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Mint Chocolate Brownie Bites {Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan, No-Bake}

From mint chocolate chip ice cream cake for my birthdays every year to Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, I’ve always loved the combo of chocolate and mint.

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Choco Mint Brownie Bites Rolled in Protein-Rich Hemp Seeds

The rich and slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate pairs perfectly with the cool and refreshing hint of mint.

I found this recipe for chocolate mint truffles (AKA brownie bites) about a year ago on one of my favorite websites (MindBodyGreen), and I decided to make it again this year and pass it along to all of you!

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Two of the main ingredients in these brownie bites – raw cacao powder and hemp seeds – are super powered super foods.

Hemp seeds are full of heart and brain healthy fats and are an excellent source of protein. That combo makes them great for stabilizing our blood sugar, and when blood sugar is stable, so is our appetite and, ultimately, our weight. I add hemp seeds to smoothies and salad dressings, too. They’re great! (Please note, even though hemp seeds share a similar name to a familiar plant, these hemp seeds will NOT have any impact on drug testing.)

If you’re unsure about hemp seeds, you might want to grow them yourself. That way, you can be sure that they’re safe to eat and you can even grow them organically if you so desire. Hemp is easy to grow, but if you’re not sure where to start, check out these ilgm reviews to see how easily other people have grown their own hemp. It’s also a brilliant plant for fertilizing your soil, so if you’re an avid gardener as well as cook, it’s the perfect plant for you. Just think how much better your tomatoes will grow!

Raw cacao (pronounced ka-KOW) powder comes from the same place cocoa powder does (the cacao plant), BUT it’s not heated like cocoa powder, SO all of its anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-disease nutrients stay intact. Raw cacao powder is the MOST concentrated source of antioxidants AND it enhances the flow of happiness chemicals in our brain like serotonin and dopamine.

You know everything you’ve heard about chocolate being good for you? It’s this stuff they’re talking about. Cacao is health-promoting, mood-boosting chocolate ­čÖé

These healthy brownie bites come together in about 10 minutes, too, and you don’t even have to cook them. Easy peasy!

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Ingredients

Optional Coating

  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries + 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (Grind up goji berries in a spice grinder and roll the truffles in a combo of goji berries and hemp seeds!)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • Candy canes made without high fructose corn syrup in your health food store (However, the recipe is NOT paleo if you use these. Try one of the other coating options first!)

**Click here for the full recipe from MindBodyGreen.

Looking for other healthier holiday treat recipes? Check out this post about 20 Holiday Treats to Knock Your Christmas Stockings Off!

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Cacao-dusted Choco Mint brownie bites!

 

Happy National Kale Day! {Plus a NEW Kale Salad Recipe to Try}

Happy National Kale Day!

In all honesty, I had no idea this was even a “thing” until I woke up this morning and saw it all over twitter.

We love kale and all of the amazing health benefits it provides. It’s a super versatile super food.

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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend┬áthe Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore and┬áhad the privilege of meeting Mr. Kale himself – Brad of Brad’s Raw Kale Chips.┬á

Total food nerd moment ­čÖé

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I’ve featured kale in several recipes on this blog in addition to the one I’m sharing┬átoday! I use it in everything from salads, soups and sautees to smoothies and frittatas.

To celebrate National Kale Day, try one of these recipes, the *new* salad below, or one of the others on the National Kale Day website:

  1. Taste the Rainbow Kale Salad
  2. Upgraded Kale Waldorf Salad
  3. Mediterranean Chickpea and Sundried Tomato Kale Salad
  4. Mini Kale & Mushroom Breakfast Frittatas
  5. Peachy Keen Kale Salad
  6. Tuscan Bean Soup (scroll to the bottom of the page next to the picture of the soup)
  7. Caribbean Island Breeze Smoothie
Kale leaves after being pulled off of the pretty purple stems

Kale leaves after being pulled off of the pretty purple stems

I was on Facebook the other day and was intrigued by the headline, “The Recipe That Will Make You Fall In Love With Kale All Over Again” on MindBodyGreen’s page.

Being the kale lover that I am, I had to click on it.

Reading through the ingredient list piqued my interest, so Bill and I made it for dinner using the purple┬ákale that we had in our fridge. I’m so glad we did!

The lemon juice broke down the bitterness of the kale (as it always does!), and the combo of the sweetness from the dates, complex flavors of the curry powder, bite of the ginger, tanginess of the tahini and crunch of the pumpkin seeds was a real mouth party!

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Salad Ingredients

  • 1 big bunch of┬ákale┬á(any variety), thinly chopped (about 5 cups)

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini (usually in the international┬ásection of the grocery store)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 garlic clove,┬áminced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 3 Medjool dates, pit removed and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes to soften them
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

We topped ours with some raw pumpkin seeds for an extra crunch ­čÖé

Click here for the full recipe from MindBodyGreen!

Ingredients for the salad. This is the best (and cheapest!) tahini we've found. We bought it at a Mediterranean grocery store/cafe nearby called Cedar Cafe

Ingredients for the salad. This is the best (and cheapest!) tahini we’ve found. We bought it at a Mediterranean grocery store/cafe nearby called Cedar Cafe

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