Chocolate – of course!

Chocolate Monkey Smoothie

With peanuts being banned from most schools the best time to serve heart healthy peanut butter is afterschool. Here’s a great after school snack for you and your kids, this smoothie is loaded with good for you ingredients like skim milk, natural cocoa powder, bananas, and good old reliable PB.   Get your kids to […]

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The heart healthy side of chocolate

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past several years not to know that dark chocolate is GOOD FOR YOU! Yeah, we can eat chocolate totally guilt free, or can we? Well candy companies would like you to think so, but the truth of the matter is that not all chocolate […]

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Dried Fruit and Nut Clusters – gluten free

a white plate with gluten free treats made with fruit and nuts

These easy to make, no bake chocolate dried fruit and nut clusters are a perfect ending to a special dinner that just calls for one decadent treat as the dessert. This is THAT dessert. Serve with tea or coffee and your company will rave. 6 oz (170 g) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped – use 70-75% cocoa […]

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Don’t Forget to Leave Room for Chocolate Cake!

This is my go-to-it cake for birthdays and any special occasion when it has to be chocolate. It’s been on my top ten hit list for years and deserves to be showcased again. Watch how to make it on My Left Frying Pan. Cake: 1 cup (250 mL) whole-wheat flour 2/3 cup (150 mL) all […]

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Chocolate Covered Oranges

I love oranges. I love chocolate. And together they are spectacular. Most chocolate covered oranges include extra sugar to make a syrup – I skipped that part. Making these treats less sweet with a citrus tang and healthier to boot! {Note: best to eat these the day you make them} 2-3 navel oranges, well scrubbed […]

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Chocolate Covered Walnut  – after dinner morsels

The Christmas holidays are rolling in and with it comes food, food, and more food! You can choose taking a hike on your health or not! It really comes down to personal choices and some great recipes as your arsenal against going crazy this holiday season. Because you can make great choices and still have […]

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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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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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Double Chocolate Muffins – a great fall treat

three chocolate muffins sitting on a white plate

These double chocolate muffins get their clout from oat bran and ground flaxseed. Next time you have to send a treat to school, pack these and tell your kids they’re chocolate cupcakes – they taste that good. (Check label of the chocolate chips for peanuts) Don’t let the pumpkin in the recipe mislead you. These muffins don’t […]

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Decadent Brownies

These brownies are decadent, fudgey, and not too sweet. Made with heart healthy natural cocoa powder, whole wheat flour, omega-3 eggs, and canola oil, they’re a healthier version of the old standard. Makes – 16 – 2 x 2-inch pieces Serves – 1 chocoholic and anyone they wish to share them with Baking Tips: When […]

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