Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies (Vegan)

I love love love love peanut butter. So, these were just perfect.

With this weather I’ve been craving some sweet stuff, but as you all know I’m not a sweet tooth so I needed something that was not a traditionally sugary dessert. And I love nuts so this was right up alley.

I made these Vegan because I am really trying to get into the chia seeds that are just a mega Super food and it makes my guilty foods a little less guilty with some healthy benefits. And they really are awesome to use as an egg re-placer. I haven’t noticed that they take any flavor away and actually really taste delicious. It keeps my desserts very moist and hey they really hit the spot. So, far the chia seed experimentation is really working out!

I also used the crunchy peanut butter because I love all things crunchy, all things seriously! I like the feeling of something crunchy in my mouth it makes eating a pleasure. But you use whatever you like, if you want smooth; use that.

Store in the fridge in a tight container. They also taste great cold.
I hope that you enjoy these as much as we did!

Vegan BrowniesIngredients:

2 cups Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)

3/4 cup Honey

2 tbsp. ground Chia or Flax + 6 tbsp. Water (make 10min ahead)*

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (organic, unsweetened)**

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Dark Chocolate, chopped***

Preheat oven @ 325.
Prepare a 9×13 pan (I use parchment paper, or you can butter & flour)

In a mixing bowl add the peanut butter, honey mix well. Then add the chia/flax mix, and then incorporate baking soda, cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix all ingredients well.
Pour in pan and sprinkle chopped chocolate on top or mix it in the batter. You see!

Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are browned.
Cool completely and try not to eat all of them in one sitting.

* you can use 2 eggs if you don’t find ground chia or flax seeds
**you can leave out the choco powder and make blondies
*** you can add the choco chips or not I made both versions

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Goji Berry Energy Bliss Balls (Raw & Vegan)

This month for me is one that requires a lot of energy & when my body feels more exhausted.

Don’t get me wrong I do have fun running around doing all the wonderful Christmas things from parties, to cooking, planning and shopping; but I do feel like I run out of energy and my immune system get’s a little spent.
It is also a month where we tend to ingest a little more of the heavier foods causing the body to be just a bit more sluggish and bloated with not the best nutrition especially if you are eating out a lot. Unless you are watching what or how much you are eating you don’t generally realize the difference just a few here and there snack and meals for a whole month can do to the body.

I want something that really nourishes my body, fills me and gives me the energy that I need to workout, cook, attend parties, stay up later, work, shop and all the other housewife chores that still need to be done but that also keep me eating clean and healthy. These bliss balls do just that!

Here are some of ingredients that are in these little magic balls and their extraordinary benefits.

Goji Berry Bliss BallsGoji berries (Lycium barbarum) native to the Himalayan Mountains, Tibet & Mongolia are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth.
Amongst fruits they contain all the essential amino acids and also have the highest concentration of protein than any fruit. They are loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little super-fruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.

Gojis are most commonly available in dried form, and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.

Flax seeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micro-nutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.

It is not only a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flax seed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Cocoa Powder unsweetened is rich in Minerals. Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc.

In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.

Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Speaking of antioxidants did you know according to a study at Cornell university the antioxidant concentration in cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine, 3x’s stronger than that of green tea & 4x’s stronger than black tea.

These are just a few of the ingredients that are in these Bliss balls. There are many more health benefits for the rest of the ingredients. But I think that I should stop talking and give you the recipe.

This is the 1st time that I’ve attempted to make a raw, vegan dessert. I was kinda worried that they would taste like cardboard or just not be good but to my surprise they turned out delicious and I really enjoyed them as did my husband. I think these would be great to serve as an additional holiday treat, or to eat when you get that mid afternoon or after dinner craving.
They are simple, fast, nutritious and delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Makes about 24 balls

1 cup Seeds, mixed (pumpkin, flax, sesame, sunflower)*

2 cups Shredded Coconut, Unsweetened

1 cup Goji Berries, soaked at least 4 hrs prior

3 tbsp. Cocoa Powder, unsweetened

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tbsp. Raw Honey

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until becomes incorporated and thick. Make truffle sized balls and put in fridge for 1 hour or eat them right away.

You can roll the balls in coconut or leave them like that your choice.
Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks in sealed container.

*Use whatever seed you like if you have all use them all or you see what you have or want.

Delicious Dairy-Free and Eggless Chocolate Cake

I usually try to find healthy and still delicious moist desserts with the least ingredients possible so that my body doesn’t take up too long to process and digest them. Don’t get me wrong I love homemade cakes and there is nothing wrong with dairy or eggs, but I sometimes like to leave them out as so to make a healthier version; and if it tastes delicious it’s all the better. This is a great recipe if you are lactose intolerant or if you have any sort of allergies due to dairy.

This is a very simple recipe that doesn’t require much time and barely any ingredients, you should already have all of these ingredients in your cupboards so when the moment hits and you want something that tastes indulgent and sweet but healthy, you don’t have to neglect yourself of that pleasure.

My sister recently got home from work and had to bake a cake for her son and had no time to go to the grocery store so she ended up calling me I gave her this recipe and everyone loved it, now her son is 10 so to have children love it makes you know that for sure it is delicious. I hope that you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

3 cups Flour

2 cups Sugar

6 tbsp. Dark Cocoa powder

1 tsp. Salt

2 1/2 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 cup melted Margarine

2 tbsp. Vinegar

2 cups Water

Preheat your oven at 350°.

Mix all ingredients together and pour in a buttered and floured 9×12 cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Simple and yummy.