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The Best Paleo, Vegan Chocolate Recipes from Made to Glow

Chocolate addicts, this one’s for you! 

The Best Paleo, Vegan Chocolate Recipes from Made to Glow

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite MTG chocolate recipes. They’re all perfectly chocolate-y and full of good-for-you ingredients, and all are paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and offer choices of sweeteners. I almost always have at least one or two of these desserts on hand so I can satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth at a moment’s notice.

Enjoy, friends – and let me know which one is your favorite!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse – Healthy fats + medjool dates = a combo made in heaven. Serve on pancakes, waffles, or apple slices OR eat with berries, a swirl of nut butter or by the spoonful.

Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies – They’re subtly-sweetened with medjool dates, and are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or snacks! Top with berries and a drizzle of mousse or nut butter for a yummy treat.

Paleo, Vegan Chocolate Recipes from Made to Glow

Decadent Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse – Perfect for chocolate-covered strawberries!

Cocoa Caramel Bars – I originally shared these bars around the holidays but they’re too good not to have all year round.

Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse – Yep, another mousse. Can you tell I like combining chocolate with other foods to make a delectable mousse? 

Paleo, Vegan Chocolate Recipes from Made to Glow

Chocolate “Frosting” – Comes together in two minutes and easily customizable for a quick and easy chocolate frosting on anything you’d like.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars – A crowd-pleaser! They don’t last long in my house, so I triple the batch and hide some in the freezer for a heat-and-eat snack.

A Coconut Cacao Frosty – Cacao + coconut + banana = a superfood trifecta. 

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The Best Chocolate Recipes (Paleo, Vegan)

 
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10+ Ways to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Day

Hey, friends! With the start of the new year (wait, how is it already the end of January!!), I thought it’d be perfect timing to share some tips that I use to sneak in more fruit and veggie servings each day.

10+ Ways to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Day

Although I’m a big fan of getting back to basics eating-wise at any time of the year, January and February are a great time to set new habits. (Want a full-on meal plan or guide to help you reset? Check out my favorite program here.) 

We all seem to have “fresh new start” on the brain. Maybe it’s all the cookies we ate over the holidays, ohhhhh the yummy holiday treats!

10+ Ways to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Day

Or, maybe you feel like you could use some more nutrients in your diet, you’ve been feeling a little off, or you’re trying to boost your immune system this winter. 

Whatever it is, if your body is craving more of nature’s colorful produce, go for it! 

One great way to get back to basics is with fruit and vegetables. I’m a big believer in crowding out the bad stuff by filling up with the good stuff! If you’re focusing on filling your meals with colorful fruits and veggies, you’ll naturally “crowd-out” the junk.

10+ Ways to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Day

So whether you’re still trying to keep your healthy eating new year’s resolutions or just wanting to increase the amount of produce you’re eating, try these tips to incorporate more of the good stuff into your diet every day. These are perfect for those with picky little ones, those with pregnancy food aversions, or anyone trying to increase their fruit and veggie intake!

See my 10+ tips & recipes over at my guest post on Red and Honey! Click here to see the post.

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New for 2016: The Weekend Reboot

Hi everyone, happy new year! Hope your 2016 is off to a terrific start.

For those with healthy living intentions this year, I wanted to share a brief post highlighting one of my favorite ‘back to basics’ resources – The Weekend Reboot.

The Weekend Reboot 2-Day Reset

Brianne has just re-released the program with even more recipes (including some delish smoothie recipes!) and 4 bonus videos. I thought this re-release would be perfect to share this time of year (full disclosure, I wanted to get this post out two weeks ago, but that’s life).

You’ve likely seen me post about it before: check out the intro, my experience doing it, and a free sorbet recipe that’s one of the most popular recipes on my site! 

The Weekend Reboot 2-Day Reset

I am an affiliate for the e-book because: (1) I use it and recommend it to my family, friends, and clients; and (2) it’s totally in line with what MTG is all about — nourishing your mind, body, and soul with vibrant, whole foods and supportive self-care in a way that’s best for you.

This fantastic e-book is a 2-day ‘detox’ full of healthy, whole foods recipes, healthy living tips, and awesome, easy-to-follow videos to help banish bloat, energize your mornings, find your ommmm, and wind down for the day.

Note: the Weekend Reboot is NOT about deprivation, starving yourself, or anything restrictive.

It’s actually the opposite.

The program nourishes your mind, body, and spirit with clean, colorful foods, uplifting messages, and personal tips from Brianne to motivate you to reboot and reset.

I use the Weekend Reboot e-book whenever I feel off… if I’ve overindulged and am bloated up the wazoo, if I’m feeling sluggish/foggy/or not inspired, or when I get back from long trips.

For more info or to buy: http://bit.ly/1OeJL91

UPDATE 1/20: Brianne has graciously offered all MTG readers a 30% discount (good through March 1) when they enter the coupon code “gethealthy” at checkout

The Weekend Reboot 2-Day Reset

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I love that the recipes and meal plans are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and more – and contains vegan options. And really, you can just customize to whatever you need! I like that Brianne gives ideas and tips for including more food if you need it – i.e. I know I need a lot of food to get me started at the beginning of the day, so I add two eggs to have with my green juice, as well as nuts sprinkled in as snacks. 

During this introductory time period, which ends on January 22, 2016 — the Weekend Reboot is on sale for $5.00 off the list price.

UPDATE 1/20: Brianne has graciously offered all MTG readers a 30% discount (good through March 1) when they enter the coupon code “gethealthy” at checkout

Happy rebooting

The Weekend Reboot 2-Day Reset

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Cranberry Orange Green Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan)

Cranberry Orange Green Smoothie

This festive detox smoothie is a great way to sneak your greens in while enjoying some of the season’s best flavors. Cranberry and orange are a match made in heaven – it’s one of my favorite combinations. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to take it over the top!

I used an old Cranberry Orange Smoothie recipe that I posted a couple of years ago as my foundation. I wanted to amp up the flavors and also add some more nutrition because let’s face it, super smoothies (those packed with extra goodies like seeds and nuts) have more staying power. I added some cashews and hemp seeds, orange zest, a bit more sweetness with the medjool dates, and coconut water…

To read the whole post and get the recipe, head on over to Red and Honey where I’m guest posting!

Festive Cranberry Orange Green Smoothie

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Cocoa Caramel Bars & the BEST Holiday Dessert Cookbook

The holidays are here! With Thanksgiving in one week, I’m already hoppin’ on the holiday dessert train (Pumpkin Bars and No-Bake Pecan Pie Bars for me, please!) Plus, between cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and big family meals, I’m so ready to satisfy my sweet tooth.

To me, caramel and chocolate is right up there along with peanut butter and chocolate as one of the best flavor combos ever. I can’t get enough. These caramel-y, chocolate-y bars melt in your mouth as the perfect healthy treat.

They’re part of one of my favorite holiday recipe cookbooks ever – the Christmas Dessert Freedom e-cookbook.

This cookbook is full of 10 recipes, including Tiramisu, Peppermint Patties, Rum Balls, Gingersnaps, and more. 

This $10 holiday dessert collection is a beautiful, 35-page full color e-book – perfectly readable on computers, iPads, iPhones, Kindles + Android devices. It’s a great buy for your own kitchen or give it as a gift! You could make one of the desserts, wrap it up with a bow, and include a note that you’re including the cookbook in the gift as well.

The recipes are fantastic and made of only whole food ingredients (seriously – the real-food ingredient list includes coconut, dates, maple syrup, coconut oil, and more). 

I also love that all of the recipes in this holiday recipe e-book are paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free so it’s suitable for those with special dietary restrictions or allergies.  

Paleo Vegan Cocoa Caramel Bars

I originally shared this recipe 2 years ago right after I started Made to Glow. Because it’s one of my faves, I decided I had to share it again to spread the word and share the healthy dessert love.

How it works? Once you purchase the book, an email is sent straight to your inbox with a special link, (exclusive to you), that you give a little click. It brings up a PDF of the book, and all you have to do is save it where you want it! (On your iPad, computer, Kindle, etc.) You’ll have the opportunity to save it on up to three devices.

{To purchase as a gift: Click here then click the pink “add to cart” button. On the new page, click on the link that has pictures of credit cards (right side) and says “pay with credit card” underneath. Enter your billing information then enter the recipient’s email address.}

Cocoa Caramel Bars (Paleo, Vegan)
 
This recipe is from the Christmas Dessert Freedom Cookbook by Leanne Vogel.
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 cup tahini or sunflower seed butter
  • ½ cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet dairy-freechocolate
Instructions
  1. For the bottom layer, add coconut oil to a large bowl. Slowly drop in cacao powder, whisking as you go. When all is added and clumps are gone, add coconut nectar and vanilla. Whisk until incorporated. Add shredded coconut and hemp seeds. Mix with a spoon, or your hands, until every-thing is covered in chocolate. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan and transfer to the freezer to cool.
  2. Then, prepare the caramel layer by adding the tahini, coconut nectar and vanilla to a saucepan and heating on low heat for 1-2 minutes, just until incorporated. You do not want the mix to boil, just get it hot and continue to stir until the mixture begins to hold together slightly. Remove the pan from the freezer; top the base with caramel and even out with a spoon. Place back in the freezer.
  3. To prepare the top layer, add water to a large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. Add chocolate to a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over top of the saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Keep the bowl over top of the saucepan until all chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Once melted, take the bars out from the freezer and drizzle the melted chocolate over top.
  4. Cover pan and freeze for at least 12 hours.

 

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All pictures in this post are courtesy of Leanne Vogel and Healthful Pursuit.