Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Well a girls gotta survive this brutal winter somehow, right? Hot chocolate and winter are a match made in heaven, and I decided that Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate and dark chocolate would go together just as well, and man was I right! I mean dark chocolate anything is good in my books...

I always opt for using high quality dark chocolate 72% or more. I also added cocao powder, for a boost of superfood nutrients and added chocolate flavor, can't hurt right? Again, I sweetened this recipe with an all-natural sweetener, maple syrup. The dark chocolate and cocao powder can be quite bitter, but the maple syrup and Bai5 Ipanema Pomegranate balance out this hot chocolate perfectly.

There are a variety of health benefits form eating dark chocolate as well. Not as sinful as you originally thought, huh? Disclaimer: everything in moderation. Dark chocolate and pure cocao are extremely high in antioxidants, one in particular,  resveratrol, which has been demonstrated to protect the heart from heart disease. Dark chocolate and cocao are also high in iron and magnesium, so you may want to think twice next time you are crave chocolate, because your body may be trying to tell you something.

Oh and it gets better…I even whipped up a dairy-free but heavenly whipped cream!! It came out tasting like vanilla ice cream, I almost ate the entire jar…And guess what it's made out of…almond milk!

Ok now heres the best part, the recipe. I'll let it speak for itself. Hope you find an excuse to curl with this hot chocolate to keep you warm!

Ingredients:

Makes 2 servings

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (or other oil that isn't overpowering)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. xantham gum (optional)
  • Ice (optional)

Directions:

Pomegranate Hot Chocolate:

1. On low heat whisk all ingredients together in saucepan and mix until chocolate is completely melted and mixture has begun to boil.

Whipped Cream:

1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, if using a vitamin, start on low speed and then gradually to high speed.

2. Blend until desired consistency is reached, it won't get too thick without the anthem gum. If serving immediately add a few ice cubes to cool down.

3. I didn't have xantham gum, so I placed my mixture in the freezer for about and hour and then scooped a dollop for on top of the hot chocolate, and it was perfect!

Chocolate Overnight Oats With Peanut Butter Crunch Nice-Cream

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Being a foodie and following a plethora of health and food related Instagram accounts, always gets my creative juices flowing. When I first began my journey into eating a plant-based vegan diet, I realized there are so many recipes to create out there! I even realized how much more I enjoyed the taste of veggies compared to meat. Everyone is different, this is just my own personal preference at this point in my life.

By following all these foodie accounts I not only became inspired to try new ways of cooking, but I also re-discovered my love for cooking! It also pushed me to mix up my daily menu. You know when you get in the rhythm of cooking the same 3-4 staple meals almost every week for a while, and then you feel as if there are no other simple recipes on the planet to make? An then become overwhelmed with cooking all together? Yeah…it happens to the best of us. The best thing I can recommend in times like this, is to look online and see was inspiration is out there!. It doesn’t have to be a grand meal, it can be a simple 4 ingredient meal. You can even type in to your search engine what ingredients you have in your kitchen to see what you can make out of them. Or just type in something that you are craving.

I’ve following other accounts for a while now, posting decadent vegan desserts and breakfast jars, and my mouth has been watering and waiting to create a recipe similar!  So I grabbed inspiration from a few pictures and recipes I saw, and tada! A masterpiece was born! I have to warn you, once you make these layered jars once, you will never go back! That’s the thing I love MOST about cooking with whole foods, you don’t have to do much to make the food taste good, because your ingredients will shine through no matter what! (As long as you pair flavors together well, of course).

This is a great breakfast for in the summer time, or as dessert! The overnight oats are creamy, rich, and chocolaty, and the banana-nice cream mixed with peanut butter is the perfect mixture! The toppings add a crunchy chewy texture and will have you scooping around for more! Have fun, and mix up whatever flavors and toppings you have in your kitchen!

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Yields 1 Serving

Ingredients:

 Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal:

  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder

Peanut Butter Nice-Cream:

  • 1 ½ frozen banana
  • 1 ½ TBSP unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate sauce:

  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 TBSP cocao powder
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup

Layers and toppings:

  • Dates
  • Shredded coconut
  • Cocao nibs
  1. Make chocolate oatmeal night before. Mix together ingredients and store in fridge overnight.
  2. Add layer of shredded coconut on top of oatmeal.
  3. Blend together peanut butter nice-cream ingredients. Add on top.
  4. Mix together chocolate sauce ingredients. Pour on top.
  5. Sprinkle on top cocao nibs and sliced dates. Enjoy this gooey heavenly jar!

Banana Almond Butter Nice-Cream

photo copy 2 This recipe is called “nice-cream” for a reason. It’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to reach for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Nice-cream is nice to you. You won’t feel bloated, heavy, or guilty after eating it! The base is banana, and thats what gives it a richness and creaminess similar to milk based ice creams. Also, making this at home yourself, you know and are in control of what goes into your bowl and body. It’s so simple and easy to make! Banana nice-cream is versatile too. You can mix in any frozen berries of your liking, dates, dark chocolate, shredded coconut, cocao nibs, get creative! For this recipe I chose to use what I had in my kitchen, and it didn’t disappoint! So I chose to mix my nice-cream with almond butter and crunchy raw almonds.

Ever since I have become a Holistic Health Coach, all my friends ask me, “do you ever eat anything unhealthy?” My philosophy is that you shouldn’t stress about eating a certain way, it should be manageable and good for you, and it shouldn’t take over your life and your thoughts. I’ve learned to listen to my body and manage my cravings. Now when I crave sugar, I reach for a banana and top it off with nut butter and cinnamon, or a piece of 72% dark chocolate. These have become my guilty pleasures, and in the summer my favorite is icy cold banana nice-cream!

It’s not about withholding from your cravings, its about listening to what your body is telling you that you need. Under stress you may want to eat more, and more unhealthy foods, like fried, processed, and sugary foods. But instead, reach for a handful of nuts, or fruit. Don’t fill your body with food that will make you feel worse. It takes time to have this control, but I recommend always having healthy foods that you love on hand. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted by that candy bar or chips by having them at home. Revamp your pantry and kitchen into a beautiful healthy food sanctuary, where you go to nurture your body, not abuse it. When you do this, and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetable, nuts, and dried fruits to snack on, you become in control of your food options and can manage your cravings more easily because you are introducing new temptations into your life, like oatmeal, dark chocolate, and peanut butter and banana on toast.

I hope this recipe becomes one of your guilty pleasures to reach for in the summertime, and get creative with the flavors!

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Recipe:

Yields: 2 servings

3 ripe bananas sliced (frozen overnight) 2 large TBSP almond butter (I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter) 4 TBSP unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup raw almonds 1. Freeze sliced banana overnight.

2. Place banana, almond butter, and almond milk into food processor or good quality blender and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more almond milk, but add in a TBSP at a time until it reaches a smooth consistency.

3. Top off the nice-cream with roughly chopped raw almonds, and enjoy!