Cranberry Orange Jam

Are you ready for the festivities?πŸŽ„The holidays are almost upon us and it’s time to start cooking.

So here it is. The jam you’ll be needing this holiday season. It’s sweet and tart with some good old Christmas spices mixed in. You can’t go wrong with that.

It’s so simple to make and tastes ridicuously good on toast. You could also use this in your Christmas recipes i.e. thumbprint cookies.

This jam requires just a few simple ingredients. So let’s get jammin’!

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  • 1 (12oz) bag of cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of cane sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ginger

*makes 1 (12oz) jar of jam

First, squeeze all the juice out of the orange into a sauce pan (keep the peel). Then, throw the rest of the ingredient in and mix together. Throw the orange peels in after its all. mixed ( the peels help give the jam that orange flavor).

Set the heat at medium high and stir occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries pop so don’t worry too much about the noise. They also release liquid as they’re cooking.

Once the mixture gets to the boilling point, let it boil for 5 minutes (stirring quite often) then turn it down to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure to stir it every now and then while it’s simmering.

Alright, after the 10 minutes are up, you can turn off the heat and remove the orange peels.

You can either use a stick blender, a food processor, or (if your feeling ambitious) a potatoe masher to blend up the mixture.

I find that the stick blender works well and it create less dishes because you can use it right in the sauce pan to do the job.

Once it’s blended you can put it in your jar and let it chill for 2 hours.

Keep stored in the fridge.

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I love this jam so much! It’s so incredibly delicious with just the right amount of spices to play with your taste buds. Like I said, it’s perfect for this winter season.

~Xoxo Juliana Marie

Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles

Hey! Got leftovers of that cookie dough? (see previous post πŸ˜‰)

Well, the good news is you can easily transform it into something different. It takes little effort and it has even more chocolate! I’m a choco-holic, so the more chocolate the merrier.

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  • Leftover GF cookie dough (see last post)
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1tbsp of coconut oil
  • Double broiler

Alrighty, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you gotta do:

Roll about 2tbsp of the cookie dough into balls and set on a tray and place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.

Freezing them helps keep their shape while dipping them in chocolate.

When 20 minutes for the dough balls are almost up, you can start melting the chocolate.

You need to do the *double boiling method to melt the chocolate or else your chocolate will easily scorch.

* If you don’t have an actual double boiler, you can easily create your own using a sauce pan and a larger glass bowl.

Fill the sauce pan almost halfway and set the glass bowl on the sauce pan. (you don’t want the bowl to touch the bottom of the pan, so you need to make sure the bowl is a little larger).

Add about 2 cups of chocolate chips and coconut oil in the bowl (depending the amount of cookie dough you have left, you may need more or less). Turn on the heat and get the water boiling.

Be sure to stir the chocolate as it’s melting.

Once it’s melted, dip the cookie dough in the chocolate and set them on a tray with parchment paper. Let the chocolate harden and enjoy your refurbished cookie dough. πŸ˜‹

Xoxo Juliana Marie

GF Cookie Dough

Let’s indulge shall we?

It’s easy to do so with this guilt free treat!

I was craving cookie dough the other day and this perfectly satisfied my cravings. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. We all want a little sweetness once in a while, but it can be hard to find something healthy when there’s all the additives and *refined sugar in so many products. So feel to grab yourself a bowl of this without any remorse. (I know I had more than my fair share of this….)

* Refined sugar has lost all nutrients and vitamins in it during the high heat process done. So you are literally eating empty calories.

This can be quickly thrown together in just a few simple steps and doesn’t take much effort. It’s great to have for a movie night treat or for when you sneak into the fridge looking for a bite to settle your sweet tooth.

So let’s get mixing now!

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  • 1 cup of coconut flour (Almond flour or another GF flour can be used as well)
  • 1 cups of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of honey (or maple syrup for a plant based version)
  • 1/2 cup of canned chic peas (plus 1/4 cup of liquid from the can)
  • 4 dried medjool dates
  • 2tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of dairy free chocolate chips

Combine chic peas plus liquid, almond milk, honey, dates (make sure the pits are removed), coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a food processor (A stick blender can be used as well, but a food processor is just quicker). Then puree ingredients. Once pureed, place the wet mixture into a bowl.

Now you can add your GF flour just a little at a time.

Be sure to mix well each time you add flour so as to prevent clumping.

Now you’re ready to add the chocolate chips! I recommend 1 cup, but there’s not such thing as too much chocolate… so use the whole bag of you desire!

Mix in chocolate chips and you’re all set.

For storing: keep covered and store in fridge. Don’t keep it in the fridge for more than 1 week. Store in freezer after 1 week.

Now all you have left to do is eat it!

Enjoy darlings. I know I am!

xoxo Juliana Marie

GF Pumpkin Spice Snack Bites

#glutenfree #healthysnack

Feeling snackish? Well, I’ve got the perfect GF snack that’ll give you some energy.

Pumpkin spice isn’t out the door just yet and these are great for using up any leftover pumpkin puree you may have. They’re super quick and easy to whip up too!

I love having these on hand when I need something to hold me over. And because they have chia seeds* in them, they’re great for boost of energy. They’re also easy to transport for those on-the-go days.

* Chia seeds are full of fiber and omega 3s. They also have a slow conversion time meaning that they will keep you full longer.

Let’s get rolling!

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Pumpkin Bites:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup of oat flour
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Here are some ideas for what to roll your snack bites in.

  • Cocoa powder
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Granola
  • Crushed nuts

Make sure dates are de-pitted and then puree them in a food processor with the pumpkin, coconut oil, and vanilla. Place ingredients into a bowl once pureed.

Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet just a little at a time until thoroughly combined.

Take about 2 tbsp of the mixture and roll into balls.

(Makes approx. 16)

Once they’re made up, place your topping(s) of choice in a bowl and roll the snack bites in it until completely covered.

For storage, keep them in an air tight container in the fridge.

(Cocoa nibs add a nice crunch to these)

Yum!

I’m definitely going to be making more snack bites because they’re so convenient to have around!

Enjoy them, Lovelies!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Lavender Charcoal Lemonade

Well, it’s not summer anymore, but I can still enjoy some lemonade.

Now you may be questioning the charcoal, but let me tell you first that it’s good for you. At least it’s good for drawing out toxins that is.

I don’t know about you, but certain foods give me headaches ( like purple onions). This drink can help be rid of your headache because the charcoal in it will pull out any toxins from the food or whatever is giving your head a hard time. And the lavender really just adds to the taste of it.

It may look scary, however it tastes fantastic! It has a light floral taste and you can’t even taste the charcoal. (It doesn’t really have a taste).

This would be great for a Halloween party drink or just for your own personal consumption.

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  • Pitcher of water ( about 6-8 cups)
  • 2 lemons (juiced) or 1/4 cup of lemon juice concentrate
  • 4 Tbsp of gourmet lavender syrup
  • 1 Tbsp of activated charcoal

You can add the ingredients in any order or all at once, but I found it fun to watch the color change in the pitcher. So I added them each separately and goggled at each different layer of color.

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So when life gives you lemons…….

Make lavender charcoal lemonade!!

Sending love

~xoxo Juliana Marie

GF Flax Seed Tortillas

Who doesn’t love tortillas? You can put literally anything in them! They can be sweet, savory, or anywhere in between. I especially love tortillas when they’re made into tacos.

These are incredibly easy to make. They hold together well and don’t crumble and fall apart when folded.

These tortillas are made with a majority of flax seed flour. Flax seeds have many health benefits such as: lowering cholesterol, reducing inflamation, promoting healthy skin etc. They are also high in fiber and aid in digestion.

So you really can’t complain about these.

Let’s get to making them!

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  • 1 1/2 cup flax seed flour
  • 2/3 cup of GF flour (I used Cup4Cup brand)
  • *Boiling water* approximately 1/3cup
  • 1tsp of salt

For a more spicy/flavorful tortilla add:

  • 2tsp of paprika
  • 2tsp of onion powder
  • 1tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp of pepper

* Flax seed flour will not form into manageable dough and hold together if you use cold water. It must be hot water.
Combine dry ingredients into a bowl (skip spices if you don’t want the spice). Pour boiling slowly into dry ingredients. Only adding a little bit at a time.

Mix together until it forms into a ball. You may need to add more GF flour to it if it’s too sticky.

Put some GF flour on your hands and take small chunks of the mixture and roll them into smaller balls.

You now can roll them flat on a lightly floured surface*. You can use a rolling pin, but I find it easier to use my hands to flatten them. They don’t stick as much to your hands.

* you may add more GF flour as needed.

Once you have the tortillas made, you can cook them into a preheated pan with a little bit of oil.

They only take about 3 minutes to make and you should flip them halfway through.

You can now fill these with whatever you desire.

I chose to make Vegan tacos with them. I fried chic peas, red bell peppers, garlic, and carrots in olive oil and spiced them with paprika, cummin, onion powder for the filling. Then, I topped it all with fresh salsa, cilantro, and a squeeze of lemon.

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So there you have it! Easy peasy GF tortillas and Vegan option for what to do with them. However, as I said before, these are your tortillas and you can put in whatever filling you want.

Let me more what you would put in them!

Have a lovely day!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

P.S. I am a health food enthusiast if you couldn’t tell.

Tumeric tea: Anti Inflammatory

Tumeric tea you say?

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Yes! This is so incredibly good for you. Tumeric is anti inflammatory which can reduce arthritis pain and can help prevent/treat cancer as well as boost your immune system. The list just keeps going fron there.

What exactly is tumeric? It’s a plant belonging to the ginger family and the roots of tumeric are what is used for cooking and consuming. Curcumin is what gives tumeric it’s vibrant color and contains a majority of the health benefits found in tumeric. However, only a small fraction of Curcumin is absorbed in your body. So you may want to take tumeric supplements to obtain a stronger effect. Black pepper, if used with tumeric, aids in dramatically increasing the absorption of curcumin into your body.

Let’s get to sipping shall we?

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp of ground tumeric/or 1 inch of finely grated tumeric root
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar or pure maple syrup.

Place spices and sweetener in a mug and boil the water. Once the water is boiled, pour it into the mug with spices and mix well.

Servings: 1
(You can easily double, triple, etc. the recipe for more servings.)

Sit, sip, and relax.

This tea has a cozy feel to it and it’s perfect for when the weather starts to get chilly. Usually I make myself a cup when I’m feeling a cold coming my way. Best to treat it before it gets worse.

It’s not so hard to take care of our bodies. This is simple to make and very effective. Stay healthy people!

xoxo Juliana Marie

Tea Time: London Fog Latte

Ahh tea… how I love you. My love only grows more and more for you. Could anything be more perfect? There’s a time and occasion for you every second of the day.

Seriously, can we talk about how versatile tea is? I mean you can drink it to wake up, to relax you, it can improve your skin, it can help kick out colds, it can make you a queen if you drink some royal-TEA…. you catching my drift?

At this point you’re thinking I’m a crazy tea person who brings her own tea bags with her and asks for hot water at restaraunts…. Well, you’d be right. I do love tea.

My love for tea started when I ceased drinking pop and sugary carbonated drinks. I use to drink pop all the time and I came to a point where I wanted to better take care of myself. So, I picked up drinking tea instead of the the empty calories contained in pop.

At first I did add some sweetener to tea until I grew to appreciate the simple herbal essence of tea by itself. My go-to tea is green tea because of its antioxidant properties and light herbal taste.

Now, I do love a more suped up tea once in awhile (as pictured above). If you know me, you know I love lattes and tea lattes are the best! So let me relieve you of my rambling and give you the recipe for it.

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  • 1 tea ball half filled with lose Earl Grey tea OR 1 tea bag of Earl Grey tea.
  • 1/2 tsp of dried lavender
  • 3/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup of frothed almond milk

First, boil the water. While the water is boiling, froth the almond milk and set aside for later. Once the water is boiled, let tea steep in it for 3 minutes and remove the tea ball or bag once the time is up. Then, add the lavender to the tea. * Now you can add the frothed milk.

*When you’re adding the frothed milk to the tea, tilt the cup at a slight angle so you don’t lose too much of the frothing in the milk. It also helps to combine the two better.

Now you can go sit and sip your cup of perfection.

I love the light floral taste in this tea. The lavender really adds to this drink and I can’t imagine it could be any better than it is.

I hope you enjoy your cup of London Fog or any other tea you pour yourself.

I raise a toast to all the other avid tea drinkers out there. Have a lovely day people!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Poached Pears Recipe

This cooler weather makes me crave warm spices and everything nice.

Pears are such a light juicy fruit and they take on the flavors of the spices well. Who wouldn’t want a tender pear sitting in a light syrup that emmits a wonderfully spiced flavor with each bite?

So let me give you the recipe before your taste buds go stark raving mad.

It’s an easy recipe that anyone could do. Making this will leave you feeling like a certified culinary cook. So let’s go!

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  • 2 red d’Anjou pears
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tbsp of cane sugar
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Put the water into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. While the water is boiling, cut the pears in half, remove the stem, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds on the middle.

Once the water is boiling, combine the rest of the ingredients: pears, sugar, vanilla, and spices. Reduce to low heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes turning the pears over halfway through.

Do not cover. You want the liquid to reduce to a light syrup as it’s simmering.

When the 20 minutes are up, the pears will be tender and perfect for consumption.

Serve them with the sryup amd enjoy them wither warm or cold. You can even add a scoop of ice cream on top for a richer dessert!

If you have left over sryup reduction, don’t throw it out! You can use this to sweeten your oatmeal or pancakes.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know if you make it!

Have a lovely day!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

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