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Flourless Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Tis the season for allllll the baked goods and I am SO excited about it!

That might sound counter-intuitive to you — a Nutritionist who’s excited about baked goods? Isn’t that the antithesis of a nutritionist?

Nope.

Not this one, anyway!

I LOVE to bake! And I REALLY love to bake when it’s cold outside. I’m sure I’m not alone in that!

And honestly – what I’ve found about myself is I get really excited about baking “all the things” but rarely do I eat much of any of it. Funny, right? You’d think I’d be big as a house after all the baking I do during the fall and winter/holidays! But, no. It’s like I get it out of my system in the process of baking. And, truth be told, because I might eat some of the batter in the process! You gotta taste it, right? I’d hate to poison anyone!! 😉

The other thing I love about baking is trying to get a recipe just right with as little sugar as possible and experimenting with grain-free flours. We just feel SO much better when we’re not eating much sugar! We really try to keep our intake at less than 20g per day (Mo, probably closer to 30-40g depending upon his training intensity that day)! We can really feel the difference when we get above that!

And you know what I’ve learned? It is absolutely not worth the way I feel when I eat things made with refined/processed sugar and vegetable oils. I’m fine with All Purpose Flour on occasion and having some maple syrup or honey or coconut sugar… But when I go to holiday parties and see all of the baked goods, etc.  – honestly, and I’m TRULY not bragging here – it’s rarely a temptation, simply because I KNOW how crappy I will feel after.

And THAT is what I wish for my nutrition clients – to get to that place that it’s not about not eating something out of restriction but rather out of self-care!

So ALL of that being said – let’s talk about these cookies! They are ABSOLUTELY delicious and only use 1/3 cup of coconut sugar in the WHOLE batch! AND majority of the ingredients is almond butter, which I love because it’s a healthy fat that is going to help keep blood sugar level when you eat these!

I love making these to have around the house during the holidays for a cleaner substitute to all the baked goods that seem to be more prevalent this time of year. I also like to make these to take to holiday parties or to have around for my Thanksgiving or Christmas with our family, so that I know there is something there that I can feel really good about having!

Hope you love these as much as we do!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 32 cookies…

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free – optional)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond butter (preferably fresh ground)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large cage free eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (see 4th step first…)
  • In small bowl mix together the oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat the almond butter, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth – 2 minutes.
  • Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then fold in chocolate chips.
  • For best results, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour. And then move on to the next step. If you don’t have time, no worries, they will still turn out GREAT – but will be a bit more sticky to work with.
  • Roll cookies into approx. 2-inch dough balls (I like to use a small ice cream scoop) and place onto cookie sheet approx. 2 inches apart, then barely flatten the top of the cookie (I’ve found it’s best to use 2-3 fingers for this and dip my fingers in a little warm water so that the dough doesn’t stick to my fingers as much.)
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes – until the edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 7 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (see 4th step first…)
  2. In small bowl mix together the oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat the almond butter, coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth – 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. For best results, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to 1 hour. And then move on to the next step. If you don’t have time, no worries, they will still turn out GREAT – but will be a bit more sticky to work with.
  6. Roll cookies into approx. 2-inch dough balls (I like to use a small ice cream scoop) and place onto cookie sheet approx. 2 inches apart, then barely flatten the top of the cookie (I’ve found it’s best to use 2-3 fingers for this and dip my fingers in a little warm water so that the dough doesn’t stick to my fingers as much.)
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes – until the edges barely begin to turn a golden brown. The cookies may look a little underdone, but they will continue to cook once you remove them from the oven. Cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  8. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 7 days, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

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Holy-freakin-moly! I can’t even with this cake… Just. Can’t. Even. It is to die for. Literally. No exaggeration. Absolutely life altering.

But here’s the kicker – it’s good for you. I mean, I might insinuating that you should start eating this as part of your daily routine or anything. But I am saying that if you did for a week or so, you’d be no worse for the wear.

And not only is it good for you but it tastes UHmazing. That’s what I do right? Isn’t that why you follow me? …I make things that you think you’ll never be able to eat or indulge in again after switching to a clean eating lifestyle without feeling guilty and/or bloated, etc. after doing so and I make them clean – meaning: unprocessed and anti-inflammatory and taste incredible!

Now, this recipe I cannot take full credit for unfortunately. The frosting is all me! And I’m pretty proud of it, if I may say so myself! But the cake, as mentioned below is from Lisa over at Downshiftology. Check out her other recipes – she’s a mastermind!

But my frosting… I mean, can I just say that it is some of my best work. And, totally plant-based (simply sub honey with maple syrup if you’re strict plant-based) and perfectly stable on the counter for a few days without additives to make it that way. I made this frosting as a test and when it worked (like any recipe I come up with) I literally jumped up and down like a giddy 4 year old. It is crazy how excited I get about really wonderful, flavorful food that I can feel really good about putting in my body.

I can honestly say that I would rather have THIS chocolate cake than ANY regular, white flour, white sugar, etc. chocolate cake. Seriously.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Superfood Chocolate Frosting

….recipe adapted from downshiftology.com

Serves 10

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 ¼ cups coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cups raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional and sprouted, if possible)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 large cage-free eggs, room temp
  • 1 ½ cups canned coconut milk (light or full fat)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup raw/local honey
  • ¼ cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt

Directions for cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  • Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve!

Directions for Frosting:

  • Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  • With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!

 

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Directions for Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch cake pans with coconut oil cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients, except pecans (if using) to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients to a separate medium mixing bowl and whisk together.
  5. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk together for 1-2 minutes to create your cake batter.
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the two baking pans and cook for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Once the cake has completely cooled (approximately 1 hour), assemble the cake by adding the chocolate frosting between both layers and frosting the outside. Top with pecans and serve.
Directions for Frosting
  1. Place all ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor and mix on high until well combined and completely smooth – you may need to stop a 2-3 times and scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender.
  2. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the coconut oil and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Frost your cake and store on the counter, covered, up to 3 days and then place in the fridge for another 3-4 days or freeze up to 3 months – if it lasts past 3 days on the counter!
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Spelt Flour Pumpkin Bread

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Oh… Are you surprised I’m posting yet another pumpkin recipe? What did I tell you? Pumpkin is my favorite! I smile so big every time I get to use it! Anyway – you know this by now, if you’ve been following along. So I won’t go into all of the details of my love affair with this little vegetable. But suffice to say, I might turn orange because I’ve been eating so much of it! Not really… I mean, can that ACTUALLY happen???

I posted my go-to recipe for Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins a few weeks ago. And that recipe can actually be made into a bread as well. You’ll notice, the two recipes (that one and the one below) are not all that different. If you are not strict gluten free or Paleo – this one is actually my favorite. The spelt flour rises a bit better and just gives the bread more structure – if you will – almost like a typical white all-purpose flour would.

Yes, spelt has gluten in it. But it is a far cry from wheat flour. This article by Dr. Axe illustrates this point very well. I suggest you read it, if interested – at least for the education.

I will definitely be making this for Thanksgiving week and to have on Christmas morning! Slather some ghee butter or coconut oil on top and WHOA! Heaven. And, it will make your house smell like the holidays!

All I need is this bread baking in the oven, a Thymes Frasier Fir Christmas candle burning and a little Michael Buble’ or Andrea Bocelli Christmas playing on Pandora – it doesn’t get more warm and cozy for me than that! You can bet this will be the picture at the Brossette house on Christmas morning! I hope you enjoy and make this a tradition for your home as we have ours!

Spelt Flour Pumpkin Bread …or Muffins

Makes: 10 slices or 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup spelt flour*
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1, 15oz can organic pumpkin puree
  • 3 large cage free eggs
  • 1 ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 5×9 loaf pan (if making bread) or a 12-count muffin tin (if making muffins) with coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the almond and spelt flour, sea salt, baking soda, cloves, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and mix well with a whisk.
  • In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, coconut sugar and coconut oil together with a hand mixer.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently combine with a spatula.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan or divide evenly into 12-count muffin tins.
  • For bread: Bake 50 minutes on convection, 60 minutes if non-convection.
  • For muffins: Bake 35-40 minutes on convection, 45-50 minutes if non-convection.
  • Allow to cool completely before serving or, once cooled, wrap up in foil and place in a Ziploc baggie to keep in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes:

  • If gluten/grain free is desired, replace the spelt flour with 1 cup almond flour.

 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 5x9 loaf pan (if making bread) or a 12-count muffin tin (if making muffins) with coconut oil cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place the almond and spelt flour, sea salt, baking soda, cloves, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and mix well with a whisk.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, coconut sugar and coconut oil together with a hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently combine with a spatula.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan or divide evenly into 12-count muffin tins.
  6. For bread: Bake 50 minutes on convection, 60 minutes if non-convection.
  7. For muffins: Bake 35-40 minutes on convection, 45-50 minutes if non-convection.
  8. Allow to cool completely before serving or, once cooled, wrap up in foil and place in a Ziploc baggie to keep in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

If gluten/grain free is desired, replace the spelt flour with 1 cup almond flour.

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