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Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (vegan)

May 22, 2017

I know. It’s taken me way too long to post the Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.  I posted this shot week’s ago and I’ve only just had the time today to get it out to you all.

I’m actually vacationing right now in Palm Springs, California. We’re here for about five days and of course, it’s 40+ degrees. We went out for a run this morning and had to stop because it was way too hot.  It didn’t help that we got up a lot later than I wanted to. My body has been naturally waking at 5am, and then 6:30am as the days go by. This morning was 6:30am and I thought, what am I going to do until James wakes up. But then, I happened to fall back asleep until 8:15am!! What!!! I hate losing precious day time.




So, by the time we shuffled out of the building, it was 35+ degrees.  But we ran and made our way to one of the gyms and did some weights.  It’s so important to integrate some form of exercise on holiday.  Sure, it is a time to enjoy life’s pleasures. But, as soon as we get off of some form of routine, we lose our commitment to our health goals.

That’s why James and I make a point to get in early morning exercises.  This could be a run, a hike, the gym, or just a good walk.  I do eat relatively healthy on holiday simply because that’s when I feel my best. It’s also the fact that I need to rejuvenate. But, I’m not exaggerating when I say that we do still indulge. For us, it’s a cocktail by the pool and some amazing red wine for dinner.




Do you see the perspective of balance that I am giving you? There’s a lot of this (exercise and healthy food) and a little bit of that (those indulgences).

Okay, so it doesn’t help that I have pictures of these epic Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars embedded in this post. Hahaha…sorry, about that. But, to be real here, these bars are very balanced. Are they 100% healthy?  Not exactly. Maple syrup is still sugar but I actually made these bars to be as low in sugar as possible without compromising the taste.

For those with peanut allergies, you could totally use almond butter.

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan)

ingredients

For the chocolate crust:
3/4 cup ground almond meal
2 tablespoons raw cacao or cocoa powder
1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt

Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy natural peanut butter ideally without salt (*I personally love crunchy for the texture)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Topping:
1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (this helps to incorporate the maple syrup so it doesn’t sink but you can omit ensuring that you blend it well)

Directions:

– Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

– In a medium bowl, stir together all of the chocolate crust ingredients until a moist dough is formed. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan, and place it in the freezer to set (about 10 minutes).

– For the filling, in a bowl, stir together the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt.

– Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the peanut butter filling over the top, using a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer to set.

– For the top layer, combine the cacao/cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup, whisking well to break up any clumps. Once the mixture has become a smooth chocolate sauce, pour it over the peanut butter layer, and return the pan to the freezer to set until firm. This should take about one hour. About 10 minutes into the freezing process, I add a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.

– Once ready, grab the edges of parchment paper to easily lift the solid bar from the pan. Use a sharp knife to slice the bars to your preference.  I dip the knife into hot water to help cut them. Otherwise, they may crack (although, I kinda like that look!)

These can be stored for about two weeks in the fridge. They can also be frozen.

Call To Action ⇒ Make these Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and let me know what you thought?

Roasted Carrot Hummus

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Happiness is …. Spring time!  I’m sure that you’re with me on that, right?

I am sitting in a massive craving for some sun and warmth, and mostly, REST. James and I are off to Los Angeles and Palm Springs in exactly two weeks to do just that. I’m also curious in exploring the L.A Health food scene for both research and inspiration. Even just walking through Whole Foods in the U.S is an experience all in itself since a lot of the products I see online are not available here. So, now I get to try them myself!

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What is bee pollen exactly?

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I’m ready for Spring. Like, ready yesterday!!! How about yourself? I think even my digestive system is confused. Normally, when the weather starts to warm up, I start craving more raw foods but that hasn’t quite happened to me yet. We have been having constant rain in Vancouver and I know that other parts of Canada and the U.S are experiencing boughts of snow. Isn’t that cray-cray?

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Gratitude + Matcha Green Tea Truffles

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I got to tell you, this past week wiped me out. I’ve been getting up at 5am as I had started my study plan for my nutrition certification.  But, then a few things happened this week that presented a bit of a set back. But, I surprised myself this week.

I was surprised that my reaction to these situations were calm and collected. No joke, a couple of years ago, my emotions would have gone off the deep end. The DEEP-END. Crying, moody, disconnected. We’ve all have had those feelings at some point. So, where did I attribute the change to?




GRATITUDE. Straight up, simple gratitude.

In the midst of the week of having those issues, I turned on the national news and saw footage of the recent attacks in Syria.  I was in shock and disbelief. The images, if you haven’t already seen, are haunting.  And, like many, I immediately felt lucky that I live in such a safe country.  I sleep in a warm bed with someone who loves me and who will protect me.  I continued to tap into that feeling for the rest of the week and when another set back happened, I immediately went to that space.

Gratitude is an amazing practice. In my {free} Weekend Stress Detox Program, we go through the importance of this practice and how you can easily incorporate it into your life.  Get the program HERE. Now, onto the recipe!




How surprised are you to see that I have another matcha recipe for you?

Hahaha, I know.  I’m matcha crazy. But, listen, here’s why.

Matcha is crazy good for you. Here are some of the many benefits:

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Peppermint Coconut Butter Matcha Cups

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Have I told you lately that I love and appreciate you reading my posts and making my recipes?  And, I love your commitment to learning about and improving your health and lifestyle.  It’s ahhhh-mazing!

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One of the great things about transitioning into the different seasons is the change in flavours. Besides pumpkin, root vegetables, spice, and apples take centre stage.

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The weather in Vancouver has been crazy gloomy. It has literally (at this point anyways) rained for over 30 days.  No sunlight for 30 days!  So, I’ve been making sure that I’m getting my daily vitamin D and omega fatty acids to make sure that my immune system is still strong despite this shitty weather.

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I’ve been pretty committed about reducing my sugar intake including fruit. I know, we’re always told to eat our fruit because they ARE rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. However, if you have any blood sugar imbalances, watching your sugar intake is critical in balancing them out.

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Let me guess…

Coffee, sugar, caffeinated soda, energy drinks…Am I right?

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I literally did the happy dance when I made this recipe and it worked out and tasted great at the same time. And, then I thought, for a $2.00 can of coconut milk, I will never-ever-EVER have to buy store-bought coconut yoghurt again. Savings – PHEW! But, then I also get to control what I put into the yoghurt. And, as you can see, the ingredients are minimal.

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Hi Friends!

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Coconut Matcha Energy Bites — my absolute favourite.

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie — creamy & satisfying.

Creamy Tropical Matcha Smoothie — perfect for summer.

Pineapple Matcha Sparkling Cocktail — a cocktail with a healthy spin.

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Now, growing your own vegetables isn’t possible for everyone. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t play a big part in ensuring that you’re bringing the best quality ingredients into your home.

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Normally, when we’re travelling, we do like to stay in hotels that may have kitchen’s available and we really, REALLY love Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Resort in Rancho Mirage – isn’t it gorgeous?  We’re now hopping over to The Westin Mission Hills Gold Resort and Spa mostly because I’m curious since I work with a Westin Hotel myself. But, what I love about Westin Hotels is that they are a very health conscious hotel chain with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and lots of health food options that include an array of superfoods and even their own juice bar.

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I’m baaaack!!!!

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Hi Friends!

I’m just loving that Spring is here!  Aren’t you?

I’m sitting at my local coffee shop, sipping on a dairy-free matcha latte with the windows wide open.  I look across the street and see the patios opened up and people soaking up the sun. Everything is green and blooming. Ahhhhhh….

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Happy dance!  It’s Spring! The sun is rising earlier and setting later.  I hear the birds chirping every morning when I get up.  And, the truest sign of Spring in Vancouver are the Cherry Blossoms.

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February 27, 2016

 

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Happy weekend all!

It was a crazy week for me. I’m always is trying to manage my day job with my nutrition studies along with keeping this website up to date with amazing recipes such as this one!  For me, balance is essential but it can often be put on the back burner when I’m stuck in the chaos of life. Do you know what I mean?

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Hi friends!

You’re gonna love this recipe especially if you’re looking for a quick, tasty snack that doesn’t take a lot of effort. But, first, let me tell you the key ingredient in this recipe…

FAT. Yup fat.

This recipe includes one of two fats (or both): coconut oil and/or cacao butter, both raw and organic.  And, trust me, this recipe is super tasty!

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January 23, 2016

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Double Chocolate Orange Smoothie

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Happy weekend!

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Choices Markets: Quick & Easy Coconut Soup // Vegan & Paleo Options

January 17, 2016

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Hi there!

It’s Sunday and I’m jamming on my computer, sipping coffee and working on a whole lot of things for Eat-Life-Balance.com.  For those of you new to my site, I am in the process of obtaining my certification for nutrition.  Part of that process is starting nutritional consultations to fine-tune my skills in providing others (clients) with nutrition and lifestyle support for optimal health.

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Dark Chocolate & Walnut Coconut Flour Banana Bread

January 8, 2016

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The Ultimate Detox Green Juice

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Holy crap these muffins are sooo good!

Don’t like zucchini?  I promise you that you won’t even notice that they are in the muffin.  I swear, I promise!

Sometimes, with super healthy muffins, they can be dry or heavy but not these babies.  These muffins are moist, not too sweet and full of healthy goodness – zucchini! The zucchini is what makes these muffins so moist.  Just be sure that you squeeze as much water out of them so that they cook properly.

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The ULTIMATE Fall Green Smoothie

October 12, 2015

The Ultimate Fall Green Smoothie

(Keep reading as you have a chance to get your hands on a bag of super-greens yourself!)

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Tortilla Wraps – Grain Free // Vegetarian

October 5, 2015

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Almond Acai Berry Clusters – high protein // vegan

September 13, 2015

Almond Acai Berry Clusters

You know that breakfast is my favourite meal. For obvious reasons – it’s fuel for my day.  But, in the same token, it has to be light and easy.

That’s where these Almond Acai Berry Clusters come in.  Protein is essential for energy and to keep me full and sustained.

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Grain Free Granola Clusters (Paleo // Vegan)

August 23, 2015

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Are you on Periscope yet? If you’re not, get the app and link to @eatlifebalance.  It is a real time app and once uploaded, followers only have about 24 hours to watch it.  I’ve been posting how-to recipes, lifestyle advice and general silly musings from my kitchen!  It’s a whole ‘lotta fun and an awesome way to connect with all of you.

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Cashew + Salted Caramel Smoothie Bowl (Dairy Free // Vegan)

August 22, 2015

 

Salted Caramel Bowl

So, have you tried So Delicious’s Cashew Salted Caramel non-dairy ice cream yet? It’s is amazing. It’s sweet, salty and nutty and without dairy!

I decided that this may make a swoon-worthy Cashew + Salted Caramel Smoothie Bowl but made with less sugar.

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AMAZING Basil Hemp Flax Oil Pesto

August 9, 2015

Basil Hemp Flax Oil Pesto

I love me some pesto.  I posted this OMG Kale Pesto last year and it’s still one of my most popular recipes! Thank you for the support 🙂

You are always going to find a big ‘ol bag or container of hemp seeds in my fridge. Yes, I keep them in the fridge to retain their freshness.  In fact, I’m thinking that freezing them will also be an even better idea!  I thought hemp seeds added to a pesto in replacement of pine nuts would work and it does.  Hemp is also loaded with omega fats AND it’s a complete plant-based protein making it good for the body and easy to digest.

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Toasted Coconut Butter

July 26, 2015

Toasted Coconut Butter

 

This is my new addiction.

As is, coconut butter is delicious and super easy to make.

But, then I decided to toast the coconut first and see what happened.

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{GIVE-AWAY} Kale & Hazelnut Pasta with Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains

June 21, 2015

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Earlier in the year, I saw this recipe posted by Christal from NUTRITIONISTintheKITCH featuring Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta.

I just had to get my hands on it.

In the time of grain free, paleo lifestyles (which I do like by the way), I still have to have myself a good bowl ‘o pasta.

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The Perfect Summer Smoothie

June 14, 2015

The Perfect Summer Smoothie

And it is. It really is the perfect summer smoothie.

I’m a green smoothie junkie.  Hop on over to my recipes page and take a look at all the smoothies I have produced all these years.

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Strawberry Bliss Bars (gluten free, vegan)

June 6, 2015

Strawberry Bliss Bars

These are “berry-berry awesome!”. No, they really are.

These Strawberry Bliss Bars are:

– creamy
– slightly sweet
– dairy free
– vegan
– gluten free

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Banana Bread Protein Bites

May 9, 2015

Banana Bread Protein Bites

When I make treats, I always have my husband in mind.  He likes anything sweet and if I can make it healthy, even better!  Since he’s so active, it’s always ideal if it’s something quick and that he can easily snack on.  That’s why these Banana Bread Protein Bites are perfect.

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Spring Inspiration: Savoury Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Muffins (dairy & gluten free)

May 2, 2015

Savoury Muffins

My husband, James, loves a good scone. They’re not so healthy but they taste damn good.

I think my desire for a savoury muffin came from the change in the season.  Spring is in bloom in Vancouver and we’re starting see fresh produce. I love it!

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{VIDEO} Raw Vanilla Lemon Bars

April 4, 2015

Raw Lemon Bars

I love lemons!  Who doesn’t, right? They’re bright, tangy and bursting with flavour.

They are also the epitome of Spring in my eyes.  Even though I start every morning with the squeeze of a lemon in my water, I’m especially drawn to the flavours as we get closer and closer to warmer weather.

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Chocolate Banana Nut Butter Cups

March 7, 2015

Chocolate Banana NB Cups

I made these Chocolate Banana Nut Butter Cups for my sweetie, James.  These are actually a bit of a switch up from the Protein Peanut Butter Cups that I posted when I first started my blog 5 years ago.  James loves them!  So, imagine when I revise them and do two things to really impress him:

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Healthy Eating in the Workplace + 12 Healthy & Simple Take-Away Lunches

February 28, 2015

12 Healthy & Simple Takeaway Lunches

March is nutrition month!  What a great initiative to help educate our community about how to eat and enjoy healthy food for a whole 30 days. I was recently asked by Choices Markets, Western Canada’s largest retailer of natural and organic food, to talk with my readers about how healthy eating in the workplace is possible. And, I thought I would also share 12 Healthy & Simple Take-Away Lunches.

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Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

February 15, 2015

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

I don’t quite understand why it took me so long to invest in a slow cooker.  I mean, I talk about balance all the time and what better way to simplify than with a slow cooker. You just simply toss all ingredients into the crockpot, set for 8 hours and away you go!

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Sexy Mood Boosting Chocolate

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Check out my Sexy Mood-Boosting Chocolate Recipe on the AHAALiving.com site.

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Mint Chip Smoothie

February 9, 2015

 

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There is one cup of spinach in this smoothie.  I managed to get my husband to slurp this up without a whimper about the greenness of the flavours.  It’s not that he hates greens (spinach actually is his favourite salad green), he’s just opposed to it in his smoothies.

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Healthy Tempeh Chili Mac

January 24, 2015

Healthy Tempeh Chili Mac

There’s nothing like a hearty Sunday night pasta.  I also think that pasta sauces are the only meals that I like as leftovers since they just get better and better each passing day.  It allows for those flavours to mingle!

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Cauliflower “Rice” Black Bean Bowl with Avocado Smash

January 3, 2015

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Happy New Year!

Are you happy it’s a new year?  I know that I walk into every new year with both excitement and apprehension.

I’ll be honest with you.  The level of stress that I was feeling leading up to the holidays was overwhelming. Working a full time job, studying nutrition at night, keeping my website up to date and about 8 months ago, I became an wellness consultant and educator with doTERRA. Sometimes I think, “have I bitten off more than I can chew?”.  Probably. Do you ever get that way?

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{VIDEO} Acai Berry & Avocado Smoothie Bowl

November 29, 2014

In this new episode of Eat-Life-BalanceTV, I’m showing you how to make my favourite breakfast / snack. My Acai Berry & Avocado Smoothie Bowl. And, don’t worry if you don’t have access to Acai Berry. I’ll give you a few alternatives. PLUS, I’m also showing you a few ways you can amp up the nutrients with a few of my favourite super foods!

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal

November 12, 2014

Click here to be redirected to my latest post on AAHALiving.com to grab the recipe for this Caramel Apple Oatmeal.

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NO-BAKE VEGAN CHOCO-FUDGE BARS

October 31, 2014

 

Vegan Choc Fudge Bars

If I can steal from Erin Ireland, these are “to die for”!  I wanted to call them “chocolate pudding bars” (because the topping does actually taste like pudd’n) but the hubby didn’t like it.  Sigh. So, fudge it is!

These No Bake Vegan Choco-Bars are so easy to make. In fact, all of my bars and balls (he he!) are.  These Goji Hazelnut Cacao Protein Bites are easy.  Oh my! These Mint Chip and Wild Orange Coconut Macaroons are also made in a SNAP! And, these Raw Lemon Protein Balls are the bomb-diggity!

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I’ve been in love with cacao for years.  What makes it special? High in magnesium, naturally caffeinated and unprocessed.  Don’t get it confused with cocoa peeps.  It’s not the same.  Cocoa is highly processed and lacks the nutritional benefits that cacao has.  Geez, I even made a video about cacao!

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Now, let’s get started on these bars!

NO-BAKE VEGAN CHOCO-FUDGE BARS

INGREDIENTS

Makes 12 bars

Bottom layer
3/4 cup dates
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup pecans
2 tbsp cocoa nibs

Fudge topping
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup raw pecans or cashews

Method

1) Soak chia seeds in a bowl with 8 tbsp of water and leave aside. Place all the base layer ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined and sticking together. Press the mixture into the bottom of an inch-deep tray that is lined (not necessary but easier to cut!)

2) Place all the topping ingredients in the processor with the chia seeds and blend until smooth. Taste the mixture.  I only added 2 tablespoons of maple syrup but you may want more. Remember: sweeter is not always better!

3) With a tablespoon or a spatula, smear on top of the base layer, then put the tray in the freezer for at least an hour. Cut into portions.

4) You can store the bars in the fridge (lasts about 1 week) or store in freezer if you’ve done a big batch.

Question – do you make your own granola bars? Inspire me with your favourite flavours in the comments below! 

Beet Berry Coconut Creme Smoothie

October 19, 2014

I know what you must be thinking – beets in a smoothie? Trust me when I say that, not only is this a nutrient dense smoothie, it is also sweet, tart and tastes amazing!

Beets are in full swing this fall and it’s one of my favourite root vegetables. Naturally sweet, beets are high in antioxidants like immune-boosting vitamin C, which is critical during cold and flu season. Make ahead tip: grab some beets, chop into quarters and roast covered in a 375-degree oven for 1 hour. Once cooled, peel and freeze.

Raspberries are also high in antioxidants and you may be surprised to hear that one cup of fresh raspberries contains about 1.5 g of protein! They are also lower in sugar and high in fiber, making it helpful when trying to watch your weight.

Ingredients:

1 can of organic coconut milk (full fat or light)
3/4 cup of frozen raspberries
1 small red beet (use the frozen beets or you can use a raw beet chopped into small pieces)
1 banana
1 tsp. organic coconut flakes and a little extra for garnishing

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Check out my Beet Berry Coconut Creme Smoothie on the AAHA Living website

 

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Decadent Dairy Free Caramel

Decadent Dairy Free Caramel

 

Oh ya!  How the heck to you make Decadent Dairy Free Caramel?  Dates baby!  So, it’s actually a date paste that you can use to sweeten up smoothies, add to baking, or spread on some apple slices.  If you want to zip it up, add some sea salt and you’ve got yourself some salted caramel or add a little vanilla to add more depth of flavour.  If you want caramel , add more water to drizzle on top of dairy free coconut milk ice cream.

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Spiced Ginger Pear Smoothie

Spiced Ginger Pear Smoothie

Here’s what may surprise you about this Spiced Ginger Pear Smoothie.  You can actually serve it warm if you want to.  I mean, why the heck not?

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Easy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

October 11, 2014

Baked Cinnamon Apply Chips

No dehydrator required.  Yessss!!!!

But this is a recipe that you will need to stick around the house for as it can take about 1.5 – 2 hours to make.  But, ohhhhhh, the rewards. These Easy Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips are crunchy, sweet and highly nutritious.  I made two trays and I ate them both within two days. Hey, they’re guilt-free remember.

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{VIDEO} Cinnamon Toast Green Smoothie

October 5, 2014

Cinnamon Toast Green Smoothie

You have no excuses with this Cinnamon Toast Green Smoothie!  In under 2 minutes, in this video I show you with just a few simple ingredients, how you can put together a nutritious, simple and flavourful meal.

You can amp this baby up with a few of my favourite add-ons:

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Gluten-Free Chunky Monkey Oatmeal

September 28, 2014

GF Chunky Monkey Oatmeal

I’ve been off the “grain-train” for some time now. What that means really, is that I’ve reduced my grain intact quite dramatically this past year.  I’ve been dealing with some inflammation in my joints and upon some research, I’ve tested out reducing my intake to see if that would help. Well, it did.  Some of those grains have include brown rice, quinoa, millet and oats.

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Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Mylk

Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Mylk

Don’t hate me for bringing this luxurious recipe into your life.  I came across an Instagram pic from superfood guru Julie Morris that inspired me.  Warmed chocolate nut milk with cinnamon, black pepper and my favourite superfood, maca!  I want to be her with a little bit of my other idol, Kimberly Snyder.  There.  I’ve just put that out into the universe! It’s going to happen now, right?

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Mint Chip & Wild Orange Coconut Protein Macaroons

September 1, 2014

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Ohhhhhh, yes!  How much fun is this going to be?  I love anything coconut and I particularly love the healthy fats that come along with it.  These macaroons are an awesome snack, totally kid-friendly but keep in mind, they do need to be refrigerated.

But, both these recipes have a special kick: doTERRA certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils (don’t worry, I do give you the recipe without the oils too).

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{VIDEO} OMG Kale Pesto (dairy free)

August 24, 2014

Title-OMG Kale Pesto

Oh my God is right!  Actually, you’ll be surprised to hear that I am not the biggest kale lover.  Let’s be real here.  You gotta know how to pick them and how to use it.  I’m sure we’ve all picked up a bunch of kale before and realized after cooking, it was tough, stringy and bitter.

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Goji Hazelnut Cacao Protein Bites

August 4, 2014

Title-Gojo Berry Bites

Recently on the blog, I’ve been talking about some of the hormonal imbalances I have been dealing with recently.  Here’s the thing:  hormonal imbalances and even symptoms of PMS (which are a result of hormonal imbalances) are an indicator that something is just not right.  What is also important to note, these symptoms, if not rectified now, could lead to issues later on in life.  For example, extreme symptoms of menopause.

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Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Muffins

July 12, 2014

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These Lemon Blueberry Chia Seed Muffins are perfect for breakfast – fruit, complex carbohydrates, protein and omega fatty acids to keep you fuelled all morning!  Blueberries are starting to come into season and I’m stocking up!  I buy fresh, local berries and freeze as much as my freezer can handle!

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Raw Lemon Protein Bites

June 15, 2014

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You may have noticed that I have been on a homemade protein / energy bite kick!  I couldn’t get enough of these Coconut Matcha Protein Bites that I made a few weeks back.

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Maca Crunch Energy Bites

June 14, 2014

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There is nothing better than a homemade energy or protein bite.  I could not stop eating these Coconut Matcha Protein Bites that tasted like creamy, white chocolate. But, there is no dairy in them! I actually made two batches in a one week period. Yum!

And, then there was the Raw Lemon Protein Bites.  Perfect.Snack.Ever!

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Pineapple Matcha Sparkling Cocktail

June 4, 2014

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Yup! I made a cocktail with matcha.  I mean, come on – you can get your cocktail on while reaping the tremendous benefits of matcha.

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Coconut Matcha Protein Bites

May 25, 2014

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If you haven’t already guessed it, I love matcha!  From this Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie and this Energizing Smoothie to the Vanilla Matcha Lattes I brew at home – I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

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Raw Coconut Banana Cream Tartlets ~ dairy free // vegan // grain-free

May 18, 2014

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You shouldn’t be intimidated by raw foods in any form.  I won’t lie.  Some raw foods can be time intensive and utilize a lot of ingredients but not this one!

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3 Ingredient Coconut Berry Mousse ~ Dairy Free

May 10, 2014

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I nailed this recipe. For a second, I thought it wouldn’t happen but it did and it’s delicious!  If you are looking for an easy dessert, this is it.  This 3 Ingredient Coconut Berry Mousse is dairy free and gluten free.

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Crunchy Maple Nut Granola (or Trail Mix) ~ Grain free

May 3, 2014

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I’m a granola fanatic. Actually, you might even call this a trail mix since there are no oats involved in the making of this recipe  So, it could meet both your breakfast and your snack needs!

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Superfood Thumbprint Cookies – Paleo // Gluten Free

April 26, 2014

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I’ve been trying to come up with a recipe that uses coconut flour for a while now.  That damn flour, as nutritious as it is, it’s pretty darn hard to work with.  The key, after many attempts, is the complementary flours you put with it.  In this case, almond and arrowroot flours.  If you are omitting grains in your diet, this is your cookie!

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ELB Detox & Glow Smoothie

April 13, 2014

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I think we’re all in agreement that the best way to incorporate greens into your diet is through smoothies and juices. Juicing, in particular, was such a game changer for me – that instant impact of vitamins and minerals to my system! Immediate benefits include improved energy, skin, and improved digestion (including regular bowel movements).  You’ll find a plethora (yes, pleth-ora) of smoothie recipes right here.

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Cheesy Chipotle Kale Chips

April 12, 2014

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I’m on a bit of a chipotle kick lately. And then Spring has come around and the produce is getting better and fresher.  So, when I purchase two bunches of kale for $2, I just knew Cheesy Chipotle Kale Chips needed to happen.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars – high protein, grain free, no bake!

April 5, 2014

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I think I may have concocted the best granola bars ever!  I know, that’s a big statement but these Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars – high protein, grain free, no bake! really are great.  My husband just loves his peanut butter.  I’ve tried to switch him over to almond butter for a change but he won’t have it.  These are made with peanut butter but feel free to switch it over to another nut butter or seed butter if you are not into peanuts.

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Coconut Banana Berry Breakfast Bake

March 29, 2014

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I had to shorten the title to this recipe twice. It is actually a Coconut Banana Berry Almond Breakfast Oatmeal Bake!  But, that’s just crazy.  I love oatmeal and I prefer either whole or steel cut oats but they do take some time to make every morning. So instead, I decided to bake it, slice it up and either eat room temperature or slightly heated.  This is a delicious bake by the way!

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Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

March 23, 2014

Diary Free Ranch Dressing

Oh those creamy, bottled, grocery store dressings. You make eating salads much more enjoyable but you’re full of artificial flavours, unhealthy oils and your not good for my heart or my gut.

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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Crema

March 6, 2014

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I love Mexican-inspired foods.  So much flavour!  I saw this recipe in VegNews for Quinoa Nachos but decided to make a “cleaner” version omitting the fried tortilla chips and going with a leafy lettuce.  So, I came up with these Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Crema.

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Banana Split Smoothie

March 2, 2014

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When was the last time you had a banana split?  I’ve been living dairy free for years now and a big scoop of ice-cream is a no-go. Booooo!

Ahhhhh, but hold up.  I’m the queen of smoothies (in my household at least) and look what I made – a Banana Split Smoothie complete with nuts, cherries, and chocolate.  And, it’s healthy.

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