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Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe

Chocolate Beet Cake?

Did someone say Chocolate and Beets? Have we gone nuts? Nope!

The beets add natural sweetness to the batter.

And chocolate and cake are a marriage made in heaven! For a richer chocolate beet cake, ice with your favorite frosting or top with a dollop of cream. Spelt flour gives this cake a nutty flavor, but you can substitute most any flour for it, including gluten-free.

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

zucchini chocolate chip bread

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread!

You must try mine. I love the idea of quickbreads, whipped up at the drop of a hat, ready for guests and us on short notice, no kneading and no rising time.

The added bonus is that quickbreads are very moderately sweet.

This little trivia about them places them in the category of real foods rather than desserts, even though they taste delicious enough to be dessert.

The flavor combination in this Zucchini Chocolate Chip bread is unbeatable!

And you will eat your veggies, I guarantee it! It helps a lot that zucchini is naturally bland, in a good way, and is equally at home in sweet and savory dishes.

No problem making muffins with this batter:

Your children will love you for the perfect Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins snack!

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Black Bean Soup Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

black bean soup

Black Bean Soup with Chocolate? Huh?

I recently teased my friend Sara into identifying the odd ingredient in my black bean soup, which she loved. This naughty cook enjoyed watching her racking her brains, and didn’t feel any guilt about it: After all, she was working for food, and was kept guessing through a second bowl. PS, she never did identify it, she said all she could tell is that this was like no other black bean soup she ever had. That’s the magic of chocolate!

Canned beans will work here just fine

The soup has lots of fabulous flavors going for it. If you want to go all out, go ahead and add some Tex Mex toppings: Corn chips, guacamole, salsa etc.

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Energy Bars Recipe. All Variations

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

energy bars

Energy bars are all the rage.

But have you ever taken the time to read their ingredient list in most commercial brands?

I am sorry to say they are not the healthy snacks they are cracked up to be. By contrast, just look at this lineup of  ingredients: Why even bother shopping for snacks, if ten minutes of work will get you dozens of these scrumptious energy bars? Each one is like having a meal: You just can’t miss! When I am on the road, they are my best friends. They keep very well, in a tin or in the freezer, no need to wipe them all out, so behave please!

These energy bars are a real nutritional powerhouse!

You will find several variations below, including a super simple one I make all the time and love, with just dates, toasted nuts and orange flower.

Want to skip the food processing? Use pure date paste!

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Pecan Brownie Pie with Cranberries Recipe

adapted from Levana Cooks, using Cocoa Coffee Levana Nourishments

pecan brownie pie with cranberries

Brownie Pie with Cranberries!

Pecans, Chocolate, Cranberries: It doesn’t get better!

This time I decided to dream up  a brownie-based tart. My brownies are a big crowd pleaser, with lots of wiggle room to accommodate flavor variations. So I used them as my starting point, and sneaked in a whole bag of fresh cranberries, without upsetting the delicate balance that yields such creamy brownies.

Do not change anything in my brownie pie: It’s fantastic! And so simple.

I had some gluten-free guests, and it was no hardship whatsoever using rice flour.

I love cranberries too much!

I couldn’t bear to be separated until next autumn, so I buy a small truckload of them, and keep them in my freezer year-round.

I love to use my 12 inch pie plate, pictured above. It makes for a dramatic and beautiful presentation. But you could use 2 9″ pie plates instead, only try your best to get pie plates with straight sides (as opposed to the sloping Pyrex pie plates). It will be much easier to serve.

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