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Valentine’s Day Beet Fudge (AIP/Vegan)

img_8917Here’s a healthy alternative to the usual chocolate and sweets overload that many of us experience on Valentine’s Day. Whether you spending it stag, with friends, or with a significant other, this is an easy and and tummy-friendly recipe!

The recipe calls for a secret ingredient- beets! What, vegetables in my dessert?! Yes! Beets are naturally quite sweet so they play perfectly into many dessert recipes. Beetsย are loaded with vitamin C, folate, betaine for inflammation. They increase nitric oxide which can help with exercise and brain function (my senior thesis in college was actually all about beet juice and exercise!) and they also contain nutrients to help your heart, immune system, detox systems, and boost iron levels. Talk about a super food!

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Valentine’s Day Beet Fudgeย 

Ingredients:

1 medium-large beet, cooked* and chopped (about 3/4-1 cup)

1/2 cup fresh cut strawberries or raspberries

1/2 cup melted coconut butter

2 tbs. melted coconut oil

2 tbs. maple syrup (you can add more for increased sweetness)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

chocolate chips (optional)

shredded coconut (optional)

*Cook your beets however you like- boil, steam, bake. My favorite way is to wrap them in tinfoil (skin on), poke a few holes and cook at 450F for 1-1/5 hours, until soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool slightly and the skin should peel right off.

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor, except the chocolate chips and coconut. If you have fudge molds, you can pour batter into there OR spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet or dish. Since it’s fudge, you can make it as thin or thick as you like, I suggest somewhere between 1/4-1 inch thick.

Sprinkle your toppings on, pressing them slightly into the fudge to make sure they stick.

Freeze for at least 2 hours before cutting or breaking up into desired shapes and sizes. Serve immediately (this melts fast) or keep stored in the freezer.

Alternatively, you can melt chocolate and drizzle it on top of fudge pieces when ready to serve.

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Amazing Paleo Brownies: Nut-free, Seed-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-Free

Before I begin, I’d like to let everyone know that May is Lyme Disease awareness month. So PLEASE do your research and get educated, spread the word about the cause and support that Lymies need, and realize that just because someone doesn’t look sick from the outside doesn’t mean they aren’t.

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It’s been finals week. TESTS TESTS TESTS. These babies are what have been getting me through! I’ve got another batch in the oven right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These aren’t super sweet, but they are chocolatey and hit the spot perfectly. They aren’t that gross, omg SUGAR filled, I’m going to feel sick later type of brownie. They satisfy the chocolate craving without making your stomach want to explode.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted

1/4 cup sweet potato flour, sifted (if you don’t have sweet potato flour you can use more coconut flour)

2 tbs. cocoa powder, sifted

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 scant tablespoon of cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

4 eggs at room temperature

2 tbs. coconut oil melted

3 heaping tablespoons applesauce

2 blocks of melted unsweetened baker’s chocolate

3 tbs. honey

1/3 cup boiling hot water or warmed milk of your choice

This is the baker’s chocolate I use (just cocoa, no sugar!)

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Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk in eggs. Add rest of the wet ingredients, adding the water/milk last after mixing everything else in.

Non-stickify a 9×9 glass baking dish. Pour batter in and cook for about 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely, and if possible wait over night before cutting into them (ha, yeah, as if!). Store in an airtight container or in the freezer. They actually taste great if stored in the freezer then zapped in the microwave for 30 seconds. Top with whatever you desire (fresh berries, almond butter, bananas, chocolate chips, you get the drift).

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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