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Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls


Dates are a great addition to your diet! I like to throw a couple in a smoothie to add natural sweetness in whole food form or use them to make energy bites with things like nuts and berries in them. These balls are made up of raw cacao, peanut butter (or a nut or seed butter of your choice) and dates. They are healthy and satisfying! I like to pop in these super quick and easy sweet treats when I have a craving for something chewy and chocolate. The raw cacao is loaded with antioxidants and magnesium and is a natural mood elevator. Dates are full of fiber, vitamins and essential minerals and are a whole food, natural sweetener eaten for centuries. The fat in the peanut butter or nut butter of your choice is satiating, and nuts contain protein. Use a peanut butter or nut butter with no added sugar, just salt.

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - Yummy!

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – Yummy!

 

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Soft Medjool Dates (pits removed, if they are not soft between your fingers, soak them for five minutes in warm water)

1/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder (like this)

6 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter (no sugar added)

Directions: Place the dates in a food processor with a blade attachment, and puree. Add in 1/3 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder and the Peanut Butter or nut butter. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor as needed with a rubber spatula. Place the remaining two tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder in a bowl. With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into balls, roll them between your hands to form a round globe, and roll in cocoa powder. The balls can be stored at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or freezer depending on your preference. Pop these in when you need a healthy chocolate fix or a energy boost!

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Three Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip


Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip with Raw Cacao

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip with Raw Cacao

 

I love a hot coffee in the morning that has some whip on top to slurp! I adore the cold creamy whip with the hot coffee. You don’t need an ISO whip to make this either. I am really loving mine and have been squirting it atop my coffee with abandon. However, I have also made the whip and kept it in a glass container in the refrigerator. It isn’t as airy, but it is definitely yummo. If you want to invest in an ISO Stainless Steel Whipped Cream Dispenser, you can find one here.

So, here is the recipe!

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip with Raw Cacao

One can of Chilled Full Fat Coconut Milk

2 Tablespoons of Raw Cacao Powder

1 – 2 Tablespoons of Honey (to taste)

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Scoop the coconut cream off the top of the refrigerated coconut milk. It rises to the top of the can when refrigerated for a few hours. Keep the runny part for something else.

In a small blender, like a Ninja or Magic Bullet, blend all the ingredients. Pour it into your ISO Whip Dispenser and charge it as directed. If you aren’t using a dispenser, pour it into a glass container with a lid and refrigerate until it sets up. Then scoop it onto your coffee. Viola! Whip! A good tip is to store the can on it’s side, then whenever you want whip, you can just take it out the refrigerator and shake it a few times before dispensing.

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whipped Latte Topping

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whipped Latte Topping

 

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip!

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whip!

Merry Cherry Chocolate Fudge


Fudge with health benefits? What’s that you say? Well hey, I have a fudge recipe that tastes decadent and fudgy, and it has benefits other than expanding your waistline over the holidays. I tested it on my kids, and they gave me the thumbs up as well. Bet you want to have a piece don’t you? Read on for the benefits.

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For the fudge I used raw cacao powder, a whole cup of it! Raw Cacao is rich in magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium and manganese. It also contains polyphenols, B vitamins, protein, fiber, and essential heart healthy fat. Keep reading if you care about the benefits of Coconut Butter. 🙂

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I used creamy coconut butter, which is rich in immune boosting lauric acid and is said to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and funguses, but very importantly, it is yummy enough to eat by the spoonful right out of the jar! It also is thought to boost metabolism because of it’s short chain fatty acids. Coconut butter is made from the meat of the coconut.

The recipe also includes raw, local honey which wards off infections (they use honey on bandages in wound clinics to kill infections. That’s how powerful it is.) The pollen in raw honey also helps with seasonal allergies, if it is local to where you live. It is an unrefined, natural sweetener as well.

I used freeze dried cherries for the fudge. Freeze drying concentrates the antioxidants. Just two tablespoons of freeze dried cherries contains the antioxidants of a whole cup of fresh ones, plus they work really well in the fudge. Yah!

Are you ready for the recipe?

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Merry Cherry Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Coconut Butter (here is my favorite)

1 Cup of Raw Cacao Powder (like this gluten free brand)

3/4 Cup of Raw Local Honey

1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk (full fat, no additives)

1/4 Cup of Freeze Dried Cherries (this kind is what I use)

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: Line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place the freeze dried cherries in a sealed quart zip lock bag, and roll over with a rolling pin until the cherries are finely crushed. Set aside.

In a large bowl with a hand held mixer, mix together the softened coconut butter (Place the glass jar with the lid off for about 30 seconds in the microwave, and it will soften nicely so it is easily spooned.) Raw Cacao Powder, Honey, Coconut Milk, Vanilla and Sea Salt. Mix until smooth starting out slowly so you don’t fling cocoa powder all over the place.

Scoop the fudge into the parchment lined pan and smooth with a rubber spatula, reaching the sides of the pan and spreading it evenly.

Sprinkle with the crushed cherries and lightly pan down into the top of the fudge.

Put the pan in the freezer for one hour. Remove the pan from the freezer, and remove the parchment. On a cutting board with a large, sharp knife. Cut the fudge into 1 1/2″ inch squares. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for a firmer fudge. You can also store the fudge at room temperature if you like a softer fudge.

Happy Holidays!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

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Easy Chocolate Mousse for Two


By definition a Mousse is a dessert that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture and can range from light and fluffy to creamy and thick.

I was considering calling this mousse Miracle Mousse because there is no cooking and no eggs or dairy in the recipe yet it is thick, creamy and smooth. I whip this decadent dessert up in five minutes flat, at which time it resembles a chocolate syrup. After refrigerating it for 4 hours it thickens and becomes the creamy deliciousness you see below.

Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse

Dairy Free Easy Chocolate Mousse for Two

 

Raw cacao is my favorite for making chocolate recipes, because it is cold pressed and keeps the live enzymes,  and you can control what sweetener you use. In this case it was raw, local wildflower honey.

Why should you make this mousse?

  1. You Crave Chocolate
  2. You Want to Impress Someone
  3. You Need A Fast Dessert Recipe Because You Are Busy
  4. It Has No Refined Sugar
  5. You Have a Romantic Date
  6. It Has Clean Ingredients
  7. It’s Darn Good!

The recipe serves two! How romantic! 🙂

Easy Chocolate Mousse for Two

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of Full Fat Coconut Milk (see In My Pantry for my favorite brand)

1/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Cup Raw Local Honey

1/4 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

a pinch of sea salt

Directions: Dump all the ingredients in a high speed blender. I used the big cup on my Ninja blender. I have also made it in my Vitamix. It just needs to be high speed to incorporate those air bubbles that makes chocolate mousse…..mousse. 🙂

Pour into two individual ramekins, serving bowls or cups.

Refrigerate for 4 hours and up to two days.

This is a decadent dessert for chocolate fans! Enjoy!

Chocolate Mousse for Two

Easy Chocolate Mousse for Two

 

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

 

Chocolate Mocha No Moo – Day 5 – Seven Days of Smoothies


Chocolate Mocha No Moo - Day 5 - Seven Days of Smoothies Challenge

This smoothie is like a mocha milk shake without the dairy, and unhealthy sugar. Smoothies that taste so creamy and delicious and promote health are the way to go in my book! One of my favorite reasons for using whole food sweeteners like dates is the food is unrefined with all it’s minerals and fiber intact.

This smoothie contains Raw Cacao which gives it the rich chocolate flavor. Raw Cacao is a superfood rich in essential minerals and antioxidants. Eating raw cacao releases dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that boosts mood and pleasure, and it has been shown to lower insulin resistance. Coconut Butter is a healthy fat that also gives the smoothie a creaminess, as well as the coconut milk. (You may substitute another milk like almond). A touch of cinnamon and vanilla compliment the coffee and brings out more of the chocolate flavor. This is a smoothie that I like to drink with my feet up, savoring every delicious sip!

Chocolate Mocha No Moo

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao

2 Tablespoons Cold Coffee

2 Large Medjool Dates

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Butter

1 Cup Crushed Ice

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp. Cinnamon

Optional: 2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin or Your Favorite Protein Powder (add after initial blending and blend just until incorporated to prevent foaming)

Directions: Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and mix until creamy and the dates are fully incorporated.

Put your feet up and Enjoy!

Have a beautiful day!

 

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls Demonstration


It’s the day before Thanksgiving! I am busy in the kitchen all day, what about you?

Today I am sharing a video demonstration of my recipe for Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls that will bust your sugar cravings and add nourishment and energy to your day without adding those holiday pounds! Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings to you and your family!

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls


Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

 

These little Energy Balls are a great way to bust a craving, with benefits! The raw cacao busts an intense chocolate craving, which can actually be your body’s way of telling you it is deficient in magnesium. Raw Cacao is rich in it! The almond butter contains protein and healthy fat, walnuts contain brain boosting Omega 3’s, tart cherries are anti-inflammatory, the honey is a natural form of sweetness, and the sea salt gives our bodies trace minerals it needs. Just one of these a day can really help reduce cravings for sweets, or why not replace these with other sweets you might reach for that don’t contain clean, health promoting, ingredients? Here’s the easy recipe! They are delicious to serve at a holiday party as a truffle.

 

Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Almond Butter, no added sugar  (I Used Artisana Brand)

1/3 Cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/3 Cup Dried Tart Cherries with no Added Sugar

1/4 Cup Raw Honey

1/8 Teaspoon Almond Extract

1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt

3/4 Cup Raw Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped

 

Directions: In a food processor, or vigorously with a fork in a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the chopped walnuts. Form the mixture into 34 balls, and roll in chopped walnuts. Refrigerate in a sealed container, or if you like them firmer you can freeze them.

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