Thursday, March 6, 2014

Almond Coconut Fudge is where I'll begin.

This post ends with Almond Coconut Fudge, 
so bare with me.
I have two napping babies, and you know, 
you've got to make the most of that...

After a nearly a year of feeling miserable, and learning to deal with it day by day, I realized (along with friends and family telling me to see a doctor) it was time to get rid of whatever made me sick.
I started missing out on plans from severe stomach cramps, my dry skin has suffered long enough, and I'm just plain tired of being tired. Once I began reading about gluten intolerance, and candida (even celiac disease symptoms) I knew. Last week after seeing a doctor of alternative medicine, taking blood for food allergy testing and leaving with a million supplements and food lists...she said "I want you eating meat and vegetables for three months. You can have berries if you need sugar."
Once I got back to my car with my list, it's safe to say I was in shock.
Not because I didn't know this was coming, 
but because I knew I had no choice but to change my habits.
Which I choose to see as a blessing, because otherwise, left up to myself, I'd still be downing Starbucks and eating the kids goldfish crackers for lunch. 
The chain of events that led me up to this point began with taking conventional medicine rather than alternative. Being that I'm so sensitive to everything anyway, the side effects to what I was taking began another series of problems that led to more problems....and here I am today.
Story short- I'll never treat anything with conventional medicine as long as I live (if I have the choice, that is) 
and I now get to learn the habits of the healthy.
And truth be told... I am excited.
So that's that, and here we are. 
I'm the cook for this family of four, and darn it, we will have sweets.
You know, sparingly and all...
I've found clean (made-over) recipes for everything that I craved!
The most exciting is homemade bread from this amazing cookbook.
(Which I will be making a ridiculous amount of and freezing.)
Exciting food like avocado pesto and oh...vanilla frosted cupcakes.
The list goes on and on...

The original recipe that I found, I changed, so here ya go....

Almond Coconut Fudge
3/4 cup pure coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp sea salt 
A couple handfuls of sliced almonds

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk well until the chocolate and coconut oil are both smooth. Spread out over a (small) parchment lined cookie sheet, sprinkle almonds over the fudge and chill in the fridge or freezer overnight. Cut and enjoy. 
(I'm not sure how long these freeze for, but this is great to store when you've GOT to have that chocolate fix faster than lightening.) 

I'll be posting lots more clean eating recipes,
 probably mostly sweets if you want the truth... 
Hope y'all enjoy!!!

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