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Chocolate PowerGather Cups

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These are total awesomesauce! They are Whole
Life Challenge approved, and unsweetened (really! I swear!), so I don’t even consider them a treat. They are chock full of satisfying fat, and just perfect for an energy boost and chocolate fix all in one. You might feel like you’re cheating, but I promise you’re not! another great thing about them…NO BAKING! You need to melt the coconut oil, but even for that, you could technically use a microwave ( blasphemy!)

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate:

1 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup – 1/3 cup cocoa powder, probably 6-8 tablespoons, depending on how strong you want it

Fillings:

1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 tablespoon Flax meal
1/4 cup Hazelnuts
1/4 cup Macadamia nuts
1/2 cup Almonds
2/3 – 1 cup Almond butter
1/2 cup Dried apples
1/2 cup Dried currants (or raisins)
Sea salt

Add all the nuts to a plastic ziplock bag and use a hammer to break them up into smaller pieces.

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Then pour them, as well as any remaining dry ingredients to a bowl, and mix so they are well combined.

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add the almond butter and mix until it forms a batter and everything is well dispersed and combined.

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Take a spoon or an ice cream scoop and place a nice big dollop into paper or silicon cupcake cups.

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In a sauce pan, melt the coconut oil over low heat and grate in the coconut butter. Alternatively you can warm it so that it is soft and add it. Stir often and add the cocoa powder, stirring until combined.

Pour into the cups, and sprinkle with sea salt to finish. Then refrigerate for at least 30 – 45 minutes until the chocolate solidifies.

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Enjoy!

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Paleo Chocolate Covered Banana Almond Bites

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My love affair with banana and almond butter as a combination, started a few weeks ago. Back then it was just a sliced up banana with a heaping spoonful of almond butter on top, it was simple and it was good! Then I came across this recipe. It was originally posted by Racing and Saving Mama on her Facebook.

“Slice Up bananas and spread a little peanut butter in between. Freeze for one hour, then dip in chocolate. Refrigerate for another 10-15 minutes and boom you have an awesome snack”

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Her’s are obviously prettier… But anyway

So of course I had to put my own spin on it. ALSO I made it Whole Life Challenge compliant! So go ahead and feel indulgent, because it’s totally ok.

Ingredients:

bananas, sliced
Almond Butter
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Coconut Butter
2 teaspoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.

Like she instructed above, I sliced the bananas. I used almond butter, since I generally don’t eat peanut butter (peanuts are legumes) but you can technically use either. I say almond butter all the way. Then I popped them in the freezer.

When it was almost time to take them out, I melted the coconut oil and coconut butter (which is like concentrated coconut cream, and has a lot of natural sweetness to counter the bitterness of the cocoa powder) over medium heat. I used a glass bowl suspended over water I was heating in a saucepan. Then I mixed in the cocoa powder until everything was combined.

I took the chocolate off the heat, and took the banana/almond butter sandwiches out of the freezer. Then, I dipped them nd rolled them around until they were covered. Into the refrigerator they went for 20 min.

They….were….so….good! They weren’t the prettiest things, certainly not as pretty as her’s in the picture, but they tasted like gold. Sweet, creamy, chocolate goodness, without all the guilt! Even Mike was surprised at how good they were…and the chocolate, I might just stick that combo into a mold and see what happens!

Next time I make them, I’m going to use parchment paper. I just put them in a Tupperware to harden, and they stuck to the bottom. This would have been fine, but the chocolate broke a little if I squeezed too hard to pull them off. They wer


Sweet Cabbage Chicken

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This recipe is actually A revision, or rather a version of my Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chicken which can be found by clicking the picture below.
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This version, has red cabbage, and isn’t QUITE as asian inspired. It also isn’t as spicy or sour. In a way it’s a completely different thing, but at the same time, there are a lot of similarities, and the basis is pretty much the same.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon duck fat
  • 1 lb chicken (2 breasts cubed)
  • 1/2 a head of red cabbage – chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh, or frozen from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 or 3 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • Generous amount of Ginger powder
  • a little Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large radishes sliced – added 5 min at end

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Look how pretty it looks for something so simple! I just melted some duck fat in a pan over medium heat, threw the veggies in for a few minutes, added the liquids and chicken, covered, and let cook until the chicken was cooked through, stirring occasionally.  with dishes like this, I don’t really pay much attention to the order I put the ingredients in, or even cook time, It’s kind of hard to screw up. I stir often, and keep an eye on the chicken, but because of the liquids, I never have a problem with it getting dried out. The radishes were the only thing I left out until the end. Dishes like this are really great for the week, because they take minimal effort and cook time for you busy folks like me.

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Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chicken!

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon :)

Shown here served with a slice of Santa Claus Melon 🙂

Dishes like this make me wish I measured things more exactly because it was absolutely fabulous. I got the idea for “Sweet and Sour Chicken” from a recipe that popped up on my Facebook feed earlier in the day. In actuality – this is a totally different recipe – but that’s where I got the initial inspiration. It’s relatively quick and easy, so it’s perfect for busy nights. Afterwards, my boyfriend asked me to make another batch of it, I declined, but promised to make it again next week. It’s a nice mix of flavors that I’m pretty sure will go over well with even the most un-paleo family members. Next time the kids bug you for take out, or next time you’re thinking about it….make this instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs Chicken [cut into large chunks]
  • 1 Pineapple [sliced and cubed]
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne pepper* [Depending on how hot you want it – I thought this was a nice level of spice and not too overbearing]
  • 2-3 tbsp ginger powder*
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos*
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 1 sweet Onion [sliced]
  • 2 red spring onions [chopped]
  • 6 Mushrooms [sliced]
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage [package from Trader Joe’s]
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth [optional] *
  • 2 tbsp duck fat

*rough estimate of measurements – I don’t measure.

As far as the cooking goes, it’s really easy and under 5 steps!

  1. With the stove on medium-high, heat, the duck fat., onion, and mushrooms.
  2. When they soften add the spring onion, pineapple, coconut aminos, vinegar, cayenne and ginger powder. let simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli slaw. After  it softens a little, add the chicken and vegetable broth.
  4. When the chicken is halfway done, add the cabbage and stir.  Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.

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I think the whole thing took under 40 minutes, and was relatively straight forward and easy in terms of prep work and steps. Meals like this are seriously welcomed, especially on nights that I have crossfit. Coming home and having to do tons of chopping and cooking when I’m tired….not ideal. It was definitely a nice mixture of tangy, spicy, and sweet. The flavor was really close to something you would find on a “chinese food” menu, but way better. All the fun without the stomach upset and unknown crap….score! The broccoli slaw was almost noodle like which was also nice in a dish like this.


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