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Healthy Addictions: Chocolate Kale Smoothies October 4, 2012

Did you know that kale and chocolate both rank in the top 5 most nutrient dense foods on the planet? Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef, and more calcium than milk, it’s high in vitamin A (300% daily recommended value), C (89% daily value) and K (1,000% daily value), anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, is believed to help lower cholesterol, help with detoxification, and contains 10% of the recommended daily omega-3 intake.

Read more about this awesome green here and here.

So kale keeps you healthy, and chocolate, naturally, makes you fall in love. Chocolate raises serotonin levels, provides magnesium, improves blood flow, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Just don’t mix your dark chocolate with regular cow’s milk because it negates the antioxidant benefits. I use almond milk in the smoothie for this reason and for taste, and haven’t read anywhere that almonds inhibit the absorption of chocolate’s nutrients.

I created this recipe because my 3 year old loves dark chocolate but is not likely to chow down on a full serving of kale if served for dinner, so a smoothie felt like a promising way of delivering this powerful grow food, and anything containing chocolate is automatically viewed a “treat”. She asked for thirds, so we’ll be making this a lot in the future.

Create a healthy addiction in your life…start making more smoothies!

Chocolate Kale Smoothie

16 oz almond milk

¾ cup frozen blueberries

2 bananas, peeled and frozen

1 T. honey

¼ t. vanilla extract

1 ½ T. soy protein powder (optional)

1 T. unsweetened cocoa, sifted

1 ½ cups fresh kale, washed and torn into large pieces

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses or mugs and sprinkle with sifted cocoa. Serves 2-3.

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Gluten-Free Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes July 1, 2012

Filed under: Dairy free,Dessert,Gluten Free,Vegan — annalope @ 4:59 am
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What these really taste like to me is two-thirds of a Smore. It must be the mesquite flour in the cupcake that smells a little like graham cracker, and when I bite into one with warm chocolate running down, I really wish a toasty marshmallow was waiting inside. They’re great even without it, but someday I might see if I can find a way to sneak one in to the recipe. A great summer cupcake when looking for a chocolate fix.

Also, by using coconut oil and a nondairy milk these are easily made vegan! Because they contain no eggs, the cupcakes are light and delicate. Be careful not to pack flours or your cupcakes may be a little crumbly.

This recipe only made 9 cupcakes for me…a small batch which is rapidly disappearing. I intentionally aim for small batches of baked goods because I’m experimenting here, and am admittedly a novice with gluten-free baking. More importantly, small batches allow me to bake more frequently 🙂

GF Buttermilk Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcake batter:

¾ cup + 2 T. GF Oat flour

2 T. mesquite flour

¼ cup white rice flour

1/8 t. xanthan gum

2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ t. sea salt

½ t. baking powder

½ t. baking soda

½ cup buttermilk or dairy free milk (or 1 ½ t. fresh lemon juice mixed with milk to = ½ cup)

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup butter or coconut oil, melted

1 ½ t. vanilla extract

1/2 cup dark chocolate (70-80% cocoa) for sauce

Preheat oven to 350°. If mixing your own “buttermilk” add the lemon juice to the milk and allow to sit at room temperature a few minutes. Grease 9 muffin cups with butter or coconut oil.

Mix all dry ingredients together in medium bowl. In small bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix buttermilk with maple syrup, butter/oil, and vanilla. Add liquid ingredients to dry and mix well.

Pour into greased cups, bake 13-15 minutes. Do not over-bake…soft is better. Allow to cool in pan on cooling rack for 5 minutes before running a thin knife around the cupcakes and removing from pan to cool completely.

Dark Chocolate Sauce:

Chop 1/2 cup of quality dark chocolate (I really like Scharffen Berger) and melt in a double boiler or over very low heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan while stirring constantly. Spread over cooled cupcakes.