Paleo Chocolate Brownies

Makes: 24; 2in X 2in brownies

Ingredients:

2 cups almond butter*

3 large eggs

1 cup honey*

1 tbs vanilla extract*

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 large banana*

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Blend almond butter and eggs in a large bowl until a smooth batter forms
  3. Mixing well, incorporate the honey and vanilla into the almond, egg mixture
  4. Add the salt and baking soda
  5. Slowly sprinkle the cocoa powder into the bowl (sprinkle some powder into batter, stir well, and continue process until all the cocoa powder has been used.)
  6. In a small bowl, fully mash the banana using a fork
  7. Fold banana into the chocolate batter
  8. Using coconut oil, grease a glass, 13X9 inch baking pan
  9. Pour brownie batter into the greased dish
  10. On the middle oven rack, bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the brownies and be removed without any batter on the toothpick
  11. ENJOY!

*If you need almond butter, you can easily make it yourself. Check out my previous posts to find out how to make your own.

*Honey packs more nutrients when it’s raw and organic; therefore, I recommend to bake your brownies with it. Local honey also helps with allergies, so that would be even better!

*If you’re avoiding cane sugar, check the ingredients list on your vanilla extract. Brands often add cane sugar to their products.

*For optimal sweetness, use the ripest banana you can find.

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Chocolate Filled Strawberry Cups

Ingredients:

Chocolate Filling:

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Cacao Powder

3 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract

Whipped Cream:

1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1/4 tsp Vanilla Flavor

Other:

20 Strawberries

Directions:

  1. Place mixer bowl and whisk into the freezer to cool for your whipped cream.
  2. Cut the tops and core of the strawberries away. Your result should be a small strawberry “cup”. Place your cups in an egg cartoon. The cartoon is to hold the strawberries upright when you fill them with chocolate and top them with whipped cream.
  3. In a small pot, melt coconut oil over low heat.
  4. Add the cacao powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the oil and whisk thoroughly to remove any lumps.
  5. Fill the strawberry cups to their brim, and place in the refrigerator while you make your whipped cream. You want the chocolate to be firm before topping them with whipped cream.
  6. In the cooled mixing bowl, pour your heavy whipping cream, vanilla flavor, and maple syrup together.
  7. On high speed, whisk the whipped cream ingredients until firm peaks form, or approximately one minute.
  8. Take a sandwich baggy, fill it with your whipped cream, and cut a small hole in one corner.
  9. After the chocolate has hardened and cooled in the strawberry cups, squeeze the whipped cream from the baggy onto the top of your cups.
  10. Serve and ENJOY!

Chocolate Raspberry Protein Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Whole Milk

1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

1 1/2 tsp Cacao Powder

1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

2 tbsp Collagen*

1/2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1/3 cup Frozen Raspberries

*Notes:

*I used Dr. Axe’s powdered collagen protein product; however, you may use any protein powder you desire.

Directions:

  1. Excluding the frozen raspberries, whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Whisk thoroughly to remove any lumps from the powdered ingredients.
  2. Pour into an ice cream maker, and follow the manufacture’s instructions.
  3. Right before the ice cream reaches a creamy, thick texture, add the frozen raspberries.
  4. Finish the creaming process until your ice cream has reached a thick, scoop-able texture.
  5. Enjoy!*

    *Notes:

    *I topped my delicious ice cream with homemade toasted coconut shreds, roasted almond pieces, and homemade, sugar-free, chocolate magic shell. You may eat your ice cream along for it is perfectly delicious or add any toppings you desire!

Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream 

I was very satisfied with this recipe. Lemon poppy seed muffins are definitely a comfort food of mine. Therefore, I wanted to experiement to create a delicious ice cream that tasted the same. So, after experimentation, I devised a recipe that really does taste like my favorite muffins. If you are as obsessed with lemon poppy seed muffins as me, your taste buds will for sure enjoy this treat on a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

1 cup milk

1/4 heaven cream

1/4 half and half

1/4 teaspoon lemon flavor

1/4 tsp vanilla flavor

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon poppy

1/2 lemon juice and zest 1

1tbsp honey

1tbsp maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Wisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

2. Prepare mixture in your ice cream maker. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

3. ENJOY!

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Sugar-Free/Paleo

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups Whole Milk*

1 1/4 cups Cream*

2 1/2 tbsp Raw, Organic Honey

1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Vanilla Bean

1 tbsp Vanilla Flavoring

*Notes:

* For the milk and cream, I used my family’s raw milk from our dairy cows. However, I am sure store bought milk will work just as well. I recommend using whole milk. You may use whipping cream or heavy cream, but keep in mind that the heavy cream should not be over-churned. Your result maybe vanilla butter instead of ice-cream. In addition, heavy cream may mask the vanilla flavoring a bit.

Directions:

  1. To expose the inner seeds/beans of the whole vanilla bean, cut the bean down the center lengthwise. Scrap inner beans away from the outer husk, and place into medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk and cream, and whisk to combine. Make sure the beans are evenly dispersed in the mixture meaning no clusters of beans remain.
  3. Whisk in extract and flavoring
  4. Pour into ice-cream maker, and follow the instructs for your device.*
  5. ENJOY!*

*Notes:

* I used Cuisinart’s ice-cream maker. I allowed the maker to run for about 30 minutes. Your machine may function differently; therefore, refer to your device’s user manual.

* I enjoyed mine by making Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. Check out the recipe linked, so you may satisfy your sweet tooth while being healthy!

Salted Chocolate Energy Balls

Ingredients:

2 cups Walnuts

2 1/2 cups Medjool Dates*

1 cup Cocoa Powder

1 cup Raw Almonds (chopped)

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (coarse)

*Notes:

*You may need extra dates if your mixture is not sticky enough to hold together to form balls. Also, you may need extra to use to sweeten if their taste is too bitter.

Directions:

  1. Chop almonds* and place to the side
  2. Process walnuts until they are finely ground*
  3. Add cocoa powder and salt and pulse until combined
  4. Blend dates one at a time into walnut, salt, and cocoa mixture. Your end product should be cake like crumbs that will stick when pressed into balls. If they are not sticky enough, add more dates which will also add sweetness in case the chocolate is too bitter.img_8433
  5. In a large bowl, stir almonds and cocoa mixture together.img_8434
  6. Press mixture into balls, place on parchment lined cookie sheet, and freeze.img_8435
  7. Enjoy!*

*Note:

*I used a Cuisinart to chop my almonds

*Whenever you need an energy boost, grab your tasty creations. They are perfect for when you are in a rush. These energy bites provide you with an extra boost because they are high in carbohydrates from the dates. The salt will help replenish your electrolytes after sweating. The walnuts and almonds will give you the needed protein to help muscle development.

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