holidays

Grain Free Biscotti

When I lived in Italy, one of my favorite afternoon activities was sitting at a cafe with a cappuccino and biscotti (I know, I know, cappuccinos are morning beverages, but I love them!). There was truly nothing more delicious then dunking that crispy sweet cookie into the creamy cappuccino to make it all soft and melt in your mouth. I wanted to create a “cleaned” up version without gluten. In northern Italy it is traditional to add corn meal to the cookie. This adds another layer of sweetness and crunch. I am very pleased with the way these beauties turned out. You can make them completely vegan or with eggs (I tried both) and they are both equally crunchy and delicious. The thing that makes biscotti special is the double bake. You bake them once in a loaf and then slice and bake again. This element creates that super crispy and delicious texture. I love these any time of year but they are perfect for holiday gift giving and eating (let’s be real, I’m eating more than giving). You can leave the recipe as is for a simple, yet delicious biscuit or you can play around with the different variations I listed below or create your own. There really are no limitations. Add dried fruit, nuts and seeds to your liking. I hope you love these as much as I do.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1/2 cup corn meal (make sure it is organic and non gmo)

  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 T arrowroot powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs or 2 egg replacers (I used Bob’s Red Mill egg replace and it worked great)

  • 1/4 cup nut milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp anise extract

*See flavor variations below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine all wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. Create a well in the dry ingredients, pour wet mixture in and fold together. Line a large baking sheet with parchment parchment paper. Split the dough into and shape. You may want to wet your hands a bit so the dough doesn’t stick too much. Shape into little football shapes (about 2 inches thick). Place in oven and bake for 18-22 minutes. With a cerated knife, slice the logs widthwise into 1 inch slices. Place slice side down on the cookie sheet and place back into the oven for 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the cookies cool in the oven. Remove and store in an airtight container. Enjoy with coffee or tea any time of day.

*Flavor Variations:

  • Chocolate hazelnut- 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts and 1/4 cup dark chocolate

  • Lemon Pignolo-1 T fresh lemon zest and 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts

  • Cardamom Almond: sub 1/2 tsp almond extract in place of anise and 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

  • Dark Chocolate Cherry-1/3 cup dried cherries 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate

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Body Bliss Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift season is upon us. I am so excited to introduce the first ever Body Bliss Life gift guide. Your guide to high vibration, thoughtful and wellness inspired gifts. Many of these companies are having amazing Black Friday Sales, so now is a great opportunity to try these products for yourself or your loved ones. So grab your adaptogenic hot cacao and read away.

Adaptogen and Herb Companies:

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Anima Mundi Herbals

Anima Mundi translates to Spirit World and that is what these herbs make you feel like. This beautiful company is woman owned and operated. The owner believes in keeping the sacred nature of these herbs in tact and it shows in everything from the quality of the herbs to the packaging. My go to products are the Collagen Booster and the Coconut Cream Powder (transforms your coffee or tea).

 
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Sun Potion

High quality and vibration adaptogens and superfoods. This is my go to company for Ashwagandha (which I used daily) and Mucuna Pruriens (great for this time of year with SAD). They are having a HUGE sale right now, so if you were wanting to try them out, now is the time.

 
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Philosophie Superfoods

If you’ve been following along for a while, you will know that I use this stuff regularly in my kitchen. I put the coconut butters in my coffee and chai, the green dream powder in my pesto and dressings, the cacao magic goes into anything and everything I want chocolaty and the berry bliss is staple during flu season. Not only is this line incredibly high quality, organic and has no fillers, or additives, but it is ran by one of my dearest friends and she has worked her butt off to create these amazing products. What do I love most? That you can literally make every food a superfood by adding anywhere from a teaspoon to tablespoon of any of their products. Code: bodybliss15

 
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Four Sigmatic

This functional mushroom company is my go to for gifting. It comes in convenient packets which are great for traveling and they are having a killer sale for the Holiday weekend. My favorites are the mushroom coffee blend, mushroom hot cocoa and the travel reishi packets. The SALE link won’t be live until 11/22. Code: bodyblisslife

There are several other adaptogen companies that I absolutely love and they are listed on my Shop page.

 

Conscious Clothing

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Lively

One of my favorite bra companies. They make affordable and super comfortable bras and bralettes that are comfortable and made for women by women. You can get $10 off your first order with code AMB-Bodyblisslife2

 
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Pact

Ethically made and affordable organic cotton clothing. That is hard to find, but this company has done it. They make super comfortable simple pieces and are my go to for t-shirts and leggings.

 

Other Gifts

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Robyn Youkilis’ Thin From Within

This book changed my relationship with food. It gave me permission to relate to food in a different way. Even if that’s not your thing, there are a TON of amazing recipes that have become staples in our house.

 
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Sahara Rose’s Eat Feel Fresh

If you have been curious about Ayurveda or are a seasoned Ayurvedic cook, this book is for everyone. It is filled with pages of incredible color and photos and recipes that are not only deliciously flavorful, but will nourish your body in the way it wants and needs to be nourished.

 
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The Universe Has Your Back Journal

This is one of the most beautiful and thought out journals I’ve purchased in a long time. Each page has a beautiful inspiring quote or question and illustrations. Whether you are using it to write out your intentions or dreams or gratitudes each day, this is the perfect gift for any avid journaler or beginner.

 
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Saje Essential Oils

Good quality essential oils are a great gift for anybody. I use them to deepen my meditation practice, as non-toxic perfume, to make homemade cleaning products and to defuse. They are powerful medicines and a great gift. The pocket pharmacy is a perfect gift set. The Good Cheer Diffuser Set will make your home smell like a Holiday wonderland and is a great hostess gift.

disclaimer: I am affiliated with some of these companies. If you make a purchase through the link, I will received a small portion of the purchase.