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Creamy Crunchy Chocolate PB Oatmeal

Without any added fat or sugar,  these are the creamiest, most comforting dessert/breakfast oats!  One what to motivate you to get out of bed!

You need:

-2/3 cup rolled oats

-2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk

-1 tbs cocoa powder

-1/2 tbs pb2 (powdered peanut butter)

-1/2 banana chopped

-1tbs seeds of choice (hemp/flax/chia)
Combine first 4 ingredients in large microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 min then 30 seconds. The. Top with seeds, banana and enjoy!
   
    
   

Chocolate Plum Bran Muffins

Hahaha, a bran muffin dessert hybrid!  Chock full of nutrition, yet tastes decadent 🙂  Suitable for either breakfast or dessert!

Wet ingredients:

Plums, about 400cc

Bananas, 2 ripe

1tsp vanilla

1tsp coconut vinegar
Dry ingredients:

4tbs flax

1 heaping cup wheat bran

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Dash nutmeg

1/3 cup wheat germ

2/3 cup cocoa powder 

3/4 cup mixed chocolate chips
Blend wet ingredients in high to purée. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, then pour wet ingredients into the dry. Then stir in chocolate chips. Turn into greased muffin tins.

Bake at 350f for 20min for large, 12-13 for mini muffins.
Enjoy!

   
  

                                 

  

  

  

    

Healthy Brownie Bites

I know, another brownie recipe? Yes, I love brownies, what can I say. I will never stop experimenting 🙂 I pulled some of these out of the freezer today and realized they were too good to have never posted! Vegan, gluten-free, oil free, flourless, no sugar added! What they do have includes all natural ingredients, protein, and chocolate goodness! These chewy brownie morsels can make you forget how healthily you are eating these days, or at least keep you from feeling deprived! When it is this good for you, go ahead and eat dessert every day!

Blend together until smooth:

1 and 1/4 very ripe banana
1/6 cup applesauce
3-4 medjool dates, depending on size
pinch salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 heaping TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
2tbs flax + 6tbs warm water, let sit till gelatinous 5-10m in fridge
1 can organic black beans.

Pictured toppings:
Crushed nuts
Chocolate chips- I highly recommend topping with a few chocolate chips!
Scoop into pre-oiled mini muffin tins.

Bake at 350 for about 12 min, edges should pull away and slight cracking occurs to surface. Let cool before removing. I pop mine into the freezer for about 5 minutes to accelerate the cooling, then remove! Will be very soft and gooey inside, enjoy!

Store refrigerated. I think I like these even better on day 2 after refrigerating overnight. They become fudge-like in the center 🙂 They also freeze really well, and thaw out super chewy and creamy in the microwave. Enjoy!!

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Chocolate Orange Chip Cookies

Ooey Gooey Chewy!!!  These cookies don’t look like much, granted, but I promise you they taste addictively good!!   Noadded fats aside from that in the chocolate chunks, made purely with coconut oil.    YUMMMMYYY!! Some buckwheat flour gives it a dark and hearty look, while the bananas keep them light and fluffy yet chewy! 

Blend on high:

2 bananas

1 tsp vanilla

4 dates

1/2 cup almond milk

Then add:

1tbs golden flax

1dash cinnamon and let sit for about 5 minutes

Turn into a bowl with:

1.25 cup oat flour

1/4 cup buckwheat flour

about 2/3 cup chocolate chunks from this chocolate recipe (you could use any chocolate, but it would no longer have the orange cocunut flavor)

1/2 tsp each baking soda/powder

Combine until well moistened!

For best results, refrigerate for 2 hours prior to baking, but if you can’t wait, they still taste yummy either way, they just melt/spread more if you don’t fridge first 🙂 

Bake at 350 for about 10-12 min. These come out light and chewy with a crisp chocolate bottom. They taste WAY better than they look! The chocolate seems to sink to the bottom and melt creating this awesome crisp chocolate coating on the bottom of the cookie.  The almond/coconut/orange of the chocolate really adds to the complexity and taste on these. Enjoy!!























Orange Almond Coconut Chocolate Bar!! (Vegan!)

Woah dude, why buy another chocolate bar ever again. This is soooo yummy!!! Wowww, I LOVE the combo of almonds and chocolate, coconut and chocolate, and orange and chocolate. SO I chose the perfectly logical conclusion and put ALL 3 in my chocolate. YES. It was the right decision, for sure!

Do you crave dark chocolate bars? I’ve been know to stock up on Ghirardelli, Theo, or Endangered Species chocolate bars, but I’m trying to go vegan! Plus who wants to leave home for chocolate when you can make your own!! This recipe makes dark, really satisfying chocolate! It tastes to me like about 60-70% dark (in terms of store bought). You could add more dates to make it sweeter if you prefer, I would imagine. To me, this was PERFECT.

Basic easy recipe is:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2-3 medjool dates pureed

Puree all ingredients, pour into rectangular container lined with foil or parchment paper. Sprinkle shredded coconut, fresh orange zest, and slivered almonds into the chocolate and pop into the fridge for a few hours to fully solidify, then cut or break into pieces and store in the fridge to keep firm. ENJOY FREQUENTLY 😀 This is so so so easy that I will be making often 🙂 Better stock up on ingredients.

Also pictured are some pure chocolate one, sans add-ins. Also delicious, but of course better with the added ingredients in my book 🙂

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Vegan Chocolate Pudding (And Chocolate Pudding Parfait!)

Nutritious delicious! I don’t know about you but I crave chocolate pudding. I may have been know to eat like 3 of those jello pudding cups at a time. I remember being all about the chocolate pudding at Mr Gatti’s salad bar (anyone remember that place?) as a little one. It is just one of those comfort foods that I adore. So I needed a creamy vegan healthy version to satisfy my craving. Here it is! Totally natural whole foods within 🙂

Simply blend:
2 small Bananas
1 large avocado
2 dates
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1tsp vanilla
1tsp cinnamon

Blend in high. Place in 2 small serving dishes/bowls.
Refrigerate for a few hours.
Garnish with raw cacao nibs.
Serves 2, enjoy!

For an extra treat, make this a breakfast/dessert/snack parfait, topping the pudding with fresh blueberries and homemade granola! OH YES. Do this.

Granola recipe here.

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Happy Place Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan, GF)

As the name indicates, just one of these tasty morsels takes me to my happy place. They are so delicious, so balanced, so incredibly satisfying. ❤️

These have no added sugar, no oils, no gluten, no oats, and very little flour (brown rice). They do have natural protein, nature’s sweeteners in the form of puréed fruit, and melty chocolate chip goodness. Natural nutritious indulgence 🙂 The nutty taste to these is not overpowering but blends so perfectly with the molten bittersweet chocolate. YUMMY

Begin with:
-1 banana
-applesauce 1/4 cup
-1tsp vanilla
-dates 3 ( Medjool)

Put above ingredients in food processor until smooth then put in your mixing bowl along with:

-2tbs flax meal with water to moisten well, let sit until gelatinous, about 5 min.
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 cup organic brown rice flour
-3/4 cup coarse almond/walnut flour*
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
-pinch sea salt

Mix all well.

Use small spoon or mini ice cream scoop to serve onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 16 min. Enjoy fresh out of the oven with your favorite cup of milk or hot tea. Good Earth decaf for me 🙂

*I made my own “flour” pulsing 1/2cup each walnuts and almonds in a food processor. This yields 1.5 cups “flour”, of which I only used 3/4 cup in this recipe.

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Sweetheart Fudge ❤️

A sweet treat for your valentine, be it a spouse, a partner, or bff 🙂 The pink center is so cute, and the chocolate coating is so yummy. Healthier than store bought chocolates, I guarantee!

Adapted from various recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Start with:
1/2 banana mashed
2/3 cup berries or 1/4 cup mashed
2 slivers of beet for color
6 tbs melted coconut butter
Vanilla 1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Blend the above in a food processor untill smooth.

Scoop bite-sized amount into ice tray or muffin molds and freeze for 15 min.
Remove and form into balls.
Freeze another 10 minutes.

Make chocolate sauce to dip, mixing:
1 tbs coconut butter, melted
1tbs agave
1tbs Cocoa powder
1.5 tbs almond milk

Dip fudge balls in chocolate sauce and place on parchment paper. Drizzle sauce over each too, spreading around to cover completely.

Place in freezer again for another 15 min, then store in fridge until serving!

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Good For You Chocolate Milkshake! (Vegan, dairy-free)

Oh yeah, this is SO delicious, so the perfect amount of sweetness, (which to me is not terribly sweet– most of our american foods are crazy sweet). So super creamy and satisfying! A punch of superfood greens that you don’t even taste, only natural fruit sugar, and healthy fats. Truly you don’t see or taste the green healthy ingredients, but only creamy chocolate goodness! And did you know that avocado is fabulous for glowing skin? This is delicious and even more so with a crumble of gluten free chocolate chip cookie garnish 🙂

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie. I highly recommend her E-book via amazon, for vegan healthified versions of all your favorite indulgent desserts!

Simply blend on high:
1/4 large avocado
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
2tbs cocoa powder
1 date
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla
pinch salt
4 ice cubes
1 scoop macrogreens (or other superfood powder)

Enjoy! Serve to your non-health-food-eating friends and family, they won’t guess how healthy this is 🙂

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Cocoa Truffle Bites

I don’t know about you, but I am a fool for chocolate. Fudge, brownies, chocolate, candy, I love chocolate. What is don’t love is all the sugar and hydrogenated junk in most dessert foods. I much prefer buying my own ingredients and knowing what is going into my body. But there SO no need to suffer to be healthy. Enter rich chocolatey truffle bites. You can use peppermint extract for a chocolate mint taste, but they are still great without it. Up to you! The coconut butter makes these rich and indulgent, and satisfying without great quantity, but they are guilt free being vegan, gf, and having zero added sugar! Woohooooo!

Crafted with concepts gleaned from Chocolate Covered Katie.

Combine well the following:

1/2 cup mashed fruit (I used half bananas half strawberries)
6tbs melted coconut butter
vanilla 1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs cocoa powder
peppermint 1/2-1ml (optional, to taste)

Freeze this “dough” for 15 min to harden slightly. Take out and form into little round balls, sprinkle cocoa powder or powdered sugar on top (or roll in seeds or sprinkles of choice) then store in fridge until ready to serve! That is it! You an also freeze them if you want to keep them longer than a week or so.

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