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Month: February 2019
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These prebiotic carrot cake energy bites are the perfect, delicious, gut nourishing treat for your tastebuds and your microbiome. This, in turn, can help boost your immune system (learn about other ways to boost your immune system when you have Celiac Disease here!)
Prebiotics are the (often in the form of inulin) found in food that nourishes the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut. Think of probiotics, the good bacteria, as the superheroes at the forefront of your bodies immune defense and prebiotics kind of as their sidekicks.
Without probiotics, your probiotics have nothing to eat and won’t be able to do their job. They’ll go from helpful citizens to either dead or deadly villains real quick. Either way, if your microbiome (of which your probiotics play a role in) goes out of balance, you’ll be uncomfortable, to say the least.
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Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites
First, this recipe tastes incredible. I can’t explain to you have excited I was to have embodied carrot cake in a nourishing small adorable energy bite. Not only that, but it’s quick and easy to make and lasts up to a week in the fridge. All features that make these Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites perfect for meal-prep!
Let’s Talk About the Ingredients in these Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites
The carrots in this recipe are part of what makes it prebiotic. They also help add that carrot cake flavor we all know and love so well.
Pro-Tip: peel your carrots for even better taste outcomes!
Coconut flakes are also prebiotic in nature. They too will help nourish the good bacteria in your gut. They also help add texture and flavor. If you don’t have coconut flakes you could try to substitute them out for almond flour but it may result in a texture change.
Dates + Raisins
Dates are prebiotic too and Raisins likely are as well (at this point, you might be asking what isn’t). The dates add a caramel sweet-like flavor to this recipe while the raisins help increase that “carrot” cake flavor we all know and love.
Walnuts are perhaps most well-known or their healthy fat content but findings suggest that they may also be prebiotic. Walnuts contain ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to support brain health (among a wide variety of other things). The walnuts in this recipe also really help drive the carrot cake flavor home. If you don’t have walnuts I do think any other kind of nut could work but it will definitely change the flavor profile.
You might be tempted to skip soaking the dates but I encourage you to let them soak for the full 10-minutes. Letting the dates are a crucial part to making sure that the ingredients stick together and can be rolled into bites!
If you find that you’re struggling with rolling the dough into energy bites try adding in more coconut/walnuts to the mixture. I also recommend letting the dough chill in the fridge for a bit to firm up too.
Prebiotic Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Soak pitted dates in hot water for 10 minutes
- Add all ingredients (except extra shredded coconut for rolling) to a food processor
- Process until a smooth dough forms
- On a parchment paper lined-pan, spread shredded coconut across it
- Form balls the carrot cake energy bite dough into balls and roll them in the shredded coconut
- Store the carrot cake energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
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When you’re avoiding nightshades suddenly it feels like an entire cuisine is off-limits. When chilli powder, paprika, and other nightshade spices seem to be in everything it can be tough to find safe sauces for your pasta (or anything). Not to mention when brands just put “spices” on their ingredients list, it can be frustrating. Not to fear, here are my Top Nightshade Free Pasta Sauces from my kitchen to yours!
This 5-ingredient Nightshade Free Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce not only requires minimal ingredients but it packs tons of delicious flavor.
- Thick (you might say thicker than a snicker)
- Sweet & Savory
- Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nightshade Free
I have this recipe on my list of Top Nightshade Free Pasta Sauces because it’s gives a mac and cheese feel while also honoring the delicious flavor of butternut squash. Really, it’s easy to make, requires minimal ingredients, and honestly, it is my go to nightshade free pasta sauce.
It’s creamy, cheesy, full of flavor, and delicious. Not only that but it couldn’t be easier to make.
Excluding passive time (the time you’ll spend waiting for the cashews to soak), this recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make. You can’t beat that.
Not to mention that on top of being nightshade free, it’s also vegan and gluten-free.
A nightshade free faux tomato sauce developed by Nightshade Intolerant Michelle Hoover. It’s able to be used as pizza and pasta sauce. It’s absolutely delicious and is well worth a try!
You totally don’t have to make this using a vitamix, any blender should suffice (I used my ninja). Avocado dressing though? Who wouldn’t want their pasta covered in filling and delicious healthy fats?
Also, no, avocado aren’t considered to be nightshades.
Thought the whole cauliflower everything craze was over? You thought wrong and thank goodness for that because this cauliflower alfredo sauce is delicious. Note that to make this recipe nightshade free you need to omit the crushed red pepper flakes.
What recipe would you try first?