Healthy AND Tasty Fudge Made Simple

Posted on April 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Healthy Fudge

These are so yummy it’s astounding to realize while they melt in your mouth that they are feeding your cells with superfood nutrition.  What joy!  Just assemble these ingredients, which, admittedly are not easy to find in stores.  Just place an order at nuts.com and you will be all set.  Then when you’re wondering what to do with all those great ingredients, knock yourself out with this super easy recipe!

Ingredients

1 C. cacao powder

4 T. mesquite powder

4 T. goji berry powder

4 T.  maca powder

3/4 C. shelled hempseeds

1/4 C. lightly toasted sesame seeds (pour into dry pan and heat on medium-low for about 10 minutes – cool)

4 T. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. coconut sugar

3/4 C. melted coconut oil (Heat by placing container into a bowl of very hot water to gently melt.  If you keep it in a metal container you can put it on the stove on the lowest setting just for a few minutes until it is about half melted.)

1/2 C. maple syrup

Start by toasting the sesame seeds and melting the coconut oil.  While those are warming, dump all the other ingredients into a heavy stand mixer fitted with a paddle, if possible.  Add oil and sesame seeds.  Mix until stiff dough forms.  Stop to scrape down sides of bowl if necessary.  Scrape out onto a board lined with wax paper or plastic wrap.  Form square or rectangle through the paper or put into a square baking pan to help form the shape.  Put into refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Take out and put fudge on a cutting board still wrapped.  Unwrap and cut into small cubes.  Store in the refrigerator (if there are any left – ha!)

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Superfood Energy Balls Made Simple

Posted on April 5, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Superfood Energy Balls 1          Food - Superfood Energy Balls 2

I love the whole concept of the energy ball or bite (scooped into balls or cut into cubes).  If you have a food processor you can whip these up in a jiffy!  Today’s offering is packed with superfoods.  I find them perfect for a holdover when I’m hungry but I still have a meal to cook, or when I’m having to delay a meal because of an appointment, or even for a super easy, tasty dessert!

These balls have superfood ingredients I ordered from nuts.com which proved to be an economical place to order as well as friendly!  Here is the recipe and the one thing I learned and will do differently next time.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 C. ground almonds

1/2 C. ground pecans

1/4 C. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. unsweetened grated coconut

1 T. maca powder

1/4 C. shelled hemp seed

1 T. mequite powder

1 T. cacao powder

1 T. cracked cell chlorella powder

6 pitted medjool dates

1/4-1/2 C. cashew milk (make super easy by blending soaked raw cashews and water)

Mix all above really thoroughly and then add 1/4 C. tart dried cherries and 1/4 C. cacao nibs for a quick mix.  Then use a small cookie scoop to make about 40 balls.  I rolled them in coconut sugar which became sticky and runny after awhile because of the moisture in the balls.  You would be better off rolling them in coconut or crushed nuts.  Next time!

Just a note about chlorella and it’s cousin, spirulina which I think can be used pretty much interchangeably.  If you smell these powders you may be tempted to throw them out because they are very unappetizing!  Same thing for tasting them all on their own.  But they are worth consuming because these dried algae (yep, basically pond scum!!) are PACKED with amazing health benefits.  In a recipe like this you really will not even know it is there by the taste, but your body will be smiling on a cellular level.  Trust me, it’s worth it!

I’m on about week 4 now of the anti-inflammation eating plan and I feel great!  Mood and energy are up so I’m going to stay with it for awhile.

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