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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Protein Bars

Thank you Super Healthy Kids for this recipe!!

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When it comes to choosing a healthy snack for your kiddos, I’m guessing that something with chocolate chips wouldn’t be the first thing you reach for. But today, let me sway your mind with these zucchini chocolate chip protein bars.

Not only do they taste like dessert (so you know your kids will love them), but these snack bars are actually an energizing, protein-packed, fiber-rich treat. And we’ve been able to sneak in fresh fruit AND veggies inside!

They’re also allergy-friendly which is a huge bonus — no gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy!

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Are You Still Using White Flour?

Here are 5 reasons why you should try to avoid it:  http://www.fhfn.org/five-shocking-facts-about-white-flour/

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Macaroons… Healthy too!

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McKenzie’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Another recipe from Mckenzie!  Vegan and Gluten free!!!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2 packed cups blanched almond flour (or a flour that you prefer)

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or sugar of your choice!)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3 T room temp. butter, ghee, or coconut oil (I would use coconut oil)

1 T vanilla extract

2 T milk (dairy or nondairy)

1-2 bars of dairy free chocolate chopped into chunks

*Instructions…..

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix with mixer or by hand, combine all of the ingredients stirring in the chopped chocolate last.

Chop your bar(s) of chocolate into chunks (as big or small as you want them).

Form 12 cookies with your hands into round/flat patties I she made them 3/4 inch thick and about 3 inches wide).  Dough may be a little crumbly…don’ worry about it!

Bake 16 to 17 minutes until the bottom and the edges start to look lightly golden brown (this may vary depending on the kind of sugar you used…so keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!!

 

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McKenzie’s Gluten-Free Cookies

My son’s girlfriend made these gluten-free cookies the other night and they were fabulous!!!  And, I’m not a sweets eater!

Ingredients…

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

3/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (she used vegan chips) she also threw in some peanut butter chips, opt.

4 egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup creamy peanut butter

She mixed the first 4 ingredients and then in a separate bowl she beat the eggs w/ an electric beater until they were thick….you don’t want thick peaks but you want it to be on the thicker side, and then you fold in the vanilla and peanut butter!

Bake at 375 for about 12 min.

 

To die for!!  Enjoy!

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