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The Best Gluten-Free, Paleo, & Vegan Chocolate Chip & Nut Cookies

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These pecan, chocolate chip, coconut cookies are amazing! If you eat a paleo diet you will love these cookies! If you are vegan you will love these cookies! If you eat a gluten-free diet you will love these cookies!

If you just really, really like cookies, YOU WILL LOVE THESE COOKIES! Bottom line is these cookies make me happy! And yes, they are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. More importantly they are chocolate, pecan and coconut cookies! How good does that sound?

Well the good news is, they taste as good as they sound. I love having a cookie or two as an afternoon treat, and I don’t feel badly doing so when I know the ingredients are so good.

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Homemade Granola; Chocolate, Almond, Coconut Granola Recipe

After having some delicious homemade granola this past weekend at my aunt and uncle’s in Toronto I was inspired to make some granola of my own. I have only made granola once before and it turned out quite well. The first time was this summer and I made an almond and hemp seed granola with currants in it.

My idea for granola this time around was chocolate coconut. I decided to do a little google search just to see if anyone else had made a chocolate coconut granola before. The first one I found was a raw cacao and coconut granola by Kelly Childs. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients to make a raw granola not to mention a dehydrator. Something that is on my list of kitchen wants.

The second recipe I checked out was the type of granola I had in mind and was very similar to the recipe I had made up in my head. It is from a blog called Sugar and Charm. The blog itself is quite amazing. The design, the photos, and the videos. Very professional and quite beautiful. The blog is “a lifestyle and entertaining blog focusing on hosting tips, sweet recipes, charming crafts, design, photography.” Continue reading

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Spiced Nut, Seed and Date Energy/Power Bars Recipe

These are a great mid morning or afternoon snack.  Replace that un-healthy snack such as a chocolate bar, cookie, donut, muffin etc with these delicious bars.  They are a much healthier way to tide you over to your next meal, as well as satisfy your sweet tooth without turning to a processed snack.

There is currently a 30 day challenge taking place at Moksha NDG which is where I practice  yoga on a regular basis.  While not participating in this 30 day yoga challenge myself, I have previously completed 30 day challenges on 2 separate occasions and am well aware of how demanding they can be in many ways.  Proper nutrition is always important but especially so when doing 30 days in a row of hot yoga.  These bars are a great snack for those taking part in the 30 day challenge or anyone else who does a lot of physical activity. Continue reading

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Cacao Bliss and Almond Butter Panini with Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

 Cacao bliss is a relatively new discovery for me. I wrote about how I happy I was to discover it here while I was in NYC.

One of the things I wrote about was how it would be a good substitute for Nutella for those looking for a healthier substitute. When I returned home from NYC I happened to open a cookbook called Bold Italian. I decided to sit on the couch and browse through it for a few minutes.

I cam across a Nutella panini recipe topped with ice cream. It looked delicious so I thought why not make a vegan version with my new discovery. Cacao Bliss.

The brand of coconut ice cream I used is coconut bliss. There are tons of flavours available. The original coconut flavour works best in this recipe of course. If you are wondering what is sprinkled on the ice cream in the picture it is a pinch of ground espresso beans. This is what they did in the recipe I was inspired by and is completely optional.

This is a serious treat. It is incredibly rich. Give it a try if you are someone who has a sweet tooth and is looking for healthier alternatives.

Enjoy.

Cacao Bliss & Almond Butter Panini with Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 slices of bread of choice (thin slices are better)
Cacao Bliss
Almond Butter
A little bit of melted coconut oil
1-2 small scoops of coconut ice cream (Coconut Bliss)

Instructions

Heat a panini or sandwich grill. If you don’t have one simply heat a non-stick frying pan to medium.

Spread some cacao bliss and almond butter onto a piece of bread. The exact amount is up to you and will depend on the size of your pieces of bread.

Cover with the other piece of bread. Brush the outside of both slices of bread with coconut oil.

Grill in the press for a 5 minutes until both sides are golden. If you are using a frying pan simply give each side a couple minutes pressing the panini down with the back of a spatula.

Cut it half and serve on a plate topped with a little scoop of coconut ice cream.

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Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

How often do you find yourself feeling hungry and/or tired during the day? What do you do when that moment hits? Your stomach is asking for food and you don’t have anything healthy close by. The majority of easily available food isn’t very healthy. Even a lot of the so called “healthy” options such as store bought energy bars contain lots of added sugar, among other things I would prefer not to eat.

These homemade energy bars are made from 100% whole food and are 100% raw. Meaning you are getting more nutrients from your bar.

Did I mention these bars taste delicious too. They are really easy to make as well.

Although these bars contain better quality ingredients that are more expensive and more nutritious than the ingredients in most store bought bars you will save money by choosing these bars over store bought bars.

Better quality more nutritious food for less. Sounds good to me. What do you think?

They taste so good you could almost serve them as dessert. I know that might get some of you more interested.

Raw Cocoa, Almond, Coconut Energy Bars

1 cup almonds
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs
5 medjool dates, pitted

In a food processor, process almonds until they are ground up. Not so much that they are fine powder but enough so that there aren’t any major chunks. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until everything is ground up and well mixed.

The mixture should stick together when you pinch a little bit between your fingers.

You can either make the mixture into balls or bars. To make bars I layed the mixture onto some parchment paper and lay it into a 8 x 4 loaf pan. Flatten out the mixture by pressing it with your hands.

Once you have an even flat rectangle put it in the fridge and let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars all at once or as your want to eat them.

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Raw Cocoa, Chia & Strawberry Smoothie

My second smoothie experiment with the raw cocoa nibs I bought. The result? A second incredibly tasty beverage that is nutritious, sweet, and filling all at the same time.

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Thrive Diet Recovery Pudding

 

Bananas, blueberries, almonds, chocolaty flavour not to mention loads of nutrients.  What is not to like?  This recipe is guaranteed to have you coming back to make it again.

Great to have on hand to for a quick filling and nutritious snack.

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