Ah the Super Bowl is upon us! Let me start this off by coming clean. I must admit that last night when my mom asked me who was playing in the Super Bowl I responded with “I honestly have NO idea but did you hear that Beyonce is having twins?!”
So now you know, when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday I’m here for two things and two things only:
1) The halftime show (and maybe the national anthem like when the Bacsktreet Boys sang it in 2001)
2) The snacks
I love me a good super bowl spread. The dips, the chocolate, the fried everything, I mean let’s be real here, what’s not to love? It’s a day where you’re basically commanded to sit on the couch with a bunch of your friends in stretchy pants and eat a lot of food while watching TV. And who am I to argue with such a commandment?!
BUT I’ve learned the hard way that while going hard on the aforementioned fried/sugary/carby goodness feels like a touchdown in the moment (football pun number one check and check) I wake up the next day feeling like anything but an MVP! (Ha! MVP, get it?!)
So this year I’ve decided to whip up some super easy snacks and treats that are perfect game day eats but are all still gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo friendly! This way you can still indulge but not wake up the next morning with that dreaded food hangover.
I went to the Smart & Final near my work the other night and I was blown away with the selection of fresh organic produce, their own all natural line of products AND some of my favorite paleo/gluten free/dairy free brands at a much, much better price than I’ve seen anywhere else. Talk about a home run!
Wrong sport, I know.
So I loaded up my cart and got to cooking and came up with three recipes that I think you will love this weekend and really, any time after. They are all super simple to make, too so you don’t have to worry about spending the whole time in the kitchen. #NotAboutThatLife
I promise even the non-paleo/pro gluten people will love them too!
Also, even if your team doesn’t win this weekend (or you’re like me and not sure who is even playing) YOU can win big! Smart & Final will be hosting their annual “Final Score” Super Bowl online sweepstakes. Anyone who correctly guess the final score of the game using the hashtag #GameDayGrub on Instagram will be entered into a competition to win a $5,000 gift card to Smart & Final – enough cash to cover a full year’s worth of grocery purchases! Um, yes please!
And Now… for the recipes!
Creamy Avocado Dip
This dip takes 5 minutes to make and is super creamy and delicious! It’s a totally Paleo take on hummus that is low carb and full of healthy fats!
3 Avocados (pitted and peeled obviously!)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Tahini
3 tablespoons Sun Harvest Olive Oil
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of cayenne
2 cloves fresh garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients into food processor until smooth and serve with veggies, and chips (Served here with Beanitos White Bean Tortilla Chips & Sun Harvest Veggie Sticks)
Dark Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cocoa Crispies
These also take 5 minutes of actual making time (just a bit more time here for cooling/serving) and are downright addicting. Feel free to make a double batch at one time if you’re having a big party (or are like me and want one tray just for yourself. No Judgement)
1 box of Veganic sprouted brown rice cacao crisp cereal (can sub for a plain rice cereal but I liked the extra cacao goodness!)
1 11 oz jar of Brown Rice Syrup
3/4 cup organic peanut butter (I used Sun Harvest Brand)
3/4 cup of Enjoy Life dairy free Dark Chocolate chips (can use more or less depending on how choclatey you want them!)
pinch of salt
Pour Rice cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
Heat the rice syrup with a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat. Once it liquifies, add the peanut butter and stir until well combined. Then pour over rice cereal and mix.
once mixed and cooled to room temp, add in chocolate chips (if you don’t wait until the mixture cools you will end up with melted chocolate which is still delicious just not as chippy!)
Press into a baking dish (8 x 8 for thicker bars, 9 x 13 for thinner ones!) and even it out with your wooden spoon or spatula. Let cool for an hour and then cut into squares! (or any shape you want!)
Football Brownies with Nut Butter Drizzle
These are a bit more of a commitment but your guests (and you!) will have NO idea that they are totally 100% gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free and paleo friendly! If you’re in a pinch or out of patience, no need to cut them into footballs, just serve up straight up from the pan!
2 cups extra dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup almond flour
1 and a half tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder/cacao powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 large eggs at room temperature
2 cups coconut sugar
For the Topping:
1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used Sun Harvest Peanut Butter)
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Pre-heat the oven to 350 and grease a 9 x 13 baking dish (or two 8 x 8 baking dishes).
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat and stir frequently. until melted completely. Set aside to cool.
Combine coconut sugar, vanilla and eggs with a mixer on low speed.
Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and cocoa powder.
Transfer sugar/egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and lightly mix together with your spatula
Add in the dry mixture and fold in.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
Let the brownies cool completely (better yet, stick them in the fridge for an hour or so)
Carefully cut around the edges of your pan and place brownies on cutting board
Take your football cookie cutters and cut into the brownies (works best on a diagonal to get the most footballs!) Eat the scraps. Or don’t. But I suggest you do. 🙂
Combine one tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/4 cup peanut butter and mix until the peanut butter becomes smoother. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden up until it’s a bit thicker and easy to manage. (Patience here is key, learn from my mistakes in the photo below! the longer you wait the more goopy and messy it will be!)
Place in a plastic bag, cut the tip and like you would with frosting, draw one straight horizontal line with three vertical lines for your little footballs
Place in fridge for 10 minutes to set and then serve!
Happy Game Day! What #GameDayGrub are you eating?!
Thank you, Smart & Final for sponsoring this post. It means so much to me to work with brands that I love and who support BeenThereTriedIt!