Chocolate Covered Cashews

 

 

8 ounces unsweetened Baker’s chocolate

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup honey

Dash of Kosher or sea salt

2 cups roasted cashews (any type of nuts will work here)

1 T coconut oil

 

Prepare cookie sheet by covering with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside. Add cashews to medium bowl and set aside. Add all ingredients to a heavy saucepan and turn to low heat. Stir until chocolate is completed melted. Once completely melted, pour chocolate mixture over cashews. Stir to cover thoroughly. Spread evenly onto cookie sheet lined with parchment. Set cookie sheet in refrigerator until cool (at least 2 hours). Break apart into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!

Store in container for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long).

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{Holiday} Monster Cookie Bars

Ok, so these aren't so much a holiday monster bar as Monster Bar Cookies with holiday-colored candies in them. Since baking is not really my thing, that's good enough for me.

These bars are easy- you only need one large bowl- and some simple ingredients. There is definitely sugar in these but no flour- gluten free otherwise! I have made them with sugar alternatives (Erythritol and Stevia) but when you're bringing something to share at a party, you don't want to bring something that could potentially cause digestive upset. You gotta know your audience... So, here's the simple, gooey, {holiday} Monster Cookie Bar recipe. 

Ingredients

4 eggs

1 1/2 C Sugar

1 C Brown Sugar

3/4 t Salt

1 T Vanilla

16oz jar natural peanut butter

5 T butter

2 1/2 t baking soda 

5 Cups Gluten Free old fashioned oats

1 C mini holiday M&Ms (or normal for non-holiday times)

1/2 C-1 C Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Directions

Grease Jelly Roll pan generously. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large...

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3 Ways Dark Chocolate Can Improve Heart Health

Did you know dark chocolate can be good for your heart?

I’m not talking candy bars here. We’re talking about Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. As with anything regarding your health, quality is key and choose organic when possible.

 Here’s the nutritional break down for just 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate:

10 grams of fiber

120 mg of Magnesium

7 mg of Iron

50 mg of Calcium

600 Calories

…and so obviously, you don’t want to make a meal out of JUST dark chocolate but adding it here and there is a good source of nutrition that can improve your health.  Here are 3 Ways Dark Chocolate Improve Cardiovascular Health.

  1. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants take care of damaging particles in the body and keep us from getting sick. It’s loaded with polyphenols, flavanols, and catechins – all powerful antioxidants. Some studies have shown dark chocolate to rival the antioxidant properties of blueberries, specifically, the...
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