Monday, February 18, 2013

Lime-Hemp Coconut Candy

Get prepared for St. Patty's Day (or any day) with these healthy and delicious lime dessert bars.  I love how the hemp gives these ample nutrition AND green color, making lime the perfect flavor!  It's raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, anti-candida friendly, low-carb, paleo, and just plain GOOD.   When I began experimenting here, I was originally inspired by the use of hemp in this recipe from Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  I really like how it seemed to complete the bars along with the coconut.


2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup almonds
juice from 1 lime
2 tbs ground flax
stevia, to taste
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)


Place coconut, hemp seeds and almonds in a high-speed blender and, using tamper, blend until smooth.

Add the lime juice, flax, stevia, salt and optional vanilla extract.  Blend until thoroughly mixed.

Place either in a 9x9 pan or loaf pan lined with wax paper.  Use a spatula to smooth mixture out evenly.  Sometimes I wrap the wax paper over it and use that to help press it evenly across.

Place in the freezer for approximately an hour, or until it's quite set through to the middle.  Take out and cut to desired sizes with butter knife.  If it has hardened too much in the freezer simply leave it on the counter until it softens slightly.  I store this in the freezer and serve soon after as it will start to almost melt if it becomes too warm.  The oil in the coconut helps hold it together since it firms up at cooler temperatures.  It makes great bars that way --- function, flavor and nutrition!  See what else is crackin' at Wellness Weekend, February 21-25.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Veggie Italiano

Wow-- I don't eat bowls full of spaghetti anymore but this is sure a pleasant substitute!  You might think the coconut doesn't go with the mix but I found it yummy and you don't notice coconut, specifically, through the other flavors, in fact I think it adds to the texture and richness of the flavor.  The pecorino romano surely makes this a veggie-treat, as I rarely let myself have cheese and it is SO very flavorful!  The combination of veggies along with the spices, tomato and romano make it fabulous (and we can't forget the secret ingredient: coconut!).  If you don't want to use the cheese, either simply leave it out or substitute hemp seeds instead.


1 medium onion
approximately 6 collard or kale leaves
1 zucchini squash
1-2 tbs coconut oil
1 tomato
1 tsp dried crushed basil
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4-1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cloves garlic, minced
ground pepper or crushed red pepper, to taste
2-4 tbs pecorino romano, grated (optional)
2-4 tbs hemp seeds (optional)
2-4 tbs fresh chopped parsley (optional)


Peel and chop the onion and zucchini (I peel my zucchini because I frequently buy them non-organic but do not peel them if they are organic...).

Wash collard greens and chop.  Heat oil in stir fry pan on medium heat along with onion, zucchini and greens.

Stir.  Add the basil and fennel and allow to cook until veggies are done to your liking, being sure to stir frequently.  Keep lid on pan when not stirring so veggies will cook through steam, too.  When veggies are almost how you'd like them add the tomato (chop prior to adding), coconut, garlic and pepper.

Stir and cook just about one minute longer.  Finally, add the pecorino romano and stir (you do not need to add any salt as this cheese has plenty in it).  Serve & enjoy the YUM-YUM!  I eat this amount for one meal but it makes 2 generous servings of veggies.

Add fresh chopped parsley on top...

You can also add hemp seeds as a topping (or as cheese substitute)...

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