Sugarfree Zevia Protein Muffins, with beets! (and other options)

As promised, here is a fun Zevia muffin or bread recipe from! The original recipe on their website used Cola, but since I prefer Dr. Zevia, that’s what I used.  Adding the cola to the ingredients makes a fizzy “concoction” in your mixing bowl, that my 8 year old son thought was WONDERFUL! The recipe suggests opening the soda early, so it’s not so fizzy, but all that fizzy action was the fun part for us!:) We had a great time making this. Go to the link above for the ingredients and directions, and here are my suggestions and what I used:

I prefer to make grain-free recipes if possible, so I used almond meal that I buy at Trader Joes. Almond flour or another gluten free flour may have given it a slightly better texture, but they were still good with almond meal.

I did not have enough protein powder at the time, and they still turned out fine. I used a stevia-sweetened vanilla whey powder.

We made both bread and muffins, and I think the muffins turned out slightly better. Only, don’t use cheap paper baking cups like I did, because they stuck to the bread, which ashamedly, did NOT prevent us from eating every bite (yes, we scraped the paper to get every last bite, I admit it.)

BEST PART: I had an organic beet I wanted to use up, and since the recipe offered that as an ingredient option, I said “heck yeah, we’re usin that beet!”

Well, that’s what makes this the perfect Halloween baking experiment for all of you mad scientists out there! It turned the ingredients a beautiful dark red, (like blood, Halloween, get it?) and when we added the fizzy soda, it was a bubbling cauldron of bloody red goo (insert evil laugh here)! Look at all that awesomeness below!

Now, that bloody red color changes as it bakes (unfortunately), but it was fun while it lasted! So, here’s my full confession: while the beet made it super fun and a really cool color, it wasn’t sweet enough, so I would suggest using the applesauce or banana OR you could add frosting like I did in the picture below! (it was stevia sweetened cream cheese frosting). If you don’t have ingredients (or time) for frosting, you could always add honey on top instead. I especially love ‘s whipped cinnamon honey! O MY Amazing!

My last bit of advice would be to make sure you chop/process your beets small enough, if that’s what you use for this. I left a few chunks, and it wasn’t my most favorite bite when I found them:) If you are a huge beet lover, then by all means, leave the beets chunky!

I loved the way this recipe offered so many options, so it has the potential to taste many different ways, depending on what you use. Chocolate chips and pecans would be a nice addition, if that works for your family. If you try this, I hope you have as much fun as we did making it! And please let me know how it turns out, since there are so many varieties possible! Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

Please go to this post  to enter the GiveAway for FREE Zevia! They generously offered TWO free 6packs to the winner, so you can drink some and cook with some! Check out the Zevia website for all kinds of recipes for no sugar foods and drinks.

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Strawberry Sorbet loaded with Vitamin C, and every other fruit possibility! (only need a blender)


I just whipped up a monstrous portion of Vitamin C filled organic strawberry “sorbet”, and I had to share it with you asap because it’s so stinkin easy you won’t believe it! Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, and this sorbet is filled with strawberries, so here ya go. Here’s the fastest, easiest sorbet you’ve ever made. Hope you have a good blender!

(I realize it looks like ketchup in the picture, but it’s not. promise.)

1 bag (12-16 oz) frozen organic strawberries. I’m gonna tell you that it DOES matter if you use organic here. Strawberries are one of the most pesticide covered fruits according to the Dirty Dozen list. But if you can’t find/afford them, it’s still healthier than eating processed sorbet that used non organic strawberries at the factory! So, go for it. (no guilt here, remember)

1 cup almond milk (may need a little more, test as you go). Almond milk is a fantastic source of calcium! You should be able to substitute other milks, but unsweetened vanilla almond milk gives it a great flavor with no added sugar, so it depends on “where you’re at” on the good/better/best scale. YOU decide. If you’re into it, go to to look for her – almond milk recipe.

Sweetener equal to  2 TBS pure maple syrup (grade B is the healthier one actually) or honey (we use local raw honey for health benefits). Liquid stevia or raw organic agave could be used as well. If anyone tries using an apple for the sweetener, let me know. Red or yellow, not green.

Blend until smooth. Eat immediately! Melts fast. It will have the consistency of a milkshake, but we still used spoons to eat it. We topped it with chocolate chips since it’s a weekend treat, but they weren’t necessary.  If you need to make this “to go”, like a smoothie, just add more milk, then pour it in a to-go cup with a straw.

Earlier this week I made pineapple sorbet and also banana sorbet, just like this, and they were both amazing. I was originally  inspired by a peach sorbet recipe that I saw on “The Chew” earlier this week, and now I’m trying all the fruits I can think of! This is an amazingly healthy, easy, fun, and delicious treat that we will be making all summer, usually without the chocolate chips:)

If you try this or another variation, let me know how it turns out! I can’t wait to hear about some of these creations. The possibilities are endless!

update 9/14/12: Dr. Axe had this Raspberry Sorbet recipe this week, and it uses water instead, but you’ll need to freeze it after blending:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup raw honey or stevia
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1. Directions blend together and freeze for a couple hours (you may need to stir every 30 min to keep from freezing into a solid block of ice)

      Encouraging Health,

      Organic Eater

Paleo Pepitas, please!

Roasted Pepitas at

Yes, these can be Vegan, Vegetarian, or Paleo of course; I just enjoy the alliteration of “Paleo Pepitas”:) These are our new favorite snack, and the whole family loves them! Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are a surprisingly healthy source of manganese and several other nutrients you can read about on the link below. Of course you can eat them raw, but we prefer the crunch and flavor of roasting them. My 8 year old turned his nose up to the raw seeds, wouldn’t touch em, but gobbled down a cup of these bad boys (fast!) after they had been roasted. Hubs and the teen love em too!  I buy them (pictured above) at Trader Joes. I prefer the “green” ones, rather than the seeds with the white husk that looks like they’re right out of the pumpkin. Just add a little oil of your choice (I used coconut oil, just enough to cover them) and some natural sea salt, on a baking sheet at 325 for about 20 minutes, stirring after about 10 minutes. They will need to cool off before you can serve them, so tell your family to wait! You could roast a whole bag of these at once, and store them, to have on hand for fast snacks. You can also add cayenne pepper or any other spices to try to vary the flavors.  Here are the benefits of pepitas. I also researched the pesticide levels on pepitas, and they were not on the dirty dozen, and could not be found on the What’s On My Food site, so I think they should be fine. If you know otherwise, please leave a comment.

This is going into regular rotation here at our house now that the 8yo has declared “this is better than popcorn” (and score for the seed vs. grain. yay!) I am thrilled to find another real food, quick, easy, healthy snack idea that got 4 thumbs up here. I hope it helps you too!

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Pecan Sandies « The Mommypotamus

Hey y’all! I just found these super quick and easy grain free cookies. I’ll try them this weekend, but wanted to go ahead share with you. I’ve just printed 3 of her recipes (lara bars, and sesame & sunflower crackers) ….. I’ve GOT to get off of her site!:) Let me know if you try any of these before I get to!

Pecan Sandies {GAPS-Friendly} « The Mommypotamus.

(next day) ps: I  made her Cherry Pie Lara Bars at the same site, and they were just as good as the real thing. I just added a dash of salt and a bit of stevia because my cherries were not very sweet. I will post specifics next week.

Sadly, I did not have good luck with the Sandies. I forgot the salt, may not have added enough honey (they weren’t nearly sweet enough), and they almost burned at just 12 minutes. CHECK ON THEM AT 9 OR 10 MINS. Make sure you add 5 Tbsp honey, and don’t forget the salt. It does NOT work to sprinkle them with salt when you’ve already baked them!:(   If you make these and they turn out well, please leave a comment! Thank God, at least the Cherry Bars turned out great! I’m posting that next….

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Yummy Green Dip for St. Patty’s Day, or any day!

raw almond spread from healthful pursuit

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I found this recipe for Raw Almond Spread at, during my 3 week raw vegan cleanse last year. It is fantastic, and I still make it as often as I can because it’s “health in a bowl” and delicious! Here are the small adjustments I have made, but try the original first and see what you think:
I only use a little parsley (sometimes leave it out altogether) because parsley is not my fave. I only use 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, and I always use unfiltered organic ACV. I have no idea if regular works as well. I only use raw local honey, and no agave. Sometimes, if I don’t have enough basil, I add fresh spinach. Once I had no basil at all, only spinach, and I added some dried basil. Still worked pretty well.

Here are the benefits of basil and almonds and benefits of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I take some ACV daily.

This will be the PERFECT way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday! Enjoy, and let me know if you try it. It’s very unusual, but I hope you will love it as much as we do. It pairs nicely with grain free chia seed crackers from

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater