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EAT YOUR CHOCOLATE KIDS!

It is finally here! I am so excited to share this chocolate with you¬†that you must excuse any typos ūüėȬ†¬†I’m not trying to be a chocolate pusher and telling you all that you must eat; but simply am intent on sharing with you WHY¬†you must run out and buy¬†this chocolate!

MY CHOCOLATE STORY

Last February I discover the GO RAW¬†chocolate at the gourmet store down the road from my in-laws Florida pad. I read the ingredients, got really excited and bought¬†two… okay, maybe three.

Got back home to Mount Kisco and tried every local grocery store in my area and no one carried it. I even begged the manager at my local organic grocers to stock up; trying to convey  to him how it fits with their product line and they already carry the brand. No success.

Whenever I remembered to buy it¬†I ordered them from Amazon¬†and passed the scoop onto some¬†friends. How do you like those chocolates now, Katy? ūüôā

Now they are local and you can buy GO RAW chocolate at the newly re- opened Mount Kisco Farm grocery store.

WHY IS CHOCOLATE WORTH EATING?

I don’t really like totally dark chocolate, and that is the healthy kind. I love milk chocolate, but that’s the not so great kind. This is the HEALTHY AMAZING dairy free, no junk added kind! You know when certain super healthy people who you admire talk about eating chocolate each evening. THIS¬†is what they are referring too, not the chocolate with the added junk mentioned here in this article¬†.

SOME SCOOP

1.Raises serotonin levels: Are you happy when you eat chocolate?

2. Raises HDL and cocoa helps oxidize LDL

3. See the nutrition panel below for pure dark cocoa.

  • 67% of the RDA for Iron.
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper.
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese.
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium

Want more ideas and ways to swap out your pantry? Contact me:) 

The Sweet Dairy Free, Gluten Free Hamantaschen

In honor of Purim and this widely popular Hamentaschen Recipe going viral here on the internet I decided to put my own spin on it, and have modified the recipe a bit to suit my food preferences. ¬†For anyone else trying to create an added “healthified” spin on the recipe, let me know what you think!

I happen to have these ingredients on hand, because they all are staples in our home.

Here is the awesome original and here is how I deconstructed it to make it dairy free, gluten-free and vegetarian.

hamanstascehn2 Cups of Buckwheat ( which convert equally)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Butter instead of butter

1  Cup of Coconut Sugar instead of sugar

1/2 Cup of Water added

 

 

 

 

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I don’t eat refined sugar if I can control it, as such, it happens to be in these jams that I had in the house. As a¬†replacement for myself, I filled 1/2 of the cookies with marinated berries.¬†I used 1 cup of frozen berries and let them sit on the counter with 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and drip / drop of malted barley to marinate. This became the filling for my own¬†Hamantaschen cookies and the other half of the cookies I used the fig jam.

When working with this flour it is very gummy and looks a little bit like mud, but don’t fear, just make sure you have flour on hand to keep it from tacking up. I haven’t made my own dough since making challah with a girlfriend a few years ago, so I feel pretty confident that this was a success!

 

A nutritional SIMPLEFOODSCOOP:

Buckwheat is a gut protecting immune boosting complete protein. It’s not even a grain, but is related to the Rhubarb family! It is loaded with central nerve supporting B-complex vitamins and minerals, and is naturally gluten-free. It has a really deep nutty flavor as well that is totally delicious!

imageThe recipe yielded less cookies because the dough is thicker and harder to manipulate. Besides, I was too impatient to work with the dough and wanted to eat them already! I left them in the oven to dry out a little more after turning it off after 20 minutes. They were really yummy! Enjoy the cookie from this snowed – in non- baker mommy and Happy Purim !

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Yum! Yum! Cookies!

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