nut-free chocolate truffles

IMG_6989We’ve had a rough few weeks due to my oldest being home sick with a terrible stomach bug that landed her in the ER last weekend.  She is now well, by the grace of God, and come to find out, she is more like her mama than even I knew.  It turns out that we both love to watch Food Network when we don’t feel well and dream about all of the things we will eat when our stomachs feel normal again.  She said she wished she could eat all of these at one time or another throughout the past week:  macaroons, whoopee pies, and cheese tortellini (she did finally have this).  Macaroons aren’t something I ever make because they require almond flour and my son has to avoid all tree nuts/peanuts, so those were definitely not going to happen.  Whoopee pies are something we all love, but thanks to watching a little Food Network today, we found a new recipe that required zero bake time and took all of 5 minutes to prepare!  The recipe we saw on “The Chew” actually had walnuts in it so we knew we couldn’t try those.  We went searching for a safe recipe for our house and about 30 seconds later, we found this gem!  And the best part is, THE KIDS LOVE THEM!  Another bonus is they have no refined sugar and the sweetness comes from dates, so they are the perfect snack for the “no sugar” fast!  Check out the recipe, whip up a batch, and have a great weekend!

IMG_7001

 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Quinoa Fruit Salad

IMG_6816I’m a little late in sharing, but I joined my friend, Wendy, in her 40-Day Sugar Fast this past Monday.  I highly encourage you to check out her website and join in!  You can also join a private FB group for more encouragement on this 40 day journey.  All of the details are on Wendy’s website.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 
 Psalm 34:8

Giving up sugar means something different for each person.  For me, it is giving up refined sugars and white/whole wheat flours, while keeping natural sugars from fruit, raw honey, or pure maple syrup.  I have been using quinoa in savory dishes, but thought I would try in a sweet dish.  I love the result, but my husband wasn’t sold on the texture.  He thought the flavors were there, but just didn’t love the grainy texture.  I loved both the flavor and texture, but also appreciated that this fruit salad didn’t leave me bloated, like a big bowl of fruit has a tendency to do.  Plus, this has the added protein the quinoa provides.  Play around with the fruits you add to this.  I had wanted to add blueberries and mangos, but if you live where we live, the fresh fruit selection is hit or miss.  There are variations of this recipe around the web, but this is the version I really like!  Also, if you are looking for a quick  DELICIOUS dressing for your spring or summer salad, you NEED to make this honey-lime dressing ASAP.  It is my new favorite!

IMG_6844

 

Quinoa Fruit Salad

Ingredients

    Quinoa:
  • 1 cup quinoa (I prefer the pre-rinsed version)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Honey-Lime Dressing:
  • 5-6 tbs raw honey
  • juice of 2 limes
  • Fresh Fruit:
  • 5-6 cups chopped fresh fruit

Instructions

    Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool.
    For dressing: blend honey and lime juice with whisk or immersion blender until well blended.
    For fruit: wash and chop according to size you prefer in traditional fruit salad.
    Combine all ingredients in bowl. Stir gently until all ingredients mixed well. Top with fresh, chopped herbs if desired.
    Note: I used white quinoa, which when chilled with fruit, will take on the color of the fruit. To avoid this, use red or black quinoa. Enjoy!
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich Recipes
http://www.messmakerbaker.com/quinoa-fruit-salad/