Chocolate Chia Pudding

DSC01770These little seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. I usually throw them in overnight oatmeal but once in awhile like to make pudding with them for a super good for you dessert. If you’ve never used chia seeds before, they absorb 10 times their weight in water, making a tapioca-like gel that can thicken sauces or jams, and even help you feel full longer. If you really need an excuse to eat dessert, check out how good these are for you:

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  • 1 1/2 tbs Chia seeds
  • 1 tbs Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs sweetener (I used stevia, but you can sub maple syrup)
  • 2/3 cup Milk of choice (I used almond)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and leave in the refrigerator 30 minutes or overnight. Leave as is or top with berries, coconut, or chopped dark chocolate. Serves 1. Enjoy!

Nutrition Stats:

Cals: 140

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 11 grams

Fat: 8 grams

Sugar: 0 grams

Fiber: 10 grams

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Paleo Brownies

I don’t follow a paleo diet (although I tried it a few years ago to see if cutting dairy out would affect my allergies – it didn’t). I just love my oatmeal, greek yogurt, and all things with gluten in them too much to give it all up.

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I like to try paleo baked goods once in a while and have been browsing recipes for paleo brownies. Most of what I found had combinations of almond butter, coconut oil, grass fed butter, and fancy ingredients that I didn’t have on hand. Additionally, the recipes had lots of healthy fats but you definitely would want to limit yourself to one brownie. These are free of refined sugar and flour, are super fudgy, and aren’t 300 calories a piece.

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  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour into an 8×8 greased pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Serves 9.

Nutrition Stats: (for 1 brownie)

Cals: 128

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Sugar: 11 grams

Coconut Cashew Butter

Cashew butter is divine. The only problem is that it is hard to find and expensive. I found a jar the other day for $14.89…what?! So, I paid a visit to the bulk section of the grocery store to get cashews and make it myself. It was so easy that I’m already planning to experiment with Hazelnut and Walnut butters next. You don’t have to add the coconut, or even toast the cashews. Feel free to put your own spin on it.

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  •  2 cups Cashews (raw and unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt

Toast the cashews and coconut in the oven for 5 minutes at 425 degrees. Let cool a few minutes and add to a food processor with the vanilla and salt. Mix in food processor for at least 10 minutes (make sure to give your food processor a break every few minutes). The mixture will look like it needs more liquid at first but the more you mix, the more the oil comes out to make it smooth. At first it will look grainy, then like a hard dough, then more liquidy smooth. Store in the fridge. Serves about 9.

Nutrition Stats: (for 2 tbs)

Cals: 183

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 15 grams

Sugar: 2 grams

No Bake Brownie Truffles {paleo}

I had never bought dates until my mom sent me a delish Moroccan chicken recipe that called for them. I had most of the container left over and didn’t want them to go to waste. I had seen homemade Larabar recipes that called for dates so I tried to make my own. To my delight, my combo of what I had on hand created what tastes like a brownie.

I didn’t know anything about dates so I looked up what the health benefits are -wowza! I should be eating more. One or two of these would be good to eat pre-workout.

No Bake Brownie Truffles

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  • 1 Cup Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds
  • 4 Tbs Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until it reaches a dough consistency. If crumbly, add a tablespoon of water. Roll into 12 Balls. Store in the fridge.

Nutritional Stats:

Cals: 80

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 10 grams

Fat: 6 grams

Sugar: 7 grams