Superfood Chocolate

You guys. Happy Valentine's day! Do yourself [or your someone special] a favor and make this super easy homemade chocolate fudge today! It's packed with good for you ingredients like coconut oil and raw cacao, so you can indulge totally guilt-free.

Superfood Chocolate // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

*Note: Virgin (or Extra Virgin) Coconut Oil will have a slight coconut flavor/aroma while Refined Coconut Oil will not.

Instructions:

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper OR grab some silicone candy molds (fancy!). Note: You can also use a plastic tupperware container, in which case you do not need to use parchment paper as the chocolate will pop out of the plastic easily.
  2. Add all ingredients (except toppings) to your high speed blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. Pour chocolate into dish or molds, and sprinkle with toppings (if desired). Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate mixture has set. If you don’t use molds, you’ll want to cut the chocolate at this point into bite-sized squares.
  4. Store in the freezer for optimal freshness. ENJOY!
 
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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. 

Superhuman Breakfast

Hello, Saturday!

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to take the time to make myself something special in the morning - usually a breakfast that I can sit and enjoy and eat with a fork and knife. I love my green smoothies, but it's nice to switch it up on the weekends, to take the time to actually chew my food.

This "Superhuman" breakfast is my new weekend morning go-to. Created by Laura Hames Franklin (learn more about Laura here - she's an awesome coach and posts videos everyday!), this breakfast packs in protein, greens, healthy fats AND (get ready for it) natural probiotics in the form of sauerkraut.

You may be thinking YUCK - sauerkraut?? For breakfast?? Yup! Sauerkraut and other fermented veggies are some of the best foods for your digestive system. I've mentioned my love for kraut before, and if you follow me on Instagram, you've seen that I usually incorporate it into my meals (like this, this and this). I challenge you to try it out - there are so many different flavors of sauerkraut and fermented veggies out there, so experiment! You will find kraut in the refrigerator section and it should contain veggies, salt, and water, and whatever herbs but NO VINEGAR. If you really don't like the taste, try mashing kraut with avocado (it mellows out the flavor).

 

For more on the benefits of sauerkraut and other fermented foods, read this post: Fermented Foods 101

Back to that breakfast recipe!

Here's the basic formula for the Superhuman Breakfast:

Greens + Starchy Veggies (sweet potato, squash, etc) + Protein (egg, tempeh for vegans) + Ferment (sauerkraut, kimchi or whole brined veggies)

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Superhuman Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs

  • kale, collards, spinach or broccoli (as much as you’d like), sliced or chopped

  • 1/2 - 1 cup starchy vegetable, chopped

  • Up to 1/2 cup fermented veggies

  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Fill a medium to large sized saucepan with 2-3 inches of water and fit the pot with a steamer basket. Set over medium high heat.

  2. While your water begins to boil, add you starchy veggies and eggs to the steamer basket. Cover and let cook for about 10 minutes.

  3. Once starchy veggies are cooked (easy to poke with a fork), add your greens to the steamer basket (or to a seperate basket stacked on top). Again cover and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes (tougher greens will take a little longer, more tender greens like spinach will be done sooner.

  4. Once greens are cooked, turn off heat and remove cover from steamer basket. Run eggs under cold water for a few minutes, the crack and peel shell.

  5. Plate everything, top with fermented vegetable and olive oil (optional), salt and pepper. You can also add fresh herbs or a squeeze of lemon juice if you’d like!

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