Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin - combine anti-viral and antibacterial herbs with fruit juice and honey for a healthier sweet treat.

If you’ve been watching the reports about an unusually strong respiratory virus sweeping across the U.S. and looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.

I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.  Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs. 

These are not made from the prepackaged gelatin dessert.  The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative. [Read more...]

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Gummy Zucchini Candy Recipe – Naturally Sweetened

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe - Tastes like commercial gummy treats with no artificial flavors, colors or refined sugar.

Overwhelmed by zucchini or summer squash?  Make some zucchini gummy candy!  I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer.  So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using fruit juice concentrate.  It worked out great!

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe

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Chocolate Raspberry Granola Cookies

Chocolate Raspberry Granola Cookies - Quick and easy chocolate raspberry granola cookie recipe packed with healthy ingredients and a chocolate/raspberry kick.

Here’s a tasty cookie recipe that’s loaded with fiber and healthy fats, plus it uses no refined sugar.  Best of all, it’s delicious!  You just might be tempted to have these for breakfast instead of dessert, especially if you’re a granola lover.

I always hated tossing the leftover raspberry puree/pulp when I made raspberry jelly or a smooth raspberry sauce.  The Berry Health Benefit Network states that “The oil from raspberry seeds is rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids”.  Can’t let something like that end up in the compost!  I save and freeze my raspberry pulp in 1/2 cup packages for this recipe.  You could also substitute 1/2 cup crushed raspberries and add a bit more flour, or use freeze dried raspberries, or use raspberries that had been frozen, thawed and drained.  The original recipe I adapted suggested sesame seeds or flax seeds, but I really like the “extra something” that raspberries add to the flavor. [Read more...]

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Coconut Oil Fudge – Easy, Delicious, No Cooking Required!

Easy coconut oil fudge recipe features coconut oil, nuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup or honey plus dried fruit. Loaded with healthy fat and antioxidants.

Since I keep getting asked for this recipe on Facebook, I thought I ought to do a post about it.  I’m pretty sure I got this coconut oil fudge recipe off the Tropical Traditions website – they have a TON of great coconut recipes there.  It has no refined sugar (it’s sweetened with honey or maple syrup) and is loaded with healthy coconut oil.  (Yes, coconut oil is good for you!)  You can mix it up in just a few minutes – without turning on the stove – and it’s a great not-too-sweet treat to keep on hand in the fridge.

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Rhuberry Spread – Naturally Sweetened Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Rhuberry Spread - 4 ingredients - no added sugar or commercial pectin. Sweetened with apple juice concentrate and thickened with natural apple pectin.

I enjoy trying new twists on old favorite recipes, and right now our local rhubarb is abundant, so when I found this naturally sweetened strawberry-rhubarb jam, I had to try it.  This rhuberry spread recipe has only 4 ingredients and contains no added sugar or commercial pectin.  It’s sweetened with apple juice concentrate and thickened with natural apple pectin and slow cooking.  The result is a sweet-tart taste that let’s the strawberry and rhubarb flavors shine through.  In addition to being used as a spread, I’m sure this would dehydrate to make a great fruit leather, too.  I hope you’ll enjoy trying something new, too. [Read more...]

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