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What is natural cocoa powder?

Natural Cocoa Powder To maximize flavour, cocoa manufacturers’ traditionally ferment the beans, use high heat to roast them and add an alkaline, known as Dutching, to improve the color, texture and flavour. The big problem is that all of these steps reduce the amount of antioxidants present. The impact of alkalizing alone reduces the total […]

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Cocoa Season

Looks like winter is finally hitting us here in the Great North! Oh, joy, oh bliss, let’s shovel snow! Always an optimist – on a positive note – the snow signals COCOA SEASON! Love my cup of heart healthy hot cocoa. Yes, depending on the ingredients, cocoa can be the perfect winter drink for your […]

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Frozen Cocoa

In the heat of the summer we all need to stay hydrated. This is especially true for kids and seniors. Before you reach for a fast food frappe drink, which is loaded with sugar, try making your own frozen drink. Add equal parts 100% juice, coconut water and ice cubes to a blender and let […]

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Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa nibs are what chocolate is made from, minus the sugar and milk products. They aren’t sweet. I repeat they aren’t sweet. They aren’t even close to being called sweet but they do contain a ton of flavanols, more than any other version of chocolate or even natural cocoa powder. These flavanols can help lower […]

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Banana Oat Bran Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oat Bran Chocolate Chip muffins and Mairlyn

Makes 12 Recipe from Peace, Love and Fibre (appetite by Random House 2019) Loaded with heart healthy soluble fibre these muffins are good for your heart and your gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Research suggests that a healthy GI helps support your immune system and your mood, two important attributes for why we should be eating more […]

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How to make homemade marshmallows

homemade marsh,allows

Making a homemade marshmallow is easier than you think, if you have the right recipe. I have made homemade marshmallows for years and the recipe from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin (appetite by Random House, 2013) is the easiest and best recipe I have ever used. You don’t even need a candy thermometer, just follow […]

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mairlyn is holding a whole grain snack bar

Snack Bars (recipe from Peace, Love and Fibre)  Makes 24 bars It’s 4:00 pm and you’re hungry, crabby and angry. If someone even dares to look at you the wrong way, having a full-blown tantrum a la a two-year-old seems like a normal option. You’re hangry; trust the Urban Dictionary to come up with that […]

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Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Bites

Makes 40 two-inch cookies Gluten free and Lactose free   Oh, the perils of recipe developing. The warm Spring day I was developing these wee chocolate morsels a squirrel, who I expect was tempted by the chocolate yumminess wafting through my screen door, somehow pried his way through the screen and into my kitchen while […]

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Fudge Brownies – gluten free

Makes 16 – 2×2 inch squares OR one enormous brownie for a true fudgy-style brownie lover Flashback to 1993. I was a newly divorced mother of a three-year-old and my life wasn’t all that rosy looking. I was struggling with finances, keeping up with my mortgage payments, being a mom and trying to get my […]

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Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

brownie cookies sitting on a plate

These triple chocolate brownie cookies are heart healthy and decadent  – somebody pinch me. Makes 32 cookies I’ve been trying to make a two-bite brownie ever since they appeared on the shelves several years ago. My regular brownie recipe just didn’t hold up in those teeny tiny muffin tins. After three creative attempts, I threw […]

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