3 Ingredient Energy Bites

dessert recipes snacks Aug 11, 2017

Craving Something Sweet?  

You crave something that’s a bit sweet, but isn’t going to give you a sugar high and then crash.  These little bites totally fit the bill. They only have 3 ingredients, so they’re super easy (and a bit fun) to whip together.  

My girls come running when they see me pull out the food processor and can’t wait to help make these.  And the best part?  I feel good knowing that I can give them a “treat” that actually has some nutritional value.  

Healthy Ingredients

These bites contain dates which, even though they’re high in sugar, have a low glycemic load; cashews, which contain healthy fats and protein and dark chocolate which has lots of good for you antioxidants.  

3 – Ingredient Energy Bites 

1 cup Medjool dates (make sure you remove the pits)
1 cup raw cashews
2 oz. dark chocolate (72% cacao or higher)

Pit the dates and then roughly chop.  Add the dates and...

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Dark Chocolate Bars

chocolate dessert recipes Aug 10, 2017

I love chocolate. Dark chocolate has a ton of health benefits, but let’s face it…. it can be a bit bitter. That’s why I love this recipe! It has all the benefits of dark chocolate, but by using dates, there’s more sweetness. (Without the blood sugar spike of refined sugar!)

The pistachios, almonds, and macadamia nuts not only add great flavor and crunch, they’re also fabulous sources of protein and healthy fat.

Dark Chocolate Bars

4 oz. dark chocolate (85% cacao) finely chopped
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
1/3 cup almonds, toasted
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
8 oz. Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried cherries

Line a 8×8 pan with 2 sheets of waxed paper, cut to fit and crossed
over. Make sure the waxed paper goes up and over the sides.

Put chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of water on the stove.
Simmer the water while stirring the chocolate until melted. Once it’s
melted, stir in the vanilla.

In a food processor, process the...

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Dark Chocolate Almond Cups

chocolate dessert recipes Aug 09, 2017

There isn’t a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.  It’s a match made in heaven!  I set out this week to make a healthier version of the classic combo.  

I swapped out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate (which has higher antioxidants) and sweetened it up with dates (which are high in fiber and potassium).  I made my own nut butter with roasted almonds and macadamia nuts (these are really low in Omega -6 Fatty acids which is good) and little maple syrup for sweetness.  I added a bit of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt on top for that sweet/salty combination.  I definitely think these are winners!

Ingredients:

For Chocolate:
3 oz. Dark Chocolate (88% Cocoa) Bar

3/4 Cup Medjool Dates (pitted and chopped)

1 t Vanilla

 

For Nut Butter:

1 Cup Raw Almonds (roasted and cooled)

1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts

1 T Maple Syrup

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Directions For Nut Butter

 Roast Almonds at 350 F for 7 minutes and then let cool.
Place...

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Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies

chocolate dessert recipes Aug 07, 2017

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love Chocolate.  (and red wine too – but that’s another story……). Chocolate (dark chocolate that’s at least 72% cacao) has health benefits.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids.  (As much as blueberries!)

That’s why these brownies are so good.  They’re loaded with dark, healthy chocolate.

Cacao powder is high in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium (most women are deficient), flavanols and polyphenols.  Cacao powder is cold pressed and milled at low temperatures to protect these nutrients.  (Cocoa powder is processed at much higher temperatures)

Avocados are the secret ingredients in these little guys.  I promise you won’t taste the avocado at all.  Avocados are high in fat, but it’s the healthy monounsaturated fat.  Click here to read why fat is good for you.

These brownies are super rich and wonderful.  I think next...

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