Delicious "Healthy" Chocolate Bar Recipe (vegan)

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Halloween just passed and I was so proud when I didn’t eat any of the mini chocolate bars and sweets. I made the choice weeks in advance that I couldn’t eat even one because if I eat one, I’ll eat 5 bags (I’m not exaggerating). So, to help satisfy my craving, I created a healthier version. These sweet treats have lots of healthy fats, chocolate and sweetened only with natural sweeteners. I’ve also made you all a video demonstrating how easy they are to create. I hope you take a look and give these sweet treats a try. Be sure to let me know if you do and if you like them.

Healthy Chocolate Bars (Vegan)

Makes: 20

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ingredients:

Nougat
Caramel Filling
Chocolate Goodness

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the nougat ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Due to the natural oils in many nut butters the consistency can vary. You want the nougat to move but stay formed when stirred. Add more coconut flour if needed.
  2. Place this on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread out roughly 1/4-1/2 inch thick and 30 cm long. (see more in my YouTube video).
  3. Place this in the freezer while you work on the caramel filling.
  4. Add all the caramel filling ingredients in a blender and whip well till it's blending smooth.
  5. Then spread this mixture evenly over the nougat and place back in the freezer to set over night. 
  6. Cut them into 20 pieces when they are set and ready to be dipped into the chocolate. 
  7. Melt the chocolate and oil in a sauce pan on low. 
  8. Dip each piece into the chocolate and surround it with the chocolate. Leave it to set on the pan and place it back into the freezer to set. 
  9. If you'd like to enjoy them the same day, you can just drizzle the chocolate on top of the entire batch before you cut them. They will be a bit gooey inside but they're also still very yummy! 
  10. I store mine in the freezer although you could also keep them in the fridge.  With the natural oils, its best to keep cool so they stay together. 

calories

150

fat (grams)

8.1

carbs (grams)

17

protein (grams)

3.7

sugar (grams)

13.6
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Love Yourself First!

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I recently saw a study where they asked people if they would be celebrating Valentines Day or Anti-Valentines Day. The response was surprising with 90% of viewers voting Anti-Valentines. Where is the Love Toronto?? I understand, the over priced roses and the tacky paper hearts everywhere can be overwhelming, but this is not what Valentines day was intended to be about. Although it is uncertain why February 14th was named Valentines Day it has certainly turned into an overly commercialized expensive night for the single to feel lonely and the couples to feel pressured to buy the perfect romantic gift for each other.

I’d like to take a step back from all this negative Anti-Valentines and focus on what you want February 14th to mean to you. Although I have a lovely boyfriend who will likely take me for dinner (we like to go out for dinner often anyways) I have chosen to take this week to love myself and all those who I care about around me. I’ve gave Valentines cards to a few of my close friends, I’ve made yummy cookies for some clients, I’ve booked a massage for myself and I’m taking the time to rest and relax!

Here are a few ideas of some ways to enjoy your Valentines weekend!

  1. Get a massage! Nothing feels better then a relaxing massage to workout the stress in our lives. It’s a great time to pamper yourself while allowing someone else to work out the tension in your muscles and to relax your mind, body and soul.
  2. Call an old friend. It’s always nice catching with a friend you haven’t seen in a while and often it makes you feel good, knowing you’ve taken the time to reconnect with someone you care about.
  3. Take a yoga class. This is a great way to feel connected with yourself while working out and stretching out any tension you may have.
  4. Treat yourself. Buy a new outfit or order in your favorite meal. Treat yourself to something you’ve had your eye on for a while and enjoy it!

Let’s forget about all the regular “must does” about Valentines and learn to appreciate and love your friends and family and most of all, yourself!  If all else fails, send me a DM and I'd be happy to send you a  free emoji hug!

If your looking for some fun V-day recipes, take a look at my sweet potato brownies as seen above. Instead of using my vegan chocolate frosting, I topped them with raspberries for a punch of red.  I also made my chocolate chip cookies into the shape of hearts.  

What are you doing for your Valentines Day to make you feel loved?

Michelle Wolfe

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft chocolate chip cookies are my favourite food group!  When I lived in Australia, I had a very difficult time finding soft cookies.  I swear, Australian grocery stores and bakeries shelve only hard, crunchy cookies!  The only place where I could find soft cookies were the ones from Subway - not the healthiest option. 

To satisfy my soft cookie cravings while living abroad, I created a delicious "healthy" - or at least, a more nutrient packed - almond flour soft chocolate chip cookie.  I am obsessed with this recipe and so proud of it!  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!  Happy eating! 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 15 cookies

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ingredients:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix the first six dry ingredients. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix the following four ingredients well. 
  4. Combine the two mixtures and stir well. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Place in balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and press to flatten.  Bake for 9-11 minutes. 

notes

*Nutritional values are per 1 cookie.

calories

194

fat (grams)

13

carbs (grams)

13.8

protein (grams)

5.2

sugar (grams)

6.5
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Peanut Butter Cups

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The combination of peanut butter and chocolate makes me feel oh-so-happy!  I have so many memories of this favourite treat.  My mom used to make the best ever peanut butter squares packed with icing sugar and graham crumbs; as a kid, what wasn't to love!  My version is revised, lacks the sugar high and allows for a more balanced digestion.  These cups are vegan as I use a dairy free dark chocolate chip and I'll often sub the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter.  I always try to use an organic nut butter because nuts are typically sprayed with a large amount of  insecticide.  In my opinion, avoiding conventional nut butter is a healthier option.

Take a closer look at how I make these scrumptious treats in my video below. Happy baking! 

Peanut Butter Cups

Makes: 24 small cups or 12 large cups

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ingredients:

MIDDLE
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  liquid stevia (you can also use 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup if you don't have stevia on hand however, you may need to add a pinch more almond flour if the batter is too wet).

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Melt chocolate and peanut butter in a small sauce pan on low constantly stirring. When melted divide in half evenly. 
  2. Pour half into the bottoms of lined muffin tins and place in the freezer for a few minutes.
  3. Mix the remainder ingredients and make into 24 balls (12 if your making the large)
  4. Once the chocolate in the tins are hard, place the peanut balls on top and flatten  them out evenly.
  5. Pour the remainder of the chocolate on top of the middle peanut butter and place back into the freezer.
  6. Once chocolate has set, enjoy!!

notes

*I like to keep them in the freezer however, they can also be stored in the fridge.
*Nutritional Values are per 1 peanut butter cup

calories

129

fat (grams)

9.5

carbs (grams)

7

protein (grams)

3.6

sugar (grams)

4.1
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