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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Indulging in Raw Chocolate….

valentines-day-letteringHappy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you are celebrating love even if you don’t have a someone special.  Actually you do.  You have you! And you are the most important person in your life! How about you doing a little self care and lavish yourself in raw chocolate? And guess what?  IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!!!! Continue reading

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Spirit Brownies

This past weekend I attended a Shamanic weekend workshop.  It was a powerful and life changing experience.  We journeyed, we sang, we dance, we opened our hearts to perfect strangers, and we healed.  I am still processing the whole experience and plan to write or do a vlog about it soon.

Macro or close up of dried bush of sage on abalone shell

We were asked to bring snacks to share with everyone.  It was recommended to bring something gluten free, nut free, dairy free, and vegans due to the dietary needs within the group.  A few months ago I saw on a website, a recipe for brownies made with black beans, but I didn’t write it down.  So I thought I would wing it and hope for the best! So here is what you need to make these spirit nourishing morsels….

2 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 can canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 vanilla bean scrapped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup maple syrup, room temperature
1 cup old fashioned gluten free oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 9.5×13.5 inch non-stick square baking pan.
  2. Combine everything in the food processor except chocolate chips. Process until very smooth. Stir in chocolate chips 3/4 of the bag, then the last 1/4 of the bag sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and top with more chocolate chips.
    Bake for 28-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  5. They are best when stored in the fridge.

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They came out AMAZING!!!! So fudgy and dense. Not only are they out of this world delicious, but they are healthy for you too.   These brownies a packed full of protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron.   

Maple Syrup Sunday

Toady was Maple Syrup Sunday here in Maine.  So farms with sugar shacks open their doors to the public to share the process of maple syrup makings.  I was so excited to go! It seems like every year I forget about it.  This year Elliot, Samantha and I went, but it was so cold!! Elliot was super excited when he first got there.
SAMSUNG CSCWe didn’t get to see the process of syrup making, because Elliot had a bit of a melt down as we waited in line.  Poor little guy was tired and cold, so we left before we got to see the maple syrup making.  We did get to see some animals…..
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We did a little dancing and listen to some music………SAMSUNG CSC

……..and watched how they make tools…SAMSUNG CSC

So in honor of Maple Syrup Sunday, I made some maple syrup granola bars.  Full of super food!

1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of puffed milletSAMSUNG CSC
1/2 cup of mixed nuts
2 tbs of chia seeds
2 tbs of hemp seeds
1 1/2 tbs of lucuma powder
1 1/2 tbs of maca powder
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup goji berrie
3/4 cup of maple syrup
4-5 dates pitted and soaked in 1/2 cup of boiling water.

Start by soaking the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes.  Then blend until completely smooth, and add in the maple syrup.  In another bowl mixed all your dry ingredients and then add your maple syrup mix.  SAMSUNG CSC

Next spread the mixture on a dehydrator sheet if using a dehydrator, or a cookie sheet if using the oven.  I dehydrated my bars for about 5 hours.

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If you are using your oven, set it on the lowest setting and check the bars periodically.  You want them to be hard.  Cut into sizes of your preference and enjoy. 

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