Scrumptious Brownies

These brownies are actually extremely healthy AND satisfy your craving for something sweet!

1 cup of old fashioned oats

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1/4 cup flax meal

1/3 cup cacao powder

1/4 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking powder, and salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 egg
1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup cooked beets

1 cup black beans rinsed

1 cup dark chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.

In a food processor, add all dry ingredients and blend until they are fine, like flour. Add vanilla, coconut oil, egg, and honey and blend to mix. Add beans and beets. blend until batter is smooth. Hand mix in 1/2 cup of the chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smooth, and sprinkle the rest of the chips on top. Bake for 25 minute. Allow to cool in the pan. Cut into desired sized brownies and enjoy!!

HEALTHY CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP”BLISS”BALLS

bliss-ballsThis a recipe that I adapted from one that “Forks over Knives” shared. They are easy, delicious and filled with healthy ingredients. Perfect for snacks or guiltless dessert. I found them very easy to make.

1C rolled oats
6 Medjool dates pitted and chopped
1/4C sunflower seeds
1/4C good quality chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries (I used Eden brand tart cherries)
1t pure vanilla extract
3/4t sea salt (can be omitted)

Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped
Add 1-2T water to help bind ( I needed to use 2 T)
Scoop 1T of mix and gently roll it into a ball, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 18-20 minutes
Transfer to a wire rack to let cool

RAW CACAO TRUFFLES

 

Truffles

¾ cups raw cacao powder (found in health food stores)

2 cups finely ground almonds or cashews (I used my blender, a food processor would work also)

½ cup raw organic honey (local is best)

3 tablespoon of organic coconut oil

A pinch of Sea or Himalayan salt

1 cup of shredded, dried, unsweetened coconut flakes. *

 

Combine all ingredients except the coconut flakes in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll dough in your palms into small balls. Dip in a bowl containing coconut flakes to coat. Freeze overnight and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

* You can also use more cacao powder, or chopped nuts to coat balls.

APPLE CRISP

4 apples peeled and cored (I sometimes leave the skin on!)
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 c oats
1/3 c maple syrup
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil or organic butter
3/4 c finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350
Slice apples thinly and toss with the lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Spread in a 9″x9″ baking dish.
Combine oats, walnuts, maple syrup, oil or butter,vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Stir to mix then spread evenly over apples.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until top is  crisp and brown, and apples are tender.