Raspberry Coconut Cream Parfait – Low Carb, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Valentine’s day is fast approaching and I don’t know about you but what’s more romantic than a home cooked meal?

These days, our lives are so fast paced that we seldom have the opportunity to slow down for dinner. I mean really slow down: light some candles (non-toxic, of course :P), set the table, break out the organic wine, really connect and make it a special event.

I mean, of course it’s nice to get out of the house and have someone cater to you and even nicer to have someone do the dishes (right?!). So I get dining out. But I honestly think it’s far more romantic to make something yourself. It’s the thought, the effort and the gesture behind it. Maybe just get your partner to do the dishes since you did all of the cooking 😛

After a delicious Valentine’s day meal you HAVE to have dessert! Here’s where we have you covered! This Raspberry Coconut Cream Parfait is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a simple, healthy and low-sugar recipe. It’s also whimsical, light and in Valentine’s Day appropriate colours. It may not be chocolate covered strawberries but it does have whipped coconut cream, which is totally sexy in our opinion 😛

And don’t worry, this dessert is NOT time consuming. Just remember to refrigerate your can of coconut milk the night before. I actually like to keep 1-2 cans on hand, in the fridge for when I spontaneously feel like whipping up something like this 😛 Because isn’t it such a bummer when you’re in the mood to bake and you pull out a recipe and something needs to be soaked or refrigerated for 24 hours? UGH! Preparation is key!

This dessert is perfect because it looks sooooo sinful and yet it’s low in sugar, paleo & keto friendly, gluten, dairy and grain-free. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Raspberry Coconut Cream Parfait

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Keyword: cleaneating, gluten free, grain free, high fat, highfatlowcarb, holisticwellness, low carb, low sugar, paleo, paleodesserts, raspberry coconut cream parfait, refined sugar free, treats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

CRUMBLE

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds chopped
  • 1/3 cup Lakanto sweetener or coconut sugar
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil gently melted over the stovetop pinch of sea salt

RASPBERRY LAYER

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries thawed
  • 2 tsp Lakanto sweetener or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

COCONUT CREAM WHIP

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk chilled in the refrigerator overnight
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Lakanto sweetener or coconut sugar
  • 70 % dark chocolate shaved or grated (garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Mix all of the crumble ingredients: almond flour, shredded coconut, chopped pecans & almonds, Lakanto sweetener, melted coconut oil & sea salt. Spread out onto a baking sheet & bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • While the crumble bakes, prepare your raspberry layer by mixing together raspberries,Lakanto & vanilla and set aside for now. (I like mine to have a bit of texture, but if you want it to be more of a jam-like consistency then place it in your food processor for a smoother texture).
  • Remove coconut milk from refrigerator and flip upside down. Scoop out the cream only (refrigeration helps separate the cream from the liquid) and using a hand mixer blend the coconut cream, vanilla & Lakanto together until it looks smooth, creamy and whipped.
  • To assemble, portion a bit of the crumble into individual serving bowls and layer with raspberry jam, then a generous amount of coconut cream whip & if you have some good quality dark chocolate, shave or grate some overtop for garnish.

 

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Peach Scones (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar, Low Carb, Paleo)

Peach. Scones. Need I say more? Peaches just scream summer and I absolutely love getting my hands on some fresh local peaches and baking up muffins, cakes and all of the things!

This was my first attempt at baking grain free scones and they are a win! 

I’m off to Italy next week and I have a feeling my breakfasts will be filled with croissants, muffins and scones – foods I’m not typically used to eating in the morning. But guess what?! I can’t freaking wait. Bring on the chocolate croissants, the pizza and pasta and the espresso 😉

I do not have one single ounce of guilt or food fear about what I’ll be eating in Italy. I’m going to embrace indulging. But here’s the thing. My body craves eating fresh fruits and veggies, fish and quality meats. So although the indulging will definitely be in full effect, so will the healthy eating. There will be a healthy balance -my healthy balance – and I’m ready to embrace it. 

And with that said, these peach scones are definitely a healthy indulgence. In fact, the ingredients are quite simple and if you’re looking to bring the sugar content down even more, I suggest using Lakanto (my favourite sweetener). You can order it here off the PureFeast.com site. Be sure to use code – HOLISTICWELLNESS – on your first three orders over $75 to save 10%. 

Lakanto is monk fruit. It’s a no cal sweetener and does not impact blood sugar. I used a bit of maple sugar in this recipe because it adds a slightly caramel flavour, which I thought would compliment the peaches well. 

In fact, I wanted to drizzle on some homemade caramel sauce but didn’t have the time. If you’re up for adding some more deliciousness to your peach scones, try my homemade caramel sauce. Click here for the recipe. It’s the same caramel sauce I used for my pecan cookies (which are REEEE-diculously good!). If you haven’t made them yet, it’s a must try. 

OK, I’m off to pack (and eat a scone). Enjoy these treats and savour every bite. Ciao!

Peach Scones (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar, Low Carb, Paleo)

Paleo friendly, grain free summer peach scones
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, grain free, low carb, low sugar, paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Samantha Gladish

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, sugar, sea salt, and baking powder.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and egg. Fold the wet mixture into the dry until a dough forms. (The dough should be pliable but not crumbly or stiff; add a little more milk, a teaspoon at a time, if it's dry.) Fold the peaches into the dough.
  • Place the dough onto the lined pan and form a disk shape/circle, about 1inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges (like a pie or pizza). Move the pieces apart by approximately 1 inch. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, until golden.
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Adaptogen Adrenal Fat Bombs (High Fat, Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Paleo)

Who woulda thought you could support your adrenals and eat chocolate all at the same time? Well, it’s possible and these adaptogenic adrenal fat bombs are delicious and super simple to make!

First off, let’s go over some of the key ingredients in this recipe that make it magic (aka. adrenal supportive). 

One of the ingredients used was He Shou Wu – a Traditional Taoist Herb and Jing Tonic. He Shou Wu has been used throughout the centuries as a longevity, anti-aging, blood-building, beauty, and rejuvenation food. Long revered as one of the most important and powerful herbs in Chinese Medicine, He Shou Wu (Polygonum multiflorum), has a rich and mystical history due to some of its more exotic—and highly sought after—benefits and effects. It is rich in iron and zinc—two hard-to-get essential minerals—and is wonderful for:

  • Improving stamina 
  • Promoting red blood cells
  • Enhancing immune function
  • Increasing antioxidant activity 
  • Can tonify and nourish the blood, hair, skin, nervous system, sexual centre
  • Can stimulate the body to produce many longevity-promoting substances, including superoxide dismutase
  • Can stimulate and harmonize adrenal gland function and promote general endocrine system balance

Sounds amazing right??

Then I added in some Anandamide. I know, another strange sounding ingredient. This is an exquisite blend of unsweetened, raw heirloom cacao and tonic herbs. It’s hand-crafted in small batches using organic or wildcrafted ingredients and freshly-ground spices. This blend may activate and balance the nervous, digestive, and immune systems and is a perfect treat to brighten the mind and open the heart. It is loaded with adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha, astragalus, suma, moringa, and reishi mushrooms that may all work together to help boost your immune system, enhance and strengthen energy levels, and reduce stress and anxiety.

Basically, it’s awesome-sauce! And it tastes delicious. I really love using Sun Potion tonics as they are of high quality and great additions to smoothies and elixirs – or amazing just on their own. 

Do keep in mind that if you do not have these products on hand, it’s all good. You can leave them out of the recipe. But, I highly suggest giving them a try since they are amazing for adrenal and hormonal health. 

As you can see from the picture, there is ZERO sugar used in this recipe. If you’d like to sweeten it, I would suggest using Lakanto or maybe stevia. You can add in raw honey or maple syrup, but that will take the sugar content up quite a bit and defeat the purpose of a strictly high fat treat. 

You’ll notice I also used the Perfect Keto Chocolate Collagen. This is a grass-fed keto collagen that provides complete collagen recovery. Collagen has a full amino acid profile and is the most important structural protein in your body. However it’s largely absent from the average person’s daily diet. Keto Collagen protein is 10 grams of collagen peptides from grass-fed cows.

This Keto Collagen is paired with MCTs and gut-healthy acacia fiber for great low-carb energy as well. 

I linked up all these ingredients and if you’re interested in getting your hands on any of them, I shop over at PureFeast.com. This is where I buy just about everything! You can save 10% off your first THREE orders over $75 over on Pure Feast, plus get free shipping, when you use coupon code – HolisticWellness. Please note – they only ship within Canada. 

You can purchase Perfect Keto off the US site here and save 15% with coupon code – HolisticWellness. 

Ok, now, lets get to the recipe. Enjoy!

Adaptogenic Adrenal Fat Bombs

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Course: Dessert
Keyword: adrenals, fatbombs, hflc, high fat, highfatlowcarb, holisticwellness, keto, paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Samantha Gladish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 2 scoops Perfect Keto Collagen in chocolate
  • 2 tbsp Anandamide
  • 1 tbsp He Shou Wu

Instructions

  • Add almond butter and coconut oil to a pot and melt over medium-low heat.
  • Once soft and melting, add in remaining ingredients.
  • Stir together until well combined.
  • Pour into silicon molds, then place in the freezer to set for roughly 30-45 minutes. You can use large or small molds, or pour this onto a tray lined with parchment paper to make fat bomb "bark."
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Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins (Gluten Free and Grain Free)

These chocolate chip cherry muffins are so good! The combination of chocolate and cherry together is my FAV! 

I often whip up a smoothie with chocolate protein powder + frozen cherries + coconut milk + almond butter and it is so incredibly delicious. Oh! and my fat bombs! If you’re a chocolate-cherry lover, you’ve got to try my Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs. They are so easy to make and perfect for a high fat, low carb diet. 

The truth is, as delicious as these muffins are, I’m in the process of eliminating almonds/almond flour/almond butter from my diet. They came up high on my food intolerance test + I’ll be eliminating all nuts and seeds for my AIP protocol, so I won’t be able to have these muffins for at least a good 6 weeks, once I reintroduce almond products back into my diet. 

When I baked these up last week I enjoyed them like they were my last meal!! Giving up almond butter is HARD. It’s really one of my favourite things to eat, plus I often bake with almond flour. But, you can bet I’ll be getting creative in the kitchen over the next few weeks, testing out different kinds of flours.

A food elimination diet definitely has its challenges, but if you’re currently struggling with autoimmune issues or hashimoto’s, it might be time to consider the AIP diet

And here’s the thing. There is NEVER going to be the right time to go on any type of ‘diet.’ With family events and parties and commitments, it can seem like following any type of program is just never going to happen. But, YOU have to create the time and make it a priority. 

With easter around the corner and lots on family dinners and brunches, I’m going to be faced with some challenges – for sure! But, I also recognize that there will never be the “right time” for healing. The right time is now. The right time is one I create. 

My priority is my health. It is very high on my list of values, which is why making these changes to my diet and lifestyle isn’t something I ever question. I just dive right in and go for it and at the same time recognize that it might not be perfect.

You are better off doing SOMETHING versus doing NOTHING. So if you’ve been holding back from losing weight, balancing your hormones or healing your autoimmune disease, the time to get started is right now. Dive in, trust the process and just begin. 

So, with all that said, let’s get to these delicious Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins. They are gluten free and grain free, which is perfect for many elimination protocols and diets (but unfortunately, not AIP friendly).

* As a note – I used Lily’s Sugar free chocolate chips, which you can find here. And if you’re looking for the lakanto sweetener (which is my favourite to bake with), you can find it here. 

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins
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Delicious gluten free, grain free and dairy free muffins that are bursting with chocolate and tart cherries.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup cacao powder
  3. 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  9. 1/4 cup almond butter
  10. 3 tbsp lakante sweetener
  11. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 cup frozen cherries, roughly chopped
  13. 1/3 cup lily's sugar free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners.
  2. Add all DRY ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined. T
  3. hen add WET (minus the cherries & chocolate chips) and blend until combined.
  4. Scoop batter into bowl. Add in cherries and chips and fold in gently. Spoon batter into muffin liners, filling 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake for 26-28 mins, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 mins.
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Cacao Coconut Almond Butter Cups (Keto, High Fat & Sugar Free)

I’ve been obsessed with making fat bombs. Mainly because I love spending time recipe creating, but also because I want to be able to enjoy something sweet every now and again without a boat load of sugar. 

Enter these fat bombs. 

They are high fat and sugar free. Now of course, you can always add in more sweetness if you like as cacao can be slightly bitter, but I much prefer them without the sweetness and the extra guilt. 

Not to mention the insane cravings that start to follow once you consume too much sugar. Ever notice that? You go sugar free or low carb for a while and then – BAM – one bite of a sweet cake or cookie or piece of bread and your cravings come back full force?

It’s normal. Sugar triggers pleasure receptors in your brain, which cause you to want more and more and more. 

This is why I like to keep my sugar intake very low and my fat intake high. It keeps my sugar cravings at bay, it helps to balance my blood sugar, it keeps my brain fuelled and it provides me with lots of energy. Plus, fat is incredibly important for hormonal health. 

Fats are structural components of some of the most important substances in the body, including prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that regulate many of the body’s functions.

You need fats because they regulate the production of sex hormones, which can often be the reason why some teenage girls and women in general can experience amenorrhea (no period). 

So if you’ve been hesitant about including fats in your diet, don’t be. Just be sure to choose the right kinds, such as: coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter, animal fats (ideally from organic, grass fed, pasture raised animals), olive oil, avocado oil and avocado. 

I hope you enjoy these yummy fat bombs as much as we do. We keep a bunch in the freezer all the time for a quick grab and go snack or treat. I originally made these for my trip out to Banff. I wanted to have something healthy and high fat to fuel me while on the plane. 

Originally, I made these without the almond butter and they were great, though a little more on the bitter side. As a note – the almond butter does mean they will melt quicker, so just an FYI if you do plan on traveling with them.

I also used my new silicon molds which I’m obsessed with. They are amazing for baking as nothing sticks to them, plus they are reusable.

You can click here to get them on amazon. I also got the mini silicon baking molds. These were great for my Chocolate Cherry Fat Bombs

I highly recommend them for all your baking necessities 🙂 Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Cacao Coconut Almond Butter Cups (Keto, High Fat & Sugar Free)
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  2. 3/4 cup cacao butter, cut into small chunks
  3. 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee (I like the vanilla ghee from Lee's Ghee)
  4. 3 heaping tbsp almond butter (crunchy or smooth)
  5. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. 2 tbsp lakanto or swerve, optional (you can add more or less depending on the amount of sweetness you prefer. Liquid stevia would work well too).
  8. 1/2 cup coconut chips, roughly chopped or broken into small pieces (chopped nuts would work well too)
Instructions
  1. Line a large muffin pan with silicon liners.
  2. Over a double boiler, melt cacao butter and coconut oil or ghee together.
  3. As they start to melt, add in almond butter and cacao, gently stirring everything together.
  4. Add in vanilla extract, sea salt and sweetener of choice.
  5. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in coconut chips.
  6. Pour into silicon muffin molds. I filled mine just over 1/4 of the way. I didn't want them to thick.
  7. Place in the freezer for 1 hour to set. Then remove from freezer when ready to eat. If using the silicon molds, they pop right out of them with ease!
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Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs (High Fat, Low Carb)

Chocolate, coconut and cherry is pretty much a magical match made in heaven. 

These delicious fat bombs are so-damn-good and perfect to whip up for your special Valentine. 

I just absolutely love cherries! I buy tart frozen cherries and always keep a stash in the freezer. They are perfectly sweet and in fact, are great for combating inflammation and helping with sleep as they contain melatonin. 

Melatonin is a hormone secreted at night by the pineal gland in the center of your brain to help to regulate your circadian rhythm. In order to produce adequate amounts of melatonin, it’s important that you head outside for at least 30 minutes – 2 hours a day (regardless of the weather), as natural light exposure helps support your natural circadian rhythm.

But melatonin is not only produced in the pineal gland—it is also naturally present in certain foods, cherries being one of them. Their was a study done on participants who drank tart cherry juice post workout to help with their recovery and they found that not only did the cherry juice help combat inflammation, but it also increased melatonin levels. 

Now, if you eat these delicious gems during the day, trust me, you’re not going to all of a sudden do a face plant on the floor and fall asleep. It’s not that strong! But they might help encourage better sleep – bonus!

As we age, we produce less melatonin, which is often the reason why so many elderly men and women struggle with insomnia. And if you throw in autoimmunity or other health complications and conditions, lacking sleep means your body is not healing. 

As I work on healing my Hashimoto’s, sleep has become my number one priority. And guess what? I’m feeling like a million bucks because I’ve been sleeping so well. 

Last year I had so many issues with sleep, getting to sleep, staying asleep and because of it, my healing process was taking a long time. I felt exhausted (obviously) and this started to affect my workouts and my day-to-day. 

Now, I’m working out 4 days a week and sleep through the night. I do take a cocktail of supplements before bed and I’ve been using the true dark glasses at night if I’m watching netflix. These glasses have been a GAME changer for blocking out blue light. I recommend getting both the yellow (for the computer) and the red glasses (the stronger ones for tv and sleep). 

Anyhow, enough talking. Let’s get to these delicious Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs. Oh! and Happy Valentines Day xoxo

P.S. Here is the silicon molds I used for this recipe. I ordered it off of amazon here. These molds are a game-changer for baking. Easy clean up and nothing sticks to them!

P.P.S. If you’re loving the high fat, low carb way of eating, then click here to learn more about my metabolic reset weight loss program. This 12 week program is amazing for helping you burn fat and balance your hormones.

Chocolate Coconut Cherry Fat Bombs
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Ingredients
  1. CHERRY FILLING
  2. 1 cup full fat coconut cream (from top of canned coconut milk)
  3. 3/4 cup frozen tart cherries, pitted
  4. 1 tbsp lakanto or swerve (optional)
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. CHOCOLATE COATING
  7. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  8. 2 tbsp shredded cacao butter (optional)
  9. 1 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. CHERRY FILLING: place all cherry filling ingredients into a food processor and combine until creamy. Spoon mixture into mini silicon molds. (you can use any size, I personally like the mini ones. My silicon mold holds 30). Spoon mixture about 3/4 of the way, leaving space to pour in chocolate.
  2. Place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to harden.
  3. CHOCOLATE COATING: over a double boiler, melt together chocolate chips, cacao butter and coconut oil. Once melted and smooth, remove fat bombs from freezer and pour in chocolate over each mold.
  4. Place back in the freezer for 1-2 hours to set and harden. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and pop out fat bombs from the molds. The silicon is great as the fat bombs don't stick and pop right out! These fat bombs melt fairly quickly, so eat right away once out of the freezer.
  5. Can keep stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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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.

#fatburningbrownies

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
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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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Avocado Fudgesicles

Girrrrrllll, this is the perfect summer treat that you are gonna wanna make all.summer.long.

Summer is not only my favourite time of year because it’s hot and sunny out, but because I feel like I can get extra creative with recipes that are refreshing and healthy all at the same time. 

This delicious fudgey gems are gonna be your new fav! And they only take minutes to make. You do need to be patient and let them set for a few hours, but they are worth the wait. 

I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of popsicles popping up on your social media feeds, and why not! Homemade popsicles are so easy to make and with just a few ingredients you can whip up a healthy treat minus the added sugars and junk you find in most store bought brands. 

Well you know that homemade and all natural is how we roll over here at Holistic Wellness. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

If you haven’t tried out my Avocado Chocolate Pudding yet (which totally doubles as a face mask), you have got to get your hands on that recipe, like now. 

I basically took that recipe and make fudgesicles out of it. I know, genius right!? 

If you’ve got little kiddos at home they won’t even know there is healthy avocado in here. There’s nothing like getting a little sneaky. And sometimes, it’s your hubby you’ve got to hide the ingredients from, not the kiddos! Hey, a healthy girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. I’m not judging!

To sweeten these gems I used BeeKeepers Raw Honey with Cacao. It was the perfect addition to these healthy treats. If you don’t have this honey, not to worry. Any raw honey will do (I love Beekeepers and Fairhaven Farms – local and sooo good!) or you can use maple syrup. 

Avocado Fudgesicles
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 small avocados
  2. 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  3. 3 tbsp beekeepers naturals cacao honey (or maple syrup or regular raw honey)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cacao powder
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. Melted chocolate (optional, for drizzle)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer mixture to popsicle tray, and insert sticks.
  3. Freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Unmold and serve (you may need to run under hot water to gently loosen out of tray)
Notes
  1. *Feel free to drizzle on some melted chocolate! I like using Giddy Yoyo chocolate with vanilla or Altereco burnt caramel chocolate
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Fat PHAT Bombs – High Fat, High Protein & Sugar Free

Are you ready for a sugar free treat that is full of healthy, gut supportive, hormone loving FAT?

Ya… I thought you’d be excited!

My good friend Marni, over at the Ultimate Health Podcast shared a recipe for Carob Cookies on her FB page the other day and I went ahead and just had to make them and added in a few extra ingredients of my own.

And the best of part; you only need are 5 simple and healthy ingredients, that you probably already have on hand! #bonus

One of the ingredients in this delicious fudge or bark or phat bomb (it’s just so many things, I’m not sure what to call it!), is carob.

If you don’t have carob powder, you can use cacao powder, but you would need to add some sweetness to the batter. I would suggest Lakanto or maybe stevia. This would keep it sugar free. Otherwise, you can use some brown rice syrup or maple syrup. Raw cacao powder is quite bitter, so it would definitely need a touch of sweetness.

So why carob?

Well, you know I’m a big fan of cacao and it’s loaded with lots of minerals and goodness, but it does contain caffeine and theobromine, which can be stimulating for some people. And, often times, when people are looking to lower inflammation and/or histamines in their body, chocolate/cacao needs to be eliminated, whereas carob can still be enjoyed! 

In the effort to support those trying to lower inflammation and heal their gut, carob is a great alternative to chocolate/cacao. And best part of all, this recipe is incredibly supportive for those who are trying to eliminate sugar. 

I know how difficult it can be to kick the sugar habit, but by introducing more healthy fats and quality protein, you’d be surprised how quickly your cravings can diminish.

I think you’ll love this guilt free, delicious treat! Be sure to let me know how you like it and how quickly your family eats them up!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups large coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp carob powder (toasted or roasted, NOT raw! I use Bob’s Red Mill brand, otherwise use cacao powder)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (not melted, but soft, room temperature)
  • 2 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 scoop organic Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (I used Progressive Organic Whey. Use your favourite brand and type).

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Scoop out onto a plate or tray covered with parchment paper. Evenly spread out ‘batter’ and put in the freezer for 30-40 minutes. Once frozen, break up into pieces and enjoy! 

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