Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

pgfudgePeanut Butter. Chocolate.  I really don’t think it gets much better than this. For those of you who have a sweet tooth like me, having healthy dessert options on hand means you are less likely to eat unhealthy sweets.

This peanut butter chocolate fudge, however, is the perfect combination of sweet and creamy, leaving your sweet tooth satisfied without all the refined ingredients. They are also a perfect dessert to make when having company. Simply prepare the fudge, stick it in the freezer, and whilst cooking dinner and dining, the fudge will be freezing! Your guests will thank you.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter ( the kind you have to stir because the oil separates)
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 4 ounces quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

1. Cream peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt in a bowl

2. Pour mixture into a 8×6 baking dish, lined with parchment paper

3. Top with chopped chocolate and freeze for two hours

4. Remove from freezer, carefully remove fudge by lifting edges of parchment paper

5. Cut into 1 inch squares and store in freezer separated by parchment paper

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Energy Boosting (and Cramp Fighting!) Hot Cacao

For an alternative to coffee for your energy boost in the morning, check out this creamy and delicious hot cacao. Not only does it provide you with magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants, but it sends your body a steady stream of energy that will not spike and crash like the rush from coffee.

As for women, this drink is an excellent cramp fighter! I like to enjoy this little cup of goodness on the first day of my Ladies’ Holiday, when I am prone to cramps. The caffeine in the cacao will alleviate your cramps, and the *maca is an adaptogen, facilitating the body’s ability to adapt to and regulate stress responses, as well as balance hormones.

Yes, please!

Energy Boosting (and Cramp Fighting!) Hot Cacao with Maca

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Maca Powder*
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk
  • (optional) 1 tbs raw honey or stevia
  • Omnivores-add in a scoop of collagen!

Directions:

Mix ingredients well in a sauce pan over low to medium heat. Pour and enjoy.

Do you have any other natural remedy for cramps? What’s your favorite? Please share in the comments section below!

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Simple and Delicious Overnight Oats

Photo by James Ransom

I love oatmeal. Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it is packed with fiber and protein, and it always keeps me satisfied until my next meal. A BIG benefit of this recipe, is that soaking the oats overnight reduces the phytates present in oatmeal that can lead to mineral loss, allergies, and irritiation of the intestinal tract.  (To learn more about phytates, you can read this post on oatmeal and phytic acid.)

But don’t let phytates scare you from eating oatmeal! As I see it, the benefits of this delcious grain far outweigh the phytates, and by simply soaking your oats before you eat them, there is really nothing to worry about!

Prep time:
5 minutes

Cooking time:
0 minutes

Yields:
1 person

Ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup of any milk of your choice or water
A natural sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup,  stevia,cinnamon, vanilla extract)
Optional: nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut, seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin), fruit, or even nut butter.

Directions:

Photo by James Ransom

1. The only ratio you need to remember is 1:1. You’ll soak 1 part rolled oats with 1 part liquid overnight. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal, more if you like it runny. You can use water or any type of milk — almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk — and feel free to add a splash of cream, half and half, or even orange juice.

Photo by James Ransom

2. Sweeten and flavor the oatmeal with whatever appeals to you: honey, agave, jam, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, citrus zest … the list goes on. Then get creative: Add nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut, seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin), fruit, or even nut butter.

3. Give it a stir, pack it into a jar, then let the jar sit overnight in the refrigerator.

4. In the morning, top with fresh ingredients — fruits, granola, honey, a dollop of peanut butter — or simply take the whole jar for the road.

All photos by James Ransom. Recipe from Food52.com

Chia Seed Pudding

This delicious breakfast treat (or after-dinner snack) includes chia seeds, a  plant food that helps to draw out toxins from the liver. Chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, and Omega 3’s so they make you feel full and satiated.

It’s the perfect breakfast meal for those on the go!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yields:  3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄4 cups coconut milk (I prefer coconut milk) or nut milk (homemade nut milk recipes here: www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/delicious-nut-milk-recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • goji berries, cocao nibs (optional)

Directions:

  • In a large jar, combine all of the ingredients and shake well.
  • Pour the mixture into 3 small bowls or glasses and refrigerate until it thickens into a pudding-like consistency, about 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with goji berries, cocao nibs, or whatever else you fancy! Have fun with it.

This is a delicious treat and keeps in the fridge for 1 week.