Chocolate Chip Blondies

I am incredibly amazed and overwhelmed at how many of you made and enjoyed my Double Fudge Paleo brownies last month, so much so that I made them several different ways (vegan, oat flour, GF all purpose etc)! Well, several people reached out saying they didn’t have cacao powder on hand and didn’t want to go to the grocery store, which sparked the question, ‘could the brownies work as blondies?!’ Well, my friends, with a couple MINOR adjustments, YES they absolutely can!! And I can’t believe I am about to say this but… I think they are actually BETTER than the brownies!! If you liked my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip cookies then you will absolute love these, too!

Without further ado…

What You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
3/4 Cup coconut sugar
1/4 Cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 T almond milk
1/4 tsp Baking soda
Dash of salt
Dairy-free mini chocolate chips

What You Will Do: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine your Bob’s almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, whisked eggs, vanilla, and almond milk.
Pour bowl of wet ingredients into the larger bowl of dry ingredients and incorporate!
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra fudge 🙂
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper, and pour batter evenly into the pan.
Top with chocolate chips.
Bake for 25 minutes, max! Stick a knife in, and when it comes out clean it is good to go!
*** IMPT *** Let it cool completely before slicing! It’s nice and gooey so you don’t want to slice it too soon.

ENJOY!! XX

 

Whipped Matcha

Also called, Dalgona! The wildest food trend I’ve seen this quarantine has to be Whipped Coffee. I mean, has it always been a thing?! Because it has seriously taken social media by storm! Well we all know I don’t drink coffee, and I’m a matcha fiend, so it was only a matter of days before I tried to make my own version.

Okay let’s be clear. I saw countless Whipped Coffee social posts, and even several Whipped Matcha posts, and everyone made it look EASYYYY. Fact check: it’s not. You must, I repeat MUST, use an electronic mixer! I thought I’d be able to whisk by hand but that was a total fail, and using a matcha frother was also a fail, although I did make a little bit of progress with it. Once I stepped up my game and found my electronic high-speed mixer, the recipe was a cinch!!

Not only is this recipe gluten-free, but it is also dairy-free and can totally be made vegan! The vegan version uses chickpeas, and sadly I’m allergic so I am not able to give it a go!

Get ready, everyone! You’re in for a treat.

What You Will Need:
2 Egg Whites
1/2 Tablespoon Matcha
1 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar

What You Will Do: 

  • Add two egg whites to a bowl. Using an electronic mixer, whisk on HIGH for 5-8 minutes. Before I go on, I want to note that I tried making this several times without the electronic mixer and it failed each time! People seem to make it work, but they must have magic arms or something! 
  • Once the egg whites are fluffy and foamy, set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, add 1 T of BOILED water, 1/2 T matcha, and 1 T coconut sugar (you can use monk fruit, cane sugar etc). Whisk together until all clumps of matcha and sugar are dissolved.

  • Slowly, I repeat, SLOWLY, pour your matcha mixture into the egg white bowl, mixing with the electronic mixer as you go. Once the two are incorporated, continue mixing for a few minutes more to maintain the foamy-ness/fluffy-ness of the Dalgona.
  • Fill a cup half way with ice, and pour in a nut milk of your choosing. Fill the glass about 3/4 of the way. Slowly, AGAIN slowly, scoop the whipped matcha on top of the glass, filling it to the top.
  • Sprinkle with a little more matcha on top and ENJOY!
  • Drink it as is, OR mix the whipped matcha into your iced nut milk and drink it combined.

Vegan Option:
1. Sub Egg Whites for the water from a can of chickpeas. Whisking chickpea water together is called aquafaba.

Seed’s Daily Synbiotic

This blog post is sponsored by Seed. All opinions are my own. 

The time has come to announce my partnership with Seed! I’ve been teasing this announcement for over a month, and those who have DM’d me over the years asking what probiotic I take have been in on the secret for quite some time. I am SO unbelievably excited about this partnership; I started taking Seed’s Daily Synbiotic when they first launched and it has done wonders for my overall health. I discovered Seed after learning about it from some of the biggest, most well-respected names in the business (cue Kelly LeVeque, Chris Kresser, and SO many more), and I’m excited to share its magic with you. 

I wanted to write this post and lay down what Seed is, and why I can’t live without their Daily Synbiotic, in a simple and easy to understand way. Talking about ‘probiotics’ and other medical/science terms can get quite technical, and simple products can become confusing. Rather than use a lot of fancy words to describe Seed’s Daily Synbiotic, I’m going to do my best to make this relatable

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Probiotics are live microorganisms that interact with your human cells and existing bacteria in the colon and they are essential for keeping your gut healthy.

GOOD bacteria perform many important functions in our body including:
Helping with digestion
Regulating metabolism
Promoting tissue healing and adaptive immunity
Balancing the pH in the vagina and helps protect from unwanted yeast
Helping break down food and protecting teeth and gums
… AND SO MUCH MORE.

Lesser known but just as important are PREbiotics. Prebiotics are compounds that are biotransformed by bacteria in the gut into metabolites important for health (you can think of them as nutrients used by bacteria to help you thrive).

Seed’s Daily Synbiotic includes probiotics plus prebiotics. That’s right, you’re getting two for one in a single dose.

Why is Seed’s Daily Synbiotic better than other probiotics? Did you know that most probiotics don’t survive the trip to your gut? Seed is specifically designed so that both the probiotics and the prebiotics survive the journey and actually make it to your gut so you can reap the benefits. It has 24 probiotic strains, is validated in 23+ clinical studies, and is gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and free from 14 classes of allergens.

What are the benefits of the Daily Synbiotic?

Eases bloating and constipation
Helps maintain healthy gut barrier function
Promotes heart health
Supports gut immune function, and increases the metabolism of short-chain fatty acids
Supports folate production in the body
Promotes skin health

I’ve been taking probiotics for a total of eleven years, and Seed’s for the last year and a half. I began feeling its benefits instantly and haven’t looked at any other probiotics ever since. Seed is the real deal. NOW LISTEN! Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is very powerful! When you order it, be sure to start with just ONE capsule a day for a few days. Once your body adjusts to the influx of good bacteria into your body, you can up your dosage to the clinically studied dose of 2 capsules a day. If you start at 2 capsules, you may experience some minor discomfort due to acclimation. I take my probiotics first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. 

Okay, wow. That was a lot of info! Please DM me @nobread with any questions you may have! Seed’s scientific care team is amazing too (and can be reached at care@seed.com). Enjoy 15% off your first month’s supply with code NOBREAD. 

xx Nicole