Symmetry In the Kitchen

Cooking feeds your body, mind, and soul. It allows you to control the food you put into your body, connect with your family and friends over a home cooked meal, and save the money you might otherwise spend in restaurants or on processed, prepackaged foods. Believe it or not, making simple and satisfying meals from scratch doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some of my favorite easy, healthy recipes. You’ll find that eating well can also be delicious!


Gluten-Free Goodies

“Chocolate Date Protein Balls” © 2013 Amazing Almonds


Whether you or your loved ones suffer from full-blown celiac disease or just feel better when you reduce the amount of wheat products consumed, you shouldn’t have to forgo treats that the gluten-eating masses enjoy.

Here are three recipes sure to satisfy your sweet tooth—without creating unhealthy side effects!


Nutty Date Balls

A favorite with little ones, these irresistible snacks feature dates, which provide an all-natural sweetness. Feel free to experiment with other additions to this recipe; for example, mixing in raw cacao powder adds a superfood punch, while rolling the balls in dried ginger adds a spicy element! Have fun with this.

2 cups walnuts (or other nuts, such as almonds)

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

2 cups pitted Medjool dates

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large food processor, chop nuts and ¾ coconut until well combined.
  3. Add dates, salt, vanilla, and process until a sticky batter is formed.
  4. Scoop by the tablespoon and roll into 1-inch balls.
  5. Roll in remaining shredded coconut and place on baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to several hours to set.
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or make a double batch and freeze extras!


Black Bean Brownies

With nutritious and protein-packed beans creating the base of these decadent brownies, you’ll never miss the flour!

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 large eggs

1/3 cup mashed banana

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (NOTE: only “pure” vanilla extract is truly gluten-free.)

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)

Top of Form

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8-inch baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. Place the black beans, eggs, mashed banana, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Remove the blade and gently stir in the walnuts.
  5. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan.
  6. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just set in the center.
  8. Cool before cutting into squares. Store leftover brownies (if you have any!) in the refrigerator.


Sunflower Brittle

With only 4 ingredients, this recipe is easy to whip up when you’re craving something salty and sweet!

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon sunflower oil or grapeseed oil

3 tablespoons raw honey

1 teaspoon sea salt

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix seeds with honey, canola, and salt. (You might need to heat up the honey so it blends easier.)
  3. Spread out somewhat flat on the parchment.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.
  5. Take out and stir the seeds around a bit. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. Repeat that process as many times as needed until you get to the desired doneness. (NOTE: These need to be watched or they have a tendency to burn!)
  7. Set out on a cooling rack for a few minutes; break up and enjoy when cool.


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