Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

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Two words: HOT FUDGE.

Three more words: TO DIE FOR.

But actually. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in hot fudge?! Holy moly. Corn syrup, cream, sugar, hydrogenated oils, corn starch, and a bunch of preservatives. Yum?

No. Not yum.

But so tastyyy though.

*many tears*

So I had to do something about this. Insert my date-sweetened carob chocolate syrup. Made with all natural ingredients anddddd it’s actually good for you?! Shutup. No way Jose. But I ain’t messin’ with you guys! And the best part is that it actually tastes like decadent hot fudge!!!

Okay taste is tied for the best part because all the health benefits you get from this baby are also amazing. For those of you who don’t know what carob is, it comes from a pod grown on a carob tree and is frequently substituted for chocolate due to its sweet, chocolate-y taste. Anddddd, carob is a super healthy alternative to chocolate because it’s high in fiber and antioxidants, has very minimal fat and sugar, and has no caffeine or gluten. Score! Combine that with the unbeatable flavor and nutritional value of dates and you’ve got yourself a heck of a healthy sweet treat.

TBH I have been known to just eat spoonfuls of this stuff straight from the jar, but it’s just the best to keep a jar of on hand to top nice creams, smoothie bowls, dip cookies in, and really just put on everything because it’s freakin’ delicious. Sometimes I just throw a dallop in with some cashew milk to make some dairy free chocolate milk and ohhhh baby is it tasty.

So basically what I’m trying to tell you here is you need this stuff in your life ASAP so just read this super simple recipe just below these little words and you could be enjoying healthy hot fudge within mere minutes from this moment. DO IT NOW!!!

Date-Sweetened Carob Chocolate Syrup

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Silk Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup carob chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend for at least 3 minutes until your chocolate syrup is smooth and warm.
  2. Use as a topping for nice cream or in smoothies or whatever else you please! Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Banana Nice Cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles

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*Sitting here waiting for Vitamix to sponsor me because I basically only eat smoothie bowls and nice cream*

Seriously though. The healthy dessert combinations you can make with some frozen fruit and toppings are ENDLESS!!!! When I first became intolerant to dairy I immediately mourned the loss of ice cream (previously one of my all-time favorite foods) BUT now that I have my Vitamix (or any high-powered blender works), I think I like smoothie bowls and nice cream even more than real ice cream if that’s even possible!

Just think about it. You’ve made it to tonight. You had a delicious, healthy dinner. You’ve had a good day of exercise. You’re sitting on the couch watching Wild, Wild Country (okay so you’re probably not all watching what I’m watching on Netflix right now, but if you like documentaries I strongly recommend giving this one a try!). You’re craving dessert. Do you:

  1. Undo all your healthy progress from the day by giving in to ice cream and having a bowl full of cream and sugar that will cause all sorts of health problems for you ORRRRRRRRR
  2. Whip up a quick bowl of banana nice cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles on top?

Option 2 DUHHHHHHHHH!!! Nothing bad’s going to come to your body from a bowl of bananas, peanut butter, and dark chocolate. Nope. Nada. You’re actually going to get tons of vitamins and nutrients. Instead of having a heavy, crappy feeling in your stomach you’ll feel light as a feather and be ready to binge a million episodes!

So boycott the ice cream cravings and break out the blenders!!!! And enjoy your healthy guilt-free dessert.

 

Banana Nice Cream with Healthified Reese’s Crumbles

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 6 ice cubes
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • dash vanilla extract
  • ½ Tbsp raw honey
  • 3 Bites By Bai’s Healthified Reese’s Eggs, crumbled (or you can drizzle peanut butter and add chocolate chips as a substitute)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the Healthified Reese’s Eggs to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. At this point you can either transfer straight to a bowl or place in the freezer for a bit to harden up and then you can scoop it out into a bowl.
  2. Crumble the Reese’s Eggs on top (or drizzle peanut butter and chocolate chips on top) and enjoy!


Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

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Okay so you guys I’ve really outdone myself here. Like, this might be the best thing I’ve ever made. It’s so good that my boyfriend and I had one of these bowls three times each within 24 hours.

And it all started with a failed cookie recipe! Who woulda thunk.

I was attempting to re-create a coconut dark chocolate cookie recipe using no dairy, gluten, or refined sugar and in doing so I ended up creating a giant mega cookie that just crumbled apart as soon as you tried to pick it up. BUT, it still tasted magnificent so obviously I wasn’t just gonna throw it away.  No no no no no never would I throw it away. Obviously I was gonna use it as a topping because I am the Toppings Queen!!!! So now I just had to figure out what to put it on top of….

THEN I remembered I had brought back a bunch of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa from the States last time i was visiting my parents so duhhhhh dark chocolate cookie crumble healthified Blizzard time!!!!! And while this is so SO much like exponentially in a whole nother universe healthier than a normal Dairy Queen Blizzard, I’d say it tastes just as good if not BETTER (dare I say it, and I did). Aaaaaand it’s dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free. AND it’s made using real food, aka not full of chemicals and preservatives. So what is it made of exactly? Do you have any frozen bananas, coconut milk, and dark cocoa lying around? Oh good, then you’ve basically got the majority of stuff ya need here minus a few flavors here and there.

EASY AS PIE.

So instead of being lazy and driving through Dairy Queen for a blizzard that’ll set you back about 2389702938409234 calories, grab a blender and your fave cookies, crumble em up, and devour that delicious bowl of amazingness.

 

Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookie Crumble Blizzard

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 large or 2 small frozen bananas
  • 4 ice cubes
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • A drizzle of raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp of Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • Your favorite cookie(s) crumbled up (I use a dairy and gluten free coconut oat cookie which I will post the recipe to once it’s perfected)
  • Optional peanut butter drizzle

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except for the cookie crumbles and peanut butter to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, thick, and creamy. You may need to add a little additional milk to get things fully blended.
  2. Pour everything into a bowl and top with the cookie crumbles and peanut butter drizzle. Enjoy!


Healthy Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts

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You guys.

It’s NATIONAL EFFING DONUT DAY!!!!!

Oh baby what a time to be alive!

I had originally intended on posting something else today, but I just FINALLY found some maple extract yesterday which I had been on the hunt for for what seems like 100 years now and had big plans for making health-ified maple glazed donuts today (my favorite donuts of all time by far). SO when I found out today just so happens to be National Donut Day I thought, “Screw it, I’ll give the people what they deserve. A healthy and damn delicious maple glazed donut with no guilt attached.”

SO here ya go. You’re welcome. Fun fact: donuts were recently rated the number one worst thing for you to eat. Yikes. Bye-bye favorite sweet treat, it’s been nice knowing you. It’s not me, it’s you.

But lately I’ve just been having an intense craving for a sweet, doughy, warm, maple long-john and since I refuuuuuse to give in and put that refined, processed, sugary deathtrap in my body, I figured I’d make my own version that won’t kill me from the inside out. (Yes, I know I’m being dramatic, but I need to convince myself of these things so I don’t give in to my cravings).

Enter this beauty of a donut.

Just look at it. You drooling yet? And what if I told you it tastes just as good as it looks? Seemingly impossible, but oh is it true. And it’s made with oat flour, contains only natural sources of sweetness, and it won’t make your insides hate your guts (ba-dum-chhh)! How nice does that sound?! So do donut day a justice and do-nut eat any more store-bought processed donuts! Just make these instead. Simple. And Enjoy your weekend my loves!

 

Healthy Dairy and Gluten Free Maple Glazed Donuts

  • Servings: 10 donuts
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

    Donuts

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup date sugar (or granulated sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 large organic free-range egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
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    Maple Glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp maple extract
  • pinch salt
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Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease your donut pans (I use coconut oil spray).
  2. Combine the applesauce and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add in the milk and mix until combined.
  7. Fill your greased donut tins until they’re about 2/3 full and bake for about 11-13 minutes (until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Meanwhile, while the donuts are baking add all the ingredients for the maple glaze to a high-powered blender and blend until thick and creamy. Allow to chill in the fridge (this will cause it to thicken a little further) until the donuts are cool enough to handle.
  10. Dip the donuts in the maple glaze and enjoy!
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Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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WHO WANTS COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST?!

I really, truly hope all of you reading this raised your hands for that because every human should want cookies for breakfast. It’s only natural. And I get it, you’re thinking, “But Bailey, cookies are not healthy and they are not a good, nutritious breakfast. Stop trying to drag us down.” Oh, but I’m not draggin’ ya down. Oh no. Far from it, actually. I’m here to tell you that these cookies are so good for you that you could literally eat them for breakfast. But don’t feel obligated to restrict yourself to just eating them for breakfast, they’re really an any-time-of-the-day-cookie too.

Say whaaaa?! Gimme some of those right now!

See, I would never lead you astray from the path of healthiness. These babies are super simple, contain all-natural whole ingredients, and are basically just a bowl of oatmeal baked into a cookie. Here’s what you’re looking at getting from one of these delicious little devils:

  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vitamins
  • Nutrients
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

Talk about a balanced breakfast, amiright? That’s baaasically everything you could ever ask for in a breakfast besides maybe missing out on a veggie or two. So all I’m trying to say here is you’re welcome for providing you with such a wonderful amazing cookie and you should make some right now. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 12 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter plus a little extra for drizzling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 free-range organic egg
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 dark chocolate bar

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients except for the dark chocolate bar to a high-powered blender and blend until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Scoop your dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then press into a cookie shape as the cookies will pretty much retain the shape that they go in the oven with.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and then allow to cool.
  5. While the cookies are cooling, melt your chocolate bar at about 30 second increments in the microwave, giving it a good stir after each 30 seconds.
  6. Once the cookies are cool enough to handle, dip half of them in the dark chocolate and then return them to the parchment paper to cool and solidify.
  7. Drizzle the cookies with a little peanut butter and enjoy!
  8. * I would store them in the refrigerator so the chocolate stays nice and hard and doesn’t get melty and messy on ya.