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

Lavender Poppy Loaf

Gluten Free Lavender Poppy Loaf
I posted this recipe over a year ago now and I decided it was time to give it a revamp in terms of ingredients as well as pictures. I hope you all love this new recipe, and give lavender a try!

Lavender has been one of my obsessions for many years now. My best friend worked at a bakeshop here in Montreal and often came home with leftover cupcakes from the day. On a Monday evening, she brought home a beautiful purple lavender cupcake and I was instantly hooked. Monday’s (only day they had lavender cupcakes) became a little brighter for me as I indulged in the buttery cake that smelled of perfume. Lovely lavender cakes became a birthday ritual for me but often resulted in bloated, uncomfortable evenings. So on this journey to clean eating, I have successfully recreated my favorite dessert. Although I missed the butter cream frosting, the addition of coconut flakes and poppy seeds made the loaf rich and flavourful.

This recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. Like all my recipes, it uses all natural ingredients. This was my first time using millet flour and I have to say, I was quite impressed. There was no unwanted “gluten-free” taste to be found, plus it has an incredible crumb-cake like texture! I highly recommend this flour for cakes and muffins.

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Serves 7-10

Ingredients:

• 1 and 1/2 cups millet flour (almond flour will work too!)
• 1/2 cup coconut flour
• 1 tbsp dried lavender + more for garnish
• 3 tsp. poppy seeds
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (divided)
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar or xylitol
• 1/2 tsp sea salt (or himalayan salt)
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 2 large eggs at room temperature
• 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 cup coconut oil (plus 1 tbsp for greasing pan)

 

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor, add you your 1 tbsp lavender and coconut sugar. Process until the lavender has turned into a powder.

3.In a large bowl, combine the millet and coconut flour, coconut sugar, 1/4 cup coconut flakes, poppy seeds,, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended.

4.In a medium bowl, add the almond milk, eggs, melted coconut oil and vanilla. Whisk until evenly combined. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, gently fold until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to even out the batter. Top with remaining coconut flakes and more lavender if you desire.

5. Bake, rotating halfway through, until the top is golden and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and then invert the cake onto a cooling rack and allow to finish cooling for another 30 minutes. Serve with fresh blueberries and tea!
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Blueberry Cookies with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling (Passover-Friendly)

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I love looking at food photography of other bloggers. Healthy food or not, I find it so inspiring to see how others both create and demonstrate their food. After seeing so many beautiful versions of homemade Oreo’s or sandwich cookies, it was time I made my own! I had a visual in my head of a purple or blue cookie with a healthy Nutella filling. I love pear combined with chocolate hazelnut spread but I wanted to do something different! Back in the junk eating days, I would take a huge scoop of Nutella and put berries on top, so I figured why not inject this flavour into a cookie?

The base of this cookie is based on my Maca Maple Flax cookies. I wanted the same soft texture and sweetness level of those cookies just with a strong blueberry flavour. I love infusing blueberries into my maple syrup for pancakes, so I did the same for these cookies. They taste like blueberry muffins! In fact, if you add some baking powder I’m sure these can be muffins… (to test at a later date…)

The almond base makes these cookies passover friendly.There are no leavening agents or grains. From what I understand, most of the ingredients don’t need to have a Kosher for Passover label because they are natures foods! BUT if you are strictly Kosher for Passover over the holidays, make sure to check with your local Rabbi or ask a knowledgable friend! The lack of dairy in these cookies allow them to be served after a meal containing meat!

Passover Seders not in your near future? No problem! These are a PERFECT Easter treat! Because of their beautiful colour they would make a great addition to any dessert table! You can even use a cookie cutter to shape them into bunnies or eggs. How cute? It is always nice to serve something a little healthier and gluten free when hosting an event! (just incase!)

Good on their own or with healthy nutella filling, these cookies are a flavourful gluten, dairy and refined sugar free treat. Hope you all love these and wanted to wish you all an early Happy Holidays!!
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Ingredients:

• 2 cups almond flour
• 2 heap tbsp ground flaxseeds
• pinch of sea or pink himalayan salt
• 1 cup + 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
• 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
• 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (the light kind works best here!)
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 egg
Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Makes about 20-25 cookies

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment and grease with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour,ground (milled) flax and salt. If your almond flour is lumpy sifting is a good idea!

3. In a saucepan on medium heat, begin to heat your maple syrup. Once heated, add 1 cup of blueberries. Allow to cook for 5-7 minutes or until the blueberries have exploded and begun to reduce in the pan. Whisk every 2 minutes.

4.Once the blueberries have turned the syrup a beautiful purple colour and have reduced slightly, add your coconut oïl. Once the coconut oïl has melted transfer mixture into a small mixing bowl and allow to cool for several minutes.

5. When mixture has cooled, whisk in your egg, vanilla and lemon juice.

6. Add the wet ingredients all at once to dry ingredients. Stir mixture until combined and a dough forms. Add your remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries.

7.If your dough is too liquidy to form into balls then place in saran wrap and allow to rest in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

8.Scoop the dough using a tablespoon and roll into balls. Place onto baking sheet. Using your fingers press the dough down slightly.

9. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and then spread a generous amount of healthy hazelnut chocolate spread on the bottom of a cookie, sandwich it with another cookie, pressing firmly so that the icing comes all the way out to the edge. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks!
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