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Paleo Peanut/Almond Butter Cups

-Serves: about 6

-Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or until you get a smooth consistency between solid and liquid)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • Himalayan salt- optional
  • Optional: Add Raisins and/or Nuts

Directions

  • Mix ingredients together except for peanut or almond butter
  • Place cupcake paper holder into cupcake tins
  • Pour mix into cupcakes holder. I poured mine about 3/4 of the way
  • Pour peanut or almond butter into the mix
  • Add Raisins and/or Nuts
  • Place in freezer for 15+ minutes until set
  • Optional- Sprinkle some Himalayan or sea salt on the top
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Cacao Covered Strawberries

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cacao
  • 6 tbs coconut oil (liquid form)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Medium sized carton of strawberries

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil by putting container in a bowl of warm/hot water
  2. Mix ingredients together in bowl. Keep in bowl or transfer into smaller cup to dip strawberries.
  3. Dip strawberries
  4. Put strawberries on parchment paper on a plate or tray. I used a large zip lock bag since I didn’t have that

Put in fridge for an hour. I put in freezer for 10 min (because who wants to wait an hour?) and they seemed ready and were delicious. Cacao is chocolate in its raw form & has *no sugar*. It is high in anti-oxidants and is considered a “superfood”.

The added salt on this gives it the perfect extra kick

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Raw Chocolate (Cacao) Mousse Dessert

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Manuka Honey
  • Topped with Strawberries

Directions:

  • Mix ingredients in a blender
  • Put in fridge for 30 minutes

Why is Cacao healthier than Cocoa?

Cacao is chocolate in its purest form. It is raw, contains no sugar and is considered a superfood due to high amounts of antioxidants and magnesium. Cocoa is the heated and processed form of Cacao. Anything heated or processed has less nutritional value than what it would in its raw form.

References:

“Cacao vs. Cocoa: What You Need to Know.” One Green Planet. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

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Fair Trade Baked Banana

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Ingredients:

  • Banana
  • Cacao
  • Cinnamon
  • Cacao nibs (optional for crunch).

Directions:

  • Roll banana in cacao powder, cinnamon and cacao nibs (optional).
  • Put tinfoil around banana(s).
  • Bake for 20-25 min on 350 degrees in tinfoil.
  • Cut banana

Use Organic, Local, no GMO, Fair Trade food whenever possible.

Fair Trade: 

Banana and Cacao are common fair trade items. For an ethical purchase, look for a Fair Trade Certification.

 

What does Fair Trade mean?

  • Farmers receive a fair price
  • Allows farmers to invest in techniques that bring out the flavors of the region
  • Strictly prohibits slave and child labor.

References:

“Fair Trade USA.” What Is Fair Trade? Web. 10 Apr. 2016.