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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Smoothie

Red Velvet Beet Chocolate SmoothieThis beet and chocolate smoothie pleasantly surprised me. This was the first smoothie I’ve made that contained chocolate.

It has a slight beet flavor, which may be because the beets were roasted ahead of time then cooled in the fridge. The recipe may work with raw beets, as this recipe suggests. I have some light colored beets left over (see the picture to the right) so I will certainly try this easy-to-make smoothie again with raw beets to compare.

Not a fan of chocolate? Try the Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, raw or cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)
2 tbsp Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla  (or milk of choice)
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

Total Calories: 309 (including lettuce)

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Mint Soft Serve (Dairy Free)

This recipe from Eat Life Whole is such a great recipe because it’s dairy free substitute for ice cream and has a healthy dose of good-for you fats. In addition, it’s quick and easy to make.

Tonight, I found a way to enhance it even more. I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo so I chose that nut butter over making my own almond butter and threw in Andes mint baking chips that would make a wonderful mint ice cream.The chocolate protein powder is listed as optional as it will probably taste just as good without it.

The baking chips can be melted in a glass microwave safe dish, in the microwave by heating on high in 15 second increments, stirring in between. Do not over cook.

Ingredients

  • Andes – Mint Baking Chips, 1 Tbls. (38g)
  • Vega Sport – Performance Protein Chocolate, 1.3 oz 1 scoop (optional)
  • Bananas – Frozen, 2 medium (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)
  • Avacado (Hass) – Medium, 1/2 medium
  • Jif – Creamy Peanut Butter, Natural, 1 Tblsp. (33g) or other nut butter
  • Ghirardelli – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips, 32 chips, melted

Steps

  1. Toss the frozen banana pieces, ½ of an avocado, Andes, and protein powder into a food processor (or blender) and chop until the frozen bananas break down into a soft serve consistency.
  2. Add the almond butter and process/blend for a few more seconds.
  3. Top with 1/2 of the melted chocolate and throw in the freezer for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate hardens. Serve immediately.

Serves 2

Calories per serving 283 (not including protein powder)


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Pamela’s Brownie Mix Gluten Free

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Product: Gluten Free Pamela’s chocolate Brownies Mix
Buy again: Maybe, I’ve had better luck with Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Moist
  • Not grainy
  • When making this, I had some issues with done-ness. Be sure to cook it long enough and with the right pan and oven temperature.

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All But Gluten – Gluten Free Brownies

All But Gluten – A New Brand of Gluten Free Products

There is a new brand of gluten free products in the grocery stores. This Indiana brand has made it’s mark and it’s way all the way to the west coast.

20140129-080554.jpgProduct: Gluten Free Brownies by All But Gluten
What I paid: $5.79
Buy again: Yes and I’d like to try there other products
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • North American made
  • Chocolaty
  • Comparable to the brownie bites other brands make
  • They are on the dryer side of the brownie spectrum
  • They crumble easily (see photo below) – great as a chocolate crumble over fresh strawberries
  • The texture is has a slight grainy feel but can be chalked up to dryness and not the ingredients
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Crumbles easily

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Made in Indiana and Canada


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The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle (Red House Bakery)

By far the BEST gluten free chocolate crinkle is from Red House Bakery. These moist, thick, chewy and oh so chocolatey cookies are sold at Pacific Cookie Co in Santa Cruz. There is rarely a day old found for these cookies – maybe because I buy all of them every time I go! They freeze well and thaw quickly.

Red House Bakery makes a good gluten free chocolate chip cookie (again moist and chewy) and a decent snicker doodle with the cream of tartar bite, but when compared to the chocolate crinkle, there is no competition.