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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Plant-Based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Chocolatey plant-based no-bake brownies that are secretly healthy~ too good to be true~ so fudgy!

 I have a sweet tooth that has to be tamed. While I have no problem with occasionally enjoying sweets, I prefer to eat healthy treats that are lower sugar as my body feels better with healthy food. I am already making most of my sweet treats as I have to avoid dairy due to a dairy allergy. So my thinking is might as well make my sweet treats healthy and guilt-free. That way I can enjoy my treats and not have to worry about my food choices.  So I am glad that I discovered these no-bake salted chocolate brownies. They are so easy to make and these brownies are made with healthy wholesome ingredients.

Perfect for so many meal plans

These rich gooey chocolate squares can be enjoyed on so many food plans as these no-bake brownies are

  • Made without refined sugar
  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Raw
  • Dairy-free
  • Plant-based
  • High protein
  • Healthy ingredients
They look and taste like brownies

 These rich chocolate no-bake brownies look and taste too good to be a healthy treat. The chocolate sweet treats taste like brownies and have a fudge-like texture. They say an important part of food tasting good is how the food looks, so your mind will try to make you think that these delicious treats are loaded with sugar but they are secretly healthy. Your friends and family will be surprised that these gooey chocolate treats are made with dates and nuts. The cocoa powder is the secret ingredient for the intense chocolate flavor.

Dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder blended into pure delight!

 The no-bake raw plant-based brownies have the chewy texture like a brownie so your mouth will be happy after the first bite. The chocolate frosting is what makes these vegan brownies taste so good. So make sure to spread the gluten-free brownies with the gooey chocolate frosting and then sprinkle a bit of salt on top. Salt and chocolate just were made for each other. A sprinkle of coarse salt just brings out an amazing intense chocolate flavor.

Looking for a Keto-friendly cookie?

Check out my recipe for Keto Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate cravings

 The no-bake dairy-free brownies will satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings and are the perfect treat for healthy meal plans. I like to make these chocolate treats for healthy after-school snacks for my kids. These no-bake treats can be stored out of the fridge for several days so they are the perfect healthy treat to send to your kids at college.

Freezer friendly no bake brownies

 These moist brownies freeze well too and can be stored in the freezer for 3 months. So I make sure to stash some of the healthy brownies in my freezer so I can enjoy one when I am craving chocolate. So I always have brownies when I want a sweet treat that is healthy. The healthy no bake brownies can be enjoyed straight from the freezer but they taste best if you allow them to thaw for 20-30 minutes.

Make different flavors of the no bake brownies

 These no-bake brownies can be made with different flavors. You could add a couple of tablespoons of peanut or almond butter to the raw brownie dough for a chocolate peanut butter taste. You could omit the cocoa powder and substitute peanut butter powder for a peanut butter bar. Another idea is to add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter powder to the chocolate frosting for an amazing chocolate peanut butter frosting. Instead of the sprinkling of salt, top the brownies with walnut halves or chocolate chips.

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Helpful hints

 I recommend using a food processor to mix the brownie ingredients together. I used my high-speed blender and it took a long time for the ingredients to mix up as they got stuck way too many times. It does take about 3-5 minutes for the walnuts and dates to blend together with the cocoa powder so be patient. Also, it may seem that brownie dough may need more water when you are blending it in the food processor, but don't add more. Just keep mixing and the mixture will get smooth.

Line the brownie pan with parchment paper or wax paper that is bigger than the pan. Then fold the paper over the brownie dough and press on the paper to mold the brownie dough to fit the pan. The paper will also help you get the sticky, gooey brownies out of the pan. Frost the brownies after you place the brownie square on a plate. After frosting the brownies, wait a couple minutes for the chocolate frosting to set before cutting the brownies into squares. Cut the brownies slowly as they will be gooey but they will hold their shape.

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Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 16
Ooey gooey, chocolatey unbaked brownies that are secretly healthy


brownie dough
  • 2½ cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons  melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse salt for sprinkling


How to cook Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

  1. Combine the ingredients for the brownie dough in a food processor.
  2. Process until completely smooth, scraping down as needed. Don't worry if it seems dry, it will be fine so don't add extra water.
  3. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan, or line the pan with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the brownie dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan.
  5. Then make the chocolate frosting and spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. 
  6. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours, to set. 
  7. Leftovers can stay covered at room temperature for a day, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge,
chocolate frosting
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients, except coarse salt.
  2. Stir until mixture forms a paste (this is the frosting).
  3.  Spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. Lightly sprinkle the coarse salt over the brownies.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Healthy Snacking For Your Sweet Tooth With DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose

This post is sponsored: I have partnered with The Brand Connection and Allulose to bring you this post, all opinions are my own

 You work hard at this healthy thing as you know that a healthy body feels amazing. Your new normal is nourishing your body with food that keeps it at its best. You discovered that exercise is a good thing and bodies are made to move. You might even enjoy when your body is in motion. This new healthy lifestyle is beginning to grow on you but it can still be hard when you crave your favorite sweet treats that you gave up on your journey to better health.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose

  For the most part, I follow a healthy diet and I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar that I consume. The problem is, I have a sweet tooth and still want to enjoy treats like cookies and ice cream. I do good all day eating my healthy fruits and veggies. I get myself to the gym for my daily cardio workout and of course, I feel amazing. Then nighttime strikes and I start craving something sweet. It can be hard to hush that craving when I just want a bowl of ice cream. Does this sound like you? I am happy to let you know that you can be healthy and still have a sweet treat. You can have a dish of ice cream and still stick to your healthy lifestyle.

 I discovered a delicious ice cream that is sweetened with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose and it can be enjoyed on most healthy food plans.  DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose is a non-artificial sweetening ingredient that has the same sweet taste and texture as sugar but it has 90% fewer calories. The best part is it sweetens ice cream with no unpleasant aftertaste and doesn't increase insulin levels. So you can have that dish of creamy ice cream and not worry about going over your carb count. You can treat yourself to chocolate ice cream in your favorite bowl and not stress out about not being committed to your healthy body.

Allulose is a rare sugar found in nature in very small quantities in certain fruits such as figs and raisins. 

 DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose is a healthy low-calorie sugar alternative that can be enjoyed by healthy people or individuals with type 2 diabetes. This low-calorie sweetener gives your favorite foods a sweet taste without raising your blood glucose levels and it is also Non-GMO Project Verified. So give DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose a chance as you have nothing to lose but calories.

Sweetie® is a low-fat ice cream with reduced sugar-containing less than 2 grams of fat, and 7 grams or less of sugar per ½ cup serving.

 The discovery of this guilt-free ice cream is awesome news for those who follow the keto diet or need to reduce their sugar intake. Now, this is not a boring container of low-fat ice cream. This is a creamy ice cream that has amazing flavor.  Sweetie®  ice cream is available in delicious exciting flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mango Passionfruit, Coffee and
Blueberries ‘n’ Cream. My boys could not wait to indulge in a dish of ice cream. The boys had a hard time deciding which yummy flavor to try first. The chocolate Sweetie ice cream won as they love chocolate ice cream. My whole family enjoyed this ice cream, even my husband. My family did not even realize that it had less sugar. For now, this keto lover's ice cream is only available at a number of stores and creameries throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont but it can be purchased online. Yes, you can get ice cream delivered to your doorstep!  Click here to learn more www.SweetieIceCream.com

All Sweetie® products contain at least 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber

Fall in Love with Less Sugar

 Less sugar and carbs is a good thing for many of the healthy meal plans. So DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose can be enjoyed by those who follow the keto meal plan or who have to count carbs. Your sweet tooth can be satisfied without the worries of your insulin levels being raised. This unique rare sugar is found in nature in fruits like figs and raisins. This delicious ice cream is just one of the many guilt-free sweet treats that are made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose. Visit the DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose website to learn about other products made with this sweetener.

 My husband and kids tried the chocolate ice cream sweetened with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose and they loved the taste. My husband, who claims that he can tell when something is made with a different type of sweetener, did not notice that this rich creamy ice cream was made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose. He said the ice cream tasted good and had no bad aftertaste. husband loved the rich chocolate taste and that the ice cream was made with real milk.  My The boys ate their dish of ice cream and licked their bowls clean. Of course, they all wanted more ice cream. The next day the boys asked if we could have ice cream for dessert.

Facts about DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose 

 + The ingredient Allulose does count as a carb so it is not 100% carb-free. So if you need help calculating the total number of carbs in all the sweet foods made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose- Click HERE 
+ Clinical Studies have shown that Allulose does not significantly raise blood glucose or insulin levels, and it has been deemed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA, making it a healthy alternative to use in place of sugar.
+ Thanks to a decision by the FDA, Allulose is now exempt from being labeled as “Sugars” and “Added Sugars” on labels in the USA. 

Discover more about DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose 

 Now that you know about this delicious sweet treat that can be enjoyed by those who follow a healthy lifestyle you need to head to DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose Facebook page so you can get updates about new products and special offers. 

  Thanks to DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose and Sweetie ice cream lovers around the world can indulge without the guilt and without sacrificing flavor and creamy texture. Ice cream lovers can enjoy a dish of rich creamy ice cream and still follow their healthy meal plans.  My family can enjoy dessert more often and I don't have to worry about them eating too much sugar. 

Love ice cream but hate the calories that come with it? Look for Sweetie Ice Cream made with Dolcia Prima Allulose. With a fraction of the calories of sucrose, Dolcia Prima Allulose gives Sweetie® Ice Cream the clean, sweet taste and texture you desire – as previously only sugar could do.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Zoku Neat Stack Giveaway

 Storing food has never been so easy!

 I received a Neat Stack to facilitate this post but opinions are my own

 I like things organized in my kitchen. One of the places that I have been working on is my food storage and how I store leftovers in the fridge. I like leftovers as it means that I don't have to cook the next day or my family has food to pack for their lunch the next day. So when I cook, I make extra food for other meals for my family.

  Over the years I have collected a huge amount of food storage containers for the purpose of storing food for leftovers and packed lunches. I have also bought many different styles of plastic containers to help with food storage. Most of these plastic containers have not lasted that long as they were cheap and the ones that survived are stored in a cabinet that is quite messy. My husband says that my food storage container cabinet is out of control! I agree that my plasticware cabinet is out of control and I need help!

Take back your cabinet space 

   So I decided to do something about my plastic food storage cabinet, the one that has lids falling out everywhere. The cabinet where the kids just toss the containers into when they unload the dishwasher. The cabinet that I am afraid to open. Do you have a cabinet that is overflowing with plastic dishes? Maybe it is time to take back your cabinet space.

The other day I decided to tackle the plastic dish cabinet, the one with way too many plastic bowls with mismatched lids. I tossed out all the plastic leftover containers that were missing lids and donated the containers that I no longer used. My days of a messy cabinet were over and I decided to give the Zoku Neat Stack a chance with my food and leftovers.

  I took back my cabinet space with Zoku's brilliantly designed Neat Stack™ Collection of nesting food storage containers. These food containers not only look great in my kitchen but also have some unique features that I am hoping will end my food storage nightmare. I love how the food containers stack so neatly with the lids so I can easily find the right lid for the container. The containers come in four sizes and have color-coded bands on them that indicate the size. The lids latch so easily and are even watertight!

If my family uses the containers for their packed lunches, the lids have a place for a universal Neat Stack™ freezer pack that fits each of the 3, 4, and 5-cup containers so their food stays cold until lunchtime. Check out the other great features of the 11-piece Neat Stack containers.

The Neat Stack™ Collection features:

Color-Coded Bands to help you quickly find the size you need

Leak-Proof Lids that seal tightly for maximum confidence

Multi-functional Neat Stack™ Freezer Packs that either snap under or nest on top of lids

Constructed of microwave safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe premium materials

BPA and phthalate-free

Would you like to own an 11-piece Zoku Neat Stack? 

  If you are ready to take back your cabinet space then you should get these awesome food storage containers. Head on over to https://www.zokuhome.com/ and take a look at all the unique food storage containers. Then come back here and tell me which food container that you would love to own.

Make sure to enter my GIVEAWAY for a chance to win your own 11-pc Neat Stack!

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