Brownies…indulging never tasted so good! Black beans, avocado, coconut brown sugar…🤩😍

Jodi’s Secret Ingredient Black Bean Brownies
Grain free, Dairy free, Gluten Free
Happily serves 12-15

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Egg Replacer
2 Cups Cooked Black beans
One Avocado
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 TBSP Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Coconut Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Raw Cacao
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Baking powder
Dash of Cinnamon
5-8 Drops of Chocolate stevia

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone or mini muffin pan (w/spray coconut oil)
Mix egg replacer, black beans, avocado, coconut oil, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.
Add Cacao, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and chocolate stevia and mix again until smooth.

Batter needs to be stick to be fudgy if you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk or TBSP of coconut oil.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Tips:
The food processor is best.
Brownies are best cold.
Can be stored in the fridge for 3 days or frozen for 2 weeks
Also tastes good raw, no need to bake if you are in a hurry.

Jodi’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies! Dairy free! Grain/Gluten Free!

Jodi’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Grain/Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan
Happily serves 12-15

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Egg Replacer (or 1 egg)
2 Cups Cooked Black beans
One Avocado (or 1/2-3/4 Cup coconut oil)
1 TBSP Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
2/3 Cup Raw Cacao or Carob
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Baking powder
Optional: 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone or mini muffin pan (spray coconut oil)
Mix flax egg, black beans, avocado or oil, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.
Add the Cacao, baking soda, baking powder and mix again until smooth.

Batter needs to be stick to be fudgy if you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk or tsp coconut oil.
Fold in the chocolate chips spread in the pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Tips:
The food processor is best, blends and hides the consistency of the beans.
Brownies are best cold.
Can be stored in the fridge or frozen.
Also tastes good raw, no need to bake if you are in a hurry.

Chocolate Class! How to make chocolate healthy!

Chocolate….we all love it, might as well figure out how to make it healthy so we can enjoy it without Guilt! Just a few things we sampled and made today! Most of these products I got from Sprouts and Natural Grocers.

Purple Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Purple Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Paleo Nut Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP Maple Butter
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Soak Date about 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 15 mins or until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook, the less nutrients you’ll lose.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.

Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together. (Important step!!)

Jodi’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Grain free, Dairy free, Gluten Free, Vegan
Happily serves 12-15

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Egg Replacer (or 1 egg)
2 Cups Cooked Black beans
One Avocado (or 1/2-3/4 Cup coconut oil)
1 TBSP Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
2/3 Cup Raw Cacao or Carob
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1/4 tsp Baking powder
Optional: 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease an 8 x 8″ baking stone or mini muffin pan (spray coconut oil)
Mix flax egg, black beans, avocado or oil, vanilla and sugar in the food processor until smooth.
Add the Cacao, baking soda, baking powder and mix again until smooth.

Batter needs to be stick to be fudgy if you want it thinner add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk or tsp coconut oil.
Fold in the chocolate chips spread in the pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Tips:
The food processor is best, blends and hides the consistency of the beans.
Brownies are best cold.  Can be stored in the fridge or frozen.
Also tastes good raw, no need to bake if you are in a hurry.

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao

Chocolate Cooking Class info & Recipes

Cooking Class 2.12.2017
Chocolate Info

Cacao can fuel energy and mood. It is an excellent source of fiber good source of protein and iron. It is high in antioxidants and polyphenols. A half half a cup of raw organic cocoa powder has 110 cal, 2 g of fat 16 carbohydrates, 10 of which is dietary fiber. It contains 8 g of protein and will give you 10% of the iron you need for your daily requirements. It is considered a stimulant and should be eaten occasionally not every day.

Cocoa beans are the fermented seeds of the cacao tree. The fruit of the cocoa tree is a pod full of sweet pulp enfolding a cluster of about 20-40 cacao seeds. Cocoa refers to the low-fat constituent of the finely ground cacao beans. These ground beans, known as cocoa liquor or cocoa mass, also contains cocoa butter which is a non-dairy, naturally occurring fat. Cocoa butter is a mixture of monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and saturated fats, namely stearic acid and palmitic acid. About 50-60% of cocoa liquor consists of cocoa butter.

Cacao bark, butter and flowers have also been valued since ancient times for treating various diseases like skin ailments, bowel malfunction and wounds. Cocoa has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Health benefits include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative diseases. It helps to improve cardiovascular health and brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency.

Commercially available chocolates and cocoa-products may not be rich in the original beneficial flavonols since their properties get destroyed by over-processing and heat. In order to obtain the benefits of cocoa, it is important to consume the correct source of cocoa. Milk/dairy blocks the absorption of the antioxidants in chocolate, so be sure to check the labels!

Antioxidant Capacity: Studies have shown it is evident that cocoa exhibits higher antioxidant activity than against green and black tea, and red wine. Antioxidants helps to neutralize the oxygen-based free radicals that are present in the body. Cacao is abundant in phenolic phytochemicals and possesses a high amount of flavonoids as well.

Of course, everything in moderation!

 

 

Jodi’s Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, GF, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 medium Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa or Almond Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP maple Syrup (Grade B) or Coconut netar
Pinch of sea salt

Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 20 mins until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Place on Parchment paper lined baking dish and bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.
Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together, very important step!!

Tip: If you don’t use raw cacao powder, you cause conventional cocoa powder but you will need to double the quantity.

 

 

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao
Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Dairy Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
2 TBSP Collagen Powder
2 oz Coconut milk
2 oz Cold brew (optional)
4-6 oz Chai Tea or water
Dash of cinnamon
Stevia Powder if desired sweeter
Ice

Blend all ingredients in bullet/blender, transfer to shaker bottle.

Cacao Mint Mojito Mousse

Cacao Mint Avocado Mousse
Vegan, GF, Paleo
Happily Serves 4-8

All Organic Ingredients
3 Avocados
1/2 cup coconut Nectar
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup fresh mint, stems off
1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
Lime juice to equal 3/4 cup plus zest
Optional: 1/2 cup Raw Cacao and stevia to sweetness desired

Place pitted avocado in food processor, blend well.
Add coconut oil, lime juice, vanilla, sea salt, coconut nectar, and add Mint leaves. Blend well.
Put in the freezer for 30 mints for a frosty treat.

Can change the taste of this by omitting the mint or the cacao to change things up a bit depending on cravings.

Cacao Avocado Mousse

chocolate mousse

Cacao Avocado Mousse

Gluten Free, Vegan

Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

3 Avocados

1/3 Cup Coconut nectar

1/2 Cup Raw cacao
1 tsp ground cinnamon

dash of allspice (optional)
2 vanilla beans, split and seeded
1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Stevia drops if desired sweeter

Mash all ingredients together and enjoy!

Optional to add nut milk to thin out consistency.

Fresh mint leaf for garnish or chopped for added flavor
The Cacao is antioxidant rich, high in flavonoids, which are essential to a healthy cardiovascular system.  Cacao provides a natural form of iron for a natural energy boost.

The avocado provides heart healthy monounsaturated fats as well as a good amount of vitamin B5 and Vitamin K.  Avocados are known for promoting heart health, regulating blood sugar and are believed to potentially offer anti-cancer benefits, specifically when it comes to cancer of the mouth, skin and prostate gland. Avocados are very alkalizing to the body.