Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Tahini Brownies

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Ooey gooey chocolaty goodness in a healthy brownie! That’s right, a HEALTHY brownie! Wow are these things AMAZING!!! The two main ingredients in these brownies are raw cacao and tahini, and both of these have loads of health benefits! Just check out these pins explaining some of them!

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On top of that, these guys are sweetened with raw honey, so we also get all the benefits of that little power sweetener (not to be confused with regular honey…it’s gotta be the raw stuff)!

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See?!? HEALTHY BROWNIES!!!  Another bonus? Gluten free and dairy free Рyup, so if you have those sensitivities Рthese are still okay!

Now, about the taste…guys, I can’t even take how good these things are! I’ve never been a huge brownie person…I mean I like them (who doesn’t), but they’ve never been my go to when I’m craving something sweet…that is until now. OH MY GOSH, these things are delicious! I could seriously eat the whole pan…maybe I did…you’ll never know! ūüėČ

Depending on if you like them a little more solid and chewy or a little more gooey and ooey, you can adjust the baking time accordingly! I like mine a little chewier, so I opted for a bit longer in the oven, but less time would definitely result in a softer and gooier brownie….nice thing is that there’s no eggs in there, so you can make them as gooey as you want! Heck, you can even just make the batter and dig in as is (I made sure to lick the bowl and spoon clean…SO good!). The sea salt is the PERFECT compliment to these things you get a sweet and salty punch of chocolate with every bite…seriously can’t tout these things enough!

DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT AND TAHINI BROWNIES

Ingredients: makes 6-12 brownies, depending on how large you like your brownies

  • 1 1/3 Tbsp. Ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 2/3 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder (make sure it is aluminum free)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 tsp. sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on top

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 x 11 baking pan with parchment paper. Place your flaxseed and almond milk in a bowl, and whisk together. Set aside.

 

2.) Place the oats in a food processor, and process on high until they have a flour like consistency. In a medium bowl, sift together the oats, cacao, sea salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine thoroughly. Set aside.

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3.) In a small sauce pan, melt the coconut oil, honey, and tahini together. Once combined, slowly pour in the almond milk and flax mixture, stirring to combine completely.

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4.) Pour the contents of the sauce pan into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir to combine completely.

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5.) Use a spoon to spread the brownie mixture into the prepared pan so that it reaches the edges and is even on top. Sprinkle the top with sea salt. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it to determine when it has reached your desired consistency.

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6.) Remove from the oven, and let cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares, and dig in!

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Um, yum. So. Freaking. Good. Enjoy! ūüôā

 

Butternut Squash Chocolate Muffins

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CHOCOLATE!!!!  Yeah!  believe it or not, these chocolaty morsels of deliciousness are not only good for you , but they actually contain veggies!  Butternut squash to be specific!

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Between the butternut squash and the raw cacao in these guys, they are jam packed with antioxidant goodness!  Plus, did I already mention chocolate?!?  these taste a lot like a brownie, but in the form of a healthy breakfast muffin.  Regardless, they are delicious and healthy, which makes them a winner in my book!

Not only that, but as most muffin recipes are, they are super easy to make…oh, and one more thing – they’re gluten free!!! ¬†Seriously can’t say enough good things about these, but if you give them a try, the taste will speak for itself – SO YUMMY!

BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins):

  • 1 cup butternut squash puree (you could also use sweet potato puree, pumpkin, carrot puree, or mixture of all of these)
  • 1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and oil a muffin tin.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butternut squash, almond milk, vanilla, almond butter, coconut oil, and honey.  Stir until completely smooth.

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2.) In a small bowl, sift together the oat flour, baking powder, and cacao powder.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.

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3.) Fold in the chocolate chips.

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4.) Fill each of the tins in the muffin pan about 3/4 of the way full (about 1/4 cup of batter in each tin).  bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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5.) Allow to cool in the muffin pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove and serve.

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Chocolaty goodness! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Double Chocolate Cherry Bites

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It’s the holiday season, which means lots of goodies and treats that taste delicious, but aren’t the greatest for us or our waistlines! ¬†I’ve got good news! ¬†I made these double chocolate cherry bites, and they taste just as good, if not better than all of those not-s0-good-for-you treats, but they are fantastic for you! ¬†They only have five ingredients, and every single one of them have loads of health benefits! ¬†Let’s take a look! ¬†Each of the following pins lists the health benefits of each ingredient, and links to the site responsible for the pin that goes into more detail if you’re interested!

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DARK CHOCOLATE / SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE

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MEDJOOL DATES

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DRIED TART CHERRIES

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All of this in a sweet treat!!! ¬†This is my go to holiday treat, and they always go over well at holiday parties and get togethers! ¬†Not to mention, they’re really simple to make! ¬†Speaking of which, let’s see how to do just that!

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHERRY BITES

Ingredients – organic is always best for each ingredient!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds, no salt
  • 1 1/4 cup dried tart cherrys
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Raw Cacao powder
  • Stevia, to taste (optional – I’ve made these with and without, and both are equally great…just depends on just how sweet you want these to be.
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1.) Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

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2.) Add the cherries, raw cacao powder, medjool dates, and stevia (if using).  Process on high until the mixture starts to clump together.  This can take a few minutes.

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3.) Line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Form bite size balls with the mixture and place on the wax paper.  If you want, you can stop here.  These taste great with or without the chocolate coating.  If you want to forego the chocolate coating, just place these in the fridge now and allow to set for at least 1/2 hour.  Otherwise, just go to the next step.

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4.) Heat the chocolate chips over medium/low heat in a small sauce pan.  Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

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5.) Dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate and coat, one by one. ¬†Place back on the wax paper. ¬†Allow to sit until the chocolate coating hardens (you don’t need to put them in the fridge, but you can if you want to speed things up a bit).

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Look at those! ¬†How can you resist! ¬†You’ve gotta try these things! ¬†Super good for you, and oh my gosh, SO yummy! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Healthy Chocolate Banana Energy Smoothie

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So, I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that I really miss when eating healthy, it’s chocolate! ¬†Well, that is fixable with raw cacao! Raw cacao is chocolate before it goes through a ton of processing and a ton of bad ingredients are added to it. ¬†It has a bitter taste, but when used in recipes with a natural sweetener, you can get your chocolate fix without the negative health effects. ¬†As a matter of fact, raw cacao actually has many health benefits! ¬†One of the ones it is best known for is that it is has more antioxidants than any other food – even blueberries!!! ¬†The following pin lists some more of the health benefits this delicious ingredient can provide.

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So, as I was sitting around craving a chocolate shake, I decided to whip up a smoothie with some raw cacao in it. ¬†The result is DELICIOUS! ¬†This smoothie is healthy, tastes amazing, and provides tons of healthy benefits and energy. ¬†Let’s get to the recipe!

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE BANANA ENERGY SHAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 1-2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch of stevia (optional)

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

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YUM – Chocolately goodness! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Neapolitan Overnight Oatmeal

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So I made this awesome Neapolitan overnight oatmeal that looks so pretty and cute, and is DELICIOUS! ¬†Best part? ¬†It’s packed full of super foods: chia seeds, raw cacao, gluten free oats, almond milk (or coconut milk)‚ĶThere’s so much great nutrition in this beautiful display! ¬†Check out these pins showing the benefits of some of these power foods!

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Look at all those health benefits in this yummy meal! ¬†And that’s not all the great ingredients in this stuff! ¬†Since it is overnight oatmeal, it is extremely easy to make, and it’s great to wake up knowing that breakfast is waiting for you rather than having to get up and make something! ¬†The fact that this stuff looks like neapolitan ice cream certainly doesn’t hurt when trying to get your kids to eat something healthy either! ¬†let’s get to this recipe!

NEAPOLITAN OVERNIGHT OATMEAL

Ingredients:

For the Vanilla:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
  • pinch of stevia (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk

For the Chocolate:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. raw cacao
  • pinch of stevia (to taste) or a small bit of honey
  • 1/3 cup almond or coconut ¬†milk

For the Strawberry:

  • 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 3 large strawberries, cut up and mashed with a fork
  • 1.5 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
  • pinch of stevia (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk

Directions:

In three separate bowls, combine the ingredients for each of the flavors together. ¬†Stir each bowl’s contents to combine well. ¬†Cover and refrigerate overnight.

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In the morning, take bowls out of the refrigerator and uncover.  Stir each bowl.

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Using a spoon, layer each flavor into a small glass.

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Enjoy! ūüôā

Healthy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

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Oh.  My.  Gosh.  These are the tastiest little things ever!  Totally good for you, but they taste like they are totally bad for you Рperfect!  These are a lot like my trail mix energy bites, but with a chocolate twist!  I got the recipe for these from the following pin.

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I changed it a little bit by replacing the cocoa powder with raw cacao, reducing the honey, adding a bit of stevia, and increasing the amount of coconut.  The result?  Heaven in a ball!

I made these the other day, and hubby wolfed down quite a few of them after his run, and I gobbled up the rest of them after that Рthey go quick!  The recipe is quick and simple, and these are great to have in the fridge for a quick healthy snack!

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER BITES

Ingredients: makes 18-20 balls

  • 1 cup oats (I used gluten free, but you don’t have to)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Cacoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • Pinch of stevia to taste

Directions:

1.) In a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients (oats, coconut, raw cacao powder, and stevia)

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2.) Add the Almond butter and honey.

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3.) Stir to combine completely.

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4.) Using your hands, roll into balls.  Place them on a plate, and put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes minimum before serving.

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These make for a perfect healthy snack that will satisfy your hunger! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā