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Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free Brownie Bites

It sounds fake…or super dry and lacking of taste when you put it that way. But I have been seeing dessert recipes online that are based around dates for a while now and when I was at the grocery store a little while ago I decided to pick some up for when i became bored enough to try something new.

There are TONS of variations on this everywhere and I just decided to use which ever nuts I had on hand and since I didn’t have any coconut flakes, those didn’t make it in there either. But the REALLY taste like brownie bites! This is a perfect little recipe to have just a few morsels in the refrigerator for when you are craving something filled with chocolate.

Chocolate Brownie Bites

Ingredients:

1 Cup Sliced Almonds 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Pinch of Salt 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Pitted Dates 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened

Directions:

1. In a blender, blend the walnuts and almonds until they are fine. Then add in the pinch of salt, vanilla, dates and cocoa powder. After blending for 30 seconds, add in a tablespoon of water to get everything to stick together.

2. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the mix and roll them into a ball in your hands. Refrigerate until you are ready to eat them!

They are so easy to make and definitely taste better when they are cold. All they have in them is fruit and nuts! You can’t go wrong!

What is your favorite cheat snack that isn’t really bad for you??

A Month of Paleo!

Yes, you heard it right. After A week straight of baking every cookie under the sun and trying to make excuses to bake some more, I couldn’t actually handle all of the sugar any more and decided to give paleo a try. My sister had been doing a paleo challenge for the month of January with her cross fit gym, which put the idea in my head.

I was sitting at home, feeling the sugar over load and wanting to do something to get in shape for the upcoming wedding, when I just up and left to go to Barnes N Noble to pick up some cookbooks, then to the supermarket for a complete over-haul of my pantry.

I ended up grabbing “The Paleo Solution” by Robb Wolf and Against All Grain, which is a cookbook by another blogger. The first aisle I walked down was the dairy aisle, with milk, cheeses, yogurts, butter, cream cheese. An aisle that I would most likely pick up all of the above was no longer an aisle that I wanted to even tempt myself with.

I bought what I considered to be paleo foods and headed home to read up. Robb Wolf’s book is a great reference to why paleo makes sense for your body. It really got me excited about trying the diet change.

What is the paleo diet?? In a short sentence, anything you can pick, hunt, or gather you can eat. No processed foods, no grains, no legumes, no dairy.

The paleo diet is really quite simple in what you are eating. So instead of painstakingly making a ‘food diary’ of sorts, here is a day of meals.

Breakfast:

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Peper and Onions, with spicy sausage and an over easy egg.

 

Lunch: 

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A sandwich without the bread. Roasted Red Peppers, Sliced Turkey, Avocado and Bacon.

 

Snack:

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A strawberry banana smoothie made with almond milk.

 

Dinner:

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Roasted chicken and steamed broccoli. I licked that roasted chicken clean it was so good.

 

So far, it really hasn’t been that bad. After reading Robb Wolf’s book, I decided that being the strict, “NOTHING NON-PALEO WILL CROSS THESE LIPS.” That I would go with the idea of 85% of the time, paleo choices will be made. 15% is a little more relaxed. I eat on the road quite a bit and there really isn’t a way for me to no eat out. This way, when my salad has a bit of cheese sprinkled on top, I won’t go nuts.

 

Have you ever decided to try a drastic diet change??