Tag: chocolate

2-Steps Creamy Ice Cream

Let’s start with some great news: you don’t need an ice cream maker for this recipe! Ice cream makers are  fantastic kitchen gadgets to have allowing you to make several ice cream flavors right in the comfort of your own home. Although you may want to invest in one eventually, today you can still make this frozen treat without it. And you will not be disappointed either, since most people assume that unless you have an ice cream maker your homemade ice cream won’t be creamy and smooth as the store-bought variety.

Our recipe mimics the texture of artisanal ice cream by adding our Once Again Creamy Cashew Butter to the mix prior to freezing. Cashew butter has the ideal balance of natural sugars and fats that deliver the creaminess you expect from ice cream. The appeal of ice cream making at home is also in the fact that you can pick the ingredients and therefore avoid unnecessary additives and artificial ingredients added to the manufactured options of grocery store varieties.

Our base for this ice cream recipe consists of the following: frozen banana, adding the sweetness to our cream, avocado, which has high fat content and freezes well, and our Once Again Cashew Butter. To this combination at the appropriate ratio given below in the recipe, you can add your own twist of flavors. For example, you could add frozen berries instead of chocolate, or frozen mango and pineapple as well. We recently tried coconut flakes, pineapple and a splash of orange juice, which was another winning combination.

Here are a few tips for making this recipe. The better you mix the ingredients, the smoother the ice cream. Therefore, use a good high-speed blender or food processor for best results. Also, when pouring into a dish to take it to the freezer, choose a shallow one instead of the deeper kind. Something like a cake pan works well for bigger batches. The larger surface area allows the ice cream to freeze evenly avoiding ice crystal formation in the process.  Also, cover the cream with plastic wrap allowing it to touch the top of the ice cream,  as this prevents any air from coming into contact with the ice cream during freezing. Prior to serving, remove from freezer and let it stand for just a few minutes. Use an ice cream scoop that has been dipped in lukewarm water between servings. And remember to return reminder of ice cream to freezer as soon as possible to avoid melting and ice crystal formation. If you don’t eat it all in the first serving, you can store it in the freezer for up to one week. Another idea is to turn the ice cream into Popsicles! We are anxious to hear how you add your own flair to this recipe.  Please share it with us in the comments section!

2-Steps Creamy Ice Cream from Once Again Nut butter

Easy Creamy Ice Cream

1 cup vanilla flavored yogurt of your choice

2 frozen bananas

¼ cup of Once Again Creamy Cashew Butter

3 tablespoons of cacao powder

½ of a Hass avocado

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, and then pour mixture into a shallow container and freeze for 4 hours. Remove ice cream from freezer, and let it stand for 5 minutes. Then, scoop and serve!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Brittle

Earlier this year, several better health and living news outlets reported the scoop about a newly developed urine test that measures the healthiness of a person’s diet. It is a five-minute test that measures biological markers in urine created by the breakdown of foods such as red meats, chicken, fish, fruits, and vegetables. This allows for the evaluation of a persons’ intake of fat, sugar, fiber, and protein.  Although the technology is fantastic to have, one wonders about the usefulness of having such a hi-tech and newfangled test. After all, isn’t a person’s nutritional intake more easily tracked by using old-fashioned food diaries?

Unfortunately, people tend to underestimate their caloric intake and usually inaccurately record the true picture of their diets. Since food records are an integral part of weight management, tools used by health workers when helping their patients, this test could aid in filling in the information gap of some lingering questions. Often an individual struggling to follow a plan needs an incentive. Some speculate that the perceived threat of their physicians finding out about their “slip ups” and “cheat days” may be enough to keep clients on track.

Regardless of how you feel about invasive data being used to track a person’s adhesion to a prescribed plan, we believe healthy eating must be made easier and much more exciting to ensure life-long, healthy eating habits. Often, such eating is associated with confronting flavorless foods, dull ingredients, and absolutely no desserts. But why not broaden the definition of dessert, in particular, to include more than just high-sugar, empty-calorie treats? When a post- meal bite includes ingredients such as chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, oats, and peanut butter, there is no risk of falling into a chasm of empty calories. These ingredients are filled with nutrients including fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats. They may complete the meal by delivering the reminders of one’s needed daily recommended micronutrient intake, while also satisfying a sweet-tooth.

Whatever plan you are currently following, or healthy habits you have adapted into your routine, go ahead and enjoy this  Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Brittle occasionally, without any worries about  the uncomfortable possibility of having to “explain yourself” after a urine test!

Peanut Butter Quinoa Brittle from Once Again Nut Butter Blog

Peanut Butter Chocolate Quinoa Brittle

4 tablespoons of coconut oil

½ cup of quinoa (uncooked)

¼ cup of whole oats

2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 ½ tablespoons of honey  (Maple syrup can be a  vegan substitution)

2 tablespoons of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter

¾ cup of dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 ½ tablespoons of honey, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and stir well. Now add the dry ingredients in any order you choose (except for the chocolate). Mix well and spread on a baking sheet using a flat spatula. The mixture should be about ¼ inch thick. Place in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let it cool. In small bowl, melt the chocolate chips, and combine the other 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Pour over brittle mixture, and spread it out in a thin layer. Let it cool and set until it hardens. To speed up the process, place the brittle in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Finally, using your hands, break the brittle into pieces and enjoy! Any leftovers  must be stored in the  refrigerator.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

In honor of National Peanut Butter Lovers Month we are sharing another recipe that will make you fall in love with Peanut Butter all over again…. you’re welcome!

Dark chocolate peanut butter cupsDark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 teaspoons fine ground stevia (or 2 tablespoons sugar)

1/4 cup Once Again Peanut Butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with cacao powder, then add in the stevia or sugar.  Pour into mini muffin pan, filling up to 1/3 third of each cup. Then take it to freezer for 5 minutes. Now mix peanut butter with 1/4 cup coconut oil. Fill another 1/3 of each cup and take it back to freezer for 5 minutes. Lastly top each cup with the rest of the chocolate mixture and freeze for another 15 minutes. It’s ready to enjoy! Keep it in freezer since it will melt fast at room temperature. You may also use dark chocolate chips, melt and use it as the bottom and top layer for an even easier option!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies: Grain Free!

Grain Free chocolate fudgy brownieDid you know that you can turn dinner leftovers into desert? It’s true when it comes to mashed sweet  potatoes. You can make mouth-watering fudgy brownies completely grain-free by using mashed sweet potatoes instead! This idea was introduced to me at a party when someone brought their version of grain-free brownies, and they were made with black beans. This of course was inspiration for me to try my own version of  black bean chocolate brownie recipe, but stay tuned for that  one. I’m working on it, but unfortunately so far lots of batches have been made and not one made the cut just yet. In the midst of my trials, I noticed some leftover mashed sweet  potatoes in my refrigerator that were just asking to be part of the desert fun!

Sweet potatoes are  definitely more nutrient-rich than white flour; therefore, a brownie recipe that takes out the flour and adds  mashed sweet potatoes is a healthier option any day! Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and C; they are rich in fiber and also contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and even blood-sugar-regulating nutrients. Also, it is helpful to add some fat to your sweet potatoes to enjoy the full benefits of their  beta-carotene. Research has found that fat significantly increases our uptake of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, and that is great news for all because there is nothing better than baked sweet potato sliced open and served with a dollop of almond butter! If you haven’t tried that before, please do and come back to let us know what you think. But how exactly do you turn sweet potatoes into brownies you ask?

Start with either leftover  mashed sweet potato, or bake some sweet potatoes for this recipe. You can also boil them instead, you will need 1 ½ cups of it which is about 2 medium sized sweet potatoes. This brownie is not going to be overly sweet, so it is appropriate to add a frosting or just top it with extra Once Again Peanut Butter. When you first remove them from the oven, they will be extra moist, but allow them  to cool a bit before slicing for better results. You can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days, and this  is one of those deserts that just gets better with time. They are unlikely to last in my house past the 24 hour mark, but I hear they are fantastic the next day topped with vanilla ice cream.

Grain Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge BrownieGrain- Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Serves 10 people

1 ½ cup mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup Once Again Peanut Butter

2 eggs

¼ cup Killer Bee Honey

4 tablespoons cacao powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons coconut oil

grainfree chocolate brownieMix sweet potatoes and peanut butter in a large bowl; once well mixed, add in the honey and eggs. In separate small bowl mix coconut oil and cacao powder, and then add to the potato mixture. Finally, add the baking soda. Preheat oven to 375 degrees  and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3  days.

10 ways to enjoy Almond butter prepared under 5 minutes!

There are so many ways I devour my Once Again Almond Butter that it was a challenge to keep this list at just 10! What makes these recipes special is how easy, fast and simply delicious they are. And if you need some healthy reasons to enjoy Almond Butter every single day, here are a few facts: among nuts, almonds are the most nutritionally dense, so for each calorie of almonds you get more vitamins and minerals than any other nut! They are also an excellent source of fiber and one teaspoon contains more than 25% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and almonds are known to reduce bad cholesterol while helping control blood pressure!

You can surely enjoy them right out of the jar with a spoon, but here are my top 10 healthy ways to enjoy my Once Again Almond Butter daily without going over my daily caloric goals.

  1. Chocolate Almond Popcorn: Popcorn (air popped preferred) drizzled with almond butter, chocolate and sprinkle unsweetened coconut. For about 8 cups of popcorn: 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter plus ½ cup dark chocolate chips and place in microwave for 7 seconds at a time, stirring until completely melted. Drizzle over popcorn and try not to eat the whole bowl at once! Good luck.20141203_140904000_iOS
  2. Almond Banana Smoothie: 1 cup of your preferred milk (suggested: almond milk), 1 banana, 2 tablespoons of Once Again Lightly toasted Almond Butter and blend until smooth.
  3. Breakfast of champs: 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon of Almond Butter, top it off with your favorite granola.
  4. Move over PB&J, make room for Almond Butter and sliced strawberries. Whole grain bread, spread Once Again Almond Butter on both sides, slice strawberries thin and add to the middle. Close sandwich and grill it. The secret is using whole fruit instead of jelly, it really does take this to another level.
  5. 20141202_175642000_iOSOnly have one minute? No problem. Whole grain bread, spread Once Again Almond Butter and sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes on top. Gourmet in under a minute!
  6. Warm Almond Banana Desert: slice a banana lengthwise into two. Spread about 2 tablespoons of almond butter, top it with 2 tablespoons of oats and crushed almonds. Microwave for about 45 seconds. Enjoy it while it’s hot!
  7. Almond Dip: ½ cup of Once Again Almond Butter mixed with ½ cup Greek style yogurt. Serve with sliced fruit, perfect for holiday appetizer or a play date with lots of kids!
  8. Almond Oatmeal: ½ cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup preferred milk and 2 tablespoons of Once Again Almond butter, mix well and microwave for 45 seconds.20141202_180210000_iOS
  9. Chocolate Almond Shake: 2 scoops of chocolate frozen yogurt, ½ cup preferred milk, 2 tablespoons of almond Butter. Once you try this a plain chocolate milkshake will never be the same gain.
  10. Almond Bread Pudding: if you have 2-day old bread even better, cut it up into small cubes, place in microwave safe bowl, cover it with your preferred milk, drizzle about 2 tablespoons of Once Again Almond Butter and 1 tablespoon of honey. Take it to the microwave for 60 seconds. Enjoy it warm!

… enjoy life with almond butter,

Carolina