Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark

Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark

Valentines Day has never really been my favourite ‘holiday’. Although it’s nice to have a specific day where we spoil our loved ones, I think we should be doing this EVERYDAY; ok fine… at least weekly. However, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to make a sweet treat or write a card to a loved one. One thing I have learned from my mom is that even if you don’t get a gift, ALWAYS write a card. I am so grateful I have passed that along to Zach because I have such amazing cards from all the different stages in our relationship and I’m sure our future kiddies will love to read them one day! If you’re looking for a last minute card, you HAVE to check out my future sis-in-law’s new letterpress Etsy shop.

If you want to give a handmade gift AND a card, this chocolate bark is the easiest last minute gift. It has all my personal favourite combinations with chocolate but free feel to add some chilli, chia or any of your other favourite superfoods/treats! As nice as it is to get a box of chocolate for valentines, it is even nicer to get something homemade.
Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark
Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark
Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark

Ingredients:

• 3 cups 70% dairy free chocolate (20 ounces)
• 3/4 cup toasted coconut chips
• 1 tbsp lavender
• 1/2 cup maple flakes (can find them here)
• 1/2 cup toasted cashews
• 1 tsp coarse pink himalayan salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Cover large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Melt your chocolate over a double boiler. (Lazy? You can melt it in your microwave in 30 second stints, mixing vigorously in between each.)

3. Pour chocolate onto your baking sheet, spreading the chocolate evenly on the parchment. For a thicker bark, do not spread it as far.

4.Sprinkle with toppings. This is a salty-sweet combination, so if you don’t like too much salt then only use a pinch or none at all.

5. Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until it has solidified. Break into pieces with your hands or hammer. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, freezer or room temp.

6. Eat with loved ones!

Happy Valentines Day to my awesome readers. I love and appreciate every single one of you!

Love,
Jen
Lavender, Maple, and Coconut Salted Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Superfood Hot Chocolate
So it’s now two weeks into 2016 and I figured it is a good time to check in on your resolutions and share some of my own. As we settle back into our routines after a relaxing holiday, it is a perfect time to think about the goals we have set out for in 2016. One of my (many) New Year’s resolutions is to take a big step away from screens. Between cell phones, iPads and television I find that most of us have lost the ability to be fully present in our everyday lives. We feel insecure or lost without our gadgets, even when sitting at the dinner table. So to unplug in 2016, I have made a rule with my fiancé that there are no gadgets (including cell phones) after 10pm! I’m really ruining his score on Candy Crush but he hates to admit that he truly does enjoy a few hours of email-free serenity before bedtime.

​Another great way to replace some of that Netflix time (I repeat, only some) is to read. Yes reading for pleasure! With that cold winter chill and snowy roads nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a hot beverage and a book. A hot tea or lemon water is always a good idea but sometimes we crave something more luxurious and comforting. Remember that sugar doesn’t always go hand in hand with comfort. Actually, a sugary drink might leave you feeling tired halfway through that book. I am so excited that I have partnered with Truvia sweetener to bring you a superfood packed hot chocolate without any sugar. This stevia-based sweetener provides you with the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar without added calories or the dreaded blood sugar swing! With the help of turmeric, cayenne and coconut oil this beverage provides anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting and anti-bacterial benefits. So it’s time to order that book you’ve been meaning to read, and drink up this good-for-you hot chocolate.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample
Superfood Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
• 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
• 1 tsp maca powder
• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of cayenne powder
• 2 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring almond and coconut milk to a simmer.

2. Add cacao, maca, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Whisk until well combined (about 2-3 minutes)

3. Carefully add mixture to a high speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds and pour into mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.Superfood Hot Chocolate

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue

Clean Fondue
It is amazing to see how many people are more in tune and mindful of their bodies and what goes in them. The challenge for any home cook is making changes to those weekly staples or finding recipes to accommodate guests who are following a new diet. Whether it is because of allergies, weight or simply a lifestyle change it can be almost impossible to create individual meals that suit everyone. My suggestion this holiday season is to have at least one appetizer, main dish and dessert that will cover most dietary restrictions. To start you off, this Clean Fondue works for vegans, non-dairy eaters, paleo followers, celiacs and the weight conscious. With healthy fats from coconut milk and antioxidants from organic dark chocolate it is a win-win for the entire table! Feel free to choose from a variety of fruits and nuts and remember to sprinkle with your favourite superfoods for added benefits. Happy and healthy holidays! I love you all!
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Ingredients:

•12 ounces or 1 ½ cups chopped 70% cocoa chocolate (I like Purelife dairy/gluten free chocolate)
•1 cup coconut cream (water removed from coconut milk; best to do this from a can)
•for a sweeter fondue add 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•Fruits and Nuts of your choice! (Berries, pears, oranges, apples, bananas, dates, figs, walnuts, almonds etc…)
•Chia seeds, maple flakes, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, goji berries (for sprinkling)

Directions:

1.Wash and chop fruits. Set up toppings in individual small bowls with a serving spoon.
2.In a double boiler, melt chocolate over medium heat. Add your coconut cream and whisk until combined. Pour into fondue set or in a bowl.
3.Serve with fruit, nut and toppings. Use chopsticks fondue forks to dip. Enjoy!
Clean Fondue