dessert

Keto Cinnamon PB Cup

Chocolate and peanut butter are at the top of my list for favorite combos. This time of year it is nice to have a sweet treat that doesn’t spike your blood sugar. I created these little fat bombs to be enjoyed any time of day. They are perfect for an afternoon pick up me up with a cup of chai or coffee. The cinnamon is a lovely, unexpected addition.

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For the chocolate:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate (I used Trader Joe’s 100% chocolate bar)

  • 2 T Cacao Magic or Cocao Powder (use code bodybliss15)

  • 7 drops Stevia (I used Sweet Leaf Vanilla Cream)

  • pinch of salt

In a double boiler or a glass bowl over a saucepan of water, combine the chocolate, coconut oil and cacao powder. Stir until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in stevia and salt. Line a mini cupcake pan with 10 cupcake liners and spoon half the chocolate into the cups. Place in freezer for 2 minutes (do not let freeze solid)

PB Center:

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter or other nut butter of choice

  • 1 T coconut flour

  • 10 drops Stevia

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Remove the chocolate from the freezer and scoop the peanut butter into each cup. Top the peanut butter with remaining chocolate. At this point you can top the cups with salt, hemp seeds or cacao nibs. Place the cups back in the freezer for 20 minutes. Store in freezer and enjoy as you please.

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Cinnamon Pecan Frozen Coffee

I love coffee! I love the way it smells, the way it tastes and what it means to me. No, but really... I have at least 4 different ways to make coffee in my house. Living in Italy transformed my relationship with coffee from a sleep over every once in a while to a full fledged committed relationship. Though some would say I am not a TRUE coffee drinker because I often drink decaf, I beg to differ. Coffee was a part of my every day ritual in Italy. I would go to the same cafe, where they quickly learned my name, and as soon as I would walk in the door they would look up and say "ciao, vorrai un cappuccino decafinato?" (would you like a decaf cappuccino?) and with a giant smile on my face I would reply "si, grazie mile." Many hours were spent laughing with friends, learning Italian and creating memories in that cafe. Even thinking of it now brings tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. 

Flash forward a few years with long work hours and a busy schedule. I noticed that coffee with cream was no longer working for me. I was getting jittering and anxious after drinking it and would crash a few hours later. It wasn't until I discovered adding adaptogens and fat to my lattes that I was able to have a cup every day or at least a few times a week. I no longer get the jitters or feel anxious as I am fueling my body with herbs that are helping it to adapt to stress as well as fat that keeps the caffeine from hitting my blood stream so harshly. 

One of my favorite coffee companies is Chameleon Cold Brew. Cold brew is great because it is less acidic and has a deep and smooth flavor. Of all the brands I've tried, this one has the best flavor, is organic and is ran by people who are truly passionate about sustainable and organic coffee.  I love to heat it up over the stove in the morning with a bit of homemade nut milk and then add it to my blender with ghee, adaptogens and spices. Its the perfect start to the day. Now that the weather is heating up, I enjoy a cold coffee mid morning or early afternoon. I created this Cinnamon Pecan Frozen coffee. It is slightly sweet and completely delicious. I used Astragalus for lung and immune support, cordyceps for an extra energy boost and endurance and reishi for adrenal and nervous system support. Tocos is great to add to any coffee drink as it is a bio-available form of vitamin E and adds a delicious creaminess. You could certainly leave the adaptogens and tocos out (but, like why?). It's the perfect addition to a hot summer day.

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Combine everything in a high speed blender and blend on high for 30 seconds to a minute. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy in the sunshine. 

Creamy Blackberry Nicecream

Now that the weather is starting to heat up, I crave something cool mid-day or after dinner. Dairy ice cream is usually not my friend and I try not to keep ice cream (dairy or not) around because I end up eating it and then not feeling so great. One of my favorite summer treats to make is nicecream. Nice cream is a banana based frozen treat that you can make super simple or add superfoods, fruits, nut butters, etc to make it extra creamy and delicious. 

The other night I was craving something sweet and pulled a few things out of the freezer. What came from it was a super creamy, super delicious "ice cream" that will now be a staple for the coming summer months. The trick to making this super delicious is waiting until you bananas are very ripe (not completely brown, but lots of brown spots) before freezing. Not only will it make it sweeter, but the starches in the banana break down more the riper the banana gets allowing it to cream up more easily. 

  • 3-4 very ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries (you could also play with other berries)
  • 1 T cashew butter (I use Artisana)
  • splash of nut milk
  • pinch of salt

Combine everything, except the milk in a high speed blender. You will need the stopper for this. I use the "frozen dessert" setting on my vitamix. Use the stopper to push the ingredients into the blender. If needed, add a splash of milk, but not too much or it will become too runny. Continue to blend until creamy. Scoop into a glass container and freeze for 20-30 minutes before serving. If you're feeling extra, you can make my Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies and make a nicecream sandwich. 

 

 

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Cacao Magic No-Bake Cookies

One of my favorite childhood treats was chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies. They were one of the few treats my papa would make. My favorite part was licking the pot while they set in the freezer. I haven't had them in years because I don't really eat like that anymore. When my husband asked for cookies the other night when it was 85 degrees and roasting in our house, I was like "um, there is no way I am using the oven." I remembered these delicious cookies and thought to myself, "I could totally make an upgraded, healthier version." You can use regular cacao powder in place of the Cacao Magic, but the cacao nibs add an extra delicious crunch as well as protein (each serving of cacao magic has 10 g of plant based protein) and superfoods. The cold brew adds an amazing element of flavor, but can also be omitted. 

Ingredients:

In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut sugar. Stir to combine and add cacao powder and cold brew. Once everything is melted and combined, remove from heat. Fold in the oats. With a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop cookies onto a lined cookie sheet. Press down on the tops to flatted into a disk shape. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Devour with zero guild because you're eating superfoods and protein :)

Makes 10 cookies.

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Blueberry Lemon Cookie Bars with Coconut Butter Matcha Drizzle

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A few Saturday's ago I went to my friend Lauren's (founder of Mizuba Tea Co.) house to play with matcha and coconut butter. From this was born a delicious, refined sugar free, gluten free blueberry lemon cookie bar with a matcha coconut butter drizzle. *Queue drooling*

These little bars go together quite quickly and are filled with antioxidants from the blueberries and matcha, all the good fats and whole grains. 

Cookie Layer:

  • 1 cup GF oat flour
  • 1 cup GF oats
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter (I used Artisana)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 T ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven at 375.

To make oat flour put oats into a high speed blender or food processor and process until it resembles flour. Place all the ingredients in a bowl. I found the best way to melt the coconut butter was to fill a large bowl with boiling water and sit the jar in it for about 20 minutes. It will get delicious and melty. Line a 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment and grease. Press the cookie crust into the pan with clean hands. 

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Blueberry Lemon Filling:

  • 1 cup frozen of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • zest and juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Pour blueberry mixture onto crust and set aside. 

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Cookie Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T coconut sugar
  • pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. With your fingers, mix the coconut oil into the flour until it resembles peas. Sprinkle the topping on top of the blueberries. Place in the oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown. Let cool while you make the matcha coconut butter drizzle.

Drizzle:

Combine 1/4 cup melted coconut butter and 2 tsp culinary matcha. With a spoon drizzle, generously, over the cookie bars. 

Remove the bars from the pan by pulling at the sides of the parchment. Slice into squares and serve with tea or coffee. 

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Vegan Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

I'm a big fan of treats that satisfy my sweet tooth but also nourish my body. This past weekend I was craving cheesecake but didn't want all the sugar and dairy. These bars are so incredibly delicious. They are just sweet enough with the perfect tartness. I could easily eat one of these every day (I may or may not have since I've made them...). The blueberry cardamom variation is equally as delicious with a lovely floral note from the cardamom. Either way you can't go wrong. 

Crust:

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  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and pulse until the mixture is combined and resembles course sand. Pour into a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Line a bread pan with parchment. Pour the crust into the pan and use a spatula to spread evenly. Place in the freezer.

"Cheesecake" filling:

  • 1 cup soaked and drained cashews
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch os salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 T The Philosophie Berry Bliss (optional-use code BODYBLISS15 for a discount)

Combine all ingredients but the raspberries and Philosophie Superfood Powder into a high speed blender or food processor and blend on high until creamy (30 seconds to a minute). Remove the crust from the freezer and pour half the batter over the crust. Pour the raspberries into the remaining filling and blend until combined. Pour remaining mixture over the white layer. You may choose to swirl at this point. To do this use a knife and zig sag back and forth until you reach the desired patter. Place the pan into the freezer and freeze for 1 to 2 hours until set.

The serve, run a knife around the edges, remove with the tabs from the parchment and slice into squares. Store in an airtight container in your freezer. Remove from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before eating.

Blueberry Cardamom Variation:

To make the blueberry cardamom version, sub frozen blueberries for raspberries, only use the juice from 1 lemon and add 1/4 tsp ground cardamom. 

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding

Something you should know about me: I am obsessed with pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice scented candles. As soon as the cool weather hits and the leaves start to change, I am in the kitchen using as much of the orange stuff as I can. Last night, I threw together this super quick and delicious chia seed pudding. It is loaded with adaptogens, superfoods and good fats. Happy Pumpkin Season and stay tuned for more pumpkin-y goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nut milk (I used homemade coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 T chia seeds
  • 3 T pumpkin puree
  • 1 T maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 T The Philosophie Cacao Magic
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • pinch of ground clove
  • pinch of sea salt

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Using a whisk, whisk until completely smooth. Pour into two 8 ox jars, cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours to overnight. I topped with homemade apple butter, cacao nibs, pine pollen and pepitas. 

Note: Use code "bodybliss" when ordering from The Philosophie to receive 15% off your order.