Month: February 2014

7 Layer Bars

Right out of my favorite cookbook Against All Grain, these 7 layer bars are a hit!

All the labor has a satisfying payoff. Each layer requires separate preparation, but all parts come together to create one amazing treat!

PREP TIME: 60 mins  COOK TIME: 45 mins TOTAL TIME: 105 mins

Makes 1 dozen bars

Recipe:

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 tablespoon palm shortening or ghee
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Crust:
1∕3 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut flour
1⁄4 cup almond flour
1⁄4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch sea salt

Ganache:
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon coconut milk
3 tablespoons honey

Coconut Cream:
3 tablespoons coconut butter
6 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey

Toppings:
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
1⁄4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1⁄4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Make the caramel sauce. Bring the honey to a low boil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally to ensure even browning and a dark amber color. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the palm shortening, coconut milk, and salt. Return to heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Do not under cook, carmel will be too runny.
  2. Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms. Press the dough into an 8-by-8-inch ovenproof dish. Bake for 10 minutes. remove and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the ganache. Melt the chocolate slowly over a double broiler or in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water. stir in the milk and honey. spread the chocolate mixture over the crust.
  4. Drizzle cooled caramel sauce over the chocolate layer. sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the chocolate layer.
  6. Make the coconut cream. Place the coconut cream ingredients in a small bowl, whisk, and then drizzle over the walnuts.
  7. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the cream layer.
  8. Finish with a layer of chocolate chips.
  9. Place the bars in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for 1 hour to set. cut into 12 even bars.
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Finding Joy in Yeast-Free Living

Hey guys! I’m Peyton, and I’ll be bringing you the yeast-free portion of our blog!

As an athletics enthusiast, you would think that maintaining a healthy lifestyle has always been one of my top priorities. However, three years ago, I was a thirty-pounds overweight college freshman with non-existent ideas about health and nutrition. Hypothyroidism sent my body through a rollercoaster of weight gains, while a milk allergy left me bedridden for days at a time. Yet it wasn’t until the end of my first semester of college that I experienced a self-awakening.

In December 2010, my mom introduced me to yeast-free living after visiting The Hotze Clinic, and on Christmas day, my mom and I began the six-week, yeast-free challenge that would change my life.

At first, yeast-free meant giving up every food that I had ever enjoyed. My previous diet staples (sugar, bread, corn, and dairy) were all cut from my diet in the course of a day. The first three days of the program were a blur, containing cravings, hunger pains, and moodiness that only come from an extreme body detox. However, my mom and I persevered and we were rewarded at our weigh-in three weeks later, which stated we had both lost fifteen pounds. From then on, there was no looking back.

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Add a little joy to your life!

We are all about the main ingredients found in Hershey’s Almond Joy candy bar: Almonds, Coconut, and Chocolate. As sweet and satisfying as this treat may be, its ingredients are far from their natural state.  Instead of highly processed ingredients that are pressed into a sweet treat, we are using  all natural, high quality, minimally processed ingredients. Anything that involves any form of almonds, coconut, and dark chocolate, we want to talk about it!

We want to share our joy about these ingredients with you!  By providing information about each of these ingredients, their uses, where to find them, and how to incorporate them into your daily diet routines, we hope that you will have a newfound joy too.

From authors that have their own dietary boundaries, we will be talking to you from three different perspectives. We hope that these perspectives will provide support, information, and encouragement to those that may have the same conditions. We all have our own unique stories to share!

Bailey’s recipes are tailored to fit those with gluten, dairy, grain, and soy allergies. Many know this by the term “Paleo”. To learn more about the Paleo diet you can visit Robb Wolf’s website.

Rae Ann  and Peyton will tell you a little more about their dietary journeys in their ‘about’ posts.

 If you are living with any food intolerances, allergies, or are just looking for a lifestyle change we can’t wait to share that journey with you. Away with the doubt of never enjoying anything sweet and satisfying! From dessert recipes to easy on-the-go combinations we hope to give you something to look forward to.

Say yes to almonds. Say yes to coconut. And definitely say yes to dark chocolate.