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A Coconut Cacao Frosty

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegan, Paleo

Chocolate. Coconut. Banana. 

The trifecta of yum. Aaaaand full of nutrients. A superfood ‘frosty’, if you will. 

This delightful treat combines that oh-so-good for you cacao and frozen banana for a super creamy dessert. Add in Molokai Coconut Bai5 + toasted shredded coconut and you’ve got a hint of the tropics. 

Pretty darn perfect way to ring in the unofficial start of summer, eh? 

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free

Seriously, with just a handful of ingredients, no added sugar, and less than 10 minutes to make, this healthy treat is a must. Just in time for the weekend… 

To take this over the top, garnish with a big dollop of coconut whipped cream like I did on these cinnamon grilled peaches and mango coconut parfaits (bonus, the whipped cream is also gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free). 

Coconut Cacao Frosty - Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

A Coconut Cacao Frosty
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 Heaping TB Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Large Frozen Bananas (in chunks)
  • ½+ Cup Molokai Coconut Bai5
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Heaping TB cacao nibs + more nibs for topping
  • ⅛ cup of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Instructions
  1. Toast the shredded coconut… spread the shredded coconut in an even layer in your toaster oven or pan (whatever you would use to toast nuts). Toast the shredded coconut for just a minute or two until it starts to brown - then immediately take off the heat as it will burn fast. Set to the side.
  2. Pulse the frozen banana chunks and cocoa powder in a food processor or high-speed blender a few times. Add ¼ cup of the Bai5 in while leaving the processor on. Turn off and scrape down the sides with your spatula. Pulse a few more times, add the last ¼ of Bai5. Scrape down the sides. The consistency should start to look like a smooth, velvety, chocolate-y spread. Is your food processor having trouble? Add more Bai5.
  3. Throw in the cacao nibs and pulse a couple of times to incorporate.
  4. Put in glasses and top with toasted shredded coconut and more cacao nibs. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you use cacao powder instead of cocoa powder, you might need to add sweetener (try stevia, maple syrup, or honey).
Same goes for if your bananas aren't sweet enough… add your sweetener of choice to taste.
Want more coconutty flavor? Mix the shredded coconut into the frosty AND top it with it. Or, try adding coconut extract instead of vanilla extract!
Too thick for you? Add more Bai and process again.
Top with whipped coconut cream to take this over the top!

Wondering about frozen bananas? 

I always have frozen bananas on hand for smoothies, soft serves, and frostys like these. Don’t throw out your spotted bananas! Peel, chop them into large pieces, and freeze so you have them on hand anytime to make delicious frozen desserts.

 

Are you a fan of Bai? Check out my Blueberry Burst Smoothie.

 

Click the links below for info about the products I used in this recipe: 

  1. Cacao Nibs 
  2. Cocoa Powder
  3. Vanilla Extract
  4. Molokai Coconut Bai5
  5. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

 

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Thai Mango Salad with Cashew Ginger Dressing

If you’ve seen my Mango Coconut Chia PuddingMinty Mango Nectarine SmoothiePumpkin Spice Green Smoothie, or Tropical Soft Serve, you know I’m a pretty big fan of mango.

Thai Mango Salad with Ginger Cashew Dressing 2

I can’t stop! So using mango in a main dish seemed like the next logical step.
 
I started with my beloved mango, added some fresh greens and herbs, crunchy veggies and cashews, creamy avocado, green onion, and ginger, and ended up with a super fresh, addicting, Asian-inspired power bowl. Add your favorite protein, and you’re good to go.
 
This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and vegan, and is easily customizable for any dietary and flavor preference… click to see the recipe for more info on how to make this recipe nut-free, soy-free, and more.
 
Thai mango Salad with Cashew Ginger Dressing
 

I posted this recipe on Red and Honey a few weeks ago and very quickly got the following feedback from a Red and Honey reader:

“Made this for dinner using sunflower seed butter in dressing and added chicken….was delicious.  Mango and avocado are great together!  4 thumbs up in my house…which is rare.  Thank you for the recipe.”

Love it! Oh, and make sure you click over to R&H to read the back story on this recipe and find out reason #1,976,023 why I love my Mom :) 

Click here for the Thai Mango Salad and Cashew Ginger Dressing recipe!

 

Spring is Here: 3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Eating Habits

Spring has sprung, it’s finally here! Warmer weather, longer days, and more time spent outdoors.

Hal-le-lujah.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Eating Habits

Most people think of spring as the season of growth and renewal. I like to think of it as a time for refreshing or resetting my habits, and bringing it back to basics.

Spring is the perfect time to take a look at what AND how you’re eating, how it makes you feel, and if there’s anything you want to change. Maybe there’s nothing you want to change… you eat good, you feel good, and you glow.

But, if you feel like you could up the fruits & veggies or change how you’re eating… 

Why not take advantage of a new season and ‘spring clean’ your eating habits! Read more about my 3 tips to easily and realistically change things up… for the better. I really struggle with the third one (let’s be real), but it’s super important – and each meal is a new chance for change. 

Read more on the Bai blog – click here!

 

Real Food Protein Bars – RxBar Review and Giveaway

Super excited to share this giveaway with you all today! 

RxBar Review & Giveaway

RxBar reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying their products. I’m always on the lookout for clean, simple, on-the-go eats with limited ingredients, that are lower in sugar and higher in protein. I find it hard to find protein/snack bars that fit the bill, so I looked into RxBar and was really pleased.
 
Just a disclaimer, I was not paid for this post (they did provide samples), and these are all of my opinions. I like to share my favorite finds with you, and a giveaway is even better!
 
I love that RxBars have less than 8 ingredients each – their core ingredients are dried figs, dates, nuts, and egg whites, and depending on the flavor, they also add blueberries, cacao, coconut, peanuts, apples, or spices. The egg whites and raw almonds provide 12 grams of protein in each bar! They’re also naturally gluten-free, dairy-free (perfect for me!), soy-free, non-GMO, paleo-friendly, whole-30 friendly, and have no added sugar or artificial ingredients. 
 
RxBar Review & Giveaway
 
So far, my favorite flavors are their Chocolate Sea Salt, Coffee Cacao, and Blueberry. My only compliant (gotta be real here) is that sometimes they can be a bit ‘gummy’, but they all have nuts, which add some delightful crunch. 
 
RxBar Review & Giveaway

Half-eaten bar… I couldn’t wait :)

 
I keep them in my purse and gym bag for when I’m in need of a quick snack/meal.They’re a terrific option for travel, post-workout, or whenever you need something satiating. 
 
Ready to try them? Find all of the flavors on Amazon or on the RxBar website. 
 
RxBar Review & Giveaway

 

It’s Giveaway Time. 

The folks over at RxBar are giving one lucky MTG reader a box of RxBars in the flavor of his/her choice! To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter box below (it may take a minute or two to load).

To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter box below (it may take a minute or two to load). After logging in using your email address or Facebook account, follow the prompts to gain entries. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, March 5, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on May 5. Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by RxBar. The views and opinions expressed on Made to Glow are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences. I was given samples of RxBar free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.

Smoothie 101 from the Smoothie How-To Guide

Hey, fellow smoothie-lovers! I’ve got a special treat for you today.

I’m thrilled to share that Radiant Health Magazine has released the first article, “Smoothie 101″, of my four-part series, “Smoothie How-To Guide”.

Made to Glow Smoothie-How-To Guide, Smoothie 101

Photo credit: Ryon:Lockhart Photography

In this Smoothie How-to Guide, I walk you through:
  • the basics of blending;
  • the health benefits;
  • the differences between juicing and blending;
  • why and how to make green smoothies;
  • my favorite ingredients and add-ins;
  • which blenders I like best;
  • how to make blending part of your routine;
  • how to get your family and kids involved; and
  • much, much more.
Oh, and I share several refreshing smoothie recipes…
 
Smoothie 101, Part 1 of a Made to Glow Smoothie How-To Guide
 

Here’s the first article:

“Smoothie 101″ – head on over to see it! And, keep your eyes out for the next three articles.
 
And, don’t forget to check out my smoothie and juice recipes here on MTG.
 

Coming soon… Rx Bars giveaway, spring-cleaning your eating habits, making the switch to non-toxic bathroom products, my favorite chocolate avocado pudding, and more!