Peppermint Tea

My husband’s all time favorite drink! (Yes, I think he even likes this better than Dr. Pepper! 😳) Peppermint tea is easy to make, but it goes way too fast! I make two gallons at a time, as that is about what it takes for a drink, for one meal, for my family. The recipe here is for 1 gallon.

Here is the tea I use. You can get this from many grocery or health food stores. Or if you’d like to support my small business, you can order it from me. πŸ˜‰ Make sure to take advantage of my flat rate shipping and stock up on some other things while you are at it! Like the stevia for sweetening this!

Peppermint tea, 40 bag, Celestial Seasonings

Peppermint tea
About 2 cups of water
7 tea bags
3/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract
More water to equal a gallon

Instructions:
Bring a couple quarts of water to a boil. Add the tea bags. Turn off the heat and cover. Let set for at least 1/2 hour. Remove and squeeze out the tea bags. Be careful not to break them! I do this by putting them into a cup and pressing them with a spoon. Pour the tea into a gallon size jar or pitcher. Add the stevia, then add water to fill the gallon. Chill.

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I used to make this with 1 cup of loose, dried peppermint leaves. I find that these tea bags seem to be stronger, though.

I also used to, and sometimes still do, sweeten this with honey for my husband and kids. It takes a cup for a gallon.

Cinnamon Buns

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Cinnamon Buns

This is a twist of my cinnamon bun cake. I have added almond meal to the flour mix. It seems to give it a sweeter flavor and nice crumb. But, it is totally optional, and can just be omitted if you need to be nut free. You don’t need to make any other adjustments if you leave it out!

I have iced this with a cream cheese icing, which I use my homemade strawberry jam in! My jam is available for sale!

Strawberry jam, sugar free

Alternately, you can ice these with coconut cream, as I did my cake, especially if you need a dairy free version. (I also sell coconut cream in my store)!

I use 8 bun size small glass round baking dishes, ramekins, I believe they are called. I will post the regular, large recipe first, then a smaller one, which will make just 2 buns.

Cinnamon Buns

Wet Ingredients:
4 eggs
6 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons xylitol
3 Tablespoons Pyure
2 Tablespoons vanilla
6 Tablespoons water

Dry Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons oat fiber
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
2 Tablespoons collagen
2 Tablespoons almond meal
1 1/2 teaspoons glucomannan
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking powder

Sprinkle:
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1 Tablespoon Xylitol
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:
Mix wet ingredients in vitamix.
Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix up the sprinkle. Spray 8 ramekins with coconut oil. Spoon a little batter into each ramekin, then sprinkle on some of the sprinkle. Repeat in uneven layers till all the batter and sprinkle are used. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until done. Let cool before icing, if you use the cream cheese icing. If you are icing with the coconut cream, go ahead and ice warm.

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Cream cheese icing:

Ingredients:
8 ounces NeufchΓ’tel cheese
1/2 jar Lotsa Little Lambs sugar free strawberry jam.
1/8 teaspoon THM stevia extract

Instructions:
Beat cream cheese till it is smooth. Add the jam and stevia and beat again. Spread on the cooled rolls.

You can leave the rolls in the ramekins, or remove them. I have ones with matching lids, so I can just store them right in the ramekins after baking, cooling and icing!

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Here is a smaller recipe.

Cinnamon Buns

Wet Ingredients:
1 egg
1 1/2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Pyure (or mix with xylitol)
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 Tablespoons water

Dry Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon oat fiber
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 Tablespoon collagen
1/2 Tablespoon golden flax meal
1/2 Tablespoon almond meal (optional)
3/8 teaspoon glucomannan
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Sprinkle:
1/2 Tablespoon Pyure (or mix with xylitol)
1 scant teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:
2 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Lotsa Little Lambs strawberry jam
1 doonk THM stevia

Instructions:
As above, in large recipe. But, only divide batter into 2 ramekins, instead of into 8!

Cranberry Pink Drink

Cranberry Pink Drink

I set out to make a nutritional drink for a couple reasons. One simply because I like to get in at least 2 quarts of liquid or more in a day. The other happens to be my blood pressure. No matter what I do, or how well I eat, I can’t seem to get it down where it needs to be. I have tried several different herbal products and vitamins. Nothing moves it much. I am hoping this drink can be an affordable aid in lowering my blood pressure. It may not be finished, so if I add to it I will edit and add those changes. But it is SO GOOD! That even my stevia hating son and husband like it. In fact I have to either be selfish, or make a lot… because all the kids like it!

This would be a FP drink if following Trim Healthy Mama

Cranberry Pink Drink
2 lemons, juiced
4 Tablespoons 100% cranberry juice
1 teaspoon vitamin C powder
1 juniper berry capsule
1 hawthorn berry capsule
1/2 teaspoon THM stevia extract powder
2 Tablespoons liquid probiotic, berry flavored is good (I used this one)
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Instructions:
Juice the lemons. Empty the herbs out of the capsules and throw the capsules away. I plan to try using the tincture later, but for now, capsules are what I have. Add all ingredients to the blender, except for the probiotic. Blend to mix in the herbs and stevia so there won’t be clumps. Then add the probiotic and stir gently. Pour into 2-1 quart jars, adding water to fill the jars. Also add ice if desired.

Warning: The probiotic contains a warning on the jar. Not to shake and to open slowly. I failed to open slowly… and half my jar quickly escaped! 😒 I don’t want you to make the same mistake!

When traveling, I just shake up the ingredients in a quart jar. You can then divide it between two jars, and add water and ice and the probiotic if you have it.

This is an easy and quick drink!

Zucchini Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Raspberry Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Raspberry Muffins!

Yes, that’s a mouthful. πŸ™„ I couldn’t come up with a shorter name… Anyone have any ideas? πŸ˜€

I kind of stole this idea from my oldest daughter. She developed and came up with a zucchini chocolate- chocolate chip raspberry bread. Of course that recipe had wheat and honey and etc. Very yummy, but not something I can or should eat!

This same older daughter has been sampling my muffins from her idea. She always tells me, just for the fun of it that everything is yucky… But she won’t quit eating them! πŸ˜‰ So, today when she got home from work I asked her if she wanted to sample one. She wanted two… with yogurt. My little ones think they also have to have two a piece! 😊

These are dairy free if you use Lily’s dark chocolate vegan chips! They are also gluten free. And nut free!

Makes 1 dozen.

If following THM, these would fall into the S category.

So, here is the recipe!

Zucchini Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Raspberry Muffins

Wet Ingredients:
1-4 oz. 100% cacao baking bar
1 cup packed, finely grated zucchini
6 Tablespoons Pyure
6 Tablespoons xylitol
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
4 eggs

Dry Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
4 Tablespoons oat fiber
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
2 Tablespoons collagen
1 Tablespoon psyllium husk
1 Tablespoon glucomannan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Other Ingredients:
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup Lily’s dark chocolate chips

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt baking chocolate in a double boiler. I actually just sit my metal mixer bowl over a pan of boiling water until the chocolate melts. Saves one more dish, and I don’t waste any chocolate!

When the chocolate is melted, add the zucchini with the melted chocolate in the mixer bowl. Start mixing and add the sweeteners 1 Tablespoon at a time, beating as you add them. Then add the vanilla. By this time it should be cool enough to add the eggs. (You don’t want to cook your eggs!)

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate small bowl. Then stir the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture by hand. Add the raspberries and chocolate chips and mix again.

Fill 12 paper lined muffin cups with the batter. They will be pretty full. Place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until done.

Yum!

And if you would like to purchase from me, I sell the oat fiber, glucomannan, collagen and psyllium husk! My store link is http://lotsalittlelambs.com/shop/

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy these muffins!

Cinnamon Bun Cake

Cinnamon Bun Cake

Dairy free, nut free, gluten free, sugar free, this would be an S if following the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

This reminds me of a cinnamon roll. But, in a cake. I will post another recipe, later of a variation of this recipe. Cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing! But, for now, here is this recipe.

Cinnamon Bun Cake

Wet ingredients:
4 eggs
6 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons xylitol
3 Tablespoons Pyure
2 Tablespoons vanilla
6 Tablespoons water

Dry ingredients:
4 Tablespoons oat fiber
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons golden flax meal
2 Tablespoons collagen
1 1/2 teaspoons glucomannan
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cinnamon Sprinkle:
1 Tablespoon xylitol
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Topping (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Icing:
1 package Let’s Do Organic Coconut Cream
1 Tablespoon Powdered Sweetener (either Gentle Sweet or my powdered sweetener recipe…) http://lotsalittlelambs.com/powdered-sweetener/

Directions:
Chop the pecans if using, and set aside. In a separate small bowl, mix up the cinnamon sprinkle. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking dish. Mix the dry ingredients together in another bowl. Put the wet ingredients into the blender. Mix by blending, then pour into the dry ingredients and mix with a fork. Drop a few spoonfuls of the batter into the baking dish, then sprinkle with some of the cinnamon sprinkle, repeating in layers, till you have used up both the batter and the cinnamon sprinkle. Place chopped pecans on top of the cake batter, if using. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until done.

While the cake is baking, place the unopened plastic bag of coconut cream into a bowl of warm water. Periodically change the water and squish the coconut cream package with your fingers. By the time the cake is done, it should be totally melted.

Now for icing the cake! Don’t you hate it when you have to wait for your cake to cool? Me, too…I can be impatient! This cake should be iced while it is still hot! Open the bag of coconut cream, and mix in the powdered sweetener. Pour over the hot cake!

I like to place this on a potholder and refrigerate it just till the icing hardens… then serve it warm. Enjoy!

And check out my store at http://lotsalittlelambs.com/shop/ to see the products I offer, including the coconut cream I use in this recipe! πŸ™‚

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Mint Roses

Mint Roses

This is a companion recipe to my last one, Cacao Hearts, http://lotsalittlelambs.com/cacao-hearts/

Like the other, it uses creamed coconut. You can either make this in your vitamix or other strong gadget, or you can start with the equal weight, 14 ounces, of creamed coconut. I have made it both ways. I used the Let’s Do Organic brand of creamed coconut.

If you want to cut the recipe in half, I would encourage you to go with the already made coconut cream from the box, as my vitamix seems to need the bulk of the full 14 ounces of coconut to pulverize it.

I believe you could easily sub the boxed creamed coconut in place of making your own in the previous recipe, as well.

You may need to adjust the peppermint oil, according to the brand you use. I used Aura Cacia. Which says right on it that it is not intended for internal use. I just figure, it is from peppermint. Nothing else. Not like all these food colorings and dyes approved for our food! I know they have to put disclaimers on things. But you should not do as I do! Do as I say, and use a food grade oil! πŸ™‚

And by the way, you can mold these in any shape you like. I like the roses, because I think they are pretty. But, I make stars for my husband. You could even just pour them into a dish and cut into squares after they harden.

My husband loves these! But then, he loves mint. I do not know why he told the little girls they are soap! But he did think it was funny when I was puzzled as to why they kept asking for, “More soap, Mommy!”.

Here is the recipe:

Mint Roses

14 ounces dried coconut or 14 ounces creamed coconut, softened
6 Tablespoons Pyure
30 drops mint essential oil (use a food grade! πŸ™‚ )
1 cup finely shredded coconut (do not blend-stir in whole)

Turn the 14 ounces of coconut into cream, using your vitamix. Or if you are using the creamed coconut, just mix all the ingredients together. Put into molds. Set into the freezer to harden. Remove from the molds and store in a bowl or a container in the refrigerator.

Pretty easy!

Introducing Collagen!

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I’m so excited to introduce you to a new product!

Collagen is a naturally gluten free product. And this particular brand is kosher, as well. It is sourced from beef.

Some of the many benefits of collagen are said to be healing of painful joints, supporting skin tone, and increasing hair and nail strength. Many claim it has relieved their arthritus symptoms, and aided in the healing of broken bones.

I love to use Collagen as a source of protein. Sometime I stir it in my tea. It is also great in a shake. (I really don’t think there is much flavor). And I’ve heard it gives a good texture added to baked goods! I am still experimenting, but over all, I have been impressed with the baked goods I have added it to.

But the best part? I’m putting this on sale ($2 off) to give you an extra good deal! And not only that, but whoever orders collagen during the sale will receive a free jar of my homemade jam! πŸ™‚

Cacao Hearts

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I recently came up with this great recipe (At least I think it’s great! πŸ™‚ ), when I discovered that I could make coconut cream myself, by just grinding dried coconut in the blender! It really uses ‘from scratch’ ingredients, which I think is so neat! I mean, even cacao nibs, which I have recently fallen in love with, and which are about as close as you can get to the ‘real thing’! You do need a really strong ‘blender’. My vitamix does the job, but I think perhaps a strong food processor could be even better? I have not tried it in a food processor as my last one has deceased… (My donut recipe did it in…I gotta get another!!) But I do not think you would want to try this recipe in a regular blender.

Cacao Hearts

14 ounces coconut
1/3 cup cacao nibs
2 Tablespoons Pyure (erythritol, stevia blend), or use another sweetener if you prefer.
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt (I like Real Salt)

Combine all ingredients in vitamix.
Blend till it is well broken down, scrape sides, and blend again. Press dough into molds. Set in the freezer for 15 minutes or until they have hardened. Remove from molds and refrigerate.

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I’m also including a short video of making this recipe!

Hello!

Hello! My name is Rebekah Lamb. I live in Montana and have 11 children, ages 1-19. I’m excited to be starting my own blog. Soon, with an attached store! With Trim Healthy Mama products and homemade sugar free jams, granolas…and lots more, hopefully, both from myself and my creative kids!

My hopes are to also post lots of yummy recipes. πŸ™‚ I’m into THM…so, many should be compatible with their eating plan. But some will just be wholesome good stuff that’s great for the rest of the family!

I’m excited! I hope you are, too! πŸ˜€