Vanilla Bean Coconut Bliss Balls

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These were gone as fast as I made them! Vanilla bean coconutty bliss balls. Smooth, sweet bites of  tropical summer! They’re dairy free + paleo and vegan friendly too! Throw all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until thick and creamy. Roll into spoonful-sized balls and top with extra shredded coconut. Serve at room temp or slightly chilled.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.
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Vegan Friendly Gluten Free Wagon Wheels


Homemade treats are happening in the kitchen today. Wagon wheels were a popular dessert for Aussie kiddos back in the 1950’s – traditionally made with shortbread biscuits, strawberry jam, marshmallow fluff and chocolate. I remixed this classic treat into a healthier more adult”ish” version. Super lush sweet almond and cashew “cookie dough” with vanilla bean coconut cream and fresh raspberry chia jam. All covered in chocolate of course + it’s gluten-free and vegan friendly! Here’s how you make em!

Makes 2 full wagon wheels

Ingredients

Cookie dough:
1/2 cup sweet almond paste
1/2 coconut flour
1 cup raw cashews
Splash of hemp mylk (if needed)
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the cashews are fine and the cookie dough forms a ball. Set aside.

Coconut cream:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.

Raspberry chia jam:
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maple syrup
*Mix ingredients in a cup and let chia seed activate for 10 minutes.

Chocolate shell:(after the wagon wheels are assembled and frozen)
1 cup chocolate chips (enjoy life if you prefer vegan)
1 tsp veg oil
*Microwave ingredients in a cup for 2 minutes. Stir with a spoon and repeat until chocolate is melted and the consistency is ready for pouring.

Assembly:
Use a a cylinder form such as Ateco to help shape your wagon wheels. Start with pressing 1/4 of the cookie dough into the mold, making sure it is level with the tamper before adding a layer of coconut cream, jam and cookie dough once more.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour before removing the from the form and covering with melted chocolate.
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Peanut Butter Coco Cups

Peanut Butter Coco Cups
Ingredients:
Young coconut water
Young coconut meat
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tsp mesquite powder
1 tsp organic coconut sugar
1/2 tsp maca powder
1 handful Ice

*Blend in a blender until smooth and pour back into coconut. Top with chocolate covered cacao nibs, coconut flakes and drizzle with pb and chocolate!Peanut Butter Coco Cups


Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream with Berries

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Apricot vanilla bean cashew cream topped with berries and drizzled with vanilla bean agave. A simple and satisfying summer treat. Gaaaaw just look at those little vanilla bean specks!

Ingredients:
1 cup cashews (soaked in water overnight, drained)
1 ripe apricot
1/4 cup filtered water
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
Top with berries and more apricots. Drizzle with vanilla bean agave.
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Oh My Peachy Pie

I promise you I’m not only eating pie (2 pie posts in a row eeek)! My Grandpa has a peach tree in his front yard and the little tree has exploded with peaches this year. I mean LOTS of peaches, about 200+! There are so many peaches that the branches are breaking! So Dan and I have been assigned the task of picking all the ripe ones during our lunch break each day.

Happy to help!
Peach Pie

Crust
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cubed and very cold
1/2 cup cold water, plus more as needed

-Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
-Add the cold butter to the flour mixture, shave off thin flakes of cold butter with a knife. Use a pastry cutter to work the butter into the dough until it resembles fine crumbs.
-Add water 1 tbsp at a time. Give the dough a few kneads with your hands so that it forms a rough ball.
-Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour in the refrigerator.
-Divide the dough in half and roll out a round sheet for the bottom of the pie. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
-Save the rest of the dough for decorating the top of the pie.

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Filling
20 small peaches (or 10 big peaches) skinned and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup flour
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp nutmeg

-Throw all ingredients into a medium sized pot, cooking on low heat.
-Stir until the peaches become soft and sauce begins to thicken.
-After the bottom crust is baked, pour the the filling into the crust until level with the pie dish.
-Place dough on top of peaches. Decorate as desired.
-Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes or until the top crust is golden.
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^^^Dan Dan my peachy man