Banana Chocolate Dream Bars

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I decided to invent these bad boys today. Yes, invent. I am ALWAYS looking for a way to eat healthy, delicious treats. Why? So I can eat double the amount that I would normally eat. Hopefully I’m not the only person who will “accidentally” eat dessert items for breakfast. I know myself, and I know that pre-damage control is always the best plan. You could totally eat one of these for breakfast ON PURPOSE and it would be fine. Seriously. You’re welcome.

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used Bob’s Redmill)
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1 cup dates
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup pure unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup almond milk
3 large, ripe bananas
2/3 cup raw cacao
1 tspn. Vanilla
Pinch of salt

TOPPING:
Shredded, unsweetened coconut for garnish
Chocolate Chips for garnish (approx. 1/3 cup)

STEP 1:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Blend all ingredients, except for toppings. Grease a large baking dish with coconut or olive oil and pour mixture in.

STEP 2:
Top with shredded coconut and then chocolate chips and bake for about 15 minutes or until coconut becomes a bit toasted.

Creamy, Vegetable, Coconut Curry Lime Soup! (Gluten free, super healthy and vegan!)

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(Meet my kitchen helper; Buddy! He LOVES sweet potatoes!)

Alright, so for the first time since I have arrived here in California, it has rained! Apparently, it like never rains here. Well, anyways, I love the rain! I voluntarily rode my bike around and picked up a few things from the store. People definitely thought that there was something wrong with me… The joke was on them though! 😀

I signed up for a farm fresh delivery service and my order came today! YUM! Basically, farms will deliver organic, GMO free fruits and vegetables right to your door. It’s very well priced and since I’m on vacation, I don’t actually have a car at the moment. This makes for a very happy customer! Since everything is seasonal and grown within the area, you start using vegetables and eating fruits you may not normally grab at the store. It’s very cool!

Anyways, today my box of love came full of delicate winter squash and carrots. Since it was cold and wet outside, I decided that this was a sign to make some heart-warming soul-rejuvenating soup. On a cold day, grab a bowl of this extremely healthy soup and ward off any sign of sniffles!

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Serves about 4-6 depending
INGREDIENTS:
5 cups of vegetable broth
1 Can of coconut milk
1 Sweet potato/Yam, chopped
2 Potatoes, diced
4 Carrots, chopped
1 Large onion, diced
2 small winter squash seeded, peeled and chopped (or one medium squash)
A bunch of asparagus, chopped into medium sized pieces (about 2cm) (optional but recommended ingredient)
1 Tomato, chopped
Juice from 1 lime
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced
3 teaspoons of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
2 sprigs of thyme
Pinch of cayenne (this adds spice so use to your liking)
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1:
Cook all of the vegetables (EXCEPT TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS), along with garlic and ginger, on medium heat for about five minutes.

Step 2:
Add remaining ingredients (except for coconut milk and lime juice) and simmer on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes.

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Step 3:
Check to make sure vegetables are cooked through, then add coconut milk and lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!

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