Better than Ghiradhelli Brownies

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Growing up, I was deemed the Brownie Connoisseur. Since leading a Paleo lifestyle, I have been looking for a way to reclaim my title- this is it. If you need more convincing to try out this recipe, just imagine fudgy brownies and then chunks of Eating Evolved 100% Cacao Bar just hit you out of nowhere. Plus, it’s naturally sweetened with date nectar found in 4th and Heart’s Coffee Chocti. Just try it, okay?

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup almond flour

  • ½ cup coconut flour

  • 1/3 cup 4th and Heart Chocti of choice

  • 1 Eating Evolved Bar of choice

  • 2/3 cup Coconut Cream 

  • 2 Egg Whites

  • 1 TSP Vanilla

  • ½ TSP salt

  • 1/4 TSP Baking Soda

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and microwave chocti to get to a liquid consistency, approximately 30 seconds.

  2. Whisk together all wet ingredients in a bowl.

  3. In the same bowl, slowly add in almond and coconut flour by alternating sifting and stirring. Add in baking soda and salt.

  4. Chop the chocolate bar into chunks and evenly distribute by stirring into batter. 

  5. Pour batter into oiled baking dish. Bake for 45-55 minutes.

  6. Once cooled, allow to cool and serve up!

Cherry Jubilee

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This past week, my good friend, Taylor, and I held a wellness event on holistic remedies to keep from falling victim to the notorious fall colds. Taylor's area of expertise is in essential oils. Using her favorite immune-boosting oils- cilantro, parsley, lemon, cinnamon- I created a three-course meal using the oils and whole food. Essential oils+real food nutrition? Hello, Nourishment!

Taylor gave her spiels, thriving in her own knowledge, and I got down to business doing what I do best: cooking. Cooking: for a purpose, to provide, to educate.

To end the night, using DoTerra’s famous “OnGuard” blend, I thought it would perfect to end with a Jubilee-style Cherry dessert. Cherries, seasonal during the last summer, are high in melatonin, the dictating hormone of our sleep and eat cycles, as well as the precursor to various “happy” neurotransmitters. Cherries are also high in anthoncyanins and vitamin C, both essential during these sick-prone days.

Cherry Jubilee

1 lb fresh cherries pitted

2 TBSP honey or maple syrup- check out Lakanto Monk Fruit Maple Syrup for a zero glycemic option!

8 drops OnGuard Oil (or Juice of 1/2 orange and 1 1/2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice)

1 cup of water

1/2 TBSP Arrowroot Starch- I use Bob’s Red Mill, found at my local Sprouts

Topping: RootedTates Paleo OG Nola or favorite granola! Ice Cream is a good option too (;

  1. After pitting the cherries, add with all other ingredients. Heat to simmer and let sit until cherries have been reduced and thick naturally.

  2. Remover from heat. Sprinkle and stir in arrowroot starch to thicken.

  3. Serve warm with optional toppings, or any other additions you can think of!