Paleo Chocolate Avocado Bread

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My three favorite foods (and ingredients to cook with) are avocado, CHOCOLATE, and coconut. Can’t you tell from my Instagram?! Recently, I’ve been trying to cut back on the chocolate, especially after my Pinnertest told me I have  an intolerance to cocoa. Well thank God for for cAcao;  chocolate’s bigger, cooler sister! According to Foodfacts, “raw cacao powder has more than 300 phytochemicals and nearly four times the antioxidant power of regular dark chocolate, and contains protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, and sulfur.”

I’ve wanted to make a Chocolate Avocado bread for SO long now. I’ve seen chocolate avocado mousse, pudding, and muffins, and I’ve always been intrigued, so I figured it would be the perfect recipe for my next NOBREAD bread! I’ve tried Chocolate Zucchini bread in the past, too, and I’ve always loved the way it tasted. But let’s be real, Avocado  > Zucchini. Well in digging around for recipes and testing combinations, I decided to one up my dream bread and make it paleo! Introducing my Paleo Chocolate Avocado Bread, using Almond Flour to give it that nice bread consistency, and honey for a nice, natural sweet flavor.

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What You Will Need:
1.5 Cups Mashed Avocado (~2 small avocados)
3 T Melted Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 T Honey
2 Eggs
2 Cups Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
Dash of Salt

What You Will Do:

Mash two small avocados and set aside.
Separately, combine all wet ingredients (eggs, melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla).
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (Almond Flour, Cacao Powder, Salt,  Baking Soda).

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Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients.
Once combined, add your avocado puree! Use a blender to make your avocado puree nice and smooth if you have trouble getting a smooth consistency by mashing with your hand.

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Stir together until totally smooth!
Pour into a bread pan, and cook at 350 degrees F for 35 mins, or until a toothpick comes out nice and clean.

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The bread is delicious on it’s own… but honestly… an added cacao sauce is a must!!!

RAW CACAO SAUCE

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  • 4 T melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 T Maple Syrup
  • 3 T Cacao Powder (or regular cacao powder if you don’t have)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and pour over your bread! If you let your sauce sit over time, it will thicken.

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For the chocolate lover, this bread is your DREAM. You actually can’t really taste the avocado, just a whole lot of cacao and coconut. But the avocado gives an amazing, smooth consistency. My one advice is that you really mash the avocado up or puree it so that it is totally smooth. If there are chunks in your batter they don’t dissolve and they will cook in a chunk!

Chocolate Molds with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips!

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Have you ever wondered how to make a chocolate mold? I don’t know about you, but every Easter growing up my mom bought an Easter Bunny mold, and before devouring the bunny I always wondered how it was made! Yes, I know, I was a curious little one. Well recently, while playing around with my Enjoy Life Baking chocolates, I realized just HOW easy molds are to make!

With Easter coming up, I figured a bunny mold, like the one I loved so much as a kid, would be the perfect mold to make. In searching online for the perfect bunny, I realized there is basically a mold out there for everything. Every holiday, season, occasion… you name it, there’s a mold for it! So if you don’t celebrate Easter, or just don’t like bunnies, you can make flowers, hearts, footballs and more!

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What You Will Need:
3 Bags of Enjoy Life Mega Chunks Chocolate Chips
A mold of your choosing!
Optional: 1-3T Coconut Oil

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What You Will Do:
Melt one bag of Chocolate Chips in a microwavable bowl. Cook for 90 seconds, stir, and then 30 seconds more until it is melted.
Pour your melted chocolate into the mold!
Repeat this with the remaining bags of chocolate chips until the mold is full!
For this bunny, it took me 3 bags of chocolate chips!
**Note: I have coconut oil listed as an optional ingredient. I love adding good fats, so if you want more fats with a little coconut kick, add 1T of Coconut Oil per bag of chocolate chips.
If you let your bunny sit out at room temperature, it will be nice and solid in no time at all! Place in the refrigerator for a nice, chilled bunny.
Simply remove the chocolate from the mold, and just like that, you’re done!

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KETO OS

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Let’s be real, Ketosis is a hard state to get in. Doing it naturally could take 3-4 days, and even then you may only be exerting trace to small amounts of ketones. Well, introducing exogenous ketones, like Pruvit’s Keto OS. 

WAIT WAIT! Back up! What is Ketosis?! In short, Ketosis is a process where your body metabolizes fats and turns them into ketones, which your body uses for energy. More on Ketosis, here! To put your body into Ketosis, say goodbye to carbs and sugar! Some refer to Ketosis as a ‘low-carb diet,’ as to be in ketosis you have to maintain a diet of under Net 20 Grams of carb!

If after reading about Ketosis you realize it’s the diet for you, but there is no way you can get your body into a state of Ketosis naturally, fear not! Keto OS puts your body into Ketosis within 90 minutes of drinking it. You can put the packets into your breakfast smoothies for an even more filling breakfast, or drink the powder on its own by combining a packet with 8-12 oz of water (my personal go-t0). I tend to still be a little hungry after my breakfast smoothie, so taking a Keto packet after breakfast is the best way to satisfy my cravings… especially when I drink a chocolate flavor. It’s also SO important that when you’re in Ketosis you stay incredibly hydrated, so putting my KETO packet in water is a great way to stay hydrated.

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Classic Keto OS flavors include Maui Punch, Chocolate Swirl, and Orange Dream. If you are dairy-free like myself, you’ll have to avoid the Orange Cream, but the Maui and Chocolate Swirl are fair game! I’m also newly addicted to the NEW Swiss Cacao flavor! It’s super rich and SO chocolatey, I like to mix this variety with 8 oz of water and either 1T of Coconut Oil (for added fats) or Coconut Cream.

Each flavor comes in a caffeinated and caffeine-free form! I have zero added caffeine in my diet (no real reason other than a personal choice to be caffeine-free), so I opt for the caffeine-free varieties. My favorite is the Maui Punch… it tastes JUST like the Hawaiin Punch I lived on as a kid!

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Benefits of Ketosis/taking KETO OS:

It’s important to note that our bodies naturally make ketones. So Keto OS simply enhances our bodies ability to create ketones! Keto OS contains Stevia, which is TOTALLY natural (flavoring produced from a natural leaf). It also contains beta-hydroxybutyrate, which is a ketone our body produces naturally. Beta-hydroxybutyrate puts our bodies into fat burning mode leading to these benefits:

  • Weight loss: When in ketosis, your appetite is suppressed. Weight loss can occur as a result of eating less. 
  • Athletic Performance: more energy for your workouts!! 
  • Improved Cognition: Allows blood to flow to the brain
  • Anti Inflammatory properties 

GET INVOLVED!!

If you’re ready to start sign up, here! 
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And if you have any questions, PLEASE REACH OUT! I’ve been on the packets for 2 months now, and did A TON of my own research before getting involved, so I’m happy to share what I’ve learned! Email me: Nicole@nobread.com

 

Ketosis: Why I did it. Or do it…

KETOSIS. If you’re in the health and wellness world in any capacity you’ve probably heard the term, Ketosis. So what the hell is it? Ketosis is a process where your body metabolizes fats and turns them into ketones, which your body uses for energy. To put your body into Ketosis, say goodbye to carbs and sugar! Some refer to Ketosis as a ‘low-carb diet,’ as to be in ketosis you have to maintain a diet of under Net 20 Grams of carb! Net Carb= Total Carb in Food – Total Fiber.

Okay so REAL TALK. WHY did I want to try Ketosis? For a few months now I’ve been feeling bad. Reacting to the slightest bit of gluten, feeling permanently bloated, gaining weight, brain fog, crazy anxiety… I’ll stop there. People kept telling me I must have been feeling stressed, or maybe “I ate something.” Dammit, no. I know my body… something was up. The kicker was the weight gain. See, I was eating CRAZY healthy. You know, a banana and nut-butter for breakfast, a tray of roasted veggies for lunch, and more or less the same for dinner. My snacks were a serving of potato or corn chips. Ah and I guess I wasn’t totally healthy; by now we all know about my sweet tooth and love for chocolate.

Well I was having lunch with my FRIEND and nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque, and I was telling her about all of my symptoms! In a nutshell she told me my body was running on carbs, and carbs turn into glucose in your body, so my body was using sugar for energy. She told me I need to be on a high fat/moderate protein/ LOW CARB diet, and to get my body to run on energy burned from fat.

I started counting the carbs in the food I was eating. 
Breakfast: Banana and Peanut Butter (26 Net Carb +5 Net Carb)
Brussels Sprouts: 1 Sprout= 1 Net Carb. So when I had 10-20 in one sitting, see-ya Ketosis! 

The verdict? Well after going through a bit of the Keto-flu (yes, this is real! While your body converts from a state of running on glucose to running on fats, you can feel some flu-like side effects), I came out the other side feeling pretty awesome! More energy, WAY LESS ANXIETY, less brain fog, and a nice de-bloat.

To be honest, I still go back and forth between whether or not Ketosis is right for me. It’s been about 2 months now. I lost the 4 pounds of bloat I was carrying around (to all my friends who had to listen to me talk about ‘gaining weight’- I knew I was right! I was bloated as F!) BUT, Ketosis is SUPER HARD TO MAINTAIN while living an active social life. I’m not one to turn down a party, or a drink, or a lavish meal, ha! That’s why I use Keto OS! Keto OS puts your body into Ketosis within 90 minutes of drinking it. By using these packets, I can stay in Ketosis, but let up a little on the diet, and sneak in that cheat. More on Keto OS here! 

People most often use Ketosis for weight lost. It’s important for me to tell you that the weight I lost was weight that had been unexpectedly put on over the last say 2-3 months, and weight that I knew was water weight. After the first week when I lost those 4 pounds of water, I haven’t lost any additional weight.

Keto OS:

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My typical Keto Meals:

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The Farmer’s Mule with Stoli Gluten Free

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I go to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning… even when I have no intentions of buying anything! Thankfully in LA there are Farmer’s Markets in each neighborhood, and markets are often held a couple of times during the week! When it comes to produce, it’s important to purchase the best and most local fruits and veggies, and not just for your snacking purposes. Farmer’s Market berries and produce are the secret weapon in delicious, fruity cocktails.

We all know how much I love Moscow Mule’s made with Stoli Gluten Free Vodka and Ginger Beer, and I’ve become the ultimate Mixologist with my mules! If it’s in season, it’s in my mule! Currently I am loving all of the fresh berries at the market; they are perfect for my “Farmer’s Market Mule!”

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stoliFarmer’s Market Moscow Mule with Stoli Gluten Free:

  • Stoli Gluten Free Vodka: 2 Parts
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 Part
  • Stoli Gluten Free Ginger Beer: 3 Parts
  • Small handful fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

In a shaker muddle your Farmer’s Market berries. Add ice, squeeze of lime, and Stoli Gluten Free vodka and shake well. Strain into a Stoli mug with ice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with more berries!

Not only is this Moscow Mule super fresh, but it’s packed with antioxidants. I mean, beach season is around the corner, so this fresh cocktail is the perfect, healthy drink!

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BFree Soft White Sandwich Loaf

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I’ve tried just about every gluten-free bread on the market. Partially because my name is NOBREAD, and every bread producer and manufacturer wants me to believe that their bread is the best on the market and partially because I genuinely miss my bread-eating days. Well I’ve eaten a lot of gluten-free bread, and most of it ain’t good. I felt this way until I met BFree Foods, an Ireland based gluten-free bread company that is rapidly making its mark here in America.

I was introduced to BFree foods last July and one delivery was all it took for BFree to become my favorite brand of gluten-free bread products on the market. I’ll let you check out our review for why, but gluten-free slider buns, hot-dog buns, wraps and MORE are just part of the reason! Today I decided to play with the classic BFree Soft White Bread. Not only is this bread gluten, dairy, and egg-free, but it is high in fiber and double the size of competing GF breads. And did I mention each slice is only 70 calories?! That’s almost half of the calories of GF breads that are half its size!

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Instead of making a killer sandwich with the bread, today I decided to showcase the best use for bread… TOAST. Below are my 6 favorite breakfast toast combinations.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Almond Butter Banana
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Butter with Gluten-Free Granola
  • Avocado Toast with Red Chile Flakes
  • Sunny Side Up Egg
  • Hummus Blueberry

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Where can you buy BFree? BFree is rapidly expanding, and you should check their store locater, here, to see what stores near you carry. Oh and great news!! The breads are now available online! (CLICK HERE)

P.S. BFree just came out with SWEET POTATO WRAPS. I’m a sweet potato addict, so I have a feeling these wraps will be a frequent purchase in the NOBREAD household.