Creamy Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

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As a kid, my sisters and I loved drinking hot chocolate on snow days. We always had those convenient, white packets with the little marshmallows in them. So out of curiosity, I recently looked at the ingredients of these popular hot chocolate packets. Although I  wish I could say  I was completely shocked, sadly I wasn’t surprised.

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate – Ingredients:

Sugar, Marshmallows (Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Gelatin, Artificial Flavor), Modified Whey, Corn Syrup, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Less than 2% of: Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor.

Since making the switch to almond and coconut milk a few years back, I was determined to make a hot chocolate  that was just has creamy and delicious as regular hot chocolate using REAL food ingredients.  This  simple recipe is dairy free, soy free, and also free of refined sugars, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors.

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Yogurt Bowl

 

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Yogurt can be a quick and nutritious snack or breakfast when in its natural state as nature intended! As you may know, commercially store bough yogurts can be full of artificial flavors, dyes,  and added sugars. Starting with just plain yogurt and adding in your own real food flavors and toppings is not only more nourishing  for your body but it tastes delicious too. My favorite yogurt bowl consists of plain, full-fat grass-fed yogurt, fresh fruit, pecans or walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a drizzle of pure honey. YUM!

Yogurt Bowl

  • 1 cup plain full-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 sliced banana or other fruit
  • 1 Tbsp. sprouted ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • dash of cinnamon 

 

 

Grain-Free Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffins (Yields 12)

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe bananas 
  • 4 free-range organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted (may substitute coconut oil)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder                                                                                   
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon sea salt

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  1. Prepare a muffin tin with cupcake liners
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Chop bananas and combine with all remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  4. Pulse or blend on medium speed until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared muffin pan, filling each about 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Place in preheated oven and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. 
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. 
  8. Store in sealed container at room temperature or in refrigerator.

        Enjoy!

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