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Not Oatmeal Jars with Hemp Chia and Superfoods: Low Carb Dairy Free

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Hemp chia and superfood jars

Do you need a portable grab-and-go breakfast or snack? This is the jar for you! The recipe scales up or down to make as many as you need. Low-carb people have discovered hemp hearts make a great substitute for that oatmeal texture, that’s why this gets the title of “not oatmeal” jars.

All you need are small glass jars, half-pint canning jars work well. They come in regular, round, or the squatty wide mouth kind which are kind of cute.

Layer and stir

Hemp hearts are tiny protein-packed powerhouses of nutritious goodness. They are good cold like these jars, or hot, like in my Hemp Heart Porridge. Hemp seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in fiber, are a good source of complete plant-based protein, and have an excellent omega 3:omega 6 ratio.

Chia seeds give a big helping of antioxidants, minerals for skin and bone health, more fiber and protein, and more omega-3 fats.

Round out these healthy little jars with walnuts or pecans, dark chocolate, and collagen powder. Make it creamy and delicious with full-fat coconut milk or, even better, coconut cream. Sweeten to taste with stevia, or if you’re not keto you can use maple syrup or raw honey.

Walnuts and pecans are both great sources of more healthy fats, plus more antioxidants. Dark chocolate (72% or higher) is also super high in antioxidants. Always choose fair trade chocolate even if you have to pay a little more. Collagen powder is good for skin, hair, joints, gut health and lots more. Look for grassfed, non-gmo brands.

Hemp Chia Superfood jars

Use the following ingredients per each jar. Layer the ingredients and then stir and chill.

Layer all the ingredients, except for the optional fruit, in the jar, stir it up well to mix everything together. Take a little taste just to see if it is sweetened to your liking, then put the lid on the jar and chill it for at least 4 hours or overnight. When read to serve remove the lid and add any fresh berries or fruit you like to the top and enjoy!

personalize these jars with your own creative add ins – try a little cinnamon or ginger


Real Chocolate Fondue

chocolate fondue titlesGive your special people some seriously delicious love this Valentine’s Day. This chocolate fondue recipe is simple but sublime – a treat that definitely says “I Love You!”

Fair Trade Slavery-Free Chocolate

Say “I love you” to the farmers and harvesters by using the really good stuff.  Look for fair trade, non-gmo verified dark chocolate. 70% cacao or more means lots of antioxidant power. I’ve tried Endangered Species, Theo and Dagoba brands and like them, but there are plenty of others that are good – just look for the fair trade or slavery-free verification. I really don’t want my chocolate at the expense of someone else’s hardship.  Plus, over the last several years the mainstream chocolate companies have realized they can make more money by fractionizing their chocolate, taking out the cocoa butter to sell as a separate product, and replacing it with an artificial emulsifier called PGPR.  To those who know better cocoa butter is a natural, healthy, tropical fat, and taking it out of chocolate decreases the food value of that chocolate. So read your labels and don’t buy anything with artificial flavors or emulsifiers with capital letters for names.

fair trade chocolate

Try these dipping ideas

Get creative with what you dip into this fabulous fondue! I like to keep it on the healthy side as much as possible so I usually offer big, red, ripe strawberries which are in peak season right now where I live in Florida. Banana slices are good too, as are any tropical fruit like kiwi, pineapple and even orange. Apples or pear slices work too. You can also use homemade shortbread cookies, large walnut halves, little squares of homemade pound cake, or how about homemade marshmallows?!

Real Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

12 ounces of fair trade dark chocolate (chips or a bar cut into small chunks)

3/4 cup heavy cream (preferably raw but definitely not ultra-pasteurized if possible)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or almond extract OR you can make this more grown-up and use 1 to 2 Tablespoons of cherry brandy or orange liqueur. If you like coffee you could also use 2 teaspoons of espresso powder.

Dippers such as fresh fruit, homemade cookies or cake, marshmallows or nuts

Preparation

Place the chocolate and the cream in a heavy-bottom saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. This doesn’t take long at all. You are not cooking this, simply melting the chocolate and combining it with the delicious cream. Remove from the heat and stir in the flavoring of choice. Transfer this chocolate mixture to a fondue pot or individual small ramekins and serve with your choice of dippers.

Real Chocolate Fondue
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Recipe type: dessert
 
Share the love with this delicious chocolate dessert treat.
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of fair trade chocolate (either chips or a bar cut into small chunks)
  • ¾ cup heavy cream (preferably raw, but not ultra-pasteurized if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or almond extract for a family-friendly version
  • OR 2 Tablespoons of cherry brandy or orange liqueur OR 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • assorted dippers such as fresh fruit, homemade cookies or cake, marshmallows or nuts
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate and cream in a heavy-bottom saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  2. Watch constantly and do not let this come to a boil or you will scorch the chocolate!
  3. Remove from heat and stir in flavoring of choice.
  4. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a fondue pot or to individual ramekins, and serve with dippers.
  5. Makes about 2 cups.

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