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Raw Chocolate Brownies with Rich Chocolate Shell (Gluten Free & Vegan)

Protein packed brownie dough… UM, yes please! Hemp seeds, dates, nuts, raw cacao… It’s like a love affair that you just don’t want to keep a secret! 

Not only does it feel like a seedy celebration, but this recipe takes little more than a food processor. No oven, no flour, NO REFINED SUGAR, no fuss. 

OH, and why stop at just the brownie when you can have a drizzle of chocolate sauce? Exactly. 

Super excited to share this versatile recipe... Feel free to swap out certain nuts and seeds for your favorites. I like to serve mine with a banana "ice cream" (pictures above, recipe coming soon)!

Have fun with this raw yummy goodness. I’m smiling now just thinking about how happy you’re going to be when you get cracking in the kitchen on this one!

Raw Chocolate Brownies with Rich Chocolate Shell (Gluten Free & Vegan)

For the brownie:

  • 6 dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans
  • 1/2 cup whole walnuts
  • ⅓  cup sliced almonds
  • ½  cup hemp seeds
  • ¼  cup flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Just over ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the chocolate shell:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (plus a little extra for extra love)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • Splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick

For the brownie:

Line a 9 x 9 baking dish (glass or ceramic preferred) with wax paper.

In a food processor, blend all of the brownie ingredients until the mixture is thick, blended, and a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the baking dish. Place the dish in the freezer and let the brownie set for 6 hours or preferably overnight.  

For the chocolate shell:

Add all of the chocolate shell ingredients to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir the mixture over the heat until everything is fully incorporated. Once incorporated, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes so that it has time to set. With a spoon or small spatula, drizzle the mixture on top of the brownie and place the dish back in the freezer for 6-8 hours or overnight so that the chocolate layer can fully harden, and can form a beautiful shell.

To serve:

Take the brownie out of the freezer. Run a very sharp knife under hot water, and cut the brownie into squares. Serve topped with your favorite frozen dessert!

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Super Spinach Smoothie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s equally important to eat healthy snacks regularly to keep your blood sugars balanced and your energy up throughout the day.

Smoothies are a great mid-morning snack. My kitchen is always stocked with nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, leafy greens, protein powder, and frozen bananas in the freezer. Any combination of those things will lead you on a path to a fiber and protein-rich tasty morning treat.

This smoothie includes some of my favorite nutrient powerhouses: spinach, strawberries, pears, and hemp seeds. You’ll love the fruity taste, and the spinach, which I assure you, you will not taste at all, will increase your iron, zinc, vitamins A,C and E AND make the smoothie the perfect shade of healthy vibrant green. Yum!

SUPER SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Serves 1

  • 12 raw almonds
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ a pear
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ scoop vegan protein powder
  • 2 cups water

Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until the smoothie is smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

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Chia Pudding

AHHHH I want pudding! Who doesn’t love pudding? Pudding is a crowd pleaser, and it brings out the kid in anyone. Unfortunately, most puddings are loaded with fat and sugar; both of which will drain you of energy and make your feel sluggish. Blah! No one loves that.

This chia pudding is delicious and creamy, but it doesn’t have any dairy, eggs, or processed sugar. That means this dessert is vegan, gluten-free, and good for you. Did I mention it’s the easiest pudding to make? If you can mix something in a bowl and put it in the fridge, then you’re all set for this recipe.

Serve the pudding in a martini glass, a mason jar,  or other fun cup or bowl, and top it with your favorite healthy toppings. Serve to your soon to be very happy family and friends.

Chia Pudding
Serves 2

  • 1 ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • dollop of honey

In a bowl, add the almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla, and honey. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight, stirring once.

Top with fresh berries and shaved coconut, or sliced banana and almonds, or even shaved dark chocolate with pomegranate seeds. The combinations are endless!

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Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

LOVE chocolate. I eat it on a regular basis, and I can’t imagine life without this delicious and amazing ingredient. When you eat dark chocolate (70% or higher), or cocoa nibs, you’re actually eating something that is rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and helps with proper heart and brain functioning. Chocolate is an indulgent treat your body can get behind!

Sometimes, magic happens in the kitchen. In fact, with a delightful attitude, it happens often :) Today, I was inspired to make some kind of chocolate spread. Hands down, this nut butter is one of the best things I’ve ever made. It’s sure to become your new favorite energy-creating, antioxidant-rich snack. Run, don’t walk to your blender, and whip up a super easy batch of this incredible homemade chocolate nut butter!

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter
Makes 2 small mason jars

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 ½ cups ground raw almonds 
  • 1¼ cup cocoa nibs
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender.  A food processor will work, but the texture will not be as smooth as it is when mixed in a blender. Blend on high until the mixture resembles a smooth nut butter.

Enjoy it with sliced apple, sliced banana, spread on top of GF crackers or toast... or just on a spoon works great for me!

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