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Trick or Treat Almond Butter Bites

As we enter the holiday season, it can be challenging to stick to healthy eating habits with all the temptations around. This healthy treat is free of processed sugar and other additives, making it easy to skip the Halloween candy for good!

With each bite of these holiday treats, invigorate your senses with the decadent taste of pure chocolate, paired with a rich almond butter filling and creamy coconut shell.

Trick or Treat Almond Butter Bites


Serves: 12


1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup coconut manna

¼ cup pumpkin puree

2 tbs cacao powder

1 tsp coconut oil, melted

¼ cup almond butter

5-6 squares dairy-free, dark chocolate bar (85% or higher)

1 ice cube tray

Step 1

In a food processor, mix together coconut manna, shredded coconut flakes and pumpkin puree.

Step 2

In a bowl, add almond butter. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Then, stir in cacao powder until the mixture is smooth.

Step 3

Grease ice cube trays lightly with melted coconut oil and a paper towel.

Step 4

Take a quarter size amount of the coconut mixture and pack it down into the ice cube tray. With a spoon, add a dime size amount of the almond butter and cacao mixture on top. Next, add another quarter size amount of the coconut mixture and spread until it covers the filling evenly.

Step 5

Repeat this process until all the ice cube trays are filled. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Step 6

Over a stove top, boil water in a pot. On top, place a small skillet or pot, creating a double boiler. Melt the chocolate for 2-3 minutes over high heat. If easier, use a microwave to melt the dark chocolate bar for 15-20 seconds.

Step 7

Set chocolate aside to cool. Meanwhile, pop out treats from the ice cube trays onto a plate.

Step 8

Drizzle chocolate over the top and enjoy. Store in refrigerator if not eaten right away.



We love this “n’ice cream” recipe from fellow healthy chef, Lee Holmes.  You can now happily wave your regular dairy-filled, chemical cocktail goodbye and swap it for this soothing dessert.  We featured this recipe on our Happy Gut Facebook Live, our first from the Happy Gut Kitchen, see it here.  (Follow Happy Gut Facebook here.)

“This is a recipe you could do blindfolded with one arm tied behind your back, it’s that easy,” says Lee, author of Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health. “And also so utterly delicious and creamy.”

“Avocados make a decadent treat like ice cream into an omega-3-rich inflammation fighting machine, which is also excellent for brain health,” adds. Dr. Pedre.

All it takes is just five ingredients and five minutes to whip it up and you get a beautiful thickness in the ice cream with the help of avocado.  Avocados are also ridiculously beneficial; full of monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, they’re also easy on the gut lining.  Avocado’s beneficial fiber helps promote healthy digestion. The vitamin C found in avocados also promotes digestive health.  Your digestive tract contains collagen — a type of protein that forms tight fibrils to provide tissue strength.  Collagen fibers wrap around your intestinal walls, and the vitamin C in your diet helps you produce enough collagen to maintain tissue strength.  Add avocado to your diet and you’ll increase your intake of B-complex vitamins. These nutrients support healthy digestion because they help your cells derive fuel from your food. 

When you include more avocado in your meals, in no time you will feel the benefits of a fully-functioning happy gut!

Gluten-free Nice Cream

Servings:  2

Makes about 2 cups
Prep time: 5 minutes, freeze for 1–2 hours


1 avocado, pitted and peeled

1/2  cup of additive-free coconut milk, chilled 

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon of alcohol-free vanilla extract

6 drops of liquid stevia or sweetener of choice 

Step 1:

Purée all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.

Step 2:

Churn the mixture in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or cover and freeze for 1–2 hours or until just frozen, then stir vigorously or beat with a hand mixer. 

Step 3:

Return to the freezer, then stir every 30 minutes two or three more times and then return to the freezer until completely frozen. 

There you have it! Delicious Avocado Nice Cream!


Contributed by Lee Holmes