Death-by-Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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For a moment it seemed like we were putting TOO much chocolate into this recipe. Then we realized how ridiculous of a thought that was – there’s almost never too much chocolate :D. This amazing zucchini bread will tame any chocolate craving with its brownie-like texture. Bonus: it’s gluten-free!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut or date sugar
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
3.5oz dark chocolate bar, chopped
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 organic eggs
1.5 medium zucchini, chopped
3 small apples, chopped
2 tbsp melted coconut oil or organic butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease loaf pan. In a large bowl add almond meal, flour, sugar, cacoa/cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, baking soda & baking powder, and salt. Combine & mix well. Melt coconut oil or butter. Boil apples in water, enough to cover bottom of the pot) and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

Once cooled, put apples into high-speed blender with chopped zucchini and blend. Discard cooking water.

In a smaller bowl, add eggs and beat with whisk. Add apples and zucchini, coconut oil or butter, and vanilla extract. Combine ingredients by mixing and then fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 20 minutes. Store bread in air-tight container in fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze bread if desired.

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Recipe: The Best French Toast

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The Best French Toast is super-delicious and nutritious. Its list of credentials continues: it’s gluten- and dairy-free as well as vegan! Incredible.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes total
Serves: 2-4 people

Ingredients

8 pieces of gluten-free bread (we used Canyon Bakehouse)
1 medium banana, mashed
1 1/4 cup almond milk (DIY here)
1/2 tbsp flaxseed
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond meal (this will be used to coat the bread and add texture)

Instructions
Put all ingredients (except bread and almond meal) into a blender and run until well-mixed. Then transfer to shallow bowl. Preheat skillet to medium heat,  using coconut oil to grease the pan. Dip each slice of bread into the batter for about 10 seconds on each side then sprinkle almond meal carefully on each side. Place bread on skillet, cooking until golden brown on underside, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and repeat the process. Lastly, add your desired toppings! We chose blueberries cooked with maple syrup.

Recipe: Cherry Almond Pancakes

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Waking up and enjoying a fresh stack of cherry almond pancakes is both a joyful and nutritious way to start the day. May it be the same for you!

Serves 4 (or two hungry people)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
2 cups almond flour
2.5 tbsp coconut oil (1/2 tbsp used in saute pan when cooking pancakes)
1/2 cup almond milk (try DIY almond milk)
4 eggs
1.5 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 oz Morello cherries
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions
Melt coconut oil in small saucepan (you can use this same pan for the cherry topping) . In a medium bowl combine eggs, almond milk, raw honey, and melted coconut oil. Add almond flour, sea salt, and cinnamon; mix well. Heat saute pan with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and ladle 1/4 cup pancake batter into pan. When pancake edge brown and/or bubbles form in batter, use spatula to flip over pancake. They are done when cooked thoroughly and browned to your liking.

Between the few minutes of waiting for pancakes to cook, you’ll likely want to start on cherry topping. Add the Morello cherries, pecans or walnuts, and maple syrup to high-speed blender. After blended, heat in saucepan to be ready to serve once pancakes are done.

Consider adding some fresh fruit and more pecans or walnuts as a topping. Bon appetit!