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Pure Cacao Apple Fries – A Whole30 Friendly Snack

 

I’m so excited to bring you a delicious Whole30 recipe today, while sharing a great company too! Cholaca baking chips are pure liquid cacao---if you haven’t had cacao, it is a superfood that is one of the main ingredients in chocolate.  It is the bitter, “chocolate” taste you experience when eating a dark chocolate candy bar.  The percent of the cacao in the chocolate bar determines the bitterness of the candy… which is why dark chocolate tastes more bitter than milk-chocolate – and some consider it healthier!  Cholaca, on the other hand, is pure cacao and is great for you, has no sugar, AND it’s a superfood…. It’s honestly the closest thing to heaven on earth!

What is Cholaca and Regenerative Farming?

Cholaca, based in Boulder, Co, was founded in 2012 by Ira Leibtag. Ira’s vision was to sustainably partner with farmers in Peru and Ecuador to bring liquid cacao to the world, which is hands down my favorite part of this company and their products!   This is accomplished through regenerative farming, which is a practice that sources bean from cacao farms on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, that practice Regenerative farming. Regenerative farming is a practice that “not only “does no harm” to the land but actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies” (regenerationinternational.org). Even more impressive, Cholaca is also certified Fair Trade, something Ira is so pationate about. 

 

What are the health benefits of Cholaca?

Cholaca has antioxidants, flavonoids, flavanols, oleic acid, and iron. The antioxidants can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids can help repair cell damage and flavanols have beneficial phytonutrients. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fat J). Iron is an essential mineral that helps transport other nutrients throughout the body.

 

Where Can I Buy Cholaca?

Cholaca is used in coffee shops and breweries—go check them out here! Cholaca can be bought at Sprouts or from the company’s website.

 

Pure Cacao Apple Fries: A Whole30 Friendly Recipe

You will need:

-1 cup Cholaca Baking Chips

-3 tablespoons pure almond milk

-Sliced apples

-Your choice of chopped nuts (for toppings)

-Dried banana chips (for toppings)

-1.3tsp of coconut sugar (if you are not on Whole30)

 

Directions:

Place milk chips in a microwave safe bowl. 

Next, pour your almond milk over the chips.

Microwave the mixture for 15 seconds.  Leaving the bowl in the microwave, stir the melting chips and milk. Microwave an additional 15 seconds and remove. 

(NOTE) If you are not on Whole30, feel free to add 1.5 tsp of coconut sugar, to make the mixture less bitter.

Lastly, dip sliced apples into melted cocoa, then sprinkle with desired toppings and ENJOY! 

 

Clothes: Intrigue Boutique

 

B's Whiskey Banana Nut Bread

Happy Monday, loves! 

I hope you are ambitious about the week ahead -- I know I am!  Andrew and I had a wonderful weekend.  Saturday we headed the mountains for Fitz’s first hike.  3 hours and 5.7 miles later, he was a full-fledged tree hugger!  He absolutely loved the rocks and waterfalls we navigated, not to mention the other pups on the trail.  I guess you could say we had an athletic weekend because Sunday we went for a bike ride in the rain!  That’s one thing Denver does well… so many opportunities to get active! 

There’s some exciting things happening on the blog right now; I’ve decided to begin a post schedule to help be more consisted for you all!!  Be sure and check back on the days of your favorite topics and sign up for my weekly email.

Monday:  Recipes and Food Reviews

Tuesday:  Home and Fashion

Wednesday:  Beauty and Hair Tutorials

Thursday:  Travel Reviews and Wedding Posts

Friday:  Workout and Ideas for Getting Active

 

As it’s Monday, I have a brand new recipe for you (and it’s been Andrew approved!).  This easy, healthy, and gluten-free banana nut bread will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!  It’s the tastiest snack and the best part is that it’s packed with whole grains and protein.  You may need to adjust baking times and temperature for your particular elevation!

 

Introducing…. The B’s WHISKEY BANANA NUT BREAD!!

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups steel cut oat flour

¾ cup organic almond flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon (ground)

2 extra ripe bananas (almost completely brown)

1 egg

½ cup almond milk (or almond-coconut blended milk)

½ cup organic brown sugar

3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

1 ½ tsp whiskey (I prefer Bulleit or Makers Mark)

1 cup chopped pecans

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F.  In a bowl, mix all dry (except sugar and pecans) ingredients together until well blended.  Beat egg in a mixing bowl, and then add almond milk, sugar, EVOO, and whiskey blending ingredients as they are added.  Next, place the mixing bowl containing wet ingredients on the mixer and turn the speed to low, adding the bananas.  Once mixed in, turn speed to low-medium and begin adding dry ingredients slowly.  Once the last of the oat flour mixture has been folded in the batter, add the chopped pecans.  Next, turn off the mixer and place batter in a bread pan.  Place pan in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, checking with a straw/toothpick to see if done.  Once done, remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 30 minutes before cutting.

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as Andrew and I have!!  I’d love to hear your feedback!

 

xoxo,

Rebecca