Monday, February 12, 2018

The Great Almond Flour Recipe Round-Up: Week 1 Winner

The Great Almond Flour Recipe Round-Up: Week 1 Winner

After the first week, we have received hundreds of amazing photos and recipes. Our mouths have been continually watering and we have been dying to try each and every recipe. This week our Judge was Jenny from Good For You Gluten-Free and she did not have an easy job deciding on this week's winner. After some deliberation, however, a winning photo and recipe was indeed chosen!

Congratulations Vanessa!

You are the Week 1 winner! You will be receiving a year's supply of almond flour and are automatically a finalist for the $500 Grand Prize!

Want to win, submit your photo and almond flour recipe by clicking HERE.

Want to try this delicious, Death By Chocolate Cake? Here's the recipe!

Death By Chocolate Cake//

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Ready In: 4 hours 30 minutes
Yield: Two 6-inch cakes, one 8-inch cake*


For the Cake: (see notes)
- 2 cups (184 g) sifted fine grain blanched almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups (14 oz./400 g) semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup (237 ml) canned full-fat coconut milk, room temperature
- ½ cup (118 ml) palm shortening, plus more for greasing
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs For the frosting
- ½ cup (118 ml) canned full-fat coconut milk, room temperature
- 2 heaping cups or 1 bag (340 g) dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips 

For Garnish:
- 1 bag (12 oz./340g) chocolate chips 

1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper then grease the entire pan liberally and set aside.

2. In a medium-sized bowl combine your dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, stir together using a fork until mixed; set aside.

3. Melt the 2 cups of chocolate chips and coconut milk together in the top pan of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir together until smooth and combined. Another method is to place the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a large glass or metal mixing bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir intermittently, using a rubber spatula, until the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the coconut milk. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.

4. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the palm shortening. Then stir the vanilla and eggs into the melted chocolate mixture.

5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the melted chocolate mixture using a rubber spatula or whisk until just combined. Overmixing could cause the middle to sink.

6. Transfer the batter to the cake pan. Bake for 47-50 for an 8½-inch cake and 40-45 minutes for a 6-inch cake or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool before assembling and frosting. Repeat for additional layers. While the cakes are cooling prepare the Ganache by melting the chocolate chips and coconut milk in the top pan of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir together until smooth and combined. Another method is to place the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a large glass or metal mixing bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir intermittently, using a rubber spatula, until the chocolate and coconut milk are completely melted and combined.

7. To assemble: use a serrated knife to cut away any uneven places on the top of the cake. Place the first layer on a cake stand, pipe a dam of chocolate ganache around the edge of the cake to keep the frosting layer from seeping over the edges. Place a large dollop of ganache into the center of the cake and spread it across using a rubber spatula until it reaches the dam edge. Place the second cake layer upside down on top of the first layer. Repeat with additional layers. Spread the remaining ganache frosting over all layers and the sides of the cake. Garnish with chocolate chips if desired. Notes: The cake pictured features four 8-inch cake layers. To make the layers in this cake, prepare one layer at a time. A double batch may be hard to fit in a bowl. To save time, use two identical pans, while one is baking, you can prepare the next one, and rotate them out of the oven. Another method would be to make all the layers of the cake and bake them all at once; however, I advise against this because the liquid in the batter will start to activate the baking soda, and if the cake isn't baked soon enough the leavening properties will weaken and the cake may not rise properly. The cake pictured uses a double recipe of Ganache between the cake layers and for the frosting. If using a light-colored aluminum pan, you may need to add additional baking time.

Keep submitting your photos and recipes! There are 4 more weeks to enter before the popular vote between the 5 finalists!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Curried Quinoa & Red Lentil Soup

Curried Quinoa & Red Lentil Soup

Despite the fact that we have had a few warmer days here in Utah (in January even--crazy right!?) my desire for soup never went away.  I could eat soup throughout the whole year; especially this Curried Quinoa and Red Lentil soup! I love this soup because of the strong Middle Eastern flare and flavor that can't be beaten. 

curried quinoa & red lentil soup honeyville inc

The broth base makes the soup hearty, yet light at the same time. I also really enjoy the combination of the red lentils and quinoa. Not only do they bring a heavy dose of protein, but they add texture and color. The mixture of garlic, ginger, and curry powder bring a perfect Middle Eastern flare and a flavor that can't be beaten. I wanted a bit more heat in the soup so I added a pinch of cayenne pepper.  You could easily omit, reduce, or increase this amount depending on your taste.

honeyville inc quinoa and lentil soup

Recently I have enjoyed learning about lentils.  For the last two years, I've included them in my diet. I knew that they were a great plant-based protein source, but I wasn't aware of the other nutrients they carried and their wide versatility.  1 cup of boiled lentils provides 16 grams of fiber! That is 64% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

pinterest honeyville inc soup

There are many different colors and types of lentils including:
  • Brown lentils-These is by far the most common variety of lentil, and probably the one that you see at your local grocery store. They range in color from light-brown to dark black and generally have a mild, earthy flavor. They cook in about 20 to 30 minutes and hold their shape very well; although if cooked too long they can become mushy. Common varieties are Spanish Brown, German Brown, or Indian Brown. 
  • French green or Puy lentil- These are also quite common.  These are a dark green color and often considered the most flavorful variety because they have a peppery taste.  They take longer to cook than other types, but they tend to stay firm.  Use them in dishes that need a little crunch such as salads.
  • Red lentils- These are actually brown lentils with the hulls removed. Red lentils have a mild, sweet flavor.  When cooked, they turn a golden color. Out of all the colors lentils have, the brightness of the red catches my attention. When cooked these lentils do not hold their shape very well and tend to become mushy. They are used commonly in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. 
  • Less common types- These varieties of lentils can usually be found in specialty food stores.  They include 1) black lentils 2) white lentils (a black lentil with the hull removed) and 3) macchiatos lentils ( a Mexican variety lentil).  
honeyville lentil soupquinoa healthy soup honeyville

This soup could easily be made on a weeknight.  Because red lentils cook so quickly, they only have to simmer in this soup for about 10 minutes; which is enough time for them to soften and take on the flavors. 

Garnish the soup with some fresh chopped cilantro and a dollop Greek yogurt.  Enjoy! 

Curried Quinoa and Red Lentil Soup | Gluten Free, Vegan

Yield: 6 servings (2 cups)

  • 1 cup Honeyville's organic quinoa cooked (1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked)
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup or 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 3/4 cup Honeyville's Freeze dried celery or 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans vegetable broth (can sub chicken broth)
  • 1 (28 ounces) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne powder, add more if desired
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
healthy and delicious honeyville inc soup
  1. Rinse quinoa and cook according to instructions. Put to the side for later.
  2. If using freeze dried celery, add 3/4 cup of celery to 1 1/2 cups water.  Let rehydrate for 8 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.  Add carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, ginger and curry powder and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Add the lentils, broth, tomatoes, chili powder, and cayenne powder.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Add the quinoa and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a garnish of cilantro and a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream.


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Hi, I’m Marisa Christensen! A certified personal trainer and soon-to-be Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). I’m a lover of health, wellness, travel, and happiness sharing my tips and tricks for a balanced lifestyle, and affordable travels. I provide nutrition and fitness services while inspiring you to eat happily, and live fully. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to Win $500 and a Year's Supply of Almond Flour!

How to Win $500 and a Year's Supply of Almond Flour!

If you haven't heard yet, here's the big news, we're giving away $500 and a year's supply of almond flour!! Now that we have your attention, you're probably curious how to win, right? The entry and rules are pretty simple: create a recipe using almond flour and take a photo of your creation, then upload the photo and recipe to our Facebook giveaway page. (To see the all the details and submit your photo and recipe CLICK RIGHT HERE).

However, it may seem a bit difficult to create your own original recipe. We want everybody to have a chance at the cash, so we created a quick guide to help you get started and on your way to $500 and a year's supply of almond flour! Here are 3 key points for creating your own original recipe.

Key Point 1: Nearly All Recipes Have the Same Base Ingredients

Have you noticed that pretty much all recipes start with the same base ingredients? Take chocolate chip cookies for example. For a cookie to be a cookie you have to have flour, sugar, eggs, butter, baking soda or baking powder, and usually vanilla. Some recipes call for white sugar, some for brown sugar, some call for a mixture of both. Other recipes call for a bit more butter or an add-in like oatmeal, chocolate chips, or macadamia nuts. What it all comes down to, however, is those few base ingredients.

Take one of our Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes for example. These cookies are no different. One quick look at the ingredients and you can identify the key ingredients: almond flour, sugar (white and brown), butter, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and in this case, chocolate chips. This is a pretty basic recipe, but you can easily switch things up a bit to create a whole different cookie. Add 3/4 cups of peanut butter and swap out the chocolate chips for Reece's Pieces and you've got a gooey, creamy, peanut butter cookie.

This rule can be applied to nearly all recipes. Have a favorite almond flour dinner roll recipe and want to use it as a guide to make your own? Identify those base ingredients then simply make a few modifications to make it your own. Maybe it's adding a touch more sugar and some orange zest to create a sweet orange roll! Let your creativity be the guide and feel free to try combining multiple recipes to arrive at one that you can call your own!

Key Point 2: You'll Never Know Until You Try

Cooking and baking should be fun and relaxing. All too often we are rushing or feeling stressed and dinner is a chore that has to be done 30 minutes ago. While life certainly can get in the way, the hustle bustle leaves little room for creativity and stress-free cooking. One of the best things you can do when looking to have fun baking is schedule the time. Maybe it's after the kids are in bed or maybe it's a Sunday afternoon. Find a time that works for you then have fun experimenting.

Not everything you create is destined for success, that's part of the fun! A little trial and error go a long way in our ability to learn and develop in the kitchen. So, start with Key Point 1 and then allow yourself the time and creative space to try, and possibly fail, before totally nailing the perfect recipe!

Key Point 3: Use Technology

There are some fantastic resources out there that can drastically help to cut down on the error side of the trail and error method. From substitution guides to gluten-free baking hacks, there are nearly endless resources available to help guide you. We've included a couple of our favorites below!

We're excited to see what you create and share! We wish you all best in the kitchen!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Great Almond Flour Recipe Roundup!
Win $500 and a Year's Supply of Almond Flour!!

Do you have the perfect almond flour recipe? We want you to share it with us, and since sharing is caring you could win $500 and a year’s supply of almond flour!

Over the next 5 weeks, we will be choosing a winner every week to receive a year’s supply of almond flour and entrance into the grand prize vote. The grand prize winner will be selected by a popular vote and win $500! Didn’t make it? That’s okay, the second and third place winners will also each win $250!

How to enter? Click right here!!!

Each week a winner will be selected by a different judge, here's the schedule!

Week 1: Jenny -
Week 2: Jessica -
Week 3: Kelly -
Week 4: Nora -
Week 5: Elana -

Week 6: the 5 weekly winners will go head-to-head in a popular vote!

So get cooking and win $500 and a year's supply of almond flour during the Great Almond Flour Recipe Roundup!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

I love dessert. Plain and simple. I love to indulge in the unchanged, real & raw treats, but I also love to mess around in the kitchen and make healthier substitutions. I’ve tried a lot of different dessert recipes that have vegetables and chocolate in them; brownies with spinach, cupcakes with zucchini, chocolate cake with squash.  Some are pretty dang good, but most are OK. Trust me on this though, these Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies are the real deal.

You’ve probably had avocado in chocolate pudding, but have you ever tried it in cookies? Don’t worry, they don’t taste like some weird guacamole-cookie hybrid. The taste of the avocado isn’t even noticeable; all you get is a delicious creamy texture. Be aware though, these aren’t like your average cookies. They are softer, airier, and more cloud-like than others. And insanely fudgy! These cookies are definitely a dessert made for chewy-cookie people.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl

Eating my meals out of a bowl is one of my favorite things. Whether it's a big salad, a Buddha bowl, fruit, pasta, smoothies, breakfast, etc. you name it, and I’ll throw it into a bowl. You know, I like to get fancy. This Raspberry Coconut Quinoa Power Bowl is a no-exception, no fuss meal that tastes like a tropical paradise in your mouth. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

10 Healthy Recipes that Fit Your New Year's Goals

With a new year comes a new start, a new beginning, and a new pledge to be better. For many of us that includes fitting into those pants or that dress from when we were just a bit younger. Life can get busy; long days at work, busy schedules with kids, endless laundry, and the list goes on. It can be easy to forget to continue to maintain our own healthy lifestyle. Sometimes just finding the energy to prepare a healthy meal is the problem holding us back from meeting our goals.

To help, we've compiled a list of 10 healthy recipes that fit your New Year's goals. Go ahead, bookmark this page and revisit it anytime you need some healthy recipe inspiration. Having a game plan to reach our goals makes us so much more successful, so use this as a tool in your game plan!