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Cocoa Walnut Brownies February 12, 2012

Cocoa Walnut Brownies with Dark Chocolate Chips. I cut free-form hearts out of this batch for Valentine's Day.

Cocoa Walnut Brownies
with dark chocolate & olive oil

Rich in cocoa flavonoids, fiber, and monounsaturated fat, these brownies are a power-packed mix of ingredients blended into chocolate-lover’s perfect dessert. This recipe is an adapted version of Whole Foods Flourless Brownie Recipe.

Ingredients
-1 can or 2 cups cooked/drained of rinsed Black Beans
-3 large cage-free eggs
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp honey (optional)
-2 tsp vanilla extract (real, not imitation)
-1/8 tsp salt
-1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tbsp to grease pan
-1/4 cup almond flour or white whole-wheat flour
-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
-1/2 cup 60% or darker chocolate chips

I used small broken off pieces of a 85% dark chocolate bar. Most people with a lactose intolerance can tolerate chocolate that is above 70% dark in small quantities without discomfort. You can also purchase dairy-free chocolate chips.

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pan with olive oil (the Whole Foods Recipe recommends an 8-inch pan).
2) Combine all ingredients (except for chocolate chips and walnuts) in a large bowl and use a blender, food processor, or hand blender to blend these ingredients until smooth.
3) Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until brownies reach desired consistency.

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Hot Cocoa that Loves You Back February 4, 2012

Rich, warm, drinkable cocoa so good you won't believe how good it is for you!

More Love Hot Cocoa
healthy twist on a cozy classic

Leave the packets behind. Artificial sweeteners, additives, who needs them? Ok, the “just add water” kind is great for camping but this choc-full-of-nutrient blend is almost as easy to make. A cup does wonders to satisfy those persistent chocolate cravings without gulping down hefty doses of saturated fat, sugar, and calories.

BREW IT
– 4-5 tsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder (alkali-free if possible)
– 3/4 cup Almond milk or Coconut Milk (or a mix)
-1-2 drops of Real Vanilla Extract
-Dash of cinnamon & nutmeg (optional)
-1/8 tsp Stevia powder OR  1/2 tsp Honey

In a microwave safe ceramic mug (no metal), spoon in cocoa powder then add almond or coconut milk. Add remaining ingredients except for honey–if you are using this instead of stevia–which can be added at the end. Stir ingredients and microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Carefully remove mug and stir well.