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Sugar Free Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies

Ready for the fluffiest brownies ever? These sugar free almond butter chocolate brownies are to die for. 

And guess what? They contain ZERO dairy, gluten AND sugar! Yup, that’s right. No sugar here. Only healthy fats and protein – which is my kind of treat. 

I absolutely love spending time on the weekends testing out recipes. Truth is, I have so many new ones to share with you but I just haven’t had the time to post them on the blog!

But ready for the best part about these brownies? They contain fat burning MCT Oil. I added the MCT on a whim – as I was too impatient to melt coconut oil, so instead, I opted for MCT oil.

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If you’re unfamiliar with MCT oil – which stands for medium chain triglycerides; this healthy oil comes from coconuts and your body actually uses it as a preferred energy source instead of storing it. So just to be clear – FAT does not make you fat. Sugar does.

Now with that said, if you’re eating fried foods and lots of inflammatory vegetable oils – then those types of fats will cause you to gain weight, while healthy fats from coconut, grass fed butter, pasture raised meats, ghee, avocado, olive oil and fish, actually fuel your body, your brain and your hormones – leading to less sugar cravings and more weight loss! Amazing right?

I’d love to see your fat burning brownie creations on social media, so be sure to tag me #holisticwellness and
#fatburning brownies so I can check out your posts and connect with you!

Now onto these delicious gems. Enjoy and happy baking. 

Sugar Free Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies
Yields 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup creamy almond butter
  2. ½ cup coconut milk
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 2 tbsp MCT oil (or melted coconut oil)
  5. 1/3 cup lakanto sweetener (monk fruit)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. ½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
  9. 2 tsp baking soda
  10. Pinch of sea salt
  11. 2 tbsp creamy almond butter for drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line a brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine almond butter, eggs, milk, mct oil, lakanto, and vanilla; use a whisk to mix together.
  3. Add cacao, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and mix together well with whisk. Pour into prepared brownie pan.
  4. Over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp almond butter and drizzle overtop of chocolate brownie batter.
  5. Place pan in oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until brownies are cooked through.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Cut, serve and enjoy!
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Raw Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Mmm… brownies!

Who doesn’t love a chocolatey brownie treat? 

I’m all for a sweet treat, but as you know, I’m also pretty particular about what ingredients I use in my baked goods. In this case, un-baked goods!

Yes, these brownies are raw, meaning no baking is required. This also means less mess and less cleanup up for you beauty! 

I’m all about organic ingredients, low-glycemic sweeteners, non-dairy milks and gluten free flours when it comes to baking. 

If you’ve baked up my sweet treats in the past, I’m pretty confident that you’ve loved them! I always hear back from you guys about how much you loved my muffins or cookies or delicious granolas. 

In fact, the most popular dessert recipe off my site is my Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Avocado Frosting. If you haven’t made these yet, click here to get the recipe now! They are super delicious, gluten free, full of protein (shocking for a cupcake) and loaded with healthy fats. 

But let’s move onto this super yummy raw brownies that take no time to make and are incredibly filling. 

If you’ve made raw treats in the past, you know they are loaded with lots of healthy nuts. These raw brownies contain a variety of nuts, which means they are high fat and super filling. One little square and I promise it will help satisfy that sweet tooth!

Healthy fats are essential for heart health, supporting hormonal balance and they even help to moisturize your skin from the inside out. 

And as a bonus, these raw brownies are the perfect PMS treat! Yup… dealing with those cravings, blood sugar swings and irritability? From magnesium, healthy omega 3’s and satiety from protein and fat, these little chocolatey gems are perfect to combat the PMS monster. 

So let’s get our un-bake on!

Raw Chocolate Coconut Brownies
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup cashews (soaked for 1 hour or up to 6 hours)
  2. 1 cup walnuts
  3. 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  4. 1 cup cacao powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  5. 8 pitted dates (soak in warm water for 5 minutes to soften and help with removing pits)
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  8. 1 heaping tbsp coconut butter or oil
  9. 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (or you can use brown rice syrup)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined and nuts are broken down.
  2. The batter will be slightly chunky and sticky. If you need more sticking-power, add a few extra tablespoons of maple syrup.
  3. Place the mixture into a brownie pan (8X8) prepared with parchment paper. Press mixture into pan using your hands or the back of the spoon. Try to get the batter even throughout the pan.
  4. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes up to an hour to slightly harden. Then remove from fridge and cut into 12 squares.
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The BEST Ever Decadent Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate lovers rejoice! 

You’re gonna love these delicious chocolatey gooey gems. A few months ago when I was putting together my Healthy Holiday Baking eBook, I came up with this recipe and was pretty much in heaven. 

And guess what? You know you’ve hit gold when your mom tells you she loves them and wants the recipe. Jackpot! She just basically confirmed these brownies were a winner. 

You see, my mom has been suffering with lupus (an autoimmune disease) and inflammation for a long time now. 3 years ago she got hit bad and basically couldn’t walk or move without my dad helping her get around. She was in so much pain. Literally, from head to toe she was inflamed and hurting. 

So, of course, I came in and helped revamp her diet. She made an incredible commitment to eating more organic, ditching the dairy and going gluten free. 

Well can you guess what happened? 80% reduction in her pain! 80 freaking percent! She’s not 100% because some of her medication has side effects, but from not being able to walk at all, to cleaning the house, going out and about doing her chores and enjoying the weekends out with my father, her quality of life has improved GREATLY!!

In fact, one thing she reported back to me was that she could think more clearly. Um, ya, gluten has a tendency to cause foggy brain. Crazy right?

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The reason I wrote my Baking eBook was for a few reasons; 1. I wanted to share delicious and healthier treats with my tribe (you guys rock!) and 2. because my mom really wanted to enjoy something sweet without having gluten and a boat load of crappy and fake ingredients. 

So I got to work and created a ton of recipes that are all gluten free, most are dairy free and all recipes contain only natural, whole food ingredients (because that’s how I roll!). 

So let’s get to my mom’s favourite recipe, my best ever decadent chocolate brownies. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

Oh! and stay tuned for a very special 50% off discount on my baking eBook, coming soon for Valentines Day. 

P.S. If you’ve been dealing with inflammation, know that through the right diet, you can heal and get better! Our bodies are so miraculous when we give it the right support and nutrients. If you’re suffering, in pain and feel like their is no hope, trust me, their is a solution. Email me and let’s set up some time to discuss if working together is the right solution for you. Email me at: samantha@holisticwellness.ca for a complimentary consult call. 

The Best Decadent Chocolate Brownies Ever!
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Step 1 Chocolate
  1. ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  2. 3 tablespoons almond or coconut milk
  3. ¼ cup cacao powder
  4. 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Step 2 Dry
  1. 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  2. ¼ cup coconut flour
  3. ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  4. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  5. pinch sea salt
Step 3 Wet
  1. ½ cup pure maple syrup
  2. ¼ cup olive oil
  3. 2 eggs, whisked
  4. ¼ cup canned pumpkin
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place all of step 1 ingredients over a double boiler and melt together over low heat.
  2. Next, place all the dry ingredients into a bowl and combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all the step 3 ingredients. Mix well, then pour into the dry mix, along with the Step 1 chocolate ingredients. Mix everything together with a hand mixer until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into a greased 8x8 brownie pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before transferring to a wire rack and cut into 12 even squares.
Notes
  1. * Feel free to add walnuts, dried cherries or other dried fruits, nuts or seeds to this recipe.
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Dried Plums & Roasted Sweet Potato, Chocolate Heart Healthy Brownies, and the Perfect Cranberry Orange Holiday Mimosa for Meatless Monday

The holidays are among us! More time to spend with friends and family, and lots of time to indulge!! INDULGE??? Now wait a minute….just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we have to compromise our health! I’ve included some delicious heart healthy recipes, perfect for the holidays that will keep you satisfied and your heart pumping with healthy joy! The common ingredient in these delightful recipes?? Prunes! These wrinkly sweet treats contain high levels of antioxidants and are high in fiber, which has been shown to prevent heart disease! So delight yourself in these healthy meals which will help to ward off the ‘holiday bulge!’

Dried Plums & Roasted Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

4 sweet potatoes

12 prunes

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

freshly ground pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Chop sweet potato into 1 inch prune size cubes (about 4 cups)

3. Place potatoes on a baking sheet with the prunes, coat with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, ginger, cinnamon and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until sweet potatoes are soft.

*This dish is perfect on top of sauteed greens, such as spinach, kale or swiss chard. Saute greens in 1-2 tbsp olive oil with 1 chopped garlic clove over medium heat until wilted.

Chocolate Heart Healthy Brownies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 cup unrefined or demerara sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or for a real antioxidant KICK- use Raw Cacao Powder)

8 dried prunes

1/2 greek style nonfat yogurt

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp safflower oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Rind of 1 orange (about 1 1/2 tbsp)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 and grease an 8×8 inch square pan or line with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, sugar & cocoa and set aside.

3. In a food processor or blender, puree prunes, then add yogurt, almond milk, oil, vanilla and orange rind, and blend until smooth. (*It’s very important to completely puree the prunes to a smooth consistency). Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until well combined.

4. Spoon the very thick batter into the greased pan, spread evenly and bake for 25 minutes or until the brownies spring back when touched.

5. Cool brownies to room temperature before cutting into 20 squares.

Cranberry Orange Holiday Mimosa

Ingredients

7-8 oz. organic cranberry juice

3 oz. organic fresh pressed orange juice

1 750ml bottle of dry champange or white wine. For a non-alcoholic version, use sparkling water

whole cranberries for garnish

Directions:

1. Pour 1-2 oz. each of cranberry and orange juice into 4 champange flutes.

2. Top off with 4-6 oz. of champagne/wine/sparkling water

3. Garnish with whole cranberries

Happy Healthy Meatless Monday!

 

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