Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

Don’t we all love that famous Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg?  Seems harmless enough…chocolate, peanut butter…they aren’t the worst things in the world for you right?  Wellllll, except that most store-bought candy is loaded with filler ingredients and preservatives that promote a toxic environment in our bodies.  So here’s a way to make this store-bought fave at home, in just a few easy steps with some basic ingredients you might already have in your kitchen.

ingredients for eggs:

  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter (you can use almond butter if you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp. non-GMO cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (not Aunt Jemima’s)

ingredients for coating:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I like the Enjoy Life brand because they are dairy, nut, and soy free)
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • OPTIONAL: Himalayan Sea Salt to sprinkle on top

directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients for eggs in a large bowl until dough-like
  2. Form into egg shape with hands and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or a silpat.
  3. Place baking sheet into freezer for eggs to set.
  4. While eggs set, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small pan over low heat until melted.
  5. Remove eggs from freezer and coat, on at a time, in melted chocolate.
  6. Return to baking sheet after coated.
  7. OPTIONAL: sprinkle Himalayan sea salt over top of coated eggs
  8. Return baking sheet to freezer and allow to set for 15 minutes.

        

Shakeology Bars

If you’ve followed me for very long, you know I’m on a constant mission to get processed foods out of my life and one of the hardest places to do that is with protein (or snack) bars.  Sometimes you just want that quick snack you can run out the door with, or throw in your purse, and store bought bars are often a handy go-to.  Butttttt, they are also often filled with crap ingredients…take this label from and Advocare bar instance: soy, corn syrup, sugar, salt, glycerin (why the hell is that in food?), canola oil, and sucralose…just to name a few problem ingredients…

Sorry, I don’t mean to throw this company under the bus but this was something available for professional athletes at a recent event I worked and I’m zero percent ok with it!  

So, I generally resolve to just make my own because I can control exactly what goes in them and this latest recipe is pure delish!

Shakeology Bars with natural ingredients and OMG, they’re TO DIE for!

 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1/2 cup all-natural nut butter melted
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey (raw, local is best and helps fight allergies)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup shakeology (I used vanilla in this recipe but I imagine chocolate would be delish also)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit of choice (I’ve been loving tart cherries lately)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • OPTIONAL: but I mean really would you want to skip this?) – 2 tbsp. dark chocolate chips (I prefer the enjoy life brand) + 1 tsp. coconut oil (for drizzle)
  • OPTIONAL: fancy Himalayan salt (or sea salt), for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine nut butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, shakeology, oats, and chia in a large bowl until mixed well.
  2. Press into an 8×8 baking dish (any size would work really this just makes for easy cutting)
  3. Heat dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat until melted. Drizzle over the top of the bars.
  4. Place in fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Cut into 16 bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Hope you like them as much as I do!