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Healthy Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy Squares

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I desperately needed my chocolate fix this week that was toned down a notch. The summer has us on terraces, at BBQ’s and generally enjoying life too much to notice the sugar intake. I’m taking a more active approach to my diet because I know this will only get harder with Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas around the corner.

I love any chocolate dessert with a crunch, and who doesn’t love rice crispy squares? So here’s a hybrid without the processed sugar and butter that normally goes in. All natural, therefore friendlier to the waist line, and delicious as ever!

RECIPE

3 cups rice crisps (preferably brown rice)

1/2 cup nut butter (I used almond, make sure to buy the one with only nuts and without extra ingredients, or make your own)

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup cacao powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix the nut butter, maple syrup and cacao powder together in a medium pot and heat over medium. Once the mixture is smooth and melted together poor it over the rice crisps in a large bowl. Line an 8x8 square tin with waxed paper and press the rise crispy mixture down firmly. Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy.

That easy.

 
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Banana Bread For Breakfast

Now and then you see a few bananas in your kitchen with an unappealing brown colouring. What do you do when life gives you ripe banana’s? Make banana bread!

There are actually plenty of good things you could make with ripe bananas, but I was craving a good old banana bread.

I researched a few moist options but there was always butter and/or processed sugar added. I love to cheat using butter but it really doesn’t have to be that way. With these tweaks I was able to get a moist, sweet, delicious banana bread that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

RECIPE

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

4 (medium size) ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Opt. toppings: dark chocolate chips, roughly chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a loaf pan and set aside, I use coconut oil and a dusting of flour.

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mash the ripe bananas. Add the apple sauce and mix together. Next add the eggs and mix. Lastly, add the vanilla and maple syrup.

Add the wet mixture to the flour bowl and mix until just combined. No not over mix. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes or until the loaf is nicely browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

 
 

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

 
 

I made these on a Wednesday and didn't feel any remorse eating a pancake breakfast mid week, when normally I stick to yogurt, fruit, nuts and eggs. With so many great substitutions this was a no brainer! Almond milk for 2%, whole wheat flour for white, coconut oil for butter and natural apple sauce which gave all the sweetness needed! Indulging doesn't have to be a dirty word when it comes to dieting or clean eating.

RECIPE

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups natural unsweetened applesauce

DIRECTIONS

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder.

Whisk the coconut oil, almond milk, egg and vanilla.

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and once integrated add the applesauce.

Grease a pan with coconut oil and cook for about 2 minutes per side over medium heat or until you get a nice colour.

All of the beautiful dinner ware thanks to Linen Chest.