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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,
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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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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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If you are a peanut butter lover (and if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?!), then these cookies are right up your alley. I especially enjoy these because the are A) Simple to make  B) Give you SO much return for the little effort put in and C) Only have 4 ingredients, and ones that you most likely have around the house already.

These are my go-to cookies, y’all. If there is nothing around the house and I have a hankering for some sweet (aka emergency!), I make these guys.

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

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.
  • 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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Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake (Vegan)

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Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4-1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao
  • 8×8 baking pan
  • baking paper

What to do:

  1. Okay y’all, first you need to take 2 cups cashews and soak em’ for about 6-8 hours.
  2. Then, we need to make the crust because it has to chill in the freezer for about an hour before we can put the filling in. For the crust take 2 1/2 cups desiccated unsweetened coconut, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/3 cup chopped dates. Put this all in blender or food processor and blend until it starts sticking together. Line an  8×8 pan with baking paper and then pack the crust into her nice and tight. Make sure to pack it hard because if you don’t the crust will fall apart and that would be tragic. Now stick her back in the freezer.
  3. For the chocolate, take 1/3 cup coconut oil and place in a saucepan (double broiler if you’ve got it so it doesn’t come into direct contact with heat) and stir over low heat. Add 1/3 cup maple syrup and stir. When it’s nice and warm add 3/4 cup raw cacao and a pinch of sea salt. Stir until silky smoooooth.
  4. Now, take the crust out of the freezer and pour the liquid chocolate and spread evenly to make a thin chocolatey later over the crust.
  5. For the filling: Take your drained cashews, 2 tbs. lemon juice,2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbs coconut oil, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and full fat coconut milk. Blend until nice and creamy. Keep on adding coco milk until there are no chunks and it is completely creamy and smooth.
  6. Now, fold in 2 cups raspberries into the cheesecake batter.
  7. Take your crust out of the freezer and pour your filling on top and spread nice and evenly.
  8. Place back in the freezer for a few hours.
  9. Take out and store in the fridge. I like to cut the cheesecake after it’s been in the fridge for a bit as it’s softer and easier to cut.

And for the best part- enjoy!!!

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Health Coach Jenna

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars (Vegan)

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It’s November, so it means all thing pumpkin, y’all. And I’m on a mission. I’m going to make as many pumpkin treats as humanly possible in order to convince my English husband that pumpkin is exciting.  It turns out that the hoopla over pumpkin treats is shared only by Americans.

I know right?! I’m just as shocked as you are.

The first recipe up is one from Rachl Mansfield. I love all of her creations, especially because she has an affinity for peanut butter and oats just like I do. I think we might be soul sisters.

The recipe was simple to follow and the results were delicious. And better yet, the Englishman approved! Up until now his only experience with pumpkin is one traditional pumpkin pie from his visit to the U.S. last Thanksgiving. He wasn’t really into that, but he really liked these.

The recipe calls for almond butter, but I used peanut butter and they were pretty darn fabulous.

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars:

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Makes: 9 bars

INGREDIENTS
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 1.5 cups soaked cashews (about 10-12 hours in warm water)
  • ½ cup gluten-free old fashioned oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • ½ cup maple syrup (can sub honey)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (melted and cooled)
  • ⅓ cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (can sub your preferred nut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Swirl:
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Crust:
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Toppings:
  • ⅓ cup pecans (can sub whatever nut you’d like)
 Instructions:
  1. In a food processor, pulse together oatmeal, dates, almond butter and cinnamon until a “dough” is formed, the ingredients should be well blended together
  2. Spray an 8×8 baking dish or line it with parchment paper and press the crust into the dish
  3. Wipe out the food processor to get rid of extra crumbs (no need to fully clean) and place the “cheesecake” ingredients in the food processor
  4. Pulse together until it is a doughy, creamy consistency
  5. Leave to the side for now and beat together the pumpkin and pumpkin spice together with a kitchen aid OR you can wipe out your food processor and use that
  6. Add the “cheesecake” mixture on top of the crust, spreading evenly
  7. Add a spoon of the pumpkin mixture on top of each “cheesecake”
  8. Swirl together gently with the end of a spoon or knife (mine didn’t turn out as pretty as I wished!)
  9. Add pecans on top
  10. Pop in the fridge for about 2-3 hours or until firm
  11. Enjoy! Will stay good in fridge for 4-5 days or 2 weeks in freeze
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Happy Pumpkin Month!
Health Coach Jenna
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No-Bake Lemon Bars

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When life gives you lemons, you make lemon bars. It’s just what we do🍋🍋🍋.

If you are looking for the ultimate lemon bar recipe, then look no further. I promise you these are the best damn vegan lemon bars you’ll ever taste.

Bold claim I know!

But I’ve been working hard on these guys, and have since made three trial batches before coming up with the perfect recipe. And of course, they are also gluten-free and vegan.

INGREDIENTS:

CRUST

  • 1/3 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups dessicated unsweetened coconut

FILLING

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (for color)

METHOD

  1. Soak your cashews in water for 3-4 hours.
  2. In a food processor, chop the crust ingredients until it makes a dough like consistency
  3. In a 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper, press the crust into the bottom in an even layer. Make sure to pack the crust tightly or it will fall apart and that would be tragic.
  4. In a food processor or blender add drained cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, coconut milk, turmeric, maple syrup, and lemon zest. Blend until nice and creamy
  5. Pour the lemon mixture onto the crust and let set in the fridge for at least one hour.
  6. Cut into bars.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

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Please email with your recreations! I love to see your photos.

xxxxxx

Health Coach Jenna

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