Congo Bars

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What to say about these bad boys….well, there is chocolate & alcohol in them, need I say more? Okay, okay…there is only one tablespoon of rum, but I swear even after baking, there is still a hint of rum looming in them. Regardless, they are delicious & have all been consumed already (I know, the horror)!

Here’s what to do…

  1. Preheat oven to 350degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper – spread 3/4C pecans on paper & place in oven til golden brown (~ 12minutes) – remove & set aside
  3. Use the same prepared baking sheet & spread 1C coconut on paper & place in oven til golden brown (~5minutes) – remove & set aside
  4. In a large bowl mix 1/2C+2T coconut sugar, 6T Earth Balance buttery spread, 1 egg, 1T dark rum & 2t vanilla extract
  5. In another bowl, combine 1/2C+ 2T brown rice flour, 2T tapioca flour, 1/2t xanthan gum, 1/2t baking powder & 1/2t salt
  6. Pour dry bowl into wet bowl & stir
  7. Add cooled pecans, coconut & 1C coarsely chopped dark chocolate
  8. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper & spread the dough evenly
  9. Place in oven for 15-20minutes

Remove & let cool – cut into 16 squares & serve with ice cream, YUM!!

Nutrition Info Per Bar (Serves 16): 180 calories – 11 grams of fat – 16.5 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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Meatless Monday: Snickerdoodle Fun

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Snickerdoodles are one of the hubs fave treats so I decided to make a heathy version & surprise him! Needless to say, he was surprised & these yummy treats are truly delicious!

Enough talk…lets get baking…

  1. Preheat oven to 350degrees & prep a baking sheet – set aside
  2. In a food processor blend 2C almond flour, 1.25t cinnamon, 1/8t baking soda & 1/8t salt
  3. Pulse in 1/4C softened coconut oil & 2T honey
  4. Roll dough into 10 balls (each ball roughly 1.5T of dough)
  5. Mix 1/3C coconut sugar & 1/2t cinnamon – dip rolled dough in sugar, place on prepared sheet & flatten dough with the bottom of a cup
  6. Bake 7-9minutes, remove & let cool (even if they don’t feel/look done they will be)

This is another freezer friendly dessert – you can pop them out & eat’m up right away!

Nutritional Info Per Cookie (Makes 10): 190 calories – 12 grams of fat – 2.5 carbs – 5 grams of protein

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Coconut Macaroons (& my love of Chico Chef)

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Before I talk about this recipe I just need to give a shout out to Chico Chef! In the past, I have used similar products, but typically after a handful of uses they seem to get to flimsy, fall apart or become discolored…but not this bad boy! I was lucky enough to find Chico Chef one day while browsing the ever so lovely Amazon (seriously, what would we do without Amazon)!

I can not rave enough about how easy it is to bake with the Chico Chef. No spray oil needed – just plop whatever it is your lil’ heart desires onto the silicon mat & bake away! Oh, and did I mention that barely ANY cleaning is needed? Wipe the surface off with a damp cloth & voila, ready to be used again!

Okay…enough about how one product has simply changed my life in the kitchen. On to discuss these ever so tasty coconut macaroons drizzled with dark chocolate, YUM!

  1. Preheat oven to 350degrees
  2. In a bowl add in: 1C unsweetened shredded coconut, 1T coconut flour, 1/2C + 2T lite canned coconut milk, 3T maple syrup, 1packet stevia, 1/4t vanilla extract & dash of salt (~ 1/8t) – stir til well combined
  3. Microwave for 3minutes
  4. Grab a cookie sheet, lay the Chico Chef down – scoop mixture directly onto Chico Chef using a tablespoon to measure and shape each macaroon (should make ~12)
  5. Stick in oven for 20-30minutes (until some of the coconut turns golden brown)

Remove from oven & let cool…I spruced these up with a dark chocolate drizzle & a scoop of chocolate coconut ice cream – yep, amazing! If you want to do the same, continue reading for the rest of the recipe!

Nutritional Info Per Macaroon w Drizzle (Makes 12): 75 calories – 5.5 grams of fat – 6 carbs – 1gram of protein

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