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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Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

almond crusted acorn squash

Are you ever going through the day and a sudden craving hits you for something crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside? So basically a craving for something deep fried and sinful. Wellllll this happens constantly for me, which is why I decided to come up with a healthy way to re-create that texture.

Okay so almond crusting something isn’t EXACTLY the same as deep frying, but it’s pretty darn close. Not to mention rolling something in almonds and baking it ADDS nutritional value to it as opposed to frying which basically fries all the nutrients out of whatever is being fried plus adding trans fats and calories. No bueno.

This is so simple, delicious, and the perfect way to add some variety (and protein and healthy fats) to your average side of veggies! So next time you’re craving that crunch, put away the deep fryer (or let’s be honest here, skip the fast food) and break out the almonds!

Crunchy Almond Crusted Acorn Squash

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, add your almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg and process until the almonds are finely ground, but not turning into almond butter.
  3. In a large Ziploc bag, add your squash, coconut oil, and maple syrup and shake until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Add the almond mixture and shake again until the squash is evenly coated (you may have to use your hands a bit if you want them to be perfectly coated, but I find the shaking does a pretty good job overall).
  5. Place a non-stick metal cooling rack on a baking sheet and carefully dump your coated squash onto the cooling rack, making sure there’s space in between each squash piece.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway, until the squash is golden brown and crispy.
  7. Serve as a snack on its own or as a side dish. Enjoy!


Healthy Refined Sugar-Free Grass Fed Gelatin Gummies

collagen gummies

It’s almost Easter guys! And what would the kiddos love more than some gummy snacks to chow down on all day? And what would Mom and Dad love more than to know their kids are chowing down on some healthy collagen-packed and refined sugar-free gummies instead of sugar and preservative filled candy? Nothing. These gummies are a winner you guys so get these going today and fill those Easter eggs up!

Refined Sugar Free Healthy Gelatin Gummies

  • Servings: 15-20 gummies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup juice (for mine I made three different batches using homemade strawberry-apple, beet-apple, and orange)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
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Directions

  1. Heat your juice in a small saucepan until just before it boils.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the honey.
  3. Whisk in your gelatin powder, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue to stir while heating until it’s fully dissolved (this took about 8-10 minutes for me).
  4. Now you can either pour you gummies straight into the mold of your choice (make sure to grease it with some coconut oil if it isn’t silicon) or you could grease a glass baking dish with coconut oil and pour it all into that.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until your gummies are fully solidified.
  6. Now you can either remove your gummies from the mold or if you poured them into a glass dish you can cut them into little cubes.
  7. Enjoy!
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