Nutty Cashew Butter Cups ft: Elements Truffles

I’m not really a dessert person, but when it comes to Ayurvedic desserts made with raw and organic chocolates, your girl cannot resist. I have been exploring and learning about how different foods and spices can improve one’s health and love finding delicious ways to incorporate them.

Elements Truffles reached out to me and sent me some of their Ayurvedic Chocolates and I knew exactly what recipe I would make from them. Before I dive into the recipe, let me give a brief background on what Ayurveda and Ayurvedic chocolate is. 

The Websters dictionary defines Ayurveda as: the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. 

As stated on their website: “Elements Truffles are hand-crafted in micro batches, our chocolate is raw, organic, free from dairy, free from GMOs or any artificial flavors and are infused with Ayurvedic super foods. Our chocolates are made with the purest ingredients and intention to spread happiness and love. Our body is made up of five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Ayurveda superfoods help balance these elements and bring about a sense of happiness and peace.”

So, it’s safe to say that if you eat these nutty cashew butter cups, you are bound to move a few steps closer to that life of balance you have been tirelessly searching for.

 

 

What you will need

  • 3 bars of your choice of Elements Truffles
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • Cashew Butter
  • assortment of nuts
  • Nut butter cup papers

Break the chocolate bars into smaller pieces and place into a sauce pan. Turn the fire on to low heart and stir as the chocolates melt.

While the chocolate is melting, melt the cashew butter in another sauce pan, or in the microwave.

Once all of the chocolate is melted, add your coconut oil. This will make the melted chocolate smoother and give it an almost buttery taste.

Remove the chocolate and melted cashew butter from the fire and pour your chocolate into the cashew cup papers. Put them on a tray and place in the oven for 10 miutes.

After 10 minutes, the chocolate should have hardened. Add your cashew butter and assorted nuts next and then pour the rest of the melted chocolate mixture on top.

Place in the fridge for another 10 minutes and enjoy!

I told you these cups are super easy to make! 

If you make this recipe, be sure to tag me, @thesweetsceneblog, and @elementstruffles,

you never know, there may be a giveaway!

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3 Ways | Grab n Go Ballz

When it comes to eating healthily, doing your research and always being prepared are some ways to stay on track with your new lifestyle. Notice how I said lifestyle, and not diet. A diet has a negative connotation as sort of  a “get rich skinny quick” scheme, while a lifestyle is a change that you plan to carry with you for the rest of your life. 

One way to be prepared is to have an arsenal of quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is nothing more frustrating than making this decision to better your health but falling short because you don’t know what to make (besides bitter kale salad) or what you make turns out to be bland and boring. Once you’re in that space of frustration, then you start to feel restricted into this “diet” and thus starts the vicious and unhealthy yo-yo diet cycle.

As my good friend Lauren said, “the more food you find that you like, the less restrictive it feels to eat healthily.”

One thing that used to throw me off my game was lack of healthy snack options. I’m sure many of you can relate to that and might still be struggling with this, so I have created a few Grab n Go ballz for your healthy snacking pleasures. You can follow my recipe, or tweak it with a few ingredients you love! (coconut shreds, ground pistachios, figs, berries etc).

**These are best served for a dessert type snack as they can be a bit sweet.**

Peanut Butter Cacao-y Wowie

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp Justin’s Peanut Butter

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some cacao nibs

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Vanilla Oat Ballz

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

Roll it in some regular oats

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

Green Machine

makes 5-10 (depending on how large you roll them)

3 Pitted Organic Medjool Dates

1 cup Bob Mills ground oats

1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla protein powder

1/2 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein and Green powder

15 drops of chlorophyll

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

add 1 tbsp of ingredients and water into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a clumped consistency

place in the fridge or freezer so it hardens and eat later!

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Sweet Recipe: Grandma’s Home-made Apple Turnover

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When it came time to apply for college it was a no-brainer that for my entrance essay I’d write about my late grandmother, Linda McKenzie. It might seem like a trite subject to write about, but when you had the blessing to have a woman like her as your grandmother, to instill values and morals into your core, you’d be remiss not to honor her legacy and illustrate it on paper every chance you get.

Besides being a boss at everything she did (immigrated to NJ from Jamaica and built a life for her family from the ground up), she always had an abundance of love for her family. One way that she showed that love was by throwing down in the kitchen. She used to make my older cousin, Scott, and I a warm dessert of crisp apple turnover topped with vanilla bean ice cream. It might sound simple (because it is), but any time I hear or see apple turnovers I automatically think of my sagely grandmother in her muumuu dress, sashaying around the kitchen as she whipped up edible magic.

Being that it is National Apple Month, I decided to make my grandmothers Apple turnover dish and share it with you guys! I hope that when you make it, you think of someone that you love and cherish.

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Sweet Eats: #FREEBRADY | Extra Crispy Korean-style Wings!

Summertime in New England has come to end. The times of sitting by the water taking in some Vitamin D as you eat a big plate of fried “catch of the day” is over ladies and gentleman. Before it all slipped away from us too soon, my boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of what might be the last warm day of the year and headed up to Rockport, MA for a big fisherman’s platter. As we began to anticipate the oncoming crispness of the air (which I actually cannot wait for) and the changing of the leaves, I realized that football season was just ramping up and the return of the  G.O.A.T is right around the corner!

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Now don’t get me wrong, I am not obsessed with football like some; I don’t have ESPN alerts on my phone and am not a part of a fantasy league, BUT my boyfriend watches sports 24/7, so I think I’d be able to survive a whole football game on the couch with the guys AND know what’s going on.

Anyway, I decided to try my hand at some Korean style wings in order to welcome Mr. Brady back to the field. OCTOBER 9TH #FREEBRADY.

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The picture above does not do justice to how amazing these wings turned out. (Yes, I know, I need a new lens..I’m working on it.) I love wings, but more importantly, I love EXTRA CRISPY wings. Anytime I go to a restaurant and there is an order of wings coming to the table, I have to ensure that the waiter/waitress knows to tell the chef to make them EXTRA CRISPY.

Some of the best wings made in this fashion are Korean wings, so I did a little browsing and came up with a great recipe! It’s easy, simple and is finger-licking, slap your momma, impress your boyfriend (or tinder date…do people even use that app anymore?) good.

*Just as a pre-cursor, I get all of my groceries from Whole Foods and they are ORGANIC 97% of the time*

What you will Need

  • 3 pounds of wings
  • 2 cups potato or corn starch (add more if needed)
  • grape seed oil
  • organic adobo seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce

  • honey (1/2 tbsp)
  • low sodium soy sauce (3 tbsp)
  • Sriracha (as much as you’d like)
  • red pepper flakes (or 1 tbsp roasted red chili paste)
  • brown sugar (1 tbsp)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

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After you have thoroughly cleaned and dried your chicken (drying ensures it comes out crispy, and not soggy), season them with adobo seasoning and mix around in a bowl so all pieces of chicken are covered.

You’re going to need a pot that you’d usually use to boil spaghetti and fill it with 3 cups of grape seed oil. Heat that up while you coat your chicken wings in the potato or corn starch mixture.

Place your first batch of chicken in the pot. Do not crowd the pot with too many pieces of chicken or else they won’t cook properly or evenly. This step will take a total of 12 minutes. Cook on each side for 6 minutes.

Remove from the pot (place on a paper towel to soak up the oil) and cook the next batch the same exact way. After the 2nd batch is complete, you can add your original 1st batch for an additional 6 minutes, or until they are to your desired crispiness.

Remove the chicken and place to the side.

Time for the sauce

In a wok, or sauce pan, add your garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes. Once the fragrance of the garlic is deliciously filling the air, add the other ingredients (brown sugar, soy sauce, chili paste and/or red pepper flakes, Sriracha) and bring to a simmer.

Immediately add your chicken (in batches if your pot is too small) and coat.

Then serve!

I’m perfecting this recipe (different sauces, toppings, garnishments), but until then try this standard recipe and be sure to wow your game-day guests next Sunday, October 9th @ 1pm vs the Cleveland Browns.

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#FREEBRADY

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