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Holiday Baking Recipes with NutraCleanse™

Friends. By now you’ve probably received your annual invitation to the cookie exchange next door, or maybe your kids are participating in their upcoming annual bake sale at the school for a holiday fundraiser.

Both come just in time for the holidays, which is a good time to stock up on a tin (or ten!) full of holiday baking for when you have extra visitors or just want to munch on holiday goodies.

Choosing what to make for guests and parties and fundraisers can often be the hardest part of a cookie exchange or holiday bake sale. For this reason, we recommend making something guilt-free, just in case you end up with extra!

Add something different to avoid a few of you making the not-so-healthy Christmas classics. Maybe something with omega-rich NutraCleanse™?!

NutraCleanse™ is a natural food product that can be added to many of your favourite healthy recipes to bring even more goodness, and we’ve posted a few of our fave tried and true holiday baking recipes here using NutraCleanse™.

But for now, we thought we would share these 3 healthy(ish) recipes we found, which would be perfect to serve over the holidays as a healthy alternative.

You’re welcome.

Holiday Baking

Image from Natural Girl, Modern world.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes 14-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup NutraCleanse™
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 1 tbsp. NutraCleanse™ and water to make a ‘flax egg.’ Stir to combine and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. While it sets up, you can start assembling your other dry and wet ingredients.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, rest of NutraCleanse™ cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  5. Use a whisk or a fork to fluff up the flour and ensure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  6. In a large bowl, combine melted oil and molasses.
  7. Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat the ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until well combined.
  8. Add the sugar and flax egg. Mix on low speed until combined.
  9. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix for 1 minute.
  10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until there’s no visible flour remaining.
  11. Scoop the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving space for the cookies to spread out.
  12. Gently press down on the cookies to flatten slightly.
  13. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Original recipe found on Natural Girl, Modern World.

Holiday Baking

Image from Naked Cuisine.

Homemade Ferrero Rochers

Serves 20

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup dates or date paste, soaked in warm water to soften
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds

Method

  1. In a high powered blender or food processor, add 1 cup hazelnuts, dates, NutraCleanse™, coconut oil, and salt and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Roll 1 tsp. of date hazelnut mixture into little balls, sticking a whole almond in the middle.
  4. Crush the remaining ½ cup of hazelnuts in a blender or by bashing them in a bag with a rolling pin.
  5. Place the balls into the melted chocolate and push around with a spoon until fully coated.
  6. Roll in the remaining crushed hazelnuts and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
  7. Place them in the freezer to set for an hour.
  8. When you’re finished you should have around 20 Ferrero Rochers to share with your friends!

Original recipe from Naked Cuisine.

Holiday Baking

Image from My Fussy Eater.

Super Food Chocolate Bark

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. NutraCleanse™
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios (shelled and halved)
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut

Method

  1. Line an 8×8 dish with baking parchment.
  2. Sit a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir continuously until it has all melted.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the parchment lined dish.
  6. Combine NutraCleanse™, pistachios, goji berries and coconut.
  7. Sprinkle mixture on top of chocolate.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Original recipe from My Fussy Eater.

There you have it! 3 relatively guilt-free holiday baking recipes to try out this season for healthier Christmas baking options. (Thanks to the websites noted above for providing these amazing recipes!)

For more holiday baking recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Happy holidays!

Gluten-Free Grains for the Holidays

Holiday Cooking and Baking, Sans Gluten

The fall and winter months tend to bring along a whole new style of eating (well, for most of us, anyway). We’re not eating the juicy fresh fruits and fresh garden salads as much, but bring on the warm baked goods and hearty pasta dishes.

Holiday cooking is very different than during the rest of the year–it’s all about the comfort foods!

The sudden influx of gym memberships every January is no coincidence: while eating this way, we aren’t just filling up on too many carbohydrates, we’re also filling up on gluten, a protein found in wheat and a few other grains (which is a common ingredient in the foods we just named above) and difficult for many people to digest.

For those living with celiac disease (currently 1 in 133 people in Canada) or those who suffer with gluten sensitivities and allergies, many of these foods can be made with substitutions to make them gluten-free!

Here are 5 wheat alternatives commonly used for holiday cooking and baking:

Buckwheat

Although ‘wheat’ is in the name, buckwheat contains no actual wheat. It’s gluten-free! (And technically it’s a seed that we treat like a grain, like quinoa.) Its nutritional profile boasts high levels of vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate, thiamine and choline.

Buckwheat is available in roasted or unroasted, in whole grain form as well as in flour, and often used as a substitute to make gluten-free pancakes!

Corn

Corn kernels are dried and then ground into meal called cornmeal, polenta or grits, depending on the method used a how finely ground it is. Nonetheless, all three are gluten-free.

Cornmeal is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B-6. Creamy stove top polenta makes for a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes or pasta. Don’t discount on corn, but when possible, make sure to buy organic and non-GMO.

Quinoa

Technically a seed, quinoa is a fabulous replacement for grains that may contain gluten. It’s also a good source of protein, making it ideal for those who have vegetarian and/or vegan diets.

Quinoa boasts anti-inflammatory benefits and can help lower cholesterol. It can be consumed as a grain, or milled into flour to be used in gluten-free baking or to make gluten-free pasta!

Honestly? Holiday cooking is a breeze with quinoa.

Oats

Oats are gluten-free, but come with a disclaimer: many oat crops suffer from cross-pollination from neighbouring wheat fields, rendering them not gluten-free. To be sure the oats you’re eating are free of gluten, look specifically for a gluten-free label—these oats originate from fields nowhere close to wheat crops.

Brown Rice

Rice—especially sprouted brown rice—is a great grain to incorporate into any diet. It’s super versatile, and definitely gluten-free.

Of course by adding NutraCleanse™ (also technically gluten-free, though not yet formally certified as such) to your favourite dishes, you are further increasing their goodness with a healthy portion of your recommended daily fibre intake.

For more recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

How to Have a Gluten-Free Holiday Season

Happy holidays, friends!

As we head mid-way into December, many of us have already begun to celebrate. Staff Christmas parties, holiday bake exchanges, luncheons and big family gatherings are all happening in full force. The best part about the holiday season is the time spent with friends, loved ones, and all the yummy eats that come with that!

Traditionally at a holiday gathering, you would be presented with big smorgasbord of all kinds of good appetizers and treats, as well as turkey and all the trimmings. While many people get to participate in these gatherings and indulge in all the goodness without batting an eye, they usually end up going home feeling full and temporarily uncomfortable.

However, for those living with gluten sensitivities or allergies, this can be a stressful time of year because the risk of feeling uncomfortable at the end of the evening, quite simply, is not an option. It can be awkward and inconvenient to make gluten-free requests to the hosts preparing food for a crowd, and equally difficult knowing if a restaurant will be able to cater to your dietary needs.

Lately, the good news with restaurants is that they seem to be figuring it out with a large portion of the general population needing to know about their gluten-free options.

For those who are trying to have, or need to have a gluten-free holiday; we have some suggestions that might make your life easier:

Help Your Hosts

Offer to bring a side or a dessert that’s gluten-free; many people are appreciative and receptive to this sort of gesture. The other guests will understand and probably won’t even know the difference! Think about it and put yourself in your host’s shoes. Feel good about calling ahead, and giving a heads up by offering to help!

The more you do it, the easier it gets.

Veggies, Veggies, Veggies

The greatest part about a traditional turkey dinner, is all the accompanying vegetable dishes! Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, peas and mashed potatoes are usually around during a holiday dinner. Whoever isn’t serving at least four sides of vegetables, isn’t serving a traditional turkey dinner!

When you can’t bring a dish, stick to what you know. Go ahead and load up on the vegetables…but don’t be tempted by the gravy, which usually contains wheat flour. (There are actually lots of gluten-free flour options to make gravy, so no need to worry if you’re making your own turkey dinner.)

Turkey: the Main Event!

Warm, tender, delicious turkey meat is thankfully gluten-free! Keep in mind that we’re talking about the large roast out of your own oven; not the processed deli meats at the grocery store which often do contain gluten. Again, pay attention to the gravy and the stuffing, which are gluten-filled as opposed to gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Desserts

You don’t have to have a dessert free holiday to have a gluten-free holiday! There are hundreds of recipes online for perfect holiday treats to bake. In fact, we shared a few recipes for our holiday baking here, and a couple of them are gluten-free!

Dessert is a great dish to contribute to a holiday gathering, especially when it’s homemade with love. Here is one way to please a crowd and wow them with healthier ingredients. A wrapped-up package of gluten-free treats also makes for a great hostess gift, teacher gift, or perfect for the group bake exchange.

NutraCleanse™ is a perfect, naturally gluten-free product (though not certified gluten-free; our five ingredients—flax seeds, psyllium husks, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder—are naturally free of gluten) to add to many recipes out there for added source of fibre and healthy nutrients.

Don’t feel stressed or worried about having a gluten-free holiday this year! We’re here to help.

3 Healthy Recipes for Your Holiday Baking

By now you’ve probably received your annual invitation to the cookie exchange down the street at your neighbor’s house, or maybe your kids are participating in their upcoming annual bake sale at the school for a fundraiser. Both come just in time for the holidays, which is a good time to stock up on a tin (or two) full of holiday baking for when you have extra visitors!

And let’s be honest: if you don’t end up having as many visitors over the holidays as you anticipated, is it really the end of the world if your freezer is topped up a little?

Choosing what to make can often be the hardest part of a cookie exchange or holiday bake sale. For this reason, we recommend making something guilt-free, just in case you end up with extra! Add something different to avoid a few of you making the not-so-healthy Christmas classics.

NutraCleanse™ is a natural food product that can be added to many of your favourite healthy recipes to bring even more goodness, and we’ve posted a few tried and true holiday baking recipes here using NutraCleanse™. But for now, we thought we would share these 3 healthy recipes we found which would be perfect to serve over the holidays as a healthy alternative.

Holiday Baking

Image from Natural Girl, Modern world.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Makes 14-16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. ground flax
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flax and water to make a ‘flax egg.’ Stir to combine and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  3. While it sets up, you can start assembling your other dry and wet ingredients.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, spelt flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  5. Use a whisk or a fork to fluff up the flour and ensure all the spices are evenly distributed.
  6. In a large bowl, combine melted oil and molasses.
  7. Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat the ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until well combined.
  8. Add the sugar and flax egg. Mix on low speed until combined.
  9. Add half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix for 1 minute.
  10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until there’s no visible flour remaining.
  11. Scoop the dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving space for the cookies to spread out.
  12. Gently press down on the cookies to flatten slightly.
  13. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Original recipe found on Natural Girl, Modern World.

Holiday Baking

Image from Naked Cuisine.

Homemade Ferrero Rochers

Serves 20

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup dates or date paste, soaked in warm water to soften
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds

Method

  1. In a high powered blender or food processor, add 1 cup hazelnuts, dates, salt and coconut oil and blend until smooth.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Roll 1 tsp. of date hazelnut mixture into little balls, sticking a whole almond in the middle.
  4. Crush the remaining ½ cup of hazelnuts in a blender or by bashing them in a bag with a rolling pin.
  5. Place the balls into the melted chocolate and push around with a spoon until fully coated.
  6. Roll in the remaining crushed hazelnuts and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate.
  7. Place them in the freezer to set for an hour.
  8. When you’re finished you should have around 20 Ferrero Rochers to share with your friends!

Original recipe from Naked Cuisine.

Holiday Baking

Image from My Fussy Eater.

Super Food Chocolate Bark

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. pistachios (shelled and halved)
  • 2 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1 tbsp. desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Line an 8×8 dish with baking parchment.
  2. Sit a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir continuously until it has all melted.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into the parchment lined dish.
  6. Top with the pistachios, goji berries and coconut.
  7. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  8. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Original recipe from My Fussy Eater.

There you have it! 3 guilt-free recipes to try out this season for a healthier Christmas baking options. (Thanks to the websites noted above for providing these amazing recipes!) For more recipe ideas, or to learn where you can buy NutraCleanse™ to add to your favourite foods, visit our website.

Enjoy!