Gluten Free Chocolate Bar

Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated

I enjoy finding healthier ingredients to cook with and sharing those products with you.  Anytime we can reduce sugar, the happier our bodies are.  Wax Orchards is a company out of  the beautiful state of Washington and they have found a way to cook down three fruits (pears, pineapple and peaches) to a honey consistency.  Their products are rock stars.

Wax Orchards - Products

They use the Fruit Sweet product to make other products like these amazing fudge products.  

They were kind enough to send me some samples and I agreed to create a recipe.  Please keep reading – there is a raffle below and a $30.00 gift certificate for Wax Orchards is included.

Now back to the recipe –  Hmm?   What to do?…What to do?  My soon-to-be daughter-in-law passed on a gluten free recipe; and I modified it to utilize the products.  It took me a couple of tries to get it where I wanted but it has been triple family-approved by my husband, daughter and 2-1/2 year-old grandson and that’s enough for me.

Gluten Free Chocolate Bars
Yields 30
With the exception of the chocolate, this treat is sweetened with fruit juice.
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 cup peanut, almond, or your favorite nut butter (no sugar added)
  3. 1/2 cup Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet
  4. 1/2 cup Wax Orchards Classic Fudge or Peppermint Fudge
  5. 3 cage-free eggs
  6. 4 tsp of pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  11. Sea salt for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 9 x 12 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Rinse and drain garbanzo beans.
  4. If using a vanilla bean, slice down the center and remove the paste by scraping a spoon down the length of the bean. Set aside.
  5. Place garbanzo beans into a food processor and pulse 7-10 times, scraping occasionally until they start to break down.
  6. Add all other ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend until smooth.
  7. Add in half of the chocolate chips and pulse until chocolate is your desired consistency.
  8. Pour and smooth batter into prepared pan.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of batter.
  10. Place in oven for approximately 35-40 minutes, depending on how your oven cooks. A toothpick should come out clean.
  11. Take out of oven. At this point you can leave the chocolate chips as is or using a small flat spatial or butter knife spread the hot chocolate on top (acts almost like a frosting).
  12. Now is the hard part - you have to let this cool completely. It's going to be hard because the smell says Eat me Now.
  13. Cut into squares - these freeze well.
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking
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Wax Orchard - Choc Bar - Ingredients
Gather the ingredients

Wax Orchard - Choc Bar - baked
This is the hard part – letting it cool completely before cutting into bars

These are delicious as is but here are a few more ideas on how to plate them:
Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated IC and Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries and an Ice Cream made entirely with frozen bananas in a food processor

Wax Orchards - Choc Bar - Plated with Banana IC and Coconut Cream
Banana Ice Cream and Coconut Cream

I hope you made it to the bottom because here is the link for the Spring 2015 Giveaway. Look at all the fun stuff: $30.00 Wax Orchard Gift Certificate, Apron, Kitchen Towels, Cookie Cutters and Food Gift Boxes (just in case you want to share some of these chocolate bars with others).
Spring 2015 Giveaway

Click the link below to enter the raffle for this fun giveaway.  It will remain open until 4-12-15 and then a winner will randomly be chosen.
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I’d love to hear what your favorite part of this post is?

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Hydration Made Easy – Infused Water Ideas

Staying hydrated doesn’t need to be boring…..

2015 Infused Water combo 

Prepping with flavor – I made up several infused waters this morning so I stay on track with my hydration. Did you know that we are encouraged to drink half of our body weight each day. So I looked at what I had in the fridge and freezer and started created combinations.
1.  lime, mint, vanilla
2.  strawberry, lemon, vanilla (I used frozen organic strawberries)
3.  orange, ginger, cilantro, vanilla
4. cucumber, celery, lime.
Let sit in refrigerator for an hour for maximum flavor.
Add ice-switch mason jar lid, add a straw and hydrate. I’ve added the link for the lids below.
I will also use these as starters when using a larger container for my water. I pour the jar into large cup, add ice and water to top.

2015 Infused Water - Single

There are really no set amounts of how much of each ingredient to use. I usually use more of the ingredients I really like and try to keep in mind that stronger tasting items like ginger may need smaller amounts. It also depends on the size of glass or container you are using.

Don’t let those add-ins go to waste. You can refill your water once you’ve enjoyed your tasty hydration. There is enough flavor from the add-ins to flavor more than 1 serving.

When using vanilla bean – use a third of a bean and slice down the length to release the flavor. You can also use a spoon and scrape down and place the seed and bean into the water. Here are some links to products I like to use:

Bourbon Planifolia Vanilla Beans – 25 – This is an amazing value and they are so fresh. One vanilla bean which is usually stale at the grocery store can run anywhere from $6.00 – 12.00.
1/4 Pound LB Madagascar Bourbon Planifolia Extract Grade B Vanilla Beans 6~7″

Mason Jar Lids – just switch out the lid and insert a straw and you are good to go
Pewter Daisy Jelly Lid for Mason Jars 24 Ct

Mason Jar (16oz) – I love mason jars for infused water, mixing salad dressings, salads in a jar and storing fresh salsa.
Ball Canning Regular Mouth Half Pint Canning Jar 8 oz. 12-Count

Hydrating the body can help with headaches, dry skin, depression, weight loss – just to name a few. You may notice as you drink more water that you have increased trips to the bathroom. Although it can be a bit inconvenient, this is good news – it means the water is flushing toxins out of your body. Give it a little time – your body will get used to the increased liquid and be better for it.

Disclaimer – if you click on the links and purchase, a small amount of income may be generated through an amazon affiliate program. Any monies go towards the expense of Deliciously Inspired’s operating costs.

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Asian Breakfast Bowl

This is a great change of pace for breakfast.  It has protein, healthy carbohydrate, vegetables and spices.   

Asian Breakfast Bowl - plated

It goes together very quickly with precooked rice.  I use the frozen boxed brown rice from Trader Joe’s.  Of course you can always cook a pot of regular brown rice.  

You can also use the rice as is or cook in a little coconut oil for a fried rice version.

Asian Breakfast Bowl
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup bag of Trader Joe's Brown Rice or 3 cups of cooked brown rice.
  2. 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  3. 3-6 Cage Free Brown Egg, cooked
  4. 2 Tbsp tamari sauce (gluten-free)
  5. 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  6. 1 carrot, cut in thin strips
  7. 1 stalk scallion(s), minced
  8. 1 1/2 cup Fresh Spinach, wilted
  9. 1-2 Cage Free Brown Egg, cooked
  10. Slices of lime
Instructions
  1. Cook egg(s) in 1 tsp of coconut oil any way you enjoy them.
  2. Place spinach in a bowl of very warm water. Let sit for a few minutes until leaves start to soften. Drain water and set aside.
  3. Place brown rice, carrot, scallion, celery, ground ginger and tamari sauce together in a bowl. (Note - if you'd like a fried rice version. Stir fry rice in a tsp of coconut oil in a skillet or wok for several minutes until rice crisps up. Then add the vegetables (minus the spinach) and spices.)
  4. To plate - Place 1/3 of wilted spinach in bottom of the bowl. Then add 1/3 of rice/vegetable mixture. Top with egg(s).
  5. Squeeze with a wedge or two of lime, if desired
  6. Enjoy.
Adapted from Livestrong
Adapted from Livestrong
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Asian Breakfast Bowl - Trader Joe's Brown Rice
Cook your rice or use precooked

Asian Breakfast Bowl - veggies
Prepare the vegetables 

Asian Breakfast Bowl - eggs
Cook eggs, your style in a tsp of coconut oil

Asian Breakfast Bowl - Fried Version
Fried Rice Version

Asian Breakfast Bowl - RiceVeg Mixture
Combine Rice and Vegetables

Enjoy!

 

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