Red Velvet Beet Brownies

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in cooking with kids, healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, valentines day | 0 comments

800px-Chocolate_Beetroot_BrowniesSurprise your loved ones this valentine’s day with these delightful brownies that use red beets as a natural food coloring and sweetener, and an added protein punch with black beans!

Our cooking class students are excited to whip these up, and of course indulge in their goodness!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/4 C oats
  • 1 medium cooked beet
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 C rice milk
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C black beans
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly oil an 8×8 pan.

2) Cut beet into quarters and bring to a boil. Drain, allow to cool, peel, and chop into small pieces.

3) In food processor, blend oats, cocoa, salt, and baking powder until oats are blended into fine powder.

4) Add the rice milk, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Then add the beets and beans to form a thick batter. Add additional milk if needed to reach brownie consistency.

5) Mix in chocolate chips by hand and pour batter into pan.

6) Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

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valentine’s day super hot chocolate

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Recipes, seasonal, valentines day, wellness | 0 comments

Get creative4215879597_3b2e0dcec3_z this Valentine’s Day and surprise your loved one(s) with our superfood hot cocoa recipe!

Incorporating zesty ginger, the sweet, woodsy flavor of cinnamon, and decadent dark chocolate, this hot cocoa will inspire and delight your senses.

We wish you all a delightful day of love and super hot cocoa!

Prep Time: 3 minutes Total Time: 8 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 C soy, almond, rice, or regular milk
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 t ginger
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 2-3 T honey, maple or brown sugar

Directions:

1) Finely chop dark chocolate, the smaller the better for melting.

2) Measure out the ingredients and whisk them over medium heat until melted.

3) Adjust spices and sweetness to your liking.

Photo courtesy of Travis Swicegood

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Valentine’s Day Cacao Hearts

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in healthy food, nutrition, Recipes, valentines day | 0 comments

2132251293_f20e044e80_oWith Valentine’s Day around the corner, I think we can all agree… chocolate! But why is chocolate such a go-to for our day of love?

Well, because it is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and mood boosting properties, and it makes us feel good – for so many reasons, including:

  • Naturally occurring chemicals called Phenylethylamines stimulate neurotransmitters in the brain that are linked to positive emotions, such as joy and euphoria.
  • Anandamide, which also stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain and makes us feel happier.
  • Essential minerals that people are oftentimes deficient in: magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, chromium, and phosphorus.

We’re excited to spice up this Valentine’s day with a delicious recipe for cacao hearts that will put you in the best of moods!

Serves 10 pieces Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 4 T Cacao Butter
  • 1 T Coconut oil
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 t Honey (or more to taste)
  • 2-3 T Cacao powder
  • 1/4 t Vanilla extract

Equipment:

  • Double boiler – or make your own
  • 1 tray with about 10 small heart shaped molds or any molds you might have

Directions: 

1. Melt: Add cacao butter and coconut oil to your double boiler bowl. Whisk together and allow to melt. Add sea salt, honey, cacao powder, vanilla and whisk well.

2. Mold: Pour the chocolate mixture into your tray mold, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, and remove it from the freezer 5-10 minutes before you plan on serving it. Enjoy!

Happy Valentines Day <3

Photo courtesy of Kyknoord

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