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{VIDEO} Raw Vanilla Lemon Bars

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

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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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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NO-BAKE VEGAN CHOCO-FUDGE BARS

 

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! 

Honey & Lemon Immunity Serum

Honey & Lemon Immunity Serum

Suffering from allergies, a cold or a flu or just general low immunity?  Well, help is on the way people!

I’m happy to report that beyond my regular “check-up” from the doctor, I haven’t been to the doctor in years.   So proud of me!!

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Mint Chip & Wild Orange Coconut Protein Macaroons

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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)

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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Raw Lemon Protein Bites

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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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Our Top Beauty Obsessions

Top Beauty Obsessions

Did you know that proper nutrition can lead to glowing, healthy skin?  We get so trapped into the advertising telling us that certain commercial products will dramatically add years to our skin.  However, it is proven that an effective anti aging and healthy skin program includes a diet primarily full of micronutrients and antioxidants including vitamin’s C and E, beta-carotene, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and of course, water (and lots of it).

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Coconut Matcha Protein Bites

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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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