Cacao Walnut Superfood Cookies

Boo-ya!! These cookies freakin’ rock!

I don’t know about you but my cupboards are always stocked with cacao. I use it a lot! From smoothies, to cookies, cakes, bars, and all kinds of desserts, cacao is my go-to chocolate saver. 

Did you know that cacao is one of the richest sources of Magnesium? Yup! It’s true!

Magnesium serves many, many functions in the body. From detoxification, to relaxation and sleep, this mineral is uber-importante!

Personally, I recommend supplementing with magnesium (magnesium bisglycinate is my preference). I take 400mg before bed to help with sleep and relaxation and to help relieve muscle soreness. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night with a calve muscle cramp. You know what I’m talking’ about! It ain’t pretty. In fact, it really sucks. 

And ladies, if you’re dealing with PMS cramps, be sure to take magnesium a week prior to your period. Not only will it help with cramps, but breast tenderness too. 

OK… now onto the baking! 🙂 

These cookies, which freakin’ rock, (did I say that already?), are super soft and chewy and loaded with some incredible superfood goodness. They lasted ONE day in my house! They are also amazing crumbled and served on to of my Vanilla Maple Chia Pudding. They are Paleo approved and could be vegan if you substitute the egg for a ‘flax’ egg. 


Cacao Walnut Superfood Cookies
Yields 15
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 1/4 cups almond flour/meal
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 cup Cacao Powder
  4. 1/4 cup Cacao Nibs
  5. 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  6. 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  7. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  8. 1 tsp cinnamon
  9. Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  10. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  11. 3 tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
  12. 1 egg or vegan egg substitute
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix almond flour, baking powder, raw cacao, vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in cacao nibs, walnuts and shredded coconut.
  4. Whisk remaining wet ingredients, maple syrup, egg and coconut oil in a bowl and add to dry mixture. Use a large spoon to combine.
  5. Scoop out tablespoon sized mounds onto your baking sheet and gently press down.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, less time for more chewy cookies, more if you prefer a crunchier texture. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  1. *To make flax egg - One egg equals = 1 tablespoon flax meal plus 3 tablespoons water. In a small bowl, add flax meal followed by water, stirring as you go. Place mixture in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow mixture to bind. Once mixture is set, replace with egg in recipe.
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Perfectly Pear Smoothie

I’ll be the first to admit it….

When it’s this cold outside (-10!), it’s difficult for me to reach into the fridge and grab some greens!

I do it anyways…as eating my greens is super important for feeling incredibly vibrant, but I definitely need to talk myself into whipping up a large salad, or a cold smoothie.

Smoothies and salads are great during the summer months to keep us cool and fuelled!

During the winter, you just need to get a little creative with your greens.

As you know, I’m an avid smoothie drinker and like to think of myself as the Queen of smoothies.

So here’s a simple smoothie recipe that is perfect for the cold winter months.

It contains a mix of ‘warming’ spices that help to heat your internal body temperature while still offering you a whopping dose of minerals and antioxidants from ‘cold’ greens!

Ginger and cinnamon are amazing spices to add to your smoothies as they help to fire up your digestive juices, plus they offer a ton of antioxidants and help to support the health of your liver!

Here’s the recipe…


2 cups spring water 
1 cup coconut water
half a pear
half a banana
half a kiwi
juice of half a lemon

large handful of spinach
2 tsp spirulina (Giddy Yoyo makes a great one!)
1 tsp ground or fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, but great to add if this is for breakfast to help keep you full)

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender. 

Drink  & Enjoy!

To Your Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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Super Food Quinoa Porridge and Curried Butternut Squash Soup to Start off Your Week!

Nothing beats starting your day with an incredibly nourishing bowl of goodness! Now I know most people like a “quick” breakfast in the morning before rushing out the door to work, but I can’t stress the importance of eating a nutritious and healthy breakfast to fuel your cells and energize your body! You can pre cook the quinoa in this recipe below the night before to get a head start in the morning and simply warm up the remaining ingredients in the am and nosh down this superfood porridge before heading off to work! Served with an antioxidant rich green tea, you’ll be super charged to start your day! Enjoy!

Superfood Quinoa Porridge


1 cup cooked quinoa (use only ½ cup when serving this recipe and the rest for leftovers)
1/3 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp goji berries
2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tsp sesame seeds
¼ cup chopped almonds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut butter
ground cinnamon


Heat blueberries over medium heat in coconut oil and butter. Add remaining ingredients, top with cinnamon and stir. Serve over cooked quinoa.




Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Notice how I’m all about warming foods as the weather gets a little chilly? Well this soup will warm you to the core! Loaded with beta carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidants, this soup is perfect for the cold winter months.


1 large butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp curry powder (use less or more, depending on preference)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp coconut oil
vegetable broth and/or water
sea salt and pepper
walnuts, chopped, for garnish (optional)

In a large pot, saute onion in coconut oil for a few minutes. Once onion has softened, add garlic, spices, salt and pepper and stir. Sauté for 1 minute. Add butternut squash and cover with vegetable broth or water. Add just enough liquid to cover the squash. Cook on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until squash is soft and cooked through. Transfer to a blender and puree soup. Transfer back to pot. Time to taste test! Feel free to add additional spices if necessary. I always tend to add more cinnamon at the end. Serve with chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Happy Monday Everyone!
Hope your Monday is off to a healthy start!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂



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Happy Friday Everyone! I’ll be hosting a Superfoods Seminar on Monday November 12th in Mississauga. If your in the Mississauga area and would like to attend, please send me an email to pre register. Details for this amazing seminar are below! Hope to see you there! 🙂

Discover the power of adding into your diet an entirely new class of foods that are full of flavor and packed with nutrition! Learn how to incorporate these TOP SUPERFOODS into your diet with
Holistic Nutritionist, Samantha Gladish.

*Alkalize your body *Boost Immunity *Increase Energy *Balance Hormones *Decrease Inflammation *Improve Heart Health *Detoxify

Date: Monday, November 12th, 2012

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: City Center Inspire Yoga – 626 Burnhamthorpe Rd. Suite 202, Mississauga (east of Mavis)

Cost: $30/person (a $150 VALUE!)
FREE Giveaways, Goodies to Sample and Recipe Handouts

Cash or Cheque (payable to Samantha Gladish)

Leave payment at front Desk at Inspire Yoga

*Must pre register for this event by:
Friday November 9, 2012

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Raw Cacao Superfood Smoothie and Supergreens and Quinoa Soup for SUPER Meatless Monday!

Fast and healthy meals are at the top of my list when it’s time to eat! I made this easy and delicious soup the other day that took no time to make and is super nutritious! It’s kind of a cheat soup- meaning that aside from having to cook up some quinoa, everything else was pretty much done for me! A store bought organic vegetable broth and frozen cookin’ greens helped me get this soup on the table in no time!

Cookin' Greens Athlete's Mix w/ Collards, Kale, Spinach, Red Pepper & White Beans

Supergreens and Quinoa Soup


1 container Organic low sodium vegetable broth

1 bag Cookin’ Greens Athelete’s Mix

Half cup dry quinoa (rinsed)

Season with – Herbamare, chili flakes, and pepper


In a large pot, heat broth and bring quinoa to a boil. Turn heat to medium, add Cookin’ greens and simmer for 15 mins. Feel free to add whatever seasonings you like! I love it spicy, so I added chili flakes! Herbamare is a blend of sea salt and dried herbs; its great for flavoring many dishes.

Raw Cacao Superfood Smoothie

What a better way to start your day than with chocolate! Yummers! I’m not talkin’ just any chocolate, I’m talkin’ THE REAL DEAL! RAW CACAO! Loaded with magnesium and antioxidants, this is a TRUE SUPERFOOD that you need to include in your diet! Here’s what I blend in my superfood shake that I’m sure you’ll find delicious!

YUM! My Superfood smoothie w/ Organic shredded coconut!


1-2 cups non dairy milk (coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk)

1 frozen banana

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw almond butter

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp maca powder


Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. ENJOY!


Have a Wonderful Monday!


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