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I Need a Fix (A Chocolate Fix)

 

Sometimes I just NEED a chocolate fix!  What about you?

i need chocolate

The easiest way to satisfy that need would be to stop at the gas station on the way home from work and grab a candy bar. But have you ever looked at the ingredients in a candy bar?  Most of them I can’t even pronounce!  What does that mean?  That means there’s a bunch of crap in it!  YUCK!

Now, to keep it real, it’s not like I’ve never done this. Of course I’ve picked up a Snickers bar at the checkout line in the grocery store or grabbed a Hershey’s bar.  However, now that I’ve been eating clean for months, filling my body with good nutrition and whole foods, this type of stuff makes my stomach roll.  No joke!

BUT, I still need that chocolate fix every now and then! So how do I satisfy my chocolate craving while protecting my tummy from going into that sickly tailspin?  I use these recipes below!  These are seriously GOOD and HEALTHY and they hit the spot every time!

The cookies taste like regular chocolate chip cookies…for real! But they are a bit time consuming to make.  The other 2 recipes are FAST, EASY and HEALTHY!

BY THE WAY,  did you know that cacao (raw chocolate)  is a super food?  It is full of anti-oxidants,  can promote heart health, lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  And consuming chocolate, in moderation of course, boosts your mood!  So don’t feel guilty about satisfying that chocolate monster growling inside of you – try the recipes below, with a guilty-free conscious,  to quiet that little gremlin down!

Comment below and tell me which ones you tried and which ones you liked! Share this blog post on your personal social media pages because you know everyone wants a little bit of chocolate now and then!

   real deal cookies

Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 1 dozen

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup palm shortening, ghee, or grass-fed butter
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate pieces (just chop up a dark chocolate bar)
  • ¼ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (I like to add half Enjoy Life chocolate chips and half of cacao chunks – for added health benefit)

 

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.In a food processor, cream the palm shortening, coconut sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla for about 15 seconds until smooth and fluffy.

3.Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix again until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed in order to incorporate all of the flour. Pulse once or twice more.

4.Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

5.Place golf-ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a SilPat. Using another sheet of parchment on top of the dough, flatten them slightly with the palm or your hand or a spatula. The cookies don’t spread much so create the size and thickness you want prior to baking them.

6.Bake for 9-12 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.

Eat and Enjoy!

 

paleo brownie pie

Paleo Brownie Pie and Frosting (see frosting recipe below)

Source: http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2013/03/paleo-brownie-pie.html

 

 

 

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup raw honey

3 tbsp melted butter

2 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients (melt the coconut oil before adding to your mixture).  Lightly grease a pie pan with coconut oil.  Pour batter into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes.

 

Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Source: http://paleobakingcompany.com/pages/paleo-chocolate-frosting

Ingredients

Yield: 3 cups of frosting, enough for one 9″ double layer cake or 15-18 cupcakes.

2 Cups Solid Coconut Oil (Not Melted)

1 Cup Honey

1 Cup Cocoa Powder

1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk

Directions:

Combine first three ingredients and 1 tablespoon coconut milk in food processor and puree until smooth. Add additional coconut milk if needed

Let the brownies cool before frosting

Eat and Enjoy!

 

Paleo Chocolate Bark

paleo chocolate bark

  1. Melt a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove. (I use Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips- they are dairy, soy and nut free).
  2. Spread the melted chocolate on parchment paper.
  3. Sprinkle toppings – nuts, cranberries, coconut flakes, etc
  4. Pop it in the fridge and let harden.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.
  6. Eat and Enjoy!
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