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Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

It was in the 80s all weekend over here (I even laid out at the pool!) so it seems strange to see all the Fall recipes popping up on my Instagram feed. However, I will not pass up a chance to get started on my pumpkin craze, and decided to open up my first can of pumpkin of the season. I thought about making my paleo pumpkin pie, but realized there’s no way I’m turning on the oven in this heat. Which is how these mini pumpkin tarts were born!

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

If you love pumpkin pie like me, you will love this recipe. These pumpkin tarts are a smaller version of pumpkin pie (they are muffin sized—so cute!), without needing to be baked in the oven. I love how quickly they came together. They are best eaten chilled, straight out of the refrigerator so I love that I can still enjoy Fall flavors in this heat!

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Mini Pumpkin Tarts
Mini Pumpkin Tarts
 
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Serves: 6 tarts
Ingredients
Crust
  • ⅓ cup almond flour
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed meal
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Filling
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup coconut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • Coconut flakes, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Line a 6-cup muffin tin with parchment paper or a standard muffin liner.
  2. Combine and mix all ingredients for the crust in a bowl until it becomes a sticky dough.
  3. Divide the dough evenly into the lined muffin cups, and press down with your fingers to form a crust on the bottom of each cup. Place in the fridge while preparing the filling.
  4. Heat a saucepan on the stovetop at the lowest setting.
  5. Place all ingredients for the filling (except coconut flakes) in the saucepan just until the coconut butter and honey are melted. Stir well.
  6. Take the muffin tin out of the fridge, and pour the filling evenly into the 6 muffin cups over the crusts.
  7. Smooth out the top of the filing with a spatula, and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
  8. Place back in the fridge for at least 3 hours so the filling hardens and sets.
  9. Serve chilled.
  10. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Notes
If you don't love the taste of honey in dessert, you can replace with ¼ cup of maple syrup.

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Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsWhile working with clients going through the RESTART sugar detox program, one of the top concerns they have is what to eat for snacks and how to kill those awful cravings that hit at odd hours, especially during their first week. The key is to always be prepared and to have the right snacks available, so you don’t go off-plan with a “what the heck do I eat” feeling and grab that box of sugar-filled cereal. One of my favorite ways to stay on track is to eat high fat snack bites, called fat bombs, that’ll fill you up quickly while killing those cravings. I love using coconut anything to make fat bombs because it’s easy to digest and the body primarily uses it for energy, instead of storing it as fat. I recently made these blueberry walnut coconut fat bombs that really did the job for me.

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

Blueberry Walnut Coconut BombsYou can cool and harden these fat bombs in a prettier silicon mold, but I’m lazy and I just leave them in a loaf pan in the fridge, then cut them into squares once they harden. The walnuts add a delicious crunch to each bite, and the blueberries give a slight sweetness that you might be craving without throwing your blood sugar off balance. I highly recommend you make a batch for the week to get ready for your new low-sugar lifestyle, and see how great you can feel!

Blueberry Walnut Coconut Bombs

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Blueberry Walnut Coconut Fat Bombs
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (omit if doing a sugar detox)
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • Cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place blueberries in a food processor and pulse until they are chopped into fine pieces.
  3. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pour coconut oil. coconut butter, maple syrup, and blueberries in the pan (no need to combine thoroughly) and bake for 10 minutes until coconut oil and coconut butter are melted, and the blueberries are cooked.
  5. Take out of the oven and let it cook for 10 minutes, then stir in shredded coconut and chopped walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 30 minutes to let the mixture harden.
  7. When ready to eat, pull out the parchment paper to remove the hardened layer from the pan.
  8. Cut into to mini squares and sprinkle with cinnamon if you wish.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

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I am obsessed with coconut oil. Not only does it taste amazing, coconut oil is a healthy and versatile oil that is excellent for high heat cooking. It’s also full of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which the body can digest easily and burn off quickly for an instant burst of energy. In addition, because of its healthy saturated fat content, coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce the body’s risk of heart disease. For a few years now, I have told myself that I won’t put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat, and coconut oil has been so useful and beneficial both in the kitchen and in my skin care routine.

Here are some ways that I use coconut oil:

  • Blended in my coffee when I need extra energy
  • In a stir fry
  • As a butter substitute in baking
  • In smoothies
  • To season my cast iron skillet
  • As a mouth wash in oil pulling for my dental health
  • As a makeup remover
  • In a DIY body butter
  • As a natural sunscreen
  • As a leave-in conditioner
  • To soothe a cut or a bug bite
  • On the dogs when they have an itchy hot spot

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