Almond Butter Freezer Fudge

This recipe is DANGEROUSLY delicious. Seriously, I have to exercise ALL of my willpower not to eat the whole batch in one sitting [and when I do... I don't feel that bad because it's literally ONLY made of good for you ingredients!].

I created this recipe as a chocolate free alternative to my Superfood Chocolate. I know, that might sound silly (chocolate free chocolate?? huh???) so let me explain: I am super sensitive to caffeine so I wanted a treat that I could have at night that wouldn't keep me up.

Side note: Up until writing this blog post, I always thought that chocolate contained caffeine because when I ate it at night I would have trouble sleeping. My research showed that chocolate (or raw cacao powder) actually does not contain caffeine, but it does however contains theobromine which is a stimulant related to caffeine. Interesting!

Feel free to swap almond butter for any nut or seed butter. I've made this with sunflower seed butter, peanut butter and even a mixed nut butter and ALL were incredible.

Almond Butter Fudge // paleo, gluten free, vegan option, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter (room temperature)
  • 3-4 scoops collagen peptides or protein powder of choice**
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • generous pinch of sea salt
  • generous dash cinnamon
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, slivered almonds, chocolate chips or cacao nibs, etc!
  • optional sweetener: a few drops of liquid stevia or maple syrup

**Note: if you use a protein powder, you'll likely not need to add any additional sweetener since most protein powders have some sort of flavor or sweetener. If you use collagen, you can leave the fudge unsweetened (I like to increase the vanilla and cinnamon for natural sweetness) or add in sweetener to taste.

Instructions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine melted coconut oil and almond butter until smooth. Add in protein powder and process until well combined.
  2. Taste and add sea salt, cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener as desired.
  3. For thin bark, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture on paper and spread evenly. For a thicker fudge, line loaf pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture. You can also get fancy and use silicon candy molds or ice cube tray like these: Silicon Candy Mold or Silicon Ice Cube Tray.
  4. Add toppings of choice - I like flaked coconut and slivered almonds, but get creative!
  5. Place in freezer to set (approximately 15 minutes). Remove from freezer to slice.
  6. Keep in freezer or fridge. Fudge will melt if left out for extended period of time.

Sweet potato pudding

I made a delicious pudding by blending the flesh of a purple sweet potato (yes, that's a thing!) with a few simple ingredients in my Vitamix. Super easy and so delicious!

Sweet potato pudding // vegan, gluten free, paleo, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1 medium baked sweet potato (I used a purple sweet potato, but any variety will do!)

- 1 tbsp almond butter

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- dash sea salt

- almond milk or water as needed

Instructions:

  1. Peel sweet potato and add to your Vitamix blender or food processor.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Add liquid as needed.
  3. Enjoy!

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Because it's that time of year when it's WAY to hot to turn on the oven (especially if you live in a studio apartment, like me!).

I made these easy "cookies" for my 4th of July BBQ and they were a huge hit! Naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and packed with nutrient dense foods like almonds, oats, and coconut oil, these are a treat you can feel good sharing. Not to say there is anything wrong with saving them all for yourself... ;)

No-Bake Almond Butter Cookies // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, no bake

inspired by this Minimalist Baker recipe

Ingredients:

    •    1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used Sweet Revenge coconut sugar)
    •    2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
    •    3 tbsp melted coconut oil
    •    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    •    2 tbsp coconut flour
    •    1/4 cup slivered almonds
    •    1 cup gluten free rolled oats
    •    Pinch sea salt
    •    1/4 cup raw cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional, but SO delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together coconut sugar, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and coconut flour (you can use a food processor or blender, or mix by hand). The mixture will be VERY sticky, like caramel.
  2. Add in and mix by hand slivered almonds, oats, sea salt and cacao nibs.
  3. Scoop by tablespoon with cookie scoop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in fridge or freezer to firm up (about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

 

Have you been baking, and cooking, less now that it's hot out? What have been your go-to meals, snacks, and treats these days? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

National Chocolate Day! Chocolate Bar Review

Did you know that it's NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY?? I must be in sync with the universe, because I was planning and writing this post for the past week without knowing! 

You guys know I have a huge sweet tooth. However, I've found that traditional sweets and sugar just don't do it for me - they make me feel like crap, so I've learned (slowly, very slowly) to stay away from them. Over the years I've found some awesome replacements to satisfy my sweet cravings without wrecking havoc on my body and energy levels. 

Here are my current FAVORITE chocolate bars. You won't find any white sugar, sketchy ingredients, or preservatives in these - just real, pure, chocolately goodness. Now that's something to celebrate! 

ALOHA Superfood Chocolate / 60% Cacao // Chocolate with greens in it! SCORE! This bar is sweetened with coconut and maple sugar and packed with superfoods: spinach, wheatgrass, moringa, blueberries, raspberries, spirulina, beet juice, and mushrooms. Wow! It’s a bit more fruity than a traditional chocolate bar, but still delicious. {Pssst... Use my code WELLNESSWITHEMILY at checkout for 20% off your purchase of all ALOHA products!}

Fine & Raw Lucuma and Vanilla / 67% Cacao // This bar was my first experience with raw chocolate, and it was love at first bite. Lucuma is a tropical fruit which contains iron, zinc, calcium, and beta-carotene— it’s often used as a natural sweetener (it’s very light, nutty almost). If you are in the Big Apple, its fun to check out the Fine & Raw factory in Bushwick; you can sample all their chocolates and truffles here!! 

Hu Kitchen Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa Chocolate Bar / 72% Cacao // Dark, but still sweet. Nutty from the almond butter, and crunchy from the quinoa. Reminds me of a Crunch bar, but darker. Better. Sweetened with organic coconut sugar. I appreciate that there are only 4 ingredients: almonds, puffed quinoa, cacao and coconut sugar. 

Eating Evolved Crunchy Caramel / 85% Cacao // Paleo chocolate with a super cute tagline “Chocolate: It’s Food Not Candy." Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar. My favorite is the 85% Crunchy Caramel - it’s got TWO ingredients. TWO!!! Amazing. Cacao + coconut sugar and THAT’S IT. Definitely intense, but not bitter, like so many other dark, dark chocolate bars I've tried. Eating Evolved also sell amazing coconut butter cups!! You've got to try these. {If you place an order of from Eating Evolved today, they are throwing in a free chocolate bar in celebration of the day!}

 

And my TOP choice in chocolate?? My own, homemade Superfood Chocolate. I'll be sharing the super easy recipe for this delicious treat in my November newsletter, so make sure you are on the list by signing up here!

homemade superfood chocolate with almond butter, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs + coconut oil - YUM!!

homemade superfood chocolate with almond butter, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs + coconut oil - YUM!!

What's your favorite chocolate bar or healthy treat? Let me know in the comments below. 

Almond Butter Granola

As I've mentioned before, I LOVE granola, probably because it reminds me of the sugary cereal which I ADORED as a kid (Cinnamon Toast Crunch anyone??). Unfortunately, most of the stuff on the market (both granola and cereal) is not so great for you, so I try to make my own whenever possible. 

This is an easy recipe which is low in sugar (sweetened with fruit + a wee bit of local honey) and completely grain-free! It's also totally adaptable - you can use whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have on hand. 

Almond Butter Granola / gluten free, paleo, vegan option, low sugar

Inspired by this recipe + Hu Kitchen's almond butter granola. 

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup refined coconut oil

- 1/2 cup natural almond butter (or peanut butter!)

- 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

- 1 1/2 cup applesauce, or three medium extra ripe banana mashed (if you use banana, it will have a slight banana flavor).

- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 3 cups mixed raw nuts and seeds (I used equal parts hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts, but throw in whatever you got!)

- 1/2 cup raw almonds

- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

- 1/4 cup cacao nibs, chopped chocolate, or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions: 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper (or grease with coconut oil). 

2. Wet ingredients: Add coconut oil through cinnamon in your food processor or blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Taste it - if you like your granola on the sweeter side, you may add another 1-2 tablespoons of sweetener. You may also want to add more cinnamon (I'm a cinnamon-a-holic so I always do!). 

3. Dry ingredients: Add nuts, seeds, coconut, and cacao nibs to a large bowl and stir.  

4. Mix it up! Add your wet mixture to the dry and mix until well combined. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it browns evenly. Note: You may need to let it cook for a little longer. You want the granola to have crunchy edges, but still slightly soft (it will harden more as it cools). 

 

Enjoy with almond milk, atop a green smoothie, or by itself as a crunchy snack!

Did you like this recipe? Then I think you'll love my Banana Bread Granola.