Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie (Dairy Free, Paleo)

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie is rich & creamy–and bursting with rich chocolate and almond flavour! This smoothie is the perfect meal in a cup. It’ll leave you feeling energized, nourished and satisfied. 

Do you want to create chocolate flavoured smoothies, like this one, but only have vanilla or unflavoured protein powder?

Here’s a quick tip to help you achieve a rich chocolate flavour from your smoothies when using a vanilla or unflavoured protein powder!

Just add 1-2 teaspoons of cacao powder into your blender along with the other smoothie ingredients. Blend & enjoy! That’s it!! Told ya it was a quick tip.

Cacao is the purest form of chocolate which is why I recommend it. It’s an easy find since most grocery stores carry it nowadays. You can also find cacao powder online.

Now, whether your protein powder is vanilla, chocolate or unflavoured, give this addicting smoothie creation a try. I promise, it’ll be love at first sip!

If you’re looking for more gut friendly chocolate-inspired smoothies, join my FREE 14-day smoothie challenge or grab my smoothie e-book which has over 30 dessert-inspired smoothie recipes for IBS & weight loss!

chocolate covered almond smoothie

Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie

INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
1 cup frozen greens (spinach, kale, and/or broccoli)
2-3 soft dates
1 tbsp dry-roasted almond butter
1-2 tsp cacao powder*
1 scoop PurePaleo Protein (chocolate)
1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

*If you’re using vanilla or unflavoured protein powder, add 2 tsp of cacao powder. If you’re using chocolate flavoured protein powder, add 1 tsp.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Blend all ingredients using a high-powered blender.
2. Pour into your favourite smoothie cup and enjoy!

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Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding (Plant-Based, Low-Carb)

Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding (Plant-Based, Low-Carb)

DID YOU KNOW? Chia seeds are a great plant-based food to help with weight loss.

Chia seeds rank high on the list of plant-based protein foods, making them great for putting on lean muscle, burning fat, and managing hunger and appetite.

Studies show that increasing your intake of protein can promote weight loss by curbing cravings and therefore reducing your caloric intake. Other research shows that following a high-protein diet rich in foods like chia seeds could reduce the hunger stimulating hormone, ghrelin.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to add chia seeds into your diet, I highly recommend chia seed pudding. It makes for a great snack or dessert!

Want more chia pudding recipes? Check out my Chocolate Chia Pudding and Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding recipes.

chocolate banana chia pudding

Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
1.5 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 large banana, ripe
6 tbsp. chia seeds
2 heaping tbsp. cacao powder
1 tsp maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)
TOPPINGS: (optional)
Cacao nibs
Sliced banana
Dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add milk, banana and cacao powder to blender and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness, add maple syrup if desired and blend again to combine.

2. Pour into glass container, add chia seeds and whisk until well combined.

3. Let pudding thicken in fridge for a minimum of 1-hr before consuming. The longer you let the chia seeds soak the more delicious the pudding becomes (I like to soak my chia seeds for up to 24 hours).

4. Transfer to small serving bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo)

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins (Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo)

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are delicious & bursting with rich chocolate flavour! These healthy paleo muffins are free of gluten & dairy and packed with all the good stuff, including quality protein and healthy fats. Even better, they’re naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, so they’ll keep you on track with your health and weight loss goals.

If you love my Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins then I’m about to make your palate explode with this spin on one of my most popular recipes to date!

I’ve upped the flavour on these muffins by adding more rich chocolate flavour plus an optional crumble that can be used on top.

These muffins are a great breakfast option on days when you’re running out the door. They also make for a delicious healthy snack or treat.

Let me know your thoughts on this recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as my boyfriend does 🙂

TIP: Make a batch and store them in the freezer. Simply grab one whenever you need quick fuel…They thaw out within 10-15 minutes. If you plan to eat the batch within a week, they can be stored in the fridge.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

What you need for Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Eggs*
Coconut oil
Bananas
Honey or maple syrup (optional)
Coconut flour
Almond flour
Cacao or cocoa powder
Baking powder
Dark chocolate chips

*Do you have an allergy or intolerance to eggs? Use one of the egg substitutes in the recipe notes below.

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Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are delicious & bursting with rich chocolate flavour! These healthy paleo muffins are free of gluten & dairy and packed with all the good stuff, including quality protein and healthy fats. Even better, they’re naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and only a tiny amount of extra sweetener, so they’ll keep you on track with your health and weight loss goals.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Snack/Treat
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients
 

  • 4 pastured eggs*
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, optional
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup almond flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, I like Camino 100%

Optional Toppings

  • 2 tbsp raw walnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut chips
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Place liners in muffin tin.
  • Beat eggs in bowl, mash bananas with a fork on a plate, then add all wet ingredients together and mix thoroughly.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue to mix until a thick smooth batter is formed. (Note: Steps 2 & 3 can be done using a food processor to make things easier.)
  • Add chocolate chips to batter and mix in with a spatula.
  • Optional step for toppings: Add walnuts and coconut chips to food processor and pulse until a crumble is formed. If you don't have a food processor, put ingredients in a bag and crush with the bottom of a mug or can. Mix in dark chocolate chips.
  • Fill muffin tins 3/4 of the way with batter. Add toppings (optional).
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool before removing from tin.

Notes

Substitute with 4 flax eggs or 4 chia eggs for egg free version ...
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water (whisk until gelatinous and creamy) = 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water (Stir and allow to rest for 15 minutes) = 1 egg
Steps 2 & 3 can be done using a food processor to make things easier.
Keyword almond flour, banana, chocolate, coconut flour, coconut oil, muffins

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Flourless Brownie Bites (Plant-Based, Gluten & Dairy Free)

Flourless Brownie Bites (Plant-Based, Gluten & Dairy Free)

Flourless Brownie Bites are the perfect healthy snack or treat for those following a paleo or plant-based lifestyle. They are soft, chewy and made with natural ingredients + sweetened with dates.

DID YOU KNOW? Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which keep bowel movements regular by adding bulk to stool and helping it move faster through the intestines.

If you suffer from constipation, try adding dates into your diet as a natural constipation relief remedy. Consume in moderation.

In addition, dates are packed with vitamins and minerals and are a perfect natural sweetener and sugar alternative. I incorporate them into my gut healing smoothies and sweet treats (like the recipe below).

If you’re on the hunt for healthy dessert and snack ideas, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these delicious and decadent balls! They are made with pure and natural ingredients, BUT all you’ll taste is real brownie flavour.

You may never feel the need to have a high-carb, sugar loaded, processed brownie again after trying these little balls sent from heaven!

What you need for Flourless Brownie Bites

Dates
Raw almonds
Coconut flakes, unsweetened
Cocoa powder
Vanilla extract
Sea salt

Flourless Brownie Bites

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Flourless Brownie Bites

Flourless Brownie Bites

Flourless Brownie Bites are the perfect healthy snack or treat for those following a paleo or plant-based lifestyle. They are soft, chewy and made with healthy & natural ingredients. 
Prep Time: 25 mins
Soaking time: 30 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Course: Snack/Treat
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Plant-Based
Servings: 25 balls

Ingredients
 

  • 1.5 cups dates, pitted and soaked
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 tbsp. coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 4 heaping tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Soak dates in water for 30-minutes and drain.
  • Add almonds and coconut flakes into food processor and process until nuts are chopped into small pieces.
  • Add dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sea salt into the food processor with almonds and continue to process until ingredients starts to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until mixture becomes sticky when you press it together.
  • Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon and roll into balls.
  • Enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for later.
Keyword almonds, bites, brownie, coconut flakes, dates, healthy snacks
Mint Chocolate Balls (Paleo, Plant-Based, Raw)

Mint Chocolate Balls (Paleo, Plant-Based, Raw)

Mint Chocolate Balls are the perfect healthy treat! The rich flavour of chocolate combined with refreshing peppermint, makes these balls irresistible! These decadent bites are free of gluten, grains, dairy & refined sugar + paleo, plant-based & raw. They’re easy to make and even easier to pop!!

DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint may relieve digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating and indigestion.

A review of nine studies in 926 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treated with peppermint oil for at least two weeks concluded that peppermint provided significantly better symptom relief than a placebo.

In one study in 72 people with IBS, peppermint oil capsules reduced IBS symptoms by 40% after four weeks, compared to only 24.3% with a placebo.

Additionally, in a review of 14 clinical trials in nearly 2,000 children, peppermint reduced the frequency, length and severity of abdominal pain.

Try adding food-grade peppermint oil to:

Mint Chocolate Balls Paleo Plant-Based Raw

What you need for Mint Chocolate Balls

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Pair these yummy bites with my Peppermint Mocha–it’s a match made in heaven!

Mint Chocolate Balls Paleo Plant-Based

Mint Chocolate Balls

Mint Chocolate Balls are the perfect healthy treat! The rich flavour of chocolate combined with refreshing peppermint, makes these balls irresistible! These decadent bites are free of gluten, grains, dairy & refined sugar + paleo, plant-based & raw. They're easy to make and even easier to pop!!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Soaking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Snack/Treat
Cuisine: Paleo, Plant-Based, Raw
Servings: 25 balls

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked
  • 1 cup raw almonds or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 5-8 drops peppermint essential oil (food-grade), or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (start with less and add more if needed)
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes, for coating

Instructions
 

  • Soak dates in water for 30-minutes and drain.
  • Add nuts and coconut flakes into food processor and process into a fine crumble.
  • Add dates, cocoa powder, peppermint oil/extract and sea salt into the food processor and continue to process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until mixture becomes sticky when you press it together.
  • Scoop out mixture with a small spoon and roll into balls.
  • Spread remaining coconut flakes on a plate and roll balls into the flakes to coat.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Notes

Pair these yummy bites with my Peppermint Mocha--it's a match made in heaven!
Keyword almonds, christmas recipes, cocoa, dairy free, dates, gluten free, grain free, holiday recipes, IBS, peppermint essential oil, peppermint extract, walnuts

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Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

Peppermint Mocha (Dairy Free, Plant-Based, Paleo)

This dairy free Peppermint Mocha is the perfect way to enjoy your coffee during the winter! The rich flavours of coffee and chocolate come together with creamy nut milk and refreshing peppermint to create a comforting and delicious beverage.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between cacao and cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is actually made similarly to cacao, except cocoa is heated at a higher temperature during processing.

Less processed cacao (to which less heat has been applied) — such as raw cacao — tends to contain more antioxidants.

In addition, cacao powder generally contains more fiber and nutrients including selenium, magnesium, chromium and manganese than cocoa powder.

Though raw cacao is well-known for being healthier than cocoa, cocoa powder is still healthy for you. When purchasing cocoa at the grocery store, it’s important to buy plain cocoa powder, without artificial flavors and added ingredients. Be on the lookout for regular cocoa powder or dutch-processed, which is dark cocoa powder.

If you buy raw cacao powder, remember that some of its antioxidants will be destroyed by heat. Consider using cacao powder in smoothies and no-bake desserts/snacks. Cocoa powder is ideal where heat is involved.

Peppermint Mocha Dairy Free

What you need for dairy free Peppermint Mocha

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Peppermint Mocha Dairy Free

Peppermint Mocha

This dairy free Peppermint Mocha is the perfect way to enjoy your coffee during the holidays! The rich flavours of coffee and chocolate come together with creamy nut milk to create a warm, comforting and delicious beverage.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Course: Hot Drinks
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Paleo, Plant-Based
Servings: 1

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 1-2 shots espresso, or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil (food grade), or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, warm milk, sweetener, cocoa/cacao and peppermint over medium-low for roughly 5-minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Froth the milk mixture with a blender, immersion stick or other tool.
  • Brew espresso then combine the milk mixture with the espresso. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, if desired.
Keyword almond milk, cacao, chocolate, cocoa, coconut milk, coffee, espresso, latte, mocha

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