in my recent years that most cafe-made PSLs actually don’t even contain any real pumpkin (say WHAAA?!), they just pump in a bunch of sugary “pumpkin-flavored” syrup (ew), as well as my quitting caffeine for my anxiety’s sake, I’ve decided no more PSLs for this chick. Sad, but my body comes first and my body says no. But not even sad because this means I now have the challenge of coming up with own healthified versions of the PSL!!!!

MISSION ACCEPTED.

And in this case, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And by far exceeded.

Oh yes, baby. This homemade pumpkin spice almond milk is TO DIE FOR. I was going to start out with this and then keep going on to make a decaf PSL with coffee, but tbh I may just stop here because I don’t think I could possibly do any better. JK I wouldn’t dare deprive us all of a healthy PSL.

Anyways, the best part about this almond milk is that it’s all natural, FRESH AS FRICK, and you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. No chemicals, no preservatives, no hidden sugars, just almonds, pure pumpkin, spices, and maple syrup. Boom.

Anddddd, because I’m just absolutely obsessed with my Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag (literally you can make the freshest milks, coolest flours, cold brew coffee, juices, and so much more), I’ve partnered with them to give you all 10% off your entire orders so you can make all the delicious stuff I make with mine too! Just use the discount code “bitesbybai” at checkout!

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for ya today. Happy Fall my peeps!

 

The Perfect Fall Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched almonds, soaked in water overnight
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
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Directions

  1. Drain your almonds and place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until everything is smooth.
  2. Pour the blender contents into your Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag and strain out your milk.
  3. Store the milk in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
  4. * I also like to save my pulp and use it to flavor cookies or energy balls!

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 


Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

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It’s now day two of my 7-day sugar detox and I’m doing okay! No cravings or withdrawals really which has been nice, especially for those around me because I can get pretty cranky sometimes when I want to eat something I can’t have…

BUT, I’m pretty sure I found a secret to reducing my sugar cravings.

You ready for this?!

Iiiiiiiiiittttt’sssssss…. ELLIE’S BEST NUT MILK BAG!!!!

Bailey. What the actual F is a nut milk bag? Okay so I wasn’t really familiar with the process of making nut milks until recently (which is weird that I had never delved into that topic with the amount of cashew milk I consume on the reg) when I learned about Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bags. Making nut milk is actually like super duper easy? All you have to do is throw your nuts and whatever other flavors you want in some filtered water, soak it, blend it up, and then squeeze it through this lil’ gem of a bag and VOILA the freshest and tastiest nut milk you’ve ever had in your entire life.

Annnddddd, the best part about making your own is that you can control what you put into your drink! No added sugars or preservatives? That’s what I’m talking about people! Take back control of what you’re putting into your beautiful bodies!

AND!!!! I need to stop starting paragraphs off with “and” so much, but really I just keep thinking of more and more great stuff! You don’t even have to limit yourself to nut milk with this bad boy! I’m talking coconut milk, cold brew coffee, fresh squeezed juice, and so much more. I’ll keep posting more recipes as I experiment more and more. Oh, and there’s no waste here either. That pulp you just squeezed the life out of? Ya, dry that ish up and turn it into flour. Or make it into vegan cheese. Or add it to hummus. The possibilities are endless!!

So since I love my nut bag so much and love you guys equally as much, I’ve teamed up with Ellie’s Nut Milk Bags to get you 10% off your entire purchase by using the discount code “bitesbybai”. You guys. This is life changing. Take advantage while you can. And enjoy this delicious, thirst-quenching, treat of a drink!


Creamy Sugar and Dairy Free Horchata

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup raw blanched almonds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Additional cinnamon to sprinkle on top

Directions

  1. Add the brown rice, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and water to a container and soak for at least 6 hours.
  2. Once your mixture is done soaking, add it all to a high-powered blender. Add in the vanilla extract then blend until you have a relatively smooth, pulpy liquid.
  3. Pour the contents of the blender into your Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag (or you could use a cheese cloth) and squeeze out the liquid as best as you can.
  4. Serve your horchata over ice with a dash of cinnamon on top.
  5. Store your horchata in the fridge for up to a week.
  6. * Also, save your pulp and throw it on a pan in the oven at 170 degrees F to dry it out, then throw it back in a blender and you have yourself some horchata flour!