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The Fudgiest Grain-free Brownies

FullSizeRender (38)I’ve made many brownies in my life. I used to make them from the box growing up, but these days, I’m a bit more aware of what I eat. The frankeningredients in those Betty Crocker or Duncan brownies are pretty freaking scary.

My favorite type of brownie is one that is super fudgey.

You know what I’m talking about.

But over the past few years, I’ve experimented with different gluten-free recipes and haven’t quite found what I was searching for. Some were to dry, some too sweet, and others good but not the BEST. SO I’ve started adapting the recipes and experimenting with new ingredients.

Well, the work paid off (and in all honesty, taste testing wasn’t too bad of a job) as I’ve finally found it.

The fudgiest most decadent brownie yet.

Even better, it has absolutely no grains , so it is gluten-free. And it’s pretty low glycemic as far as brownies go. Plus, I use raw cacao, so it’s full of antioxidants and fiber.

And can you guess the secret ingredient? If you guessed buckwheat, then you are right!

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The Fudgiest Grain-free Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup cocao powder, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons  unsalted butter (grass-fed please!)or coconut oil melted and cooled slightly (I’ve only made these with butter, but coconut oil would work for those who desire a dairy free recipe)
  • 1  cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Lily’s Sugar Free because they’re amazing)  + an additional 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line an 8″×8″ (20cmx20cm) pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.FullSizeRender (36)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter or coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract. Once combined, add the eggs one at a time, and stir just until combined.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir just until no streaks of dry flour remain. Do not overmix.
  5. Fold in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top.FullSizeRender (35)
  7. Bake for 14-20 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center will come out wet. A toothpick inserted into the sides will come out with some moist crumbs on it, but not totally raw batter. The brownies will continue to bake as they sit in the pan. I’ve made these in an electric oven and a gas oven. I found the gas oven bakes them faster, so they only needed 14 minutes. In the electric they needed 17. My advice is to take out at minute 14 and test, and put them back in at 2 minute increments until ready.FullSizeRender (37)
  8. Let cool completely and then cover and store at room temperature for up to 4 days. If you refrigerate them they get a fudgier texture.
  9. Serve with coconut ice cream ( Nada Moo is pretty good!) if you wanna go all out 😉

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies made with Chia Seed Jam

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Berry season is here! And it would be a shame to let all those pretty, organic berries go to waste. One of my all time favorite cookies is the raspberry almond thumbprint. Traditionally, they are made with a sugary raspberry jam, and lots of flour, butter and sugar.

But we aren’t traditional over here, are we?

That’s why I created this gluten-free, refined sugar free raspberry almond thumb print cookie made with chia seed jam.

If you haven’t made chia seed jam yet (seriously what have you been waiting for?!) then you must start now. It is so freaking delicious, and you can put it on juuuust about everything-oats, gluten-free toast, coconut yogurt.

Or just eat it on a spoon with peanut butter.

Don’t judge.

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Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Bake time– 10-12 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

Chia Seed Jam:

  • 1 cup washed organic raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg (to make vegan replace with flax egg or chia seed egg. I have not personally tried this, but it should work!)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make chia seed jam, place all jam ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Place in glass or BPA-free plastic jar and put in fridge overnight or at least for 3 hours.
  3. For cookies, place oil, egg, coconut sugar, and vanilla in bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Then slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Chill cookie dough in fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Make cookie dough into 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Press your thumb into each cookie
  7. Fill your thumbprint with the raspberry chia seed jam.
  8. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly brown on edges.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!

xxxxx

Health Coach Jenna

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Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake with a Peanut Buttery Crust

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Dreams do come true guys! I’m so stoked with the way this cheesecake turned out. You can make them in a round spring form pan and spread the crust out thinly giving it more of a dessert vibe, or you can put in a square 8×8 pan like the ones in the picture, making more of a snack bar creation. These are super rich and filling, and can go either way. Either a smaller portion for dessert if you use the round spring form pan, or a bit more chunky for a mid-afternoon power snack  or breakfast if you use the square pan. These guys are full of healthy fats and protein, so they will keep your brain and body fueled.

I bet the kids would love em’ for brekkie. It’s a great way to send em’ off to school with brain power.

Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake: 

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Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 cups gluten-free oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or your nut butter of choice)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Filling:

  • 2 cups soaked cashews (about 4-5 hours in warm water)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup of melted dark chocolate chips (I used Lily’s sugar free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao

Instructions:

1. Put all the crust ingredients in a food processor, and pulse together until it sticks together and has a dough like consistency.

2. Line an 8×8 baking pan with baking paper.

3. Pack the crust mixture into the pan TIGHTLY. If you don’t pack it tight enough the dough will not hold together entirely.

4. Clean out your food processor.

5. Put filling ingredients into the food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. If it is too chunky slowly pour in additional coconut milk until it has a creamy texture.

6. Pour the filling over the crust and spread evenly.

7. Place in freezer for a few hours to harden. It can then be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks, or in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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Grain-Free Chocolate-Chip Cookie Cake

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Who doesn’t like a cookie cake? Growing up, my favorite birthday cake was the cookie cake. Nowadays, I’m not a big fan of all the refined sugar and gluten that goes in them. But that doesn’t mean the party stops here. Hell no!

Today, I make my own party. With this grain free chocolate chip cookie cake.

Ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup creamy nut butter

Dry ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Add in’s:

  • ½ cup chocolate chunks or chips (I use Lily’s Sugar free)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Grease a round 9 inch round baking dish well
  3. Mix together wet ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well
  5. Fold in chocolate chunks
  6. Pour into baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes
  7. Will stay good for 5 days or longer in fridge and freezer

*Note– If you would like to make a larger cookie cake, double this recipe and put in a larger pan. I haven’t personally tried doubling it, so I don’t know the exact baking time it would require. I’d put it in for 20-25 and then keep an eye on it every 5 minutes after that. And remember, this cake will still continue to bake after it’s removed from the oven, so under-baking is always the best and safest method.

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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Peanut Butter Swirl Avocado Brownies

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Today I’ve asked food blogger, Chelsea Colbath, from Baked Greens to share one of her many delicious recipes with us. I’ve been following Chelsea for awhile on Instagram , and I often find myself drooling over her swoon worthy dessert recipes. She shares my affinity for peanut butter and chocolate, so we quickly became friends! Chelsea’s journey is very inspiring. She has lost 100 pounds by learning how to respect herself and the food she eats, and her mission is to inspire others to get into the kitchen and cook something healthy and delicious.

Today, Chelsea has created a gluten-free brownie recipe for us. I’ve personally tried them so I can attest to their deliciousness. I’m talking an 11 on a scale of 1-10 y’all.

 

Peanut Butter Swirl Avocado Brownies:

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RECIPE:
  • 2/3 cup mashed avocado (from 1 large, very ripe avocado)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter + 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup, for topping
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch square or 7×11 inch pan with parchment; set aside.
2. Mash your avocado and measure out 2/3 cup. Whisk avocado with coconut oil, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla until completely smooth. Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine
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3. Pour batter into prepared pan, and  dollop with peanut butter mixture. Use a spoon to gently swirl it into the batter.
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4.Bake for 15-20 minutes. Brownies should still be slightly soft in the center when you take them out of the oven. Mine were perfect at 18 minutes.
5. Allow brownies to cool, then cut and eat. Store leftovers at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerated for 5.
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Meet Chelsea:
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Hi everyone!  My name is Chelsea and I’m the blogger over at Baked Greens, where I share my passion for simple, nutritious food. I’m thrilled to be posting here today, since Jenna and I both share a love for nourishing our bodies- specifically with plenty of chocolate and peanut butter.

Jenna and I met by chance, as we all do. She found me on Instagram, and we instantly connected. I am in love with her gentle approach to nutrition, her commitment to loving her body, and all the gorgeous yoga pictures on her Insta account! We haven’t actually met in person, but I’ve already sent her a package of brownies all the way from Massachusetts, so I feel like we are already besties.

When Jenna asked me to post on her blog, I instantly knew the recipe had to involve chocolate and peanut butter. After all, it might be the cosmic force that brought us together in the first place. Peanut butter is powerful like that. My Fudgy Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies are a reader favorite over on Baked Greens, and I’ve been promising my readers a peanut butter version. Well, here you go, my lovelies. A dark, rich, maple-sweetened brownie that is incredibly fudgy from avocado, and has a thick peanut butter swirl on top.

Jenna requested whatever sweet treat I make be gluten-free and refined-sugar free, so I made these brownies entirely with oat flour. Did you know you can make your own by grinding oats in your blender or food processor? No need to go out and buy oat flour. I also relied on maple syrup, my favorite all-natural sweetener, for a subtle sweetness and extra stickiness. If you are a fudgy brownie lover, these are for you. These are great warm from the oven, but get even better after sitting at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days. Plus, you only need 1-bowl and 30 minutes to make these brownies!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. In fact, I already have an extra avocado sitting on my counter getting soft just so I can make another batch this week. If you want to find more of my simple, nutritious recipes, come visit me at bakedgreens.com or find me on Instagram or Facebook!

XO,
Chelsea
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A Hormone Balancing Tea For Painful or Irregular Periods

A painful period is your body’s way of telling you something is off. If you are missing work or school because of a painful cycle, then something is wrong. Ideally, your period would sneak up on you with ninja stealth. No cramping, no bloating, no breast tenderness, no extreme fatigue. Your cycle would come every 28-35 days, and it would last 4-7 days.

If this doesn’t sound like your story, don’t panic. By implementing certain foods and supplements, as well as making certain lifestyle adjustments, you can and will get there.

Many women today are experiencing issues with abnormal periods because of something called Post Pill Syndrome. This takes place typically 4-6 months after quitting the birth control pill and symptoms include:

  • Menstrual irregularities including loss of menstruation, heavy menstruation, painful periods, and short cycles (less than 24 days).
  • Hormonal changes like infertility, hypothyroidism, hair loss, breast tenderness, acne, and adrenal dysfunction.
  • Migraines and headaches.
  • Changes in body composition like breast size, weight gain, or difficulty losing weight.
  • Mood disorders including anxiety and depression.
  • Digestive symptoms including bowel changes, digestive upset, gas, or bloating.
  • Inflammation and other immune imbalances.

But it is possible to balance your hormones. One way you can start balancing them today is by drinking this hormonal balancing tea. I personally found success with it when I discontinued the pill 10 years ago.

If you are currently suffering from any of the above symptoms, I encourage you to schedule your consultation with me today so we can get to the root of the problem. You shouldn’t have to suffer. Hormonal balance is achievable.

xxxxx

Health Coach Jenna

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5- Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten -Free)

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Those who know me are familiar with my obsession with peanut butter and chocolate. That’s why these cookies stole my heart. With only 5 ingredients they are super simple to make, and 100% delicious.

5- Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (the kind with no added oil or sugar)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt + a sprinkle of sea salt to add on top
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips ( I like these from Thrive), or you can make your own and cut up the chocolate in small squares

Method:

  • Mix and put dough in fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  • Take out chilled dough and roll into balls and place on lined baking tray.Processed with VSCO with f2 preset
  • Press down with a fork, sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top,and stick in oven on 325F degrees heat for 10 minutes.

Enjoy guys! Let me know how you like them! If you take any pics tag me@HealthierNotions on Instagram. I love to see your creations!

xoxoxoxoxoxo

Health Coach Jenna

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Turmeric Latte

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From curing the common cold to preventing or fighting against cancer, turmeric is an essential spice that you should become familiar with. With a long history of being used in traditional medicines such as ancient India’s Ayurveda, it has lately become more recognized in western practices – it’s really no surprise that it is currently the most studied spice on the planet.

Beat aches, pains and inflammation with Mother Nature’s greatest anti- inflammatory weapon. If you are suffering from pain, and/or participate in athletic activities, turmeric is your best friend. Don’t make the mistake of taking Advil after your athletic training, exercise, yoga, etc. It will kill your mitochondria and your gut flora.

I try to drink a warm cup of turmeric milk everyday. I especially make sure I get my cup in after my yoga practice, as it’s nature’s best anti-inflammatory, helping relieve any general aches and pains. Plus, it’s really delicious – making it a nice treat before bed.

Turmeric Latte Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (or your dairy-free milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder OR one half-inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder OR one half-inch piece of peeled, fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • A dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • Honey to taste (use local if possible – this will also help with allergies and do not add to the milk when it is HOT, as this turns the honey toxic. Wait until it is warm.)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the honey) into a blender.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Pour mixture into saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Turn off heat, cover, and allow mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Add honey.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Alternatively, if you do not have a blender, skip steps one and two and combine all ingredients in a saucepan. If you are using fresh ginger and turmeric, use a strainer to filter them out before serving.

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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Matcha Bomb!

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My Matcha game is strong, y’all. I used to really enjoy bulletproof coffee in the morning before practice. But now that I don’t drink coffee anymore, I kind of felt left out from the party. Not anymore! This Matcha Bomb is creamy and dreamy.

So what’s matcha you ask?!

Matcha green tea is made from young green tea leaves, and is ground into a fine powder giving it a bright and vibrant green color.

Matcha is:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Promotes concentration due to the L-Theanine. Traditionally, monks drank matcha as a means to relax and meditate while staying alert.
  • Increases energy levels and endurance without the side-effects of coffee like nervousness.
  • Supports the immune system with its high content of Vitamin A and C.

Personally, I jive better with matcha as it gives me a steady release of caffeine throughout my morning, unlike the intense surge of nervous energy that coffee gives me.

Matcha Bomb Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I use coconut milk, but other nut milks work nicely, too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or Bulletproof High Octane Oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee from grass-fed cows, or unsalted butter from grass-fed cows (KerryGold is a good option)
  • Maple syrup to taste (do not use honey because honey should not be heated)

Directions:

  1. Put all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy and smooth.
  2. Pour contents into saucepan and heat over low heat until it comes to a low boil.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

xxxxxx

Health Coach Jenna

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

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My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was Mint Chocolate Chip. These days, I’m not a dairy eater, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I still enjoy mint chocolate chip treats!

This morning I had dessert for brekkie (as usual) with this vegan Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie. Who knew having dessert for breakfast could give you 24 servings of organic veggies and fruits, plus probiotics? Thanks to Paradise’s Orac Energy Green powder, with one scoop I’m covered.

So don’t believe those lies that you have to eat your veggies before you can have your pudding. You can have it all at the same time, and not even taste the green. This Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie is so good, even my husband asked for one. When I told him I put what he calls “green powder” in it, he didn’t believe me.

Find out how to make this smoothie below, and to order your Energy Green powder, use the code QCW626 to get $5 off.

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I use Koh coconut)
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Orac Energy Greens
  • 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder ( I use Vega)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 1/4 tsp of peppermint oil
  • 1 tbs. raw cacao
  • Blend and top with dark chocolate if desired.

Enjoy!

Health Coach Jenna

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